Tripso Weekend/September 30, 2007

by Jon Surmacz on September 30, 2007

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Tripso Columns

Maysville, Kentucky: Americana on the Ohio River
On the south bank of the Ohio River in northern Kentucky is a town where time stands still. Riverboats dock beside the bridge. Cabaret plays in the restored opera house. Locals talk politics over ham and eggs at the diner. Maysville and its neighboring town Washington (a living museum) offer a wonderful and fast-disappearing peek into the world of early America. (Charles Leocha)

A reservation, but no room
Expedia confirms a reservation for one night in a New York hotel. There’s just one problem: The booking doesn’t exist. That leaves one unhappy traveler homeless for the night — and Janice Japa, the person who made the reservation, is trying in vain to get her money back. (Christopher Elliott)

Pack light with double-duty travel gear
We’ve all seen the headlines in magazines and catalogs: “Check out the hottest new travel gear!” And what do we find? Expensive clothing, complicated equipment and ridiculous gadgets “for your in-flight convenience.” What we really need is some lightweight, packable, multi-tasking gear that will pass through security and keep our bags under the weight limit. Tim Leffel’s got the goods. (Tim Leffel)

How not to fly: 10 mistakes to avoid on an airplane
Air travel is full of mistakes waiting to happen. There are the errors we make at home before the trip, and the ones we make at the airport, and of course the ones we make once we get where we’re going. But some of the worst mistakes are the ones people make on the airplane. James Wysong sets folks straight. (James Wysong)

Hey kids! No birth certificate, no cruise
The Mueller family was looking forward to their Alaska cruise aboard the Norwegian Star. Sue Mueller made a great booking for her family through Hotwire — or so she thought. She checked to make sure the family had all the necessary documentation, but when they got to the pier, the Muellers got a big shock. Anita Dunham-Potter tells the story. (Anita Dunham-Potter)

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This week in travel

Bush vows action on airline delays
President Bush ordered his top aviation regulators Thursday to reduce the record flight delays that plagued airports this summer.

Getting taken for a ride: airline fees
You paid a fee to purchase the ticket, you may have even chalked up the extra charge for an exit-row seat, and you’re prepared to spend $5 for a cocktail on board – but when plans change and you need to modify your flights accordingly, that’s when you really get hit.

2007 set to be worst year for flight delays
Frequent and lengthy flight delays are increasing and worsening, putting 2007 on track to break records set in 2000, according to a Department of Transportation inspector general report.

TSA considers reservations for airport security
Like golfers who reserve tee times and diners who reserve restaurant slots, airline passengers may be able to reserve the time they go through airport security.

Angry US Airways pilots near vote on union ouster
A group of disgruntled US Airways pilots says it’s close to forcing a vote to choose a new union and stall contract negotiations with the carrier indefinitely.

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