Flight Attendants Launch Cabin-Temperatures Campaign
Flight attendants are asking passengers to download a free app, 2Hot2Cold, that can monitor and report cabin temperatures. It also collects information on the airline, aircraft type, flight number, date of flight, phase of the flight, its location of departure and arrival, whether any passenger had medical issues and other details. It’s part of a campaign launched earlier this week by flight attendants to persuade the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)… Chicago Tribune
7 Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways to Book Right Now
Labor Day is an opportune time to take a last-minute, fun-filled getaway, says Adam Weissenberg, the head of travel, hospitality and leisure at Deloitte, a hospitality services company. “Compared with Memorial Day and Fourth of July, which are incredibly busy travel periods, Labor Day is slower because the school year has already started in many parts of the country,” he said. “And, you can definitely get good value for your money.” Here are seven possibilities around the country, at a variety of price points… The New York Times
American Airlines Adds 43 New Routes
American Airlines has added 43 new routes, including several European destinations to cities such as Reykjavik, Prague and Venice, and will launch eight nonstops to the Caribbean by the end of 2018. The aggressive expansion comes as American adds five more gates at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, seven gates at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina and 15 new gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, giving customers even more options for travel… Flyer Talk
15 Secrets You Never Knew About Flying
Whether you get on a plane once a year or once a week, there are probably still a few things you don’t know about flying. From weird safety features to what happens if someone dies on a plane, there are plenty of hidden aspects to life amongst the clouds. Here are a few secrets you never know about taking to the skies, according to flight attendants, pilots, and industry experts… Travel + Leisure
Should Tourists Ride Elephants in Thailand?
The elephant, my companion for the morning, lumbered out of the woods onto a dirt slope next to a stream in northern Thailand. He appeared calm, ears flapping and tail swinging. But he was 9 feet tall at the shoulders, with pointed tusks longer than my legs. I was dubious about standing too close to him, let alone climbing on top of him.
I was at Patara Elephant Farm in the forested mountains north of Chiang Mai to undertake a popular tourist activity that’s lately fallen under intense scrutiny: riding astride these mammoth creatures. With more than 90 elephant camps in the region, Chiang Mai serves as the world’s epicenter of elephant tourism… Wall Street Journal (subscription req’d)