On August 11, at one of southeastern Spain’s beautiful Mojácar beaches, a baby dolphin became stranded. About 15–20 minutes later the dolphin was dead. It […]
Travelers often find ourselves needing a quiet or energizing (depending on your preference) place to sit down and get some work done while on the go. You may travel for business, an unexpected urgent assignment may crop up while you’re on vacation, or you may be a freelancer or location-independent employee who enjoys being able to travel while keeping on top of deadlines. Fortunately for those who love to travel, the Internet and mobile technology make it possible to stay connected to the office from just about everywhere.
As long as a year ago, many people booked trips to see the upcoming total solar eclipse in the U.S. They made their reservations to […]
In return for their spending, Global Services members get concierge-like treatment, with special phone numbers and airport assistance, along with the highest priority for upgrades. Knowledgeable travelers, and travel agents, also have known that when an upgrade is waitlisted, and there are still any premium seats left on the plane, a phone call 24 hours in advance will get that upgrade confirmed. Earlier this week, however, a United agent told me they were just informed this was going to stop. Global Services members still get the highest priority, but United will keep trying to sell those last premium seats until the last minute.
Airlines reserve the right to move you from your paid reservation airplane seat assignment Have you ever arrived at the airport to find the airplane […]
When it comes to getting into the center of a US city you’re visiting from the airport, or getting to the airport for a trip out of town without worrying about parking, a taxi or airport shuttle van springs first to mind for most Americans. However, there are many cities where convenient and very affordable (compared to a cab or shuttle) bus or rail transit options exist that make the city to airport trip a breeze. Some are well known, others are hidden gems. Here’s an overview of ways to get to major airports from downtown in the Top 10 airports serving US cities
Last week, far sooner than expected, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began implementing new enhanced airport security procedures for electronics.
The new procedures, rolling out over the next few months at airports across the U.S., will increase TSA’s scrutiny of carry-ons for passengers flying both domestic and international flights. Travelers in standard TSA checkpoint lines will have to remove all electronics larger than cellphones from carry-on bags and place them in separate bins for X-ray screening, with nothing above or below them.
The requirements for increased security around aircraft and in passengers’ areas are long overdue, as is the expanded use of canines. The DHS directive will likely require that new technology be deployed, such as CT scanners for carry-ons, now being tested in the U.S., but that will take time and considerable investment. For now, airport security for those flying to the U.S. will include newly required enhanced screening of air travelers and their belongings, including special attention to personal electronics.
Human hotel booking can be important, especially in special circumstances These days it’s hard to keep track of all the online booking sites for various […]
More than eight out of 10 travelers are anxious about their safety, according to the latest Global Rescue Travel Safety Survey. But for every travel problem, there’s a solution. A range of new travel gadgets and apps, all targeted at security-conscious travelers, are sold to jittery tourists. Though they may address a few of your concerns, they fail to fix the one thing no one talks about. I’ll tell you what that is in a second.