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April 30, 2010

By BENÉT WILSON I have always been an airport geek.  I love the wonder and possibilities that they offer.  You walk by gates and can dream about all the places you can go.  Back in 2006, I took over the airports/security beat, which meant I was yet again being paid to cover my hobby. On [&.../ ➝

April 28, 2010

A new player on the global film stage…and stories of peace and tolerance, waiting to be told There already are lots of reasons to visit Africa — incredible scenery, beautiful beaches, wildlife found nowhere else on Earth, a chance to connect to the heritage of my slave ancestors —.../ ➝

April 27, 2010

A hotel’s decision to honor the request of a racist couple from Britain lands the company in court Apparently, the folks who run the Ritz-Carlton hotels are of the opinion that bigotry is perfectly okay, so long as it pays — or more to the point, pays them. We learn this from a lawsuit f.../ ➝

April 26, 2010

By BENÉT WILSON One of the bad things about my continued march into middle age is that I can’t remember things the way I used to.  In my last post, I wrote about all the places I visited on my old passport, which expired April 12.  But I was going on memory, which was a […].../ ➝

April 24, 2010

What’s next, a fee to put wings on the airplanes? Like the old cartoon character, Mister Magoo, Spirit Airlines has done it again. According to the Palm Beach (FL) Post, the people who plan to charge you for storing carry-on bags in their overhead bins are now looking to install non-reclining .../ ➝

April 23, 2010

Volcano tours give you a close-up look at one of Earth’s inner workings — just not TOO close There are few sights as beautiful — or potentially deadly — as that of a volcano in action. The world was reminded of that by the recent eruption of a powerful volcano in Iceland know.../ ➝

April 21, 2010

When it comes to national-flag carriers, you don’t have to be afraid — but you do need to be picky. In Part 1 of this series, I told you why you seriously consider flying with a national-flag airline instead of automatically choosing a U.S.-based carrier when you travel abroad. In this s.../ ➝

April 21, 2010

Has an airline ever bumped you off a flight? You need to know your options, and your rights. To most, the bump is a dance that went out with MC Hammer and his baggy pants. Among the airlines, though, the bump is still very much “in” — which means you stand a good chance of [&hellip.../ ➝

April 19, 2010

Don’t let chance catch you unprepared when you travel Few teachers are better at getting people’s attention than an erupting volcano. The lesson for today: It pays to have a back-up plan. And the farther, the longer or the more expensive your travel is, the more you may need one. Anythin.../ ➝

April 18, 2010

This just in: Five U.S.-based airlines — American, Delta, United, US Airways and JetBlue — have all promised a certain New York senator not to charge their passengers fees for stowing carry-on baggage in the overhead bins on their airplanes. This comes in the wake of the controversial mo.../ ➝