29 Aug 2014

Why Airlines Will Regret The Transparent Airfares Act – Forbes.com

At the end of last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, but let’s be blunt: the bill does the opposite of what the name implies, at least from the passenger point of view. If enacted, it would allow airlines to quote airfares excluding taxes and fees, which in some cases can come to nearly 50 percent of the ticket cost. Where’s the transparency in that?

The airline industry has been pushing the bill for a while now, and I get why: When tickets cost more, airlines sell fewer of them. And the airlines don’t want to look like the bad guys raising fares, when all they’re doing is passing along government-imposed taxes and fees.

Read the full story on my …

01 Jul 2014

High-Low: Pittsburgh – Westways Magazine

Pittsburgh may be nicknamed the Steel City, but nowadays, it runs clean and green on education, medicine, and high-tech industries. World-class cultural institutions, ethnic dining, and natural and architectural beauty create additional surprises for visitors.

Worth It: The Andy Warhol Museum offers seven floors of exploration into the life and cutting-edge art of Pittsburgh’s favorite son, from Warhol’s humble beginnings to his vastly more than 15 minutes of fame. Admission, $10–$20. (412) 237-8300. The Mattress Factory has ever-changing, ever-challenging art installations, such as the room of mirrors, mannequins, and hot-red polka dots by Yayoi Kusama. $10–$15. (412) 231-3169.

On the Cheap: For $2.50 each way, the funicular Duquesne Incline, built in 1877, whisks passengers 400 feet up Mount Washington in about 180 …

30 Jun 2014

The New Technology That Could Cut Public Restroom Wait Times By 50%


The annual 4th of July fireworks won’t be the only light show inspiring awe at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Concertgoers at the iconic Los Angeles venue are also ooh-ing and ahh-ing over new technology called Tooshlights, which is reducing restroom wait times.

It’s a simple yet elegant solution to the bane of concert, theater and sports event attendees everywhere. A light above each restroom stall glows green when the stall door is open and turns red when the door is locked, instantly showing which stalls are available.

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

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08 Mar 2014

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5 Great Escapes from Orlando’s Theme Parks – Forbes

22 Feb 2014

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In Oklahoma City, re-imagined landmarks on the menu – Los Angeles Times

11 Dec 2013

Chinon Legato

10 Great Gifts For Travelers – 2013 Edition – Forbes

31 Oct 2013

Betty White

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

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


Andy Quoted in Conde-Nast Traveler

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

image: Andrew Bender

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

09 Apr 2013


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