Christopher Elliott

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With eco-travel’s increasing popularity, green claims merit skepticism

Green may not be the most fashionable color this spring, considering the recent policy shift in Washington on climate change. But it’s still the “in” thing for many travelers. A survey by the...

DATE: May 28, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

From passport cards to Global Entry, which trusted-traveler program is right for you?

Mike Shaw doesn’t want me to write about the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s new Mobile Passport app. He used it on a recent trip from Beijing to Seattle, and it worked flawlessly. “I breezed...

DATE: May 21, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

What to do when you’re feeling low at high altitude

The moment Lia Saunders stepped off the bus from Huanchaco, Peru, to Huaraz last fall, it hit her. “The world was spinning and I felt like death,” she says. “It was like the worst hangover you can...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

What all the recent United Airlines headlines may mean for travelers

Now that the dust has almost settled from United Airlines’ infamous passenger-expulsion incident, travelers are left with several important and largely unanswered questions about how this kerfuffle...

DATE: May 7, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Disabled passengers decry upcharges

Flying with a disability is never easy, but in the past, airlines have lightened the burden a little by offering passengers such as Scott Nold advance seat assignments. Nold, a retired bus...

DATE: April 30, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Ticked off over a ticket? Try using some tech tools

Who is sending Katherine Johnson’s daughter parking tickets? The Miami Parking Authority’s citations, usually for $42 apiece, have arrived in the mail intermittently since 2014 for violations that...

DATE: April 23, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Rule to disclose all airline fees suffers setback

The U.S. Transportation Department surprised the travel world last month by suspending the creation of an important new consumer-protection regulation. At issue was a Supplemental Notice of...

DATE: April 16, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Space invaders: When pat-downs get personal

When Barbara Leary went through the full-body scanner at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport recently, her hip replacements set off the alarm. She was directed to another line, where she underwent a...

DATE: April 9, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Tools, tricks to help you sleep on your next flight

The rumble of a jet engine is a comforting sound to some air travelers, making it easy to sleep on virtually any flight. For others, just the thought of being trapped in a pressurized aluminum tube...

DATE: April 2, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How to tip the airline scales in your favor

Airport luggage scales lie. It’s not an uncommon allegation. And sometimes, it’s actually true. Ticket counter weights in Phoenix, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Seattle have been found to be...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Will long airport lines plague spring-break travelers?

If you’re already bracing for a long airport security line during the spring break travel season, then you must remember last year. You do, don’t you? That’s when Transportation Security...

DATE: March 12, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Travelers fret about Wi-Fi, but it might be about to get better

When it comes to travel, Internet access has never been more ubiquitous – or more underwhelming. Don’t take my word for it. Just ask Wendy Lewis, who says she spends a good part of every trip...

DATE: March 5, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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