August 2006

A reinvigorated Tropical Storm Ernesto on Thursday bore down on the Carolinas and threatened to cause coastal and flash flooding, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

When a friend dies suddenly, Bari Sedar takes on the task of dealing with airline tickets issued in the friend’s name. The tickets were purchased through Priceline, whose terms and conditions clearly state that they are nonrefundable and nonchangeable. Is there an exception for death?

South Florida residents breathed a sigh of relief early Wednesday after Tropical Storm Ernesto confounded forecasters by lumbering ashore without the hurricane-strength winds once feared.

Tropical Storm Ernesto moved over water north of Cuba Tuesday and was expected to strengthen before striking Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

A Comair commuter jet took off from a short runway used by private aircraft rather than a longer one typically used by commercial jets before it crashed Sunday morning, a National Transportation Safety Board official said.

Good in bed

by Anita Dunham-Potter on August 28, 2006

Recently, cruise lines have become much better in bed, offering passengers the ultimate in pillow-top mattresses, down duvets, 350-count linens and count-no-sheep pillows. The boudoir accessories have become so successful, in fact, that three cruise lines are offering their bedding for sale.

An Aer Lingus flight from New York was evacuated during a stopover in western Ireland Friday morning following a bomb threat, airport authorities said. A search of the plane and baggage at Shannon airport found nothing alarming, and the security alert was ended shortly before noon, Aer Lingus said.

Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said on Thursday the return of a U.S. Northwest Airlines plane bound for India to Amsterdam did not seem to have been prompted by a terrorist threat.

Lewis Gutman has a confirmed reservation at the Residence Inn, but he’s in for an unpleasant surprise when he arrives: There’s no room for him. It turns out that some other guests extended their stay. Gutman is sent to another hotel of lesser quality. Is he entitled to anything else?

A U.S. Northwest Airlines plane bound for Mumbai was turned back to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Wednesday accompanied by Dutch fighter planes due to worrying passenger behavior, officials said.