Travel News: February 20, 2019

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Southwest Airlines under FAA investigation for aircraft weight, balance calculations
USA Today

Southwest Airlines has been under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration for a year, with the probe focused on its aircraft weight and balance calculations, a critical step before takeoff.

The investigation, disclosed for the first time Monday by the Wall Street Journal, began in February 2018, FAA spokesman Gregory Martin confirmed to USA TODAY. There have been no fines nor enforcement action from the investigation to date.


Best Western Acquires Luxury Brand, WorldHotels
Travel Pulse

Today, Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced that it has acquired WorldHotels, a collection of luxury hotels and resorts around the world.

There are about 300 unique properties under the WorldHotels banner, making this a monumental acquisition for Best Western Hotels & Resorts, especially in terms of offering Best Western consumers upscale and luxurious booking options.


Abercrombie &Kent curates insider-access tours for Mandarin Oriental guests
Travel Weekly

Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent is curating a variety of experiences exclusively for Mandarin Oriental hotel guests.

Mandarin Oriental hotels in New York, Miami, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Milan, Paris and Barcelona are participating.


For nearly 2 decades, Grand Canyon tourists were exposed to radiation

Uranium ore stored at the Grand Canyon National Park museum may have exposed visitors and workers to elevated levels of radiation, according to the park’s safety, health and wellness manager.

Elston Stephenson told CNN that last summer he began asking multiple officials from the Park Service and Department of the Interior officials to warn workers and tourists that they had possibly been exposed to unsafe levels of radiation. After his requests were ignored he said he sent an email to all Parks staff at the Grand Canyon on February 4.

“If you were in the Museum Collections Building (bldg 2C) between the year 2000 and June 18, 2018, you were ‘exposed’ to uranium by OSHA’s definition,” the email, which Stephenson provided to CNN, said.

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