February 2010

Care of risqué Medieval sculpture, Canada and her Olympics, Stratton, Vermont, revels in deep snow

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Wife Carrying Festival takes place in Finland, Gilroy’s Garlic Festival is held in California, and Gloucester’s Cheese Rolling Festival from the British countryside

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Possible Tsunami after quake in Chile, flight attendant fight leads to canceled flight, new camera alarms to improve watching passengers

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Here’s what happened to the Richards: Shortly after booking their tickets from Denver to Oaxaca, Mexico, last spring, they got a call from Travelocity, telling them that their outbound flight to Mexico City had been canceled by Mexicana. The couple booked an alternate flight through their online agent. Or so they thought.

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The Consumer Travel Alliance feels that this effort is a step in the right direction for airport and airline security. Unlike the whole-body scanners that have not been fully tested, that admittedly cannot detect many explosives in powder form or when hidden in body cavities, and that subject Americans to the indignity of a virtual strip search, ETD provides an acceptable layer of security. It is focused on explosives, it has been tested extensively over years of use, and the method is non-invasive, protecting personal dignity.

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JFK, already plagued by delays and tough connections between terminals is closing a runway March 1st for three months, if all goes well. Some news reports say it will be four months.

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After a series of stories about the travails of oversized passengers and baggage fees, now I have a story about an oversized dog sent to me by one of our contributors, Karen Cummings. (Where does she come up with these things?) She notes that Giant George, the world’s tallest dog, was treated like a king. Of course he purchased more than one seat (even though it is not American’s policy to force oversized passengers to purchase an additional seat).

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Hotel reward programs battle for members, ALPA chief says mergers are inevitable, lawmakers press FAA to act on proposals

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Back last August Delta Air Lines and US Airways proposed trading their slots at New York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan like baseball cards. Delta wanted more NY slots and US Airways wanted more DC gates. Both were already powerhouses at the airports where they wanted more slots.

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Forbes has released their edited version of the U.S.A.’s top on-time airlines. These airlines are based on the same data released by DOT every month, but Forbes has limited the airlines they include to those that depart from at least 20 of the nation’s top 31 airports.

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