Isaac causes travel disruptions in Florida, Gulf states
South Florida air and sea travel should return to normal by Tuesday, but cities along the nation’s northern Gulf will continue to be affected by tropical weather.
Monday was problematic for local travelers, especially in Miami-Dade, where 158 flights were canceled and 117 were delayed. A dozen flights were canceled and 30 delayed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
With PortMiami closed until Monday afternoon, a few cruise ships returned later than expected. Carnival Valor was supposed to return Sunday, but instead arrived Monday night. Carnival Imagination returned — and eventually left — later than normal.
Regulators to look at rules for gadgets on planes
The U.S. will take a look at the rules governing which electronic devices travelers can use during flights to help airlines decide if they should allow wider use of the gadgets, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.
A group that will be formed this fall will study the testing methods airline operators use to decide which new devices passengers can safely use and when, as well as other issues, the FAA said in a statement.
Tourists saved after Thai boat sinks
Sydney Morning Herald
A speed boat carrying dozens of tourists near Thailand’s resort island of Koh Phi Phi has sunk in abnormally rough seas, police and witnesses say.
All 41 people aboard survived.
The boat was carrying 37 tourists and four crew to Phuket when it sank on Monday in the Andaman Sea, senior policeman Panya Chaichana said on Tuesday.
Navy ships, fishing boats and other vessels raced to the scene and were able to rescue everyone on board, Panya said.
Hotels on track to take in nearly $2 billion in surcharges
If you’ve found yourself fuming over fees and surcharges on your recent hotel bills, there’s good news and bad news.
The bad news is that fees for Internet access, fitness centers and other amenities continue to rise. According to Bjorn Hanson, who tracks hotel fees as divisional dean at the Tisch Center at New York University, U.S. hotels are set to take in an estimated $1.95 billion in 2012, an increase of 5.4 percent over last year.
The good news? They may not go much higher as hotels run out of new things to charge for — at least for now.