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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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United Airlines Flight Attendants Now Required to Wear Masks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/24/2020, 8:30 AM

Starting today, United Airlines requires all flight attendants to wear masks while on board aircraft.  The company is the largest U.S. carrier to adopt that policy, which has previously been put in place at Frontier Airlines.  United says the order is in keeping with social-distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  According to CNN, flight attendants will...

Frank Lloyd Wright Sites Are Sharing Weekly Virtual Visits

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/23/2020, 5:00 PM

We wouldn't mind being quarantined in a Frank Lloyd Wright house. For one thing, the famed architect was all about bringing the outdoors in, which sounds like a promising treatment for claustrophobia.  For another, we figure his designs would look cool on Zoom—no virtual background needed.  Of course, Wright's buildings are currently not open even to visitors, much less pandemic squatters...

Vegas Mayor Wants Casinos to Reopen—No Matter What

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/23/2020, 10:00 AM

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has kicked up her crusade to reopen the city's casinos, restaurants, shops, and other nonessential businesses in spite of the global pandemic.  The mayor has given several media interviews this week, including a 25-minute CNN appearance that can only be described as cuckoo bananas.  Speaking with anchor Anderson Cooper, Goodman called for an immediate end to N...

WATCH: The Year's First Baby Bison Appear in South Dakota

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2020, 1:00 PM

A bison would make a good mascot for social distancing. Though the woolly animals may look invitingly pettable, getting too close can have disastrous consequences for humans—as the National Park Service made clear last summer with its "Wildlife Petting Chart" illustrating the best parts of a buffalo to touch (there aren't any).   Q8 #ParkChat We also use social media to promote wildlife safety...

Listen to These Soothing Nature Sounds When You Can’t Explore Outdoors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/21/2020, 4:15 PM

Make every day Earth Day! These natural soundscapes available for free online will help calm your frazzled nerves and get you dreaming of future explorations.

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