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Pint-Size Princess Confronts Gaston at Disneyland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2016, 4:00 AM

Now let's discuss the big debate of the week. We're talking, of course, about Gaston vs. Snow White. Dressed as that particular Disney princess, a 6-year-old girl named Lucy encountered the Beauty and the Beast bully at Disneyland in California this week. Lucy's mom, Katie Pettit, was filming the interaction, but she didn't coax the youngster to give Gaston a piece of her mind. Lucy di...

Delta Unveils New Crew Uniforms

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: Instagram/@icontips) Delta Air Lines supplied a sneak peek at its new crew uniforms this week during a runway show in the company's hometown of Atlanta.  Created by celebrity fashion designer Zac Posen, the snappy new duds will be worn by more than 60,000 front-line workers, including flight attendants and customer-service agents at airports. It's Delta's biggest uniform o...

No More Free Drinks at Vegas Casinos?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2016, 4:00 AM

For those of you who dread new technologies, we've got another point to add to your argument. Thanks to new gizmos at a few of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas, many gamblers may no longer get free drinks.  The longstanding practice of keeping casino denizens well lubricated with free booze (which might persuade them to linger and therefore spend more money at the gaming tables) is und...

Among Americans Fearful of Violence in Europe, There Appears to Be a Movement to Book Cruise Vacations in Areas Closer to Home

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/21/2016, 12:00 AM

For cruisers with security concerns, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean might be the safest bets....

Three Budget-Priced Airlines Are Currently Offering Cheap Flights Across the Atlantic to Europe

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/21/2016, 12:00 AM

When it comes to transatlantic flights, these low-cost upstarts are giving major airlines a run for their money. ...

Barter for a Free B&B Stay in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2016, 4:00 AM

Here's a chance to stay in any of a multitude of B&Bs in Italy without spending a penny—though you do have to pay. From November 14 to 20, the country's Barter Week—or, if you prefer, La Settimana del Baratto—lets visitors exchange various goods and services for accommodations at thousands of participating inns.  You can either enter what you have to offer on the event's website, o...

Virgin's New Cruise Line to Be Called Virgin Voyages

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2016, 4:00 AM

The upcoming cruise line from the Virgin Group has a new name.  Ever since the venture was announced last year, it's been called Virgin Cruises. But henceforth it shall be known as Virgin Voyages.  Explained Virgin Group founder Richard Branson at a Miami Beach press conference: "I've never fancied going on a cruise ship, but I do fancy going on a voyage." So there you have it. Upd...

New Regulations Proposed to Address Airline Passenger Complaints

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2016, 4:00 AM

The Obama Administration has proposed several new rules designed to address issues that airline passengers frequently complain about.  Chief among them: a regulation requiring airlines to refund checked-baggage fees when luggage is "substantially delayed." The Administration hasn't defined, however, what constitutes a substantial delay. The airline industry argues that the rule is unne...

California Man Fined $9K for Woodrow Wilson Monument Built Unwittingly on Federal Land

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2016, 4:00 AM

In 2012, Southern California resident Din Kossova, working alone, completed the construction of a 20-foot stone and concrete tower he intended as a monument to his favorite U.S. president, Woodrow Wilson (an Albanian immigrant, Kossova reveres Wilson for arguing for Albania's independence at the end of World War I). Standing amid the desert of the Coachella Valley, the tower is a touchingl...

In the Works: Robot Airplane Pilots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2016, 4:00 AM

We all know that self-driving cars are well on their way to moving into the mainstream. Now there's an equivalent in aviation.  The Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, otherwise known as ALIAS, is a program being developed by the government and a private contractor to replace airplane pilots with robots.  At the moment, ALIAS requires a human copilot in the cockpit to punch in ...

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