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Today’s Top Story
Millions of travelers return home after holiday
Travelers heading home after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend swarmed airports Sunday, but for the most part without the long lines and delays many had feared. (AP)
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What’s New On Tripso
When complimentary doesn’t mean free
Grace Watson just wanted to get away with her husband a few times a year to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation, so she joined a discount travel club. But when her “complimentary cruise” turned out to be far from free, Watson took a closer look at her “club.” Here’s what she found. (Anita Dunham-Potter)
From Tripso’s Forums: A recent discussion on touring Paris brought this response: “Although the sightseeing is fantastic… my best times were when I was living the city, not just visiting it.” Join the discussion.
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More travel news
Airbus signs $26.7 billion in orders
The aircraft maker Airbus and the French nuclear company Areva signed orders worth a combined $26.7 billion here today, in deals that underline the growing value of China as a market for European technology despite mounting tension between Europe and China over trade. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)
Plane slips of taxiway, gets stuck in the mud
An American Eagle airliner carrying 59 passengers ran off a taxiway at Little Rock National Airport and became mired in mud, but no one was injured, airport officials said. (AP)
As the airlines increasingly cater to high-end customers with onboard perks, passengers in the back of the plane are paying the price. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)
Debating the merits of energy from air
Supporters see modern wind turbines as elegant symbols of a clean-energy future, but the anti-wind farm lobby is decrying the turbines as ugly, noisy and destructive, especially for picturesque locales that rely on tourism. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)
Northwest considering Memphis-Tokyo flight
Northwest Airlines is considering whether to begin nonstop service in 2009 between its hub in Memphis and Tokyo, Japan. (AP)
Today’s Travel Blogs
A night in a Boston jail
I just spent an evening in jail — captivated in the 19th century Charles Street Jail in Boston that has been turned into the luxury Liberty Hotel. From a hotel standpoint the establishment is excellent, with expansive views that are the best available over the city and down the Charles River, however, I can’t shake the uneasiness of the old jail atmosphere. (Tripso Traveler)
New York to Los Angeles in 31 hours by car
When most people drive across the country in America, they do so in 5-6 days. Alexander Roy did it in 31 hours and four minutes. (Gadling)
Uh-oh: United.com doesn’t like hyphenated names
United Airlines’ Web site may have hit a glitch over the weekend, and if you have hyphenated last name, it could affect you. Reader Char James-Tanny reports trying to buy a ticket through United.com, but having the reservation stall when she tried to pay. A company representative told her the problem was on the back end of the reservations system, and was being fixed. (Elliott.org)
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