5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 2, 2014

By Karin Sun on 2 August 2014
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As another weekend quickly approaches, we bring to you the most important highlights from the past week.  Don’t forget to take a look at these engaging and informative news and features before you head to the beach this weekend:

1.) Jonathan Spira paid a visit to the health-conscious Even Hotel Rockville in Rockville, Maryland, earlier this week.  Join Jonathan as he enjoys a tasty but nourishing breakfast, samples the hotel’s signature organic cocktails, and practices his yoga technique on the sidewalk.

2.) Jesse Sokolow looks back at memorable events in the history of travel for the month of August.  Highlights include the delivery of the United States’ first jet to Pan Am, the founding of Chautauqua Airlines, Hertz’ merger with Dollar Thrifty, and the opening of the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Vienna, Austria.

3.) Wondering which airline you should fly on your upcoming trip to London? Jonathan Spira looks at first- and business-class travel in the airlines that compete with British Airways between New York and London – American, Delta, United, and Virgin.  He rates American and Virgin the highest for sleep comfort, but reports that all four carriers have their pros and cons.

4.) Delta is cutting back significantly on its operations in the Pacific, including reducing the size of its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport.  The carrier also plans to discontinue two Pacific routes and replace its Boeing 747s with smaller aircraft on three routes between the United States and Japan.

5.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Phillips Hue Starter Pack, a home automation kit that allows users to control the color and intensity of lighting in their homes, as well as the Friends of Hue Bloom Lamp and LightStrip.  He was impressed with the system’s simple and user-friendly setup and wide selection of apps, but warns that it is quite expensive.

Since it was a busy week for news, here are a few more stories that might capture your interest this weekend:

The Transportation Security Administration launched a crowdsourcing contest asking entrants to design a more efficient PreCheck security checkpoint.  Winners will receive between $2,500 and $15,000 in prizes.

Tens of thousands of flights to and from airports in eastern China have been delayed due to military exercises conducted by the country’s Ministry of Defense in the southeast coastal areas.  The delays have affected 12 airports and are expected to continue through August 15.

A State Department computer system failure has caused significant delays in visa processing, leaving thousands of international travelers stranded abroad.  The agency said it is currently taking steps to resolve the problem.

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