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Plane with Wider Seats Debuts (No, Really!)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/14/2016, 12:00 PM

Here's a sentence we don't get to write every day: a company that makes airplanes is introducing a model with wider, more comfortable seats than the norm. Canada-based Bombardier rolled out the new aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week. Called the C-Series CS100, the plane features window and aisle seats that are each 18.5 inches wide, while the middle seat is ...

New Concept Art for Disneyland's "Star Wars" Released

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 10:00 PM

Disney has released a new conceptual illustration of the hotly anticipated Star Wars-themed area being built at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Here's how the park's blog (breathlessly) describes it: "Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings. Look closely and you may find hints of some of t...

App for Speeding Up Customs Process Now Live at 14 Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 9:45 PM

A mobile app designed to move you through customs quickly and efficiently is now available at 14 of the country's international airports. The latest addition, Washington Dulles in the nation's capital, joins Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle; Raleigh Durham and Tampa are up next. Available ...

Furor Over Norwegian Cruise Line's New Beverage Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 1:00 AM

A new beverage policy adopted by Norwegian Cruise Line has kicked up a storm on the internet. Numerous fans and passengers have expressed outrage via social media over a rule banning people from bringing any outside beverages—including a single bottle of water—aboard the company's ships. It has become common practice among cruisers to bring along extra cases of bottled water or soda for drinki...

Airline to Serve Draft Beer Mid-Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2016, 12:00 PM

Dutch airline KLM will soon begin offering draft beers during flights. The company partnered with Heineken to create a "beer tap trolley" that keeps kegs chilled and properly pressurized for up to eight hours and at 36,000 feet. A normal keg would dispense pints full of foam at that altitude, but the new design uses air pressure instead of the usual carbon dioxide so that the beer comes out jus...

Three Countries Issue US Travel Warnings

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2016, 11:45 AM

Three countries have issued warnings urging their citizens to exercise caution while traveling in the United States, following a series of police shootings of black Americans and sometimes violent protests in response. The Middle Eastern nations of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recommend avoiding crowds to stay safe; the Bahamas advises young black males to "exercise extreme caution . ....

English Village Becomes Tourist Attraction, Doesn't Know Why

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2016, 1:00 AM

People who live in the English village of Kidlington—population: 14,000; claim to fame: none to speak of—report that busloads of Asian tourists have been pouring into their town on Thursdays, strolling the streets and snapping photos. Here's the weird part: nobody in Kidlington knows why. When locals have asked the visitors for an explanation, the language barrier has kept them from getting mu...

Alaska's Bearcam Is Back

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2016, 12:30 AM

For the fourth summer in a row, Explore.org's highly popular and completely riveting Bearcam is up and running again. If you haven't had the pleasure, that's a live feed from several HD cameras set up around Katmai National Park in Alaska, where hundreds of bears gather this time of year to catch salmon swimming upstream. Among the things you might see: showdowns for the best fishing spots at B...

Study: Taking Photos Enhances Experiences

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2016, 12:00 AM

When you're at a museum or landmark where your fellow travelers are snapping photos incessantly, do you ever think those shutterbugs are missing out because they're experiencing the Louvre or Grand Canyon through a small screen instead of at first hand? Turns out science sides with the selfie snappers. A recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (pdf) found in an exp...

Eight Airlines Granted Tentative Approval for Flights to Havana

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 11:30 PM

Seems like there's a fresh piece of Cuba-related travel news every day. The latest: eight US airlines have received tentative approval from the Department of Transportation to operate direct flights to Havana. The flights could start taking off as early as September—when they do, they'll be the first commercial US flights to Cuba's capital city in more than 50 years. Here are the winning airli...

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