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Shanghai Smog

Severe smog has blanked the city of Shanghai and other nearby cities, causing delays and cancellations in airports and schools throughout the area. According to CNN, officials in Shanghai have issued the strictest health warning and are urging locals to stay indoors as the air quality index tops 500. To put that number into perspective, levels above 300 are considered…

It’s been a terrific week to be stuck at sea. And by terrific, I mean awful. The dominant story this week is the completely dreadful cruise on the Carnival Triumph, which was crippled by an engine room fire and spent five days stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. As reported by NBC, more than 3,000 passengers were trapped in a…

Welcome to February, generally considered the cruelest month, at least in the northern half of the United States. For much of the country, this is an indoor, sedentary month – perhaps the hardest time of the year to stick to healthy habits. Unless, of course, you can get away to a warmer climate. If you’re a regular reader or a…

Travel news this week was dominated by bad puns about Dreamliners and Nightmares, as a nasty little habit of batteries catching fire grounded Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner  jets. This is more of a business story than a travel story, but it bears watching for travelers. There was a lot of anticipation about the lightweight aircraft but this latest setback is…

Once upon a time, air travel was elegant and cool. Maybe even comfortable. Those days are long gone, and getting on an airplane is fraught with inconvenience and tension. But wait! Maybe the better-than-miserable in-flight experience is making a comeback! The key is technology. At USA Today, Harriet Baskas writes that the Airline Passenger Experience Association is looking at creating…

Everywhere you turn, people are concerned with the environment. The green movement has raised our awareness of the importance of being good stewards of the Earth; whether people drive Priuses or simply recycle, we’ve come a long way from the iconic Native American tear being shed. But not all the way. This is still a significant problem in much of…

In response to international criticism, with much of it coming from the United States, the Chinese government announced on Friday that it would initiate stricter air pollution standards for Beijing by the end of the month. Residents of Beijing, foreigners and natives alike, have long complained that the Chinese government routinely understates the severity of the problem, with many relying…

The air quality index in Beijing has soared over 500 as measured on instruments in the U.S. embassy, prompting staff to issue an alert today calling air quality “crazy bad.” The Chinese government’s official air quality reading was 312 because it measures large particulates only and ignores the tiny and dangerous dust particles that U.S. readings capture. Readings over 240…

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal posted about cabin fume events - how problems during a flight can cause real air quality issues for the crew and passengers.  Hopefully, these events are rare and that raising the red flag in the press will help the airlines improve things so that they become rarer still. However, even on flights without specific problems,…

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