Travel and commuting

It’s getting harder to beat airport car-rental fees

Car-rental customers report having to pay concession fees to U.S. airports even if they didn’t use an airport rental location. The charges have been quietly imposed by municipalities in an apparent...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Judges say travelers can sue TSA over screener mistreatment

PHILADELPHIA – A U.S. appeals court says travelers can sue the government over mistreatment by federal airport screeners because the agents can act like law enforcement officers, including when...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

International traveler with measles visited Disneyland

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood tourist hot spots and the beach this month had measles and may have exposed others, public health...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Emotional highs, lows mark hiker’s record-setting project in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. – While setting a speed record for New Hampshire hiking, Philip Carcia was sometimes struck with a sort of reverse déjà vu. Halfway through a hike, he’d question whether he had...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Gadgets to protect your privacy, safety on the road

Before John Meyer travels anywhere, he slips a small security device that looks like a two-way radio into his luggage. Recent reports of vacation rental owners spying on guests persuaded him to pay...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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

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