The revised rule allows a passenger one self-defense spray of 4 ounces (118 milliliters) or less and containing not more than 2 percent tear gas, in a checked bag to be carried in the aircraft cargo compartment. Taking such devices aboard or otherwise violating the rule carries a penalty of up to $25,000 and five years in prison.
Diana's grave. One of Britain's newest attractions, the burial site of Diana, princess of Wales, ended its first season Aug. 31, and a spokesman for Althorp, the family estate, said 150,000 visitors, or about 2,400 a day, had come in the two months it was open. Next year's schedule will be posted on a Web site at http://www.althorp.com
Althorp is about 78 miles northwest of London; reservations are required.
Icelandair change. Icelandair, the Iceland-based airline that since 1955 has made Luxembourg a European gateway for thousands of fare-conscious travelers from the United States, says it will stop serving that city in January. The airline's low-fare flights to Luxembourg were for many years the least expensive way to get to Europe. From Luxembourg, travelers could then go by train to other capitals. Luxembourg is being dropped because passenger loads have declined as other airlines offered equally cheap and often more direct flights to European cities. Icelandair flies from Baltimore-Washington International and airports in Boston, New York, Minneapolis and Orlando. The airline said it planned to increase connections to Paris and Frankfurt from the United States. Its flights use Reykjavik, Iceland, as a hub.
Tahiti-bound. If Tahiti is on your wannabe-there list, note that a new airline plans to start offering service Nov. 20 between Los Angeles and Papeete. Air Tahiti Nui plans three nonstops a week aboard a 288-passenger Airbus A340-200. It'll be worth checking to see how its fares compare with other airlines serving the destination, as well as for package vacations. No reservations number is yet available.
Pa. foliage site. Pennsylvania now has a Web site through which viewers can track the changing fall colors, including Webcams in six state parks. The site is at http://www.fallin.state.pa.us Cameras are in Mount Pisgah State Park in the state's northern zone, near the New York border; Frances Slocum, Penn Nursery, Cook Forest and Moshannon State Forest in the central zone, from Scranton to the Allegheny National Forest; and Kings Gap, in the southern zone, near Harrisburg. The views will be updated every half-hour. The site also suggests scenic drives and has hiking, biking and other information.
Biking amid color. This autumn brings a new leaf-peeping opportunity for bicyclists. The Heart of Appalachia Bike Route opened earlier this year along 128 scenic miles in the southwestern Virginia counties of Tazewell, Russell and Wise. Also available are 38 miles of side trips. For an easier ride, the regional tourist office recommends starting near Burke's Garden in the east and biking toward the Guest River Gorge in the west. There's more downhill in that direction. Autumn colors in the region typically peak in mid-October, but can be good throughout the month. For a brochure on the route, call the Virginia Coalfield Regional Tourism Development Authority at 540-523-2005.