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U.S. airlines expect record crowds over Labor Day weekend

DALLAS – Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period, continuing a rise in travel that has boosted the airlines’ profits all year. The trade group Airlines for America...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska has been America’s canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska’s warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cyclists race up Mount Washington – the highest peak in the Northeast

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – A Massachusetts man and a Pennsylvania woman won the grueling bicycle race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Erik Levinsohn, of Boston,...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cruise offers close and long looks at Norway’s fjords

HELLESYLT, Norway – In a journey full of waterfalls, an impressive cascade is just around the bend in Norway’s famous fjords. Whether it’s the popular Seven Sisters, toppling 820 feet down the...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Are you getting the best deal when you book through an online travel agency?

When you’re shopping on an online travel site, does everything look the same? It does to Ron Woods, a retired insurance salesman from Walnut Creek, California. Over the years, he has watched with...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Customs and Border Protection outage snarls major airports

DALLAS – Travelers flying into the United States on Friday ran into long lines at major airports nationwide because of a temporary computer outage that affected the U.S. Customs and Border...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

United tells pilots no alcohol for 12 hours before flights

DALLAS – United Airlines is setting an earlier cutoff time for when pilots must stop drinking alcohol before flights. The airline is telling pilots they must abstain from alcohol for 12 hours...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

What happens when an airline pilot is arrested for drinking on the job?

In the span of less than a week recently, authorities arrested three pilots from two different airlines under suspicion of intoxication before they were about to fly. But despite the widespread...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Once homeless, tour guide finds fame in St. Petersburg, Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Russia’s second city mixes ornate magnificence and cruel poverty. Vyacheslav Rasner straddles the extremes – becoming an unexpectedly popular tour guide after surviving a...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Pedicures and pajamas: Airline passengers do the strangest things

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen a passenger do on a plane? If you said, “Change into pajamas midflight,” then maybe you were on my red-eye from Orlando to Frankfurt, Germany, during which a...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

U.S. lays out enforcement priorities for animals on planes

The government is telling airlines and passengers how it will enforce rules governing animals that people bring on planes. The Transportation Department said Thursday that airline employees can bar...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Police patrol Rome’s Spanish Steps to enforce sitting ban

ROME – Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn perched there without a care in the 1953 film “Roman Holiday.” But the Spanish Steps in Rome are no longer a place for sitting. Enforcing an ordinance that...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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