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United Airlines wants more time to answer questions about passenger dragging

The CEO of United Airlines has asked for more time to give U.S. senators a full explanation of why a passenger was forcibly dragged off a flight, prompting national outrage. Senators on the Commerce, Science and Transportation had given United until April 20 to respond to questions.  “We are in the process of gathering the full set of facts about this incident and finalizing a thorough...
Must-see: SeaWorld's last baby killer whale born in Texas

Must-see: SeaWorld's last baby killer whale born in Texas

SeaWorld has welcomed its last baby killer whale. The company announced in a news release that 25-year-old orca Takara gave birth to a calf at 2:33 p.m. CT Wednesday at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas. Its gender "will be confirmed at a later date," the park said. “This is an exciting and emotional day for us at SeaWorld, and we are all so proud to share this new killer whale...
Travel guru Rick Steves gives $4M apartment complex to YWCA

Travel guru Rick Steves gives $4M apartment complex to YWCA

Travel guide and Edmonds, Washington, native Rick Steves has given an apartment complex to the YWCA. The 24-unit Lynnwood apartment complex is worth $4 million. He bought the complex in 2005 and since then has worked with the YWCA to place low-income single mothers in the building. Steves said in his blog that one of his pet social causes has long been affordable housing. “Twenty years...
United Airlines changes policy after man dragged from plane

United Airlines changes policy after man dragged from plane

United Airlines will no longer allow crew members to bump passengers already on board flights after facing heavy criticism for its removal of a Kentucky physician earlier this month. The policy change came after video surfaced on social media of officers with the Chicago Department of Aviation dragging Dr. David Dao off Flight 3411 after he declined to relinquish his seat to make room for a crew...
Air Canada accused of bumping 10-year-old from overbooked flight

Air Canada accused of bumping 10-year-old from overbooked flight

Air Canada is the latest airline coming under fire for bumping a passenger on an overbooked flight. But this time, according to the Vancouver Sun, the passenger in question was 10 years old and the only member of his family barred from the trip. >> Read more trending news Brett Doyle had purchased tickets for him and his three family members months ago for a trip from Charlottetown, Prince Edward...
Airline pilot helps feed baby of woman traveling with four children

Airline pilot helps feed baby of woman traveling with four children

A photo of a pilot going above and beyond for a passenger is a breath of fresh air given recent airline horror stories. A photo shared on Instagram shows a Finnair pilot feeding a baby while aboard a flight as a passenger. >> Read more trending news A member of the flight crew shared the photo on Instagram, where it quickly went viral, getting more than 1,000 likes. According to the post...
Scared of flying? Climate change will make it worse

Scared of flying? Climate change will make it worse

If rising sea levels and bleached coral reefs weren’t bad enough, climate change may also make for bumpier flights. According to a paper published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, jet streams in both the northern and southern hemispheres are expected to strengthen at the cruising altitudes of aircraft as the globe warms. That means more wind shear at high altitudes...
New video shows moments before United Airlines passenger was dragged off plane

New video shows moments before United Airlines passenger was dragged off plane

The story of Dr. David Dao and United Airlines has dominated headlines since late Sunday. Dao was forcibly removed and injured after boarding a United Airlines flight out of Chicago. Footage went viral that showed Dao arguing with officers before he was removed from the overbooked flight. On Wednesday, a new video began to circulate that showed the moments leading up to Dao’s removal. Dao...
All passengers on United Flight 3411 to receive compensation

All passengers on United Flight 3411 to receive compensation

United Airlines will offer compensation to all passengers aboard Sunday’s Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, the airline announced Wednesday.  “All customers on Flight 3411 from Sunday, April 9, are receiving compensation for the cost of their tickets,” the airline said in a statement.  The airline made headlines this week after passengers filmed...
Delta lost $125 million, canceled 4,000 flights in domino effect after storms

Delta lost $125 million, canceled 4,000 flights in domino effect after storms

Severe storms moved into the south on April 3 and created havoc for several days for tens of thousands of Delta travelers as the airline was forced to cancel 4,000 flights. The company wasn’t able to return to normal operations until Sunday -- six days later. The financial impact of the storms on Delta was an estimated $125 million. It was an “impact that in my 20 years at the airline...
Merriam-Webster trolls United, defines 'volunteer' after harrowing video goes viral

Merriam-Webster trolls United, defines 'volunteer' after harrowing video goes viral

The internet’s had jokes since shortly after a video emerged showing a dazed and bloodied passenger being dragged screaming from a United Airlines flight. It’s hard to miss Merriam-Webster’s meaning in choosing to highlight the definition of “volunteer,” a word United used (in addition to “re-accommodate”) in its initial corporate responses. Other Twitter...
United Airlines CEO apologizes as stock valuation drops by $1 billion

United Airlines CEO apologizes as stock valuation drops by $1 billion

United Airlines is continuing to battle fallout after video emerged Monday of a man being forcibly removed from his seat on Flight 3411 after not voluntarily giving it up. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that United Airlines Chief Executive Oscar Munoz has issued another apology after a letter he sent to employees published by The Associated Press appeared to defend the actions...
Baby delivered midflight with help of Turkish Airlines crew

Baby delivered midflight with help of Turkish Airlines crew

A special delivery was made Friday on a Turkish Airlines flight, and the crew was right there to greet and assist the flight's youngest passenger. A woman who was seven months’ pregnant went into labor and delivered a baby around midflight on a trip from Guinea to Burkina Faso, according to a Huffington Post report. The jet was at approximately 42,000 feet when the baby girl was delivered...
United CEO's internal email describes man dragged off flight as 'disruptive,' 'belligerent'

United CEO's internal email describes man dragged off flight as 'disruptive,' 'belligerent'

After disturbing videos surfaced of a passenger being dragged off a plane because the flight was overbooked, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz told employees that he "emphatically" stands behind them in an internal email circulated to United Airlines employees and acquired by CNBC. Munoz’s public apology, also reported earlier Monday by NBC News, read: But in an email...
Delta Air Lines paid woman $11,000 not to fly, other passengers’ bags go without them

Delta Air Lines paid woman $11,000 not to fly, other passengers’ bags go without them

Five days after the storms that wreaked havoc on Delta's operations leading to thousands of cancellations, only four Delta flights were canceled Monday, according to aviation website Flightaware.com. Amanda Kowalesky was supposed to be in West Palm, but with day one of her three-day weekend shot at the airport, she stayed home in Atlanta. She's now lugging fears about a dream trip this summer...
When can an airline force a ticketed passenger off a plane?

When can an airline force a ticketed passenger off a plane?

News of a man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight on Sunday after not voluntarily giving up his seat is making the rounds, raising questions about what authority airlines have to remove ticketed passengers in situations of overbooking. According to accounts from passengers on the flight, which was leaving from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and bound for Louisville...
Hundreds of  bags abandoned after thousands of Delta flight cancellations

Hundreds of bags abandoned after thousands of Delta flight cancellations

Although Delta Air Lines’ operations were finally returning to normal Monday after five days of thousands of flight cancellations, hundreds of stranded bags left on the airport floor and thousands of frustrated passengers remained in the aftermath of the airline’s chaotic period. >> Read more trending news Delta canceled close to 3,500 flights between Wednesday and Sunday, and...
Delta cancels 3,000 flights in thunderstorm fallout

Delta cancels 3,000 flights in thunderstorm fallout

Dozens of long lines of thousands of passengers trying to get help extended through the terminal Friday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where Delta Airlines has its headquarters, as fallout from the airline’s flight cancellations extended into a third day. >> Read more trending news  Some flight cancellations continued Friday as the airline continued to struggle...
Some of the best things to do, see and eat in Indianapolis 

Some of the best things to do, see and eat in Indianapolis 

Want to break out of the state and be home in time for dinner? The Hoosier State and its capital city are calling you.   Indianapolis is packed with activities and events whether you are looking for a day trip, weekend getaway or something longer. 
TSA screener fired after woman gets loaded gun through airport security

TSA screener fired after woman gets loaded gun through airport security

WSB-TV has confirmed that the Transportation Security Administration fired a screener who missed a loaded handgun in a passenger’s carry-on bag Sunday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. According to an Atlanta police incident report, Katrina Jackson, of Hoover, Alabama, discovered the handgun as she checked her purse for her passport at the gate. “There&rsquo...
Parking area to close at Dayton airport for reconstruction

Parking area to close at Dayton airport for reconstruction

Some parking areas will shut down at the Dayton International Airport as crews work on a reconstruction project. The economy parking lot was briefly closed off, said airport spokeswoman Linda Hughes, but has reopened for customers. Half of the lot will shut down soon for reconstruction, leaving the other half open for operation. The economy lot has a flat rate of $4.95. » RELATED: Uber, Lyft...
5 things to know about United Airlines leggings incident

5 things to know about United Airlines leggings incident

Two girls were barred from their United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis early this week because they were wearing leggings. The incident spurred a frenzy of opinions on social media, even causing competing airlines to use the incident to promote their own flights. Here are five things to about the incident: 1. The two girls were not allowed onto a morning flight on Sunday because they...
Leggings on a plane: Delta weighs in on United Airlines controversy

Leggings on a plane: Delta weighs in on United Airlines controversy

It was the leggings policy heard ’round the world. After United Airlines declined to allow girls who were wearing leggings to board a flight on pass travel and another passenger tweeted about it, the question of airline dress policies went viral. But some have also pointed out that airlines often have more stringent policies for employees’ friends or family who are traveling on reduced-rate...
Spirit Airlines pilot’s likely overdose raises safety questions

Spirit Airlines pilot’s likely overdose raises safety questions

The suspected fentanyl-related overdoses of a Spirit Airlines pilot and his wife in their Centerville home raise a frightening prospect: Has the opioid crisis that is destroying whole families entered the ranks of pilots entrusted with hundreds of lives each day? Investigators have offered no indication that Brian Halye used drugs while piloting aircraft during his nine years with Spirit Airlines...
Springfield group dies into archaeological secrets

Springfield group dies into archaeological secrets

The Standing Stones of Stenness, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar sound like names written in runic type on maps J.R.R. Tolkien drew for his Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are, in fact, ancient archaeological sites on the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland, and what researchers are learning there may be changing the map of Great Britain during the Stone Age, and with it the understanding...
How drug testing airline pilots is like ‘playing Jenga’

How drug testing airline pilots is like ‘playing Jenga’

Federally-required random drug testing for pilots and other safety-sensitive employees can cause logistical problems for airlines, according to industry experts interviewed by the Dayton Daily News. One expert compared drug testing pilots to the logistical equivalent of playing Jenga, the tower-stacking game where the removal of one block could bring down the whole structure. Removing a pilot from...
More airline pilots testing positive for drug use

More airline pilots testing positive for drug use

The number of pilots testing positive for one or more drugs increased in 2015 over the prior five years, though federal officials said the overall number of airline employees testing positive is low. The newsroom’s reporting comes following the March 16 death of Spirit Airlines pilot Brian Halye, who is suspected of overdosing on fentanyl, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office...
U.S. temporarily bans larger electronics from cabins of certain flights

U.S. temporarily bans larger electronics from cabins of certain flights

A temporary ban on carry-on electronics is set to take effect Tuesday on certain flights into the U.S., according to reporting from The Hill and supported by tweets posted by Royal Jordanian Airlines. Those tweets have since been deleted but read, “Following instructions from the concerned U.S. departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the...
Cabin upgrades planned for Buck Creek State Park

Cabin upgrades planned for Buck Creek State Park

Eight cabin renovations will be made at Buck Creek State Park this year through capital improvement funds approved by the Ohio Controlling Board. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said cabins at Buck Creek and several other state parks, will be receiving interior upgrades. The state controlling board approved $900,000 for pre-construction and $250,000 in design services for Buck Creek. Parks...
Spirit Airlines pilot’s suspected overdose draws national attention

Spirit Airlines pilot’s suspected overdose draws national attention

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the medical certifications of the deceased Spirit Airlines pilot from Centerville who died of a likely drug overdose were up-to-date but have not said why the agency’s publicly-available database used by crash investigators suggests he was unable to fly any aircraft in the United States. The four children of Brian Halye, a pilot, and Courtney Halye...
In Indianapolis for the Flyers game today? A few other things to do ...

In Indianapolis for the Flyers game today? A few other things to do ...

Sure, if you’re in Indianapolis today, you’re probably pretty focused on that little basketball game coming up this evening. But surely you’ll have some time to squeeze in a good meal and some sightseeing, right? Here are more than a dozen things to add to your Indianpolis, Indiana bucket list. How many can you get through on this trip? Enjoy!
Congressmen livestream 'bipartisan road trip' to D.C. amid snow, flight cancellations

Congressmen livestream 'bipartisan road trip' to D.C. amid snow, flight cancellations

Hurd said it was O’Rourke’s idea. They picked up a Dollar rental Chevy Impala in San Antonio predawn Tuesday. They went for taquitos at Mi Tierra, where they also bought a piñata mascot — which they have named WillieBeto — to place on the dashboard, though it slipped off. They then stopped at Tantra Coffeehouse in San Marcos, and then headed...
When is a travel promotion too good to be true?

When is a travel promotion too good to be true?

Summer allows many people the opportunity to get away for a little rest and relaxation. Whether you’re driving, flying or cruising, it’s important to steer clear of bogus travel offers promoting too-good-to-be-true deals. RELATED » Phony contractors According to Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker, consumers nationwide reported nearly 2,300 complaints relating to online travel agencies...
Winter storm up north causes headaches for Orlando passengers

Winter storm up north causes headaches for Orlando passengers

A winter storm in the northeast has canceled almost 8,000 flights nationwide, and the storm’s effects are being felt by travelers at Orlando International Airport. With 60 million people in the massive storm’s path, each of the major airlines has grounded all flights to New York City. The cancellations had parts of OIA looking more like a slumber party than an airport. Among those sleeping...
Delta fined $90,000 for inadequate food service during tarmac delays

Delta fined $90,000 for inadequate food service during tarmac delays

The federal government is fining Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines $90,000 for not offering passengers adequate food during long tarmac delays in Atlanta and New York. A consent order issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation says that during lengthy tarmac delays last July on two flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and two flights from...
5 things to know about new TSA pat-downs

5 things to know about new TSA pat-downs

As travelers complain about a new, more aggressive pat-down procedure implemented at airports, security experts say it may be necessary to thwart possible terrorist threats on airplanes. Here are five things to know about the new procedure: 1. BACKLASH The Transportation Security Administration is warning police departments that more aggressive pat-downs — that have already started in airports...
TSA begins more aggressive pat-downs at local airports

TSA begins more aggressive pat-downs at local airports

As travelers complain about a new, more aggressive pat-down procedure implemented at airports, security experts say it may be necessary to thwart possible terrorist threats on airplanes. The Transportation Security Administration is warning police departments that more aggressive pat-downs — that have already started in airports — could result in more backlash from passengers going through...
Before your family makes that spring break trip …

Before your family makes that spring break trip …

According to a recent AAA survey, more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home. And while most families (70 percent) aim to take one or two vacations, at least 28 percent are planning to take three or more — a 13 percent increase from 2016. Road trips (79 percent) remain the preferred type of getaway. RELATED » How to...
BREAKING: New discount flights added at Dayton airport

BREAKING: New discount flights added at Dayton airport

Low-cost airline Allegiant Air is adding another nonstop flight at the Dayton International Airport, with fare as low as $49. The airline announced new nonstop seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The flights will operate twice weekly from the Dayton airport, and will begin May 24. Flight days, times and lowest fares can be found at the Allegiant website. “Dayton travelers...
British Muslim teacher denied entry to U.S. during school trip

British Muslim teacher denied entry to U.S. during school trip

“Everyone was looking at me,” Miah told the Guardian. “As I was getting my luggage, the teachers and kids were confused. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I was being escorted out. It made me feel like a criminal. I couldn’t speak; I was lost for words." In a letter to the U.S. Embassy in London, the Neath Port Talbot council said Miah tried to visit the...
Safety issues keep Royal Caribbean cruise ship, thousands of passengers at port overnight

Safety issues keep Royal Caribbean cruise ship, thousands of passengers at port overnight

Almost 3,000 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas will wake up Monday morning in the port from which they never disembarked. Safety issues over life vests held the ship at Florida's Port Canaveral overnight, and passengers had to remain aboard because U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents had gone home for the evening. The ship was originally scheduled to set...
United Airlines pilot reportedly removed from flight after rant about Trump, Clinton, divorce

United Airlines pilot reportedly removed from flight after rant about Trump, Clinton, divorce

A United Airlines pilot was removed from an Austin, Texas, to San Francisco flight Saturday evening, a spokesman for United Airlines confirmed. United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart confirmed that the pilot was removed from United Airlines Flight 455. “We hold our employees to the highest standards and we removed that pilot from that flight,” he said. “We brought in a new...
Disney World on track to raise ticket prices

Disney World on track to raise ticket prices

It's about to get a little more expensive to visit the happiest place on earth. Disney has not seen park attendance decline in three of the last four quarters, but that won't stop the theme park giant from raising ticket prices again by the end of the month. "We have to go back to 1988, the last time Disney did not raise its one-day ticket prices," stock analyst Rick Munarriz said. "...
Opening date announced for Pandora: The World of Avatar, Star Wars land

Opening date announced for Pandora: The World of Avatar, Star Wars land

The opening date for Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom has just been announced.  During the Walt Disney Company's Q1 FY17 Earnings Call, Disney CEO Bob Iger shared the news that the new land will debut on May 27, 2017. Based on the 2009 sci-fi film, Pandora: The World of Avatar is expected to be the biggest expansion in Animal Kingdom's history. In addition to an amazingly...
Qatar Airways sets record for world's longest flight

Qatar Airways sets record for world's longest flight

Qatar Airways has officially hosted the longest flight in history on record. >> Read more trending stories   The flight -- from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand -- lasted 17 hours and 30 minutes, according to CNN. The Boeing 777 plane flew a total 9,031 miles before landing in New Zealand on Sunday. The previous record was held by Emirates, which completed a 8,823-mile ...

25 affordable last-minute romantic getaways for Valentine's Day

Sure, we love flowers and heart-shaped boxes as much as you do, but they can’t compare with these hot travel deals for your hot-and-heavy Valentine's Day getaway. Baby, it’s cold outside, and we’re fantasizing about going on “love leave” this February to the coziest, quietest corners of the world. We tapped our savvy friends in the travel biz and found four amazing deals...
Some airline fares won't let passengers stow baggage overhead

Some airline fares won't let passengers stow baggage overhead

 Passengers may have to rethink about bringing carry-on luggage the next time they fly. More and more airlines are banning passengers with certain tickets from using the overhead bins. At least three major airlines, including United, American, and Frontier, said if passengers buy the least expensive ticket, they get one carry-on, and it has to fit under the seat. "With the price you pay...
List ranks best U.S. cities to get married

List ranks best U.S. cities to get married

Looking for a place to get married? A new study claims that there is a premiere wedding destination in our own backyard. According to WalletHub, Orlando ranks as the second-best city for weddings in the United States, and Atlanta is right behind at third. The study looked at factors such as the average cost of a wedding, the number of wedding chapels, churches and bridal shops in an area and the area...
Justin Trudeau to refugees: 'Canadians will welcome you'

Justin Trudeau to refugees: 'Canadians will welcome you'

“To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada," he wrote, along with a 2015 photo of himself with a Syrian child. Trudeau hopes to visit the White House soon, The Associated Press reports. “The prime minister is looking forward to discussing the successes of Canada&rsquo...
Hillary Clinton reacts to Trump travel ban: 'This is not who we are'

Hillary Clinton reacts to Trump travel ban: 'This is not who we are'

Trump signed an executive order Friday that institutes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, as well as a 120-day suspension of the refugee program. The order also blocks Syrian refugees from coming to the United States indefinitely. Late Saturday, New York U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly issued an emergency order banning the...
Man attacks Muslim airline employee, says Trump 'will get rid of all of you,' prosecutors say

Man attacks Muslim airline employee, says Trump 'will get rid of all of you,' prosecutors say

A Massachusetts man is facing hate crime charges, accused of attacking a Muslim woman Wednesday night while she worked at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Prosecutors said the man invoked President Donald Trump's name as he threatened the woman and mocked her religion. Authorities arrested 57-year-old Robin Rhodes, of Worcester, Massachusetts, on charges including assault, unlawful...

Chinese food in America gets a thrilling makeover

As the Year of the Rooster dawns in China, chefs in North American offer a fresh, exciting spin on Chinese cuisine. No matter where you live in the United States, chances are you’re no further than a short drive from a spot where you can get wonton soup, scallion pancakes, and General Tso’s chicken. Chinese restaurants, it seems, are as ubiquitous as pizza parlors and Irish pubs. While...

Why Canada tops our 2017 travel list

Go north, eh? Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017 in a big way. Which is utterly appropriate for a nation that boasts some of the biggest or oldest or most unusual travel sites on the planet. For an untold number of years, Americans have had rather narrow view, to say the least, of Canada. All too often, say "Canada" to an American and people think Montreal, a Francophile&rsquo...
Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

A curling tournament that brought visitors from across the United States and Canada to Springfield has been cancelled. The Champion City Bonspiel, which was held last May at the NTPRD Chiller ice rink, 301 W. Main St. near Curl Troy curling club, won’t be held this year, according to a release on the organization’s website. The decision was made earlier this month for several reasons after...

How not to be a jerk on a plane

With high-profile incidents of "air rage" going viral these days, an etiquette expert weighs in on the do's and don'ts of air travel. It seems like hardly a week goes by without us hearing about another incident of bad behavior on an airplane. Most recently, on January 3, a San-Francisco-bound flight from Australia had to turn around and make an emergency stop in New Zealand because a man...
Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County’s deal to purchase the Ohio National Guard Armory site for $125,000 site is expected to be finalized in the next two to three months — which could lead to new development near one of the county’s largest tourism generators. Ohio Department of Administrative Services officials verbally approved the deal last year for the property at 4440 Laybourne Road. It then was formally...
Logan County Historical Society to unveil 1920s restored plane

Logan County Historical Society to unveil 1920s restored plane

The Logan County Historical Society will unveil a restored 1920s plane at its transportation museum next week. The Wissler WA-6 bi-plane was originally built in 1922 by Bellefontaine resident Clarence Wissler, Logan County Historical Society President Brian Baker said. The historical society purchased the plane about four years ago. “The body of the aircraft is still original,” Baker said...
Airline offers $69 fares from US to Europe

Airline offers $69 fares from US to Europe

An Icelandic airline is offering American globetrotters tickets from the West Coast to any of four European cities for less than $70 starting Tuesday. WOW air announced Tuesday that travelers can get one-way tickets from the Los Angeles or San Francisco international airports to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bristol or Edinburgh for $69.99. The sale applies to trips between Jan. 15 and April 5. The airline...

Trending 2017 trips to book now

These are going to be the coolest destinations for 2017, from the tried-and-true to emerging hot spots. There’s always a renewed sense of excitement, anticipation, and inspiration at the beginning of the year. Resolutions are fresh and change feels within reach. Most importantly (for us, at least) there travel dreams and fantasies that beg to become realities. And my, those dreams are bountiful...
US Virgin Islands to give $300 in vouchers to travelers this year

US Virgin Islands to give $300 in vouchers to travelers this year

A deal being offered by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is offering travelers $300 in vouchers to visit the group of islands in 2017. >> Read more trending stories   The discounts can be applied to "spending credits for historical (and) cultural tours and activities" at more than 25 participating hotels, according to the tourism department. According to Thrillist...
7 American Airlines flight attendants go to hospital after flight, official says

7 American Airlines flight attendants go to hospital after flight, official says

After a flight touched down at Florida's Orlando International Airport early Tuesday, seven flight attendants asked to be taken to the hospital with complaints of headaches, officials said. The crew arrived on an American Airlines flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, just after midnight, an American Airlines official said. No information was immediately available on how long the plane had been on...
Ivanka Trump reflects on 2016, shares New Year's Eve, Hanukkah family photo

Ivanka Trump reflects on 2016, shares New Year's Eve, Hanukkah family photo

Ivanka Trump looked back on 2016 and shared a family photo in social media posts Saturday as she celebrated New Year's Eve and the last night of Hanukkah with her husband and children. In one post, Trump, Jared Kushner and their stood happily in front of a menorah. “New Year’s Eve + Last Night of Chanukah,” she wrote on Instagram.

Air travel booking secrets for 2017

Using billions of data points, a new report from Expedia offers pro tips on how to get prime deals on flights year-round, as well as a preview of 2017 top destinations. As we shift into the new year, there’s a lot of looking back on the travel industry to see what worked and what didn’t, what succeeded and what failed, and, of course, where, how, when and why people traveled. We look back...
These are the best and worst airports in the country, travel site says

These are the best and worst airports in the country, travel site says

Just in time for holiday travel, a travel blog has ranked the best and worst airports to go to in 2016. It may be a challenge to avoid New York airports. Today reported that the blog, called The Points Guy, compiled a list of the best and worst airports in the United States. According to The Points Guy, the list was compiled based on criteria the blog's research team deemed important, including timeliness...
Report ranks top 10 holiday travel destinations

Report ranks top 10 holiday travel destinations

You’re not the only one looking to escape the cold weather this holiday season. Travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has ranked the most popular places to travel this holiday season. These countries will see the most U.S. travelers this season: 1. Mexico 2. Bahamas 3. Costa Rica 4. United Kingdom 5. Australia 6. Jamaica 7. Thailand 8. Germany 9. Dominican Republic 10. Cuba According...
Holiday travelers to crowd airports, highways in Ohio

Holiday travelers to crowd airports, highways in Ohio

As the holidays near, more Ohioans will travel by car and plane this weekend than any other time of the year. About 4 million Ohioans — and more than 103 million Americans — will travel more than 50 miles from their home for the holidays. About nine in 10 people will drive to their destination, the highest total volume since AAA began tracking holiday travel data in 2001. “The idea...
Man gives mother sense of purpose, trip of lifetime after father's death

Man gives mother sense of purpose, trip of lifetime after father's death

A New York man is taking his mother on 20 adventures to honor the 20 years she spent acting as a caregiver for her late husband.  >> Read more trending stories   In September, Barton Brooks embarked on a trip with his mother, Carla Brooks, and his partner, Gregg Goodbrod, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Barton said he was inspired to take his mother on the trip because she...
Delta, Alaska Airlines to end partnership in spring

Delta, Alaska Airlines to end partnership in spring

Delta and Alaska Airlines have decided to end their partnership as Alaska merges with Virgin America, according to news releases from both airlines. Effective May 1, 2017, customers of each airline will no longer be able to earn and redeem Delta miles or Alaska Mileage Plan miles on flights operated by the other carrier. The companies will also no longer offer bookings for travel on each other's flights...
TSA reveals its strangest finds of 2016

TSA reveals its strangest finds of 2016

Holiday travel is picking up this month and the Transportation Security Administration is preparing for an influx of bags. With trips across the world, there have been a number of strange items the TSA has found. TSA social media analyst Bob Burns has listed the most unusual finds at TSA checkpoints across the country in 2016. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport dominates the list with the most entries...
Pilot 'congratulates' passengers for drinking all alcohol on plane

Pilot 'congratulates' passengers for drinking all alcohol on plane

Passengers aboard a recent Southwest Airlines plane received a special message from the flight's captain after the travelers drank all the alcohol aboard plane. On a Dec. 7 flight from from Oakland, California, to Kansas City, Missouri, the captain of the aircraft went over the PA system to announce to passengers that they had consumed all the alcohol on the plane, according to sports journalist...
World's first yearlong frozen hotel opens in Sweden

World's first yearlong frozen hotel opens in Sweden

While many people book vacations to destinations with warmer climates during the winter months, some travelers prefer to embrace the cold and find wonder in frosty locales. For the latter, you may want to consider booking a trip to northern Sweden and staying at the world's first-ever permanent ice hotel, Sweden's ICEHOTEL 365. >> Read more trending stories   The original...
Delta to offer new snacks on board: Yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts

Delta to offer new snacks on board: Yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts

Delta Air Lines is upgrading its free snacks on flights and switching to yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts and brand-name pretzels. One thing that isn’t changing in the snack lineup: The well-known Biscoff cookies, which are staying. The free snacks are for flights longer than 250 miles. Depending on the length of the flight, travelers might get either Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels or...

A stroll through Dickens's London

Visitors to London can walk in the footsteps of one of the city's literary giants, enjoying some spooky Christmas fun, a bit of history, and a pint of Nut Brown Ale. On my first visit to London, a doorknocker spoke to me. Back story: Way back in fourth grade, I played Tiny Tim in a grammar school production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Though I’m certain my stage debut was nothing...
Therapy pig roams San Francisco airport, greets travelers

Therapy pig roams San Francisco airport, greets travelers

Anxious and stressed travelers passing through San Francisco International Airport now have a new way to calm their nerves thanks to the airport's newest member of the Wag Brigade.  >> Read more trending stories   The airport introduced LiLou, a therapy pig, as the first non-canine member of the Wag Brigade, a group of nearly two dozen trained therapy dogs that walk around the...
Disney reveals Death Star at Epcot

Disney reveals Death Star at Epcot

A Disney parks icon had a new look Monday night. Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida held a special event Monday night to celebrate Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the upcoming release of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." During the event, Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth was magically transformed into the Death Star, the devastating battle station...
Plane diverted after baby born during flight

Plane diverted after baby born during flight

Normally a baby crying during a flight isn't a welcome sound, but this time it was when the trip from Philadelphia to Orlando landed with one extra passenger on board. A woman delivered a baby while in the air on Southwest Flight 556, WCSC reported. Luckily there were medical professionals, two doctors and a nurse, on the flight who helped with the delivery of the baby boy, Al.com reported. The...
Woman opens emergency exit door, jumps out of plane

Woman opens emergency exit door, jumps out of plane

A woman who flew to Houston from New Orleans didn't follow disembarkation instructions, but rather took matters into her own hands. The unidentified woman opened an emergency exit door and jumped out of a plane as it was taxiing down the runway at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Hampton Friedman, a passenger who was sitting across the aisle from the woman, captured a photo that showed...
Gatlinburg aquarium: 'Animals are safe' after devastating Tennessee wildfires

Gatlinburg aquarium: 'Animals are safe' after devastating Tennessee wildfires

But Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies posted a hopeful update Tuesday afternoon: All its animals are safe. "For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted," the property said in a Facebook post. "We have a team of Marine Biologists and Life Support Experts inside the Aquarium and are happy to report that...
Beagle Brigade help confiscate roasted pig, horse meat sausages over Thanksgiving weekend at airport

Beagle Brigade help confiscate roasted pig, horse meat sausages over Thanksgiving weekend at airport

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents say their Beagle Brigade helped confiscate several illegal items -- including an entire roasted pig -- from travelers flying out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Thanksgiving holiday. Joey, a beagle pup, alerted agents Wednesday to the bag of a traveler from Peru to find the pig. Agents said it was seized and destroyed. On the same day, agents...

Tips for driving in smokey areas

Wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and other nearby areas have damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings and structures forcing thousands of residents and visitors in the area to be evacuated. “Heavy smoke in the affected areas can also be dangerous for drivers,” said Cindy Antrican, a AAA spokeswoman. If you are planning to travel to the Gatlinburg area, AAA makes the following recommendations...
Delta apologizes after passenger goes on profanity-laced Trump rant in packed plane

Delta apologizes after passenger goes on profanity-laced Trump rant in packed plane

Delta Air Lines apologized for a "disruption" on one of its flights this week after video posted to social media showed a man shouting at fellow passengers in support of President-elect Donald Trump. "Donald Trump, baby," the man yells to his fellow passengers as he stood and clapped. "We got some Hillary (expletives) on here? Come on, baby. Trump!" Video of the Tuesday...

These "magic words" will save you big

Here at Budget Travel we speak fluent French, Italian, Spanish, and other languages. But we've also mastered the phrases that can score you a deep discount, a steep upgrade, or some tasty perks. Have you ever had a conversation where moments—or even days—later you realize, "I wish I'd said that"? Travel booking and airline and hotel check-ins can often feel like that, with so...
AAA predicts busiest Thanksgiving travel season since 2007

AAA predicts busiest Thanksgiving travel season since 2007

If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving week, plan ahead. AAA estimates 49 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this holiday. That’s one million more people than traveled last year. AAA spokeswoman Tamra Johnson said an improving economy and low gas prices are main factors for the surge in travelers. Nearly 90 percent of Thanksgiving travelers will be on the roads...
Clark County Fairgrounds plan $185K safety, other upgrades

Clark County Fairgrounds plan $185K safety, other upgrades

The Clark County Fairgrounds — the top tourism driver in Clark County — plans to spend about $185,000 to make safety improvements and convert two old horse stables into pavilions that could host a variety of events. The project includes updating the wiring and infrastructure of two horse stables built in 1975, said Dean Blair, executive director of the fairgrounds. “They really haven&rsquo...
Holiday travel: More Ohioans to hit road in a decade

Holiday travel: More Ohioans to hit road in a decade

Thanksgiving travel is expected to reach a post-recession high this year, with an estimated 48.7 million Americans venturing out — the most since 2007. And this year, a host of uncertainties — including gas prices and a potential strike next week at a Chicago airport — will face travelers going home for the holiday. Ohioans will count for 2 million of those travelers, according to...
Coming soon: Magic Kingdom to add in-park cabanas for rent, but they won't come cheap

Coming soon: Magic Kingdom to add in-park cabanas for rent, but they won't come cheap

Disney is adding in-park cabanas at the Magic Kingdom for guests to rent, according to WDW News Today. But renting one will come at a hefty price. WDW News Today’s blog said the Kingdom Cabanas will be added to the park Nov. 27, and will be available for a daily rental price of $649.     The cabanas will be placed near Space Mountain in Tomorrowland, and will accommodate...
Chicago O'Hare Airport employees plan strike after Thanksgiving

Chicago O'Hare Airport employees plan strike after Thanksgiving

Employees at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport announced Monday that they plan to strike on Nov. 29, according to multiple reports. Service Employees International Union Local 1 announced the date outside the airport Monday morning, The Associated Press reported. The workers say they want the public's support and wouldn't want to mess up anyone's holiday plans. About 500 workers committed to...
$417K in cuts could close Springfield tourism agency’s doors

$417K in cuts could close Springfield tourism agency’s doors

A local tourism agency is rallying supporters because it could see its entire budget eliminated as the city of Springfield considers $1.5 million in cuts after voters appear to have rejected raising the local income tax. But it’s difficult not to examine tourism dollars when other critical services, such as police and fire, might be cut, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland said. The Greater Springfield...
Gas prices go up in Miami Valley as Thanksgiving travel approaches

Gas prices go up in Miami Valley as Thanksgiving travel approaches

Gas prices have gone up in Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley as Thanksgiving travel approaches. GasBuddy projects the national average gas price this Thanksgiving will be the third lowest in more than a decade at $2.11 per gallon, according to a release. The average cost of a gallon of gas last Thanksgiving was $2.05. “As motorists pack their bags and prepare to head out for Thanksgiving,...
Storm system could affect Thanksgiving travel

Storm system could affect Thanksgiving travel

Heading into what is the busiest travel day of the year, a storm system will begin to develop and move into the Miami Valley. But it’s not just Southwest Ohio that will be impacted by the storm, but rather much of the Midwest — and that could lead to travel problems across the country. An area of low pressure will approach from the west and spread showers across most of the upper Midwest...

The ultimate insider's guide the Macy's Thanksgiving parade

Planning to visit NYC for the big parade? We've got you covered with when/where/how tips to get the most out of this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Budget Travel is based in New York City, and we get just as swept up in the city’s holiday lights, music, and energy as any visitor. With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coming up, we decided to take a peek behind the scenes to provide...

The ultimate insider's guide to the Macy's Thanksgiving parade

Planning to visit NYC for the big parade? We've got you covered with when/where/how tips to get the most out of this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Budget Travel is based in New York City, and we get just as swept up in the city’s holiday lights, music, and energy as any visitor. With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coming up, we decided to take a peek behind the scenes to provide...
United Airlines to ban full-size carry-ons for cheaper fares

United Airlines to ban full-size carry-ons for cheaper fares

Cheaper fares don't come without extra costs elsewhere. United Airlines announced Tuesday that it will begin offering Basic Economy fares but will restrict those fare users from bringing full-size carryons on flights. The Chicago Tribune reported that only personal items, that can be stored below seats, can be brought on board. USA Today reported that the move comes as United, one of the major airlines...

Why I Took a Road Trip for My Honeymoon

Novelist Nora Zelevansky’s honeymoon was so swoon-worthy and budget-minded that you'll want to steal the idea. Here’s the storybook tale, in her own words. Despite what Pinterest would have us believe, weddings are stressful. Even “carefree” moments are scheduled with military precision. In travel and in life, I don’t love that kind of structure. So when it came to my...

Three-Day Weekend: Nassau & Paradise Island

Beaches! Sky juice! Water slides! Conch fritters! Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas, are a short hop from anywhere on the East Coast, making the perfect island getaway closer—and more affordable—than ever. All you'll need is a valid passport and your bathing suit! My hands are shaking and my knees are weak; I'm not in love, I'm climbing the steps of the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort's...
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