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Under pressure, plane industry vows cleaner flight – someday

LE BOURGET, France – Battery-powered planes, solar planes, hydrogen planes – jet makers are working on myriad ways to make flying less damaging to the planet. Yet clean flying on a mass scale...

DATE: July 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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 Thursday over the Pacific Ocean, strikes almost literally out of the blue, with no...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Read the fine print before you travel

Before you embark on your summer vacation, take a few minutes to read the fine print on your airline ticket, car rental contract, vacation rental contract – or any other contract the travel...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Flying blind: Apps help visually impaired navigate airport

Navigating airports can be tricky. They’re loud, crowded and not always laid out intuitively. They’re even more challenging for visually impaired people. Chieko Asakawa knows those challenges...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Jet lag no more: Frequent flyers share their tips for crossing time zones

Jet lag is a shape-shifting affliction that debilitates travelers of all ages. The merciless wrath of desynchronosis – or time-zone-change syndrome – can strike at any time, dragging you down into...

DATE: July 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airport shortcuts can ease the rush to the gate

How long will it take to get from your curb to your gate? If you’re Lonny MacLeod, the answer is: a lot less time than you think. Flying from Orlando, Florida, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on one of...

DATE: July 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Chief says shorthanded TSA will handle July 4 travel surge

The chief of the Transportation Security Administration says travelers should see only a slight increase in checkpoint wait times over the four-day July 4 holiday weekend despite the diversion of...

DATE: July 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Go to Grand Junction: Food, drink, art and outdoor options you can’t miss

Grand Junction, a blossoming city at the intersection of two rivers, is hitting its stride. Once nicknamed “Junktown,” the Western Slope anchor is increasingly attracting businesses and visitors...

DATE: June 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

To enjoy a staycation, have a clear purpose

Between running a start-up company and wrapping up his graduate degree, Pierre Huguet is too busy to take a vacation this summer. “I don’t have much time to travel around, so I’ve decided to stay...

DATE: June 30, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

E-bikes encounter rocky road to approval despite popularity

BAR HARBOR, Maine – Gordon Goodwin and his wife are rediscovering their passion for bicycling in their senior years thanks to new electric-assist bikes. The electric motors provide a gentle kick,...

DATE: June 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

30 tents abandoned by climbers add to trash pile on Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal – After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world’s highest mountain this season has left a government...

DATE: June 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Select few allowed to swim in Hearst Castle pools

SAN SIMEON, Calif. – The Foundation at Hearst Castle is offering a chance to swim in the California landmark’s iconic pools, where Lady Gaga and Hollywood’s Golden Age celebrities dipped their...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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