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Archive: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

Contrails Are Not Pretty

We all know we're polluting the environment when we get behind the wheel. Turns out we're also damaging the environment when we board a flight. And travel organizations are lining up with ideas to assuage our guilt. It started with small eco-conscious tour operators, but now such major players as...

By Carol Sottili | April 13, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are Guidebooks Over?

One of the quickest ways to figure out whether a new guidebook series is any good is to check out the advice for your hometown. In my case, that's Washington. So, for example, if a book's authors are still recommending the U Street corridor as the hippest nightlife scene in...

By K.C. Summers | April 12, 2007; 3:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Knee-to-Knee in the Air

Latest idea for packing people into airlines more efficiently: Save the room used by armrests by alternating the direction seats are pointed, with every other seat looking forward, and the others facing the back of the plane. This would allow airlines to get in some extra seats, at least on...

By Cindy Loose | April 12, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Cheap Can Flying Get?

It's often occurred to me that it's cheaper to fly now than it was 30 years ago. I remember paying $99 each way on People Express to fly from LA to NY in the late 1970s, about the same price you'll get with a good sale today. My mother swears...

By Carol Sottili | April 11, 2007; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Duty-Free Angst: Save That Scotch!

Already a bit confused about the rules governing liquids in airports and airlines, especially duty-free purchases in Europe and the U.S.? Hold on to your hats: Other nations are joining the fray. First, the older rules concerning Europe: If you buy specially packaged duty-free items you can take them as...

By Cindy Loose | April 10, 2007; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's New at U.S. Airports

Airport tidbits: * Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is apparently now the country's first "Model Port," as designated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The idea is to combine continued safety measures with some welcoming features, such as multilingual signage and videos in an effort to increase the...

By Anne McDonough | April 10, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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