Category: Travelers

American Airlines travelers report odd moans and grunting coming over PA system

Travelers aboard a series of American Airlines flights have recently been subjected to an odd series of sounds blaring over the aircraft’s PA system, as detailed by a recently viral video.

The video, recorded by Los Angeles based writer, actor and producer Emerson Collins, has received more than 2 million views thus far, something that Collins said he was forced to listen to for a portion of his flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Dallas for a writer’s festival.

“Someone on this flight seems to have broken into the intercom system,” Collins says in the video, as loud sounds best likened to groaning and grunting fill the cabin of the plane.

He noted that the sounds even began as passengers were still boarding the flight.

“At the beginning it sounded like maybe gastrointestinal distress,” Collins said. “Then like sort of moan-y, and then sort of vomit-y.”

In response to

Biden wants full cost of flights to be clearer for travelers

President Biden announced a proposal Monday that would require airlines and ticket sales websites to disclose additional fees up front, aiming to add a dose of transparency to the process of booking travel.

The disclosures would cover any fees for passengers to sit with their children, change or cancel a flight, and bring checked or carry-on bags, according to the Department of Transportation. The fees would be required to be displayed the first time a ticket price is shown.

“You should know the full cost of your ticket right when you’re comparison shopping,” Biden said.

The announcement came at a meeting of Biden’s Competition Council at the White House, where he called on federal agencies to pursue similar measures to tackle hidden fees in other sectors of the economy. The new airline proposal is among several consumer-friendly measures the Transportation Department has proposed in recent months to regulate carriers amid

‘Bleisure’ travelers give some Ft. Lauderdale hotels a lift

For years, Fort Lauderdale has been known as a hot spot for college spring breakers, family vacationers, conventioneers and cruise line passengers.

But now, so-called “bleisure” visitors — business travelers who extend their trips for a few extra days so they can take in local attractions — are making their presence felt as the COVID-19 pandemic fades and companies again underwrite the cost of sending employees out of town on business, downtown hoteliers say. Nationally, the trend has helped the industry recover from the devastating financial blows delivered by the coronavirus, according to a top industry official.

The visitors to Fort Lauderdale are arriving from large US cities, Europe and South America. One hotel has become a popular spot for technology companies that are using it for brainstorming sessions among employees who haven’t seen each other since the COVID breakout.

“We have very specific companies and groups that come in,

TSA PreCheck vs. Clear: Which Program Is Better for Frequent Travelers?

Family members can benefit from these programs, too. Children under 18 don’t pay membership fees to join Clear, and they can use the Clear lane only when traveling with another member. Also, children under the age of 12 can use the PreCheck expedited security line for free when traveling with a parent or guardian who is a TSA PreCheck member. So, both programs prove useful for those traveling with kids.

Is TSA PreCheck better than Clear?

Yes. For most people, TSA PreCheck is better than Clear because it is available in more airports and makes passing through airport security less cumbersome. Having only Clear does not permit you to use an expedited security line.

TSA PreCheck is available to use when flying more than 80 airlines from more than 200 US airports, while Clear is an option at more than 50 airports and stadiums. That means that Clear can get

Travelers at Logan Airport in Boston keep wary eye on Hurricane Ian

TEAM COVERAGE. SOME ANXIOUS TRAVELERS THIS MORNING. SERA: ALL RUNNING SMOOTHLY THIS MORNING AT LOGAN AIRPORT, AT LEAST IN TERMINAL C. FLIGHTS TO AND FROM FLORIDA STILL ON TIME, MANY PEOPLE GRABBING THOSE FLIGHTS BEFORE CONDITIONS CHANGE, BEFORE IAN HITS. IN FLORIDA, THEY ARE BOARDING UP THEIR HOMES. IN MASSACHUSETTS, THEY ARE — WE MET FLORIDA RESIDENTS TRYING TO GET ON FLIGHTS BACK HOME TO PREPARE AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS BEFORE THE HURRICANE MAKES LANDFALL. MANY IN THE SUNSHINE STATE ARE UNDER EVACUATION ORDERS AS TAMPA MAY TAKE A DIRECT HIT. THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME IT HAS TAKEN A DIRECT HIT IN THAT AREA SINCE 1921. 7,000 NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS HAVE BEEN MOBILIZED. THIS IS NOTHING TO MESS AROUND WITH. IF YOU CAN LEAVE, JUST LEAVE NOW. AND WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY. SERA: TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL IS TRYING SOMETHING NEW SETTING UP AQUA FENCES, HOPING …