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Closed Due to Fires, Yellowstone's South Entrance Reopens

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/02/2016, 4:00 AM

Several lightning-caused wildfires continue to burn in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this week.  The biggest blaze has damaged 55 square miles of protected terrain since it started on August 8. Another forced the closure of the south entrance to Yellowstone, requiring visitors coming from Jackson, Wyoming, to take an hourlong detour by car to reach the park's western entrance....

American Airlines Puts Responsibility for Improving Service on . . . Passengers?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

American Airlines has embarked on a novel, verging-on-shameless new marketing campaign gently reminding passengers to stay civil in the skies.  Because "great flyers make the best of their situation," the ads encourage polite behavior such as ceding armrests to the person in the middle seat and asking those in your row for permission before you raise or lower the window shade. American...

Indian Tourism Minister Says Female Visitors Shouldn't Wear Skirts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

At a press conference on Sunday, Indian tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said that in order to stay safe, female visitors to the country should avoid wearing skirts or going out alone at night.  He was being asked about security concerns in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is. Over the weekend, a 15-year-old girl was kidnapped from the streets of the city and raped—making her the 33rd minor to beco...

First Flight from U.S. to Cuba in More Than 50 Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

In air travel, yesterday was one for the history books. The first regularly scheduled commercial passenger flight between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years left Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday morning and landed in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara a little after 11 a.m.  JetBlue flight 387 marked the beginning of a new era in Caribbean travel, following decades of a tr...

Travel Site User Gets 47-Year Layover and Hilarious Customer-Service Response

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2016, 4:00 AM

We know it's only Wednesday, but you can stop looking for the Customer Service Rep of the Week. It's Jen from Skyscanner. The company, an airline search engine that compares flights to help you find bargains, received a post on its Facebook page from user James Lloyd, whose Skyscanner search had suggested a more than 400,000-hour layover in Bangkok during a trip from New Zealand to London....

Qatar Airport to Charge Departure Tax to All Passengers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2016, 4:00 AM

Starting on December 1, if you happen to pass through Hamad International Airport near Qatar's capital city of Doha, you're going to be charged a "departure tax" of about $10 (35 Qatari riyals), even if you're only there to catch a connecting flight. The change—which applies to every single passenger flying out of the airport—is designed to boost revenue in the Persian Gulf country followi...

Orlando Theme Parks Dispensing Free Insect Repellent to Ease Zika Fears

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2016, 4:00 AM

Visitors to Orlando's major theme parks are now being offered free insect repellent as fears of the mosquito-borne Zika virus continue to grow in Florida. You can get complimentary mosquito spray and lotion at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando as of this week—even though no cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika have been reported in Central Florida and even tho...

Photographer Captures the World's Most Beautiful Metro Stations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/30/2016, 4:00 AM

Stockholm's Solna Centrum public transit station (photo: Chris Forsyth/Instagram) Twenty-year-old Canadian photographer Chris Forsyth has been documenting some of the world's lovelist public transit stations in a photo series he calls "The Metro Project."  After first focusing on the 1960s-era stations of his hometown of Montreal, Forsyth next turned his lens on Europe, capturing ...

Late Summer Airline Fares Poised to Drop

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/30/2016, 4:00 AM

For travelers whose schedules aren't tied to when their kids are in school, we're entering the most wonderful time of the year when it comes to buying plane tickets.  As summer dies down and classes resume, airfares tend to drop considerably, and they usually stay low well into the fall, until people start booking their holiday vacations.   According to airfare-tracking app Hopper, the...

France's High Court Strikes Down Burkini Ban

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/30/2016, 4:00 AM

As the United States has discovered in its own fight against terrorism, it can be difficult to combat militant extremists while preserving human rights.  The beaches of the French Riviera are the latest front in that struggle. On Friday, France's high court struck down the so-called burkini ban—a restriction on certain types of modest swimwear worn by some Muslim women.  In the wake of...

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