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Consumer Reports Magazine

October 2016
October 2016

Cover Story

5 Ways to Make Your Connecting Flights
Don't arrive too late at the gate.
9 Ways to Save Money and Your Sanity
Following these tips will take some of the sting out of flying in economy, help you stay healthy, and protect you from losses when things don’t go as planned
Combating Air Rage
Experts say that today’s crowded airplanes are ripe environments for conflict between passengers. Here’s how to deal when tempers flare in the air.
How to Get the Lowest Airfares
We searched for almost 400 fares on nine travel booking websites to find out which deliver the lowest prices. What we found surprised us—­and could save you a lot of money.
Secrets to Stress-Free Flying
Fed up with endless fees, cramped seats, long lines, and crazy connections? Use our strategies to fly saner, safer, and cheaper.

Features

Consumer Reports Reviews Blue Apron
Consumer Reports Reviews HelloFresh
Consumer Reports Reviews Plated
Consumer Reports Reviews Purple Carrot
Get the Most Out of Your Meals
Six facts about meal kits to consider before you dig in
Meal Delivery Services Put Dinner on Your Doorstep
Blue Apron, Purple Carrot, and others are changing the way Americans make dinner. Consumer Reports put their easy, fresh, and tasty claims to the test.
Medical Privacy Laws, Explained
What you need to know about HIPAA and more
Protect Yourself From Medical Identity Theft
Take steps to safeguard your personal health information—and know what to do if your data has been breached
The Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records
Digital health histories offer the promise of better and more efficient healthcare, but are still a work in progress
The Rise of Medical Identity Theft
When thieves take your personal data to get prescription drugs, doctor care, or surgery, it can endanger your health and trash your finances

Insights

Can Virtual Reality Make You Sick?
From nausea to pain relief, the effects of virtual reality on health are still being investigated
The Promise of a Post-Driver Life
In this third in a series of opinion essays by thought leaders, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author forecasts the future of transportation
Transportation Evolution: Keeping Roads, Rails, and Skyways Safe
For 80 years, Consumer Reports has been at the forefront of testing, advising, and advocating for safety and innovation in all manner of transportation choices
VR That Is Out of This World
Virtual reality is making it possible to have wild and wonderful adventures without ever leaving your living room

Product Updates

Generator Safety Tips That Will Get You Through a Storm, and Maybe Save Your Life
Generator mishaps result in 50 fatalities each year
How to Prepare for a Prolonged Power Outage
Increasingly severe weather and aging infrastructure are exposing Americans to longer power outages
Should You Choose a Stationary or Portable Generator?
Your power needs, spending power, and ability to roll out the generator when it’s needed are chief criteria for choosing what’s best

Road Report

2016 Buick Cascada Review
Responding to a market gap for a roomy convertible, the Buick Cascada offers a drop top worth considering
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Review
The sixth-generation Camaro keeps its brawny pedigree and adds nimble handling
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Review
If you’ve thought of the Malibu only as a workmanlike rental car, prepare to be very pleasantly surprised
2017 Kia Sportage Review
With a better ride and smart touches, the Kia Sportage jumps almost to the top of its class
Best and Worst Cars of 2016
Put yourself in the driver's seat with these findings based on our tests of more than 70 models
New Cars Coming Soon
If you don’t need to buy right now, you might want to wait for these promising newcomers

Departments

Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace
From Our President: Making Airspace Your Space
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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