Nashville Airport to Get $1.2 Billion Revamp

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2016, 8:30 AM

Nashville International Airport is undergoing a massive renovation to the tune of $1.2 billion. The overhaul will expand or improve pretty much every part of the facility. Plans call for new parking garages, a new hotel, and expanded ticketing, baggage claim, and concourse areas. A spacious new entrance hall will be dubbed the Grand Ole Lobby. Officials say the move comes in response to Na...

CDC Issues Unprecedented Travel Warning for Miami

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2016, 8:00 AM

For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel warning for a location in the United States. Following an outbreak of 14 confirmed cases of Zika virus in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, the CDC recommends that pregnant women not travel to the affected area. Those who have been to Wynwood any time since June 15 are advised to speak to their ...

Museum of Ice Cream Opens in New York

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2016, 8:45 AM

If you're going to be in New York City this month, you might consider making a stop at a new temporary museum dedicated to celebrating frozen treats. At the six-room Museum of Ice Cream—located just across the street from the Whitney Museum of American Art—you can sample edible balloons, dip yourself in a pool of sprinkles, and bask within the cocoa-soaked confines of a Chocolate Chamber. Tr...

Airline Warns About Playing Pokémon Go at Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2016, 8:30 AM

Alaska Airlines doesn't think it's such a good idea for you to play Pokémon Go at the airport. Players of the hugely popular smartphone game, which uses your mobile device's camera and GPS to overlay whimsical digital creatures onto the real world, have, since the game's launch last month, wandered onto a military base and subway tracks, and discovered Pokémon characters at somber sites such...

UK Airports to Crack Down on Alcohol Sales

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2016, 8:00 AM

After a string of news stories involving drunken Brits behaving badly on flights, the United Kingdom's new aviation minister, Tariq Ahmad, is reviewing ways to restrict the sale of alcohol at airports. Ahmad and his team say they will first conduct an investigation into how booze is sold at airport bars, restaurants, and duty-free shops. An outright ban seems unlikely, but the eventual measur...

Tourist Ordered to Pay $44K for Violent Yoga Incident on Plane

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 8:15 AM

Back in March, Korean tourist Hyongtae Pae was arrested after he became violent on an airplane when he wasn't allowed to do yoga—a story noteworthy in part because you don't often hear "violent" and "yoga" in the same sentence. Pae, who's in his 70s, and his wife were on a United Airlines flight from Honolulu to Tokyo; the couple had just celebrated their 40th anniversary in Hawaii and were ...

Developers Want to Turn Closed Athens Airport Into Huge Coastal Resort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 8:00 AM

A developer's plans for what was once Ellinikon International Airport in Athens would turn the facility into one of the biggest coastal resorts in Europe. Closed in 2001 to make way for Athens International Airport, Ellinikon currently serves as a makeshit refugee camp for more than 3,000 people who have fled Asia and the Middle East. But a 7-billion euro plan from a company called Lambda Dev...

Houston's Cruise Project Sinks for Good

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 7:45 AM

Looks like Houston's hopes of becoming a cruise destination have finally sunk for good. Port of Houston authorities voted last week to seek another use for the city's Bayport Cruise Terminal, which has sat empty since April, when Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises stopped setting sail from there. Port commissioners had offered the lines a slew of incentives to the tune of $6.7 million...

Boatbound Aims to Be the Airbnb of Boats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/29/2016, 9:00 AM

A boat rental company called Boatbound, which aims to be the water-based equivalent of home rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO, appears to be catching on. Founded in 2013, the business provides boat owners a way to make money off a notoriously cash-draining investment, while allowing the rest of us a chance to enjoy being on the water without the responsibilities of boat ownership. Markets w...

Family Credits Shark-Tracking App in Close Call with Great White

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/29/2016, 8:30 AM

A Massachusetts family had a close call with a great white shark this week, and they're crediting a new app for saving the day. Kressley Goldstein, her sister-in-law, her husband, and their two kids were spending a quiet afternoon on Cape Cod's Chatham beach, when Goldstein got a notification from Sharktivity, an app launched by the non-profit Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. The app is des...

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