Travel News: September 2, 2019

Eleuthera Bahamas

TSA Reverses Decision on Banning Disney’s Star Wars Coca-Cola Bottles
Travel Pulse

Star Wars fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Two days after the Transportation Security Administration ruled that souvenir “thermal detonator” Coca-Cola bottles from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World were banned from all airline bags, the agency has reversed its decision.

The TSA announced on Friday that the bottles – banned because their design resembled hand grenades and were modeled after weapons used by Star Wars’ bounty hunters and stormtroopers – can now be transported on airlines but only in checked bags, not carry-ons.


Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm
Travel Weekly

Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 185 mph winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters.

Dorian slammed into Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands at 12:40 p.m., and then made a second landfall near Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island at 2 p.m., after authorities made last-minute pleas for those in low-lying areas to evacuate.


W Aspen, brand’s first North American mountain resort, opens
Travel Weekly

W Hotels has unveiled its first North American mountain resort with this week’s opening of the W Aspen.

Located slope-side on Aspen Mountain with ski-in/ski-out access, the W Aspen has 88 guestrooms, including four of the brand’s signature WOW suites and one Extreme WOW suite that can be set up as either a one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom accommodation. The property also includes 11 W-branded residences.


Business Class on U.S. Airlines Is Finally Regaining Its Luster
Wall Street Journal

FROM THE OUTSIDE, the Airbus A321 parked at LAX’s Terminal 4 one day last spring looked no different from any of the thousands of narrow-body planes that trudge along on U.S. airlines’ milk-runs around the country. But this was American Airlines Flight 2201, bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy, and inside the plane’s slender form, it had all the trappings of an international flight: enclosed suites in first class, a business class with sleeper seats, Champagne and fresh-brewed espresso on demand.

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