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U.S. Begins Enhanced Airport Screenings for Ebola

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Amid rising fears of more cases of Ebola reaching our shores, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Centers for Disease Control have introduced enhanced passenger-screening procedures at several international airports. Screenings at New York's JFK airport (which receives 43 percent of travelers from Ebola-afflicted nations) began last week; similar protocols are scheduled to start this week at Newark Liberty, Washington-Dulles, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Minnesota officials are also lobbying for screenings at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Breaking news that a Dallas health care worker took a flight to Cleveland from Dallas the night before she reported symptoms of Ebola (for which she has tested positive), will certainly send another shudder through the aviation industry, as airlines and airport workers evaluate what procedures they have in place to handle infected passengers. As a reminder: Ebola is not transmittable through casual contact. A person must be exhibiting symptoms to spread the virus—putting health-care workers and close family members at greatest risk.

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The Plane Truth Twitter Chat on Tuesday, October 14

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Here's the truth: you don't really know someone till you've flown together. Based on T+L's Peter Jon Lindberg's article on the topic, we're discussing in-flight strategies and tips in our Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 14th from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

The Host:

T+L's Editor-at-Large, Peter Jon Lindberg, @peterjlindberg

The Panelists:

SeatGuru, @SeatGuru

Dave & Deb Travel, @theplanetd

Kayak, @KAYAK

WorldMate, @WorldMate

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.


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Commune Hotels CEO Reveals Her Travel Essentials

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Niki Leondakis, the stylish CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts, has the 24-hour business trip down to a science. She reveals her carry-on musts.

1 House of Creed Royal Water “The peppermint-infused citrus scent is refreshing after long flights.” $290.

2 Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser: “A face wash that multitasks (like me): antioxidants to soothe; vitamin C to hydrate; and grapefruit extracts to energize.” $9.

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Lufthansa Partners with Grocer to Deliver In-Flight Meals Home

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I may be in the minority on this, but I absolutely love in-flight dinners. They’re usually the first meal of a trip, and, to someone who remembers vacations by their foods, that matters a lot. I feel a certain energy bubble up in me as I twist open my mini wine bottle and take the tin-foil cover off my reheated “gourmet” cuisine.

Now I’m hoping that a new service from Germany’s Lufthansa takes off stateside. The airline—still dealing with striking pilots—has partnered with online grocer Allyouneed.com to launch Air Food One, delivering airplane food to households once a week.

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Points Guy Chat Follow Up: More to Know Before You Go

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"When work books a flight w/a sketchy seat, is there an easy way to change it without appearing uppity?" #TL_Chat

Michael Paul

There are many ways to get a better seat—without having to shell out cash. The key is being proactive.

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VIDEO: How to Pack a Suit

Follow our easy, step-by-step guide for keeping your suit wrinkle free in your carry-on. (Find all our business travel ideas here.)

Step 1: Hold the jacket facing away from you.

For more Quick Tips videos, click here.

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How Can I Make the Most of an Airport Layover?

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Quick access to a city center via public transport makes it easy to steal away for a few hours and take in some sights—and even a meal. Here are six airports we love, all with convenient luggage storage.

Heathrow, London

Minimum layover needed for two hours in the city center: 5 hours
Travel Time to City Center: 15 to 20 minutes
How to do it: Heathrow Express to Paddington ($57 round-trip; trains every 15 minutes)
What to do: A short ride on the Tube gets you to Waterloo, where you can walk along the South Bank for views of Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Shard’s glass spire. End with a tagliolini with clams at Gordon Ramsay’s Italian-inspired Union Street Café.

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T-Mobile Now Offers In-Flight Texting

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Is T-Mobile trying to be the world's best network for travelers? All signs say yes. You likely already know about T-Mobile's free international data roaming features. Earlier we reported on T-Mobile's Wi-Fi calling features. Now, there's one more feather in the carrier's cap: free in-flight texting, picture messaging, and visual voicemail on all gogo-powered flights. The service is made possible thanks to a partnership with the in-flight Wi-Fi provider; like most announcements of this kind, this is being considered a limited time promotion (no end date has been announced).

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How Big Can My Carry-On Bag Be These Days?

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Though some airlines (JetBlue; Alaska) give you a few extra inches here and there, the major domestic carriers are all in agreement: the maximum allowable carry-on bag is 22" x 14" x 9". This standard has been in place for years, but in the past airlines were lenient about ensuring bags adhered to it. United, however, started enforcing its size limits in March. So to play it safe, invest in a suitcase that doesn’t exceed those measurements.

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

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The Plane Truth: You Don't Really Know Someone Till You've Flown Together

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The first argument I had with the woman who became my wife concerned not punctuality, past romances, who pays for what, or any of the usual early-relationship bones of contention, but the proper response to a 3-3 seat configuration on a transcontinental flight.

I’m partial to windows, meaning I need a damn window seat, while Nilou is an aisle person. This being a full flight, I’d booked us a window and a middle, stupidly assuming she’d want to sit together.

“Wait—you didn’t get me the aisle?”

“And put a stranger between us? What good is that?”

“Good for my sanity is what it is.”

“But don’t you want to cuddle?”

“Not now I don’t.”

It was our first trip together, and it seemed destined to be our last. I love my wife to pieces, and think she feels the same, but at that particular moment, on that particular plane, it’s safe to say we loved each other a little less.

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