About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Aviation lunacy isn’t just limited

Aviation lunacy isn’t just limited to the TSA. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that United airlines may face a fine of up to $1.5 million for failure to replace a nut on 3 engines in 1999. Why is this lunacy? If there’s a safety issue at United, it’s 3 years old. This suggests FAA isn’t doing a very good job at finding and resolving current problems. There were no accidents or engine failures as a result of the nut. United replaced them. The paperwork is in order. United should have replaced the nut with a stronger one as dictated by the FAA. Maybe they should have done it faster. But this is three years old and not a current safety problem. Why is the FAA examining such old records? Why aren’t they more concerned with guaranteeing…

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Prosperity For All: things are

Prosperity For All: things are better than they’ve ever been. “For many people, owning a home defines the American Dream, and 68 percent of families now do — the highest percentage on record. Three-quarters of Americans drive their own cars. The vast majority of households possess color televisions (98 percent), videocassette recorders (94 percent), microwave ovens (90 percent), frost-free refrigerators (87 percent), washing machines (83 percent), and clothes dryers (75 percent). In the past decade or so, computers and cell phones have become commonplace. . . . 135 million Americans now own mobile telephones.” — from “Off the Books” in the August 2002 issue of Reason. (Link via Dan Pink’s Just One Thing.)

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The Comedian is

The Comedian is covering the story with two posts on the failing air marshall program and impending airport delays due to the federalization of security. Check it out.

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Airline Bladder Rule Must Go

Airline Bladder Rule Must Go So We Can, Too. From two weeks back — I missed this call for repeal of the American Bladder Control Testing Act of 2001, the rule that says you may not get up to pee during the last half our before landing at Washington’s National Airport. Well, you and I can’t, but Representative Sanford Bishop can…

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