Tripso Weekend, May 27, 2007


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Tripso Columns

Get to know your kids when you travel

Few experiences are more stressful than traveling with children. Kids from 3 to 7 years of age are simply not designed to sit still for long periods of time in confined spaces, and older kids seem hard-wired to start fights the minute the family hits the road. What to do? Grab Charlie Leocha’s book of questions for kids. You’ll be amazed at what you discover. (Charles Leocha)

Insurance claim denied

Because he’s traveling during hurricane season, Al Cooper takes out an insurance policy for his Mexico vacation. It’s a good call. A few days later, Cooper is diagnosed with cancer and has to cancel his trip. But now his insurance company, Access America, refuses to honor his claim. What gives? (Christopher Elliott)

Going on a cruise? Not me!

Joel Widzer’s friends rave about cruising, but he has never understood the appeal. Being stuck on a boat for days at a time just isn’t his cup of tea. After hearing about such cruise-industry problems as noroviruses, missing passengers, pirates and sinkings, Joel hasn’t changed his mind. What are his chances of going on a cruise? Slim to none. (Joel Widzer)

Warning: Bumpy summer ahead

How is the summer season shaping up for air travel? James Wysong looks at the trends and troubles, and reprises his “Top 10 Summer Travel Tips.” (James Wysong)

The new lady Liberty

She’s new, she’s bold, and she’s better than her big sister. She’s Liberty of the Seas, the second of three mega-ships from Royal Caribbean, and she’s got a lot going on: new programs, new artwork, better food and nonstop cruises to the Caribbean. But wait. There are even bigger and better ships in development. Anita Dunham-Potter reviews the Liberty and gives us the scoop on “Project Genesis.” (Anita Dunham-Potter)

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This week in travel

Holiday travelers ignoring fuel cost

Soaring gas prices did not appear to be deterring Americans from hitting the road and airports this Memorial Day weekend for what many expect will be record holiday travel.

FAA expands program to minimize weather delays

With a record number of flights expected this summer, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it would expand the use of an air-traffic control strategy intended to minimize weather-related delays.

Gas price spike longest on record

The 11th straight day of record high gas prices Wednesday resulted in a new measure of pain for the nation’s drivers — the longest stretch of time with gas above $3 a gallon, according a closely-watched daily survey.

Security workers scanning liquids at airports

Federal security workers have started using hand-held scanners to inspect bottled carry-on liquids for explosives at some of the nation’s busiest airports, the government said.

Airlines have a long, hot summer ahead

With at least 207 million people expected to fly U.S. carriers this summer, up from 203 million last summer, the nation’s air-travel system will be near capacity. Restive labor unions, tight airline staffing, continued bad weather, a new twist in security rules or other developments could make summer 2007 one to remember — not in a good way.

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