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  • 13,000 miles in VW bus: Argentine family arrives in Philly to see Pope

    09/24/2015 3:45:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-24-15 | Moni Basu
    They traveled 13,000 miles in a Volkswagen bus through 13 countries and were only 30 miles from their destination, Philadelphia, when it broke down. Again. By now, they were accustomed to the idiosyncrasies of their beloved bus. Still, after 194 days on the road and on the city's outskirts, they dealt with one more disappointment. But again with the help of Good Samaritans, they got the bus going again and finally arrived this week in the City of Brotherly Love, the culmination of a journey of epic proportions. They had embarked on the long trip to spend time together as...
  • TCAS, ADS-B Unreliable in Southeast U.S. Beginning Sept. 2

    09/03/2015 7:09:05 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 9 replies
    National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) ^ | September 1, 2015 | National Business Aviation Association
    Due to military activities, the TCAS and ADS-B surveillance may be unreliable in the airspace over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and extending approximately 200 nautical miles offshore, from 1 a.m. EDT (0500z) Sept. 2 until midnight EDT (0459z) on Oct. 1. Pilots are advised that the traffic alert and TCAS may fail to establish tracks on nearby aircraft and may fail to receive traffic alerts (TA) or resolution advisories (RA). Operators should be aware that tracks may first appear within close proximity to their aircraft, and may immediately go into TA/RA status. Pilots are advised to...
  • 6 Soccer Players Arrested in Southwest Flight Ruckus

    09/01/2015 6:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Rory Devine, R. Stickney
    Amarillo Police boarded the plane and removed six passengers described as “unruly”Members of a San Diego-based recreational soccer league were removed from a cross-country flight Monday and arrested on suspicion of federal charges. A dozen members of the San Diego Chaldean Soccer League were flying Southwest Airlines to Chicago’s Midway Airport for a tournament, friends tell NBC 7. A "level one threat" was declared onboard Flight 1522 and prompted pilots to divert the flight and its 117 passengers to Amarillo, Texas, just after 10 p.m., according to court documents. Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together...
  • Flight escorted by FIGHTER JETS after cabin crew put passenger's cat in bathroom and she threatened

    08/30/2015 9:20:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK + AP. ^ | August 30, 2015 | Chris Kitching
    Two fighter jets were scrambled to escort a passenger jet that was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman on board allegedly became unruly over her cat. Passengers on board the Condor Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt claimed the woman brought her cat onto the plane and became enraged when her pet was put in a lavatory by cabin crew.
  • Citing increased terror activities, US asks citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan

    08/28/2015 10:05:08 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | PTI
    Washington - The United States on Friday asked its citizens to defer their all non-essential travel to Pakistan, citing increased terror activities in the country. "The Department of State warns US citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan," a travel advisory said. However, the US Embassy in Islamabad and the US Consulate General in Karachi continue to provide consular services for all its citizens in Pakistan. The Consulate General in Peshawar no longer offers consular services, and consular services at the Consulate General in Lahore remain temporarily suspended. "The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups continues to pose a danger to...
  • 38 Reasons To Take Ayrshire And Arran Off Your Bucket List

    08/25/2015 3:56:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | August 24th 2015 | Hilary Wardle
    'Ayrshire? Don’t you dare(shire).'
  • SpaceLiner: Europe-Australia, 90 minutes, Europe-US, one hour

    08/20/2015 1:29:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | 08-20-2015 | by Nancy Owano
    In aviation circles, the talk of the future involves phrases like "space planes" and "hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles." A group presently in the spotlight is from Germany; they are carrying a roadmap for low-cost space access which involves calling upon the air passenger market for fast-travel flights. Welcome to the world of SpaceLiner, which, when fully developed, could have dramatic impact in global aerospace. The DLR Institute of Space Systems said this suborbital, hypersonic, winged passenger transport idea is under investigation at DLR-SART. (DLR is a German aerospace research agency and it evaluates complex systems of space flight. SART is...
  • Emirates announces world's longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City ... an 8,700 mile [tr]

    08/13/2015 11:40:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Katie Amey
    Emirates has announced the launch of the world's longest non-stop flight - an 8,700mile journey lasting an incredible 17 hours 35 minutes. Starting on February 1, 2016, the service from Dubai to Panama City is exciting news for those who love Central America, but it will be a stern endurance test for anyone in economy class. Panama City is Emirates' first gateway destination in Central America.
  • Did airlines allegedly price-gouge after Amtrak crash? [Team Obama Red Herring]

    07/24/2015 8:08:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    See BS "News" ^ | 7/23/15 | Kate Gibson
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Friday said the government is investigating whether four airlines engaged in price gouging after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service in the Northeast. The Transportation Department sent letters on Friday to Delta, American, Southwest and JetBlue requesting information. Prices on round-trip airline tickets between major cities such as New York City and Washington, D.C., skyrocketed in the wake of the deadly Amtrak derailment, which closed a major stretch of rail line and disrupted travel in one of....
  • Nepal reopens Annapurna trail following earthquakes

    07/23/2015 5:51:27 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    Nepal reopened its most popular trekking trail to tourists on Thursday after international experts said it was safe, three months after two devastating earthquakes led the government to close most hiking routes. Miyamoto International, a California-based structural engineering company, said in a report that quake-related damage in the Annapurna region “was very limited”. Less than 1 percent of the route and 3 percent of guest houses along the Annapurna circuit were damaged, it said, adding the report for the Everest region would be completed shortly.
  • Hitchhiking robot embarking on coast-to-coast tour across US

    07/17/2015 11:31:07 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 21 replies
    MyWayNews ^ | Jul 17, 1:29 AM (ET) | By COLLIN BINKLEY
    BOSTON (AP) — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada is about to start a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has already caught rides across Canada and in Europe, relying on the kindness and curiosity of strangers. But on Friday it starts its first U.S. tour, setting out from Salem, Massachusetts, with dreams of San Francisco ahead. Along the way, it hopes to see some quintessential American sites, including Times Square, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. The kid-size robot is immobile...
  • Families Matter and Always Will

    07/13/2015 9:44:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | July 13, 2015 | Terry Paulsen
    In a world where many live in urban areas with thousands passing them daily without a smile, a nod of recognition, a word of encouragement, or even a honk of protest, finding sustaining connections with people who care becomes increasingly important. Our families, when natural bonds are nurtured beyond the occasional get-togethers, can help provide that supportive community we so treasure. IÂ’m writing this early in the morning, two hours before we hit the road in Rawlins, Wyoming. WeÂ’re returning home from our RV caravan from CA to Kirkland, Illinois and back. When my wife and I told others about...
  • Free Checked Bags Come to an End on JetBlue

    07/03/2015 6:03:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Airways News ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roberto Leiro
    No More Free Checked Bags on JetBlue. As of June 30, the airline introduced new fare options when booking tickets online, which include charges to checked bags, unless passengers pay for its premium fares. Passengers purchasing Blue fare—JetBlue’s base fare—will now be charged $20 for the first checked bag when purchased during web check-in or at a kiosk, or $25 at the check-in counter, and a $35 fee for a second checked bag.
  • U.S. senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

    06/27/2015 12:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2015 | Daniel Trotta
    Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama's opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a trip to Cuba where they met First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and ordinary Cubans.
  • RUN into your "NEWNESS" forget the former things [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/15/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 6-15-15 | Jedediah
    Relax in The Beam of My majesty and drink deep of My Forgiveness for there is great healing here and rebuke the Harlot that drinks the blood of the Saints and the Prophets for truly there is only condemnation there for you "ARE" Forgiven, cleansed in My blood alone and I AM "Your" Salvation. Enjoy My creation for I have set it as a table of remembrance of My Glory, before you were in the womb. You will see as you rest in Me you make yourself completely available to My Voice calling to you in the wilderness(DRY PLACES), all...
  • Obama to seek climate rules for airplanes

    06/10/2015 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration wants to declare that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes are harmful, which would set up regulations to limit the pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed “endangerment finding” Wednesday, which would formally conclude that carbon dioxide and any other greenhouse gases from commercial airplanes contribute to climate change and harm the public health and welfare. The move is a major win for environmentalists, since aircraft are the largest source of greenhouse gases that the EPA is not either regulating or planning to regulate. But the EPA’s proposed solution to the airplane climate problem — adopting...

    06/09/2015 7:06:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 8, 2015 | Frances Martel
    A Canadian man claiming to be one of a group of international tourists being sought for arrest in Malaysia after stripping on top of “sacred” Mount Kinabalu has responded to accusations by Malaysian politicians on Facebook that he and his peers triggered a deadly earthquake with their insolence. Responding to death threats from Malaysian believers, Emil Kaminski wrote on Facebook, “f*ck your culture.”
  • Elon Musk’s radical plan to let people travel in 760 mph tubes

    06/06/2015 12:19:51 PM PDT · by Baynative · 100 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Mark Prigg For
    Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' was dismissed as a pipe dream that would never get off the ground. But now the billionaire's plans to shoot capsules of passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound may launch as soon as next year. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has secured land for the first full-scale Hyperloop with a 2016 launch in the California town of Quay Valley.
  • The hotel industry is sending a clear signal that the US economy is not grinding to a halt

    05/31/2015 10:14:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/31/2015 | Myles Udland
    Want a sign that the economy is doing fine? Look no further than the hotel industry. First flagged by Bill McBride at Calculated Risk, in April all of the major metrics measuring the hotel industry hit all-time highs.Via Jan Freitag at HotelNewsNow:April had the highest occupancy ever (66.8%) and the highest room demand (99.4 million rooms) ever.This pushed annualized occupancy (measured as a 12-month moving average) up to 65%.What does this mean? All key performance indicators (rooms available, rooms sold, revenue, average daily rate, occupancy and revenue per available room) are still at all-time highs.The broader economic takeaway is simple:...
  • America, Please Don’t Become Spain

    05/24/2015 6:42:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 24, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Regular readers of my column know that after tax season is over my wife and I take off for a while and typically travel the world. We do not do tours or cruises as we want to be in amongst the locals to touch and feel what is going on wherever we are visiting. This year our trip was to Spain and Croatia with short stops in Milan and London. We also spent some time in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. We started in Spain, a wonderful country we had not visited since 1987. There are many areas to visit...
  • House bill would cap expenses for ex-Presidents

    05/19/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    WRBCTV -- AP ^ | 5-19-15 | Matthew Daly
    Washington - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff under a bill in the House. On a voice vote, the House Oversight panel backed a measure Tuesday to limit taxpayer dollars for expenses, including travel, incurred by ex-presidents who earn more than $400,000 a year. U.S. taxpayers paid a total of $3.5 million last year in pensions and benefits to the four living former presidents, including $1.3 million for...
  • Beijing unveils plans for the biggest airport terminal in the world [tr]

    04/29/2015 6:42:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2015 | Becky Pemberton
    The number of Chinese tourists eager to travel the world has risen dramatically over the last few years, and Beijing International Airport is launching the world's biggest terminal to cope with the substantial increase. Opening in 2018, the gigantic Terminal 1 will cover 700,000 square metres, and is set to handle 45million passengers a year. Renown British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid, has collaborated with airport developers ADPI to create a six-tier concept which aims to decrease customer walking distances, and increase connectivity.
  • Living Like No One Else - Vacation

    04/20/2015 3:48:19 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 42 replies
    vanity | April 19, 2015 | Self
    Dave Ramsey always says the phrase "Live like no one else so you can live like No One Else" on his show. And anyone who listens knows it's about eating "beans and rice and rice and beans" and till you overcome the debt lifestyle. But what's not talked about is the other side - where you've made it and are living "Like No One else". What's that like and what kind of thinking happens on that side of the fence? Having just come back from Two Weeks in Oahu, I was thinking about it. How did I get to this...
  • Google Maps now lets you 'trek' Mount Everest on your computer (Very cool!)

    03/29/2015 3:56:49 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    You can now "trek" Mount Everest from the comfort of your sofa, as Google Maps launches new Street Views of the Khumbu valleys in Nepal. While you might not be able to get to the summit, you can explore many of the trails and towns in the region. The area is home to the Sherpa community with many acting as guides and porters on Mount Everest. "I guided the Google Maps team through my home region to collect Street View imagery," says Apa Sherpa in a blog.
  • Obama, first lady flew on separate planes to L.A. on same day

    03/13/2015 1:19:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Taxpayers paid for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to fly separately Thursday to Los Angeles, where they appeared on separate TV talk shows on the same day. Mr. Obama flew on Air Force One, which costs about $228,000 per hour of flight time, to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Mrs. Obama flew on a different plane Thursday across country to Burbank, California, to tape an appearance on Ellen Degeneres’ show. That show will be broadcast on Monday. White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters Friday that the president and...
  • A night with Godzilla? In Tokyo’s theme hotels, anything is possible

    02/27/2015 1:21:21 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | AFP-JIJI
    If you’ve ever wanted to sleep with a giant lizard — and let’s face it, you only live once — one Japanese hotel has just the thing with its soon-to-be opened Godzilla Room. Hotel Gracery in Tokyo’s buzzing Shinjuku entertainment district offers the chance to catch some shuteye under the watchful gaze of a man-sized atomic mutant as he stomps on a miniature version of Tokyo in the corner of your room. For those extra-unsettling dreams, a giant Godzilla hand, complete with razor-like claws, looms over the twin beds to ensure you get maximum value from the ¥39,800 a night...
  • VANITY--Trip To NOLA Recommendations

    02/16/2015 2:13:39 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 62 replies
    Planning a 4 day trip to New Orleans. Tourism Suggestions please?
  • TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel

    02/12/2015 3:58:49 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 110 replies
    SafeHaven ^ | 2/10/15 | Wendy McElroy
    TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel By: Wendy McElroy | Tue, Feb 10, 2015 Share Print Email Precedents exist for requiring citizens to produce special ID for domestic travel; they include Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa and Russia (both Imperial and Soviet).Over the Christmas season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly announced that America was walking down that path. By 2016, all domestic air travel will require either a traditional passport or a federally-compliant ID card called "Real ID." State driver's licenses will no longer allow Americans access to domestic flights, as they do now. Real ID will constitute...

    02/12/2015 6:53:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 2/11/2015
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver's licenses at airports starting in 2016. The Daily Herald reports the licenses don't meet requirements set by the 2005 Real ID Act that were meant to increase security. Illinois doesn't require a birth certificate to get a driver's license, which Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt said is one of the law's mandates. Haupt said state legislators would have to approve funding for changes to driver's license requirements. He said he's not sure how much it would cost, but the Secretary of State's office previously estimated...
  • Hillary’s High Life: Senator, Candidate or Hired Speaker, Clinton has Spared No Expense on Travel.

    02/04/2015 8:16:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney each finished second in their party’s primaries when they ran for president in 2008, but they took dramatically different routes to arrive at the same result — literally, in a way. A deeper look into the candidates’ campaign expenditures reveals that Clinton spent more than nine times as much as Romney did on private jets during the 2008 race. An analysis of public documents by National Review Online shows that Clinton took more than $19.2 million worth of private flights during the primaries before dropping out when then-senator Barack Obama finally built an insurmountable lead....
  • Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

    01/27/2015 10:58:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ali Khalil
    Dubai airport has soared ahead of London's Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world's top international travel hub, it said Tuesday. Traffic at the airport increased 6.1 percent last year to 70.47 million passengers, Dubai Airports said, adding that it expected a further surge in traveller numbers in 2015. Dubai International is home to Emirates, the Middle East's largest carrier, which along with Abu Dhabi's Etihad and Qatar Airways has seized a significant portion of travel between the West, Asia and Australasia.
  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/14/2015 3:45:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jimmy Kimmel Live
    The travel company Expedia conducted a poll asking fliers to name the most annoying types of airplane passengers. Jimmy was going to just read the list, but he thought it would be more interesting if the great Sir Patrick Stewart acted it out.
  • Dubai replaces Heathrow as busiest airport

    01/13/2015 8:28:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 12, 2014 | Joel Lewin
    Dubai leapfrogged Heathrow to become the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2014, the head of the Gulf hub said on Monday. Dubai International airport dealt with about 71m international passengers in 2014, according to chief executive Paul Griffiths, surpassing the 68.1 million that passed through Heathrow. "Heathrow is losing a lot of traffic to Dubai because we're able to cater for the connections that Heathrow no longer has the capacity to service," said Mr Griffiths, referring to how the UK's largest airport is operating at near full capacity on its two runways.
  • Ban on Fossil Fuels Needed to Save Planet [satire]

    01/13/2015 7:58:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    A study prepared by University College, London says severe restrictions on the use of fossil fuels are needed to prevent a forecast 2º centigrade increase in temperature over the next 100 years. Lead researcher Dr Christophe McGlade asserted that “decreasing the global consumption of fossil fuels is both essential and attainable. Humans can survive without these polluting commodities. In colder climates people can wear more layers of warmer clothing. We can drastically reduce the amount of combustion used to keep warm.” “In warmer climates people can let their own bodies’ sweat evaporation process keep them cool,” McGlade pointed out. “I...
  • Musk’s Hyperloop Will Revolutionize Transport, That’s Only The Beginning Of The Change It’ll Bring

    01/05/2015 2:18:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    SingularityHUB ^ | December 27, 2014 | Steven Kotler
    San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream a 60 page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely captured people’s imagination. But would it ever get made—now that was the question. Musk himself said he was too busy to take on the project, but if other people wanted in on the cause, well, that was just fine with him. As it turns out,...
  • Saudi Arabia's national airline to introduce gender segregation after a string of complaints

    01/02/2015 8:56:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 2, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Saudi Arabia's national airline is allegedly planning to separate male and female passengers on its flights, in accordance to strict rules enforced by the Gulf kingdom. Gulf media report that Saudia will keep men and women segregated onboard, unless they are close relatives. The move follows a spate of complaints from male fliers unwilling to allow other males to sit next to their wives and other female family members.
  • State Department offers huge travel allowances for government employees

    12/31/2014 7:20:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/31/14 | Sarah Westwood
    Government employees can enjoy luxurious overseas business trips on the taxpayer’s dime thanks to generous foreign per diem rates established by the State Department. Per diem rates include the cost of lodging, meals and incidental expenses that the government is willing to give civilian federal employees for their official foreign travel. The rates are meant to cover lodging at “adequate, suitable and moderately-priced facilities” and meals at “facilities typically used by employees at that location,” according to the State Department's office of allowances. All federal employees traveling to foreign countries on official business can get reimbursements from the government at...
  • Businessman reveals what it was REALLY like to be first to fly in £14,000 'penthouse in the sky'.

    12/31/2014 5:33:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2014 | Chris Kitching
    Miami businessman Gino Bertuccio is one of the world’s luckiest flyers – and one of the most thoughtful as well. The 52-year-old became the first person to fly in Etihad Airways’ £14,000 ‘penthouse in the sky’ at the weekend, and he shared the one-of-a-kind experience with friends and strangers. While flying from London's Heathrow Airport to Abu Dhabi Mr Bertuccio opened the three-room private suite to first-class passengers, who were in an adjacent cabin, and invited a traveller from economy into the exclusive cabin, which boasts the world’s first in-flight butler.
  • United Airlines sues 22-year-old who found way to get cheaper plane tickets

    12/30/2014 10:25:05 AM PST · by george76 · 98 replies
    kdvr ^ | December 30, 2014
    A young computer whiz from New York City has launched a site to help people buy cheap plane tickets. But an airline company and its travel partner want to shut him down. United Airlines and Orbitz filed a civil lawsuit last month against 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, who founded the website last year. The site helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing. The idea is that you buy an airline ticket that has a layover at your actual destination. Say you want to fly from New York to San Francisco — you actually book...
  • United Airlines suing 22-year-old computer whiz

    12/30/2014 11:28:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    NY POST ^ | December 30, 2014 | 1:23pm | By Yaron Steinbuch
    United Airlines wants to clip the wings of a 22-year-old Manhattan computer whiz ​who found a loophole that saves travelers big bucks ​on airfare. Aktarer Zaman founded, which finds cheap flights by using “hidden city” ticketing, in which travelers ​purposely ​buy tickets with layovers​ for a lower fare, using the layover city a​s their ​intended destination, CNNMoney reports​, and never go on to the itinerary’s final destination​.​ He started the site last year.​ United Airlines ​joined discount travel website Orbitz last moth ​to file a lawsuit in Chicago federal court against Zaman, calling his site “unfair competition” and accusing...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton's midterm travel expenses top $1.5 million

    12/21/2014 5:25:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/19/14 | Maggie Haberman
    Campaigns and political committees spent more than $1.5 million on private jets to fly in Bill and Hillary Clinton to stump for various candidates during the 2014 midterms, campaign filings show. The tally includes $44,360 the final weekend of the campaign for a plane in Iowa. That was when Bill Clinton did a fly-around for failed Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley. There was also a $21,801 charge that weekend to Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s unsuccessful reelection campaign, a POLITICO review found. More than 60 payments were made to a New York-based company called Executive Fliteways over the course of 2013...
  • Travellers urged to explore Caribbean nation before it becomes 'Americanised'

    12/19/2014 9:31:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | John Hutchinson
    Online searches for trips to Cuba are up a staggering 95 per cent following US President Barack Obama's plans to re-develop relations between the two countries. Tourists are being warned that if they want to see 'the real Cuba' they should book their trips now, before the Caribbean country becomes 'Americanised.' President Obama announced a 'new chapter' in US relations with Cuba, with plans announced by the White House include easing access for US citizens, lessening financial restrictions, and lifting the 54-year-old trade embargo.
  • US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

    12/18/2014 7:03:38 AM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies ^ | December 18, 2014 | Scott Mayerowitz
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami. But the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro and the subsequent Cold War embargo of the communist island nation put an end to that.
  • In These 13 States, Gas Is Selling for Below $2 a Gallon

    12/15/2014 7:56:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 15, 2014 | Natalie Johnson
    Just two weeks ago a sole gas station in Oklahoma swept headlines for dropping gas prices below $2 a gallon. Today, 13 states have joined that list and the trend is expanding. Gas for less than $1.90 a gallon can be found in at least one station in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio, according to CNN. CNN cites ten additional states– Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia– that now have gas below $2 a gallon. “What we’re seeing is markets at work,” Heritage Foundation economist Nick Loris said. “Significant increases in supply and a relatively...
  • Lonely Planet guidebooks call Queens, NY the best travel destination in the United States

    12/14/2014 9:41:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Daily News; CNN Photos ^ | Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | BY ELI ROSENBERG , CHRIS ERIKSON
    It's the city's largest, and most diverse, borough. Now it’s … the best tourist destination in the nation? That's the word from Lonely Planet tour guides, which has anointed Queens as the Best U.S. Destination for 2015. "Queens is finally emerging from the shadows of Manhattan to take its place as one of New York's most fascinating boroughs," the guidebook’s writers said. True, there are only five boroughs, but still. "I've watch it change from forgotten to an exciting destination," said Regis St. Louis, Lonely Planet’s coordinating author — and a resident of Brooklyn. St. Louis said Queens has the...
  • Forget Brooklyn! New York City borough of Queens named best place to visit in US in 2015

    12/12/2014 10:05:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2014 | Simon Cable
    The New York borough of Queens has been given top spot in a list of the best places to visit in the US next year. The sprawling suburb, traditionally off the tourist map, has beaten a host of America's most famous destinations in an annual 'Best in the US' ranking compiled by Lonely Planet. The list praised Queens' microbreweries, beaches, global food offerings and ‘world-class’ art scene.
  • British man becomes first person to visit all 201 countries... WITHOUT using a plane

    12/10/2014 5:25:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/10/2014 | Matt Blake
    Graham Hughes, 33, used buses, taxis, trains and his own two feet to travel 160,000 miles in exactly 1,426 days - all on a shoestring of just $100 a weekYesterday he trudged into Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to end the epic journey that began in his hometown of Liverpool on New Year's Day 2009Spent four days 'in a leaky boat' to reach Cape Verde, was jailed for a week in Congo, and was 'saved from Muslim fundamentalists by a Filipino ladyboy'His lowest point was when his sister, Nicole, died of cancer two years agoHe says: 'I think...
  • 10 Worst Airports for Holiday Travel

    12/08/2014 8:34:00 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 66 replies
    Bankrate.Com ^ | 8 December 2014 | Chris Kahn
    'Tis the season to see the family, which means you're probably about to spend some quality time -- maybe too much time -- in an airport. The following are the worst airports for holiday flight problems on arrivals, according to a Bankrate analysis. Bankrate determined the frequency of holiday flight problems -- delays, cancellations and diversions -- at the United States' 100 most active airports, using Bureau of Transportation Statistics data for the months of November to January over the past 10 years. The rankings for busiest airports are based on total arrivals over the same time period.
  • The Most Disappointing Travel Destinations on Earth

    12/07/2014 10:59:06 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 332 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 07, 2014 | Fox News
    <p>We’ve all built up a trip in our minds, only to find it’s not remotely like the brochures.</p> <p>1. Los Angeles: ‘The whole city is a lie’</p> <p>LA was one of the biggest let-downs for holiday-makers.</p> <p>Travelers expecting Hollywood glitz and glamour were shocked to find what they called a run-down, dangerous and dirty urban sprawl.</p>
  • In Flight Nightmare - US Airways Plane Grounded by Sick Passengers and Crew

    12/06/2014 3:08:08 PM PST · by wtd · 12 replies
    Yahoo Travel ^ | December 6, 2014 | Joe Piazza
    In Flight Nightmare - US Airways Plane Grounded by Sick Passengers and Crew by Joe Piazza What would you do if the passenger next to you began vomiting? It was the movie “Airplane!” come to life. Sixteen people, fourteen passengers and two crew members simultaneously began vomiting on a U.S. Airways plane from Israel to Philadelphia on Friday, forcing the pilot to make an emergency stop in Rome. Various news reports identified a foul odor in the cabin which caused the domino effect of illness.