Airplanes are a hotbed for illness. The more people you come into contact with on a crowded flight, the better chance you have of catching something. Add the dry cabin air, toxic substances like hydraulic fluids, de-icing solutions and pesticides, mix in the cold and flu season, and you have the ingredients for an ailment cocktail. Don’t get sick when you fly. Here’s how.
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About 230 people on a Holland America cruise ship came down with a gastrointestinal illness on a Caribbean voyage, forcing the trip to end early. About 200 of the 1,220 passengers and 30 of the 572 crew members aboard the Veendam got sick on the trip, which ended in Tampa on Friday evening about 13 hours early. Sick passengers were quarantined to their rooms, passengers and officials said.
As difficult as it may be to believe, the major airlines have actually improved their mishandled-baggage record in the recent past. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the chances of your luggage getting “mishandled” – a term that includes lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered baggage – are about 1 in 200. Of course that’s not much consolation if an airline has lost your luggage.
A fee charged to airline travelers to help pay for airport security would more than double under President Bush’s spending proposal for the Homeland Security Department. Bush’s plan calls for boosting the security fee from $2.50 to $5.50 for a one-way airline ticket and from a maximum of $5 to $8 for multiple legs. The hikes are expected to generate $1.5 billion.
On a great drive, the destination never surpasses the journey. In Europe, with the densest highway system in the world, good roads are easy to find, but great drives come once in a blue kilometer. The drives that follow are more than means to an end, more than concrete curls along countryside contours or asphalt assaulting towering peaks.