Crash pilot ignored storm advice — The pilot of a Nigerian airliner that crashed Sunday did not heed air traffic controllers’ advice to wait for stormy weather to clear before taking off, the minister of aviation said Monday. (AP)

Britain ‘to relax baggage restrictions on planes’ — The restrictions were introduced in August after authorities foiled an alleged terror plot to blow up transatlantic airliners using liquid explosives smuggled on board in drinks bottles. (AFP)

Web site automates fake boarding passes — A computer security student says terrorists would have no trouble getting around the government’s no-fly list, and to prove it he set up a Web site that prints fake boarding passes. (AP)

St. Louis named most dangerous city — A surge in violence made St. Louis the most dangerous city in the country, leading a trend of violent crimes rising much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation, according to an annual list. (AP)

When you and your bags part ways — More airline luggage is going astray, and the reasons vary. Some unclaimed items end up being sold or donated. (The Los Angeles Times) (Registration required.)

Upscale and high design hotels in the Caribbean — For years, a Caribbean vacation conjured images of steel drum bands catering to camera-wielding throngs and teenagers seeking refuge from Dad’s embarrassing shirts. But nowadays, private plunge pools, Egyptian cotton sheets and five-star service are also part of the mix. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)


Gay cruises are on the scene and mainstream
— As cruise operators recognize the potential of the gay travel market, gay cruises progress into the mainstream of cruise travel. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)

Johannesburg airport renamed — The Johannesburg airport has been officially named for the late anti-apartheid hero Oliver Tambo. (AP)


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