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Airlines Reaping Windfall from Checked-Baggage Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/19/2016, 4:00 AM

Your luggage is making the major airlines a fortune. According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, passengers have paid an estimated $26.2 billion in mandatory baggage fees since 2007, around the time when many carriers began charging extra to check your first bag.  As the Daily Mail points out, that's enough money to buy United Airlines, currently valued ...

Video Suggests Not All Hotels Wash Sheets Between Guests

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/16/2016, 4:00 AM

And now for something completely disgusting for you to carry with you into the weekend. Reporters from Inside Edition undertook an experiment recently at nine hotels to test whether sheets were being washed between guests. At each property, they sprayed bed sheets with a harmless invisible paint that can only be seen under a black light. Then they checked back in the next day under a d...

Spirit Airlines Shrinking Size Allowed for Carry-On Personal Item

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/16/2016, 4:00 AM

Air-travel horror-story generator Spirit Airlines has quietly reintroduced a policy it dropped last spring due to customer outrage. Starting on April 1, the one personal item you're allowed to bring onboard for free must be no larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches—40 inches total—and that includes handle and wheels. Up to now, that item, such as a purse or backpack you can fit...

Brexit Could Soon Make It Harder on Brits to Travel Within Europe

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/16/2016, 4:00 AM

Thanks to Brexit—Britain's decision in June to leave the European Union—people from the U.K. may soon encounter new headaches when they travel within Europe.  At the moment, Brits can go anywhere in the E.U. as long as they've got valid passports. But Brexit puts Britain in the "third country" category referring to those who aren't from the place they're traveling to or passing through.  ...

Interactive Underwater Artwork Off Southern California Coast

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Artist's rendering of an underwater sculpture by Doug Aitken (image: lebasseprojects/Instagram) As part of "Electric Earth," Doug Aitken's exhibit this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the artist has built three enormous "Underwater Pavilions" off the coast of Southern California's Catalina Island. Made of mirror and stone, the kaleidoscopic structures are mo...

In China, You Can Go to a Restaurant in a Retired Boeing 737

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Lily Airways, a restaurant housed inside a retired Boeing 737 in Wuhan, China (photo: leo_lijie/Instagram) We recently told you about a dinner experience in Los Angeles that transports guests back to the golden age of air travel by serving them inside an old grounded Pan Am Airways craft, outfitted to look exactly as it did in 1973, right down to the perky stewardesses and ample legro...

Huge New Sculpture Planned for New York City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Rendering for "Vessel," a monumental sculpture planned for New York City (image: designboom/Twitter) Yesterday the plans were unveiled for a new 150-foot, $150-million sculpture that will stand amid a cluster of skyscrapers being built near the Hudson River in Manhattan.    Designed by British artist Thomas Heatherwick and dubbed "Vessel," the concrete and steel structure looks so...

Sleep in a Decommissioned NYC Taxicab for Only $39 Per Night

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: FreeImages/Caroline Keyzor) Last week we told you about a hotel room in a converted double-decker bus from London.  Now the New York Times has found an Airbnb listing for a stay in a decommissioned New York City yellow cab.  Parked in the waterfront community of Long Island City in Queens, the taxi boasts excellent views of the Manhattan skyline and, at only $39 per ni...

Should the Spanish Steps in Rome Have a Barrier Against Tourists?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2016, 4:00 AM

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in front of the Spanish Steps in Roman Holiday (photo: Wikimedia Commons) Later this month, the Spanish Steps in Rome will reopen after a 1.5-million euro cleanup and restoration project financed by jewelry maker Bulgari. But if Paolo Bulgari, the chairman of the company his great-grandfather founded, had his way, the steps wouldn't reopen entirely....

The World's Busiest Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2016, 4:00 AM

For the 18th year in a row, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was named the world's busiest airport in Airports Council International's annual report.  In 2015, more than 101 million passengers flew through Atlanta, an increase of 5.5% over the previous year. The report cited the location of Georgia's capital as a major contributing factor—80% of people in the U.S. live with...

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