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February 03 2014

Next-Day Winter Storm Adds to Super Bowl Travel Woes

The unseasonably warm weather for Sunday night's Super Bowl has given way to a snow storm that is causing travel delays, as football fans try to make their way out of New York.

U.S. airlines have cancelled 1,013 flights as of about 8:30 a.m. on the East Coast, with about 25% of arrivals and departures in Philadelphia and Newark called off, according to airline traffic firm FlightAware.

Other airports in New York City, JFK and LaGuardia, were also experiencing delays and cancellations.

Per FAA, arrival delays of more than 3 hours at #Newark and more than 4 hours at LaGuardia due to snow from Winter Storm #Maximus.

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) February 3, 2014

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January 28 2014

20 Places You'd Rather Be Right Now

We could all use a little break sometimes. The hustle and bustle of the 9-to-5 life can be exhausting.

We fill our days with routines and deadlines. Its never-ending grind that could bring anyone to tears. But this little blue planet has a lot more to offer besides shared cubicles and interoffice memos. From sandy beaches to icy mountains, there are plenty of amazing places waiting to be explored.

Wouldn't you rather be starting an adventure today? (Warning: some of these places may cause severe wanderlust.) Read more...

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January 20 2014

The Most Photographed Cities on Earth, According to Google

Selfie, landscape or portrait, we tend to take a lot of photos — and some places are more conducive to snapping pics than others.

Google released a heat map that highlights the Earth's most photographed locales. Data included in Sightsmap comes from geolocated images uploaded by individual users to the Google Maps Panoramio service, which associates images with locations in Google Maps and Google Earth. You can even begin planning a trip with the map by selecting a starting point and destination, which brings up estimated travel time and links to travel sites.

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January 17 2014

Travel Shouldn't Interrupt Your Healthy Habits

As our world becomes more connected, frequent travel is emerging as a new normal. Healthy habits such as exercise, getting enough sleep and of course, eating well, are sometimes let go when the stress of departure and check-in times is front-of-mind. But healthier options might not be too far away.

What ideas do you have that would make travel more innovative? Marriott Hotels launched TravelBrilliantly.com to learn what travelers such as yourself are dreaming up to improve the future of travel. In 2013, Marriott Hotels recognized 15 ideas as their favorites and picked one grand prize winner: Anjana K., who aimed to help travelers obtain healthy eating options no matter what time of day. Read more...

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January 13 2014

Why Are Pilots Still Landing at the Wrong Airport?

On the list of awkward and embarrassing occurrences, somewhere slightly above calling someone the wrong name and dialing the wrong number, you'll find landing an airplane full of people at the wrong airport.

This was the case Sunday evening when a Southwest Airlines flight bound for Branson Airport in southwest Missouri accidentally landed at a much smaller airport seven miles away. It also happened less than two months ago when a massive Boeing 747 Dreamlifter landed at a small Wichita, Kan., airport instead of an Air Force base about 10 miles away

As it turns out, this isn't a new phenomenon Read more...

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January 07 2014

New FAA Regulations Add to Airlines' Weather Woes

As if a major snowstorm followed immediately by a polar vortex wasn't enough for airlines to handle, newly imposed regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) added yet another challenge.

The new rules require pilots to have a minimum of 30 consecutive hours free from duty each week and 10 hours of rest, including the opportunity for eight uninterrupted hours of sleep, before each flight duty period. Airlines have had two years to prepare for this rule change, but the timing still isn't ideal

Airlines have canceled more than 15,000 flights since Friday and delayed tens of thousands more, according to FlightAware.com. While the weather has made several aspects of flying more challenging, the FAA implemented a long-expected overhaul of the rules this weekend to protect against pilot fatigue Read more...

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January 03 2014

A Snowy New Year: Your Best Instagrams From Boston to New York City

A huge storm swept through the northeastern United States Thursday night and into Friday morning, bringing with it fierce winds, bitter cold and more than a foot of snow in some areas.

This kind of weather is nothing new for this neck of the woods, nor did it cause as much damage as a similar storm earlier this year. But officials still shut down several highways due to the snow's intensity, and both New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport were both closed for periods of time. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned against venturing too far from home over the weekend as temperatures throughout the region remain below freezing. Read more...

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Stranded by the Northeast Blizzard? How to Rebook Your Flight Online

As a winter storm battered the East Coast Thursday night into Friday morning, thousands of travelers were left stranded as flights were canceled. While customer service representatives in airports and on phones rebooked customers, those affected might also get help via Twitter.

Airports in the Northeast closed down for several hours Friday morning. At the time of writing, both New York's John F. Kennedy airport, as had Boston's Logan International Airport, according to a Facebook post. If your flight has been canceled, check with your individual airline for information.

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December 23 2013

Why Your Facebook Account Could Be a Vital Travel Tool

Traveling around the U.S. can sometimes be a complicated affair due to the various security procedures in place at airports

But on Sunday, one passenger found out that when it comes to providing identification to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before a flight, your social media presence could be a major time saver if you've forgotten or lost your government-issued ID

Zach Klein, the co-founder of Vimeo and current CEO of DIY.org posted a message on Twitter indicating surprise that the TSA accepted his Facebook profile as proof of his identity Read more...

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December 17 2013

15 Themed Planes for Die-Hard Fans

Look, up in the sky! It probably isn't a bird and it definitely isn't Superman. As one of the fastest modes of transportation, airplanes are a common part of the world's everyday scenery.

With distinctive colors and artistic designs on the wings and tail, it's easy to see which planes belong to which companies. But large commercial jets also provide ample space for various kinds of promotions, often taking the mostly blank hull of the aircraft and turning it into a flying billboard.

If a particular company, team or group has a large enough following, chances are its likeness has appeared on an airplane. Hello Kitty, the Boston Red Sox and even Mickey Mouse have been featured on aircraft. For those dedicated fans interested in travel, here are 15 themed airplanes that grace the skies with their designs. Read more...

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December 14 2013

5 Ways Congress' Proposed Budget Could Affect You

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a federal budget plan on Thursday that would alleviate $65 billion in sequestration cuts, a sign of compromise that has been a rare occurrence since 2011 and sits in stark contrast to the disagreements in October that led to a 16-day government shutdown.

The proposal of course doesn't include everything Republicans and Democrats would have liked, but, as President Barack Obama said, it shows that Washington can actually get something done. The Senate is also expected to pass the plan next week, albeit barely.

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December 12 2013

FCC Votes to Allow In-Flight Calls, But...

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to end a ban on in-flight calls, but Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation are considering proposals that could make that irrelevant.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said at the hearing Thursday that airlines would still largely be allowed to make up their own policies regarding how passengers use cellphones during flight.

"Where there is new onboard technology that eliminates that potential for interference, there is no need for an interference rule," Wheeler said. "We are the expert technical agency, and new technology removes the technical justification of this rule." Read more...

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December 11 2013

Americans Oppose Cellphone Calls During Flights, Poll Finds

As U.S. government agencies consider more aviation rule changes, the American public appears to have made up its mind when it comes to gadget use during flights.

More Americans oppose allowing voice calls during flights than are in favor of it, according to a newly released poll. The poll, conducted jointly by The Associated Press and market research firm GfK Group, found that 48% of respondents oppose allowing calls, 19% are in favor and 30% are neutral.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month announced it would consider ending its decades-long ban on cellphone calls during flights. In a Nov. 22 blog post, an FCC official wrote that the ban is "outdated rule," but said ultimately airlines will decide whether or not to allow calls during flights Read more...

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December 06 2013

10 Most-Searched Travel Destinations Around the World

The allure of travel is novelty — in culture and history, or in cuisine and even shopping. While some globetrotters have a favorite destination to which they frequently return, becoming something of a seasonal local, most often travel is used to visit a location for the first time

Naturally, there's no better way to plan a trip than by scouring blogs and articles for tips and perhaps a lesser-known recommendation on sites to see — gone is the day of printed travel guides. The travel industry is estimated to be $300 billion in the U.S. alone, which means people are visiting a lot of places — but as always, some locations are more popular than others. Search data from Bing reveals the places people in the U.S. desire to visit. Read more...

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TSA Made a Record $531,395 on Loose Change This Year

Travelers lost $531,395.22 worth of loose change to the TSA this year, setting a new record.

When passengers leave change in plastic bins before going through security, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is allowed to keep the profits. Federal law requires them to report the earnings to Congress and use the money toward additional security.

The airports that collected the most loose change were Miami and Las Vegas.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Image: Flickr, Alan Alfaro

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November 26 2013

Winter Storm Prompts Some Airlines to Waive Fees for Holiday Travelers

It's not Thanksgiving quite yet, but Mother Nature has already served a heaping portion of nasty weather across the United States.

The storm system, which The Weather Channel calls Boreas, is already reportedly responsible for 14 deaths in five states — California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico — due mostly to traffic-related accidents. As the storm moves toward the Northeast, the storm has prompted several, but not all, large airlines to offer holiday travelers the option to alter their reservations without the usual fees.

Thus far, Delta, United and U.S. Airways have announced changes to their normal policies on Twitter. Read more...

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