Trip News: August 29, 2018

Houston Texas

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JetBlue has begun charging $30 for a first checked bag, making it the first U.S. carrier that is not an ultralow-cost carrier to alter the fee from the industry standard of $25.

The increase went into effect Monday for all new bookings. JetBlue has also increased its fee for a second checked bag from $35 to $40.


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Police arrested a man Monday who reportedly scaled a fence at Los Angeles International Airport and ran on to the runway as a plane was preparing for takeoff.

According to KABC Los Angeles, the suspect was identified as a 23-year-old homeless man with mental health issues named Luis Aguilar. Police revealed he has been charged with trespassing as a result of the incident.


Washington Post

Even as she sat under the brilliant Florida sun, her toes covered in sugar-white sand, Alex McShane wasn’t exactly enjoying her summer vacation. Florida’s worst red tide in more than a decade had turned the aqua-blue surf to a rusty dull brown.

And then there were the lifeguards. They were wearing gas masks.

With no mask of her own, McShane, 24, wore a frown. Her eyes itched, she coughed, and the stench was giving her a headache — all telltale symptoms of the monster algal bloom spanning the southern Gulf Coast. It is killing untold numbers of marine animals from Bradenton to Naples, where rotting fish still lay scattered on a beach behind Gov. Rick Scott’s seaside mansion, even after a cleanup.

As the outbreak nears the year mark, with no sign of easing, it’s no longer a threat to just marine life. Business owners in the hardest-hit counties report they have lost nearly $90 million and have laid off about 300 workers because of the red tide and a separate freshwater algal bloom in the state’s largest lake. Together, the two blooms have caused a sharp drop in tourism.


New York Times

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston just over a year ago, on Aug. 27. The accompanying flooding, which lasted through Sept. 3, caused an estimated $1.5 billion worth of damage to the city and forced thousands to be evacuated from their homes.

The city had a record 21.8 million tourists in 2017 up until Harvey hit — compared with 20 million in 2016 and 17.5 million in 2015 — but the number of visitors dropped in the few months after the storm landed. Twelve months later, how is Houston’s tourism industry faring?

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