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December 12, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
After elderly passengers at JFK Airport complained about how they were treated by the Transportation Security Administration , the agency said Sunday it would establish an information line that travelers who are disabled or need assistance can call before flying. The TSA blog post written by blogger Bob Burns said in part: "[W]e're in the process of establishing an 800 number dedicated to travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, or those who may require assistance during screening.
February 8, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
A test program that allows air travelers who voluntarily offer background information to zip through faster airport security lines without removing shoes, belts and coats will be expanded to 28 new airports, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday. The PreCheck program has been tested for several months at nine airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, and has already been used to screen 336,000 passengers. “We are pleased to expand this important effort, in collaboration with our airline and airport partners, as we move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more intelligence-driven, risk-based transportation security system," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
November 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
College life without any tests or papers? Sweet, particularly when it means taking a week of classes at prestigious Oxford University in Oxford, England, on topics such as castles in Britain, the Brontes, King Arthur and the Dark Ages, the History of the BBC and more. The Oxford Experience invites "students" to stay in dormitories and attend classes at Christ Church college while touring the storied campus and the area around Oxford. Meals are served in the Hall, made famous by the "Harry Potter" films, and extra tours may be added on. Date: Study weeks run Sundays-Saturdays from July 1-Aug.
June 10, 2012
Regarding "Shoo, Flip-Flops," [Letters June 2]: I have definitely noticed a surge in passengers wearing flip-flops ever since the Transportation Security Administration started requiring people to remove their shoes during preflight screening. Perhaps they are rebelling against this cumbersome procedure, which is rumored to end when new policies go into effect. What Michael Ludmer failed to mention is important: In the event of an in-flight emergency, the last thing a passenger should be wearing is flimsy plastic sandals - highly inappropriate for a quick exit.
March 20, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Many Southern Californians are cutting back on unnecessary driving around town but most are going ahead with spring break travel plans even though gasoline prices are at record highs for this time of the year, according to a new survey of motorists. Two-thirds of Southern Californians surveyed by the Automobile Club of Southern California said higher gasoline prices have affected their household budget, but 57% plan to take a leisure trip this spring anyway, compared with 55% last spring.
December 24, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The State Department on Tuesday cautioned travelers about the risks of visiting Honduras, known as the “murder capital of the world,” saying that killings of Americans are frequent and almost never solved. In a travel warning , the department said American expatriates experience similar levels of crime as other population groups. Police forces are unable to keep up and have solved only two of the 50 killings of Americans since 2008, U.S. officials said. Honduras has had the highest murder rate in the world since 2010, and levels of violence and crime remain "critically high," the warning said.
December 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If you check into a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., consider visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame. After all, 2% of the taxes you pay for your hotel room support the facility. Across the country, taxes charged on hotel, car rental and restaurant bills go to a variety of causes besides filling the local government coffers, according to a review of travel-related taxes by the travel planning website . In Tampa, 0.5% of hotel taxes and 0.5% of car rental taxes are used to help the homeless.
December 23, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
A bit like Santa crashing through the roof, snow is expected to make a not-entirely-welcome appearance across the U.S. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. More than 93 million people will travel an average of 760 miles during the holidays, according to AAA , the motorists' organization, and will encounter challenging weather across the country. Some parts of Oklahoma, northern Arkansas and southern Missouri could see up to 6 inches of snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to AccuWeather.
February 10, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Travelers interested in participating in the TSA's expanded pre-check screening , which pre-approves some passengers to pass through checkpoints without removing shoes and belts - should click here  for information. The expanded program was announced Wednesday . . . . Hawaii hotel revenue rose 12.7% last year , according to a report by Hospitality Advisors LLC and Smith Travel Research. Occupancy was 73.4%, up from 70.7% in 2010. The average daily rate was about $189.62, up from $174.84 the previous year . . . . Nationwide, only New York City has higher room rates than Hawaii , Smith Travel Research says . . . . The 20th annual Zinfandel Festival takes place in Paso Robles March 16-18 , featuring wine from more than 50 vintners. For info or tickets, go to . . . . Northern California's Mendocino County hosts three Whale Festivals this March : Mendocino Village (March 3-4)
March 10, 2013
I read with interest the article on airline awards by Brian Kelly ["Going the Distance to Get Airline Awards," March 3]. I was amazed he didn't mention the outlandish additional fees that some airlines are charging. Recently, I tried to book two tickets to England on British Airlines for my daughter and myself. It took four phone calls before I could get anyone to come close to finding seats for us using miles from LAX to Newcastle, with a plane change at London's Heathrow. As I was completing the transaction, the agent told me that additional taxes and fees would cost almost $700 for each ticket.
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