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August 19, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer who was in Las Vegas over the weekend for his bachelor party was killed during a high-speed carjacking on the Strip, authorities said Monday. Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr., 33, of Visalia was loading luggage Sunday into the back of his 2009 Nissan pickup with his brother-in-law Felix Brandon Cruz outside the Flamingo hotel when a thief jumped into the truck and got behind the wheel. The carjacker then sped off, as Magdaleno jumped into the bed of the truck to join Cruz, 31. Magdaleno was thrown from the truck after the driver struck another vehicle a mile away.
July 29, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- A United Airlines customer service agent and his wife have been charged with one felony count of grand theft and two felony counts of commercial burglary for allegedly stealing luggage at San Francisco International Airport in the disarray following the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, prosecutors said Monday. Sean Sharif Crudup, 44, and Raychas Elizabeth Thomas, 32, both of Richmond, Calif., are out on bail. Crudup has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Thomas is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 26 and has yet to file a plea.
July 22, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
So, was that one small carry-on for a pope, one giant leap for Roman Catholics? Heading off Monday f or his first overseas trip , Pope Francis demonstrated the common touch we heard so much about when he was elected pontiff: He waited in line to board, just like the other passengers, and he toted his own luggage up the ramp, just like (too many of) the other passengers. And, like a lot of us modern folks, Francis had to get in some last-minute social networking before all those electronic devices had to be turned off, tweeting to his followers his excitement about heading off to Brazil to take part in World Youth Day. SLIDE SHOW: Pope Francis' small steps to lift liberals' hearts Unfortunately, there was no word in The Times' story on whether the pontiff bashed anyone in the knee/elbow/head while negotiating the too-narrow aisle of the modern jetliner to get to his seat and stow his carry-on bag. Nor on whether he flew first class or economy, or got a window or aisle seat.
July 21, 2013 | By Ellise Pierce
After a lifetime of traveling internationally and paying zillions of dollars for going over the weight limit, I have changed my gluttonous, overpacking ways. I am now Someone Who Packs Light. To wit: I have been living for nearly three months out of a single, 28-inch soft-sided Samsonite that weighed in at Charles de Gaulle at just 26 kilos (57 pounds), 3 kilos (about 7 pounds) over the 23-kilogram limit, oui, but the nice Frenchman working behind the airline ticket counter didn't even mention it. And now that some airlines are raising luggage rates (Alaska, to $25, at the end of October)
July 14, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
In the foreseeable future, fliers can expect to be "randomized" by the Transportation Security Administration. That means an electronic device would randomly direct travelers to different screening lines. One reason these "randomizers" are needed, federal officials said, is so TSA officers can't be accused of profiling passengers when they direct some fliers to a line for regular screening and others to a line for a faster, less-intrusive search. In many airports, the TSA operates special screening lines where travelers don't have to remove their shoes, belts and jackets or take laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags.
July 14, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
With Madrid-based Iberia Airlines, you can now bag it and tag it yourself. The airline claims it is the only carrier to let passengers print out luggage tags at home. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines tested the idea of home tagging for passengers flying from Seattle to Hawaii last year but has not continued the program. Alaska, along with several other carriers, lets passengers print out luggage tags from airport kiosks. Iberia passengers can print their luggage tags at home and download their boarding passes onto their smartphones.
July 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Budget carrier Allegiant Air will operate between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Honolulu (HNL) starting Oct. 30 with $99 fares each way for a limited time. The deal: The $99 one-way fares are real, but note that Allegiant charges fees for baggage, carry-on luggage and other amenities that could increase the cost . Some examples: Expect to pay $14.99 to $35 per bag for a first and second checked bag if you book in advance. Those fees increase to $50 or $75 a bag if you pay at the airport.
July 6, 2013 | By Valli Herman
Trakdot is a new battery-powered device designed to help travelers keeps tabs on their luggage. You tuck Trakdot into your checked bag, and the palm-sized, Federal Aviation Administration-compliant device switches to “airplane mode” during flight, but upon landing, transmits its airport location to a mobile phone via text, email or app. The app also also sends an alert when bags are approaching the carousel. The $49.99 device works with any cell phone globally. It requires an $8.99 activation fee and $12.99 annual service fee. Info: Trakdot
June 30, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Airlines in the U.S. lose or damage about 140,000 bags a month, or about three for every 100,000 passengers. It's a relatively small loss rate. Still, several companies hope to capitalize on the frustration you feel waiting by the baggage carousel only to realize your luggage didn't make it onto your flight. Los Angeles-based GlobaTrac plans to begin shipping next week a palm-sized device that you toss into your bag to track your luggage, via the internet or a smartphone app. The device, called Trackdot, sells for $50, plus fees from
June 22, 2013
To keep everyone entertained on a car trip, take a list of songs with lyrics. It's a fun way to make the time pass. Ruth Kramer Ziony Los Feliz Take jars of peanut butter and jelly on international trips. Good local bread is always enhanced by a little PB&J on the road. And we've concocted berry syrup out of jam when we made French toast one morning in Tuscany. Debbie Musser La Habra Take an extra pair of socks for long flights. Your feet tend to swell when you fly so plan to take off your shoes and stretch your toes during a long flight.
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