February 2008

San Diego travelers will have a new reason to jump for joy on June 20, when Canadian Carrier Zoom Airlines will begin new low-cost flights between San Diego and London, reports SmarterTravel.

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FedEx planes get too close

by Jon Surmacz on February 29, 2008

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what it is calling a serious air traffic control error at the Memphis airport last week. Two planes with similar flight numbers, 527 and 257, flew dangerously close to one another after take-off from separate runways.

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Beijing opened its newest airport terminal Friday, a gargantuan glass-and-steel creation built to accommodate a surge in visitors for the Summer Olympics. The 14-million-square-foot complex will handle tourists for this year’s summer Olympic Games.

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The Plaza is back

by Jon Surmacz on February 29, 2008

After two years, and $400 million in renovations, The Plaza is back.. sort of. There are 282 hotel accommodations (102 are suites) vs. the old 805 as many rooms are now purely residential or condo/hotel units. Including taxes, a night’s stay will run you about $900.

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Statistically, you’re more likely to die in a plane crash than have a medical emergency that leads to death on an airplane. Still, airlines have to be prepared for such a rare occurrence.

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Getting seriously hurt or ill while out of the country can cause problems that may be just as serious as your health, such as inadequate care or lack of coverage by insurance companies.

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A container holding the deadly poison ricin was found at an Extended Stay America hotel in Las Vegas, police said. Update: One man remained in a coma and in critical condition Friday and six others were hospitalized after exposure to the poison.

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The price of oil climbed to a record-high $103.05 per barrel before dipping to $102.07 on Friday.

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The doom-and-gloom talk among airlines is intensifying. Earlier this week, Aviation Week declared the industry had begun to see the effects of cooling consumer demand. And yesterday, US Airways’ chief executive, Doug Parker, sounded the alarm, warning that the U.S. airline industry is heading into a downturn as it grapples with record high oil prices and a weakening economy.

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Teens tisk-tisked by WMT

by Jon Surmacz on February 28, 2008

Harriet Baskas, MSNBC.com’s Well Mannered Traveler takes on the two teen girls given the boot by Southwest for their rude behavior.

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