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BA TRAVELLERS STILL FACE DELAYS

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29 MAY 2017: Travellers with airlines in the British Airways group faced a third day of delays and cancellations, though mainly on short-haul routes and in smaller numbers than over the weekend, when the company suffered a colossal IT failure.   MORE

WHY STOP THERE

US mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban
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29 MAY 2017: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States. That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. US officials have said that initial ban was not based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about extremists targeting jetliners.   MORE

TRAVEL BAN HEADS FOR SUPREME COURT

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29 MAY 2017: The Supreme Court may soon decide how courts are supposed to view presidential power in the age of Donald Trump. The administration has promised a high court appeal of a ruling blocking the president's ban on visitors from six majority Muslim countries. The case could be a major test for the administration and for a court that has its 5-4 conservative majority restored with the confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch as the ninth justice. MORE

ALASKA VOLCANO ERUPTS AGAIN

Aviation alert raised to red
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29 MAY 2017: An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months has erupted again. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet (10,668 metres) high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes. MORE

PENCILS FOR KIDS

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29 MAY 2017: The Travel Agent Next Door raised almost $12,000 for Pencils for Kids, its main charity partner, through various initiatives involving agents and their clients, with TTAND contributing $3,000 -and RCI and NCL each donated as well.   MORE

NO QUICK FIX

Big Sur landslide could keep highway closed for year
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29 MAY 2017: Officials say the massive landslide in Big Sur could keep a portion of California's iconic coastal highway closed for a year and cost millions of dollars to fix. The East Bay Times quotes state officials Friday saying the landslide was still moving, a week after more than a million tons of dirt and rock tumbled down a hillside along Highway 1. MORE

ANOTHER SENIOR EXEC LEAVES ALLEGIANT

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29 MAY 2017: Allegiant Air's parent says its chief operating officer has resigned, the second high-ranking executive to leave the discount carrier this month. Allegiant Travel Co. said Friday that Jude Bricker is leaving, but the airline gave no further explanation. MORE

CHARLES DUNCAN TO HEAD WESTJET ENCORE

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29 MAY 2017: WestJet has announced that Charles Duncan has been named as the new head of WestJet Encore, WestJet's regional airline."Charles is a proven leader with extensive experience in operations, commercial and general management for global airlines," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO.   MORE

THE A LIST

Avignon and Arles
By ANN WALLACE
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29 MAY 2017: Spring comes early to Valence in France’s Rhone-Alpes region where our sailboat had been moored in a pretty marina just off the Rhone River for the winter of 2015-16. We had enjoyed some travels by road during the winter months, but with warmer weather promised we were keen to be on the move on the water once again. MORE
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TRAVEL BAN DENIED

Lower court ruling upheld by appeals court
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26 MAY 2017: President Donald Trump's revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries. MORE

WIFI HOTSPOT NAME CANCELS FLIGHT

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26 MAY 2017: On Tuesday night, a passenger on a Thomson flight from Cancun Mexico to Gatwick saw a disturbing WiFi hot-spot title before the plane departed.  He alerted a flight attendant who brought it to the attention of the pilot. After a 40 minute delay the captain asked for the passenger who had named their WiFi ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’ to identify themself. MORE

NEW PLAYER IN RIVER CRUISE MARKET

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26 MAY 2017: Next year Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will be entering the river cruise market with 30 sailings along the Rhine, Moselle and Danube rivers from April to November. The vessel will be called Brabant, which is the same name of the cruise line’s historical passenger ship from the 1920s. MORE

TRIPLE DOUBLE

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26 MAY 2017: A technical error resulted in three cruise operators charging passengers double the fees for their upcoming cruises.  Princess Cruises, P&O and Cunard are looking into how a third party payment processor charged passengers a second time for the one cruise booking. MORE

SIESTA BEACH FLORIDA

Best beach in US by Dr Beach
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26 MAY 2017: The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten's fur; all because it's comprised of 99 per cent pure crushed quartz. MORE

GIVE IT A REST

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26 MAY 2017: Ephi Zlotnitsky is an American citizen, born and raised in Israel with a reputation for fixing stuff. His latest invention may be a welcome one to the travelling public who are keen to replace the horsehoe travel pillow. MORE

A PRIVATE ISLAND HIDEAWAY

A heartbeat from the bustling heart of Venice
By WALLACE IMMEN
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26 MAY 2017: Venice titles itself La Serenissima — the most serene. But the overwhelming crowds that fill St. Mark’s square daily and stream shoulder to shoulder through every narrow passageway at all hours can quickly make tranquility a lost memory. MORE
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