March 2008

A recent column suggested that the Government Printing Office (GPO) is risking national security by outsourcing overseas the production of new hi-tech U.S. passports. The GPO says the report is wrong.

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skier.gifSkiers and snowboarders here in the U.S.A. are enjoying an epic year of snow. Right now, the U.S. has the best skiing and riding conditions in the world. Better yet, most of the resorts with the longest seasons in North America are within only an hour of two great spring skiing airports—Salt Lake City, Utah, and Reno, Nevada.

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On Lake Tahoe’s north rim, two Nevada resorts, Mt. Rose and Diamond Peak, will be holding their annual “Dummy Downhill” races on April 5th. Both resorts are less than an hour from Reno, Nevada, and have great conditions right now.

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San Diego International Airport reportedly is selling a bottle of soda at the uniform price of $3.22. That’s higher than the cost of a bottle of pop at Dulles International Airport, where it will cost you just over two bucks. When will it stop?

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Another day, another round of cancellations at Heathrow Airport’s problem-plagued new Terminal 5. British Airways canceled 54 short-haul flights Monday and said more could be in store for Tuesday.

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Travel writer Christopher Elliott would like to see Hawaii’s infamous “resort fees” go. And he doesn’t mince words, calling the mandatory fees unfair, unethical and unconscionable.

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After a brief respite following the TSA’s crackdown on liquids, the overhead bins of many flights are filling up again as fliers have adjusted to the new rules. As The New York Times reports, the turf war for carry-on space has led to some rather uncivilized behavior.

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Authorities are investigating the discovery of what appears to be a fetus in the bathroom of a Continental Airlines plane that arrived in Houston on a flight from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

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A US Airways investigation, prompted by the loss of a wing part from another company during a flight, found problems on seven of its Beoing 757 aircraft.

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A twin-engined Cessna Citation I crashed into a house Sunday in Farnborough, about 15 miles southeast of London, killing all five people aboard the plane.

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