TSA Fighting Holiday Airport Lines with More Officers, Social Media

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2016, 12:00 AM

We're about a week into December, which means the holiday travel season is underway. That can mean long lines at the airport, but Transportation Security Administration officials say they're ready for the challenge. Thousands of new officers have been hired, many part-time screeners have been upgraded to full-time, and a bunch of new K9 teams will be sniffing around airports—all in an attempt...

Following Wildfires, Eastern Tennessee Officials Urge Tourists to Return

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/06/2016, 12:00 AM

Following the devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee that started last week in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, local officials in the nearby resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are urging visitors to return to the region, where tourism is a major industry. While the fires raged last week, thousands had to flee the area, hundreds of buildings were damaged, and 13 people die...

In a Dramatic and Somewhat Unexpected Change, Lines at Airport Security Gates Have Greatly Shortened, Easing the Process of Checking in for a Flight

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/05/2016, 7:00 PM

After doomsday headlines about endless security lines last summer, airport screenings have gotten downright speedy. Do we owe the TSA an apology?...

Maker of the Liberty Bell to Call it Quits

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/05/2016, 1:15 PM

2016, you terrible year, now you have claimed the sound of liberty itself. London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which has been casting bells for the world since 1570, announced this weekend that it can no longer keep its doors open. The oldest manufacturing company in Britain has said its own bell will toll in May. Its current home, in which it has been operating since 1738, was establishe...

In the Most Recent of Nominations, a Distinguished Magazine Has Named Its Choices of "Best Cruise Line" for Various Needs

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2016, 7:00 PM

U.S. News & World Report releases its annual list of the best cruises for value, families, luxury, and more...

Princess Cruise Lines Slapped with Record Fine for Deliberate Pollution

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2016, 4:15 PM

The Department of Justice has fined Princess Cruise Lines a whopping $40 million for deliberately polluting oceans and then trying to cover it up. The fine is the largest criminal penalty ever given for such actions. In a statement, the Justice Department says that Princess—a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.—illegally dumped contaminated waste and oil from its Caribbean Princess ship for a perio...

For Americans, the Conditions for International Travel Are Better Now Than They Have Been for Years

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2016, 7:00 PM

From plunging airfares to a strong dollar, things couldn't get much better for Americans abroad....

This Year's Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals Is the Worst on Record

By Shakeema Edwards

Posted on 12/01/2016, 1:30 PM

It might be time to move the Great Barrier Reef to the top of your bucket list. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has reported that about 67% of the corals in the northern section of the reef died in 2016 due to bleaching, a result of prolonged exposure to warm water temperatures. Fortunately for the thousands of species living in the 1,430-mile reef, coral in the...

Watching the Sunrise at Maui's Haleakala Volcano Will Soon Require a Reservation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2016, 12:00 AM

One of the most unforgettable—and most popular—sights in Maui is about to get a little more difficult to experience. Starting February 1, you'll need a reservation to hike to the top of the Hawaiian island's Haleakala volcano to watch the sunrise. Citing large crowds and safety concerns, Haleakala National Park officials say that those who want to reach the top of the 10,000-foot peak betw...

You Can Now Download Netflix to Watch Later

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/30/2016, 1:00 PM

Hooray! Tedious airplane trips just got a lot sweeter. Netflix is finally—finally!—rolling out the ability to download shows to your device to watch later, which means that soon, you will not require a high-speed internet connection if you want to be entertained. For many people, this could spell doom for the lousy or overpriced entertainment options on flights, and for many other peop...

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