Category Archives: Technology

National Opt-Out Day: November 24, 2010

For those of you who loathe at the thought of going through a Advanced Imaging Technology, or AIT, full-body scanner machine at an airport security checkpoint, you can choose to participate in National Opt-Out Day: November 24, 2010, aimed at effectively calling negative attention to the use of these machines in the hopes of eventually lessening or eliminating their use altogether because of privacy and health concerns.

However, some argue that National Opt-Out Day will be ineffective, as it calls for travelers to “opt-out” of being scanned by a full-body imaging machine and instead undergo the alternative of an enhanced — and some say invasive — pat-down of your entire body which includes the touching of your private areas by Transportation Security Administration — or TSA — personnel. There are those who argue that the alternative is worse than the machines targeted by this protest.

Another argument against this movement is that it will allegedly inhibit travel by unnecessarily increasing lines and wait times at airport security checkpoints.

The most incredible part of all of this is that these invasive airport security procedures are allegedly financed by you through fees that are a part of the airfare that you paid.

TruPrice adds rental car fees to allow a truly “eye-opening” travel planning experience!

We at TruPrice are proud to give the traveling public yet another valuable travel pricing tool as we’ve just launched TruPrice version 2.0.  Our newest release now allows leisure and business travelers to compare rental car fees at 450 facilities across the US including Alaska and Hawaii.  Simply follow the same process as with our airline fee calculator by selecting your city and rental car company of choice, input your base rental car rate with taxes, and select your additional items.  Voila!  You’ve TruPriced your rental car costs.

Not only does TruPrice show you the actual cost of the ancillary item and compute it automatically, but it also shows you if there’s a range of prices for a given item, what the rules are, and if a particular location lists the items as in stock or not.  And yes, TruPrice also shows you which companies do not post their fees thereby forcing consumers to find out at the counter…when it may be too late to change your reservation.

We hope you find our new addition useful and a value-added component of TruPrice.  If the revered travel guru Arthur Frommer is correct, then you’ll add TruPrice as an essential component of your travel planning.

Christopher Muise