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TSA Backpedals on License Requirement at Security Checkpoints

TSA Backpedals on License Requirement at Security Checkpoints

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, the agency responsible for the nation’s security checkpoints at airports, won’t enforce new standards for identification beginning in January.
The agency had already posted signs at airports warning that, “starting January 22, 2018, you will need an alternative ID to fly if you have a driver’s license or ID issued by any of the following states: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington.”
This …

The Strange New Year’s Eve Tradition of ‘Dinner for One’

Every New Year’s Eve, a good part of the world stops what it is doing for a short time and engages in a tradition that is like none other, namely watching “Dinner for One,” an 18-minute skit by two British comedians that was originally broadcast in the 1960s.
As the newest staff member, it falls upon me to continue the tradition, begun some eight years ago, of writing about it.
Having lived …

Extreme Cold Weather to Grip Much of the United States

Extreme Cold Weather to Grip Much of the United States

Much of the nation is expected to experience an unforgiving cold snap in the coming days that will continue well into the New Year.
The cold wave is expected to set records, cause travel delays, and result in some power outages. The big freeze began on Christmas Eve in the Pacific Northwest, moving to the Northern Rockies and much of the eastern half of the country. Temperatures are expected to drop …

What You Read in 2017: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

With the year 2017 coming to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year. The big news was, of course, the retirement of Boeing 747s at the two remaining U.S. carriers that continued to operate them, Delta and United.
Our new Centurion List of the 10 Best Hotels in the World made the cut as did a very practical guide …

JetBlue Plane Skids Off Taxiway in Boston

JetBlue Plane Skids Off Taxiway in Boston

A JetBlue flight from Savannah skidded off the taxiway after landing at Boston’s Logan International Airport late Monday.
JetBlue Flight 50, an Airbus A320, had just landed at 7:15 p.m. local time on an icy runway when it skidded, officials said. Airport firefighters helped passengers disembark and they were transported by bus to the terminal.
“We were straight and all of a sudden we started to spin, ending up in a snow …

DOT Grants Operating Authority to Santa for Christmas Eve Flight

DOT Grants Operating Authority to Santa for Christmas Eve Flight

Just in the nick of time, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued Santa Claus special operating authority for flights on Christmas Eve.
The order authorizes Mr. Kringle “to serve various rooftop markets” on the night of December 24-25, 2017 and was signed by Elaine Chao, the secretary of transportation.
The order further notes that Santa Claus will be using a miniature sleigh powered by eight tiny reindeer, but leaving open the possibility …

Today is the Busiest Travel Day of the Holiday Season

Today is the Busiest Travel Day of the Holiday Season

Getting on a plane or train? One thing is certain: you will clearly not be alone, and if you’re planning to drive over the river and through the woods, expect traffic.
Today, December 22, is one of the three busiest travel days of the 2017 Christmas and Hanukkah holiday season.
Over 51 million passengers are expected to board planes operated by U.S. airlines during the 21-day holiday travel period, which started on …