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Study: Tarmac-Delay Rule Has Not Led to More Canceled Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2016, 4:00 AM

It's been six years now since the Department of Transportation introduced a rule that penalizes airlines with hefty fines every time they leave passengers sitting on the tarmac for more than three hours before departure or after landing on domestic flights. At the time of the rule's 2010 implementation, airline executives warned that it would result in an increase in canceled flights, as c...

The Only Cruise Ship That Welcomes Dogs and Cats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2016, 12:15 PM

Reflecting the growing trend of traveling with pets, there are tons of dog- and cat-friendly hotels and vacation rentals to choose from. But when it comes to taking your fur ball on a cruise, you have exactly one option: Cunard's freshly renovated Queen Mary 2, the only passenger vessel at sea that allows dogs and cats (other than service animals, of course). Even then, they're only allowe...

Iraq Museum Opens in Former Saddam Hussein Palace

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2016, 11:45 AM

For the first time in decades, a new museum has opened in war-torn Iraq. Its location: a palace that once belonged to Saddam Hussein.  The former dictator had nearly 100 over-the-top residences scattered throughout the country. This one, the Lakeside Palace, stands in Basra in the south of the country.  The building is now the home of the Basra Museum, a facility dedicated to preservin...

No More Glasses in Passport Photos

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2016, 11:00 AM

As of yesterday, November 1, the State Department will no longer accept passport photos of applicants wearing glasses. You'll have to take them off for your pic, even if you wear them in everyday life. Evidently, specs tend to obscure your face, even as they make the world clearer for the wearer.   In 2015 more than 200,000 passports were delayed because of low-quality photos, and the ...

The Airbnb of Cannabis Tourism

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2016, 4:00 AM

The growing field of cannabis tourism now has its answer to Airbnb.  It's called Bud and Breakfast, and it lets users search a worldwide network of pot-friendly hostels, private homes, and hotels.  The Colorado-based startup currently has about 100,000 registered users and more than 500 listings in about a dozen countries. There are options for everything from dorm rooms to luxurious e...

TripAdvisor to Begin Selling Cuba Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2016, 4:00 AM

The latest in expanded options for travel from the U.S. to Cuba: Soon you'll be able to use TripAdvisor to book hotels, flights, short-term rentals, and cultural tours for your trips to that Caribbean island nation, thanks to a license granted by the federal government. The popular travel website expects to begin offering those services within the next few months, but your reason for visit...

Runway Fire at O'Hare Throws Debris Nearly Half a Mile

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2016, 4:00 AM

Debris from a fiery runway accident at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last week was thrown as far as nearly a half mile, investigators have revealed.   The incident took place seconds before American Airlines flight 383 was set to take off for Miami with 170 people aboard. As the Boeing 767 headed down a runway, the right-side engine experienced an "uncontained" failure, meaning in...

Amsterdam's New Hangover Bar Offers Morning-After Comfort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

If you overindulge the next time you're in Amsterdam, you might want to consider a morning-after stop at the city's new Hangover Bar. Open only during the day from Friday to Sunday, the first-of-its-kind establishment is designed to supply everything you need to recover from a boozy evening, including vitamin-rich smoothies, an oxygen bar, and beds planted in front of TVs loaded with binge...

Mystery Cruise Leaves Passengers in the Dark About the Itinerary

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

For those who think travel no longer feels like an adventure into the unknown, the U.K.'s Bolsover Cruise Club is offering a 16-night luxury cruise on which passengers will have no clue where they're going.  Purchase the company's Secret Sailaway for £12,339 (US$15,000) per person, and you'll be told only the departure and return dates of the trip, as well as info on where to board the ves...

Expedia to Begin Showing Vacation Rentals with Hotel Search Results

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

When you search for hotels at Expedia or any of the various booking sites the company owns (including Hotels.com and Travelocity), you'll soon see vacation-rental options displayed, too, according to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.  Expedia.com currently has a tab for "vacation rentals" that takes you to search results from HomeAway, an Airbnb competitor acquired by Expedia in 2015. But under t...

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