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One More Airline Adopts Basic Economy Pricing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/31/2017, 9:45 PM

Monkey see, monkey do. The biggest airlines have now instituted new, bare-bones "basic economy" fares that strip passengers of the automatic right to checked bags or seat assignments unless they pay extra charges. Now Sun Country Airlines, a long-running Minneapolis-based airline that covers the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, has jumped on board. Its pricing structure is even more com...

National Park Fees May Triple, Become Unaffordable

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/26/2017, 11:00 AM

Entrance fees at many of the country's most popular national parks could soon go way up. To address a backlog of maintenance needs and infrastructure improvements, the National Park Service has proposed increasing admission charges to $70 per vehicle at 16 sites, up from the current fee of $25 to $30 depending on the park. That would mean more than doubling—or, in the case of the $25 fee, almos...

More Complex Screening Begins for U.S. Passengers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/25/2017, 12:00 AM

You might remember that last spring, several international airlines, mostly from predominantly Muslim countries, were banned from allowing laptops in passenger cabins. That, and the uneven application of the policy across airlines, caused a diplomatic furor, and some carriers even curtailed service to the United States. In response, the U.S. government reversed the requirement but dictated new secu...

Study: Booze Boosts Foreign Language Skills

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/24/2017, 9:30 PM

Alcohol improves your ability to speak a foreign language, according to a new study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.  Researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University, and King's College London devised an experiment in which 50 native German speakers who had recently learned Dutch were asked to down either booze or an alcohol-free control liquid. Participants were then inst...

Visit the World of the Hunger Games at a Dubai Theme Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2017, 8:45 PM

We're guessing the world of The Hunger Games wasn't intended to be the sort of place people would like to visit. After all, Suzanne Collins's hugely popular young adult novels—and their film adaptations—take place in a dystopian future where teenagers are forced to battle to the death for the entertainment of rich jerks. Nevertheless, you can now (safely) immerse yourself in the land of Katniss E...

Statues in Dublin Can Call Your Mobile Phone

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2017, 8:15 PM

In the famously word-drunk city of Dublin, even the statues now have the gift of gab.  As part of a new tourism project called Talking Statues Dublin, 10 of the Irish capital's most recognizable sculptural likenesses—including writers James Joyce (on Earl Street), Oscar Wilde (at Merrion Square), and George Bernard Shaw (at the National Gallery) as well as political figures James Larkin (on O'Con...

Dogs Now Welcome at Four Disney World Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2017, 11:30 PM

Pluto and Goofy are no longer the only dogs welcome at Walt Disney World (Goofy is supposed to be a dog, right?). The family entertainment mecca in Central Florida is now allowing pooches to stay with their human companions at four onsite hotels: Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, and the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort....

WATCH: Drone Footage Takes You Soaring Over the Swiss Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/17/2017, 8:45 PM

As any Instagrammer will tell you, it's not easy to capture the majesty of the Swiss Alps with a camera. But a new short film made from drone footage sure comes close.  Dubbed "Elevations," the roughly 3-minute video zips up and down snow-capped peaks, past waterfalls and jagged cliffs, to eye-popping panoramas you'll wish were your screensaver.  The film was created by Gabriel Kocher, a Montr...

Same-Sex Couples Can Now Get Married on Celebrity Cruises

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2017, 12:00 PM

Celebrity Cruises will soon begin offering legal weddings for same-sex couples aboard ships in international waters, the company announced on October 11 (which, not coincidentally, was National Coming Out Day). The move was made possible by a ruling in Malta, where the majority of the Miami-based line's ships are registered. The legally binding ceremonies will be performed by the fleet's captains...

Hotel Chain Brings Real-Time Sign Language Interpretation to Guests

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/11/2017, 8:30 PM

Travelers who are deaf or hearing-impaired can now make use of a cool new free service at Room Mate Hotels, a Spain-based chain with 22 properties in cities around the world, including Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Florence, and, in North America, New York, Miami, and Mexico City. Developed in collaboration with a company called Comunicados en Lengua de Signos, Room Mate's new program offers real...

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