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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

8 essential items to help you sleep well on your next flight

When trying to sleep on a plane, the obstacles are stacked against you. The environment is loud, bright, crowded and uncomfortable. But while it most likely won’t be the same quality as at home, it...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Walloped by heat wave, Greenland sees massive ice melt

BERLIN (AP) – The heat wave that smashed high temperature records in five European countries a week ago is now over Greenland, accelerating the melting of the island’s ice sheet and causing massive...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

San Francisco curbs waste with public toilets

SAN FRANCISCO – The sidewalks surrounding Ahmed Al Barak’s corner market in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods are filled with cardboard, used syringes and homeless people who have...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Holiday Inn owner to ditch mini shampoos to save seas

LONDON – The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage. The owner of Holiday Inn...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Untamed Cheyenne: Wild West is alive in Wyoming’s state capital

Cheyenne is one of the country’s least centrally located state capitals. In Wyoming’s southeast corner, it’s 430 miles from my home in the state’s northwest corner. Cheyenne has an airport, but...

DATE: July 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

A primer on the perils: Warning! Travel insurance doesn’t cover this

If you think your travel insurance policy will protect your upcoming summer vacation, you might want to take another look. Travel insurance doesn’t cover everything. Truth be told, it might not...

DATE: July 27, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Science Says: Airplane turbulence can strike out of the blue

NEW YORK – They literally don’t see it coming. “Clear-air turbulence,” which evidently jolted an Air Canada flight earlier this month over the Pacific Ocean, strikes almost literally out of the...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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