The Secret Life of the American Airport Worker

I've spent the last six months investigating the lives of America's airport workers: the wheelchair pushers, the cabin cleaners, the baggage handlers, the people who will—instead of heading back to their own family members—assist ours as we travel this week. If you ask airport workers what they're doing for the… » 11/25/14 3:45pm 11/25/14 3:45pm

They Didn't Really Want You at Their Destination Wedding, Anyhow.

Destination weddings are a big deal for both the hosts and the guests. For the bride and groom, it's an extra layer of coordination and a lot of crossing your fingers that things turn out okay. For the guests, it can be a serious pain in the ass, and this often makes the lucky invitees very, very mad. » 10/28/14 3:10pm 10/28/14 3:10pm

I Will Dress Like a Slob on an Airplane and No One Can Stop Me

There are people out there — fancy, elegant people — who strongly argue the case for dressing nicely on airplanes."The plane is not your living room," they say. "Dressing well around other people is a show of respect so why not put in a little effort when you travel?" The answer is easy: Because I don't want to and… » 9/10/14 3:00pm 9/10/14 3:00pm

Southwest Airlines Apologizes for Misplacing Elderly Woman

Eighty-five-year-old Alice Vaticano was supposed to be wheeled to the Southwest Airlines gate to catch her flight home to Denver, but instead a "processing error" left her stranded in a wheelchair in Newark for 11 hours. Vaticano, who is "sometimes forgetful," didn't know where she was, and had no choice but to sit… » 8/27/14 3:50pm 8/27/14 3:50pm

Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Man Uses Anti-Reclining Device

Flying is a terrible indignity and if my entire family didn't live in the Midwest, I'd never do it because no trip up the majestic coast of California is worth 12+ total hours of X-raying, shoe removing, recycled baby poop air breathing, awkward water glass spilling knee bumping claustrophobia. Plus, what's the deal… » 8/26/14 1:45pm 8/26/14 1:45pm

Your Latest Reason to Hate Flying: Scary Germs Everywhere

It's a technological marvel, sure, but flying is generally miserable and, for those of us who're a little phobic, terrifying too. And now there's yet another reason to squirm in your seat with discomfort: germs! Apparently, invisible goodies like MRSA and E. coli stick around airplanes for way too long. » 5/20/14 4:50pm 5/20/14 4:50pm

Inside the Ladies' Bathhouse

Imagine dozens of half-naked women scrubbing each other's bodies head to toe from inside a hot, steamy room of cool, white marble. They scoop crystal clear mineral water from centuries old marble basins and pour the healing liquid over their heads and shoulders. Soapy suds drip down their bodies and their slippery,… » 4/18/14 11:21am 4/18/14 11:21am