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Expedition Bigfoot explores historic quests for Sasquatch

Cherry Log attraction documents the search for the elusive creature in the ninth and final part of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia Mountains.
Practicing the art of fly fishing

Practicing the art of fly fishing

Twilight is descending on tiny Rock Creek Lake, a pond in the hills above Suches. Pink light hovers in the trees. The crickets trill. Barking frogs send up a serenade that sounds like a smoker’s cough. This mild North Georgia mountain evening should be a perfect night for fly fishing. And we’re in a good place. Rock Creek Lake, in the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest, is warm...
Get your brews in Blue Ridge

Get your brews in Blue Ridge

For beer lovers looking for a getaway in the mountains of Georgia, there’s just one place to go: Brew Ridge. More widely known as Blue Ridge — it’s the only town in the North Georgia mountains where you can get locally crafted beer and cider. Blue Ridge is the gateway to the Appalachians for travelers coming up I-75/I-575 from Atlanta and points farther south.  At one time autumn&rsquo...
‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

Consider the lowly gourd. A member of the Cucurbits family of flowering vines that includes the cucumber and the pumpkin, the gourd is a curious anomaly in the plant world because it produces a large fruit that is inedible due to its tough rind. In the symbiotic world of flora and fauna, where most every plant and critter seem to have a purpose, one can only assume the gourd exists to provide the...
Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused, that means more moola to spend on meals. Initially, this...
Delta ending discount for NRA members

Delta ending discount for NRA members

Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members. Atlanta-based Delta said it is ending its contract for discounted rates through the airline’s group travel program. “We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website,” Delta said in a written statement. Delta’s move was followed quickly by United...
Traveling in summer: 8 ideas for where to go

Traveling in summer: 8 ideas for where to go

Summer is that carefree season when we cut loose, pack our bags and go in search of new adventures. Whether you want to go across the country or across the globe, here’s a short list of destinations to consider for your next getaway. If your ultimate summer fantasy is getting a hole-in-one on a course that would test the pros, it’s time to cross the border to Los Cabos, Mexico. In recent...
Traveling in fall: 8 ideas for where to go

Traveling in fall: 8 ideas for where to go

As the days grow shorter in autumn, and the old year begins to wane, Mother Nature compensates by turning up the lights and gilding the flora around us in vivid jewel tones of copper, ruby and tawny gold. Fall getaways are ideal for those wishing to sidestep dizzying summer crowds, and take in what this unrivaled season offers. In San Diego, whale and dolphin watching is pretty much a year-round activity...
Traveling in winter: 8 ideas for where to go

Traveling in winter: 8 ideas for where to go

Winter is generally considered the low travel period. Some, however, would argue that it’s the best time for travel. To boldly go where few venture in the off-season means saving money, avoiding crowds and, in some cases, it’s actually peak season. Consider these noteworthy spots when the temperature drops. Throngs of tourists flock to see the colorful bubbling hot springs and faithfully...
Traveling in spring: 8 ideas for where to go

Traveling in spring: 8 ideas for where to go

Ahh, spring. Time to banish the cabin fever and get outdoors — and beyond. This season brings chances to make discoveries dug from the dirt of the distant past to outer space, and in some cases, the air in between. Hop aboard a new roller coaster, zip line or space simulator, or settle into a seat at one of Paris’ newest sweet spots. Options to try something new abound at destinations...
Audit finds red flags in Hartsfield-Jackson contracting

Audit finds red flags in Hartsfield-Jackson contracting

A city audit found red flags in contracting for construction projects in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s $6 billion expansion, indicating an “elevated risk of fraud.” The audit found errors in the contracting process — including errors that may have affected the outcome of a contract award — as well as unclear reasons for the cancellation of contracts...
Hartsfield-Jackson spa plans roiled by dispute with minority partner

Hartsfield-Jackson spa plans roiled by dispute with minority partner

The XpresSpa locations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are touted as oases of relaxation, where passengers and off-duty employees can leave behind the grind and relax with a massage or manicure. But, beneath the facade of tranquility, is a nasty, years-long business dispute that has cost the city of Atlanta more than $800,000 in legal fees, according to one estimate. The conflict, between...
Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Fans of the “Toy Story” film franchise now know when they’ll be able to “shrink down” to the size of Andy’s toys and experience the immersive world Walt Disney Imagineers have been building. Guests to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will officially be able to visit’s Andy’s backyard playsets starting June 30.  >> Read more trending...
Where to find spring festivals around Southeast

Where to find spring festivals around Southeast

After the winter chill, people are ready to get outside and celebrate something when the weather turns. Here are some spring festivals around the Southeast to consider, road trip-worthy events to either get the ya-yas out or just get out. It’s not hard to find a beer festival these days in towns large and small. But how many give you a fresh handblown souvenir glass to sample the goods? The...
Delta pays out $1.1 billion in profit sharing

Delta pays out $1.1 billion in profit sharing

Delta Air Lines paid out $1.1 billion in profit sharing bonuses to employees on Wednesday, which it called a record for any company. Atlanta-based Delta makes the payouts every year on Valentine’s Day to its employees, and paid out a similar total last year. This year, it amounts to an average bonus of about 10 percent of a Delta employee’s annual pay. It’s the fourth year in...
Flowers imported for Valentine’s Day inspected at Hartsfield-Jackson

Flowers imported for Valentine’s Day inspected at Hartsfield-Jackson

As millions of flowers are shipped to the United States from South America, Central America and other locations leading up to Valentine’s Day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural inspectors at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are responsible for inspecting a sampling of the stems for insects and disease. On Monday morning, inspectors handled a shipment from Ecuador...
DOT investigating tarmac delays during Hartsfield-Jackson outage

DOT investigating tarmac delays during Hartsfield-Jackson outage

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating nearly 100 tarmac delays that lasted for hours during the massive power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International in December — including some planes stuck on the tarmac for more than seven hours. There were at least 96 flights stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours during the Dec. 17 blackout, according to the U.S. Bureau of...
Solomon Islands: A deep dive

Solomon Islands: A deep dive

If a remote South Pacific destination with lots of World War II artifacts and world-class diving appeals to you, check out the Solomon Islands. This 992-island archipelago sits northeast of Australia, about 6,100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Most of its 550,000 citizens are Melanesians and almost everyone speaks English. But among themselves they often speak Pidgin, a language devised in the 1800s...
Delta employees putting on purple with new uniform rollout

Delta employees putting on purple with new uniform rollout

2018 might become known as the year Delta Air Lines went purple. Thousands of employees at Atlanta-based Delta are getting fitted over the next few months for a new collection of Zac Posen-designed uniforms that features a shade the airline calls “Passport Plum.” The dark purple is a stark contrast from the trademark colors the airline has been known for: red and blue, which are common...
Passports to cost more in coming weeks; how to apply, renew before price hike

Passports to cost more in coming weeks; how to apply, renew before price hike

If international travel plans are even potentially in your future, you may want to start planning now.  That’s because starting on April 2, fees will be going up on passports if you have to go to a post office or other consular offices, Fox News reported. For those who renew via mail, the fee is said not to apply, according to Fox News. The Department of State is raising the execution...
8 special, romantic date ideas for every budget in metro Atlanta

8 special, romantic date ideas for every budget in metro Atlanta

For special date nights, we often default to dinner and a movie. Neither is a bad choice, but sometimes we want to mix things up. Here’s a guide to trying something a little different with your significant other for Valentine’s Day, but not only for this romantic holiday. Dance salsa, take a scenic stroll, go on a wine-tasting tour, and listen to music in an intimate venue are among the...
Theme parks to open new rides

Theme parks to open new rides

Orlando’s major theme parks are all opening new rides this year — but the attractions are overshadowed by the buzz from bigger expansions that won’t come until at least 2019, say experts who follow the amusement-park industry. In 2018, Universal’s Fast & Furious: Supercharged opens and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reveal its Toy Story-themed land. SeaWorld Orlando...
Ga. parks at night: new options include stargazing, moonlight paddles

Ga. parks at night: new options include stargazing, moonlight paddles

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, for the most part, traditionally go quiet by sunset. But this year, state parks will be teeming with night-time activities full moon paddles, stargazing, evening hours hikes, even yoga under the stars.  Historic Sites will offer candlelight tours of historic homes and lantern tours of forts.  It’s all part of a new program for 2018 called, &ldquo...
Delta lauds U.S. deal requiring financial disclosures by Qatar Airways

Delta lauds U.S. deal requiring financial disclosures by Qatar Airways

The State Department will require Qatar Airways to disclose more about its finances, a move that comes after years of complaints from Delta and other major U.S. carriers that the Middle Eastern airline operates with an unfair advantage. Delta, American and United airlines had raised concerns about what they call unfair subsidies from Qatar’s government to its state-run airline. That, the big...
Hartsfield-Jackson has most firearms caught at TSA checkpoints

Hartsfield-Jackson has most firearms caught at TSA checkpoints

A record 245 guns were seized at security checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport last year — and 222 of those guns were loaded. That again put the Atlanta airport in the No. 1 position in the nation for the number of guns caught at airport security checkpoints. While Hartsfield-Jackson handles the most passengers in the world, it does not have the most passengers going through...
Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

It appears nothing could help Florida from ranking as the worst state in the nation, according to travel website Thrillist.  In the site’s “Definitive and Final Ranking of all 50 States,” Florida came in at No. 50, with an “awfulness résumé so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way. You were born for this. Embrace it,&rdquo...
Kempner: Why a daring grandpa sold his Georgia winery and golf resort

Kempner: Why a daring grandpa sold his Georgia winery and golf resort

It sounds French, but it isn’t. Chateau Elan, the brainchild of a pharmaceutical baron from West Virginia, started as a Georgia winery before Georgia wineries were cool or even taken seriously. It grew into a sprawling resort along I-85 at the edge of Gwinnett County, with big-time golf courses, hotels, restaurants, convention space and a spa. The winery itself is supposed to look like...
After mauling, Delta tightens emotional support animal restrictions

After mauling, Delta tightens emotional support animal restrictions

In the wake of a horrific mauling of a Delta passenger by another traveler’s emotional support dog last year, Delta is tightening restrictions on emotional support animals in flight. To travel with an emotional support animal, starting March 1 Delta Air Lines will require a “confirmation of animal training” form signed by the passenger indicating the animal can behave and proof...
Snow caused long security lines, cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson

Snow caused long security lines, cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson

The world’s busiest airport took a hit from the snowstorm that chilled Atlanta this week, with icy conditions causing flight cancellations, delays and hours-long security lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International on Wednesday. Security wait times were more than two hours long at the airport on Wednesday afternoon according to Delta Air Lines, due to limited Transportation Security Administration...
Company partners with BMW to expand parking solutions in US

Company partners with BMW to expand parking solutions in US

Parkmobile, an Atlanta-based digital parking solutions provider, has announced a partnership with BMW in an effort to expand its services countrywide. The company, which created an app being used in the city of Atlanta through ATLPlus, a vendor contracted last year to provide parking in downtown Atlanta, enables drivers to find, pay for and reserve parking within the city ahead of time. The Parkmobile...
2 more Carnival cruise ships fail health inspections

2 more Carnival cruise ships fail health inspections

Two of the newest ships in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet have received failing grades in health inspections designed to control the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses.  Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze both scored below a passing grade of 86, the Miami Herald reported.Vista, the cruise line's newest ship, received a 79 while Breeze was given a 77.  >> Read more trending...
Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles. The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease. The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from. >> Read more...
Family of Marietta woman killed in Florida airport shooting sues Delta

Family of Marietta woman killed in Florida airport shooting sues Delta

The family of a Marietta woman killed in a 2017 shooting at Fort Lauderdale’s airport is suing Delta Air Lines, the airport and its security contractors. Olga and Ralph Woltering, retirees in Marietta, had flown from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 6, 2017 for a family cruise scheduled when Ralph celebrated his 90th birthday. Olga Woltering, age 84, was in a wheelchair at baggage...
Lawsuit accuses Delta of discrimination in restroom run bumping

Lawsuit accuses Delta of discrimination in restroom run bumping

A lawsuit is moving forward in which a Delta Air Lines passenger, who was booted from a plane last year after an urgent restroom run before takeoff, accuses the airline of racial discrimination. The passenger, Kima Hamilton, gained widespread attention after a video posted online showed him being asked to exit the plane. An attorney seated nearby had recorded the April 18 incident on video...
Delta says December outage, storm took $60 million toll

Delta says December outage, storm took $60 million toll

Delta Air Lines racked up $60 million in losses from the combined impact of the massive Atlanta airport power outage and the winter storm that brought snow to the area in early December. With its largest hub in Atlanta, Delta’s finances took substantial hits last month when winter storm Benji hit the Southeast, costing the airline $20 million. Then, just more than a week later, a major...
Florida: 3 venues to check out great music

Florida: 3 venues to check out great music

THE FIVE SISTERS BLUES CAFÉ It’s not a juke joint, but gritty, powerful blues music is as much a part of this cafe as soul food staples like fried chicken and stewed collard greens. Close your eyes, and you could be in the heart of the Delta instead of a historic downtown neighborhood in Pensacola. Bands play Thursday through Sunday. On Sunday, the genre switches from blues to jazz for...
Florida: By air or by sea, enjoy some offbeat attractions

Florida: By air or by sea, enjoy some offbeat attractions

NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM Visit this museum at the Pensacola Naval Air Station not only to watch the synchronized maneuvers of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, but to get a feel for what it would be like to be in the cockpit. Just strap yourself into a two-person MaxFlight 3-D simulator and take to the virtual skies. Brace yourself for a stomach-churning nose...
Florida: 3 places for family fun

Florida: 3 places for family fun

SHIPWRECK ISLAND WATERPARK Take the plunge, the Pirate’s Plunge, at Shipwreck Island Waterpark in Panama City Beach. For a stomach-churning thrill, race a friend down this dueling waterslide that unfolds from a 60-foot-tall tower. The park’s youngest visitors splash around Tadpole Hole, a children’s pool loaded with activities to ensure kids get sufficiently soggy. They may not be...
Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state

Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state

MEAT MARKET — PALM BEACH Prime short ribs with lobster risotto. Kobe meatloaf with mango barbecue sauce. Buffalo tenderloin smothered in an espresso rub and chocolate mole butter. That’s just a short list of dishes to tempt carnivores at the Meat Market, a restaurant that puts an upscale, modern spin on that American dining institution, the steakhouse. Steakhouses have an old-school reputation...
Florida: 5 ideas for great beach getaways

Florida: 5 ideas for great beach getaways

Ask five people what their ideal Florida beach getaway looks like, and you’re likely to get five different answers, but that’s OK. The Sunshine State has such a variety of beaches, it’s easy to find one that’s right for everybody. Whether you are in search of solitude, romance or the wildest of wild parties, you don’t have to go far to find your personal paradise. FORT...
In wake of outage, Hartsfield-Jackson aims to boost backup power

In wake of outage, Hartsfield-Jackson aims to boost backup power

In the wake of the massive Atlanta airport power outage in December, Hartsfield-Jackson’s general manager said he wants to set up a system of emergency generators powerful enough to keep the airport’s concourses in operation. Roosevelt Council told the Atlanta city council transportation committee on Wednesday that he plans to meet with Georgia Power early next week to determine the...
TSA continues test of ID scan with no boarding pass required

TSA continues test of ID scan with no boarding pass required

The Transportation Security Administration is continuing into 2018 a test of technology to scan IDs for passengers’ flight status, with no boarding pass required in certain PreCheck lanes. The test of credential authentication technology started last summer in PreCheck lanes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and several other airports, including Washington Reagan, Chicago O&rsquo...
Lawsuit alleges anti-Jewish discrimination by Delta

Lawsuit alleges anti-Jewish discrimination by Delta

A lawsuit filed this week by flight attendants alleges Delta Air Lines discriminates against Jewish, Israeli or Hebrew-speaking employees and passengers traveling to Israel. Brian Mildenberg, a Philadelphia attorney representing the plaintiffs, urged Delta “to review and reform all relevant practices on their flights to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv and to remedy all complaints immediately...
Visit to Montgomery is great chance to explore civil rights history

Visit to Montgomery is great chance to explore civil rights history

In the basement of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., my young friend Jayden and I stood mesmerized by a sprawling mural that chronicles the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s crusade for racial equality from Montgomery to Memphis. It was painted in 1980 by John W. Feagin, now 88 years old, one of the few church members alive during those six years (1954-1960) when...
Delta 747s’ final destination? An airplane boneyard in Arizona

Delta 747s’ final destination? An airplane boneyard in Arizona

Seen from the sky above Marana, Ariz., an unlikely sight appears amid the arid desert landscape dotted with cactus. There in the gravelly sand sit roughly a hundred airplanes parked in rows — some in a state of disrepair with parts missing, others fully intact and painted in the colors of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and other major carriers. This is the airplane boneyard at Pinal Airpark,...
Once, twice, Delta flight to London heads back to Atlanta

Once, twice, Delta flight to London heads back to Atlanta

The first time Alex Brown’s Atlanta-to London flight turned back to Atlanta Tuesday night, he didn’t think much of it. “Baywatch” was on his screen, and Brown didn’t hear the noise that caused his Delta pilot to reevaluate crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The second time, though, was a different story. Brown picked up “Baywatch” where he left off, but the boom...
Flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

Flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

How does stuff like this even happen? This time, you can thank flight delays and the International Dateline. Passengers were on board a flight that left Auckland, New Zealand, at 12:05 a.m. local time. That meant the flight left in 2018, The Daily Mail reported. >> Read more trending news   But it landed in Honolulu at 10:16 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017. Technically, Auckland is 23 hours...
Study names Delta as No. 1 airline for healthy in-flight food options

Study names Delta as No. 1 airline for healthy in-flight food options

An annual study ranking airlines based on their healthy in-flight food options put Delta Air Lines in the No. 1 spot. The report by Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center director Charles Platkin, who is also founder of DietDetective.com, called Delta the leader among major carriers. Overall calories in Delta’s in-flight food options are down from 527 to 480, according to the study...
Delta says Miami-Havana flights perform well, Atlanta, others struggle

Delta says Miami-Havana flights perform well, Atlanta, others struggle

Delta Air Lines’ flights to Havana, Cuba from Atlanta have been about half full during slow periods of the year. The airline’s Havana flights from New York have done worse, operating less than 44 percent full in September and October. But Delta’s planes on its Miami-Havana route have remained more than 70 percent full even during slower periods, since the carrier launched...
Delta, Customs continue facial scan test at Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta, Customs continue facial scan test at Hartsfield-Jackson

Amid criticism of the use of facial scans on travelers by the federal government, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Delta Air Lines are continuing testing of facial scans at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta-based Delta this month launched a test using facial recognition for boarding at two gates on Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The test at gates E10...
Inspector general criticizes FAA oversight of regional airlines

Inspector general criticizes FAA oversight of regional airlines

A new inspector general’s report says oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration of regional airlines is not keeping pace with industry changes. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General said the FAA “may be missing key changes in the industry, such as periods of growth or financial distress at regional air carriers that could have important safety...
Delta’s 747 retirement marks end of era

Delta’s 747 retirement marks end of era

For 47 years, the hump-backed Boeing 747 jumbo jet has captivated skyward gazes, wowed passengers with its spacious cabin and luxurious upper deck — and changed the way the world travels. Yet for U.S. passenger airlines, the massive plane known as The Whale no longer fits the mission and is being retired from the fleet. Delta Air Lines is operating its final 747 flights as 2017 draws to...
Delta’s history with 747 waxes and wanes

Delta’s history with 747 waxes and wanes

It started with a group of workers that people called The Incredibles. The Boeing Co. took an ambitious bet on the 747 and the technological leap the massive jet represented, and its team of engineers, construction workers and others managed in less than 16 months to build a jet that airlines all over the world would fly. But Delta’s history with the 747 has been spotty over the years....
A weekend in New Orleans

A weekend in New Orleans

Weekend in New Orleans one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Catch free jazz and street performances at Musical Legends Park at 311 Bourbon St. Another spot to catch live performances is in front of the St. Louis Cathedral overlooking Jackson Square. Frenchmen Street is lined with top spots for jazz: The Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen...
Woman sues hotel after she claims she was charged $350 after negative review

Woman sues hotel after she claims she was charged $350 after negative review

An Indiana woman is taking a hotel to court saying that she was charged $350 for a negative online review and the hotel claims it has a right to charge customers who give them bad reviews. Katrina Arthur and her husband stayed at Abbey Inn & Suites in March 2016. Arthur alleges that when they arrived, the room was not cleaned. She said she found hair and dirt in the sheets. The air conditioner didn&rsquo...
Donald Trump takes his place in Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction

Donald Trump takes his place in Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction

President Donald Trump is now appearing at Walt Disney World, at least in animatronic form. Theme park officials announced Monday that the long-awaited reopening of the Hall of Presidents attraction would happen on Tuesday, with the 45th president in a speaking role. >> Read more trending news  The attraction had been closed since January as imagineers created and installed a robotic likeness...
More flight cancellations expected Monday after airport power outage

More flight cancellations expected Monday after airport power outage

As holiday travelers and business road warriors prepare for trips from the world’s busiest airport Monday, Hartsfield-Jackson International will be attempting to reboot after a calamitous power outage that shut down operations Sunday. The power outage caused by a fire that damaged a Georgia Power underground electrical facility caused more than 1,000 flight cancellations Sunday, and hundreds...
Lessons for a longtime skier

Lessons for a longtime skier

Snow whips at my group of six from all directions. Having just left the warmth of the waffle shack at the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s tram, it feels especially cold and wet. Still, standing in our skis, arranged in a line at the top of Rendezvous Bowl, we all begin disrobing our upper halves. Each of us is wearing between three and five layers, but in less than a minute we’re...
Delta to retire Boeing 747 from U.S. passenger airline fleet

Delta to retire Boeing 747 from U.S. passenger airline fleet

The iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet will fly its final commercial flight for a U.S. passenger airline with a Delta Air Lines flight Tuesday. Delta, the only remaining U.S. passenger airline to fly the 747, is retiring the plane from its fleet and taking the “Queen of the Skies” on a farewell tour with a stop in Atlanta. Atlanta-based Delta’s last commercial 747 flight will be Dec. 19...
Clayton fights loss of Hartsfield-Jackson jet fuel sales tax revenue

Clayton fights loss of Hartsfield-Jackson jet fuel sales tax revenue

A fight over who gets to keep Clayton County sales tax revenue from jet fuel at the world’s busiest airport started with Delta Air Lines arguing that the airport should by law get the money, and led to a clarification of a federal policy affecting airports across the nation. But Clayton has filed a federal appeal and is arguing that losing the nearly $20 million in revenue from sales taxes on...
Christmas 2017: How to score airfare deals

Christmas 2017: How to score airfare deals

Only Santa can take reindeer-powered flights at Christmas; everyone else taking to the skies must rely on plane travel. Whether you're flying home for the holidays or heading on a holiday getaway, Christmas airfare deals are probably high on your wish list.To find Christmas airfare deals, refer to KAYAK's 2017 Holiday Hacker Guide and take advice from travel experts. Here are the top...
Delta adds checked bag fee to lowest fares to Europe

Delta adds checked bag fee to lowest fares to Europe

Delta is adding a first checked bag fee for its lowest-priced seats on flights to Europe and North Africa, sold under the “basic economy” label. The new checked baggage fee takes effect for trans-Atlantic basic economy tickets purchased starting Dec. 6 for flights April 10, 2018 or later. The first checked bag fee for basic economy fares on trans-Atlantic flights is $60, while the...
Hartsfield-Jackson aims for more precise security wait time estimates

Hartsfield-Jackson aims for more precise security wait time estimates

How long will it take to get through security at the world’s busiest airport? Hartsfield-Jackson International wants to give a more precise answer to that question for the tens of millions of travelers who fly out of Atlanta every year. The airport is looking for a company to handle its security wait time reporting, a task it has long done by hand in-house. But other airports around the country...
Delta strikes joint venture deal with Canadian carrier WestJet

Delta strikes joint venture deal with Canadian carrier WestJet

Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday it has struck an agreement for a joint venture with Canadian carrier WestJet. The deal, if approved by the companies’ boards and regulatory authorities, would deepen a partnership between the two carriers. WestJet and Atlanta-based Delta have had a code-share marketing partnership since 2012, and have agreed to a preliminary memorandum of understanding for...
‘Wild Horses of Cumberland Island’ was 10 years in the making

‘Wild Horses of Cumberland Island’ was 10 years in the making

Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia is home to the only unmanaged feral herd of horses on the east coast. For 10 years, photographing the horses has been the project of Connecticut-based photographer Anouk Masson Krantz, who made frequent trips to the island to capture images of the wild animals in their environment. “Cumberland is such an unbelievable place,” says Krantz, whose...
City council approves ATL airport concessions worker retention measure

City council approves ATL airport concessions worker retention measure

The Atlanta City Council approved a measure to require new airport concessionaires to retain workers of previous firms. Labor union UNITE HERE has pushed for worker retention ordinances in other cities, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration worked with the union on the ordinance the city council approved Monday. The ordinance establishes an airport service contractor worker retention...
A weekend in Cambria and San Simeon, Calif.

A weekend in Cambria and San Simeon, Calif.

Weekend in Cambria and San Simeon, Calif., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: It’s just a 10-mile drive up California’s Coastal Highway 1 from Cambria to San Simeon. The 15-mile route farther north to Ragged Point is the last part of the open highway as construction crews work on rock and mud damage through June 1, 2018...
Atlanta ethics office investigates airport conflict of interest issue

Atlanta ethics office investigates airport conflict of interest issue

Hartsfield-Jackson International awarded a lucrative contract and contract extensions to a concessionaire that’s in a partnership with the wife of an airport executive. The city of Atlanta’s ethics office is conducting a preliminary investigation into the matter involving airport executive Cortez Carter, according to ethics officer Jabu Sengova. Carter was placed on paid administrative...
Winners picked for Atlanta airport shop contracts but no approvals yet

Winners picked for Atlanta airport shop contracts but no approvals yet

Several companies have been selected for lucrative contracts running retail shops at the world’s busiest airport, though the city has not yet moved the deals forward for approval amid controversy surrounding the contracting process. Atlanta procurement officials earlier this year said they planned to get the contracts, which are worth tens of millions of dollars, finalized before Mayor...
American Airlines blames glitch for lack of pilots over Christmas

American Airlines blames glitch for lack of pilots over Christmas

Update: 12:04 p.m. EST: American Airlines has announced that a “few hundred” of the 200,000 flights in December currently do not have pilots assigned, CNBC reported.   Original story: A scheduling glitch could leave American Airlines passengers stranded for one of the busiest travel times of the year. Multiple media outlets are reporting that American Airlines is blaming computer...
Tennessee: Country music, Elvis, Dollywood, Tina Turner draw visitors

Tennessee: Country music, Elvis, Dollywood, Tina Turner draw visitors

Sooner or later, serious music lovers are bound to make their way to the music-rich state of Tennessee. A musical journey through the Volunteer State provides an in-depth look at more than a century of history that has been captured in iconic tourist attractions that represent a range of genres, so whether you are Elvis Presley’s biggest fan or always singing along to the latest country hits...
Tennessee: 3 places to find adventure

Tennessee: 3 places to find adventure

The Great Smoky Mountains have attracted outdoorsy folks with something to prove for decades, and now there’s one more reason to make the trip. Anakeesta, Gatlinburg’s newest attraction, is a mountain adventure park that opened in September. Hop on a chondola (chair-gondola) for an exhilarating 15-minute ride to Firefly Village, a treehouse-themed village at the mountain summit. From there...
Tennessee: 3 places to enjoy some romance

Tennessee: 3 places to enjoy some romance

Blackberry Farm, a luxury, 4,200-acre resort at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, has such a romantic ambience, it almost feels like a movie set. Take a carriage horse ride with that special someone and snuggle under a blanket while you admire the bucolic, wintry landscape. Later, you can warm up by the fireplace at the Barn, the resort’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant. Choose...
Tennessee: Metal Museum, Sculpture Fields, Knoxville beckon art lovers

Tennessee: Metal Museum, Sculpture Fields, Knoxville beckon art lovers

At the Metal Museum in Memphis, metal workers are literally forging bold artistic paths. Dedicated exclusively to the art and craft of fine metalwork, it’s the only museum of its kind in the country. A wide range of metalwork, sculpture and studio jewelry are on exhibit, but for many, the highlight is watching the resident metalsmiths at work. If you want to try your hand at it, classes in blacksmithing...
Tennessee: Where to find hot chicken, French-Creole food, good burgers

Tennessee: Where to find hot chicken, French-Creole food, good burgers

When it comes to chicken, some like it hot. Prince’s Hot Chicken has been serving fried chicken with a crunchy, cayenne pepper crust for 60 years. The original location is tucked away in a back street, but those determined to get their fix always manage to find it. People from all walks of life munch fried chicken at this no-frills eatery: old timers that have been customers for decades, college...

Hartsfield-Jackson preparing for record holiday crowds

With record traffic expected at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Thanksgiving period, crowds are already filling the terminals and concourses of the world’s busiest airport. More than 299,000 passengers passed through the airport Wednesday, based on Hartsfield-Jackson forecasts. Thanksgiving Day itself will be slow at the airport, with only 181,677 passengers expected. But heavy...
Hartsfield-Jackson to reduce land for hotel, give rent discount

Hartsfield-Jackson to reduce land for hotel, give rent discount

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will give a $500,000 annual discount on rent to the developers of a hotel next to the terminal, as a concession for reducing the amount of space for the hotel by a couple of acres. The airport on Monday got Atlanta City Council approval for an amendment to its 50-year lease with Majestic Carter Atlanta Mixed Use LLC for the massive “Airport City&rdquo...
Senate’s tax bill would aid Delta’s push to punish Persian Gulf rivals

Senate’s tax bill would aid Delta’s push to punish Persian Gulf rivals

For the past two years, Delta Air Lines has spearheaded a campaign to get Washington policymakers to punish some of its fiercest fast-growing competitors from the Persian Gulf. The Atlanta-based carrier’s push has been largely fruitless so far — but that may soon change if a provision tucked into the U.S. Senate tax bill becomes law. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., added language to his...
Anti-noise activism is tepid around world’s busiest airport

Anti-noise activism is tepid around world’s busiest airport

When Chicago O’Hare International Airport held a series of hearings on noise and other issues, more than 2,200 people showed up. At other airports from Florida to California, hundreds of angry residents show up at meetings to voice concerns about noise, and some are filing lawsuits. But at the world’s busiest airport, no public meetings were held when the FAA changed its flight paths through...
Airport arrivals area spiffed up for international visitors to Atlanta

Airport arrivals area spiffed up for international visitors to Atlanta

An effort to make airports more welcoming to international visitors has expanded to the world’s busiest airport. Public-private partnership Brand USA partnered with the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and Georgia’s Department of Economic Development to install images of Atlanta and Georgia in sterile-looking U.S. Customs and Border Protection areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International...
Record holiday crowds expected at Hartsfield-Jackson

Record holiday crowds expected at Hartsfield-Jackson

Record crowds are expected over the busy Thanksgiving travel period at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with the rush kicking off this Friday. About 331,000 passengers are expected to pass through the world’s busiest airport this Friday, with many local school districts allowing students the week off for Thanksgiving. Airport officials recommend passengers arrive in the terminal at...
A weekend in Dresden, Germany

A weekend in Dresden, Germany

Destroyed in 1945, Dresden, Germany, has reclaimed its title as the “Jewel Box” due to its magnificent Baroque and Rococo city center. The ongoing construction boom (15 years) continues to give a new look to the Saxony state capital while keeping elegant and historic impressions. The largest collection of Europe’s Baroque to Classicism treasures fills two halls in the New Green Vault...
Revamp of Atlanta’s first integrated hotel pays homage to its history

Revamp of Atlanta’s first integrated hotel pays homage to its history

In 1963, Bill Bartholomay, head of a consortium that owned the Milwaukee Braves, began petitioning Major League Baseball to move the Braves to Atlanta. But MLB wondered how welcoming Atlanta would be to a team with black ballplayers. Bartholomay sat before a committee of owners and was confronted by questions that referenced the lineaments of the Jim Crow South: separate water fountains for blacks...
Hartsfield-Jackson will rebid some contracts for retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson will rebid some contracts for retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will rebid some of its controversial concessions contracts after finding that too many companies were disqualified, a snag expected to delay those contracts until the next mayoral administration. City officials had hoped to move forward on the lucrative contracts before Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s term ends, while candidates running to be the...
South Carolina: Music lovers can enjoy bluegrass, opera, Carolina shag

South Carolina: Music lovers can enjoy bluegrass, opera, Carolina shag

Every month, you can catch bluegrass jam sessions dubbed Music on the Mountain at the Table Rock Lodge at Table Rock State Park. The park sits near its namesake mountain, sprawling beautifully over 3,000 acres of heavily wooded terrain. These are casual, acoustic performances by locals, but rest assured, you can hear some exceptional music here. And if you’re a musician yourself, pack your...
South Carolina: Where to eat when you visit Palmetto State

South Carolina: Where to eat when you visit Palmetto State

Motor Supply Company Bistro in Columbia dishes up several offerings that feature the long-grain heirloom rice known as Carolina Gold. Fish camp fried catfish and pork belly are both served over Carolina Gold rice grits. But whatever you pick from the menu will be a winner. 920 Gervais St., Columbia, 803-256-6687, www.motorsupplycobistro.com, @motorsupply A good way to get an introduction...
South Carolina: Tour Charleston in carriage or find romance in cabin

South Carolina: Tour Charleston in carriage or find romance in cabin

A nice meal in Charleston, wine, intimate conversation, chocolate dessert, flowers — all will set the stage. Then, arrange a private horse and carriage for afterward. The stately clop-clop, the historic ambiance, the city all lit up … romance guaranteed! Palmetto Carriage is the oldest carriage company in Charleston and offers evening private carriage tours, tours to dinner and,...
South Carolina: Explore zoo in Greenville and more for kids

South Carolina: Explore zoo in Greenville and more for kids

Greenville Zoo is home to big cats like African lions and leopards; orangutans and various kinds of monkeys; gangly giraffes, giant anteaters, red pandas and other animals sure to delight children and adults alike. Want to check it all out ahead of time? Take Greenville Zoo’s online zoo tour at gis.greenvillesc.gov/zootour. You and the kids can seek out more Greenville animals with the...
South Carolina: 5 ways to play in Palmetto State

South Carolina: 5 ways to play in Palmetto State

The Palmetto State has plenty to offer visitors seeking sports and recreation. From the Upstate’s mountains, to the lakes and rivers of the Midlands and the beaches and waterways of the Lowcountry, there’s plenty to do. There are at least a half-dozen minor league sports teams in the state, which also happens to be covered with golf courses. You’ll find South Carolina is full of...
Big firms chosen to open restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson Concourse E

Big firms chosen to open restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson Concourse E

Several big concessionaires have been selected to open new restaurants on Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The contract awards are subject to Atlanta City Council approval, but the city’s interim chief procurement officer sent notification letters to concessionaires about the companies that will be recommended for the contracts. The Concourse E restaurant contracts are...
’Shiptease’: Richard Branson launches Virgin Voyages cruise line

’Shiptease’: Richard Branson launches Virgin Voyages cruise line

Richard Branson turned travel on its ear. Now he’s planning on doing the same with the cruise line industry. The founder and chairman of Virgin Group has started construction of Virgin Voyages, Condé Nast Traveler reported. The keel of the first ship of the line was laid Tuesday, with Branson making a show of the milestone, dropping 200 feet from a crane to the shipyard. Tom...
6 fabulous glamping destinations in Georgia

6 fabulous glamping destinations in Georgia

Now is a glorious time for enjoying the outdoors — going on hikes, roasting marshmallows and maybe even sleeping under the stars. But while many seek quick weekend getaways, not everyone is up for sleeping in a tent. For those wanting to unplug and reconnect with nature without having to rough it (at all), “glamping” — or glamorous camping — may be just right. Georgia...
Local air traffic controllers help guide troubled airliner to safety

Local air traffic controllers help guide troubled airliner to safety

Two air traffic controllers at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Henry County are sharing the story of how they helped guide a flight in trouble to a safe landing at a small airport in Alabama. American Airlines flight 5559 took off from New Orleans bound for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on June 21 but encountered trouble. The Bombardier CRJ-700 flight was operated by American...
Walt Disney World announces addition to Toy Story Land

Walt Disney World announces addition to Toy Story Land

The 12-acre Toy Story Land expansion in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is set to open in Summer of 2018, and today the Resort announced that Woody's Lunch Box would be a quick-service dining location in the new area. Toy Story Land will 'shrink' guests to the size of a toy so they can step into the whimsical and beloved world of Pixar Animation Studios' blockbuster franchise set in...
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