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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...
Hartsfield-Jackson moving forward on $130 million emergency generators

Hartsfield-Jackson moving forward on $130 million emergency generators

Hartsfield-Jackson International is moving forward with a $130 million plan for emergency generators to prevent the type of massive power outage that halted operations at the world’s busiest airport one day last December. The airport plans to install 20 to 21 generators to enable it to generate about 60 to 65 megawatts of power for full backup, enough to supply roughly 49,000 homes. It is expected...
Former airport executive says Reed’s brother involved in key meeting

Former airport executive says Reed’s brother involved in key meeting

A Hartsfield-Jackson International executive fired earlier this year because of his wife’s ties to a concessionaire says that before he was hired he met with former Mayor Kasim Reed’s brother who, along with the airport manager at the time, knew about the potential conflict. Cortez Carter’s contention — that Tracy Reed was involved in one of his interviews for the job in 2015...
Former Atlanta airport executive says others knew of possible conflict

Former Atlanta airport executive says others knew of possible conflict

A Hartsfield-Jackson International executive fired earlier this year because of his wife’s ties to a concessionaire says that before he was hired he met with former Mayor Kasim Reed’s brother who, along with the airport manager at the time, knew about the potential conflict. Cortez Carter’s contention — that Tracy Reed was involved in one of his interviews for the job in 2015...
Second airport debate gets spotlight in Paulding commission race

Second airport debate gets spotlight in Paulding commission race

A debate over whether Paulding County should develop metro Atlanta’s second commercial airport is roiling an election for three key county commission seats. If new candidates win seats on the county commission, it has the potential to shift the tide toward commercialization and possibly clear a path toward attracting airline flights. “It seems like all roads lead back to the airport,&rdquo...
Hartsfield-Jackson: $130 million generators will provide full backup

Hartsfield-Jackson: $130 million generators will provide full backup

In an effort to avoid a repeat of the massive Atlanta airport power outage that halted travel at the world’s largest airline hub in December, Hartsfield-Jackson International plans to spend $130 million on about 20 generators. The generators will supply enough juice to power the entire airport, according to Hartsfield-Jackson officials. They say the equipment will be paid for...
Festival season is here

Festival season is here

Summer is nearly here and that means festival season is upon us. But we’re not just talking music festivals — there ‘s everything from books, food, beer and family fun to keep you entertained all summer long. Check out these 10 Southeast summer festivals. Head to Manteo in North Carolina’s Outer Banks for the 43rd annual Dare Day Festival, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2. The full-day...
Plan for SunTrust to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson under review

Plan for SunTrust to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson under review

A measure that would allow SunTrust to open a bank branch in the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International and put ATMs around the airport is on hold after a city council committee vote. The city council transportation committee questioned whether the airport should be considering a bank branch, or whether ATMs would suffice. The airport invited banks to compete for the lease...
Delta plans more international flights in wake of U.S.-Emirates deal

Delta plans more international flights in wake of U.S.-Emirates deal

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline is planning to launch more international flights after the U.S. and United Arab Emirates reached a deal to resolve a long-standing dispute over airline competition. “We’re going to have the opportunity to, once again, go back into parts of the world that we’ve been run out of,” Bastian said. Delta had contended some airlines...
Travel calendar

Travel calendar

GEORGIA Dahlonega — The Arts & Wine Festival, May 20, features an art raffle, wine garden, live music and more. www.chestateeartists.org/events-and-exhibits.php. Evans — Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que, May 25-26, features Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Infamous Stringdusters and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. banjobque.com. Helen — Bavarianfest, May 26...
Hartsfield-Jackson rebids controversial curbside contract

Hartsfield-Jackson rebids controversial curbside contract

Hartsfield-Jackson International is looking for a company to manage shuttle traffic and dispatch taxis at the airport, a contract that has garnered much attention because of the possibilities for a conflict of interest. Right now, the company that handles ground transportation curbside management is A-National Limousine, a limo operator that also has run shuttles between the airport and the city of...
Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, contracting for new restaurants and shops has been delayed since last year amid political turmoil at Atlanta City Hall. With contracting in a holding pattern, the future of more than 100 of those businesses at the world’s busiest airport is unclear. For passengers, it means a longer wait for new restaurant locations and fewer options for...
Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Imagine leaving all cares behind and climbing on board a ship for a monthslong world cruise. Viking Cruises is offering a new itinerary that the company calls the “longest-ever continuous world cruise.” Those lucky enough to be able to take the time away from responsibilities and afford the trip, will embark on a 245-day trip from London on Aug. 31, 2019. After six continents...
The Florida Keys make a comeback

The Florida Keys make a comeback

Even to new visitors, the damage done to the lush vegetation in the Florida Keys from this past fall’s hurricane season is recognizable. The thick, grown-in landscaping that added to the area’s tropical feel is gone — at least for now. What isn’t gone, however, are the glittering aquamarine waters, sunshine and laid-back vibes. On Sept. 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma ravaged the...
Former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine joins Delta’s jet drag charity event

Former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine joins Delta’s jet drag charity event

Teams of Delta Air Lines employees dragged a Boeing 757 for charity during an annual event at the airline’s headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday. About 107 teams of 20 employees each raised funds for the American Cancer Society to compete to see who could pull the 167,000-pound jet 20 feet the fastest. Also competing was a team of Delta Medallion-level frequent...
5 Florida beach destinations to check out this summer

5 Florida beach destinations to check out this summer

If you’re looking for ideas on where to make your summer vacation memories this year, these five Florida beach destinations should fit the bill. Located a 5 1/2-hour drive from Atlanta, the coastal city of St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Quaint corner cafes, trolley tours, museums and a burgeoning culinary scene make this dreamy city an ideal getaway for history buffs...
Customs’ list of prohibited items at Atlanta airport can snag travelers

Customs’ list of prohibited items at Atlanta airport can snag travelers

For international travelers, bringing a prohibited item into the country can be a costly mistake, as one woman learned after being caught with an apple she was given on a Delta Air Lines flight. There are some surprising items on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s list of prohibited and restricted items, ranging from certain types of absinthe to certain medications. But fruits, vegetables...
Paulding airport developer wants to know if Delta backs opposition

Paulding airport developer wants to know if Delta backs opposition

A company seeking to develop a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta is trying to find out: Was a resolution approved by Paulding County commissioners to halt the commercialization of their tiny airport actually drafted by Delta Air Lines? And is Atlanta-based Delta secretly funding a grassroots organization that organized residents and helped to elect commissioners to fight the airport commercialization?...
Atlanta audit points to city’s awarding of Hartsfield-Jackson contracts

Atlanta audit points to city’s awarding of Hartsfield-Jackson contracts

Contracts for airfield repairs, general contractors and a closed circuit television system at the world’s busiest airport may have been incorrectly awarded, according to documents from a City of Atlanta audit. For the three contracts, the companies’ bids or proposals appeared to be missing documents or information, which could have disqualified them from winning, according to...
Hartsfield-Jackson plans to buy two electric buses for $1.5 million

Hartsfield-Jackson plans to buy two electric buses for $1.5 million

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to buy two electric shuttle buses with a price tag of $750,000 each, and is seeking Atlanta City Council approval for the move. City council members challenged the cost at a transportation committee meeting this week. “I’m not convinced that this is after all the smartest thing to do,” said Councilman Amir Farokhi. The buses made by...
Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

What’s the longest nonstop flight you’ve been on? Maybe a five-hour trip between Los Angeles and Hawaii? Or maybe it’s a flight between New York and London that’s more than 7 hours. Whatever the time is, the trips have nothing on Singapore’s newest flight. Thanks to the Airbus A350-900ULR that’s being produced, the airline is planning on offering a nonstop flight...
Airline customer satisfaction declines

Airline customer satisfaction declines

Satisfaction with airlines has declined 2.7 percent in the past year, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index report. The report, based on a survey of 12,172 people between April 2017 and March 2018, showed the decline after “a year of customer service crises and rising ticket prices,” according to ACSI. Those surveyed said the areas that need improvement are...
Why did free apple cost a woman $500?

Why did free apple cost a woman $500?

A Colorado woman is paying the price for forgetting an apple in her bag when flying internationally. Crystal Tadlock recently was returning to Arvada from Paris when flight attendants on the international flight handed out apples in sealed plastic bags, KDVR reported. She said she didn’t want it at the time, so she tossed it in her bag, intending to eat it on her second flight to Denver...
Delta pushes for anonymity in second airport opposition

Delta pushes for anonymity in second airport opposition

In the protracted fight over creating metro Atlanta’s second commercial airport in Paulding County, supporters of the idea have long alleged that Delta Air Lines is funding lawsuits filed by residents challenging that effort. Delta says it’s no secret that it opposes the commercialization of the Paulding airport, 38 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, because it wants to protect...
Delta adding more inspections of its Boeing 737 engines

Delta adding more inspections of its Boeing 737 engines

In the wake of the Southwest Airlines engine failure that left one woman dead, Delta Air Lines said it is adding more inspections of those engines in its fleet. Atlanta-based Delta’s entire Boeing 737 fleet has the same type of engines that were in the Southwest plane that blew an engine Tuesday. The CFM56-7B engine that blew on the Southwest flight showed evidence of “metal fatigue,&rdquo...
Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines announced Thursday it is making policy changes for passengers who fly with emotional support and psychiatric service animals. Starting May 1, the airline will require passengers traveling with those type of animals to provide animal health and behavioral documents. The airline said a signed document from a medical doctor or mental health professional will also be needed. >> Read...
Commuting brings challenges for Hartsfield-Jackson workers

Commuting brings challenges for Hartsfield-Jackson workers

As the largest job site in the state, some 63,000 people work at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Although these employees help people travel around the world, it’s hard for some airport workers to just make it to to their jobs. Commuting comes with its hassles for workers all over the region. But the Atlanta airport presents some particularly daunting challenges for workers and for...
Alabama: Visits can range from musical fun to civil rights history

Alabama: Visits can range from musical fun to civil rights history

After its inaugural year in 2010, Hangout Music Festival, or simply “Hangout,” as it’s called, grew in popularity at a phenomenal rate. Now it’s one of the more highly anticipated events of the festival season nationwide. Part of the appeal is its Gulf Shores location with stages set up on the beach and the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop, as well as bringing top acts from the...
Alabama: Whether you visit Birmingham or Gulf Coast, where to start

Alabama: Whether you visit Birmingham or Gulf Coast, where to start

If you’re not from Alabama or haven’t traveled extensively in the Yellowhammer State, you’re in for some surprises. From its biggest cities to its more remote natural wonders, there’s plenty to discover. Modern downtown Birmingham has neighborhoods with names like the Loft District and the Theatre District, each containing renovated early-20th-century buildings housing trendy...
Delta takes hit from higher fuel costs, storms

Delta takes hit from higher fuel costs, storms

It could soon become more expensive to fly, with increased fuel costs raising the prospect of higher air fares. Higher fuel costs and storms that drove flight cancellations caused Delta Air Lines’ profit to decline in the first quarter of the year. Atlanta-based Delta reported record revenue for the quarter, with operating revenue at more than $9.9 billion. But that was offset by a 20 percent...
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Travel calendar

GEORGIA Rock City — Fairytale Nights, through April 15, features interactive experiences with fairytale characters, knight training, storytelling and a tea with Alice and friends. www.rockcity.com/fairytale. Darien — Blessing of the Fleet Festival, through April 15, features a parade of shrimp trawlers, a classic car show, a river run, arts and crafts and entertainment. www.blessingofthefleet...
Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

It’s another good day to live in Austin, Texas.  Last year, Austin knocked Denver from the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” And this year, it didn’t budge.  As in years past, the publication ranked the 125 largest cities in the country based on a variety of factors and data. Five indexes...
Fingerprints, facial scans becoming more commonplace at airports

Fingerprints, facial scans becoming more commonplace at airports

Travelers navigating through a busy airport have become accustomed to a hectic juggle of IDs and boarding passes while lugging bags through security checkpoints and boarding. Recently, companies including Atlanta-based Delta Air lines have been gradually adding technology to streamline the process and replace IDs and boarding passes with fingerprints and facial scans. Delta’s latest move along...
Travel calendar

Travel calendar

GEORGIA Rock City — Fairytale Nights, through April 15, features interactive experiences with fairytale characters, knight training, storytelling and a tea with Alice and friends. www.rockcity.com/fairytale. Savannah — The Savannah Music Festival, through April 14, happens in theaters, clubs, event spaces and historic places throughout the city. www.savannahmusicfestival.org. Darien &mdash...
At 300 years old, New Orleans offers mix of majesty and mischief

At 300 years old, New Orleans offers mix of majesty and mischief

I have an eccentric friend who can be as refined as a debutante fresh out of finishing school or as ribald as a sailor on leave, a contradictory nature I learned to embrace long ago. When we’re together, I’m her malleable sidekick, always giving in to her unpredictable moods. One night I’m dancing down the street with smeared lipstick and a merry stream of red hair in my wake, and...
TSA Instagram post: Cool it, Aragorn, you don't need your blade on the plane

TSA Instagram post: Cool it, Aragorn, you don't need your blade on the plane

The Transportation Security Administration is not known for its sense of humor. “I was just joking” is probably the last words heard of many travelers before they are dragged into one of those private rooms at the airport. But it turns out the TSA makes an exception for its Instagram account (did you know the TSA has an Instagram account?). When a traveler at San Antonio International...
travel cal

travel cal

GEORGIA Rock City — Fairytale Nights, through April 15, features interactive experiences with fairytale characters, knight training, storytelling and a tea with Alice and friends. www.rockcity.com/fairytale. Savannah — The Savannah Music Festival,through April 14, happens in theaters, clubs, event spaces and historic places throughout the city. www.savannahmusicfestival.org. Darien &mdash...
You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

When you think of Tiki bars and exotic tropical drinks, you probably don’t think of Pittsburgh. But starting this spring, you’ll be able to cruise the three rivers – Tiki style. >> Read more trending news  Cruisin' Tikis Pittsburgh will offer two-hour sightseeing charters on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers starting in May. Each 16-foot boat fits six...
Hartsfield-Jackson job fair draws thousands

Hartsfield-Jackson job fair draws thousands

A Hartsfield-Jackson International job fair attracted more than 2,200 job seekers Tuesday, with more than 60 employers at the airport hiring. Brentavious Carreker, of College Park, works as a chef but went to the job fair at the Georgia International Convention Center near the airport in search of “better opportunities and getting more money.” Joyce Simpson, a retired postal worker who...
Earth Hour 2018: Landmarks around the world go dark for climate change awareness

Earth Hour 2018: Landmarks around the world go dark for climate change awareness

From the Sydney Opera House to Paris' Eiffel Tower, landmarks around the world went dark Saturday night for Earth Hour. >> Read more trending news  The "symbolic lights-out event," which began in Sydney in 2007, is designed to raise awareness about climate change, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 
Delta launches A350 flights from Atlanta to Seoul

Delta launches A350 flights from Atlanta to Seoul

Delta Air Lines is launching flights from Atlanta on what it calls its new flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350. Starting Saturday, Delta will fly its Atlanta-Seoul flights with the A350. The new Airbus jet replaces the Boeing 777 on the route launched last June. Atlanta-based Delta is the first airline in North America to operate the Airbus A350. The airline said it adjusted the schedule...
Delta cancels 850 flights amid Nor’easter

Delta cancels 850 flights amid Nor’easter

Delta Air Lines said Wednesday afternoon it has canceled about 850 flights due to a Nor‘easter bringing inclement weather to its hubs in New York and other airports including Boston. The storm is causing dozens of cancellations of flights between Atlanta and cities in the storm’s path. Atlanta-based Delta is waiving certain change fees for passengers scheduled to fly to, from or through...
Going coastal with art that’s Southern-made

Going coastal with art that’s Southern-made

New Orleans painter Michael Guidry has been called a “Punk Rock Audubon.” It’s a label he likes. The artist: Guidry grew up in Metairie, La., near New Orleans, and close to Lake Pontchartrain, where he loved spending time on the water and bird watching. He started to study sculpture and painting while at Louisiana State, where he earned a degree in journalism. After graduation, Guidry...
Laid-back luxury at Pursell Farms, a storied resort Atlanta’s going to love

Laid-back luxury at Pursell Farms, a storied resort Atlanta’s going to love

Talladega County, Ala. – It does not take long to get from metro Atlanta to Pursell Farms , but getting there feels transformational. Point your car west and in a little over two hours, the angry sea of metal and asphalt you endure on your daily commute has vanished from the rearview mirror, and a gently rolling 3,200-acre patch of heaven...
Two Atlanta designers stage ultimate destination wedding in Antarctica

Two Atlanta designers stage ultimate destination wedding in Antarctica

Every interior designer lives on the edge to some extent: crazy budgets, insane deadlines, demanding clients, Excel spreadsheets until the end of time. But how many can say they’ve actually been to the edge of the Earth? Longtime Atlanta-based HGTV Dream Home and Urban Oasis designer Brian Patrick Flynn can say he has. In December, Flynn married his partner of 12 years, TV and film costume designer...
United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines is under fire again after a family said the carrier accidentally sent their dog to Japan instead of Kansas City. According to KCTV, Kara Swindle and her family, who are moving from Oregon to Kansas, took a United flight to Kansas City. Their dog, a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo, was supposed to be waiting in a United cargo facility when they arrived.  But that wasn't...
E-mails describe rush to respond to Hartsfield-Jackson power outage

E-mails describe rush to respond to Hartsfield-Jackson power outage

At 12:49 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon last December, an e-mail alert to management at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport indicated a suspicious burning smell at the world’s busiest airport was not a concern. “UPDATED -Incident Detail: The burning smell incident has cleared. AFD [Atlanta Fire Department] advised no sign of smoke or fire. Normal operations have resumed.” But it...
Hartsfield-Jackson exec terminated after conflict of interest concerns

Hartsfield-Jackson exec terminated after conflict of interest concerns

After revelations about a possible conflict of interest involving a high-ranking official at Hartsfield-Jackson International, the executive has been terminated from the airport. Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council sent a termination letter dated March 6 to Cortez Carter, who was assistant general manager of commercial development and business ventures at Hartsfield-Jackson. The AJC...
Hartsfield-Jackson may not build planned Concourse G

Hartsfield-Jackson may not build planned Concourse G

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport may not build a new Concourse G as it had planned as part of its $6 billion expansion and modernization plan. The plan to build a 10-gate Concourse G that would connect to the international terminal is turning out to be more expensive than the $983 million original cost estimate — though airport officials are not saying how much more. The new...
WATCH: Florida fishermen come within feet of 14-foot white shark

WATCH: Florida fishermen come within feet of 14-foot white shark

A day on the water in Amelia Island, Florida, turned into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a group of fishermen. Capt. Tony Peeples with Southern Style Charters said he and a group of four men were off the coast of Fernandina Beach north of the jetties when they came within feet of a 14-foot white shark. Peeples said he was leaning over the side of the boat with his hands in the...
JetBlue expands in Atlanta with routes to New York and Florida

JetBlue expands in Atlanta with routes to New York and Florida

JetBlue Airways on Thursday launched an expansion of its Atlanta presence, adding three routes to New York, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. New York-based JetBlue has been flying to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport since March 2017, when it began flying from Atlanta to Boston. The expansion more than doubles the number of daily flights JetBlue operates from Atlanta. The airline now flies two...
Travel sites push for easier air fare comparison, airlines oppose move

Travel sites push for easier air fare comparison, airlines oppose move

As airlines charge extra for baggage while adding more fee-based amenities like premium seating and in-flight wi-fi, it’s getting more difficult for travelers to compare the cost of a flight on different carriers. A push for federal regulations aimed at making comparison shopping easier for travelers could require airlines to share data on fares and fees with online travel agencies like Expedia...
Delta selling bare bones ‘basic economy’ fares on more Mexico flights

Delta selling bare bones ‘basic economy’ fares on more Mexico flights

Delta Air Lines has been selling “basic economy” fares” on many of its flights for several years, and is adding the bare bones fares to more of its Mexico routes. Atlanta-based Delta said it now sells the basic economy fares on more than half of its flights between the United States and Mexico — including to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel and Mexico City &mdash...
Atlanta airport news: Hartsfield-Jackson restricts overnight access

Atlanta airport news: Hartsfield-Jackson restricts overnight access

Hartsfield-Jackson International on Friday night began restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. The world’s busiest airport said under the new policy effective March 2, access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center is restricted during that overnight period. Ticketed airline passengers; people meeting, accompanying or assisting passengers...
Hartsfield-Jackson says backup power generators will take up to six months

Hartsfield-Jackson says backup power generators will take up to six months

In the wake of the massive December power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International, airport officials are working on plans for backup power generators and are considering smoke detection cameras. Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council said it may take up to six months to get temporary portable backup generators. He said the airport could start loading backup power for Concourses...
Spring breakers, watch out: The Portuguese man o' war is back

Spring breakers, watch out: The Portuguese man o' war is back

No, we’re not talking about sharks, but there’s another sea creature that spring breakers might have to worry about. Park rangers at Texas' Padre Island National Seashore this week posted a photo of some of the first Portuguese man o’ war to hit the shore this season. Similar sightings have been reported at Florida beaches in Palm Beach County and St. Augustine...
City council members call for reforms in Atlanta airport contracting

City council members call for reforms in Atlanta airport contracting

After a scathing city audit found red flags in Atlanta airport construction contracting, city council members called the findings concerning and called for reforms. The Atlanta city council transportation committee, which oversees Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, listened to a summary of the findings by city auditor Amanda Noble at a meeting Wednesday morning. “The city’s procurement...
Kempner: Delta, NRA and Cagle’s political litmus test for taxpayers

Kempner: Delta, NRA and Cagle’s political litmus test for taxpayers

Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is being bad for business. Which means he’s being bad for jobs in Georgia. That’s a problem for a guy running to be governor. Cagle’s economic sin isn’t that he’s critical of Delta Air Lines — the state’s largest private employer — for ending a travel discount it offered to NRA members. No, Cagle’s mistake is...
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 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 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 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 the Southeast

Where to find spring festivals around the 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...
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