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Airline Industry Urges Congress to Reject Increases in TSA and Customs Fees

Airline Industry Urges Congress to Reject Increases in TSA and Customs Fees

The Trump administration’s budget for fiscal year 2019 would include an annual $2.9 billion increase in Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection security fees to be paid by travelers and shippers.
The move was strongly opposed by the U.S. airline industry, saying the increases cannot be justified.
“Increasing taxes in any form will add to the cost of flying for millions of Americans, curtail job growth and limit the options …

Amtrak Acela Train Bound for New York City and Boston Comes Apart at 125 mph

Amtrak Acela Train Bound for New York City and Boston Comes Apart at 125 mph

Train cars on a New York- and Boston-bound high-speed Amtrak Acela train separated early Tuesday shortly after leaving Washington’s Union Station while the train was underway.
No injuries were reported in the accident, which took place in Maryland near Havre de Grace at 6:40 a.m. The 52 passengers on board Acela Express train 2150 were transferred to an Amtrak Northeast Regional train. The Acela train was reportedly traveling at 125 mph …

U.S. Government Shutdown: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Today, Saturday, is the first day of the U.S. government shutdown, an action that came after a failure to pass relevant legislation funding government operations and agencies.
This shutdown, however, should be a little more friendly to tourists than the prior shutdown in 2013 thanks to numerous exemptions that were put into place after that took place.
While most federal agencies are closed on the weekend, most national parks will remain open, …

Icelandair to Restart Service to Baltimore After 10-Year Absence

Icelandair to Restart Service to Baltimore After 10-Year Absence

Icelandair said Wednesday it plans to relaunch seasonal service to Baltimore, Maryland, in the spring.
“The time is right for Icelandair to return to BWI,” the airline said in a statement.
The Reykjavik-based carrier discontinued flights to Baltimore over a decade ago.
The airline will operate the flights four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with return flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Flights will depart Baltimore-Washington International Airport at …

Powerful Storm Continues to Batter Northeast, Leaving 1 Million Without Power

Powerful Storm Continues to Batter Northeast, Leaving 1 Million Without Power

The powerful storm that soaked the Northeast on Sunday left over one million homes without power and caused over 800 flight cancellations and 1,800 significant flight delays.
Meteorologists forecast that the storm’s heavy downpours are to end Monday although strong winds will persist out of the northwest throughout the day with gusts up to 50 mph (80 km/h).
On Sunday, fierce winds and heavy downpours battered much of the Northeast, leaving …

‘Potentially Dangerous’ Halloween Storm Targeting Northeast Starting Sunday

‘Potentially Dangerous’ Halloween Storm Targeting Northeast Starting Sunday

A powerful and “potentially dangerous” storm is threatening to bring high winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding to the Northeast towards the end of the weekend.
A deep trough in the jet stream will slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with a fast-moving storm that will bring up to 5” or 127 mm of rainfall in parts of New York State according to the National Weather Service.
Expect winds ranging from 40 to 60 …

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

A federal judge in Hawaii once again blocked the Trump administration from implementing a controversial travel ban.
The temporary restraining order, issued Tuesday by Judge Derrick K. Watson of the Federal District Court in Hawaii, is likely to be appealed but it nonetheless will keep the ban from going into effect as scheduled.
The latest ban was set to go into effect Wednesday and would have barred a variety of …