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Dec 05, 2014 A Liability Risk for Airbnb Hosts

QUOTE: And now comes Airbnb with its free $1 million liability coverage that will cover the hosts for its tens of thousands of United States listings. How can it afford to provide this for nothing, to everybody? Well, it is “secondary” coverage, which means that it, too, wants hosts to push any claims for guests’ injuries and deaths through hosts’ own insurance companies first. So how might that work in practice, or would it at all? ...One thing came through loud and clear from the handful of companies that did not dodge my inquiries entirely: Most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies do not cover regular commercial activity in the home.

International New York Times
Nov 15, 2013 Emotional Support, With Fur, Draws Complaints on Planes

QUOTE: Classifying animals as emotional support animals has long been permitted under antidiscrimination laws, allowing owners to take them into restaurants and shops or to residential buildings that have no-pet policies. To demonstrate the need for an emotional support animal, the animal’s owner needs a letter from a mental health professional.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2013 What is an airline credit really worth?

QUOTE: lately, many airlines have made their credit even more difficult to turn into a usable ticket through a combination of aggressive new policies, fees and restrictions. The net effect could be that your next ticket credit might not be as valuable as you think.

Washington Post
Sep 24, 2013 Don't get blind-sided by hidden travel fees

QUOTE: That cheap rate on the screen rarely includes all fees. Without the help of a knowledgeable travel agent or a resource like NerdWallet that compares fees for a given airline route, it's challenging to calculate your total cost. Hotels, cruises and especially airlines like this model because fees have allowed them to stay profitable while slashing their base prices to appear competitive.

CNN/Money Magazine
Nov 26, 2012 Saudi Arabia's unsolicited monitoring of women's travels draws activists' outrage

QUOTE: In recent years, much has been made of the fact that Saudi Arabia is the sole remaining country in which women still have not been given the right to drive. But restrictions experienced by Saudi females extend to far more than just getting behind the wheel. In the deeply conservative kingdom, a woman is not allowed to go to school, get a job, or even travel outside the country without first obtaining the permission of her male "guardian," or mahram.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 25, 2012 Are cruise lines 'dumping' sick passengers?

QUOTE: I asked Royal Caribbean about its policy on dropping off passengers and whether the Claussens could have done anything differently. It declined to answer. Walker says that cruise lines keep their policies on emergency care confidential.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Aug 31, 2011 Improving Fairness in Flight Delays

QUOTE: For fliers, the RBS-EP proposal would help those whose flights would have been given unfair assignments based on the current approach: based upon a new metric for defining fairness, they would receive earlier (and therefore more advantageous) departure slots.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Jul 15, 2011 No Vacancies, but Some Reservations

QUOTE: BP argued that “there is no basis to assume that claimants, with very limited exceptions, will incur a future loss related to the spill.”...Under the formula, settlements would generally be double the demonstrable losses from 2010, with money previously paid by the fund subtracted.

New York Times
Jul 11, 2011 This isn't the airline I signed up for

QUOTE: airlines selling flights operated by partners as their own. While disclosure of the airline operating the flight is required by the government, it's still easy to miss if you aren't paying close attention.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 08, 2011 Allegations Link U.S. Companies to Brazilian Sex Tourism

QUOTE: The Justice Department has been conducting a criminal investigation of sports fishing expeditions in the Amazon that may have been used as covers for Americans to have sex with underage girls...

New York Times
Jun 20, 2011 A Little Clarity in the Fuzzy World of Airline Fees

QUOTE: one thing is clear from my conversations with business travelers, travel managers, air travel analysts and even government officials. They’re all looking for some consensus on how to define the [airline] fees, how to disclose them, and how to account and budget for them.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2011 Report: Newark airport screeners targeted Mexicans and Dominicans

QUOTE: Security screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport singled out Mexican and Dominican passengers for nearly two years, according to a federal report obtained by The Star-Ledger newspaper. The racial profiling was so prevalent in 2008 and 2009 that some TSA employees at the airport referred to their colleagues as "Mexican hunters," a Star-Ledger story based on the 2010 internal report said.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 30, 2011 Where ‘Free’ Costs a Lot

QUOTE: Although many carriers charge passengers flying with award tickets some government taxes and fees, foreign airlines are increasingly adding fuel surcharges to the bill...

New York Times
May 20, 2011 Sexual Affronts a Known Hotel Hazard

QUOTE: housekeepers and hotel security experts say that housekeepers have long had to deal with various sexual affronts from male guests, including explicit comments, groping, guests who expose themselves and even attempted rape.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2011 Stripped of Dignity

QUOTE: [airline security] system does not seem smartly tailored to focus on dangerous people rather than “good, law-abiding people.” So kids, seniors and those with disabilities, joint replacements and other medical conditions — things they already feel embarrassed about — end up getting harassed.

New York Times
Feb 21, 2011 Vatican warns of papal ticket scams

QUOTE: But officials became concerned after hearing about "unauthorized offers by some tour operators, especially on the Internet," asking people to pay fees for access to the event, the Catholic News Service reported.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 16, 2011 Former airline agent admits scamming travelers

QUOTE: low-rent Ponzi scheme took advantage of unsuspecting air travelers who thought they were buying vouchers for plane tickets when they were really buying worthless pieces of paper,"...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 19, 2011 'The sexy lady' and other hotel photo tricks

QUOTE: Welcome to the art of the hotel photo fakeout, where careful framing, zooming and cropping can turn a property into paradise -- or at least a place where you'd definitely consider booking a room.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 28, 2010 The TSA is invasive, annoying - and unconstitutional

QUOTE: Neither virtual strip-searches nor intrusive pat-downs should be considered "routine," and therefore courts should rule that neither can be used for primary screening.

Washington Post
Oct 26, 2010 Hoteliers Look to Shield Themselves From Dishonest Online Reviews (Itineraries)

QUOTE: The 35 million hotel reviews posted on TripAdvisor reveal everything from snooty staff to filthy toilets, and sometimes the reviewer’s overly picky standards. But those comments can also cross the line between honest criticism and unsubstantiated, inflammatory claims...

New York Times
Oct 26, 2010 Hands-on airport searches: National rollout of invasive pat-downs this week

QUOTE: Airline passengers nationwide will be subjected to new aggressive and controversial body searches likened to “foreplay” pat-downs under the expansion of a program tested at Logan International Airport.

Boston Herald
Jun 27, 2010 Travelers, be wary of 'data passing' online

QUOTE: "Data pass" refers to a shady practice of sending credit card information along to a third party at the end of a transaction without the buyer's explicit approval. In years past, travelers often found themselves unwittingly enrolled in clubs that automatically charged a monthly enrollment fee while travel companies raked in millions in profits, according to investigators and consumers.

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2010 Tips for Using Your Cellphone Abroad

QUOTE: one way to reduce the international bill, at least for travel to some countries: Call your mobile service provider ahead of time and temporarily change your phone plan.

New York Times
Jun 10, 2010 Judge limits DHS laptop border searches

QUOTE: A federal judge has ruled that border agents cannot seize a traveler's laptop, keep it locked up for months, and examine it for contraband files without a warrant half a year later.

Jul 02, 2009 Tourism tangles a fishing lifeline: Loss of sea access hits the Dominican Republic’s already pressed fishermen.

QUOTE: loss of access to the ocean is indeed a growing problem in the Dominican Republic, say experts. By law, beaches are public, but in reality, most beaches... are now off limits to ordinary Dominicans.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 04, 2009 Stuck in Paradise, Needing Medical Help (Practical Traveler)

QUOTE: As premium American Express card members, we are eligible to receive emergency medical transportation assistance. But a fractured ankle does not require an air ambulance, I was informed.

New York Times
Jan 03, 2009 Airline Apologizes For Booting 9 Muslims: Group Plans Discrimination Complaint

QUOTE: A U.S. airline apologized yesterday to nine Muslim American passengers from the Washington area who were removed from a flight out of Reagan National Airport, but a Muslim civil rights group said it intends to press a discrimination complaint against the airline for its treatment of the passengers.

Washington Post
Nov 12, 2008 Hey Priceline, I want my fees back

QUOTE: what happens to all of those extras that get tacked on to your airline ticket. There's a long list of them, including a federal excise tax, a passenger facility charge and a September 11th Security Fee. Do those get sent to the government when you cancel your flight? Or does the airline just pocket them?

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 06, 2008 National ID cards compulsory for U.K. airport staff

QUOTE: A pilot program of the U.K.'s national identity card plan will be compulsory at one of the two participating airports....despite repeated assurances from the Home Office that U.K. citizens will not be compelled to have an ID card or enter their biometric details onto the National Identity Register.

Oct 31, 2008 Borderline Security RFID chips in U.S. passport cards and some driver's licenses are at risk of being counterfeited or tracked, researchers say.

QUOTE: The cards are issued with a protective sleeve intended to block unauthorized access, but the researchers found that Washington's cards could still be read through the sleeve. In addition, EPC tags can be disabled by sending a "kill" command to them. While the passport cards were protected from this attack...

Technology Review
Oct 15, 2008 McCain seeks special 'fair use' copyright rules for VIPs

QUOTE: McCain is calling for VIP treatment for the remixes made by political campaigns. All claims of fair use are equal--yet some claims are more equal than others.

Jun 02, 2008 State Dept. Reinstates Gaza Fulbright Grants

QUOTE: after word of the grant withdrawals got out, senior American and Israeli officials expressed surprise and outrage, saying that training ambitious and talented young people under Fulbright grants was one of the ways to help blunt the appeal of radical forces in Palestinian society.

New York Times
Apr 01, 2008 The End of 'Tourism Apartheid': Cuba Repeals Ban on Its Citizens Staying in Hotels on Island

QUOTE: The government of President Raúl Castro has lifted a ban on Cubans staying in hotels on the island, tourism industry employees said Monday, in an apparent end to a policy that exiled bloggers and other critics had dubbed "tourism apartheid."

Washington Post
Mar 19, 2008 A Good Name Dragged Down: Consumers Get Tangled In Terrorist Watchlist

QUOTE: More American consumers have gotten caught up in a special brand of watchlist purgatory because their names are similar to ones on OFAC's list of "specially designated nationals..." Yesterday's court-ordered release of documents to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, offers a window into the kinds of disruptions suffered by those ensnared in the process, as well as the difficulty of clearing their names.

Washington Post
Feb 28, 2008 Burma's allure places travelers in ethical dilemma: Activists say tourist dollars support the military junta, but many Burmese say they need the income.

QUOTE: But for those willing to overlook all this to experience Burma's charm, coming here also presents an ethical dilemma: Do you heed human rights activists' pleas to stay away to keep tourist dollars from a military junta's coffers or listen to some Burmese who say that income is a vital source for the country's impoverished.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 11, 2008 5 things airlines won't tell you about their food

QUOTE: 1. 'There's no food on this flight.' 2. 'Hope you're not on a diet.' 3. 'Our in-flight cuisine is awful.' 4. 'Exact change only, please.' 5. 'There's a secret menu -- and it's better.'

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 21, 2007 Behind Wheels of Black Cabs, Mostly White Faces (London Journal)

QUOTE: In an effort to redress the imbalance, the mayor, Ken Livingstone, announced in October that the city would spend £2.3 million, or about $4.7 million, over three years, helping underrepresented groups pay the costs associated with the Knowledge: enrolling in classes, obtaining scooters and study materials, and, if needed, taking language and numerical literacy classes and hiring help with child care.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 Strict Visa Regulations Discourage Visiting Artists: Post-9/11 Process Adds Costs and Red Tape

QUOTE: To perform in this country, foreign artists of all stripes -- punk rockers, ballet dancers, folk musicians, acrobats -- are funneled through a one-size-fits-all "nonimmigrant" visa process whose costs and complications have become prohibitive, according to booking agents, managers and presenters, such as the Kennedy Center, who program and market the performers.

Washington Post
Oct 14, 2007 U.S. Plan for Airline Security Meets Resistance in Canada

QUOTE: The proposal, which appears at odds with Canada’s privacy laws, would mostly involve Canadians who join the annual winter exodus to Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean. It is also viewed by the Canadian airline industry as a rejection of several costly measures already taken to assuage American concerns.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2007 Federal Workers Abusing Air Travel, Report Says

QUOTE: Federal employees are routinely abusing rules on business-class travel, taking trips that cost taxpayers an estimated extra $146 million annually, Congressional investigators have found.

New York Times
Sep 20, 2007 U.S. Airport Screeners Are Watching What You Read

QUOTE: International travelers concerned about being labeled a terrorist or drug runner by secret Homeland Security algorithms may want to be careful what books they read on the plane. Newly revealed records show the government is storing such information for years.

Sep 11, 2007 FAA to airlines: Improve scheduling or feds will

QUOTE: If airlines don't improve on record flight delays, the federal government will impose its own solutions, the outgoing Federal Aviation Administration administrator warned Tuesday.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 01, 2007 Young Fliers See the Film, Be It PG or R

QUOTE: Critics say their anger comes as airlines, eager to cater to current tastes and acceding to more permissive standards for the entertainment media, have relaxed their rules for what they show.

New York Times
Aug 28, 2007 Policing history: Philadelphia may license tour guides: Is it a crime to say George Washington slept where he didnt?

QUOTE: Mr. Avery, a part-time tour guide and retired reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, is out to halt what he sees as "nonsense" parading as history among those paid handsomely to tutor tourists… [but] Objectors think the bill unfairly singles out guides.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 16, 2007 Inquiry Into Study Abroad Launched in New York

QUOTE: The lawyer... said the inquiry was focusing on whether cash incentives and other perks that study-abroad agencies give universities influence their decisions about where students may study.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2007 Are new passport rules making the US safer? Security experts urge a fuller vetting of passport seekers, even as big backlog persists.

QUOTE: "In theory, it will be more difficult for [terrorists or criminals] to come into the US on false pretenses," says [the] director of the homeland security program...However, people who should not be able to get passports may continue to slip through the cracks in the absence of improved information-sharing, he says.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 19, 2007 State Dept. Faulted on Hill for Passport Delays

QUOTE: The State Department did not head off a massive backlog of passport applications before this summer's peak travel season...Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said the State Department should consider refunding a fee to applicants who paid an extra $60, on top of the regular $97 passport fee, for expedited processing.

Washington Post
May 23, 2007 The Time-Share Industry: Caveat Emptor

QUOTE: for a product that's been around for 40 years and is perfectly legal, the time-share business is remarkably rife with slimy sales tactics.

Smart Money
Apr 20, 2007 Infidelity is in the air for road warriors

QUOTE: While no one has specifically studied business travel and infidelity, academics and therapists say cheating is probably more prevalent on the road than close to home. And the heightened exposure of business travelers to the possibility of infidelity increases the prospects that they and their employers could be left to air the details of their affairs in the courts or in the press.

Apr 18, 2007 Travel Troubleshooter: A $50 upgrade fee?

QUOTE: I've seen other hotels do this kind of thing in the past with Priceline -- offering a cheap room and then charging an excessive fee for a bigger room or an extra guest.

CNN (Cable News Network)

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