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POV: Follow the Path of Checked Luggage Through an Airport's Conveyor Belt Network

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/26/2024, 2:00 PM

In today's installment of The Internet May Be Destroying Society, but Hey, You Should Totally Check Out This Video, someone put a camera on luggage to show were it goes after airport check-in. On March 21, local TV station WDIV in Detroit posted this invigorating 7-minute video of a piece of checked baggage as it zooms through the Detroit airport's hidden warren of conveyor belts, security scans, ...

This World-Famous Destination Will Soon Cost $200 Just to Enter

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/21/2024, 2:45 PM

Inflation is pushing up prices across the board, even in one of the world's most pristine natural destinations.While it may be demoralizing to get fewer Froot Loops despite a higher grocery bill, there are still some things for which higher fees may actually be worth paying in the long run.In this case, it's an ecosystem that's untouched by development and rigorously defended from the recklessness ...

Asheville History: New Black Heritage Trail Honors a Rich Legacy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/14/2024, 7:00 AM

In travel journalism, Asheville, North Carolina, is often praised—and rightly so—for its Blue Ridge Mountains scenery, artsy sensibility, numerous craft breweries, and architectural wonders such as the gargantuan Biltmore Estate. But a new walking trail aims to preserve and pay tribute to a vital part of the city that has, organizers say, often gone "unsung" and "underrecognized": Asheville's Blac...

Most Reliable Airlines? The U.S. Carriers with Fewest Cancellations and Delays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2024, 5:30 PM

The 10 largest U.S. airlines canceled just 1.29% of flights last year, according to final figures for 2023 released by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The government notes the number was significantly lower than 2022's cancellation rate of 2.71%—and, in fact, 2023's number of flight cancellations was the "lowest in over a decade," per the Transportation Department's announcement. On-time ...

Just as We Predicted, Delta Air Lines Raises Checked Bag Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/05/2024, 2:45 PM

We knew this was coming. Though U.S. airlines swear they're in competition, they actually tend to raise baggage fees in a group.Two weeks ago, we saw bag fee increases from American Airlines and United Airlines, and we predicted Delta Air Lines would soon join its so-called rivals. We should have placed a bet on it. Delta just jacked up its rates, too.As of March 5, 2024, prices for the first chec...

Planning a European Road Trip? The Safest and Most Dangerous Countries for Driving

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/01/2024, 7:00 AM

The ease and affordability of train travel in Europe make a strong case for riding the rails to get around the continent as a tourist rather than renting a car. Plus, trains are better for the environment and don't require passengers to learn foreign traffic laws, find parking, calculate gasoline prices by the liter, or, horror of horrors, negotiate a roundabout. But if you have your heart set o...

$99 Deal Alert! Cheap Flights to Amsterdam, Other European Cities on Sale for Leap Day

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2024, 3:45 PM

We only get a Leap Day once every 4 years, so how are you going to seize the day on Feb. 29, 2024? How about by booking an affordable flight to Europe? (Speaking of stuff rarely seen.) Iceland's no-frills upstart Play airline, which launched operations a little more than 2 years ago, is running a sale this week for flights from the United States to Europe starting at just $99 one way. You'll ne...

Disney World to Give Free Water Park Tickets in 2025! But There's a Big Catch

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/26/2024, 4:45 PM

You might have seen some breathless proclamation this week about Walt Disney World's newly announced freebie."Guests staying at Disney World’s resort hotels to get free water park entry," USA Today trumpeted. Yeah, about that. There's a huge catch that will keep most vacationers from being able to use the offer. It's true that Disney World, which is located near Orlando, Florida, will grant guests ...

United Airlines, Matching Its Competition, Hikes Checked Bag Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/23/2024, 8:30 PM

What's the point of having "competition" among airlines if they all raise prices in lockstep?Perhaps United Airlines believed that it could minimize news coverage of the deed by announcing it on a Friday. But we caught it: The airline has hiked baggage fees for all flights in North America, from $35 to $40.That's for one bag. If passengers need to check a second bag, United jacked up the price of t...

Find Out How Your Airport Will Spend Its Share of $1 Billion in White House Grants

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/20/2024, 7:00 AM

Late last week, the Biden administration announced that it will earmark nearly $1 billion—$970 million to be precise—to make major improvements at 114 airports across the United States. The funds come from an existing $5 billion grant program enabled by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Joe Biden in 2021. The grants a...

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