U.S. plane turned back to Amsterdam — A U.S. Northwest Airlines plane bound for Mumbai was turned back to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Wednesday accompanied by Dutch fighter planes due to worrying passenger behavior, officials said. (Reuters)

Tropical Storm Debby forms in eastern Atlantic — Tropical Storm Debby, the fourth named storm of the season, formed off the coast of Cape Verde in the eastern Atlantic late Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. (AP)

Airlines get closer to inflight cell phone use — Overhead “no smoking” signs will be replaced by “no mobiles” messages on some planes next year when technology is introduced to make it safe for passengers to use mobile phones mid-flight. (Reuters)

Are you a polite air traveler? — Most air passengers say they don’t fully recline their seats and some ask permission before reclining so as not to inconvenience other passengers, according to a survey by Expedia.com. (AP)

Hotels are alive with the sound of (hip) music — Get ready for louder, hipper music at hotels. In the latest bid for a new generation of travelers, hotel chains are paying more attention to music in their lobbies, shops and restaurants. They’re playing it louder, making it more consistent across their hotels and turning more to contemporary tunes. (USA Today)

Northwest Airlines resumes charging for third bag — Northwest Airlines has resumed charging for a third piece of checked luggage. Michigan’s largest passenger air carrier joined others nationwide two weeks ago when it suspended an $80 charge to coach passengers wishing to check a third bag. The move was to allow passengers to adjust to new security restrictions. (AP)

How not to be the ugly American — Doing business in a foreign country can mean running the risk of making a cultural faux pas. CNN.com asked several international business culture experts for pointers on what American business travelers should know before they negotiate in a foreign country. (CNN)

Brooklyn museum probes WTC land’s history — The shock waves that radiated from the Sept. 11 attacks were both physical and cultural. A new exhibit opening at the Brooklyn Museum reflects that duality, with a show that examines the physical history of the land where the World Trade Center stood as well as how artists responded in the aftermath. “Looking Back From Ground Zero: Images From the Brooklyn Museum Collection” opens Aug. 30 and runs through Jan. 7. (AP)


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