Charlie Leocha

Director, Consumer Travel Alliance

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Director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington, DC

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JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater has achieved folk-hero status by denouncing a passenger on a JetBlue aircraft's public address system, grabbing a beer and sliding down the…

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