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Did you know…Domestic airlines raked in $3.5 billion last year from checked-bag fees?

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According to a recent CNBC report, airline baggage fees keep increasing, with domestic carriers earning $3.5 billion last year from checked-bag fees. In response, some travelers are turning to online luggage-shipping services such as Luggage FreeLuggage Forward and Sendmybag.com in search of cheaper prices and other perks.

In the past eight months, Sendmybag.com has already shipped around 200,000 bags according to CEO Adam Ewart.

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“Did you know…There’s a secret button on your plane seat that will give you more space?”

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Yep, and it’s not the recline button.  According to a post from Travel + Leisure, you can find this little gem on the underside of the outermost armrest of the aisle seat. “To find it, slide your hand under the armrest, close to the hinge and feel for the button. Press it and you are now free to move that armrest up so it’s flush with the back of your seat, giving you the freedom you deserve. A simple move with a big reward: no more armrest digging into your side and a little swing room for your legs.”

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Did you know…The world’s most adventurous countries?

According to a study based on keyword search trends by SHAREaCAMPER, the top three most adventurous countries in the world are the Netherlands, Australia, and Sweden.  The USA ranked #9, but had the highest number of searches overall.

The Top 10 Most Adventurous Countries Are…

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Additional highlights from the study:

  • BMXing is most popular in France per capita, whilst the USA has the highest number of searches per month for the sport.

  • Bungee jumping is most popular per capita in Switzerland, whilst the USA has the highest number of searches per month for the activity.

  • Caravanning is most popular per capita in the Netherlands, whilst the USA has the highest number of searches per month for the activity.

  • Hiking is most popular in India, for both overall searches and searches by capita.

  • Rock climbing is most popular per capita in Australia, whilst the USA has the highest number of searches per month for the activity.

  • Skiing is most popular in Norway, and the USA has the highest number of searches per month for the sport.

  • Skydiving is most popular per capita in Australia, and the USA has the highest number of searches per month.

  • Surfing is the most popular in Australia per capita, whilst the USA has the highest number of searches per month for the activity.

Click here to view the full study.

 

 

 

“Did you know…Sisters booted from flight miss dying dad’s final moments?”

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In the case of the Allegiant Air crew’s decision to boot sisters off an Asheville, NC-bound flight, the phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad PR,” may not apply. According to Travel Pulse, two sisters have called out Allegiant Air and are seeking punishment for one of the budget carrier’s flight crews after they were removed from a flight hours before their ill father passed away.

The sisters, Debbie Hartman and Trisha Baker, were traveling from  Sanford, FL to Asheville, North Carolina, to visit their father in hospice care on January 1st.

Travel Pulse reports that before the plane left the tarmac, Baker said she received a text message informing her that her fathter had just hours to live. “After getting up from her seat to tell her sister, Baker was told to sit back down by one of the flight attendants.

The situation began to intensify when Hartman began having a panic attack, prompting Baker to confront the crew member.

“(My sister) said (to the flight attendant), ‘You’re being very rude. My father is dying, and I’m comforting her,’ and they said she needed to keep her personal problems off the plane,” Hartman told WKMG.

The sisters said that in a matter of minutes the crew alerted the flight’s captain, who turned back to the gate to allow airport security to remove them from the plane.”

Read the full story here.

 

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/sisters-miss-dying-father-s-final-moments-after-getting-kicked-off-allegiant-air-flight.html

“Did you know…What do ‘Lucille’, Game of Thrones and Sea Horses have in common?

lucille bat TSA“Lucille” has been sighted at airports — and TSA agents are pulling her off the security line along with some other insidious luggage items.  CNN.com recently reported on a stunning array of lethal and or just plain creepy carry-ons that never made it past the TSA’s X-ray machines this year.

The list includes “Lucille,” a replica of the infamous barbed wire wrapped bat wielded by Walking Dead star, Jeffrey Dean Morgan; a grenade and bladed dragon claws. Read the full story here.