Hotels offering digital detox, haboob grounds planes in Phoenix, trusted travellers getting a break, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Dust storm temporarily grounds flights
This time it wasn't a volcano, but a "haboob" that kept flights from
taking off. The massive dust storm — which gets its name from the Arabic word
for wind — swept through Arizona Tuesday, temporarily grounding flights at
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Winds that reached up to 69 mph
propelled the storm, according to CNN, which has video. The
Washington Post has spectacular photos.
EU and US take carbon emissions battle
The US and EU began their
battle over EU's carbon cap-and-trade program, which requires all carriers
flying in and out of Europe to reduce carbon emissions by 3%. US airlines argue
the program — which would also require American carriers to pay for carbon emissions
while flying over the Atlantic — violates international law, but the
EU won't back down. For now, the decision remains with the EU's top court.
Meanwhile, Dutch carrier KLM has already taken significant steps toward
progress by piloting the first commercial biokerosene-powered
flight last week. There are 200 more Amsterdam-to-Paris flights set to take
off this September using the recycled
materials collected from hotels, restaurants and factories.
Travellers leaving smart phones at home
While some hotels and resorts are offering everything from spa treatments to
guided hikes to lure guests, others have started a new trend to attract
detox". Guests at the Renaissance Pittsburgh, Hotel Monaco Chicago,
and various other hotels around the United States are offering packages that
encourage travellers to unplug during their vacations, the Wall Street Journal
reports. Most of these packages mean a weekend (or more) with no television,
internet or cell phones. Some packages even offer significant discounts to
those willing to leave their smart phones at home or check them at reception.
TSA to launch trusted traveller program
American air passengers frustrated with the long lines and heightened screening
process may soon be getting
a small victory. The Transportation Security Administration has announced
it will work with airlines to find travellers willing to share personal information
in order to begin the testing phase of a trusted
traveller program at several airports this fall. While the trusted
travellers wouldn't simply pass through security unchecked, they would be able
to forgo irksome obligations like removing laptops from luggage and taking off
The mega retweet
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"Because I'm staying in Llivia tonight, I crossed the French/Spanish
border 12x today"
visiting the tiny country of Andorra, travel blogger Gary
Arndt continued to explore little-known regions by heading to Llívia, a
Spanish exclave in France.
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