If you live in one of these nine states, you’ll soon need a passport to fly domestically or enter a federal courthouse

Mary Schiavo   January 18, 2017   Comments Off on If you live in one of these nine states, you’ll soon need a passport to fly domestically or enter a federal courthouse

It was only a matter of time. Starting in January 2018, certain driver’s licenses may no longer be used as identification at TSA airport checkpoints. That’s not true for everyone, only residents from the nine states who, as of now, have failed to comply with a 2005 federal mandate to standardize the issuance of IDs, such as driver’s licenses, and non-compliant states that were granted an extended deadline.

What Airlines Not To Fly This Holiday Season

Mary Schiavo   December 16, 2016   Comments Off on What Airlines Not To Fly This Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, our thoughts (or more likely the thoughts of our college-age children on winter break) may turn to exploring the far-flung corners of the world. As your family plans its travel, you would be wise to make a list and check it twice—against the European Union list of banned carriers and the FAA list of nations which fail to meet the international safety standards of aviation. Checking these two lists may be the most important thing you do before you travel.

How fast is too fast for big rigs, buses? DOT proposes mandating reduced speed – but needs driver input

Mary Schiavo   October 28, 2016   Comments Off on How fast is too fast for big rigs, buses? DOT proposes mandating reduced speed – but needs driver input

Who among us hasn’t been startled by a large truck or bus whose driver appeared inattentive or was driving way too fast on the highway? If you lived to complain about it, consider yourself lucky. For thousands each year, these occurrences have deadly consequences. According to a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Transportation, speed-limiting technology and new federal safety regulations may be the quickest, most reliable way to slow trucks and buses down across the board, saving lives — and dollars spent on fuel.

Baby on Board? Pregnant passengers should ask their doctor — not their airline — whether it’s safe to fly. And by the way, where is the baby a citizen?

Mary Schiavo   August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Baby on Board? Pregnant passengers should ask their doctor — not their airline — whether it’s safe to fly. And by the way, where is the baby a citizen?

The birth of a baby girl on board a Cebu Pacific flight last week made international headlines and was met with well wishes and an airline gift of one million frequent flier miles for the baby. Despite delivering several weeks before her due date, the mother and baby are reportedly doing well. The flight crew nevertheless decided to divert the Dubai… Read more »

Amusement parks: Stop pretending we’re above the law when we’re talking about the laws of physics

Mary Schiavo   August 15, 2016   Comments Off on Amusement parks: Stop pretending we’re above the law when we’re talking about the laws of physics

There is nothing more tragic than the preventable death of a child. My heart aches for the family of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was tragically killed August 7 on the world’s tallest waterslide, the Verrukt, at Kansas City amusement park Schlitterbahn.