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After Backlash, Frontier Airlines Drops Social Distancing Fee

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/07/2020, 9:00 AM

Frontier Airlines has abandoned plans to charge passengers extra to fly next to empty middle seats on flights, according to news reports.  The move was made following widespread (and well-deserved) criticism of the fee from social media users, media commentators—including Frommer's—and even members of Congress.  The $39 empty-seat charge, which was set to go into effect on May 8 and last thr...

Adorable Canine Instagrammer Has NYC’s Top Tourist Sites to Himself

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/06/2020, 1:00 PM

By now, you've probably seen plenty of eerie photos showing normally crowded tourist sites looking desolate amid the pandemic lockdown.  You know what makes them look less desolate? Parking a deadpan yellow lab in the foreground.  In New York, that cityscape-brightening service is being provided by an Instagram account started by Craig Karpel and starring his dog, Farley.      ...

Frontier Airlines Will Let You Socially Distance—for a Price

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/05/2020, 12:00 PM

One thing you can always count on from the airlines: They will never run out of excuses to charge extra fees.  Now an airline is charging passengers more if they want to observe CDC recommendations. This latest example of nickel-and-diming ingenuity in air travel comes from Frontier Airlines.  Yesterday, the Denver-based carrier unveiled its new "More Room" seating option in response to fly...

Southwest Airlines Introduces New Social Distancing Rules

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/04/2020, 12:00 PM

Southwest Airlines has introduced new social distancing measures at airport gates and in the skies.  As of May 2, the airline is following a temporarily modified boarding process and is limiting the number of passengers per plane.  With regard to boarding, at the airport gate 10 people at a time will now be called in sequential order based on the numbered boarding position on their tickets. ...

Ja, Tulips Are Still Blooming in the Netherlands! See For Yourself

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/01/2020, 3:00 PM

For the first time in 71 years, Holland's Keukenhof, the famed garden southwest of Amsterdam, is closed for tulip season.  During ordinary springs, the garden's elaborate, kaleidoscopic displays make it a locus of tulip mania, with multitudes of colorful bulbs rivaled in number only by the multitudes of tourists.  Although visitors can't see Keukenhof in person this year, gardeners planted a...

WATCH: Baby Turtles Hatch and Go to Sea at Island Resort in Thailand

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2020, 11:30 PM

About 200 green sea turtles have hatched and waddled their way to the ocean this month on the beach of a luxury resort in Thailand.  The mother turtle laid the eggs in late February and early March on the sands of the Banyan Tree Samui resort, located on the island of Ko Samui. Ever since, the nests have been carefully tended to by the hotel's marine biologist, Thepsuda Loyjiw, along with th...

Duck Boats Are Not Safe, Government Agency Warns

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/29/2020, 2:00 PM

The deadly sinking of a duck boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, could have been avoided, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded.  The accident occurred in July 2018 when an amphibious sightseeing vehicle operated by Ride the Ducks (part of Ripley Entertainment Inc.) went down during a severe storm. Seventeen people died, including nine members of the same fam...

Look at the PPE Suits AirAsia Is Testing for Flight Attendants

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/29/2020, 10:00 AM

Sure, you all laughed in early March when Naomi Campbell showed up at the airport in a hazmat suit.  Turns out the supermodel was, as usual, ahead of the fashion curve.  Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia is reportedly testing the use of head-to-toe PPE (personal protective equipment) suits for cabin crews on certain flights in the Philippines.  The airline has not officially announc...

Aloha Also Means Goodbye: Hawaii Extends Stay-at-Home Order

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/27/2020, 11:00 AM

Several U.S. states, including Florida and Georgia, have begun lifting lockdown restrictions in spite of the global pandemic.  Not Hawaii, though. On Saturday, Gov. David Ige extended that state's stay-at-home order through May 31. The same goes for the mandatory two-week quarantine every visitor to Hawaii must undergo after arrival.  “This was not an easy decision," Ige said in a state...

How to File an FAA or Consumer Complaint Against an Airline: A Guide to Directing Your Government Grievances

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/24/2020, 10:45 PM

When is it time to report an airline to the Federal Aviation Administration or other Department of Transportation agency? And more importantly, how do you do it?

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