08 Mar 2014

5 Great Escapes from Orlando’s Theme Parks – Forbes

Gators - photo credit Wikipedia

I love Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando and Legoland Florida as much as the next 10 million guys, but it’s kind of the way I love chocolate fountains, dirty martinis and the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.” There’s a fine line between “Awesome!” and “Please Lord, make it stop!”

Take heart. There’s a whole other World, an alternative Universe, a different Land, in and around Orlando. Step away from the parks, hop into the rental car, and you’ll find a very genuine central Florida, worth a visit in its own right at prices a fraction of the theme parks’.

Read the full story on my Forbes Seat 1A site….

11 Dec 2013

10 Great Gifts For Travelers – 2013 Edition – Forbes

Chinon Legato

Just in time for 2013 holiday gift giving, we present this year’s hand-selected list of some of the newest, coolest stuff for the travelers in your life.

This year’s theme is ingenuity, thankfully still alive and well in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Some items are almost necessities (scarf that conceals your valuables, stainless steel wallets to block RFID scanners), others are envy-inducing nice-to-haves (Swiss train watch, wooden acoustic speaker for your iPhone, New York pastrami sandwich or Texas pecan pie shipped to a far-off place), while others are why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-these-befores? (caffeinated shaving cream in TSA-friendly tubes). What all these products have in common: they made us sit up and go “Whoa!”
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31 Oct 2013

In-Flight Videos Starring Betty White, Ninjas, Santa Claus Are Making Airline Passengers Pay Attention

Betty White

Flying these days can be a drag, right? But this month has seen a rush of airlines using comedy and hot dance numbers to spice up that dreariest part of the flight, the safety video.

Read the full story and see the videos on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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31 Oct 2013

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FAA Says Electronic Devices Now Allowed In-Flight. So Why The Heck Were We Turning Them Off All This Time?

27 Jun 2013


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06 Jun 2013


TSA Cancels Decision Allowing Knives On Planes

24 May 2013

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America’s Top 10 Beaches Of 2013 – Forbes.com

21 May 2013

The average amount of time, in minutes, it takes me to get through security using TSA Pre-Check. (Photo credit: Andrew Bender)

TSA Pre-Check Now Speeds International Travelers Through Airport Security – Forbes.com

01 May 2013


The Biggest Scam In Vegas May Be Your Taxi Ride – Forbes.com

24 Apr 2013

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Fashion-Forward Renovation At The InterContinental Chicago – Forbes.com

09 Apr 2013


Inside Legoland’s First U.S. Hotel Opening – Forbes.com

28 Mar 2013

Thankfully, things haven't gotten this bad...yet.

Report Confirms U.S. Airplanes Are Most Crowded Since WWII Era – Forbes

24 Mar 2013


FAA To Close 149 Air Traffic Control Towers Under Sequester: What It Means – Forbes.com

09 Mar 2013

pocket knife

TSA To Allow Pocket Knives On Board: Flight Attendants And Air Marshals Are Not Happy – Forbes

14 Feb 2013

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American Airlines And US Airways Merge: Passengers, Watch Out. – Forbes.com