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Steep Decline in Paris Tourism Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2016, 4:00 AM

From January to June of this year, a million fewer people visited Paris compared with the same period in 2015.  If you follow the news, you shouldn't have trouble figuring out the reasons for this sharp dropoff: recent attacks by Islamist militants in Paris as well as other locations in France including Nice and Normandy. Labor strikes and flooding in the French capital earlier this year h...

TSA, Airports, and Congress Get Security Wait Times Under Control

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

After a frustrating spring filled with long, slow-moving security lines at airports, Congress, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airlines, and airports banded together to take action in June—and it looks like it paid off, at least in the short term.  While getting through security regularly took an hour or more in May, the TSA says that by the end of July the average wait t...

Top Sellers at U.S. Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2016, 12:30 PM

What's the number-one item sold at the country's airports? Chewing gum? Us Weekly? Those oh-so-fashionable neck pillows? Those aren't even in the top 10. According to Hudson Group, which has more than 950 stores (once known as Hudson News, now just Hudson) in airports and transportation terminals across the United States, five different brands and sizes of bottled water were the company's ...

Furor Over Norwegian Cruise Line's New Beverage Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 1:00 AM

A new beverage policy adopted by Norwegian Cruise Line has kicked up a storm on the internet. Numerous fans and passengers have expressed outrage via social media over a rule banning people from bringing any outside beverages—including a single bottle of water—aboard the company's ships. It has become common practice among cruisers to bring along extra cases of bottled water or soda for drinki...

Bill to Tighten Airport Security and Speed Up Lines Gets the Go-Ahead

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 12:00 PM

A bipartisan aviation bill designed to heighten airport security measures while shortening security lines was approved by the transportation committees in both houses of Congress on Wednesday. The bill would also require airlines to give you a refund for fees for checked bags when luggage is lost or delayed 12 hours or more on domestic flights or 15 hours or more on international flights. ...

US Airports Tighten Security After Istanbul Attack

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/01/2016, 12:15 PM

If you're passing through an airport this weekend, expect huge crowds and heightened security measures. The crowds are due to the July Fourth holiday, of course. The heightened security comes in response to suicide bombings by suspected Islamic State militants at Istanbul's main airport, where 41 people were killed and 239 injured. Airports have been reluctant to get specific about what th...

Elevated Park Opens at WTC Site

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 8:45 PM

An elevated park overlooking the World Trade Center memorial opened in New York City on Wednesday. Modeled after Manhattan's popular High Line, the 1-acre, $50 million Liberty Park helps cover up a security building used to screen vehicles entering the site of the September 11 attacks. The park's most striking feature is its "Living Wall," a vertical garden featuring more than 22,000 plants. Lo...

Deadly Suicide Bombings at Istanbul Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 11:45 AM

Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport last night, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 230. According to Turkish officials, police shot at the attackers near the entrance to the international terminal, where they detonated their explosives. They did not make it through security. All flights were temporarity suspended at the airport—Istanbul's largest and busi...

TSA PreCheck Delays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 11:15 PM

The Transportation Security Administration reports that the number of travelers signing up for its PreCheck program—which allows you to move through airport security faster and without removing your shoes and taking electronics out of your luggage—has more than tripled in the last few months, surging to an average of 16,000 applicants a day in May. The result? You guessed it: long delays i...

Travel Briefing: Airport Lines, An Imploded Casino, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2016, 1:15 PM

The Riviera in Las Vegas (photo by Ashwin Kumar/Flickr) Welcome to the middle of the week! And welcome to our brand-new daily roundup of travel-related news and information gathered from across the internet. Check this space daily for fresh updates. Here's what's going on in the world of travel today. * ORLANDO THEME PARKS STEPPING UP SECURITY AFTER NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING (New York Ti...

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