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Alert American Airlines Agent Saves 2 Girls from Possible Human Trafficker

Alert American Airlines Agent Saves 2 Girls from Possible Human Trafficker

An American Airlines ticketing agent at Sacramento International Airport is being credited on Friday with thwarting the plans of a man believed to be involved in human trafficking.
Denise Miracle told local television reporters in Sacramento that red flags went up when two young girls presented themselves at her counter with first-class tickets to New York. The girls, aged 15 and 17, had no identification and no adult chaperones. The …

China Airlines to Increase Frequency of New Taiwan-Ontario, California Service

China Airlines to Increase Frequency of New Taiwan-Ontario, California Service

China Airlines announced plans to increase its planned service between Taiwan and Ontario International Airport in San Bernardino County, California, set to begin on March 25, to daily flights.
The carrier originally announced the service last September, with plans to operate flights four days a week. However, strong customer demand has prompted the airline to increase the frequency of the service to daily.
China Airlines will operate the route using Boeing 777-300ER …

New Laws for 2018 Legalize Pot, Restrict Smoking, and Allow Travelers to Post Online Reviews Without Fear of Retaliation

As is customary at the start of the New Year, many new state laws go into effect across the nation.
Here’s a look at some which might be of interest to travelers.
A new law in Vermont affords workers in that state social media privacy. Employers are forbidden to request or require employees to provide access to what they have posted in their personal social-media accounts.
Visitors to California, as well as residents, …

Southwest To Begin New San Antonio, Oakland, Caribbean Routes

Southwest To Begin New San Antonio, Oakland, Caribbean Routes

Southwest Airlines announced its 2018 summer schedule. New flights include service to San Antonio, Texas and Oakland, California, as well as service to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Beginning July 8, 2018, Southwest will offer non-stop daily service between San Antonio and both Oakland and Fort Lauderdale. On July 15, the carrier will begin daily non-stop flights from Oakland to Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Orlando.
New international routes include Houston-Grand Cayman, and Pittsburgh and …

China, California Tighten Zero Emission Vehicle Standards

China, California Tighten Zero Emission Vehicle Standards

From California to China, regulators are promulgating new and more stringent emissions and fuel consumption requirements. A new law in China will require 8% of automakers’ sales in the country to consist of zero emission vehicles starting in 2019.
Certain states in the U.S., such as California, have put similar measures into place. The Golden State is ramping up its zero emissions vehicle requirement mandate from 4.5% of sales in 2018 …

New InterContinental Hotel Opens in Los Angeles

New InterContinental Hotel Opens in Los Angeles

InterContinental Hotel Group announced on Tuesday the opening of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel.
At 1,100’ (335 meters) in height, the 73-storey property is the tallest building west of Chicago. Check-in for the hotel is in the Sky Lobby on the 70th floor, which is home to a three-story light sculpture evoking the city’s freeways.
Suites have separate living room areas and feature La Labo bath products. The Presidential Suite features …

Southwest to Expand Flights to California

Southwest to Expand Flights to California

Southwest Airlines announced that it plans to launch multiple new routes from California next year.
On March 10, 2018, Southwest will begin new non-stop service to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from both San Jose and Sacramento, California. Also on that date, the carrier will launch flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from San Diego.
Beginning April 8 of next year, the airline will offer daily non-stop flights from Sacramento to Austin and St. …