Boarding Pass

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 409th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. What travelers feel other world travelers would want to know about: that’s what we’ve been printing going on 35 years now. Plus news affecting travelers.

The US government compiled a list of 14 countries it considers state sponsors of terrorism or “other countries of interest” and, as of Jan. 4, anyone with a passport from one of those countries or anyone who is traveling from or has...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 408th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, the one that depends on its continent-hopping subscribers for much of what is printed.

While waiting to take off on a domestic flight aboard a US airline, passengers no longer may be kept aboard the airplane sitting on the tarmac for more than three hours, unless it’s necessary for safety or security or if returning to the terminal would disrupt airport operations. That’s one of the new “...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 407th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. We present, among other things, a mix of reader-written firsthand accounts and news items, such as the following.

Three airlines that misinterpreted Transportation Security Administration rules and kept dozens of passengers cooped up on a plane in Rochester, Minnesota, for almost six hours — in violation of a law prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices in air transportation — have been...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 406th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In case you overlooked it in last month’s issue, we’re reprinting on page 71 the notice about our essay contest “What Makes Madrid ‘Madrid’?” Prizes involved!

The Department of Transportation warned several airlines in October that they may not arbitrarily limit compensation to passengers who purchase toiletries and other necessities because their baggage is lost or delayed.

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 405th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Don’t panic! the “Funniest Thing” has only been moved, not eliminated. It now will be found at the end of the last (third) section of Travelers’ Intercom letters. We’re just tidying up a bit.

Of course, I’m well aware that you’ve already found it. I know from numerous phone conversations that the “Funniest Thing” is what most readers turn to first. “Boarding Pass” is farther down the...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 404th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

I have several warnings to pass along this month plus a couple of tips and then a special remembrance.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office warned UK citizens recently, about Trinidad, “There has… been a worrying increase in violent crime, muggings and robberies in all areas in 2009… including stabbings and violent attacks.” Further, “Cruise ship passengers should take particular...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 403rd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Here are a few of the items that have been making news in travel.

In cities around Nicaragua, be wary of anyone, even a woman, offering to share a cab or help you find one. Robberies and physical assaults in taxis are increasing, particularly around the international airport. Victims in taxis have been forced at knife-point to withdraw money from their accounts at ATMs.

The US...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 402nd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine, the original travelers’ forum. That’s right. Worldwide travelers were interfacing here before there was an Internet. In fact, ITN was printing readers’ articles and candid appraisals of trips and destinations — the good AND the bad — before even newspapers and other travel magazines.

And it must have been a terrific idea. We’re still here, and the others have copied us, although I think we...

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