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March 4, 2012 | By Stephen P. Nash, For The Inquirer
Maybe for one reason or another you've thought about staying in "eco-friendly" hotels when you travel, but you're not eager to join the League of Environmental Hairsplitters to figure out a conscientious choice. You're not unusual. The most recent industry survey of U.S. travelers - not at all intended to promote the idea - concluded just the same that "green is mainstream. " More than four in 10 considered environmental impact to be important when planning travel. To find out about environmental impact, there are a few useful shortcuts to consider.
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January 18, 1993 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
There was a guest conductor at 30th Street Station yesterday morning. Mickey Rooney raised a "baton" to direct the High School for Creative and Performing Arts band, which greeted the actor and others when the Celebrity Train stopped in Philadelphia en route to Washington. The train trip started in New York, re-creating the ride taken in 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to his inauguration. Some descendants of FDR were among the passengers yesterday.
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December 17, 1994
Grabbing a bite to eat at Philadelphia International Airport is a completely unsatisfying experience. The food is bad, the prices worse. Better to pick up a fresh pretzel from the vendor at the end of the Schuylkill Expressway than to overpay for a stale imitation from an airport snack bar. So we're pleased to know that Aramark company (formerly ARA Services) - currently responsible for the dreadful, overpriced food at airport concessions - has bowed out. Aramark will be replaced by Marketplace Development Center, a Boston-based airport developer, and Redwood Advisory, which operates the Shops at Liberty Place, and whose owner, Ricardo Dunston, did an excellent job some years ago as manager of the Gallery.
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October 20, 1991 | By Sydney Trent, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fun doesn't have to end just because summer is over. The Delaware Valley is brimming with things to do in autumn. How about a drive through the covered bridges of Bucks County on a brilliant autumn day? There are few settings more stunning or romantic for viewing the fall foliage. And the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Chester County helps visitors forget that winter is on its way. Children are sure to enjoy a trip to Newlin Mill in Delaware County, where they can watch the giant white-oak wheel of the 18th-century grist mill turn as it grinds corn into meal.
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December 25, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Peter Tobia
At the Philadelphia airport yesterday, holiday volume, combined with the wintry weather, added up to long waits for many.
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June 4, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Charles Fox
Supporters of an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba held a festival in Camden last night for the Ninth Cuban Friendship Caravan. The caravan, which is traveling from Canada to Cuba, is collecting donations for distribution on the island.
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November 18, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
It's not here yet, but there may soon be a way to bypass those long lines at airport security checkpoints. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at a plan to prescreen passengers who agree in advance to background checks. Those passengers would be issued "smart cards" to show at the screening area and pass through quickly. The plan would depend on a smart technology to verify the card holder's identity using a fingerprint or a retinal scan. The Air Transport Association, which represents the major airlines, has endorsed the smart card idea.
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November 20, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
The holiday week forecast looks good for travelers, high school football games, and Black Friday shopping. For the Philadelphia area, the next five days look rain-free with highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows around 40. In outlying areas west and north of the city, however, freezing or near-freezing overnight temperatures are likely through the weekend, except on Friday night, when the low could be closer to 40. Saturday and Sunday, also...
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May 9, 1997 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old Gloucester County man was arrested yesterday by FBI agents and Franklin Township police on a federal complaint that he transported approximately $500,000 in stolen travelers checks and money orders over state lines. Special Agent Linda Brookman Vizi, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Office of the FBI, said Joel Kotler was arrested at 7 a.m. at a residence he was renting on Township Line Drive in Franklinville. Vizi said authorities recovered a stolen 1996 Ford Probe at that location.
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January 16, 2011 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Travel Editor
London, Barcelona, and Guatemala will be hot destinations this year. Travelers will look to customize their trips and to connect with people with similar interests. And airlines will package their annoying fees to make it easier - but not necessarily cheaper - to pay them. Those are a few 2011 travel tips from Pauline Frommer, creator of a popular series of 14 guidebooks for budget-conscious but comfort-craving travelers. Frommer has been traveling the world since she was 4 months old, touring Europe while her father, Arthur, updated Europe on 5 Dollars a Day , the revolutionary guidebook that first came out in 1957.
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June 12, 2016
Q: I recently paid $912 for an airline ticket on Lufthansa.com. Less than 24 hours later, my itinerary changed. I booked another ticket and called Lufthansa for a refund on the first ticket. I was told it may take one to two billing cycles. A month later, the credit didn't appear on my Visa statement, so I contacted Lufthansa. I spoke with an agent, who promised the refund would show up in seven to 10 days. Meanwhile, I lost track of the refund until my year­end Visa statement showed I'd been charged for two tickets and no refund was posted.
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June 5, 2016
Q: I reserved airfare last week from Tel Aviv to Las Vegas via American Airlines' website, and within 24 hours I called to cancel. An agent told me that since it was within 24 hours, I could cancel the ticket and I would "very likely" receive a refund. Based on this advice, I canceled the ticket and booked a ticket with slightly different dates. My mother is just recovering from cancer and I was forced to cancel the second ticket again within 24 hours. I did so based on the reservations agent's advice that since I had done so within 24 hours I would likely be OK in receiving a refund.
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June 3, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My parents and I live on opposite coasts of the United States. I have visited them many times over the years. I'd like them to visit me, but my mother refuses to travel. (She is healthy and not scared of flying or traveling.) At first, she said she didn't have the money, so I offered to pay for the ticket and lodging. Her next excuse was that she didn't have the time off, so I suggested she request it months in advance, or travel during her company's annual two-week shutdown.
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June 3, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: I am an avid traveler and a big introvert, which means I love seeing the world . . . solo. Part of the fun for me is sticking to (or abandoning) my own schedule, not taking a bunch of selfies (which I hate), and just sitting back and quietly observing without having to narrate every reaction to everything. My mother, whom I love dearly, is a big extrovert, a chatterer, and a vacation go-getter ("let's do everything, woo-hoo!"
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May 30, 2016
ISSUE | FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Try privatization? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Security Administration both fail in their stated purposes. Veterans wait too long to receive treatment; airline travelers are missing flights because of long waits to get through security ("TSA to fliers: Help us go faster," Wednesday). Maybe privatization would result in veterans getting treatment promptly and travelers proceeding through security more quickly. |David M. Levin, Vineland
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May 30, 2016
Q: I am writing to you today regarding a damage claim I have received from Hertz. I rented a car from the Maui Airport Hertz location this year. I did not do an initial walk­through with an agent to check for damage. Upon my return, I circled the car with a Hertz attendant and returned it in perfect form, and off I went. Three weeks later, I received a call from Hertz claiming that there was front bumper damage and I would be charged $428. This is completely absurd. I absolutely did not damage the car, and returned it in perfect condition.
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May 28, 2016
ISSUE | MASS TRANSIT A safer way to travel Americans have been taking to the road more frequently thanks to low gas prices and improving economic conditions. While many would view this development as positive, it has a downside. Motor-vehicle deaths totaled 38,300 last year, an 8 percent increase from 2014 and the largest one-year percentage increase in 50 years, according to National Safety Council estimates. While motor-vehicle accidents have consistently caused more than 30,000 deaths a year, according to the council's data, public transportation has had far fewer fatalities.
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May 23, 2016
Q: I have been attempting to get reimbursed for out­of­pocket expenses from Alitalia, and I'm hoping you can help. The problem started when Alitalia checked me in as the wrong passenger on a flight from Miami to Rome to Tel Aviv. There was another E. Weiner on the flight. I discovered the problem while waiting to board the flight in Miami. My ticket was supposed to be from Miami to Tel Aviv via Rome. My boarding pass was only to Rome. While the staff scrambled to correct the problem ticket and boarding pass, they said they would board the plane and find my bags.
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May 23, 2016
Raise your hand if you have never accidentally left behind a charging cable while traveling. Yup, pretty universal experience - and such a draining one. If only some kind of warning signaled your mistake before it was too late. Good news. The Skross Buzz Alarm Charge and Sync Cable does exactly that. Once the cable is connected at both ends, a rectangular sensor integrated into the 3-foot-long USB cable starts beeping if the phone is disconnected from the cable with the USB end still plugged in. To silence the alarm, you have to either disconnect the USB end as well, press a snooze button on the sensor, or reconnect the phone.
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May 23, 2016
Name: Airmule-Express Shipping. What it does: Someone who wants to ship a legal item can hire a traveler with extra space in his or her bags to carry it for an agreed-upon fee. Correspondence, arrangements, and payments are made through the Airmule app. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In Google Play, requires 4.1 and up. Cost: Free. What's hot: Shippers can send goods faster and cheaper than using an overnight international carrier, and travelers can make extra money.
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