Archive for June, 2011

Turtles took over the runway at JFK airport today, causing a number of flight delays. According to Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico, 150 turtles came out of Jamaica Bay to lay their eggs on the sandy beach across the runway. Airport staff rounded up the turtles to relocate them to a safer spot.

JetBlue airlines tweeted about the turtle invasion earlier this morning, saying: “JFK is experiencing delays as the airport clears turtles off the runway.” This is not the first turtle takeover. In July 2009, a runway was shut down after 78 turtles crawled onto the tarmac. Ground crews returned the unexpected airport guests to the water.

Apparently, it’s the season for turtle spawning. It’s summer, and what better way to commune with nature and wildlife than a fun camping trip. Check out Travel Channel’s camping critters, essential camping gear, camping tips and more. Take a road trip! We’ll tell you how to travel the roads for a fun getaway — just stay off the runway. And we have best beach suggestions, and you don’t even have to cross dangerous airport traffic.  Just enjoy your summer and plan ahead with help from TravelChannel.com.

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Looking for hot gear to make your summer travels easier? Check out Travel Channel’s Summer Gear Guide, featuring a pet backpack, UV monitor watch, hybrid-solar charger,  scooter luggage and Commando Smartphone and more.  Rob Pralgo, host of the new web series, demonstrates how each gear and gadget works, and he explains the benefits for people who are constantly on the go.  Watch all the videos and click on the Facebook “Like” icon to let us know which featured summer gear and gadgets you like the most.

In addition to the Summer Gear Guide, Travel Channel is the perfect source for you next camping trip. Take a look at our list of camping tips and tricks to help you prepare for your next outdoor adventure.  That’s not all! We also provide camping dos and don’ts, a guide to camping with infants and toddlers and a fun slideshow of all the critters you may see while you’re communing with nature.

Check it out and get in gear for the summer!

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United, Continental, Delta and American Airlines have increased the number of bags U.S. soldiers can check in for free. Delta, United and Continental will allow soldiers to check in 4 bags, instead of 3, without being charged. Soldiers traveling on American Airlines are now allowed to check in 5 bags free.

In case you haven’t heard about it, soldiers on a Delta flight posted a YouTube videos Tuesday, criticizing the airline for charging $200 for each soldier who checked a 4th bag. One Army staff sergeant in the video said he was charged for a bag containing his M4 carbine rifle and other weaponry. The soldiers were heading to Atlanta from Baltimore. They had arrived in the US the previous day from Afghanistan.

Take a look at the video that sparked public outrage against the airlines. Tell us what you think, and check out Travel Channel’s tips to help you travel with ease.

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