Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Stories we're watching closely

An increasing number of airlines worldwide are imposing weight limits for carry-on bags, notes commentator George Hobica of Airfarewatchdog. In the US, Hawaiian Airlines stands alone in capping carry-on weights at 25 pounds. ANA's limit is about 22 pounds; Emirates's is 15 pounds; Lufthansa's is 17.5-pounds; and Virgin Atlantic's is 13 pounds. In most cases, overweight bags are checked, and are subject to relevant fees. [USA Today]

Enterprise, the largest US car hire chain, reversed course Thursday by announcing its support for a proposed federal law that would ban the rental of cars recalled by the government because of safety risks. The company changed its mind under pressure from an online petition that has been signed by more than 100,000 people. [ABC News]

Amazing things that should happen more often

The complexity of frequent-flier programs is spurring a boom in "mileage consultants", according to travel expert Christopher Elliott. For fees from $75 an hour, consultants use their savvy to help travellers redeem their miles for free airline tickets. [Washington Post]

New site NannyInTheClouds.com pairs air travellers with nannies on flights. Parents can look for a babysitter already scheduled to be on your next trip, and potential babysitters can promote their services through the site, too. [Nanny in the Skies]

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All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

On 28 February the world's largest online photography storage site, Flickr, will launch a significant makeover. Photos will appear four times larger than current size and uploading images will become more intuitive thanks to a new drag-and-drop interface. [Betabeat]

For photography criticism, check out the four most annoying tourist photo poses, as picked by travel writer Cynthia Drescher. Have you fallen victim to similar poses? [Jaunted]

Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

This week, our most re-tweeted item was the news that about 150 pubs in Ireland are expected to shut their doors and not be replaced this year. Since 2005, more than 1,100 pubs have vanished. Possible culprits for the change include the current recession and the changing fashions of young people. We hope the trend reverse course because Ireland's pubs draw travellers from the world over for their famed social vibe. [Irish Times]

Many of Bosnia-Herzegovina's museums may close within weeks. The reason: budgets being starved by political infighting among ethnic groups. The National Museum is one of the cultural institutions whose doors may be shuttered, given that its staff hasn't been paid for six months. It houses the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the world's oldest surviving Jewish texts. [BBC World Service]

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