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TSA Introducing More Invasive Pat-Downs at Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/08/2017, 5:00 AM

The Transportation Security Administration is adopting a new, more "comprehensive" (read: invasive) pat-down procedure at the nation's airports.  How comprehensive? The agency is warning local police departments that they may receive an increase in allegations of inappropriate touching against TSA agents.  The new, more rigorous friskings will be given to those passengers chosen fo...

Cyprus Expecting Record Tourism Numbers for the Second Year in a Row

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/07/2017, 5:00 AM

For the second year in a row, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus is expecting a record number of international visitors in 2017. Cyprus tourism officials say the island is on track to increase by 5% the nearly 3.2 million visits last year—a number that was itself 17% higher than the figure for 2015.  The tourism office attributes the surge to an overhauled marketing campaign la...

Mexico Resort Now Selling a $25,000 Taco

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2017, 5:00 AM

For those of you who find the idea of paying $10 for a taco beyond the pale, prepare to be about 2,500 times more outraged. The Grand Velas Los Cabos resort in Mexico has created a taco going for the truly obscene price of $25,000.   The tortilla comes stuffed with Kobe beef, caviar, gold leaf, lobster, and brie infused with black truffles—an orgy of expensive ingredients that, frankly...

Americans May Soon Need Visas to Travel to Europe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2017, 10:15 AM

A tit-for-tat spat could have significant consequences for travelers....

U.S. Airports with the Best and Worst On-Time Performance in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/03/2017, 5:00 AM

The numbers are in and it turns out airports in the New York City area had the worst on-time performance in the nation last year. Believe us: We're just as shocked as you are. According to a report from the Global Gateway Alliance analyzing data from the top 29 airports, LaGuardia came in last place for arrivals while Newark brought up the rear in departures. Nearly one third of flights sh...

Rock Climbing Cliffs at Zion National Park Closed to Protect Nesting Falcons

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/02/2017, 5:00 AM

Rock climbers will have fewer options in the American West this spring. More than a dozen cliff climbing routes in Utah's Zion National Park were temporarily closed this week in an effort to protect peregrine falcons. The routes made inaccessible are on cliffs where the endangered birds of prey have nested in the past. If no nests are found on the closed sites by late April or early Ma...

Faulting Trump Slump, New York Now Expects Fewer Tourists This Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/01/2017, 5:00 AM

An estimated 300,000 fewer international visitors than initially expected will travel to New York this year, according to NYC & Company, the city's official tourism marketing organization. The revised forecast, updated from a previous report in October 2016, takes into account "changing attitudes about travel and access to the U.S.," NYC & Company said in a statement, following "the rec...

The Return of AutoSlash Means Deep Savings on Rental Cars Once Again

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/28/2017, 10:00 AM

An old favorite re-emerges, stronger than ever...

India Is Getting an Underwater Bullet Train

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2017, 5:00 AM

A few years from now, a high-speed bullet train will be zipping along the rails in India—and here's the really cool part: It will go underwater. Part of India's efforts to modernize its railway network, the train is planned for service between the cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad; along the way, it would pass through a 13-mile undersea tunnel connecting Thane and Virar. At the moment, th...

New York City is Suddenly Becoming a Lot More Affordable

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/27/2017, 9:00 AM

Is the reported "Trump Slump" turning expensive trips to the Big Apple into lower-priced, low-hanging fruit?...

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