November 2008

Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, the world’s 18th largest, is currently closed, after anti-government demonstrators swarmed the airport last night.

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Like most Americans, I’ve been in a deep funk about our sinking economy for several months. However, my blues suddenly lifted last night when I opened an email from Cruises International with a list of steep cruise discounts as long as my arm.

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Mention the words “regulate” and “airline” in the same sentence just a few months ago, and you would have been dismissed as either naive, or a socialist – or both. Not any longer.

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Yosemite National Park administrators have announced they will permanently close 233 cabins at Curry Village, which until last month had 600 units. Since 1996, two people have been killed, and almost two dozen injured by rockfalls in that area of the park.

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Volaris, a low cost carrier airline based in Toluca, Mexico, is expecting to break into the US market by the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Michelle Palmer, 36, and Vince Acors, 34, were on the wrong beach at the wrong time. The British couple were arrested last July in Dubai on charges of having sex outside of marriage, public indecency and drunkenness – in other words, for having a good time while on vacation.

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Last February, we noted the US News and World Report Airport Misery Index. Now, just in time for Thanksgiving, Forbes has released their list of the country’s most stressful airports.

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Two of Customs and Border Patrol’s Trusted Traveler programs — NEXUS and Global Entry — have been getting a lot of press lately as a way to speed up entry back into the US at major airports. Nick Hawkins has had extensive experience with these programs and found them immensely helpful.

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Why do airlines insist on feeding passengers when it’s long after the dinner hour? Even after midnight? If passengers haven’t already eaten, it’s because they don’t want to. That’s, of course, with the proviso that passengers are fed at all, which is rarely the case when when winging across the country on a domestic flight.

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Holidays can be stressful, and air travel doesn’t make them any easier. Here are seven things to consider before leaving for the airport.

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