Why You Can’t Get Up to Go to the Bathroom Before Takeoff (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:06
<p>You should always go to the bathroom before boarding an aircraft.</p><p>It’s not just your mother’s advice, it’s also an issue of security and international aviation law.</p><p>Last year, <a href="" target="_blank">a man was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight</a> when he tried to using the toilet before takeoff — even though the aircraft was not moving. In this particular case, most of the people on the flight sided with the passenger. However, they did not understand one crucial piece of aviation safety: A pilot <a href="" target="_blank">cannot legally takeoff with a passenger in the lavatory</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Real Reason Why There's a Tiny Hole in Airplane Windows</a></p><p>The issue doesn’t change from airline to airline. The reason why is similar to most other standard procedures during takeoff and landing. They are the two most (relatively) dangerous times of the flight. Passengers must remain in their seats and with a clear, unobstructed escape route.</p><p>In the event that a pilot must perform a hard landing, nobody would want to be trapped in the toilet. There aren’t any safety features in the lavatory (like a seatbelt) that would keep a passenger in place, however there are many potentially painful sharp edges. In the event of an emergency evacuation, a passenger could also become trapped in the restroom and unable to escape.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Gizmodo</em></a>, one of the more gruesome reasons the “takeoff toilet” is banned is that in the event of a fiery, fatal landing, emergency response teams can identify bodies based on seating charts.</p><p>The one loophole that passengers may have is a 2010 ruling from the Department of Transportation stating that during a tarmac delay, airline crew <a href="" target="_blank">must make the toilet available to passengers</a>. But as soon as the plane enters an active taxiway, everyone must remain in their seats.</p><p>Flight attendants say that <a href="" target="_blank">the best time to use the airplane restroom</a> is immediately after the captain turns off the fasten seatbelt sign and before drink service begins.</p>
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Pilot Who Scammed Air Canada Out of $30,000 in Free Flights Forced to Pay It All Back

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 09:54
<p>A Cathay Pacific pilot has been found guilty of scamming <a href="" target="_blank">Air Canada</a> out of almost $30,000 in free flights. A Canadian court ordered last month that he must pay back full restitution and complete 20 hours of community service.</p><p><a href=";region=3&amp;m_id=Y!Y!vY!_rY!~A&amp;w_id=34036&amp;news_id=2030527" target="_blank">From March through July 2013</a>, Marc Anthony Tacchi, a pilot for Cathay Dragon, used a friend to gain fraudulent codes to redeem free flights on Air Canada, according to <a href="" target="_blank">court documents</a>. Tacchi is a Canadian citizen but a permanent resident of Hong Kong. He made money selling these free flights to acquaintances for a “service fee.”</p><p>Tacchi’s friend was reportedly part of a mystery shopper program with <a href="" target="_blank">Sensors Quality Management Inc</a>. Through the program, he could book flights and receive a full or partial refund on flights <a href=";t=121811" target="_blank">for completing a review afterwards</a>. He allegedly shared his promotional code with Tacchi, who booked free flights but did not complete any reviews. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Don't Get Ripped Off by This Common Hotel Booking Scam</a></p><p>With the promotional code, Tacchi booked four trips for himself and his family over 13 different legs of flights, <a href="" target="_blank">including some in first class</a>. He also accrued more than $500 in frequent flier miles from these bookings. He must pay Air Canada back a full restitution of $29,135.08 (CAD$36,551.27).</p><p>"The amount involved in these frauds is not insubstantial,” the judge wrote in the sentence. “The sole motivation for these offenses was greed.”</p>
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A Guide to Enjoying Inflight Entertainment on American Airlines

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 09:47
<p><a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> knows what passengers want. When it comes to passing those empty hours in the air, the airline has a reputation for quality programming. While the entertainment menu varies by flight, one thing’s for sure: you won’t be bored. American Airlines maintains one of the largest content libraries of any U.S. carrier, with over 250 movies and 300 episodes of TV shows stocked up.</p><p>And as of August, <a href="" target="_blank">all of that content is free</a>, even without the <a href="" target="_blank">purchase of Wi-Fi</a>. </p><h2>What Will Be Streaming On Your Flight?</h2><p>American Airlines passengers won’t have to wait until they step onboard to find out what’s on view. To plan in advance, travelers can head to the carrier's <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>, type in the flight number, and populate a full listing of all the movies, television shows, and music stations available the day of the trip. With exciting new releases like <i>Baywatch, The Beguiled, </i>and <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i>, you might run out of flight time before you get to them all.</p><p>Just because you flew American recently doesn’t mean you’ve seen all that’s on offer, either. The inflight entertainment library is updated every month with both new releases as well as classic movies and special audio channels dedicated to famous recording artists. </p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>How Do You Access American's Inflight Entertainment?</h2><p>Easy access to an entire library of pre-selected contemporary movies and TV episodes means there’s a little something for everyone. On an American Airlines flight, travelers are in control of their own mini-cinema.</p><p>At this time, many American Airlines passengers will enjoy content by way of seat-back screens. But the carrier is slowly transitioning travelers to a system where they <a href="" target="_blank">stream content instead to personal devices</a> like phones, laptops, and tablets. The new fleet of Boeing 737MAX aircraft, for example, is already flying without traditional built-in screens. </p><img alt="Onboard Movie Touchscreen "src=""><h2>American's Special Inflight Offerings </h2><p>While travelers can enjoy popular, live TV stations like CNN, CNBC, and BBC World News, there are a few perks of flying American Airlines. The airline recently partnered with Austin City Limits to include live performances filmed at the famous Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, there are also exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage from famous Broadway shows in New York City.</p><h2>Other Types of Inflight Entertainment</h2><p>In addition to movies, TV, and music, travelers can also spend a flight honing their poker skills. The digital card game is just one of several on-screen games you can play to pass the time. There are classic picks like Tetris and Plants vs. Zombies, as well as head-to-head games like Battleship and Trivia.</p>
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A Hotel Made Entirely of Ice Caught Fire in Canada

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 09:30
<p>Quebec City’s <a href="" target="_blank">Village Vacances Valcartier</a> winter park ice hotel had quite the scare on Tuesday morning when a small fire broke out in one of the 45 guest rooms. </p><p>"When I received the phone call they had to repeat twice that there was a fire in the ice hotel," manager Jacques Desbois told <a href="" target="_blank">CBC</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ice Hotel Will Make Anyone Feel Like They’re in Winterfell</a></p><p>Luckily for those inside, the fire remained contained to the one guest room and was extinguished. However, while the physical flames only damaged that room, smoke from the fire did enter the rest of the hotel, affecting guest along the way. Several guests were reportedly treated at a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation.</p><p>But even with the minor injuries, all guests were quickly alerted of the danger and were able to evacuate in a timely fashion, according to CBC. Fire officials arrived on the scene within 15 minutes.</p><p>"Everyone responded the accurate way to make this was an event from which we can learn, and make sure this first time will be the last time in the hotel's life," Desbois said.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Forget Tropical Getaways. This Ice Hotel Is the Place to Be This Winter.</a></p><p>Even after the flames went out and the smoke cleared, how the fire started remained quite a mystery. The fire was reported to have started when a candle fell on a guest’s sleeping bag. However, Desbois would not confirm that claim with local news outlets.</p><p>For now, <a href="" target="_blank">the hotel remains closed</a> and 33 guest were moved to Valcartier's main hotel. The hotel will also have to contend with some pretty warm weather on Thursday and Friday when <a href="" target="_blank">temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s</a>. But, after that it should be smooth sailing for the hotel made of snow and ice, with temperatures dropping well below freezing for the foreseeable future.</p>
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How Airlines Are Adding Even More Seats to Economy

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 09:15
<p>Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly feel more like a sardine on your flight, another airline has announced they’re making their planes even more crowded.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Flight Global</a>, United will be retrofitting its Boeing 757-300 fleet with new slimline seats by mid-2018, adding 21 seats to the economy cabin on the aircraft for a total of 210 seats. First class seating will remain the same, with a total of 24 seats. It’s unclear whether the new seating will offer outlets or personal TV screens (as economy seats currently do).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">British Airways Is Getting Rid of Reclining Seats on Some Flights</a></p><p>I’s not just United’s 757s that are getting a squeeze. The airline is also reconfiguring its <a href="" target="_blank">business class Polaris seating on 777-200s</a> for long-haul flights to add 21 more seats. And United isn't alone — <a href="" target="_blank">British Airways</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> have also added seats to some planes, increasing rows to 10. </p><p>Airlines often increase seating as a cheap way to reduce costs. Increasing capacity is often more economical than buying a completely new aircraft to add to the fleet. Of course, it’s debatable whether or not these reduced costs are passed down to the consumer.</p><p>If you’re feeling like planes are shrinking, it’s not exactly untrue. That claustrophobic feeling you’re getting might be coming from that <a href="" target="_blank">tiny, uncomfortable seat</a> you’re in.</p>
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Kate Middleton Wore Her Favorite Maternity Dress to Her First Official Appearance of 2018

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:21
<p>Sure, Meghan Markle may have <a href="" target="_blank">worn a messy bun</a> that threw people into a tizzy — and she even <a href="" target="_blank">flew economy to celebrate New Year's Eve</a> with Prince Harry — but she's not the only relatable member of the royal family.</p><p>Take, for example, the fact that <a href="" target="_blank">Kate Middleton</a> doesn’t care if she’s photographed wearing the same thing twice. She is, after all, a woman and mother before being a royal, and sometimes women just want to wear their favorite outfit over and over again.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Kate Middleton Reworked an Old Favorite Coat in the Most Stylish Way</a></p><img alt="Catherine Duchess of Cambridge in maternity dress "src=""><p>On Wednesday, Kate was spotted wearing one of her favorite maternity dresses while making her first official appearance of 2018. While visiting the <a href="">Reach Academy Feltham,</a> a west London school that works with the children's mental health charity <a href="" target="_blank">Place2Be</a>, Kate sported a <a href="" target="_blank">$75 dress by the maternity brand Seraphine</a>. (A similar style is available at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";color=%27Blue%27" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>.) She’s been seen publicly in the dress at least twice before when she was pregnant with <a href="" target="_blank">Princess Charlotte</a>.</p><p>For her visit to the school, Kate paired the blue and green floral midi dress with dark navy pumps (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">we found a similar style here</a>) and a $238 navy wool coat with gold buttons by Hobbs. (This <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">version from Guess is $180</a>.)</p><p>At the school, the children began their day by singing in front of the royal, who said she was “very impressed with the singing” and “I wish every morning could start off like that.”</p><p>There, Kate was also given a tour of the school’s nursery, where she met with parents who work on the school’s parenting support program, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a>.</p><p>Beyond parents, Kate met with staff and students in the school’s secondary program, where she learned about support services offered to students, including mental health and LGBTQ groups who are there to help students with any needs.</p><p>And really, it’s no surprise Kate was there to lend her support. She is, after all, a patron of the charity and has been since 2013.</p><p>It’s unclear when Kate’s next official engagement will be, but odds are we’ll be seeing her more between now and the birth of her <a href="" target="_blank">third child in April</a>, and we can't wait to see what she wears to her brother-in-law’s <a href="" target="_blank">royal wedding in May</a>.</p>
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Alligators Survive the Extreme Cold in the Coolest Way (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 07:42
<p>Sure, you may think it <a href="" target="_blank">feels cold out if you live along the East Coast</a>, but at least you can go inside, bundle up, and maybe even sit by a fire with a cup of hot cocoa. If you were an alligator living in North Carolina, the only thing you'd be able to do is stick your nose out of the ice and hope for survival.</p><p>A new and rather astonishing video shared on the Shallotte River Swamp Park’s <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page shows that alligators are willing to do anything necessary to survive the cold.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Plane Slams Into 11-foot Alligator While Landing in Florida</a></p><p>“They poke their noses up and are able to breathe and be perfectly fine, so they’re doing this as a mechanism so that if it freezes over, they can still breath,” park manager George Howard explained in the video.</p><p>And really, this is the only thing the gators can do to stay alive both in captivity and in the wild. As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Global News</a></em> explained, alligators cannot generate their own body heat because they are cold blooded.</p><p>However, after poking their snouts through the ice, the alligators are able to put themselves in a state known as “brumation,” which is sort of like hibernation, that lowers their metabolism and body temperature, which helps them stay alive.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Florida Zip Line Spans a Pit of Alligators</a></p><p>“(It’s) just an absolute amazing survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today,” Howard added. </p><p>And alligators, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a> </em>explained, aren’t the only critters to behave this way. Turtles will also seek refuge from the cold by sinking to the bottom of lakes and burying in the warm mud below. </p><p>While the alligators may look adorable with their noses sticking out of the ice, it’s crucial that you steer clear of them, especially as the ice melts. Because once it does, the alligators will quickly return to an active state and will likely be looking for a tasty snack. </p>
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Winter Storm Hunter Is Threatening Most of the U.S. With Blizzards and Ice. Here’s What to Know

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 06:46
<p>Just a week after <a href="" target="_blank">Winter Storm Grayson</a> pounded the East Coast with heavy snow and record chills, an even bigger storm is threatening most of the U.S. with blizzards and ice.</p><p>Winter Storm Hunter began hitting much of the U.S. Wednesday, with its first phase bringing snow, freezing rain or sleet to the Plains and the Midwest. The second phase is expected to sweep east with ice and freezing rain Thursday through Saturday night across the Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, The Great Lakes and up into the interior Northeast. </p><p>On Thursday, the storm has brought blizzard conditions into Bismarck, the Grand Forks, and Salina, spreading snow into the Texas panhandle and into Michigan by Thursday evening. The <a href="" target="_blank">latest forecast shows</a> that the storm will continue marching into the eastern Great Lakes and into the Ohio Valley through Friday, bringing rainy conditions to New York, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Knoxville, and Burlington and snow in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Traverse City by Friday night.</p><p>As the storm continues to move into the weekend, cities including Detroit and Indianapolis can expect snowy and wet conditions arriving on Friday, and will want to keep their eyes out for possible closures according to <a href="" target="_blank">the Weather Channel’s latest forecast</a>.</p><p>Slippery roads and spotty power outages are still expected in cities that include Boston, Portland, New York, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Charleston, Cleveland, Paducah, Memphis, Louisville, and Nashville throughout Saturday.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a> has put out winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories for areas from Mississippi to the central Plains and the Rockies.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The storm will also bring snow into the Washington Cascades and northern Rockies, eastern Montana, northwest Wisconsin, and Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, causing potentially harzardous roads, bridges, and overpasses.</p><p>"At this point, it looks like just enough cold air will invade the storm to create a major problem for travel beginning from central northeastern Arkansas and western Tennessee to northern Maine and southern Quebec and northwestern New Brunswick," <em><a href="" target="_blank">AccuWeather's </a></em>Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll explained regarding the storm.</p><p>By Friday, Pennsylvania, upstate and central New York, and northern New England can expect freezing rain, with snow lingering into Saturday.</p><p>Meanwhile, heavy ice buildup and rapidly plunging temperatures – and risks of power cuts – are expected for an area stretching from Mississippi to Quebec, according to AccuWeather.</p>
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You Could Get Paid to Do Absolutely Nothing by This Travel Company

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 06:39
<p>For those who spend their days looking for ways to avoid work, here’s a job that will actually encourage you to slack off on the clock.</p><p>Travel agency <a href="" target="_blank">TUI</a> is looking for four “Professional Slackers” to basically sit around and do nothing at all.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How This Couple Is Getting Paid to Sail Around the World</a></p><p>These “Fakeation Specialists” merely hang out in a “cozy” office that’s decked out in Mediterranean beach decor, in summery attire with their feet in the sand. During the day, their “workload” consists of lounging about and “[ignoring] stressful bypassing commuters and [focusing] on your own relaxation.”</p><p>Among the “qualifications”, applicants must “not at all able to think outside the box,” hate things like “productivity” and “deadlines,” be lovers of sitting and lying down, and be true connoisseurs of relaxation. Experience taking naps at work is a huge plus.</p><p>The “primary responsibilities” of the job are listed as “None.”</p><p>One drawback might be that the job is in <a href="" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>, Sweden. However, the job is only for a fixed term between January 22 and February 4. So, yes, this is basically a paid vacation.</p><p>The four professional slackers will be paid hourly, and part-time shifts run between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Trust us, this will be a job you won’t mind getting up early for.</p><p>TUI is accepting applications <a href="" target="_blank">through January 14</a>. You don’t even need a resume or cover letter, just write a few sentences on why you’d be the best slacker for the job and take a picture of yourself in your most relaxed position.</p>
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Airlines Are Slashing Prices to Spain — Get a Round-trip Flight for $357

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 06:06
<p>Flights to Spain are cheap right now, with fares starting at $357 round-trip.</p><p>The <em>Airfare Spot</em> first noticed <a href="" target="_blank">the cheap flights to Spain</a> yesterday, when the Houston to <a href="" target="_blank">Madrid</a> route dropped to $473 round-trip and tickets to Barcelona from Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. dropped as low as $414.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Thrifty Traveler</em></a> announced that a number of airlines had entered into <a href="" target="_blank">an all-out airfare war</a>, and expanded the sale to include popular Spanish holiday destinations like Alicante, Bilbao, Ibiza, Mallorca, and Seville.</p><p>Later, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Scott’s Cheap Flights</em></a> found additional deals to Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife, and Santa Cruz Palma.</p><p><b>Related: </b><a href="" target="_blank">How to Not Get Ripped Off When Buying Cheap Flights on Third-party Websites</a></p><p>At this time, the cheapest possible ticket seems to be on sale from New York City to Barcelona — a cool <a href=";TripType=2&amp;SegNo=2&amp;SO0=NYC&amp;SD0=BCN&amp;SDP0=05-06-2018&amp;SO1=BCN&amp;SD1=NYC&amp;SDP1=12-06-2018&amp;AD=1&amp;TK=ECO&amp;DO=false&amp;NA=false&amp;currency=USD" target="_blank">$357 round-trip with United in June</a>.</p><p>Cheap flights are available with a number of competing airlines, including American Airlines, Iberia, British Airways, United Airlines, and Norwegian Air.</p><p>While availability and ticket prices can vary depending on your route, the most inexpensive fares are typically found on flights to either Madrid or Barcelona, between January and May, and between September and November.</p><p>To book this deal, use <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights’ low-fare calendar</a> to select the most inexpensive travel dates from your home airport. Then, search for those dates in a search engine like Skyscanner or Momondo to get the best possible deal.</p>
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Couple Charged With Animal Cruelty for Packing Their Kitten in Checked Luggage

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:54
<p>A Florida couple has been charged with animal cruelty for stowing their young cat in a piece of checked luggage while traveling through Erie International Airport in Pennsylvania on New Year’s Day.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Erie Times-News</em></a>, the 6-month-old cat, Slim, was found in a bag that was filled with clothes and other items after the piece of luggage alerted the TSA inspection system, prompting officials to take a closer look inside the bag.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Scientists Believe That Dogs May Be Twice As Smart As Cats</a></p><p>Ian Bogle, the airport’s director of public safety and facilities, called it “a poor decision made on the customers’ part,” according to <em>Erie Times-News</em>.</p><p>The couple was charged with transporting animals in a cruel manner, specifically since the cat was placed inside the bag “without food, water or air.”</p><p>According to Bogle, Slim was given to the <a href="" target="_blank">Humane Society</a> of Northwestern Pennsylvania, where the cat will likely be placed in a new home.</p><p>Many airports have different policies for transporting pets, however most standards are similar across the country. <a href="" target="_blank">Airlines</a>, in general, are very accommodating to pet owners who properly prepare their pets for flights and research airline policies.</p><p>Bogle told the <em>Erie Times-News</em> that putting pets into checked luggage is “not the recommended way” to have animals fly. That's something of an understatement.</p><p>Anyone traveling with their pet cat or dog should check with their airline for approved options. As <a href="" target="_blank">the Humane Society notes</a>, air travel can be stressful for animals — cats especially aren't often thrilled to leave home — so put your pet's needs first when travel planning.</p>
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Airline Threatens to Call Police Unless Passengers Delete Photos and Videos of Airport Delay

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:39
<p>Canadian airline Porter Airlines was operating a flight from Boston to Toronto, on the evening of January 5, following the impact of Winter Storm Grayson. The latch door to the luggage compartment wasn’t working, and the plane sat on the tarmac for about two hours before passengers went back inside to the airport terminal.</p><p>Inside, the gateside loudspeaker was down and customers had to wait in line to speak with a customer service agent. The situation was, predictably, frustrating for those in the back of the line who had no idea what was going on. So some took out their phones and started recording video.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>“At that point, the personnel came from behind the desk and started threatening us to call the police if we don’t delete the videos off of our phones and show evidence that it’s gone from our trash bin,” Kira Wegler, one of the passengers, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Global News</em></a>.</p><p>Most of the passengers deleted their videos for fear of the consequences.</p><p>A few days after the incident, Porter Airlines apologized for the “misunderstanding,” saying that the airline employee’s “intention was only to try and enforce what was believed to be an airport policy.”</p><p>A media relations officer for Massport (the Massachusetts Port Authority) confirmed that “there is no law or policy that prohibits filming inside Logan Airport, except in secure areas and of security procedures.” Massport’s <a href="" target="_blank">only stipulations for filming in public area are that</a> it “may not impede passengers or airline operations.”</p><p>“While the request to stop filming or delete footage was incorrect, the intention was only to try and enforce what was believed to be an airport policy,” a spokesperson for Porter Airlines told Global News.</p><p>There is one loophole airlines have found. Within certain airline agreements (the fine print customers rarely consider when buying a ticket), there are stipulations against filming airline employees. For example, <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines’ photography policy</a> strictly prohibits “photography or video recording of airline personnel, equipment, or procedures.” United, Delta and Southwest <a href="" target="_blank">have similar policies</a>.</p><p>Airlines may also forbid video or photography on the aircraft “if taking video has the potential to affect safety or the personal comfort of others on board,” the Porter Airlines spokesperson said.</p><p>However, even if a passenger films without permission, <a href="" target="_blank">there is no law against taking video or photographs on a plane</a>. Although the passenger may be kicked off the flight, they are unlikely to face any legal action over their videos.</p><p>Airlines cannot prohibit passengers from another airline from filming something an altercation or incident at the airport if they happen to be passing by the gate.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Filming TSA security proceedings</a> is a different thing entirely, however, specifically if passengers record security information, like what appears on monitors. Passengers are risking detainment and questioning by police.</p><p>The Porter Airlines passengers remained stranded in <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> for three days, with the airline covering hotel costs and some meals. However, passengers were denied any addition compensation as the airline is blaming its mechanical issue on the weather.</p>
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Man Taken Into Custody After Trying to Use Airport Runways as a Shortcut

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:57
<p>A man has been taken into custody after trying to take a shortcut across the runways out of <a href="" target="_blank">Miami International Airport</a> on Monday, according to <a href="" target="_blank">WSVN-TV</a>.</p><p>Police told the outlet that the man, who had been dropped off at the airport in the afternoon to fill out an application, decided to hop over a perimeter fence and try to sprint across a tarmac after realizing he was in the wrong location at the airport.</p><p>The man, whose name has yet to be released, started running down Runway 9 at Miami International but was quickly stopped when someone spotted him on the runway and notified police, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Miami Herald</a></em>.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>He was taken into custody on Monday and is currently under investigation, though charges are still pending as of Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade police officials told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">A Toy Grenade Set Off a Bomb Scare at Miami International Airport</a> </p><p>The incident comes just months after another MIA visitor, Jason Brad Pearce, trespassed onto the <a href="" target="_blank">airport’s runway</a> after driving his truck through a locked gate, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Miami Herald</a></em>. </p><p>Pearce, who later got out of his truck and scaled a second fence, was found hiding in a crawl space in an electrical room at the airport. He was shot by police after swinging from a ceiling pipe and lunging at the officers, according to the publication. </p><p>He was later taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at the Jackson Memorial Hospital and charged with felonies that included trespassing into an airport restricted zone, battery on a police officer, and depriving an officer of his weapon. </p>
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This ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ice Hotel Will Make Anyone Feel Like They’re in Winterfell

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:42
<p>Your dream winter vacation is coming.</p><p>If you’re not already sick of the freezing weather, there’s a perfect place to bask in the freezing temperatures, play in the snow, and celebrate everything that is winter. It's a “Game of Thrones” ice hotel, and you'll find it in Finland.</p><img alt="Game of Thrones HBO Nordic Ice Hotel Snow Village Lapland Finland "src=""><p>Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Finland has partnered with HBO Nordic to include a specially made, “Game of Thrones”-themed <a href="" target="_blank">Ice Hotel</a> as part of the village in 2018.</p><p>The impressive 200,000-square-foot hotel is made with over 44 million pounds of snow and over 771,000 pounds of ice. By the time spring comes around, this Lapland hotel will have all melted away.</p><p>Within the hotel, there are “Game of Thrones”-themed features like the Hall of Faces, just like in Braavos, giant ice dragon sculptures, and even an Iron Throne made of ice.</p><img alt="Game of Thrones HBO Nordic Ice Hotel Snow Village Lapland Finland "src=""><p>Plus, the ice hotel’s 25 rooms are decked out with carved, medieval-looking features that will make you feel like you’re a Lord or Lady of the North. Be forewarned, the hotel doesn’t have indoor heating — or else there wouldn’t be a hotel at all.</p><img alt="Game of Thrones HBO Nordic Ice Hotel Snow Village Lapland Finland "src=""><p>Guests of the “Game of Thrones” ice hotel and the SnowVillage can also enjoy the Ice Bar, Ice Restaurant, Ice Chapel and outdoor galleries of snow ice and art.</p><img alt="Game of Thrones HBO Nordic Ice Hotel Snow Village Lapland Finland "src=""><p>Plus, even if you aren’t a series fan, the SnowVillage is the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect place</a> to observe the Northern Lights, go on a husky safari or take a reindeer ride.</p><p>If you’re dying to go live out your Winterfell fantasies, Snow Village is open now through April 8, 2018. More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">SnowVillage</a> website.</p>
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13,000 Tourists Stranded at Zermatt Matterhorn Ski Resort Because of Extreme Avalanche Risk

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:14
<p>About 13,000 tourists are trapped at a ski resort with sporadic power outages near the Matterhorn mountain in <a href="" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>, after the avalanche risk was raised to its highest level.</p><p>All hiking paths, cable cars, ski slopes, roads and train service at the Zermatt Matterhorn, a popular <a href="" target="_blank">Swiss</a> ski resort near the famed mountain, are closed as a result of the heightened risk, the resort said Tuesday, as snow and wind have created ample conditions for avalanches.</p><p>"Numerous large and, in many cases, very large natural dry avalanches are to be expected as a consequence of fresh snow and strong wind," a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> from the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research said. </p><p>An advisory posted on the <a href="" target="_blank">Zermatt Matterhorn's website</a> warned of "possible power breakdowns all over Zermatt" and advised visitors and residents "to stay at home."</p><p>"Without question, it is inadvisable to engage in ski touring, freeriding and snowshoe hiking outside marked and open pistes," the institute warned.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Janine Imesch of the Zermatt tourism office said the thousands of tourists stuck at the resort face no immediate risk.</p><p>“No one can go <a href="" target="_blank">skiing or hiking</a>, but it’s quiet, a little bit romantic,” <a href="" target="_blank">Imesch told the Guardian</a>. “Everything is fine. There is no panic.”</p><p>The avalanche risk will decrease later this week, the group added, though snow sport activities in the area could still trigger them Wednesday. </p>
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JetBlue Is Having a Sale With Cheap Flights to Warm Places Starting at $49

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 13:11
<p><a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> is having another winter sale, with flights on sale for travel from January through April.</p><p>As another snowstorm gets ready to pummel <a href="" target="_blank">parts of the U.S.</a>, it's not a bad time to plan an upcoming escape to warmer weather.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here Are 365 Beaches — One for Every Day in 2018</a></p><p>The cheap $49 one-way flights are between New York City and Boston (not much of an escape there), Salt Lake City and Long Beach, and Boston and Cleveland. There are even $39 one-way flights, between Pittsburgh and Fort Lauderdale, for those in Steel City in search of some warmer weather.</p><p>Fort Lauderdale is the cheapest warmer destination on offer, at $64 from Chicago, $74 from Cleveland, $94 from Albany, $59 from Nashville, $69 from Atlanta, $104 from Baltimore, $144 from Boston, and $109 from New York City.</p><p>Cheap flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta</a> start at $59 from Boston, and $69 from New York City.</p><p>If you're looking for some truly warm weather, the sale has plenty of deals to the Caribbean. From New York City, for example, <a href="" target="_blank">fares start at</a> $114 to the Bahamas, $124 to Bermuda, $129 to Antigua, $134 to Turks and Caicos, $159 to Barbados, and $164 to St. Maarten.</p><p>Flights must be booked by January 10, and travel dates are limited to between January 16 and April 25. See <a href="" target="_blank">the full list of sale fares</a> and available dates.</p><p>The cheapest flights are JetBlue's “Blue” fares, meaning checked baggage is not included. Pack light or look into the next fare class up to make sure you aren't surprised by any extra fees at the airport.</p>
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This Remote Scottish Island Really Wants Frustrated City Dwellers to Move There

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:31
<p>A remote Scottish island with <a href="" target="_blank">349 inhabitants</a> is recruiting new residents.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Stronsay</a>, in the Orkney islands, currently attracts about 600 visitors per year. But with the launch of a new website and tourism campaign, the island is attempting to double that number within the next three to five years.</p><p>“We hope that by increasing tourism we will be able to create additional jobs on the island that will bring more residents, whether retirees or young families,” Dianne Riley-Moore, one of the members of the group behind the new tourism campaign, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Abandoned Scottish Island Is Spooky but Stunning</a></p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Like many small islands, residents often <a href="" target="_blank">work more than one job</a>. Farmers could drive taxis after hours and teachers may double as lifeguards. You are bound to bump into many of the same people while exploring the 13-square-mile island.</p><p>Visitors can reach the island via a 95-minute ferry ride from Kirkwall, the nearest mainland island, or arrive via plane. Visitors will likely have to make reservations for lodging well in advance. Accommodations in Stronsay are limited to one hotel, one bed and breakfast, and one hostel.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why You Should Island Hop Scotland’s Inner Hebrides by Bike</a></p><img alt="Stronsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland "src=""><p>Once on Stronsay, visitors can explore the natural terrain, including the Vat of Kirbister, considered by many to be Orkney’s finest natural sea arch. Visitors can get around with a free bike rental program, or walk along sandy beaches and spot seals and arctic birds.</p><p>For those looking to get off the grid, this remote island could be the perfect getaway. According to their campaign, Stronsay has a “a sense of place, freedom and self-sufficiency that many city dwellers frustrated with the frenetic pace of modern life can only dream about.”</p>
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Meghan Markle Just Deleted All Her Social Media Accounts

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:11
<p>All good things must come to an end, and that apparently includes <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a>’s social media channels.</p><p>On Tuesday, fans were surprised when they <a href="" target="_blank">logged into Instagram</a> and Twitter to find that Markle had deleted all of her photos and tweets.</p><p>While it was a shock to fans, the decision was apparently a long time coming for Markle, who will officially become a member of the royal family when <a href="" target="_blank">she marries Prince Harry on May 19</a>. In fact, she hasn’t been active on social media in a long time, with her last Instagram post appearing in April of 2017. Then, Meghan was bidding adieu to her lifestyle site, The Tig.</p><p>“After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig,” she <a href="" target="_blank">wrote</a> for her last <a href="" target="_blank">caption on Instagram</a>. “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world.’”</p><p>Markle added that she wanted fans to “never forget [their] worth” and thanked all of her fans and followers for being so loyal over the years.</p><p>“Ms. Markle is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years,” a source told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a>. “However as she has not used them for some time she has taken the decision to close them.”</p><p>And really, it should come as no big surprise that she deleted her channels as none of the high-ranking members of the royal family have personal social media pages. Instead, all of their exploits, including major announcements and daily outings, are documented on family channels like <a href="" target="_blank">Kensington Palace’s Instagram</a> and Twitter pages.</p><p>There, fans will likely be able to follow Markle's every royal life update including her wedding, births, and <a href="" target="_blank">photos of her future children's first days at school</a>.</p>
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Every U.S. National Park Will Be Free to Enter for One Day in January

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:01
<p><a href="" target="_blank">National parks</a> are great to visit in the winter, too.</p><p>While visiting a national park may be a favorite summer getaway for some, you can experience the natural glory of the United States in the colder months as well.</p><p>On Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all national parks in the United States will be totally free for visitors. If your company observes the federal holiday, what better way is there to spend a day off from work? Plus, there will only be <a href="" target="_blank">four days in 2018</a> when all the parks will be free for everyone, so this is not an opportunity to be missed.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>If you're busy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, however, the three other days that the parks will be open to all are April 21 (opening of National Park Week), Sept. 22 (National Public Lands Day), and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).</p><p>It should be noted that the free entrance days will only cover admission to the parks. Activities like camping, tours, and transportation around the park still cost extra.</p><p>Of course, these days only apply to national parks that charge a fee in the first place. There are many national park sites that are free year-round, which you can search for on the <a href="" target="_blank">NPS</a> website.</p><p>In August of last year, however, the <a href="" target="_blank">lifetime pass for seniors increased</a> in price from $10 to a whopping $80, and in May, 17 sites <a href="" target="_blank">could see their fees raised</a>.</p><p>All that considered, there's never been a better time to score a deal. Mark your calendars, nature lovers.</p>
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Queen Elizabeth Has Been Traveling With This Luggage Since Her Honeymoon in 1947

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:30
<p>It seems that when Queen Elizabeth likes a brand, she fully commits to it. The Queen relies on <a href="" target="_blank">one shade of Essie polish</a> for her nails. She's incredibly loyal to Launer's top-handle handbags (she <a href="" target="_blank">reportedly owns more than 200</a> of them). And she has also supposedly traveled with the same luggage since her honeymoon with Prince Philip in 1947.</p><p>For the newlyweds' trip to Broadlands in Hampshire, England and Birkhall estate in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth — Princess Elizabeth at the time — purchased a set of Globe-Trotter's luggage. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">luxury travel brand’s site</a>, she continues to use her cases to this day to store her impeccably coordinated suits while traveling.</p><p>Globe-Trotter is known for its classic leather travel cases, all of which are handcrafted by artisans in England using techniques and machinery that date back to the Victorian Era.</p><p>In addition to Queen Elizabeth, the British brand has quite an impressive list of historical — and fictional — clientele, from Sir Winston Churchill circa 1924 to James Bond in the 2015 film, <em>Spectre</em>. It’s recently been reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Duchess Kate, <a href="">also own Globe-Trotter luggage</a> from a recent <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">collaboration with the Goring Hotel</a>. The stylish cream-colored case was spotted as it was carried across the tarmac during their five-day tour across Canada with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in July of 2017.</p><img alt="Luggage belonging to HRH Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Richmond International Airport "src=""><p>Like many <a href="" target="_blank">luxury luggage brands</a>, Globe-Trotter's trolley cases are designed to last and be passed through generations. With the amount The Queen has traveled over the past 70 years, however, her suitcases — pictured above with yellow tags that read, "The Queen" — may have been updated in the last couple of decades to a newer Globe-Trotter collection.</p><p>The suitcase The Queen purchased in 1947 likely would have been from Globe-Trotter’s Original collection, which was designed in 1897. Presently, there’s <a href="">a continuation of the brand’s first model</a> with the traditional vulcanized fiber corner caps available in brown, navy, and red.</p><p>Looking to get royal luggage style for yourself? You can shop Queen Elizabeth's suitcase and a few similar picks at varying price points below. Just don’t forget your bright <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">yellow luggage tags</a>.</p><h2>The Queen’s Suitcase: Globe-Trotter Original Trolley Case</h2><img alt="Forward classic luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,370</p><h2>Similar Style: Globe-Trotter Centenary Travel Trolley</h2><img alt="Globetrotter black suitcase "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,610</p><h2>Similar Style: Calpak 20-inch and 28-inch Trunk Rolling Luggage Set</h2><img alt="Calpak classic black luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $295 for set of two</p><h2>Similar Style: Bric’s Bellagio Metallo 2.0 International 21-inch Carry-on Spinner Trunk</h2><img alt="Bric's black luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $426</p><h2>Similar Style: Vince Camuto Loma Hardside Spinner Luggage Collection</h2><img alt="Vinca Camuto luggage set "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $260</p>
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