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Today’s Top Story
TSA plan to gather more data protested
A government proposal to start collecting birth dates and genders of people reserving airline flights is drawing protests from major airlines and travel agencies that say it would be invasive, confusing and “useless.” (USA Today)
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What’s New on Tripso
Forced to upgrade my rental car
The rental car that Earnest Hoenck reserves from Hertz isn’t available when he arrives in Hamburg, Germany. He’s offered two choices: a smaller car that won’t accommodate his luggage, or a bigger car for an extra 10 euros a day. He picks the bigger car, but when he returns the rental, he finds that his bill is even bigger than he expected. What can he do? (Christopher Elliott)
What’s new in Tripso’s forums? Cuba anyone? A travel agent has clients inquiring about Cuba… but can’t give them help. In fact, it’s illegal for an American citizen to go to Cuba. “But I can get a package from Canada!” Yeah, you can, our travel agent friend says, but the restrictions are on the person, not on how you got there. Read the discussion.
More Travel News
Carry-on items sure to quell your holiday cheer
before you head to the airport and line up for that next trip through the security checkpoint, take a moment to review these bite-sized tips for getting you and your stuff merrily past the metal detectors. (MSNBC.com)
Theatergoers line up for Broadway tickets
Theatergoers lined up for tickets Thursday as Broadway returned to business following a crippling 19-day strike that cost producers and the city millions of dollars. (AP)
Flight attendant says goodbye after 50 years
When Patti Smart was hired as an Aloha Airlines stewardess 50 years ago, it was a different job for a different time. (AP)
Top 10 winter festivals
Some of the greatest festivals of the year take place during the coldest months, and we’ve rounded up the ten best to get you inspired to get on the road and celebrate the season. (ShermansTravel)
Pittsburgh to celebrate 250th birthday
Note to Pittsburghers: Take what you think you know about the Steel City, wad it up into a little black-and-gold ball and throw it away. That’s what the organizers of Pittsburgh’s 250th birthday celebration are hoping that people from here — and around the country — will do next year. (AP)
Today’s Travel Blogs
What airlines say about us when we’re not around
Ever wonder what airline employees say about us when our backs are turned? Then you probably would have wanted to be a fly on the wall at last month’s Worldwide Airline Customer Relations Association (WACRA) conference in Bahrain. The theme of the conference, “Shifting Sands,” was telling in and of itself. But it gets better. Much, much better. (Elliott.org)
Grandma, skydiving, and the value of points
Hilton wants you to “give grandma the gift of skydiving this holiday season.” But does redeeming HHonors points for merchandise make more sense than getting a free night? (Smarter Travel)
Where to ice skate in LA
Southern California is best known for its beaches, warm temperatures and constant sunshine–along with raging wildfires, smog and plastic surgery. It’s not, however, known for spitting out champion hockey players or world-class figure skaters. (Jaunted)
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