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The Helms-Burton Law has implications for the travel industry. Please read my interview: "The What's-Next Scenario for H...
11/08/2019
The What's-Next Scenario for Helms-Burton Claimants

The Helms-Burton Law has implications for the travel industry. Please read my interview: "The What's-Next Scenario for Helms-Burton Claimants" We interview US attorney Daniel Zim on the "what's next scenario," #interview inspired by the recent outburst of #helmsburton cases in the media: bit.ly/2NR8tV7

Cuba Business Report’s editor interviews U.S. attorney, Daniel R. Zim, on the “what’s-next” scenario for Helms-Burton claimants. Mr. Zim is the principal attorney at Zim Travel Law, PLLC, a firm specializing in travel law located in Fairfax County, Virginia. He is also the author of… You m...

Sad news: Judge Thomas Dickerson, author of the indispensable work  "Travel Law," has died. He was a prolific writer and...
07/31/2018
Thomas Dickerson, Former Appellate Justice, 2nd Department, Dies at 74 | New York Law Journal

Sad news: Judge Thomas Dickerson, author of the indispensable work "Travel Law," has died. He was a prolific writer and one of the greatest minds in the legal specialty known as travel law. Judge Dickerson left the travel industry with a tremendous gift in his life-long compilation of writings and expert analysis of travel case law and regulations. Judge Dickerson will be greatly missed. His immeasurable contribution and memory will endure. https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/07/30/thomas-dickerson-former-appellate-justice-2nd-department-dies-at-74/

Former Second Department Justice Thomas Dickerson who turned cases representing travelers whose dream vacations went awry into the field we now know as travel law died July 26 at age 74.

Turkey has suspended all visa services regarding the U.S. citizens at its diplomatic and consular missions in the U.S. T...
10/10/2017
Erdogan 'upset' by US visa suspension

Turkey has suspended all visa services regarding the U.S. citizens at its diplomatic and consular missions in the U.S. This measure applies to sticker visas as well as e-Visas commonly obtained at the airport in Istanbul or at other border entry points. The U.S. has also suspended visa operations in its consulates in Turkey.

There is no telling how long the bilateral dispute will last. If you have booked trips to Turkey for clients you should warn them that they may be denied entry upon arrival. Passengers with reservations to travel to Turkey may need to first travel to a Turkish embassy in a third country in order to get a visa to enter Turkey. If a client wants to cancel a trip due inaccessibility issues, the client's ability to get a refund for the trip will depend on airline and supplier rules and/or the terms of the trip cancellation insurance if such a policy was purchased. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41556557

Turkey and the US scaled back visa services after a US consulate worker in Istanbul was arrested.

07/25/2017
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The White House has just published new FAQ's on Trump's new Cuba policy. New regulations still need to be written but there are two significant changes that affect travel: (1) the individual people-to-people exchanges started under the Obama administration have been abolished, and (2) U.S. travelers will be prohibited from purchasing goods and services from entities owned or operated by the Cuban military, including certain government-run hotels and restaurants.

The State Department plans to publish a list of blacklisted businesses that have a connection with the Cuban military. U.S. travelers are supposed to consult that list before making a travel related purchase. See http://tinyurl.com/yceg3w2g

04/13/2017
United Airlines' Own Contract Denied it any Right to Remove Passenger

Airlines are afforded a lot advantages in the Airline Deregulation Act and other federal regulations and it usually appears that the deck is staked in favor of the carrier. However, in law, facts and contract terms matter.

There is a clear difference between being "denied boarding" and being "refused transport" as defined by United in its Contract of Carriage. United apparently misapplied provisions of its own agreement with its passengers and therefore passenger David Dao's removal from the plane was unlawful, argues a Cornell University Law Professor. http://www.dorfonlaw.org/2017/04/united-airlines-own-contract-denied-it.html?m=1

by Jens David Ohlin On Sunday, United Airlines passenger David Dao was forcibly removed from his United Airlines flight when he refused t...

This is a first for me. I never heard of a travel agency where you can buy guns under the same family ownership. But if ...
04/11/2017
Gun store, travel agency burn in intense Somerset fire - The Boston Globe

This is a first for me. I never heard of a travel agency where you can buy guns under the same family ownership. But if you are going to attempt this business model (or any business model) it's important to inspect your electrical outlets and wiring which could likely be the cause of this fire. https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/04/09/gun-store-travel-agency-burn-intense-somerset-fire/PqkcGgxDmSaKVZCWDIqodK/story.html

The gun store was not scheduled to be open Sunday and the travel agency was set to be open until 4 p.m.

Know the rules about getting bumped off a flight. Investigators have found that "airlines rarely pay passengers the full...
04/11/2017
Reminder: If United (Or Any Other Airline) Bumps You, It's Supposed To Pay You

Know the rules about getting bumped off a flight. Investigators have found that "airlines rarely pay passengers the full amount to which they’re entitled." Also be aware that passengers who are involuntarily denied boarding are offered a lot more compensation than passengers who voluntarily give up their seat. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/united-bump-overbooking-cash_us_58ebbfebe4b0c89f91205466?

There are other options besides dragging someone off a flight.

Set a reminder for next year! That's when the TSA will begin strictly enforcing REAL ID requirements at airport security...
01/04/2017
REAL ID warning signs appear at airports

Set a reminder for next year! That's when the TSA will begin strictly enforcing REAL ID requirements at airport security checkpoints. Driver’s licenses and state-issued ID cards from these nine non-compliant states won’t be accepted: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington. If you own a travel business you will want to include this information in your disclaimer documents and train your staff to advise clients to bring a U.S. Passport or other federally issued and approved ID until all states become REAL ID-compliant. http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2017/01/03/real-id-requirements/96113728/

Have you ever wondered how passengers get man's best friend in airplane cabins? I wrote about it in a column this month ...
09/09/2016
Dog is My Co-Pilot: Getting a Qualified Service or Support Dog in Coach for Free

Have you ever wondered how passengers get man's best friend in airplane cabins? I wrote about it in a column this month -http://www.travelresearchonline.com/blog/index.php/2016/09/dog-is-my-co-pilot-getting-a-qualified-service-or-support-dog-in-coach-for-free/

People who love to travel as much as they love their pets face a dilemma whenever they travel by air. They can either board their pets for the duration of their sojourn or they can bring their pet with them. Owners of non-travelling pets have no shortage of local boarding options (there are even Air...

Soon you can book scheduled air service to Cuba. No more need to use a costly charter air service with cumbersome bookin...
06/10/2016
UPDATE 1-U.S. approves flights to Cuba by six American carriers

Soon you can book scheduled air service to Cuba. No more need to use a costly charter air service with cumbersome booking conditions and long airport wait times. Interesting that DOT only selected one legacy carrier among six airlines to provide regular flights to Cuba. http://tinyurl.com/hjpeysr

The United States approved scheduled flights to Cuban cities other than Havana from five U.S. cities, with service starting as soon as this fall...

I've never been a fan of Lufthansa's travel agency booking surcharge but calls for an antitrust investigation by Senator...
06/09/2016
Senators ask for investigation into Lufthansa's 'distribution cost charge': Travel Weekly

I've never been a fan of Lufthansa's travel agency booking surcharge but calls for an antitrust investigation by Senators Lee, Klobouchar and Blumenthal seems trivial at best. http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Government/Senators-ask-for-investigation-into-Lufthansa-distribution-cost-charge

Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) questioned whether Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr violated the Sherman Antitrust Act last June and July when he made public statements expressing his hope that other airlines would also introduce DCCs.

Jean Medina, the A4A spokeswoman, is flat-out wrong! Fewer carryons means shorter security lines. By incentivizing the c...
05/27/2016
Maybe those TSA checkpoint lines would shrink if the airlines stopped charging for checked bags

Jean Medina, the A4A spokeswoman, is flat-out wrong! Fewer carryons means shorter security lines. By incentivizing the cargo area over the overhead bin more people will make their flights but it could also mean that more checked bags miss their flights since TSA attention would be diverted to the cargo area. Still, what is better a human being misses their flight or their baggage?

Also, airlines began charging for bags in 2008. So her chart comparing bag stats from 2010 to 2016 is non-instructive. Why doesn't Ms. Medina prepare a chart comparing bag stats from 2007 to 2016 instead? That could actually show some worthwhile data. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2016/05/23/maybe-those-tsa-checkpoint-lines-would-shrink-if-the-airlines-stopped-charging-for-checked-bags/

People would use wheelbarrow carry-ons if they could to avoid paying fees to check a suitcase.

With Sen. Joe Manchin's endorsement yesterday, a bill to end the ban on travel to Cuba (S.299) now enjoys the sponsorshi...
05/25/2016
La mitad de los senadores de EEUU apoyan públicamente ley pro libertad de viaje a Cuba

With Sen. Joe Manchin's endorsement yesterday, a bill to end the ban on travel to Cuba (S.299) now enjoys the sponsorship of exactly half of the U.S. Senate. 50 Senators! Anyone want to take bets on when this bill will be available for President Obama's signature? http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2016/05/24/la-mitad-de-los-senadores-de-eeuu-apoyan-publicamente-ley-pro-libertad-de-viaje-a-cuba/#.V0WVjV6DWKE

El senador número 50, de los 100 que ocupan escaño en la cámara alta del Congreso de los Estados Unidos, acaba de copatrocinar el proyecto de Ley para eliminar la prohibición de viajar a Cuba. De acuerdo con declaraciones de la organización Engage Cuba a Cubadebate, el senador Joe Manchin, Demócrata...

Folks, don't let amateur journalists misinform the public on the value of travel agents. See my reply comment at the bot...
05/18/2016
Why Travel Agents No Longer Have Jobs: How AirBnB, Orbitz Ruled Tourism

Folks, don't let amateur journalists misinform the public on the value of travel agents. See my reply comment at the bottom of this article. http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/21754/20160517/start-up-gathering-travel-agents-back-industry.htm

Gone are the days when travel agents are needed for booking a trip for a vacation to other cities, towns or overseas. Gone are the days when a live person is needed to connect travellers to reserve and purchase airline tickets, to reserve and purchase hotel room bookings, and to reserve and purchase...

Sen. Bob Casey just became the 49th co-sponsor of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act. The Act also enjoys majority suppor...
05/11/2016
Casey: Americans Should be Allowed Unrestricted Travel to Cuba

Sen. Bob Casey just became the 49th co-sponsor of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act. The Act also enjoys majority support in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and by its Chairman Bob Corker.This year 77 Representatives co-sponsored the companion bill in the House bringing the total number of House co-sponsors to 123. The end of the ban on travel to Cuba has never looked more likely! https://www.casey.senate.gov/newsroom/releases/casey-americans-should-be-allowed-unrestricted-travel-to-cuba

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has announced that he is cosponsoring Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, which would allow Americans unrestricted travel to Cuba.

It's rare for travel agents to be sued over terrorist incidents and it's even rarer for plaintiffs to prevail in those c...
05/11/2016
Widow of Tunisia terrorism attack sues travel agent

It's rare for travel agents to be sued over terrorist incidents and it's even rarer for plaintiffs to prevail in those cases (remember the Achille Laura suit). Yet,the widow in this case asserts a colorable claim, the key issue being whether the travel agent ignored the following travel alert issued by the British Foreign Office: "high threat from terrorism [in Tunisia], including kidnapping. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including places visiting by foreigners." http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/252253,Widow-of-Tunisia-terrorism-attack-sues-travel-agent

The widow of one of the Polish victims of the terrorist attacks at the Bardo museum has sued the travel agent which sold the couple their tickets.

USPTO denies trademark protection for Booking.com deciding it's too generic. The ruling is consistent with the rejection...
03/04/2016
The Priceline Negotiator Fails: BOOKING.COM Is Rejected As A Trademark | JD Supra

USPTO denies trademark protection for Booking.com deciding it's too generic. The ruling is consistent with the rejection of Hotels.com in 2008. http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-priceline-negotiator-fails-booking-25514/

A Priceline.com LLC-owned company, Booking.com B.V. (“BBV”), sought to register with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), the term BOOKING.COM as a trademark in...

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