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When revenue-hungry airlines play “chicken” with passengers

Here's a decision most of us will have to make the next time we fly: Should we splurge for a "premium" seat in economy class -- an aisle or a window seat -- or leave it to chance, and possibly end up in a middle seat?

Their passports sailed to the Bahamas, but they didn’t

Anne Newman's holiday cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas on the Carnival Pride got off to the worst start possible when two members of her party -- her brother and father -- were left standing at the dock because of a paperwork problem.

Are Air Berlin’s luggage scales a “scam”?

Luggage fees are a quick and relatively easy way for an airline to make money, but the European discount airlines have turned it into an artform. If your carry-on tips the scale a few grams over the limit, the price of your air transportation can routinely double, thanks to their punitive and arbitrary baggage surcharges.

Do you still have receipts for that TSA-approved lock?

Like many air travelers who are wary of having their luggage pilfered, Bobby Caldwell took every step he could to protect his property on a recent flight from Albuquerque, N.M., to Chicago. He packed his belonging in sturdy suitcases and secured them with TSA-approved locks.

Why won’t airlines cover stolen computers?

Here’s a question I get all the time: Why won’t an airline cover a lost or damaged computer in my checked luggage?

Hotel luggage theft: “He looked like a professional”

Athena Foley and her husband wish they'd never stayed at the Hotel Ändra. When they checked into the Seattle boutique hotel this summer, one of their bags was stolen after they surrendered it to the bellhop.

What the #$&! is going on with airline baggage fees?

Check this out: The latest luggage fee numbers, as reported by the federal government, show that the major airlines are collecting less for our checked suitcases. They haven't returned to the early 2007 levels, which were still pretty reasonable, but well off the highs reached in the second and third quarter of 2010.