The U.S. Dollar Continues to Soar Against Virtually Every Foreign Currency, Cutting the Cost of Rooms and Meals Abroad

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2016, 12:00 AM

There's an update to changes in the world currency markets, and the news is excellent for travelers considering a vacation abroad this year....

Flight Attendants Union Files Grievance Over New American Airlines Uniforms

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/28/2016, 5:00 AM

At least 300 American Airlines flight attendants say that their new uniforms—issued by the carrier in September—are making them sick.   The flight attendants' union filed a grievance letter with the company last week, asserting that the new duds, which have been rolled out to 70,000 employees, have caused health problems ranging from skin irritation to headaches. The union wants American t...

Disney World Lets Annual Pass Holders Cut in Line

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/27/2016, 5:00 AM

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is giving certain devoted fans a big thank-you gift to kick off the new year.  The company has announced that guests who've purchased an annual pass will be allowed to bypass the normal entrance line and get into the resort through an excusive gateway.  A special entrance for annual pass holders will be available at all four Disney World parks: Ma...

Airline Starts Charging for Hot Water

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/23/2016, 6:30 PM

If you're a business owner, you know there are certain lines your customers will not allow you to cross, even if they make you more money.  If you run an airline, though, you are bred without shame. This is why British Airways is now charging for hot water aboard its flights. Yes, you read that correctly—an airline is finally charging for water. It will also charge for empty c...

After Facebook Flap, Delta Air Lines Changes Policy for Dealing with Medical Emergencies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/23/2016, 5:00 AM

Responding to public pressure, Delta Air Lines has announced a policy change in how flight crews deal with medical emergencies. As of this month, flight attendants are no longer required to verify the credentials of physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals who volunteer to help passengers having sudden health problems in the cabin. The move comes two months after a Delta-rel...

Despite Fierce Opposition from U.S. Air Carriers, Norwegian Air Has Received Permission to Radically Slash Airfares Across the Atlantic

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/22/2016, 2:15 PM

Norwegian Air is about to introduce some healthy competition on transatlantic flights, making travel a lot easier and cheaper for many more Americans....

The Weirdest Things Passengers Tried to Carry Onto Airplanes in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/22/2016, 5:00 AM

The Transportation Security Administration has released its annual list of the strangest items officers encountered at the nation's airports this year.  As you might expect, nearly all the objects in the top 10 are weapons or at least weapon-adjacent. They include a bright pink Hello Kitty firearm, a bullet-adorned gas mask, and a scary-looking knife/whip combo called a "five-bladed flogge...

Innovative Wheeled Luggage You Push Instead of Pull

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2016, 5:00 AM

Having cornered the market on fancy baby buggies, Bugaboo has turned its attention to wheeled luggage. The Dutch company's new creation, the Boxer, is a four-wheeled trolley onto which a combination of suitcases can be clicked for convenient toting around airports and hotel lobbies. But that's not the innovative part. Because the trolley tilts in a way that distributes the luggage's we...

Mississippi River Towns Plan Events for Annual Bald Eagle Migration

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/20/2016, 5:00 AM

Spotting a bald eagle along the Mississippi River—what could possibly be more all-American than that? Maybe eating a triple cheeseburger while attending a NASCAR race with the ghost of John Wayne would qualify. But an eagle is more majestic, don't you think? The best months for catching sight of the iconic birds alongside the Upper Mississippi are January and February, when they migrate so...

Brighter, More Colorful Lighting System Now in Place at Niagara Falls

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/17/2016, 5:00 AM

A new lighting system at Niagara Falls should make for brighter, more colorful nighttime displays than was previously possible at the beloved brink on the U.S.-Canada border. In the first significant upgrade to Niagara lighting in 20 years, more than 1,400 LED luminaires have been installed along the shoreline on the Canadian side to illuminate the American and Horseshoe Falls. The new sys...

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