October 2005

Congress has ordered an investigation into what it says are “skyrocketing costs” of fixing and keeping up machines that scan luggage for bombs at the nation’s airports.

Delta to silence Song?

by Jon Surmacz on October 28, 2005

Delta Air Lines is considering dissolving its discount unit Song, although it looks to incorporate many successful elements of that fleet successful, according to a news report published Friday.

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Think you know what Thanksgiving tastes like? Does it involve sweet potatoes with marshmallows or green beans and onion rings? Think again. These four early-American destinations – Plimoth Plantation, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and Sturbridge Village – do Thanksgiving right.

Charles Leocha

The world’s travel industry says it’s already working to ease fears over bird flu, upgrading air filters on planes and stockpiling drugs, hoping to head off a potential disaster.

A hurricane closure

by Christopher Elliott on October 27, 2005

Kim Kolberg reserves a room at a hotel in Fort Myers Beach for the Shrimp Festival. After a hurricane hits, the toll-free reservations line assures her the property is open, but when she gets there, it’s closed. Kolberg has to scramble to find a room at a sister property – and it’s more expensive. Should she have to pay the difference?

Millions of Floridians are without power Wednesday, two days after Hurricane Wilma plowed across the peninsula, and some could be in the dark for weeks.

From Cancun to Key West and Marco Island to Miami, people are mopping up water and sweeping up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, which is now churning in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Wilma, a 125-mph Category 3 storm capable of extensive damage, made landfall Monday at near Cape Romano, Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

Airline managers flying under bankruptcy protection are talking about outsourcing flight attendants’ jobs on international flights to crews from China, Mexico and Asia. Don’t let them do it. Cabin security is at stake.

Hurricane Wilma was pounding Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early Friday, with the popular tourist cities of Cozumel and Cancun directly in the deadly storm’s path.