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Is It Safe to Choose Southwest Airlines This Holiday Season?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/26/2021, 1:00 PM

On the weekend starting October 8, Southwest Airlines went into an operational meltdown, resulting in a shortage of pilots and flight attendants that, the airline says, necessitated the cancellation of some 2,200 flights over several days. The Dallas Morning News, the airline's hometown newspaper, later reported that the Columbus Day cancellation tailspin cost Southwest Airlines $75 million. Ty...

If You Need a Covid Test to Fly, Be Careful—Timing Is Everything

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/25/2021, 1:00 PM

Dozens of countries, including the United States, now require each incoming air passenger to furnish a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before travel. But there's a pitfall in that directive, and unsuspecting passengers are falling into it. Not that we can blame them. Most airlines have issued confusing instructions written in broad legalistic generalities and mired in a ...

Warning! Hertz Still Slapping Erroneous Fees on Innocent Customers, Paper Says

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/22/2021, 9:00 AM

Hertz may have emerged from bankruptcy protection earlier this year, but for customers of the rental car company, warning lights are still flashing. The troubled brand that Vanity Fair called a "pandemic zombie" in 2020 can't seem to stop attacking customers who thought their car rentals were safely laid to rest. The press has been full of alarming instances of renters who say they did no wr...

Disney's Pay-to-Skip-Lines System Launches: 10 Crucial Discoveries from the Reactions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/20/2021, 12:15 AM

Lightning Lane, Disney's new automated system that charges visitors extra to jump the line, has debuted at Walt Disney World. Here's what observers learned about how it works (and doesn't work)....

United States to Finally Reopen Borders with Canada and Mexico

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/13/2021, 2:00 PM

Update, October 15: The government of the United States has finalized the date on which its borders will reopen to tourism: Monday November 8, 2021. Read the full details of the announcement. A specific date has not yet been set, but the promise has been made: For the first time since the spring of 2020, land crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico will reopen to nonessential trav...

These Are the Vaccines Accepted for Entry into the United States

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/11/2021, 2:00 PM

The USA will permit entry of foreign travelers as long as they have been vaccinated with a Covid-19 drug that appears on this list.

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The "Into the Wild" Bus Finally Goes on Display at a Museum

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/08/2021, 6:00 PM

For one day in June 2020, hikers in backcountry Alaska could glimpse a truly fanciful sight: a rusting, 1950s Fairbanks City Transit System bus flying over the treetops. In 1992, the nonfunctioning and long-abandoned vehicle had been the site of the starvation death of young hiker Chris McCandless, who sought refuge in it after being trapped in the area by a wild river. By 2020, local offici...

List of Airlines Requiring All Passengers to Be Vaccinated for Covid-19

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/08/2021, 12:00 PM

These airlines have made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory to fly on some or all routes—sometimes independent of the policies in destinations. 

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TSA Lowers PreCheck Renewal Fee (but Here's How to Get It for Free)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2021, 3:00 PM

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided it's time to lower the charge passengers pay to renew PreCheck memberships. TSA PreCheck is one of the federal government's Trusted Traveler Programs, which pre-clear passengers for speedier processing at security checkpoints at both ends of journeys. The TSA began accepting applications for 5-year memberships in PreCheck in 2013...

Here's Where They Filmed James Bond's "No Time to Die"

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/29/2021, 12:00 PM

If you've got the Aston Martin and the tuxedo, we've got the list of filming locations of the 2021 James Bond movie so you can retrace the secret agent's movements.

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