Is TSA planning to ban carry-on bags and electronics on airplanes?

There’s a laundry list of things you can’t bring on an airplane when you travel. But could carry-on bags and electronics like laptops and iPads be next on the list?

After some “chatter” from U.K. intelligence, U.S. counter-terrorism officials have discussed a possible ban on carry-on items, meaning while you sit in a metal tube for hours, you’ll have no iPhone. No laptop. No tablet. At least, that’s according to a new report from NPR.

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6 great ways to fly for cheap during the holidays

Now that Christmas is quickly approaching, there’s a lot of travel going on – and in many cases, if you haven’t yet booked your holiday travel, it’s going to get really (more) expensive, really fast.

Fortunately, there are solid ways to find pretty inexpensive travel through the New Year – though that’s not to say it’s always straightforward. A recent Wall Street Journal article suggests that Sundays are now the best day of the week to buy tickets, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to be significantly cheaper, especially if you’re buying within 7 or 14 days of travel.

Here we go with six ways to save big.

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4 ways to make sure your phone comes home with you

Just recently, Department of Homeland Security issued a new edict to certain airports – if your cell phone doesn’t turn on while you go through security, it won’t be allowed through. Allegedly, it’s to help combat terrorism – but you can form your own opinions on that.

So, as someone who travels frequently and frequently finds himself in airports, airplanes and Metro trains without a place to plug in, what’s a guy to do?

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Carpe Points Is Back

The first two months of 2014 have been positively nonstop. 18-hour-day after the next meant that there was little time to write more about what I love – traveling, which meant that there were no new posts during the month of January, and little in February. But now we’re back. Promise.

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Is Southwest’s $12.50 Earlybird Check-in worth it?

Southwest Airlines is a great no-frills airline with service across the United States, and now as a result of acquiring AirTran, now has service to the Caribbean. Although I don’t often fly them because their Rapid Rewards points don’t take me outside that area, it’s the easiest (read: nonstop) way to Vegas from San Diego — and generally pretty cheap.

A big part of their “no frills” aspect is that seats are not assigned at all; once you’re onboard the aircraft, you can pick any seat you want that’s available — and to get on the aircraft sooner, you want to check in as close to exactly 24 hours before your flight to get an A, B, or C number, which determines the order in which you board and is assigned sequentially upon check-in.

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