You've heard the air-travel advice before: Don't wrap your holiday gifts before you leave for the airport because the TSA may very well require you to unwrap them during a security check. But there may be a way to arrive at your destination with wrapped presents anyway. This holiday season Virgin Atlantic is adding a few Christmas elves to the employee roster who will wrap presents for departing passengers on the air side of the Terminal 4 security checkpoint at New York's JFK International. The service costs $2 per package (100 percent of which goes to the Virgin Unite charity) and is available December 21-23, 2011.
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I once was a stubborn holdout on smartphones but now I’m a zealous convert. On a recent trip out of the country and out of my phone’s data network, I felt a little dazed and out of sorts without my constant handheld companion. I confess that I used some free, unsecured WiFi during the trip. While I was vigilant about the type of info I was sending and receiving, for all I knew, my smartphone (and passwords and bank info and all manner of personal data) could have been accessed during those brief, careful sessions. And when I read this chilling cybercrime report from Norton, I vowed to change my sloppy smartphone habits.
Travel + Leisure's international editor, Mark Orwoll, makes an appearance to comment on American Airlines' recent news that it is filing for Chapter 11. Watch to find out what the airline's new status means for travelers.
If you, like me, are one of the crazy people hitting the road the day before Thanksgiving, and at least have the good fortune of not having to be behind the wheel—let’s hear it for bus travel!—there are a few ways my good friend ‘technology’ can help you pass the time while you’re (inevitably) sitting in traffic, without completely losing your mind.
the government aiming to fix Cambodia’s
dilapidated railway system by 2013, Battambang, the country’s second biggest
city, is poised to become the next big destination. Located near the Thai
border, the town has not been touched by the development frenzy seen in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap,
and along the southern coast.
is still home to dozens of charming French colonial villas and Chinese-style
shophouses, some of which are being converted into small hotels. A couple of
recent examples: La Villa, a
lemon-hued 1930’s villa stuffed with seven antique-filled suites, and Ma Maison, another villa-turned-hotel. And, there’s plenty to see in the
area, including some interesting temples and Phnom Banan, an Angkor-era ruin
set on a mountainside outside of town. Backpackers are already flocking here; I
reckon it is only a matter of time before a critical mass of French expats
starts opening up more boutique hotels and cafés, as happened in Siem Reap,
Phnom Penh, and Luang Prabang.
Chen is Travel
+ Leisure's Asia correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at xiaochen6.
The government agency fined American Eagle, a subsidiary of American Airlines' AMR Corp., (AMR, Fortune 500) a a civil penalty of $900,000 for delays that occurred earlier this year at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Airlines are penalized for tarmac delays exceeding three hours. The department said this is the first time an airline has been fined since the rules on tarmac delays were imposed in April 2010.
Whether you’re dashing off a quick text before the airplane door closes or typing a business report on the go, the accuracy and comfort of your smart-phone keyboard are important. Contrary to popular belief, touch screens haven’t entirely taken over. New BlackBerry-style handsets with physical keyboards are still coming out at a consistent clip, while innovative on-screen keyboard technologies such as the Android-compatible Swype, which allows you to drag your finger across the “keys,” connect-the-dots-style, are supplying revolutionary ways to make touch screens more accurate and simpler to use.
Frequent-flier miles have gotten a bad reputation: easy to earn, hard to burn. But the truth is, finding an award seat actually got a little less difficult this year, according to a study by consulting agency IdeaWorks, which did trial runs on 24 frequent-flier programs worldwide by attempting to book award tickets on each for travel between June and October 2011. In the programs tested, availability rose to 68.6 percent, up from 66.1 in 2010. But your chances of snagging a free seat depend on which program you’re using. Low-fare airlines around the world scored best. Among the U.S. carriers, Southwest is the easiest to book on, with a 99.3 percent availability rate.
Passport Blog - BBC Travel | This week, Heathrow Airport introduced a new form of transport that will look familiar to fans of mid-century science fiction: emission-free, battery operated personal transit pods.
Instead of waiting for an airport shuttle, Heathrow passengers can hop in one of the pods that arrive every 34 seconds and travel along tracks between the terminals and car parks.