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Trump's Budget Calls for Privatizing Air Traffic Control

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/17/2017, 4:00 AM

One of the travel-related items in President Donald Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 is a provision to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system.  Right now, air traffic control is one of the functions of the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump would like to turn that duty over to an "independent, non-governmental organization."  Privatization has the approval of the...

Historic Philadelphia Sites Close Due to Trump's Federal Hiring Freeze

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/16/2017, 4:00 AM

Seven historical attractions in Philadelphia have been closed as a result of President Donald Trump's hiring freeze on federal jobs.  The sites affected include two notable landmarks, both in the Old City, relating to U.S. Founders: the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the home and print shop of Benjamin Franklin. Presumably caused by understaffing...

Two U.S. Airlines Halting Flights to Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/15/2017, 4:00 AM

Frontier Airlines and Silver Airways are both stopping their flights to Cuba, the carriers announced this week.  Frontier, which has been operating one daily flight between Miami and Havana since December 1, 2016, will halt service to the island on June 4. The company cites lack of customer demand as the reason. Silver currently flies to nine Cuban cities from Fort Lauderdale, and the ...

A Commercial Ski Trip to . . . Iraq?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/14/2017, 4:00 AM

Would you go skiing in Iraq?  On the one hand, the northeastern part of the country is home to an imposing mountain range—the Zagros—with elevations reaching more than 14,000 feet. On the other, the U.S. State Department warns against all travel in the war-torn country due to the threat of violence. Nevertheless, a U.K.-based adventure travel company called Untamed Borders recently ret...

Most Visited U.S. National Parks in a Record-Setting Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2017, 4:00 AM

The National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016, and a record number of guests joined the party. The agency logged 331 million visits at the sites it manages, including 59 national parks as well as hundreds of monuments, memorials, scenic drives, historical landmarks, and nature preserves across the United States. The numbers for 2016 were 7.7% higher than the previous year...

Beer Hotel Planned for Columbus, Ohio

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/10/2017, 5:00 AM

If Duff devotee Homer Simpson designed a hotel, it might look something like the one that's being planned for Columbus, Ohio by Scottish beer makers BrewDog.  Billed as the world's first beer hotel, the project's crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo promises an IPA hot tub, in-shower mini bars, brews on tap in every guest room, and beer pairings with every meal. Frankly, we're feeling a ...

An Undoubted Reduction in the Level of Transatlantic Airfares is Currently Underway

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2017, 12:00 AM

Getting to Europe from America is now cheaper than it has been in years, says Arthur Frommer—but the reasons behind the new reality are not all positive....

Three Important Recommendations for Smart Travel That Are Served By Three Smart Websites

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/09/2017, 8:00 PM

Choosing an ethical destination, preparing your cellphone for cost-conscious travel, and improving your trips through yoga—Arthur Frommer shows you where to start your research....

Trump Wants TSA Cuts to Pay for Immigration Crackdown

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/09/2017, 5:00 AM

President Donald Trump's proposed crackdown on undocumented immigrants could wind up leading to more headaches at airports.  According to internal documents reviewed by Politico, the administration wants to pay for more border agents and the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in part by significantly cutting the budgets of the Coast Guard (by 14%), the Transportation Secur...

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...

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