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Which U.S. Airline Is on Time the Most?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/21/2020, 5:30 PM

Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time record of any U.S. carrier in 2019, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Of all the flights operated by the Honolulu-based airline last year, 87.7% arrived on schedule. Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines came next in the rankings, with on-time arrival rates of 83.5% and 81.3% respectively. The pokiest planes, ...

The Word Is Out: Language Museum Soon to Open in D.C.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/17/2020, 11:45 PM

A new museum dedicated to language is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C., on May 31. Housed in the renovated Franklin School building—site of one of the city's first public schools—Planet Word has set a lofty mission to "renew and inspire a love of words, language, and reading as the foundation of a strong modern democracy." As at many museums nowadays, historical and scientific artifacts...

Another European Airline Goes Kaput: Arrivederci, Air Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/13/2020, 6:30 PM

Air Italy is shutting down and going into liquidation, the Milan-based carrier announced this week. According to a statement on the airline's website, "all Air Italy flights will be operated by other carriers" up to February 25. All passengers who have booked flights for after that date will receive full refunds. The "other carriers" aren't named, but the statement does say that dates and ti...

Trainers Will Stop Riding Dolphins at SeaWorld

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/11/2020, 2:30 PM

SeaWorld shows featuring trainers riding or standing on dolphins are now a thing of the past. In a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SeaWorld Entertainment revealed that it's halting such stunts at its parks in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego. The letter addresses a shareholder proposal from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has long decried d...

Beyond the Beach: Fun Things to Do in Miami Without Showing Off Your Abs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/11/2020, 12:00 AM

When you need a break from beaches and bars, the Greater Miami area has all kinds of rewards—diverse cultural experiences, vibrant street art, and one of the world’s most unique ecosystems first among them. And you can experience all of it without being cooped up indoors. 

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Trump Suspends Global Entry Enrollment for New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/06/2020, 12:00 AM

As of Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has blocked residents of New York State from enrolling in Global Entry and other programs that allow for expedited border crossings.  The Trump administration claimed its move was made in response to the state's new Green Light Law, which makes it possible for undocumented immigrants living in New York to get driver's licenses.  ...

Best Places in the U.S. for a Spring Vacation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/24/2020, 12:00 AM

Our roundup of the best places in the United States for a vacation in March, April, and May.

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End of an Era: The Oldest Harrah's Casino Is Closing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/21/2020, 10:45 PM

Harrah's Reno has occupied its downtown spot in that Nevada city since 1937, when founder William F. Harrah opened his first bingo parlor. The place eventually expanded into a hotel and casino and spawned several offshoots, all of which are now part of Caesars Entertainment. But luck has run out for that first Harrah's. Caesars and VICI Properties have announced that they're selling the ve...

Rome Bans Souvenir Stands Next to Iconic Sites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/14/2020, 6:15 PM

Tourists in the market for a Pope Francis bobblehead may have a tougher time finding that souvenir on the streets of Rome this year. The city has banned stalls selling mugs, magnets, figurines, and other trinkets next to several iconic sites, including the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Piazza Navona. The new regulation, which went into effect January 1, gives the boot to 17 souv...

Carnival Cruise Line Bans "Offensive" Clothing Aboard Ships

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/09/2020, 10:00 PM

Passengers on cruises used to wear tuxedos and evening gowns. Now one cruise company has determined that standards have slipped so far that it had to issue an explicit ban on "offensive" clothing. Carnival Cruise Line recently made that revision to its onboard dress code. "All guests are expected to ensure their clothing and accessories are respectful to fellow guests," reads a new addition to ...

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