September 2006

The closest that Alan Watts came to experiencing outer space was on a theme park ride — now the British businessman has traded his multitude of frequent-flyer miles for a real journey 75 miles (120 kilometers) above Earth, he said Thursday.

There’s a new kid on the travel Web site block: ExpertFlyer.com. It’s not a booking site and it’s not free, but it’s got a lot of smarts and it’s got a lot of muscle. Check it out for up-to-the-minute information on airfares, flight availability, seat availability and the odds of getting a frequent-flier seat or an upgrade.

Intense political lobbying on both sides of the border is the reason a committee of the U.S. Senate and Congress is calling for a 17-month delay in a new passport requirement for people entering the United States, Ontario Tourism Minister Jim Bradley said Wednesday.

Her trip to Egypt is insured by Access America — at least that’s what Dawn Wolf is led to believe. But when she’s delayed at customs on her way home, she has to pay $669 to get back to Phoenix — and now the insurance company won’t pick up the tab. Did Access America make a mistake?

Border security plan delayed

by Jon Surmacz on September 27, 2006

A plan to tighten U.S. borders by requiring passports or tamper-resistant identification cards from everyone entering the country by land from Mexico and Canada has been delayed. House and Senate lawmakers agreed to push back the program by 17 months.

Travelers showed up at airports with toiletries stored in zip-top plastic bags Tuesday as they tried to comply with new security rules allowing them to carry on small amounts of liquids and gels.

22 pet peeves about air travel

by James Wysong on September 26, 2006

Boarding procedures, seat belt instructions, the “no lotions” rule, so-called “in-flight snacks” — there are plenty of things about air travel that strike people as ridiculous. When James Wysong asked for readers’ pet peeves last month, it netted him more than 500 replies. Here are some of the best, along with some answers to questions.

The government is partially lifting its ban against carrying liquids and gels onto airliners, instituted after a plot to bomb jets flying into the United States was foiled, an administration official said Monday.

If you think filling up the family “truckster” at the gas pump is painful these days, imagine how cruise lines feel when a ship pulls up to the dock and takes on 3,000 metric tons of fuel. Some cruise lines are balancing the books by imposing fuel surcharges, and all are working harder at fuel conservation. Just what does this mean for the cruise traveler?

Air passengers can carry a larger bag and musical instruments on board flights leaving Britain starting Friday, the government announced Thursday.