After Russian Plane Crash Killed 71, Authorities Search for Clues Among the Debris

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:42
<p>Russian investigative teams Monday recovered both data recorders from the site of a fatal plane crash.</p><p>The recorders, containing both flight data and cockpit conversations, could offer insight into what caused <a href="" target="_blank">Saratov Airlines Flight 703 to crash</a> within minutes of taking off from Domodedovo Airport, killing all 71 people onboard.</p><p>Search teams were still combing the site of the crash both for debris from the plane that could offer clues to its fate as well as remains from the 65 passengers and 6 crew. The search for the remains of the victims, aged 5-79, will take at least a week, <a href="" target="_blank">Associated Press reported</a>, citing the Russian Emergencies Ministry.</p><p>The flight was en route to Orsk, near Kazakhstan, when the plane lost contact with air traffic control, crashing in a field near Moscow within minutes of takeoff. Russian authorities have ruled out terrorism as a possible cause, and investigators are considering weather, human error, or a technical malfunction as potential causes, <a href="" target="_blank">Russia's official news agency TASS reported</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Heavy snow</a> and wintry conditions have complicated the recovery mission, and debris was spread over a wide area in the field. Andrei Kulakov, head of the Ramenskoye District, <a href="" target="_blank">told one Russian broadcaster</a> that the search teams were requesting more heavy duty equipment.</p>
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Airline Blames Passengers After Emergency Exit Door Falls Off Plane During Landing

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:41
<p>Passengers onboard a <a href="" target="_blank">Dana Air</a> flight traveling between Lagos and <a href="" target="_blank">Nigeria's</a> capital, Abuja, last Wednesday were in for a frightening surprise as one of the plane’s exit doors came falling off just as the aircraft landed.</p><p>Igah Dagogo, a passenger flying onboard the aircraft, told <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> the door hadn’t been properly latched on before the flight took off, adding that he was sitting about a foot away from the door and could see its handle popping out during the flight.</p><p>Several passengers posted accounts of the experience on social media, stating that the door had been “unstable” throughout the flight and came unhinged as the plane taxied the runway.</p><p>The airline then responded to the incident, blaming a passenger for the occurrence.</p><p>“We wish to state categorically that this could never have happened without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it,” airline representatives <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “By design, the emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinarily cannot fall off without tampering or conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger.”</p><p>Airline representatives also said a team of engineers from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority inspected the door and found no issue or safety threats.</p><p>Dapo Sanwo, another passenger on the flight, told <a href="" target="_blank">the BBC</a> that crew members tried to state that a passenger pulled the door’s hatch during the flight, asking that passengers stop taking videos or photos of the scene. </p><p>Sanwo added that everyone on the flight denied tampering with the door, and that passengers heard a "poof-like explosion" when they landed. </p><p>While passengers have tried to open exit doors mid-flight, actually achieving the feat is a lot harder than it might sound.</p><p>At cruising altitude, the interior of an aircraft has higher pressure than the air that surrounds it outside, with about eight <a href="" target="_blank">pounds of pressure</a> pushing against each square inch of the plane’s interior. This means that to be able to open a door, a passenger would need to have the strength to push through thousands of pounds of pressure.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why It Takes So Long to Get Off the Plane After It Lands</a> </p><p>In addition, <a href="" target="_blank">plug doors</a> are made to fit tightly into the frame they're surrounded by, with this difference in air pressure helping to seal them in. </p>
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Barack and Michelle Obamas' Official Portraits Are Unlike Any Others in History

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:28
<p>On Monday, Barack and Michelle Obama announced the unveiling of their official portraits at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in <a href="" target="_blank">Washington, D.C.</a></p><p>Barack’s portrait was created by artist Kehinde Wiley, who, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a></em>, is known for his “Old Master-style depiction of African-Americans.” As<em> <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> </em>noted, Wiley is also a Yale University-trained painter and often poses his subjects in paintings that are “regal, formal and filled with pops of color.” Wiley is the first African-American artist to produce an official presidential portrait.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Barack Obama Has One Complaint About His Family's New Home</a></p><p>"Nobody in my family tree as far as I can tell had their portrait done," Barack joked while unveiling the portrait that shows him sitting against a backdrop of lush, green ivy with vibrant flowers. As for Barack’s first reaction to the artwork, he simply and cooly stated, "How about that? That's pretty sharp.” He added, "I tried to negotiate less gray hair and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow (him) to do what I asked. I tried to negotiate smaller ears. Struck out on that as well."</p><img alt="President Barack Obama official portrait by Kehinde Wiley "src=""><p>Meanwhile, Michelle’s portrait was done by artist Amy Sherald, whose work often addresses social justice.</p><p>"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love," Barack said at the unveiling of his wife’s portrait.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry Got Obama to Admit the One Thing He Hates About Post-presidential Life</a></p><p>Beyond loving her new portrait, Michelle explained that she chose Sherald so that young African American women will not only see someone like them hanging on a museum’s walls, but will know that the person who painted it was a role model for them as well.</p><img alt="Michelle Obama official portrait by Amy Sherald "src=""><p>"They will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the walls of this great American institution ... and I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives because I was one of those girls," Michelle said.</p><p>Both portraits will be available for public viewing starting on Tuesday.</p>
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Pack of Lions Ate a Poacher, Left Only His Head (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:23
<p>A suspected poacher was mauled to death by a pack of lions he was hunting in a private game park outside of Kruger National Park, in South Africa.</p><p>Police found a gun and ammunition next to his remains, <a href="" target="_blank">according to South Africa's <em>Eyewitness News</em></a>.</p><p>“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions,” <a href="" target="_blank">a police spokesperson told <em>Agence France Presse</em></a>. “They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.”</p><p>Lions are prized as their body parts are used in traditional medicine in Africa and Asia. The bones are supposed to help with recovery after injury and virility. <a href="" target="_blank">According to wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation</a>, demand for lion bones is increasing in southeast Asia.</p><p>Last year, three male lions were found dead in the same South African province. They had been poisoned and their paws and heads were cut off.</p><p>If caught poaching lions in Kruger National Park, <a href="" target="_blank">there is at least a $5,000 fine</a> upon conviction. However lions aren’t the most prized animals in the park. The fee for poaching a rhinoceros is up to $120,000, if caught.</p>
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Disney World Just Revealed Exciting New Details About the Star Wars Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:48
<p>In December, Disney gave <i>Star Wars</i> fans their very first glimpse at the rides that will be part of the new <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park</a>, which is set to open at Walt Disney World Resort in 2019. Then, it was all about teasing the <a href="" target="_blank">Millennium Falcon attraction</a>, which will allegedly have riders piloting the ship. </p><p>Now, the mouse house is sharing <a href="" target="_blank">new details about the resort</a> that will make the fully immersive <em>Star Wars </em>vacation of your dreams a reality.</p><p>“This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic <i>Star Wars </i>story,” Disney Parks <a href="" target="_blank">shared in a blog post</a>. “Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday <i>Stars Wars</i> adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.”</p><p>According to the post, guests will immediately become “active citizens of the galaxy” once they enter and will be invited to dress up in the “proper attire,” so cosplayers are more than welcome to go all out for their stay.</p><p>At the new resort, each and every window will provide a view of "space." </p><p>“The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to <i>Star Wars</i>: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total <i>Star Wars</i> experience,” the post added.</p><p>The hotel is expected to only have 400 rooms, <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Disney Blog</i></a> noted, meaning guests will likely have to work with one another over and over again to complete their missions.</p><p>And like any good Disney theme park, guests will also be able to do some shopping. The Toydarian street market in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on the planet Batuu will have plenty of <em>Star Wars toys</em> both kids and adults will love. The Toydarian character, who was first introduced in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," will reportedly sell handcrafted toys made by local artisans, so be on the lookout for one-of-a-kind goods.</p><p>Ready to board? Check out more of the things to come in the video above.</p>
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Southwest Resumes Flights at Chicago Midway After Running Out of De-icing Fluid

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:31
<p>After a weekend of heavy snow in Chicago, <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest</a> Airlines ran out of de-icing fluid at Midway Airport and cancelled more than 220 flights from the airport on Sunday.</p><p>As of Monday morning, “Southwest has resumed operations at Chicago (Midway) and expects to operate a close to normal schedule,” a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How Cold It Would Have to Be to Keep Your Plane From Flying</a></p><p>The airline proactively cancelled about 220 flights from Chicago Midway on Sunday afternoon “due to the severity of the winter weather,” a spokesperson said, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Chicago Tribune</em></a>. Via Twitter response, the airline revealed that it had run low on de-icing fluid and was waiting for replenishment.</p><p>“The glycol has been replenished and the airport deicing equipment is fully functional,” a spokesperson for the airline told T+L on Monday morning. “Those developments, coupled with a more positive weather forecast for Chicago position us to safely operate our more than 250 departures out of Chicago Midway.”</p><p>This marks the second time this winter that Southwest has cancelled flights over de-icing fluid issues at Midway. The day after Christmas, <a href="" target="_blank">the airline cancelled almost 90 flights</a> because of delays over de-icing aircraft.</p><p>Midway alerted passengers via Twitter that the airport was still dealing with cancelled flights. Travelers flying out of Midway should confirm flight status with their airlines.</p>
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You Can Buy Your Sweetheart $349 Round-trip Tickets to Iceland This Valentine's Day (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:15
<p>This year, Icelandair is playing Cupid by offering travelers Valentine’s Day fares for $349 round-trip to the Land of Fire and Ice.</p><p>The discounted <a href="" target="_blank">trips to Iceland</a> are valid for flights departing from Boston, New York City, and Baltimore (round-trip fares from Chicago start at $369).</p><p>While you can’t actually spend Valentine’s Day snuggling under <a href="" target="_blank">the Northern Lights</a>, or soaking in the Blue Lagoon, you can gift your significant other with a print out of your Icelandair booking confirmation.</p><p>Icelandair’s <a href="" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day offer</a> is valid for trips taken between March 25 and June 20 (Boston), April 9 and June 20 (New York City), May 28 and June 19 (Baltimore), and April 8 and June 19 (Chicago).</p><p>To take advantage of these discounted tickets, travelers must have reservations completed by midnight on Wednesday, February 14. It's also important to note that the quoted sale price is for Economy Light fares, which include carry-on bags but no checked luggage.</p><p>Of course, there’s nothing in the fine print that says you have to take a date. You can always treat yourself to a spectacular solo <a href="" target="_blank">trip to Iceland</a> instead.</p>
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash Leaves 3 Dead and 4 Injured

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:06
<p>A helicopter crash in the <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a>, in Arizona, killed three people and severely injured four others on Saturday. All of the victims were British tourists, except for the pilot.</p><p>The tour helicopter crashed inside a gully on Hualapai Nation's land near Quartermaster Canyon.</p><p>It remains unclear what caused the crash, but severe winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour hampered the <a href="" target="_blank">rescue efforts</a>, which lasted for hours into the night, <a href="" target="_blank">BBC reported</a>.</p><p>The three people who died — Becky Dobson, 27, Stuart Hill, 30 and his brother Jason Hill, 32 — were celebrating Stuart's 30th birthday, according to the same BBC report.</p><p>Witnesses described billowing smoke and badly burned victims emerging from the helicopter, <a href="" target="_blank">Associated Press reported</a>.</p><p>“It's just horrible,” witness Teddy Fujimoto told AP. “And those victims — she was so badly burned. It's unimaginable, the pain.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Papillon</a>, the company that ran the helicopter tours, described itself on its website as “the world's largest aerial sightseeing company.” The tour operator leads the tours for some 600,000 visitors annually.</p><p>Helicopter tours of the <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> have long been a popular way to see the national park. This incident was not the first deadly crash: The same tour operator suffered a deadly crash in 2001, killing the pilot and five passengers, according to records from the <a href="" target="_blank">National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)</a>.</p>
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Yosemite's Famous 'Firefall' Has Run Dry Because of the California Drought

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:45
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Yosemite's</a> famous "firefall" likely won't be happening this year because the waterfall has run dry. </p><p>The naturally occurring phenomenon usually appears every February when the water flowing down <a href="" target="_blank">Horsetail Fall</a> reflects the sunset, casting an orange glow that looks like fire as it cascades down the eastern face of <a href="" target="_blank">El Capitan</a>. </p><p>Park officials say the waterfall is dry and there's no precipitation in the upcoming forecast, either. </p><p>"It's not nearly where we'd like to be," said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, <a href="" target="_blank">told local TV station KTVU</a>.</p><p>Snowpack at Yosemite was just 44% of normal levels on Feb. 1 and much of California is still in a drought, KTVU reported.</p><p>In recent years, the park started giving out permits to the view the "<a href="" target="_blank">firefall</a>" as it grew in popularity, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the National Parks website</a>. Spectators can view the phenomenon without a permit (when water is flowing) by hiking into the viewing areas on foot. </p>
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Central London Airport Closed After World War II Bomb Discovered Nearby

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:32
<p>All flights coming to and from the <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> City Airport have been canceled Monday after a <a href="" target="_blank">World War II</a>-era bomb was discovered in the nearby <a href="" target="_blank">Thames River</a> on Sunday.</p><p>Construction workers discovered the bomb, which <a href="" target="_blank">Newham Council officials</a> say was a 500kg German munition, at the George V Dock on Sunday while conducting pre-planned work at the east London airport, <a href="" target="_blank">police said</a>.</p><p>In response to the discovery, Metropolitan Police Service and Royal Navy officials have put a 214-meter exclusion zone in place as they work to secure the area and safely remove the device, leading to a number of evacuations and road closures.</p><p>London City Airport will be closed for the day, with passengers urged to check in with their airlines for more details.</p><p>“I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information,” the airport's CEO, Robert Sinclair, said in a statement posted on the <a href="" target="_blank">airport's website</a>. </p><p>Affected airlines include British Airways, Lufthansa, Luxair, Flybe, KLM, CityJet, and Alitalia. Some, like CityJet and Alitalia, are switching to alternative airports like the London Stansted Airport and London Southend Airport, while others are canceling flights for the day altogether.</p><p>The bomb’s removal is expected to continue through Tuesday morning, according to Newham Council officials, with the original exclusion zone extending to 350 meters once officials begin the procedure.</p><p>Affected streets include Holt Road, Leonard Street, Lord Street, Newland Street, Tate Road, Muir Street, and Kennard Street, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a>, while the Docklands Light Railway, which transports passengers to and from the airport and the Woolwich Arsenal station, is <a href="" target="_blank">also closed</a> for the day. </p>
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Revealed New Details About Their Royal Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:28
<p>Prince Harry and <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a> have revealed new details about their upcoming wedding day and they don’t disappoint.</p><p>The <em>Suits</em> actress and her prince <a href="" target="_blank">will be married</a> at Windsor Castle outside of London on May 19.</p><p>The ceremony, which will be officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will take place at noon at St. George’s Chapel, a 15<sup>th</sup> century church on the estate.</p><p>Kensington Palace tweeted out the details of the big day on Monday morning, announcing that the couple will take a carriage procession at 1 p.m. immediately following the ceremony.</p><p>The procession will give <a href="" target="_blank">the newlyweds</a> the opportunity to greet the public as they make their way through the town of Windsor and back to Windsor Castle.</p><p>After their carriage ride, the couple will have a reception at St. George’s Hall. To end the night, Prince Charles, Harry's father, will entertain friends and family at a private reception.</p><p>St. George’s Chapel holds about 800 people, making it a <a href="" target="_blank">smaller wedding</a> than the one Prince William and Kate Middleton had. They were married at <a href="" target="_blank">Westminster Abbey</a>, which can hold closer to 2,000 guests, in 2011.</p><p>Prince Charles and his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles were the last royal couple to be married at St. George’s Chapel, in 2005.</p>
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Couple Sold Everything to Sail Around the World on Boat That Sank After Two Days

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:04
<p>Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24, did what many dream of doing: They <a href="" target="_blank">quit their jobs</a>, sold everything, and bought a boat to <a href="" target="_blank">sail around the world</a>.</p><p>But two days after setting sail for <a href="" target="_blank">Key West</a>, the Colorado couple’s dreams sank along with their boat, which capsized off the coast of Florida.</p><p><a href="">According to the <em>Tampa Bay Times</em></a>, Broadwell and Marsh had spent years planning and saving for the 28-foot sailboat.</p><p>They spent nearly $10,000 to buy and upgrade the 49-year-old boat, which they sailed along the Gulf Coast from Alabama to Florida. It was during this trip the couple learned to sail.</p><p>On the evening of Wednesday, February 8, the inexperienced sailors were heading to dock at the small fishing village, John’s Pass. That’s when their ship, the <em>Lagniappe</em>, struck something underwater — and began rapidly taking on water.</p><p>It’s not just amateurs who have difficulty with this particular channel, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>ABC Action News</em></a>: Kenny Keen, a local charter boat captain, told ABC that “several experienced captains” have hit the sandbars there, particularly after storms shift the channel.</p><p>After an hour, a rescue crew finally reached the <em>Lagniappe</em>. But the water was too shallow for the ship to get close. The couple had to abandon ship. Before jumping over, Walsh was able to salvage their social security cards, a little cash, her phone, and Broadwell’s ID. Most of their belongings had already floated away.</p><p>Their pug, Remy, also made it out unscathed.</p><p>“I sold everything I had to do this,” Broadwell told the <em>Tampa Bay Times, </em>“and I lost everything in a matter of 20 minutes.”</p><p>To make matters worse, Broadwell and Marsh will be responsible for cleaning up the wreckage. The <em>Tampa Bay Times</em> reported that this could cost up to $10,000 — and that the couple did not have insurance.</p><p>“The boat sank, but our dreams didn’t sink with the boat,” Walsh told ABC. After they’re back on their feet, the couple plans to buy a new boat.</p>
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John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh Are Honeymooning at Disney World

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:53
<p>In case you didn’t know, John Stamos (of <em>Full House</em> fame) and his new wife Caitlin McHugh are really, really obsessed with <a href="" target="_blank">all things Disney</a>.</p><p>In fact, the pair, who had been dating for two years, got <a href="" target="_blank">engaged at Disneyland</a> in October. There, Stamos staged an elaborate engagement event for his then-girlfriend, including a short compilation of their favorite Disney films. It all ended with "The Little Mermaid" and the caption “just ask the girl.” Of course, Stamos did. On <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> McHugh posted, “I kissed the boy and said . . . yes!”</p><p>“She loves Disneyland and [at the park], I got on my knee and asked her,” Stamos told <em><a href="" target="_blank">PEOPLE</a></em> of their engagement. “I pulled the ring out. I don’t know how she did it, but she went to hug me and slipped her finger right in it. When the park closed, we ran around the park in our Disney onesies.”</p><p>Since that day the two went on to get hitched in a gorgeous ceremony at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California, then partied the night away at their home.</p><p>Now, just a week into their marriage, they are celebrating again at the Happiest Place on Earth.</p><p>As McHugh’s Instagram shows, the pair has been spending plenty of time at <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida</a>. While there they’ve even been spotted wearing matching mouse ears, though hers were a bit more spectacular as they came with a bridal veil.</p><p>McHugh shared even more of their journey through the park, where they stopped in at shops to look at tiny baby trinkets since they are expecting their first child this spring.</p><p>On his page Stamos shared his own adorable image of the pair as they smooched near the castle joking of their one-week anniversary, “and they said it wouldn’t last.”</p><p>While this may be their last trip to the park before the baby’s arrival, odds are their upcoming bundle of joy will be a Disney baby, whether he or she likes it or not.</p>
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JetBlue Passenger Charged After Assaulting Crew, Throwing Food and Breaking Out of Handcuffs on Flight

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:32
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue passenger</a> has been charged with interfering with flight crew after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to her drunken behavior in July. </p><p>Robin Ducore is accused of inappropriately touching a male passenger and physically attacking a flight attendant after drinking four glasses of wine on a flight from the Dominican Republic to <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> on July 29, 2017.</p><p>Crew members decided to make an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport, according to a criminal complaint. </p><p>A flight attendant who said he served Ducore told the FBI that she drank four <a href="" target="_blank">glasses of wine</a> in less than two hours and "grew increasingly loud and began to curse." The FBI alleges that Ducore touched the back of a male passenger's head "in a flirtatious manner" and that the flight attendant moved the man to another seat after repeatedly telling her to stop touching him. </p><p>According to the complaint, which was obtained by <em>Travel + Leisure</em>,<em> </em>Ducore's behavior worsened from there: She threw food and water offered to her by flight crew across the plane, used profane language, and kicked the flight attendant in the leg.</p><p>Ducore was placed in flex cuffs but broke out of them, so the flight crew decided to divert the plane out of concern for what she "might do next."</p><p>It turns out, they did not need to worry too much – Ducore passed out in the last 20 minutes of the flight, the complaint says. Because the flight was already diverted, though, it landed in Dulles anyway.</p><p>Ducore's attorney Nina Ginsberg defended her client, telling T+L that her client was drunk before she got on the plane. "The airline let her board the flight when she was visibly intoxicated and they served her," she said.</p><p>To highlight her point, Ginsberg added that the person who drove Ducore to the airport waited for two hours, "so concerned that she wouldn't be allowed on the flight."</p>
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Hillary Clinton Is an Overpacker, and Other Details About How She Travels From Her Book

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:30
<p>In addition to an in-depth retelling of the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton's new memoir, “What Happened,” includes details on what it’s like to travel constantly on the campaign trail.</p><p>She's clocked countless miles, and you don’t have to be a presidential hopeful to pull a few pro tips from the former senator, secretary of state, and globetrotter.</p><h2>She Works Out (Sort of) Like a Supreme Court Judge</h2><p>“I try to find time for yoga or a strength and cardio workout,” Clinton wrote. “I’m no match for <a href="" target="_blank">Ruth Bader Ginsburg</a> ... but if she can find the time and energy to exercise regularly, so can I. When I’m on the road, I have a mini exercise routine I’ve now done in hotel rooms across America.”</p><h2>She Overpacks, Just Like Us</h2><p>“When I leave for several days on the road, I try to be superorganized, but inevitably I <a href="" target="_blank">overpack</a>. I throw in more outfits than I need, just in case the weather changes or something spills on me…I also overdo it on reading material.”</p><h2>She Has a Favorite Flight Attendant</h2><p>“Over the course of the campaign, we were joined by a number of flight attendants. They were all excellent, but my favorite was Elizabeth Rivalsi.”</p><p>In addition to preparing home-cooked (and healthful) meals and snacks for Clinton and the team — salmon salad, poblano soup, chickpea flour-brownies — Rivalsi also kept a rotating basket of snacks. “I have a weakness for Pepperidge Farm Goldfish,” Clinton admitted in her memoir.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Take a Post-election Vacation Like Hillary Clinton</a></p><h2>And She Takes Food on the Road Seriously</h2><p>“Someone once asked what we talked about on long flights. ‘Food!’ we chorused. It’s funny how much you look forward to the next meal when you’re living out of a suitcase.”</p><p>In an attempt to eat healthier on the road, “shipments of canned salmon, as well as Quest and Kind protein bars” were lugged onto the plane.</p><h2>She Can Sleep Just About Anywhere</h2><p>During the campaign, Clinton wanted to sleep in her own bed as often as possible. “Many nights,” she wrote, “that isn't possible, and I wake up in a hotel room somewhere. That's okay; I can sleep anywhere. It's not unusual for me to sleep through a bumpy plane landing. But waking up at home is the best.”</p><h2>She Orders Room Service for Breakfast</h2><p>“On the road ... it's hard to plan exactly what or when I'll be eating over the course of the day, since we're always on teh go, so breakfast is key. Usually I opt for scrambled egg whites and vegetables. When they're around, I add fresh jalapeños. Otherwise, it's salsa and hot sauce. I'm a black coffee and strong tea person, and I drink a huge glass of water in teh morning and keep drinking water all day long, since I fly a lot, which can be dehydrating.”</p>
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These Disney Characters Are More Popular Than Mickey Mouse in Asia

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:15
<p>Hour-long meet-and-greet lines, walls of merchandise, sweets shaped like familiar faces — it’s all part of the Disney-going experience. But at parks overseas, it's not Mickey and Minnie garnering guests’ attention, it's Duffy and Friends, a ragtag group of bears, a cat, and a bunny that have spurred fanatical followings and a merchandise frenzy.</p><p>Duffy the Disney Bear, along with his friends ShellieMay, StellaLou and Gelatoni, have grown a massive mainstream fanbase at Hong Kong Disneyland, <a href="" target="_blank">Shanghai Disney</a>, and Tokyo Disney Resorts on par with the brand’s most successful characters, even if you’ve never heard of them before now.</p><img alt="Shanghai Disneyland Celebrates First Birthday "src=""><p>As the backstory goes, Duffy the Disney Bear originated as a gift from Minnie tucked within Mickey’s duffel bag — hence the name — to serve as a companion on his long journeys away from home. ShellieMay came next, a companion and girlfriend in-kind to Duffy who was made by Minnie Mouse to keep the stuffed bear company.</p><p>From there, the backstories become more fantastical. Gelatoni, a cat who paints masterpieces with the tip of his tail, met Duffy by creating art from Duffy’s spilled gelato ice cream; StellaLou, a feminine rabbit ballerina, met Duffy while rehearsing and shared her aspirations to dance on Broadway. At the same height, size and fuzzy demeanor as that of Chip ‘n’ Dale, it’s unclear if they’re all stuffed animals or anthropomorphic creatures of their own — but fans are obsessed nonetheless.</p><p>Duffy, Gelatoni, ShellieMay, and StellaLou are fixtures in stage shows and parades, performing alongside classic Disney characters like Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck but drawing bigger crowds than the main mouse himself on their own.</p><p>Lengthy lines of fans sporting accessories with familiar animal faces snake down Main Street, U.S.A. at Hong Kong Disneyland, the only Disney park where guests can meet Gelatoni and StellaLou. At Tokyo Disney Sea, fans spend their days alongside Duffy dolls, perching their costumed plush bodies atop Fujifilm-sponsored “photo spots” — ledges that make it look like Duffy, too, is having a fabulous vacation.</p><p>The entirety of Tokyo DisneySea’s Cape Cod-themed area is even devoted to Duffy and his pals, where meet-and-greets draw crowds and merchandise flies off shelves, even without a storied 89-year past like Mickey’s.</p><img alt="Grand Opening Of Shanghai Disneyland "src=""><p>When StellaLou was introduced last summer, there were chocolates, cookie tins, and makeup pouches to celebrate her arrival along with hot beverage bottles, multicolor ballpoint pens, ID purses and plush keychains; despite having no nostalgic ties, fans snapped them all up. The breadth of products reach so far beyond that of Mickey-shaped waffles and ice cream bars that Hong Kong visitors could find StellaLou-shaped buns filled with sweet purple potato and Tokyo guests were able to indulge in a pink pita sandwich served in a collectable lunch bag featuring the bunny’s likeness for her debut</p><p>The treats only add to to the widespread collection of Duffy, Gelatoni and ShellieMay-shaped treats, including panna cotta, cookies, cupcakes and other treats sold throughout the Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong theme parks.</p><img alt="Disney Flagship Store Opens In Shanghai, China "src=""><p>Though Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou can’t be found within American parks, it’s not as though hometown crowds were never given a chance. Duffy The Disney Bear was introduced stateside at Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks in 2010, and while Duffy dolls are still for sale at park shops, the meet-and-greets faded away as the character never took off the way it did in Asia. Duffy and ShellieMay do continue to make rare appearances at Aulani, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Hawaii resort</a>, which hosts plenty overseas visitors and recently added Gelatoni merchandise to its stores, but it’s not the same.</p><p>You’ll have to travel to China or Japan to see Duffy mania firsthand, but you can always see the head mouse in charge in the U.S.</p>
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We're All Taking the Same Travel Photos and This Video Just Called Us Out

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:00
<p>This may or may not surprise you, but there are billions of <a href="" target="_blank">photos taken around the world</a> every day — and most of them are not exactly unique. Videographer and drone specialist Oliver Kmia's compilation of strangers' almost identical travel photos using the same Instagram hashtags makes this extremely apparent.</p><p>Part of what divides us is the idea that we are all so different, but maybe, as evident in this video of images, our sameness truly does connect us around the globe.</p><p>Kmia spent six months producing “Instravel - A Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience” and published it on Vimeo a week ago. The idea is to show just how identical our travel images are to the person's standing next to us or behind us in line at the Leaning Tower of Pisa (or literally anywhere).</p><p>He was inspired by the massive crowds around the <a href="" target="_blank">Trevi Fountain</a> after his trip to Rome last summer and other artists who use the same video technique. Although Kmia makes it clear his video is not meant to be a social commentary and even he admittedly <a href="" target="_blank">takes photos just like these</a>. </p><p>Kmia does feel there is an issue when creating memories takes a backseat to taking photos for the sole purpose of sharing: “Many people didn't really enjoy the moment and were hooked to their smartphones, as if the ultimate goal of travel was to brag about it online and run after the likes and followers. This is what, I believe, has changed over time. Some people are not creating memories but trying to collect Internet points," he said.</p><p>There is no harm in taking a photo while traveling, just make sure you’re making an effort to be present without a screen in your face or phone in your hand. Be aware of your surroundings and take in every detail of the moment. This awareness may even assist in creating the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect caption for your photo</a>, after all.</p>
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Disney's New 'Avengers'-themed Roller Coaster Will Feature Iron Man

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:45
<p>If you’re already excited for <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>, brace yourself, because the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a lot more realistic. You’ll soon be able to soar alongside Tony Stark as part of a heroic adventure when the brand new Avengers-themed roller coaster debuts at Disneyland Paris. Details revealed during the announcement at D23 Expo Japan this past weekend were slim, but the ride is promised to be a “high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure” that sees park guests teaming up with Iron Man and other familiar Marvel characters.</p><p>Set to take the place of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney Studios — the second park at the resort formerly known as Euro Disney — this Iron Man coaster will bring plenty of comic book thrills to life. With a speedy take-off, inversions and corkscrews aplenty, the pre-existing indoor attraction serves as a solid base for the kind of antics and adventures the Avengers find themselves in. (Aerosmith fans, don’t fret — the version at <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Hollywood Studios</a> is here to stay.)</p><p>The news comes on the heels of last year’s announcement that Disneyland Paris would be constructing the first-ever <a href="" target="_blank">Marvel hotel</a>. The transformation of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will bring artifacts and props on display within its lobby and offer rooms with stylized posters honoring the superheros when it debuts in 2020. Later this summer, a seasonal Marvel event will bring Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow and Star-Lord characters into Walt Disney Studios Park for entertainment and meet-and-greets for the very first time.</p><p>Marvel is clearly landing at Disneyland Paris in a big way, and if the parks were interested in rounding out a full super hero land within Walt Disney Studios Park, the blueprint could draw itself. Just around the bend is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror — an attraction which was brilliantly re-themed to incorporate Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort just last year.</p><p>The forthcoming Avengers-themed roller coaster is just one of five <a href="" target="_blank">Marvel rides</a> at Disney Parks worldwide. Hong Kong Disneyland will soon transform Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters into an Ant-Man and the Wasp-helmed shooting adventure, and Epcot’s <a href="" target="_blank">Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster</a> is promised to host an innovative new ride system when it opens 2021 as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. Marvel fanatics should feel free to get excited about what’s to come, because Disney has not faltered with incorporating the superheros into park attractions. The two Marvel rides currently in operation — Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland and <a href="" target="_blank">Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!</a> At Disney California Adventure — both quickly became the highest-rated attractions at each theme park after opening last year.</p>
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Disney Is Raising Ticket Prices — Here Are the Cheapest Times to Go

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:14
<p>Disney parks on both coasts unveiled price hikes <a href="" target="_blank">over the weekend</a>, increasing daily admission for peak days up to $135 at Disneyland and $129 at Florida’s Magic Kingdom. Prices for annual passes, meanwhile, got bumped up a staggering amount.</p><p>But sticker shock doesn't have to derail your Disney vacation, because the increases are nothing a little ticket-pricing expertise can’t solve.</p><p>There’s a way to handle the mouse’s price increases and even save money on your next Disney vacation by knowing how to outsmart it. With that in mind, these are the best times to visit Walt <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World</a> in 2018, when to avoid Disneyland, and why visiting when your kids are out of school might actually be the most cost-effective option.</p><h2>When to visit Disneyland Resort</h2><p>The cheapest time to visit Disneyland is late Spring, specifically on Mondays through Thursdays from mid-April to late May. One-day tickets will be at their lowest — $97 for adult, $91 for child — and it’s likely the last “value”-priced time until late August. (Disneyland has only posted calendars through June.)</p><p>If you’re planning a summer vacation, wait until at least June 25th to visit. Weekday 1-day tickets throughout June are all “regular”-priced ($117 adult, $110 child), but Disney California Adventure’s Pixar Pier, which brings with it a reimagined <em>Incredibles</em>-themed roller coaster — one of the park’s signature rides — won’t open until the second-to-last weekend of the month.</p><h2>When to avoid Disneyland Resort</h2><p>Skip out on Disneyland trips during February and March, and if at all possible, wait until April. Spring Break crowds will have ceased by then, much of the walled construction that has overtaken Disneyland Park will be gone and you’re guaranteed nighttime entertainment beyond Fantasmic. (Believe it or not, there are no fireworks shows until March 15th!) When <a href="" target="_blank">Pixar </a><a href="" target="_blank">Fest</a> begins April 13th, it’ll bring with it a state-of-the-art fireworks show and newly enhanced versions of Paint The Night and Pixar Play Parade that will maximize the worth of your 1-day admission.</p><h2>When to Visit Walt Disney World Resort</h2><p>Summer. Yes, it’s sticky-hot and all kids are out of school, but Epcot International Flower &amp; Garden Festival has become so popular that it’s now cheaper to buy 1-day tickets to the Florida parks throughout most of June, July and August than during weekends in May. The same goes for multi-day tickets. Since the opening date for Toy Story Land at Disney Hollywood Studio has not yet been announced, erring more towards the middle of the summer all but guarantees your family will experience the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and Alien Swirling Saucers firsthand.</p><h2>When to Avoid Walt Disney World Resort</h2><p>Thankfully, there’s no specific time to explicitly avoid Walt Disney World. Guests who want to experience the food, drink, decor and entertainment that comes with Epcot’s Flower &amp; Garden festivities won’t mind splurging up to $20 more for it on the weekend; those who don’t will experience more passive crowds once it ends. Attendance will stay steady across the four parks, but with Toy Story Land serving as Walt Disney World’s big opening this summer, anytime is a good time.</p><h2>Tips on How to Save at Disney Parks</h2><h3>Avoid 1-day tickets if at all possible.</h3><p>Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s tiered ticket pricing — which determines each calendar date as a value, regular or peak day — applies exclusively to single day tickets. Multi-day tickets, which start at just two days, are not affected by that timetable. Simply put: if you’re irked by paying a premium to visit on holidays or weekends, visiting for longer goes down more smoothly.</p><h3>Know your local promotions.</h3><p>California residents should pause on obtaining a pricier annual pass and instead utilize the two- or three-day <a href="" target="_blank">SoCal Resident ticket offer</a>, which prices 1-park admission for adults and children as low as $66 per day, nearly $30 less than standard multi-day tickets. Since SoCal Resident tickets are valid through May 24th and only have a two-week blackout period (March 23rd through April 8th), they’ll be valid during many high-priced admission days — which now top out at $135 — and can be split for use throughout Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine festival and Pixar Fest’s debut. In Florida, residents can obtain a <a href="" target="_blank">Discover Disney</a> three- or four-day tickets, which price 1-park admission as low as $45 per day for adults or children.</p><h3>Skip on park-hopper tickets.</h3><p>The convenience of traveling between multiple Disney parks on the same day can maximize your family vacation, but may not be worth it on shorter trips. If you’re only going to spend two days at Walt Disney World, you’ll struggle to see it all anyway, and committing to two parks you want to experience in-depth can save up to $65.</p><img alt="Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida "src=""><p>California visitors will absolutely want to check out both Disneyland Resort theme parks, but cramming both into a peak day ($185 adult, $177 child) is $20 to $25 less than spending one full day in each park ($210 adult, $198 child). Another reason to rethink 1-day park hopper tickets? Peak days mean busy crowds, and seeing every attraction across two parks will be harrowing. Split it up for peace of mind, and you’re likely to enjoy your visit more, too.</p><h3>Only buy MaxPass if you’re visiting for the day.</h3><p>Sure, Disneyland’s in-app FastPass booking system is wildly convenient, but with higher gate tickets, it’s just not worth it — unless you’re a single day guest. With 1-day 1-park tickets to the Anaheim parks topping out at $135, you’ll be more inclined to get more “bang” for your buck, and the $10 upsell will absolutely save you time.</p><p>If you’ll be at Disneyland Resort for three or four days, you can afford to be more leisurely and walk to the FastPass kiosks yourself, avoiding an extra $30 or $40 surcharge per person.</p><h3>Go with an annual passholder.</h3><p>Say hello to the new kind of friend with benefits. Since higher-tier Disneyland and Walt Disney World annual passes offer free parking, discounts on food and merchandise and complimentary PhotoPass, you’ll save extra money you didn’t even account for simply by having the right pal in tow, making those ticket price increases less significant.</p>
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Photos of the 2018 Westminster Dog Show Prove What We Already Knew – Dogs Are Perfect

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:26
<p>Every year, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show brings animal lovers together to appreciate some of best behaved and groomed pets around, and this year's 142nd annual show is no different.</p><p>From Monday Feb. 12 to Tuesday, Feb. 13, <a href="" target="_blank">nearly 3,000 dogs</a> and their handlers will go head-to-head at <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>’s Madison Square Garden in a quest to receive the "Best in Show" award.</p><p>Leading up to the show, the Westminster Masters Agility Championship was on Saturday, Feb. 10, with a <a href="" target="_blank">Border Collie fittingly named Fame</a> taking home the trophy. Mixed-breed canines – referred to as All American dogs – compete in this event as well.</p><img alt="Border Collie competes in the Westminster Dog Show Agility Championship "src=""><p>If you’re a dog lover, you know <a href="" target="_blank">all dogs are perfect</a> in their own ways, but the Westminster Dog Show has its own system of ranking the pups. First, dogs compete against members of their own breed, broken down into seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding.</p><p>The winning dog in each group will advance to the Best in Show competition, a prestigious title one dog will earn at the end of the events on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 11 p.m. EST.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Last year</a>, a German Shepherd named Rumor won Best in Show.</p><p>A complete schedule of events is available on <a href="" target="_blank">The Westminster Kennel Club’s website</a>. To watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, you can livestream the events via <a href="" target="_blank">Fox Sports Go</a>, and the Best in Show competition will also <a href="" target="_blank">air live on FS1</a>.</p><p>While waiting to find out which furry friend emerges victorious, check out some photos of the 142nd Westminster Dog Show below.</p><h2>Westminster Masters Agility 2018 Obstacle Course</h2><img alt="dog competing in the westminster agility 2018 competition "src=""><img alt="westminster agility 2018 results "src=""><img alt="masters agility championship 2018 westminster dog show "src=""><img alt="westminster dog show agility obstacle course 2018 "src=""><img alt="westminster kennel club agility 2018 results "src=""><img alt="dog competing in the westminster agility 2018 competition "src=""><h2>More from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2018</h2><img alt="British Bulldog competes Westminster dog show 2018 "src=""><img alt="chow chow dogs compete westminster dog show 2018 "src=""><img alt="clumber spaniel dogs compete westminster dog show 2018 "src=""><img alt="primping at westminster dog show 2018 "src=""><img alt="close up of grooming at westminster dog show 2018 "src=""><img alt="westminster dog show 2018 breeds "src=""><img alt="dalmatian competes westminster dog show 2018 "src=""><img alt="westminster kennel club dog show 2018 "src=""><img alt="Whippets compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers "src=""><img alt="A Chinese Crested at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City "src="">
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