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American Airlines Off to a Slow Start in Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/24/2016, 4:00 AM

U.S. airlines are set to begin commercial service to Havana next month. American Airlines, for example, will be flying to the Cuban capital four times a day from Miami starting November 28, and once per day from Charlotte starting November 30. But in the carrier's third-quarter earnings call with reporters last week, executives revealed that sales to Cuba are off to a slow start. In Se...

Are Conditions on Flights Leaving Passengers Vulnerable to Sexual Assault?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/24/2016, 4:00 AM

The accusations from 11 women who say that Donald Trump kissed or touched them sexually without their consent have brought renewed national attention to the issue of sexual assault. And that includes incidents on airplanes; one of the accusers, Jessica Leeds, alleges that Trump groped her during a flight in 1979 (for the record, he says she's lying).  In an article in the New York Times, s...

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...

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. ...

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....

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...

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