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UK Airports to Crack Down on Alcohol Sales

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2016, 12:00 PM

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 mea...

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 12:15 PM

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 we...

Developers Want to Turn Closed Athens Airport Into Huge Coastal Resort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 12:00 PM

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 ...

Houston's Cruise Project Sinks for Good

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 11:45 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 mill...

Boatbound Aims to Be the Airbnb of Boats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/29/2016, 1:00 PM

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. Mark...

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/29/2016, 12:30 PM

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 ...

Rome Cracking Down on Fountain Swimmers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/29/2016, 12:15 PM

Authorities in Rome have started cracking down on those who engage in a supposedly romantic yet entirely illegal activity: climbing into and splashing around in the city's fountains. A pair of tourists from California were fined 450 euros (equivalent to about $500) for trying to recreate the Trevi Fountain scene in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Other recent offenders include a 22-year-...

Robotic Suitcase That Follows You Around

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2016, 1:00 PM

We are truly living in an age of innovation when it comes to wacky luggage. This week alone we've told you about the luggage clip that lets you pull your suitcase without using your hands and the motorized carry-on bag you can ride around the airport. Now somebody has invented the Cowarobot R1, a robotic suitcase that follows you around instead of requiring you to drag it (or piggyback...

International Tourism Boom in South Africa

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2016, 12:45 PM

South Africa experienced an international tourism boom in the first five months of the year, according to the country's Tourism Ministry. The number of travelers from places like the United States and Germany visiting South African game parks, beaches, and vineyards was up 19% compared to last year. The surge can largely be attributed to South Africa's falling currency, spurred on by econo...

State Parks on Big Sur Coast Closed Due to Wildfire

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2016, 12:30 PM

Due to a huge wildfire that has already destroyed more than 19,000 acres in California, a number of iconic state parks along the Big Sur coast have been closed until further notice. That means that the California Department of Parks and Recreation has barred access to some of the most popular campgrounds and hiking trails in an area noted for its awe-inspiring oceanside scenery. The drive ...

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