If you’ve booked a hotel recently you may have noticed the quoted price goes up when it is time to pay the bill. It isn’t just you, many travelers have been having this experience. These are commonly known as resort fees—though hotels call them anything, including: guest service fees; hotel fees; destination fees etc.
The fees often include things customers come to expect for free but these so-called bundles often include “free” WiFi, pool access and sometimes in destination cities things like a free drink or discounted breakfast.
A new bill to address this issue has been proposed in the House of Representatives. It would require by law that hotels and resorts more accurately display the real price of hotel rooms. How, specifically? They would need to include any mandatory fees before taxes in hotel room’s advertised price.
As one can imagine everyone from big name hotel brands to consumer representatives are weight in on the debate.
A British daredevil has just earned the reputation as the first pilot to travel the globe on a gyrocopter. The 6 month trip came to a harrowing conclusion as he scarcely escaped a lighting strike.
The pilot who outran lightening is James Ketchell. He traveled 24,000 nautical miles on his tiny aircraft. And if you aren’t familiar with gyroscopes you should know the cockpit is exposed to the elements.
After his narrow lightening dodge he landed at an airport in Hampshire, England to a crowd of cheering fans.
Ketchell’s aircraft is only capable of a 700 nautical mile range and its speed is rated at just 70 knots, so his trip had to be completed in several parts. His path took him first to Europe’s mainland and through Russia before he fly through Canada and the United States. He then proceeded to Greenland and Iceland. Ketchell’s final stop as in the Faroe Islands which is just north of Scotland.
A Delta employee, Quincy Thorpe, was arrested at JFK International Airport after he was spotted taking a bag away from the loading area of the plane. The bag contained a quarter million dollars in cash. Authorities have surveillance video but have not released it to the public.
Eight bags were supposed to be loaded onto the plane headed to Miami—only seven of those bags were scanned and thereby registered to the flight. Thorpe’s identification was tagged to all seven scans.
Flight 1225 arrived in Miami one bag short, the security company handling the bags noticed one was missing at that time.
Thorpe called in sick on the two days after the theft. While being interviewed by the FBI in his home Thorpe admitted he had loaded the bags and that he knew they contained valuables. Delta has acknowledged that one of their employees was being investigated for the crime.
JFK International as seen heists before, most infamous was the Lufthansa heist in 1978 where criminals took one million in jewels and five million in cash by gunpoint from a cargo terminal.
Whether it is for business or pleasure, when we fly, we want to feel rested and ready when the flight is over. On longer flights getting some rest might figure into feeling good when one lands. While there are many distractions on a flight that might keep some up, others just don’t sleep well while flying, quiet plane or no.
Over the counter medications or alcohol may help some people relax and sleep, however these will usually leave one groggy after waking.
Fliers should do their best to be comfy. Wear loose fitting and, if you need them, warm clothes. Try to use the restroom before falling asleep. Undo your belt and other restrictive accessories. Let your neighbors know you want to try and sleep through the flight.
It is best to bring one’s own comfort items like pillows and blankets as these are becoming more and more rare on flights. Noise canceling headphones, music, white noise, noise generators or some television episodes downloaded from your favorite streaming app help some people sleep.
The cues of your nighttime routine can help your brain prepare for sleep. Try sticking to any of them you can during the flight. Make your routines portable, not only for the plane, but your destination as well. Likewise, following your rituals will prepare your brain for sleep in an unfamiliar place and time zone.
The most important thing to remember is that if you can’t sleep, it is best not to stress out about it. Relax as much as you can. Even just lying back, shutting your eyes and letting your mind wander can be restful.
In Montana one hotel patron cause a panic other travelers and hotel staff.
An open window at the T-4 Lodge and Restaurant in Big Sky looked like a perfect opportunity to explore the unknown for a young black bear who entered the hotel. Once inside the room the bear was stuck and quickly made himself at home.
Quite a few human patrons of the T-4 Lodge have posted photos of the ursine intruder. The T-4 Lodge brought in police and animal handlers from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Even these animal experts had a hard time convincing the furry youngster to leave the comfy confines of the hotel.
Eventually the animal handlers decided to tranquilize the stubborn bear who was then removed safely and returned to the wild.
While the hotel wishes the bear well, they noted it did cause several hundred dollars in damages during its stay.