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Favorite airports in North America? Regional hubs land on list

Despite constant construction and increased passenger traffic, passengers are more satisfied with their experiences at airports across North America than ever before. Overall passenger satisfaction with airport has reached an all-time high, and some regional airports like John Glenn Columbus International Airport and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport have made the list of top...
Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers on a late night flight to Santa Fe Tuesday were confused when the plane, just minutes from landing, instead returned to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Passengers and those waiting at the airport for loved ones to arrive told KRQE that it was a clear, calm night. After the flight's captain told passengers they were returning to DFW but didn't give a clear reason why, passenger...
Florida Keys hotel in Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ closed in wake of Irma

Florida Keys hotel in Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ closed in wake of Irma

The Islamorada hotel featured in the Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ is closed indefinitely in the wake of Hurricane Irma. >> Read more trending news  Last year, Palm Beach Daily News travel writer Cheryl Blackerby  wrote a piece about her trip to Islamorada and how the Moorings Village and Spa and other Florida Keys locations became...
Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Update 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19: American Airlines and United Airlines announced that they are capping some of their fares as Hurricane Maria churns over the Caribbean. American Airlines said it will cap until Sept. 24 one-way, nonstop fares from airports in Antigua, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos islands, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis...
Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Florida authorities said the state will resume charging tolls on its turnpike and other roads and bridges at 12:01 a.m. Thursday after they were suspended during Hurricane Irma. More than a week after Hurricane Irma hit parts of Florida, the state’s tolls are still suspended while cities rebuild and residents return to their homes and repair damages to property, some with the help of friends...
Woman claims sexual assault on red-eye flight to Charlotte

Woman claims sexual assault on red-eye flight to Charlotte

A 33-year-old woman was flying a red-eye flight from San Diego to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday when a stranger took the seat next to her younger sister. >> Read more trending news  She said they were instantly nervous when he first spoke to them. "He said, 'I get to sit next to the two most beautiful women on the plane,' and we were concerned," the woman, who did not want...
Woman claims Delta paid her $4,000 to give up seat on overbooked flight

Woman claims Delta paid her $4,000 to give up seat on overbooked flight

How much money is a single football game worth to you? For a plane full of University of Georgia fans heading to South Bend, Indiana, to watch their team play Notre Dame last weekend, that number is pretty high. >> Read more trending news WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein was on a full Delta Air Lines flight Friday morning leaving from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The...
Affordable Olive Garden deal offers trip to Italy, all-you-can-eat pasta

Affordable Olive Garden deal offers trip to Italy, all-you-can-eat pasta

“Recipients of a Pasta Passport to Italy will ... start by exploring the sprawling cobble-stoned streets and terracotta rooftops of Sienna, then will travel throughout Italy, including Florence and Assisi, cities known for their ancient architecture and fresh, seasonal cooking,” according to an Olive Garden news release. “From there, guests will enjoy cultural excursions to...
Hurricane Irma damage in Daytona Beach: Tourist favorite meets Atlantic's largest storm

Hurricane Irma damage in Daytona Beach: Tourist favorite meets Atlantic's largest storm

Volusia County, Florida, residents on Monday morning awoke to toppled trees, downed power lines, flooded streets and damaged property. Hurricane Irma brought howling winds and pounding rains to the county. Officials urged residents to ascend to the highest floor of their homes. But for some, the rising water became too dangerous. The Daytona Beach Fire Department said it had to evacuate people...
Traveling after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Here are some key tips

Traveling after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Here are some key tips

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have brought billions of dollars in damage to the American South and Caribbean, but the storm season isn’t over yet. “We need to keep our eye on the National Hurricane Center because the season isn’t over yet and the fact that we had two category fours in one season hit the mainland is historic,” said Cindy Antrican, public affairs manager for AAA...
Cruise lines impacted by Irma, but Florida ports could reopen soon

Cruise lines impacted by Irma, but Florida ports could reopen soon

Several of the top cruise lines took a hit as Hurricane Irma battered popular destinations and Florida’s ports. Port Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and the Port of Tampa were closed Monday, according to Carnival. MORE: Local flights impacted as Irma strikes Georgia “Although the ports remain closed, port assessments in South Florida have already begun and we are optimistic the...
Hurricane Irma: Man braves waves to snap photos at Key West's Southernmost Point, instantly regrets it

Hurricane Irma: Man braves waves to snap photos at Key West's Southernmost Point, instantly regrets it

If a hurricane is barreling toward you, it's obviously not the best time to visit a tourist attraction and take some photos. But one man in Key West was caught on camera doing just that as Hurricane Irma approached. According to ABC News, a livestream at the Southernmost Point Buoy captured video of a man snapping pictures of the landmark as waves crashed around him – and then into him...
No requirement in $420K CVB contract with Springfield for major events

No requirement in $420K CVB contract with Springfield for major events

The city of Springfield and the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have reached an agreement on a new 5½-year contract, but some city commissioners are concerned it doesn’t include guarantees for popular events such as Holiday in the City and the Springfield Farmers Market. The contract is worth about $420,000 annually, but it doesn’t include extra money to put on...
Delta flight from Puerto Rico flies through narrow path of safety amid Hurricane Irma

Delta flight from Puerto Rico flies through narrow path of safety amid Hurricane Irma

A Delta Air Lines flight out of San Juan, Puerto Rico weaved its way through a swath of calm air around Hurricane Irma to take passengers to New York on Wednesday afternoon. >> Read more trending news The plane took off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday morning bound for San Juan. The 180-seat Boeing 737-900 landed in San Juan without incident, according to...
JetBlue offering $99 flights for people evacuating Hurricane Irma

JetBlue offering $99 flights for people evacuating Hurricane Irma

JetBlue is offering discounted flights for people evacuating the path of Hurricane Irma. >> Read more trending news  Remaining seats on flights leaving the following airports have been reduced to $99 plus government taxes and fees: SAV - Savannah, Georgia  CHS - Charleston, South Carolina PAP - Port-au-Prince, Haiti PLS - Turks and Caicos POP - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic SDQ...
Local flights to be impacted as Irma heads for U.S.

Local flights to be impacted as Irma heads for U.S.

As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma, local flights have been delayed and cancelled in preparation of the momentous storm. Hurricane Irma remains a category 5 hurricane with max sustained winds at 185 m.p.h., cone still has the storm potentially hitting Florida — causing more chaos for the flight industry still recovering from delays and cancellations due to Hurricane Harvey. Irma...
Delta, Southwest cancel flights due to Hurricane Irma

Delta, Southwest cancel flights due to Hurricane Irma

Delta Air Lines is canceling flights that had been scheduled for Wednesday in St. Thomas as it prepares for Hurricane Irma to pass through the Caribbean. >> Read more trending news Delta said it will also delay its evening flights in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is planning to assess facilities after the storm passes. Delta said its team of meteorologists expect the storm to begin curving...
Pittsburgh Int'l Airport becomes first to allow access to shops for non-ticketed visitors

Pittsburgh Int'l Airport becomes first to allow access to shops for non-ticketed visitors

Non-ticketed visitors will have access to Pittsburgh International Airport’s gates, shops and restaurants starting Tuesday. >> Read more trending news  The “myPITpass” program, which was announced in late August, makes Pittsburgh the first airport in the country to allow such access since 9/11. The TSA pilot program will allow guests beyond the security checkpoint...
WOW, $69 flights to Europe? Yes, please.

WOW, $69 flights to Europe? Yes, please.

Have you been craving an authentic Guinness from Dublin? Perhaps a flawless Eiffel Tower selfie in romantic Paris? If Europe has been on your bucket list, there’s never been a more perfect time to go. >> Read more trending news  WOW, an Icelandic low-cost airline, announced flights from Miami International Airport to eight European cities for as low as $69 each way.  From...
Tropical Storm Harvey could leave travelers stranded in airports

Tropical Storm Harvey could leave travelers stranded in airports

As Tropical Storm Harvey threatens South Texas, airliners are preparing for flight delays and cancellations for travelers across the country. American, Southwest, Frontier, Delta and United are among the major carriers that are waiving hefty change fees because of the incoming storm, Rare.us reported. Travelers are being told to contact their airline to rebook flights. Local expert Jay Ratliff...
Airlines waiving rebooking fees as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall

Airlines waiving rebooking fees as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall

As South Texas awaits Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, airlines are looking the other way, accommodating travelers who need to change their plans. American, Southwest, Frontier, Delta and United are among the major carriers that are waiving hefty change fees because of the incoming storm, Rare.us reported. While the details vary according to carrier, travelers are urged to contact their airline...
Dayton airport unveils new CPR training kiosk

Dayton airport unveils new CPR training kiosk

Travelers can now learn how to save a life before they hop on their next plane at the Dayton airport. The Dayton International Airport unveiled its new hands-only CPR training kiosk at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The interactive kiosk gives travelers the opportunity to learn CPR in under five minutes. The kiosk will be located in Concourse A, and features an interactive touch-screen, brief...
WOW air expands in Ohio: What’s really going on?

WOW air expands in Ohio: What’s really going on?

Air carriers have added dozens of new flights out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the Dayton International Airport in the past year. Cincinnati’s airport just announced that WOW air will add services — bringing discount, international flights to travelers in Southwest Ohio. Here’s what you need to know about Iceland’s low-cost air carrier&rsquo...
Warning: State Department discouraging travel to Cancun, Los Cabos

Warning: State Department discouraging travel to Cancun, Los Cabos

Planning a vacation? You might want to avoid certain parts of Mexico, according to a recommendation from the U.S. State Department. >> Read more trending news  The warning comes during a spike in violence in states where some of the country’s most popular tourist regions are located -- Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo. Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are located in Baja...
A new airline is coming to Cincinnati’s airport: What we know now

A new airline is coming to Cincinnati’s airport: What we know now

International discount carrier WOW air will begin nonstop service at CVG on May 9, 2018 to Iceland for $99. Iceland’s WOW air is adding services in Cincinnati, but the low-cost carrier is also expanding in other Ohio cities. The low-cost transatlantic airline is announcing new international flight services from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Europe via Keflavik International...
6 world-famous monuments undergoing major renovations

6 world-famous monuments undergoing major renovations

Big Ben bonged for the last time on Aug. 21 after an announcement that London’s famous bell will be silenced until 2021 while its home, Elizabeth Tower, undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation. >> Read more trending news The London clock tower isn’t the only tourist attraction to close for major repairs in recent years. One of the most famous structures in the City...
7 of the craziest, coolest places to stay in Hocking Hills

7 of the craziest, coolest places to stay in Hocking Hills

Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offers plenty of charming B&Bs, cozy inns and romantic cottages to choose from if you are looking to make a weekend out of your road trip. Here are a few options that are off the beaten path to grab a night’s rest in. Experience the magic and tranquility of camping in traditional Sioux Native American tipis, reminiscent of “Dances with Wolves.” Each...
Stafford: Blunder during island trip provides time to reflect

Stafford: Blunder during island trip provides time to reflect

Most of my mistakes either turn out badly or make me laugh at myself. But every often, I have blunder I’m really proud of. And last week, in this space, I may have made — thank you very much — my Best Blunder of 2017. MORE: Spending time with grandchild special The column was about my walks around the block with our grandson Finnegan and how, in the intense focus...
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later

I was lucky enough to work and learn alongside former Dayton Daily News food critic Ann Heller over the course of many years together at the paper. She helped inform my writing, my editing, my eye, my thought process, my palate and so much more and I am fortunate to still be able to call her my friend. So when her name came up in conversation during a recent trip to dine at the Inn at Cedar Falls...
Bonnie Tyler to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' on cruise during solar eclipse

Bonnie Tyler to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' on cruise during solar eclipse

It's the epic matchup you've been waiting for, bright eyes: Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and a real-life total solar eclipse. According to Time, Tyler, backed by DNCE, will perform the iconic 1983 song aboard Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise during Monday's Great American Eclipse. The cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas leaves Orlando, Florida, on Sunday and will...
Is this the future of air travel? Pilotless planes to be ready by 2025

Is this the future of air travel? Pilotless planes to be ready by 2025

Pilotless planes could be ready for commercial use by 2025, but a study found that more than half of travelers would refuse to board an automated aircraft. Pilotless planes would save airlines more than $35 billion every year and could lead to cheaper airfare, according to new research from the investment bank UBS. Pilots cost the industry about $31 billion every year and another $3 billion in training...
London's Big Ben to go silent for four years

London's Big Ben to go silent for four years

Big Ben, the iconic British timekeeper at the Palace of Westminster, will go silent until 2021. >> Read more trending news  Also known as the Great Bell of the clock on the Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the clocktower. It will sound Monday for the last time for four years. According to the BBC, the bongs are being disconnected for the clock...
Doctor saves woman overdosing on flight

Doctor saves woman overdosing on flight

A Boston cardiologist saved a passenger who passed out after a believed overdose 30,000 feet in the air. Dr. Anil Punjabi was about to fall asleep on his flight from Boston to Minneapolis on Friday when he heard the Spirit Airlines attendant shouting for a doctor. Other passengers alerted the crew when a woman a few rows back had been in the bathroom for a long time. When she got back, she was...
A few reasons to tour this famous presidential home before summer ends

A few reasons to tour this famous presidential home before summer ends

One of the best ways to absorb history is to visit a historic home. A few weeks ago my husband and I headed for Marion, Ohio, for what turned out to be a fascinating visit to The Harding Home Presidential Site, the residence of Warren G. and Florence Harding. Thanks to a terrific guide — the museum’s assistant director Shannon Morris — we spent an entertaining morning at the home...
Donald Trump's childhood home in NYC listed on Airbnb

Donald Trump's childhood home in NYC listed on Airbnb

President Trump’s childhood home, located in Queens, New York, has been listed on home rental website Airbnb. The house is in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood. >> Read more trending news The listing provides a short history of the house, which was built by Trump’s father, Fred: The house is conveniently located for those who wish to visit the city during the day and retreat...
Lights out, music off for cruise passengers to avert ‘pirate attack,’ reports say

Lights out, music off for cruise passengers to avert ‘pirate attack,’ reports say

Passengers aboard a luxurious 104-day world cruise were ordered to go dark and remain silent at night for 10 days to thwart off possible “pirate threats,” according to reports.  >> Read more trending news  The Sea Princess departed from Sydney, and as it approached and crossed the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, it was turned...
Toilet flush delays thousands of passengers at Florida airport, officials say

Toilet flush delays thousands of passengers at Florida airport, officials say

A single flush of a toilet at Florida's Orlando International Airport over the weekend ended up delaying thousands of passengers as a hazmat team cleaned up sewage that flowed into one of the airport’s customs areas. An investigation is ongoing into what caused the toilet issue, but it appears someone was trying to flush the contents of a suitcase, officials said. The flooding caused passengers...
Rate of people bumped from flights plummets in wake of United incident

Rate of people bumped from flights plummets in wake of United incident

The number of passengers bumped from flights in the United States has dropped to historic lows, the federal government announced Tuesday. >> Read more trending news The report, issued monthly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the first to include data for the second quarter of this year -- the timeframe when a passenger on a United Airlines flight was injured as he was...
Parents of 4th graders: Here’s how to get free entry to any national park this month

Parents of 4th graders: Here’s how to get free entry to any national park this month

Trekking through some of the country’s most beautiful terrain just got cheaper.  >> Read more trending news  Thanks to the Department of the Interior’s Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-grade students can enter any of more than 2,000 of the nation’s national parks and other federally managed lands and waters for free for one year.  Fourth-grade students...
Kind stranger helps mother flying alone with crying kids when no one else would

Kind stranger helps mother flying alone with crying kids when no one else would

One stranger's act of kindness is showing others around the world what a little compassion can mean to someone. While aboard a plane, Kesha Bernard of Savannah, Georgia, offered to help a fellow mother when two of her three children started crying and screaming before takeoff. The Alaska Airlines flight was delayed due to weight issues. While Bernard waited for others who were closer to help...
15-year-old stranded 10 hours at Connecticut airport

15-year-old stranded 10 hours at Connecticut airport

A teen who was traveling as an unaccompanied minor was told by airline officials that he could not board a flight home and was stranded at a Connecticut airport for 10 hours.  >> Read more trending news  According to CTV News in Vancouver, 15-year-old Victor Shmulevich was flying home after completing a summer program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Shmulevich...
What regional airport has the best deals? Airfare gets cheaper locally

What regional airport has the best deals? Airfare gets cheaper locally

Average airfare from Dayton International Airport is getting significantly cheaper compared to recent years, but other regional airports are still offering competitive — and sometimes better — ticket prices than the Miami Valley’s hometown hub. Dayton’s airfare decreased to an average $397 in the first quarter of this year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department...
Man stands up girlfriend, leaves country on brocation

Man stands up girlfriend, leaves country on brocation

A Telford, England, man nearly landed in hot water after he ditched his girlfriend and left the country to vacation with his buddies.  Brent Catterson made plans to meet his girlfriend Kayleigh Thompson for breakfast on June 15. But, instead of grabbing a bite to eat, Catterson headed to the airport and boarded a flight to Spain. Instead of calling Thompson to cancel, he took a picture with a...
Outer Banks homeowners, not tourists, allowed back on islands after mandatory evacuation

Outer Banks homeowners, not tourists, allowed back on islands after mandatory evacuation

People living on two islands along North Carolina's Outer Banks are able to turn their lights back on. But for visitors, a strict evacuation order is still in effect. Engineers have been working nonstop to restore power for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands since Thursday when a construction company accidentally cut an electrical line. As of Saturday morning, one generator had been restored, but...
WATCH: Pint-sized Southwest passenger wins over travelers with fist bumps

WATCH: Pint-sized Southwest passenger wins over travelers with fist bumps

While the skies have been anything but friendly recently for some travelers, one young passenger won over his flight this month with a simple request. In a video originally posted on Facebook by Suzann Novak on July 22, a boy can be seen walking down the aisle of a Southwest Airlines plane, saying “hi” and asking for fist bumps from fellow passengers. Most travelers complied, amused by...
Thanks to Southwest, you can view the solar eclipse from 30,000 feet up

Thanks to Southwest, you can view the solar eclipse from 30,000 feet up

Next month’s total solar eclipse is getting galactic-sized attention. After all, the last time one of these solar phenomenons was visible from North America was 1979, and this time, much of the country will get to see the moon covering the sun.  For some large swaths of some states, like Texas, the Aug. 21 eclipse will only be partially visible, but Southwest Airlines has...
Large electronics will have to be screened under new TSA carry-on policy

Large electronics will have to be screened under new TSA carry-on policy

Passengers traveling through America’s airports will have to separate large electronics from their carry-on baggage under new screening procedures announced Wednesday by the Transportation Security Administration. Travelers will be required to remove electronics that are larger than a cellphone from carry-on baggage so the electronics can undergo X-ray screening in an effort aimed at upgrading...
TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately

TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately

TSA officials will not screen and search books separate from luggage during security checks before passengers board planes at airports across the country. The agency announced the decision to end testing the practice at select airports at the end of June. Testing was being performed at two U.S. airports. >> Read more trending news Many people criticized the book screenings, saying TSA agents...
Air France to launch new airline specifically for millennials

Air France to launch new airline specifically for millennials

Air France will launch a new airline specifically for passengers aged 18 to 35. On Thursday, the airline announced its new airline, Joon, which will begin operating routes this fall.  >> Read more trending news According to a news release, Joon’s targeted clientele is young working professionals whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology. “Designed for our...
Woman live tweets ‘nightmare’ encounter with feet on flight

Woman live tweets ‘nightmare’ encounter with feet on flight

There are some things you should and shouldn’t do on a plane; one of those is rub your feet on the armrests of the person in front of you. >> Read more trending news Jessie Char, 30, shared on social media that she had a “nightmare” flight due to a pair of unwelcome feet. Char live tweeted her experience, which was horrible for her but entertainment for others. It all started...
Frontier Airlines to add 21 cities, 85 routes

Frontier Airlines to add 21 cities, 85 routes

Low-cost airline Frontier Airlines will add 21 destinations and 85 routes to its lineup, the company announced Tuesday.  >> Read more trending news  The airline plans to grow to a total of 82 cities total with more than 1,000 routes by next summer, according to a news release. That’s more than double the current number of total routes offered by the airline...
Trump's Chicago hotel won't honor woman's low fare on Booking.com

Trump's Chicago hotel won't honor woman's low fare on Booking.com

A hopeful traveler stumbled across the hotel deal of a lifetime. Rose Lawrence quickly took the chance to book a deal in which a normally priced $1,100 room was being offered for much less. But the hotel said it will not honor her deal. >> Read more trending news Lawrence’s excitement quickly turned into frustration and shed light on an online booking fiasco when hotel management...
Family outraged after being kicked off JetBlue flight

Family outraged after being kicked off JetBlue flight

A family of five from New York City captured on video an altercation with JetBlue staff after they got kicked off a JetBlue plane at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Tamir Raanan and Mandy Ifrah said they were heading home with their three children on July 2 when Ifrah got into an argument with another passenger over her 1-year-old daughter kicking the back of...
Disney’s Star Wars-themed land models are something to see

Disney’s Star Wars-themed land models are something to see

As Disney fans gather in Anaheim, California for the D23 Expo, one part of the fan-fest had the internet burning up before the show officially opened. >> Read more trending news On display during the comic-con for Disney enthusiasts is an extremely detailed model of the Star Wars lands that are being built in both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. Videos of the display...
Must-see: Beachgoers form 80-person human chain to save drowning family

Must-see: Beachgoers form 80-person human chain to save drowning family

Dozens of beachgoers in Panama City, Florida, teamed up to form a human chain to save a family from drowning. According to the Panama City News Herald, Roberta Ursrey heard her sons shouting for help in the water Saturday. But when she and other family members swam out to save them, they also became trapped by the rip current. As the nine family members struggled in the water, Ursrey said her...
Delta passenger hit in head with wine bottle accused of assaulting flight attendant, charged with federal crime

Delta passenger hit in head with wine bottle accused of assaulting flight attendant, charged with federal crime

Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, the Florida man accused of assaulting a flight attendant on a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing, appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle and is facing a federal charges. >> Read more trending news A Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing returned to Sea-Tac Airport Thursday evening after Hudek, 23, reportedly assaulted and injured a flight...
Here's why the TSA wants to see your fudge

Here's why the TSA wants to see your fudge

A sign at a county airport in Michigan left some travelers puzzled this week. The sign was posted before the security checkpoint at Chippewa County International Airport. It says, "Please remove fudge from your bags." The sign includes an illustration of a piece of fudge. An image of the sign was posted on Twitter by a traveler. The airport offers convenient access to Mackinac Island, which...
What to do if you're treated unfairly on a flight

What to do if you're treated unfairly on a flight

United Airlines is making headlines again. And once again, it’s not good. >> Read more trending news  This time, the airline forced a woman flying with her 2-year-old son -- both of whom were ticketed passengers with seats -- to give up her son’s seat to another passenger and make the flight from Houston to Boston with her son in her lap.  The woman, Shirley Yamauchi...
Online grocery shopping: What’s really going on?

Online grocery shopping: What’s really going on?

Amazon’s pending purchase of Whole Foods has waged a full-out war between grocers — signifying an upcoming transformation of the grocery shopping game in major markets across the U.S., including the Southwest Ohio region. With Amazon.com’s pending $13.7 billion purchase of Austin-based Whole Foods Market, consumers in Southwest Ohio are seeing a deluge of new online grocery offerings...
Low-cost airline considers replacing seats with standing space

Low-cost airline considers replacing seats with standing space

A low-cost airline based out of Colombia is considering ridding its planes of seats and having customers stand for the duration of flights.  >> Read more trending news  “There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up,” VivaColombia airline founder and CEO William Shaw told the Miami Herald. “We’re very interested in...
Record-breaking 44 million Americans to travel for July Fourth

Record-breaking 44 million Americans to travel for July Fourth

A record-breaking number of travelers will hit the road in Ohio and across the U.S. for the July 4th weekend, crowding highways and airports. More than 44 million Americans and nearly 2 million Ohio residents will travel for the holiday weekend, according to an analysis by AAA. That’s the highest July 4th travel volume on records, and represents a nearly 3 percent increase — more than...
Disney: Animatronic Trump will speak at Disney World show

Disney: Animatronic Trump will speak at Disney World show

Disney has confirmed that an animatronic version of President Donald Trump will have a speaking role at its Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida. The company is pushing back against reports that Trump's figure wouldn't have a speaking part in the show, which features figures of all U.S. presidents. Disney Parks editorial content director Thomas Smith writes in a blog post...
TSA begins searching books before travelers board planes

TSA begins searching books before travelers board planes

The TSA is testing a new policy under which passengers will be asked to separate their reading materials from the rest of their carry-on luggage so agents can fan through the pages to see if anything dangerous is hidden inside. >> Read more trending news  Right now, the book searches are happening at just a few airports, but Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly ...
Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

2017 is not a good year to be an airline company, especially if that company’s name is United Airlines.  Passenger and mom Emily France said her baby became overheated recently on a delayed flight as the aircraft waited on the Denver International Airport (DIA) tarmac, reports the Denver Post. The 39-year-old said that passengers waited for more than two hours on the plane despite...
New island forms off North Carolina coast

New island forms off North Carolina coast

An island that appeared to be little more than a “bump” in April has grown to span a mile across and three football fields wide off the coast of North Carolina, according to multiple reports. The island near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been dubbed “Shelly Island,” so-named because it’s a prime location to find seashells, visitor Janice Regan told The Virginian-Pilot...
Health advisory posted at Kiser Lake due to algae bloom

Health advisory posted at Kiser Lake due to algae bloom

State officials posted a recreational health advisory at Kiser Lake State Park in Champaign County on Friday, alerting residents after sampling showed high levels of algal toxins. The is the second time in recent years that a public health advisory has been posted at the popular recreational beach due to high levels of microsystin, a toxin produced by the algae. The advisory indicates that an algal...
Delays reported at Dayton airport after weather, military accident

Delays reported at Dayton airport after weather, military accident

Delays have been reported at Dayton International Airport, where severe weather is striking and a military plane has crashed during Dayton Air Show practice. Flights have already been delayed or cancelled in and out of the Dayton International Airport. Four morning flights to Chicago, Newark and Charlotte were cancelled, while several other flights were delayed. At least four more departures are delayed...
Clark County to develop old armory near fairgrounds

Clark County to develop old armory near fairgrounds

Clark County commissioners have purchased the old National Guard Armory next to the Clark County Fairgrounds — a move they say could boost tourism and sales tax revenue. The armory, near Interstate 70 and Ohio 41, was purchased by the county from the state for $125,000, Clark County Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt said. The county plans to find the right developer for the property, she said....
International airport in Florida bans medical marijuana

International airport in Florida bans medical marijuana

It is now illegal to have any type of marijuana, even medical marijuana, at the Orlando International Airport. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board unanimously approved the medical marijuana ban Wednesday. A draft policy published this week by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority puts medical marijuana users at risk of arrest when flying out of Orlando International Airport, despite...
Kiser Lake to see addition of two new log cabins

Kiser Lake to see addition of two new log cabins

Kiser Lake State Park in Champaign County is set to receive new rustic log cabins by early spring of 2018. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently requested funds from the Controlling Board in order to purchase construction materials to construct and install wooden cabins in several state parks, including Kiser Lake. “The addition will improve attendance to the lake,” Alyssa...
Myrtle Beach shooting captured in shocking Facebook Live video

Myrtle Beach shooting captured in shocking Facebook Live video

When volunteer firefighter Bubba Hinson decided to visit the popular tourist destination Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the last thing he expected was to be live cameraman of a mass shooting. In the video, which we are not showing in full due to its graphic nature, Hinson yelled, “Multiple people down!” after a gunman opened fire and sent a crowd of people scattering early Sunday. According...
Southwest offers $39 flights to celebrate 46th birthday

Southwest offers $39 flights to celebrate 46th birthday

Southwest is giving a present to customers in celebration of its 46th birthday. The budget airline is offering low-priced flights with a sale that offers tickets for as low as $39 for a one-way trip, according to Travel & Leisure. The seats, travel days and markets for the offers are limited and blackout dates -- like holidays -- apply, according to the Southwest website. Regional travel...
Popular Indian Lake State Park to unveil $1.5M pool

Popular Indian Lake State Park to unveil $1.5M pool

A $1.5 million pool will soon open at Indian Lake State Park, making it one of the few campgrounds in Ohio with a pool. The state park has about 500 campgrounds and is nearly full every weekend, Indian Lake State Park Manager George Sholtis said. The pool is expected to attract even more visitors, he said. “I believe the word will get out and it will draw more people,” he said. &ldquo...
Longest Uber drives: Ride from DFW to Nashville totals 11.5 hours, 650 miles

Longest Uber drives: Ride from DFW to Nashville totals 11.5 hours, 650 miles

An Uber driver might have earned nearly $1,000 with one drive. >> Read more trending news  Brent Pfieffer received a notification on his cellphone on Sunday night about passengers requesting a pickup at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.  Soon after accepting the request, Pfieffer got a phone call from one of the customers. “They said, ‘I have an issue here...
Southwest Airlines offers limited-time $100 round-trip fares

Southwest Airlines offers limited-time $100 round-trip fares

For a limited time, Southwest Airlines is offering some of its lowest fares during one of its biggest annual sales.  According to USA Today, the sale is one of two big limited-time sales offered by the airline each year.   >> Read more trending news  Dozens of the carrier’s shortest routes are available for $49 each way. Other non-stop one-way fares are offered for ...
5 tips to keep you from getting sick on vacation

5 tips to keep you from getting sick on vacation

It’s easy to get sick when you’re traveling, because your immune system is exposed to new environments and germs it isn’t used to fighting. Plus, if you tend to eat less healthy food on vacation, your body might be missing some key nutrients it needs to stay in tip-top shape. >> Read more trending news Use these tips to keep yourself healthy: You may want to use...
10 ways to save money on gasoline during your summer travels

10 ways to save money on gasoline during your summer travels

With the summertime driving season here, gas consumption is at a premium. Here are 10 tips on keeping your gas costs low: As tempting as it is to fill your tank right to the brim, try and refrain. Overfilling results in gas sloshing over and running down the side of your car. That’s bad for your paint job, the environment and your wallet. Once the nozzle clicks the first time, stop there. Unless...
10 road trip tips for every traveler

10 road trip tips for every traveler

Road trip season is here. Whatever your destination, use these tips to help you get there. Trying to figure out where you are going but don’t have a GPS on your dashboard? A large binder clip and some rubber bands will do the job. Bend the metal ends 90 degrees. Wrap rubber bands around the metal arms. Then clip it to a vent, and slide your phone into place. Here’s a subtle tip about...
Legislators: Proposed regional airports would attract businesses

Legislators: Proposed regional airports would attract businesses

A proposal by two local legislators to build two major airport hubs in Jeffersonville, just east of Xenia, and near Ravenna in northeast Ohio, was met with skepticism by the head of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and an airport expert on Wednesday after the idea was announced. State Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, said the two proposed airports would attract the kind of large airline hubs that places...
Orlando airport standoff: Mother with children feared she'd be shot in the back

Orlando airport standoff: Mother with children feared she'd be shot in the back

Operations at Florida's Orlando International Airport resumed as normal Wednesday morning, hours after the end of a standoff involving a 26-year-old man holding a fake gun, the Orlando Police Department said. Michael Wayne Pettigrew was undergoing a psychological evaluation following the two-hour standoff during which he threatened to harm himself and pointed a fake gun at officers at a rental...
10 ideas for family fun this summer in Northwest Ohio

10 ideas for family fun this summer in Northwest Ohio

With its mix of national attractions and local favorites, family-friendly fun is easy to come by in northwest Ohio. Several destinations are introducing new features this summer, adding freshness worth experiencing. Here are 10 to check out before school is back in session: The amusement park reinvented and expanded its water park, formerly Soak City, as Cedar Point Shores this year. The 18-acre park...
10 ideas for family fun this summer across Central Ohio

10 ideas for family fun this summer across Central Ohio

Family fun in central Ohio comes in all shapes but, ideally, in just one size: big. Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, you and your family will undoubtedly enjoy at least a few of these destinations, with each offering a distinct or unusual way to spend a big day of togetherness in the heart of the Buckeye State. The world-famous zoo houses more than 7,000 animals, including...
10 ideas for family fun this summer in Southeast Ohio

10 ideas for family fun this summer in Southeast Ohio

Fireflies are starting to light up the evening landscape, the nighttime air is starting to feel just a bit balmy, and those summertime concert tickets you bought months ago are starting to seem relevant. All are sure signs that summer is almost here. Throughout the southeast corner of the Buckeye State, ample opportunities exist for family fun, whether it’s a low-key picnic or some quality time...
10 ideas for family fun this summer in Northeast Ohio

10 ideas for family fun this summer in Northeast Ohio

You can feed a giraffe, build a sand castle or take a train ride through a national park — and that’s just for starters. Northeast Ohio is filled with family-friendly fun, from spacesuits and dinosaurs to a pro-football shrine and even a Costa Rican rainforest. Here’s a list of favorites.  Young and old enjoy this attraction, with several thousand animals spread across 183 acres...
Same-sex couple claim Southwest discriminated during boarding

Same-sex couple claim Southwest discriminated during boarding

A Florida same-sex couple claim Southwest Airlines refused to let them board with their three children and a grandparent as a family. Grant Morse says the family was rebuffed at the family boarding area at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York Saturday, The Associated Press reported. Morse said a Southwest Airlines gate agent told them that they were not a family, even though Morse...
Memorial Day 2017: Travelers will hit highest level since 2005

Memorial Day 2017: Travelers will hit highest level since 2005

If you plan to travel Memorial Day weekend, expect a lot of company. A whole lot. AAA said more than 39.3 million people are planning a holiday trip at least 50 miles from home - the most since 2005 and a 2.7 percent increase over last year. Of those, travelers, 34.6 million - or 88.1 percent - will drive to their destination. “We think it’s because of the increase in wages,” said...
United to Texas national guardsman returning from Afghanistan: Pay up for bag

United to Texas national guardsman returning from Afghanistan: Pay up for bag

A national guardsman on his way home to Kyle, Texas, after a 21-month deployment in Afghanistan said United Airlines made him pay $200 to check a bag because it was too heavy to qualify for the airline’s free military baggage policy. “I was told point blank that I’d have to pay $200 for the overage or find another bag to siphon stuff off with,” First Lieutenant John Rader,...
5 things to know about the airlines customers love best

5 things to know about the airlines customers love best

Despite recent tumultuous events on different airlines, customer satisfaction is actually improving, according to a new report. J.D. Power released a new report that found customers are actually happier with their flying experiences than in previous years. The J.D. Power 2017 North America Airline Satisfaction Study was released this month, and found overall customer satisfaction with airlines has...
JetBlue CEO addresses birthday cake incident in which family was kicked off flight

JetBlue CEO addresses birthday cake incident in which family was kicked off flight

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes went on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday and addressed an incident on his airline’s incident that made headlines, in which a family was kicked off a flight after a dispute that started with a birthday cake. Here’s the video that was shared showing part of the incident: And here is Hayes explaining what happened: According to Hayes: Hayes’ explanation...
10 ways to save money on a trip to the beach

10 ways to save money on a trip to the beach

Temperatures are warming up, and the sand and surf are calling. >> Read more trending news A day at the beach is a great and inexpensive summer activity, but costs can creep up if you’re not careful. Here are some tips on keeping your summer beach costs down: If you can easily drive to a beach, you know that it’s hard to find parking spots there. Both private and public beaches can...
U.S. to consider expanding airline laptop ban

U.S. to consider expanding airline laptop ban

Department of Homeland Security officials plan to meet with airline industry officials today to discuss security issues related to the electronics ban on flights, according to a Reuters report. An airline ban on laptops on commercial aircraft could be expanded to include flights from some European countries to the United States. Reuters reports expansion of the ban could impact U.S. carriers such...
Owners of giant rabbit that died on United Airlines flight threaten lawsuit

Owners of giant rabbit that died on United Airlines flight threaten lawsuit

United Airlines suffered another problematic PR situation Monday, with the threat of a lawsuit surrounding the death of a giant rabbit who died onboard a flight last month. The 3-foot-long rabbit named Simon — who was en route from his breeder in London to his new owners in Iowa — was found dead in his crate after the plane stopped in Chicago. According to ABC News, although the airline...
Warren County ups lodgings tax to pay for $15 million sports complex

Warren County ups lodgings tax to pay for $15 million sports complex

A 1-percent lodgings tax hike approved Tuesday in Warren County is expected to finance a $15 million sports complex anchoring a 1,400-acre planned community. RELATED: 12,000 residents, $1.5B in investment expected at Union Village The Warren County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the tax hike. A vote was delayed in January due to questions about the county’s willingness...
Spirit Airlines passenger brawl: 5 things to know

Spirit Airlines passenger brawl: 5 things to know

Chaos broke out at the Fort Lauderdale-Holly International Airport after Spirit Airlines canceled several flights, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and angry on Monday. A total of nine flights were canceled because the airline claims its pilots refused to fly their scheduled flights. Here’s what to know about the Spirit Airlines brawl: » RELATED: Aunt Jemima frozen food products...
Mom thanks flight attendant who helped soothe fussy baby during flight

Mom thanks flight attendant who helped soothe fussy baby during flight

A mother is thanking a flight attendant for helping to soothe her 4-month-old baby when “all hell broke loose” on a flight. Whitney Poyntz was traveling with her husband and daughter to Calgary, Alberta, from Palm Springs, California, on the WestJet airline. Everything was going smoothly until her daughter, Kennedi, started to cry. “Once the captain came on the intercom it woke...
Neighbors complain after Disney World tests fireworks show late into night

Neighbors complain after Disney World tests fireworks show late into night

Disney World and fireworks go hand in hand, and the Wishes show at Magic Kingdom is something that visitors and neighbors, such as Lynda Salerno, know well. “It’s part of Disney. That’s why I moved here, to be part of it,” she said. But late Tuesday night, the booms went on and on, all the way into Wednesday morning. “Yeah, you know, it’s kind of crazy. First you...
American Airlines to decrease legroom for passengers

American Airlines to decrease legroom for passengers

A ticket for an American Airlines flight will soon afford passengers less leg space on planes.  >> Read more trending news According to CNN, the airline will decrease space between seat rows in economy class by 2 inches. The move is meant to allow for more seats per plane and will affect the airline’s new Boeing 737 Max jetliners, CNN reported. The space will decrease from 31...
African-American Museum is worth waiting for

African-American Museum is worth waiting for

WASHINGTON — It’s a project frequently referred to as “100 years in the making.” But if your travel plans include a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, be prepared to wait a while longer. The next tickets become available online May 3 at 9 a.m. — for admission in August. Since the museum opened last September, the culmination of a dream...
Flight attendants say air inside planes can be toxic

Flight attendants say air inside planes can be toxic

WSB-TV has learned that three airline crews in Atlanta in the past year had emergency medical care after they say fumes on board their planes made them sick. The director of Georgia's Poison Control Center told WSB-TV’s Tom Regan that the agency received emergency calls three different times in the past year about flight crews falling ill at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport...
27 injured when Aeroflot plane hits severe turbulence

27 injured when Aeroflot plane hits severe turbulence

At least 27 people were injured Monday when an Aeroflot plane traveling from Moscow hit an air pocket while approaching Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Russian embassy in Thailand said in a statement. The injured include 24 Russians and three Thai nationals who suffered injuries ranging from bruises to fractures and broken bones. Four people required surgery, the Russian embassy in Thailand...
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