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Today’s Top Story
Headwear screening policy under scrutiny
A new airport screening policy for turbans and other headwear has the country’s Sikhs concerned they are being unfairly targeted. (AP)
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Oops, wrong hotel
He thought he had reserved a room at the Days Inn in Franklin, Ind. Instead, he had booked a room at the Days Inn in Franklin, Ky. Now Days Inn won’t fix the mistake, insisting that his reservation is nonrefundable. Is Pradeep Sanghvi out of luck? (Christopher Elliott)
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More travel news
NYC to improve first impressions for international visitors
If first impressions are everything, New York City officials want to make sure that international visitors aren’t getting the wrong idea. Concerned with a decline in the number of overseas travelers visiting the U.S., the city is launching a welcome program meant to polish the city’s image and greet tourists before they leave the airport. (AP)
Hawaii ferry company suspends service
The company that runs the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands suspended operations indefinitely Tuesday after two days of emotional protests and legal setbacks. (AP)
Delta’s COO resigns
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that Chief Operating Officer James Whitehurst, who was passed over for the carrier’s top job, has resigned effective immediately. (AP)
Walking, but not rouging it, in New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island is one breathtaking vista after another, and in southern hemisphere summer — winter in the northern hemisphere — it’s a mecca for walking, or “tramping” as it’s known around here. (AP)
Diaper duties on airplanes
A few weeks back, this writer was taken to task by some readers for urging air travelers not to change their babies’ diapers on airplane seat cushions or tray tables. She’d seen it done and it struck her as stinky and unsanitary. Some parents shot back: “Got a better idea, Ms. Obviously-You-Have-No-Children?” (MSNBC.com)
Today’s Travel Blogs
Coming soon: robot planes?
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics has new data on airline operations this morning, and at the rate the numbers are trending, it won’t be long before the planes are flying themselves. That may sound a little far-fetched, but have a look at this chart of full-time employees per aircraft during the last five years. (Elliott.org)
RyanAir: Now it costs money just to check in
Low cost carriers are constantly finding creative ways to turn the rock bottom prices we’re expecting into something less than cheap. Earlier this month, it was EasyJet hiking up prices for checked baggage; this time ’round RyanAir wants us to pay for the privilege of checking in at the airport. (Jaunted)
Talking about the Super Bowl? Already?
It’s not any too soon to begin thinking about plans to attend the game, because demand for tickets greatly exceeds the supply. And for many people, the sojourn to the nice weather of Phoenix, at a time when much of the rest of the country is cold and wet, makes for a very nice vacation plan. (Fly Away CafÃ©)
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