Airlines experimenting with kid-free zones on planes

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A few airlines have instituted no-children-allowed policies in certain areas of the plane.  (iStock)

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Everything you can get for free at the airport

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Airline reveals which windows seats you should always avoid

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Where to see the best fall foliage across the country

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Airlines experimenting with kid-free zones on planes

Airlines experimenting with kid-free zones on planes

By Cailey Rizzo | Travel + Leisure Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email A few airlines have instituted no-children-allowed policies in certain areas of the plane.  (iStock) Last month, George and Amal Clooney took their six-month-old twins on a flight to London. When they showed up, they came prepared with noise-canceling headphones for everybody in first class, along with a note apologizing in advance for any noise their children would make during the flight. However not all experiences flying with children in first class go so smoothly. Earlier last year, fashion blogger Arielle Noa wrote on Instagram that a Delta flight attendant asked Noa to move to the “back of the plane” after receiving complaints about her baby’s crying from other first class passengers. The issue of children in first class is a prickly one. Often, parents buy first class tickets to have more room with their child. However, other first class passengers are often paying premium to avoid the trials of the economy cabin, like sitting next to crying children. Related: Doctor Delivers Baby Boy in First Class on Flight From Paris to New York More From Travel + Leisure United Airlines Just Saved $290,000 by Changing Something Nobody Will Notice Tokyo Disneyland Looks Absolutely Magical Covered in Snow — See the Photos Are Tourists Really Canceling Their Trips to the U.S. Because of Trump? (Video) Why You Might Want to Think Twice Before Eating Breakfast on a Plane Doctor Delivers Baby Boy in First Class on Flight From Paris to New York While not everybody may be able to afford noise-canceling headphones for the rest of the cabin a la Clooney, handing out earplugs is a thoughtful, proactive gesture that could eliminate frustrations later in the flight. Parents should be well-prepared for flying with children, no matter in which class they fly. Most airlines don’t have specific, written rules about an infant or child policy in first class. (Except Malaysia Air, which has banned infants from its first class.) However some airlines are experimenting with unique ways to make flying with children better — for everybody in the plane. Etihad offers a “Flying Nanny” service on its long-haul flights. The nannies have been approved by a childcare training college in the UK and are on hand to assist parents and entertain children during flight. They can get a child ready to sleep and pass the time with crafts, hand puppets, art, face painting, and magic tricks. Indian airline IndiGo created a “quiet zone” in its cabins where children under the age of 12 are not allowed. Richard Branson once said that he would like to introduce a “kids’ class” onboard his Virgin aircraft. “It would be a separate...

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Everything you can get for free at the airport

Everything you can get for free at the airport

By Andrea Romano | Travel + Leisure Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email iStock  (Did you know you can do yoga at the airport? Here’s everything you can do for free on your next long layover. ) Killing time at the airport doesn’t have to be expensive. If you ever find yourself trapped during a long layover or stuck in a terminal due to plane delays, there are plenty of things to do in the airport that are completely free. Yes, this means you don’t have to spend money at the duty-free or at the airport bar for hours on end. Depending on where or when you fly, you can take advantage of some of these airport freebies. If you’re saving your cell phone battery, you can make free calls at Denver International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Just look for a marked courtesy phone. At Dulles and Ronald Reagan, local and long distance calls are free to anywhere within the contiguous United States, as long as they’re shorter than five minutes. Denver has ad-supported phones offering completely free domestic calls and 10 minutes of free long distance calls. If you need time to relax and stretch, do some yoga at San Francisco International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports, Miami International Airport, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. These airports also have complimentary mats for guests to borrow. If you’re feeling scruffy, get a free shoe shine at Los Angeles International Airport, Denver International Airport and Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport. But it’s always customary to tip your shoe shiner. For those on especially long layovers, grab a free movie by a local filmmaker at Oregon’s Portland International Airport (post-security), San Francisco International Airport (pre-security), and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (post-security, by Gate C18). International travelers can also catch a free movie at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Travelers who need a wardrobe change can get a free personal shopper at London’s Heathrow Airport. These fashion experts don’t work on commission and there’s no minimum price on what you want to spend. Personal shoppers can be found in the private lounge. Plus, there’s free champagne. If you need some cultural entertainment, some airports have free museums and live events. San Francisco, Miami, Albany, Minneapolis, Portland, and St. Louis have free art and history exhibits all year long right in the airport. Austin-Bergstrom International and Seattle-Tacoma International airports have at least 20 free music performances each week and you can play ping-pong at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport. More from Travel + Leisure Meghan Markle’s New Year’s Resolution Is to ‘Stop Swearing’ and We’ve Never Loved Her More Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Finally Made It to Tokyo, and They Celebrated With Ramen Kate Middleton Shoots Down ‘Perfect Princess’ Compliment With Four Words A British Woman Was Sentenced...

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94-year-old woman goes skydiving for birthday: ‘I better do it now’

94-year-old woman goes skydiving for birthday: ‘I better do it now’

Fox News Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email close 94-year-old celebrates birthday with skydive Eila Campbell’s bucket list just got one entry shorter. Campbell, a 94-year-old woman from Williamsport, Penn., celebrated her recent birthday by jumping out of a plane alongside her granddaughter and great-granddaughter. “This year, when I’m going to be this age, this old, I figured I’ll never make it for another year,” Campbell told WNEP. “I better do it now.” UNITED AIRLINES MAKING MORE CHANGES TO THEIR ECONOMY SEATING The site also claims Campbell remained “cool, calm and collected” throughout the 10,000-foot fall, even while reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour during the free fall. “The free fall is kind of a ‘wow.’ The wind is so terrific. It was great and I loved it. I’ll do it again,” she told WNEP. Eila Campbell celebrated her recent birthday by jumping out of a plane.  (Associated Press) Campbell, as well as her granddaughter Sara Schuelke and great-granddaughter Jess Fox, all jumped in tandem with skydiving instructors with the “Above the Poconos Skydivers” group above the Hazleton Regional Airport in Hazleton, Penn. Schuelke, too, says her grandmother had been wanting to skydive for a long time. “I wasn’t going to miss it,” said Schuelke. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS Don Keller, the owner of Above the Poconos Skydivers and a Guinness record-holder for “most parachute descents,” says he’s never seen anyone as old as Campbell jump. Video Four generations go skydiving for youngest’s birthday However, Campbell isn’t the first to make skydiving a family affair: In 2014, four generations of one family all took the plunge together in honor of an 18-year-old’s high school graduation, up to and including its 88-year-old patriarch. Former President George H.W. Bush also frequently celebrated his birthdays with a skydive, though his last was in 2014 at age 90. The Associated Press contributed to this...

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Airline reveals which windows seats you should always avoid

Airline reveals which windows seats you should always avoid

news.com.au Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email If you want a spot with a view, be sure to avoid these window seats.  (iStock) How many times have you boarded a plane and arrived at your carefully selected window seat, only to find there’s no window? Given the sky-high view is one of the few perks of being squashed up against the wall of the plane, it’s a pretty disappointing scenario to find yourself in. Sometimes seats don’t match up with windows because of the extra rows some airlines squeeze on board, which throws the perfect alignment of seats and windows out of whack. It’s a phenomenon that’s spawned the popular hashtag #wheresmywindow. But in a new explainer on its blog, Virgin Australia reveals the “window seats” on its aircraft that have no windows and that it’s due to the air conditioning system. If you enjoy looking out the window during a flight, the airline says you want to avoid seat 9A on its Boeing 737-800 aircraft, seat 39A on the Airbus 330-200 and seats 21A and 21K on the Boeing 777-300ER. Passengers in these seats will find the person directly in front, behind and even across the row from them in the opposite window seat will have windows, but they won’t. Here’s why it happens, using the example of the Boeing 737 aircraft, which comprise the bulk of Virgin Australia’s fleet. The airline explains that on the 737s, air conditioning distribution ducts run through the fuselage — the main body of the aircraft — to overhead vents. “These ducts run up the side of the fuselage to overhead vents, in the space where a window of seat 9A would normally be, to then deliver air conditioning throughout the cabin via overhead vents,” Virgin Australia says. And it’s not just a feature on the 737. It can also be found on Boeing 777s, 747s, 757s and even the 737 MAXs. “Most Airbus aircraft types also have a similar windowless window seat, so it’s not exclusive to one aircraft type or corporation; it’s actually a pretty common design feature across commercial aircraft,” the airline says. So if you do find yourself in a windowless window seat, just know your sacrifice is keeping all your fellow passengers cool and comfortable. This article originally appeared on...

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Where to see the best fall foliage across the country

Where to see the best fall foliage across the country

By Jacquelyn Hart | Fox News Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email It’s not too late to leaf-peep!  (iStock) Peak leaf-peeping season is almost over, but it’s not too late for those seeking one last look at the nation’s best fall foliage. America offers plenty of beautiful locations for marveling at the changing colors of the season, whether you’re up north, down south, or even out west. So bundle up, grab some apples and get outside to leaf-peep away at nature’s dazzling display. The closer we get to winter, however, certain parks, attractions and locations may close, so be sure to double-check before your head out. NORTHEAST Acadia National Park, Maine Visit the beautiful Acadia National Park and scale Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain in the park and the tallest along the eastern American coast. Not only is this a prime place to view the sunrise, but the 27-mile Park Loop Road system that winds around the mountain offers views of the coastal forests and shoreline. Peak season for leaf-peeping is generally in mid-October, but the state has a fall foliage website that’s updated weekly, so you can determine the best time to visit. After you’ve had your fill of fall colors, head to the coastal town of Bar Harbor, full of history, shops and delicious restaurants. The Catskills, New York The Catskills are lovely in the autumn. View fall foliage in the great outdoors, or take a hikeon one of the popular hiking trails in the Catskill Mountains. The area is also great for a scenic drive where you can see the historic covered bridges that date back to the 1800s. Be sure to see the many waterfalls in the region as well, with Kaaterskill Falls being the tallest cascading waterfall in New York State. A fall foliage report for the state can be viewed here. BEST TRANSITIONAL JACKETS FOR FALL Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania For amazing leaf-peeping and a good time, head to the Pocono Mountains. Consult the fall foliage forecast before you plan your trip, and if you want to be extra sure the leaves are at optimal color, check out their live cameras. Visitors can take a scenic train ride or trail ride through the region or even an air tour to see the changing foliage. (You know you are going to a superb area for leaf peeping when they have a leaf peeping FAQ available.) Mount Washington, New Hampshire Mount Washington State Park sits atop the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. The area offers expansive views of up to 130-miles on a clear day, surrounded by the 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. If you are not looking to hike up the mountain, there is a scenic overlook with vehicle access. Note that the park (summit building) is closed from November to April. But another way...

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The ‘Devil’s Swimming Pool’ on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

The ‘Devil’s Swimming Pool’ on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

By Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email The Devil’s Swimming Pool is shallow natural pool atop Victoria Falls.  (Reuters) Victoria Falls, without question, should be on every serious traveler’s bucket list — especially adrenaline junkies who are willing to risk it all for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The 354-foot-high falls, which are one of the seven natural wonders of the world, are a truly stunning sight to see. As HuffPost reports, the mighty river above pours 250,000 gallons of water per second off the cliff and into the waters below. More From Travel + Leisure Axe-throwing Might Be the Cool (and Terrifying) New Bar Game to Play Get $329 Round-trip Tickets to Greece With Emirates Supermodel Miranda Kerr Shares Her 5 Best In-flight Beauty Secrets The World’s Longest Zip Line Will Reach Speeds of 80 Miles Per Hour But while the power, beauty, and sheer force of the falls leaves most people with a sense of respectful fear, for others, it simply makes them want to dive right in. And luckily for them, for a few short months a year you can. Atop the falls, tucked away in a small sliver of space next to Livingstone Island, sits a teeny, tiny pocket of water known as the Devil’s Swimming Pool. It is there that adventure-seekers can dive in, be pushed to the brink of disaster, and hang over the top to check out the death-defying view. If you’re interested in experiencing this thrill, you need to plan your travels very carefully. According to Zambia Tourism, the pool is only accessible during the dry months from mid-August to mid-January, as the river’s levels drop substantially to reveal the pool below. “For the rest of the year, anyone foolish enough to enter the waters would be instantly swept to their deaths,” the tourism site explained. “But when levels drop, the natural rock walls of the Devil’s Pool come close enough to the surface to form a barrier and stop swimmers [from] being carried away.” So if you’re highly adventurous and just a little bit crazy, head out for the thrill of a lifetime. Just make sure to book through a certified guide...

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Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her ‘disgusting’

Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her ‘disgusting’

Fox News Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email A hunter claims she’s received death threats for posting pictures from her Alaskan moose hunt on Facebook.  (iStock) Hunting enthusiast Jessica Grays says she’s “thankful” for the multiple death threats she’s received after images of her Alaskan moose hunt went viral late last month, as they’ve since resulted in speaking gigs and sponsorships. “Thank you for the amount of HATE and death threats you have all sent my way,” wrote Grays in response to the negative comments on her Facebook photos. “It has created quite the media stir bringing this to a National Platform where I have media, newspaper, huntings [sic] blogs, radio stations and women’s rights groups contacting me to be spokesperson and sponsorships from it!” HUNTING EXPERT EVA SHOCKEY ON WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE WILD Grays initially posted the photos from her hunt on Sept. 19, sharing several pics that depicted her and a hunting companion — presumably her husband — harvesting a bull moose. “A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to my partner in crime on harvesting this MONSTER BULL!” Grays wrote alongside the photo. Grays also shared photos of herself holding the bull’s gigantic horns after they were removed from the animal’s carcass. Soon afterward, Grays’ Facebook page began to flood with comments from critics who disapproved of her lifestyle, some of whom called Grays and her friend “disgusting.” Several, too, hoped that Grays might receive some kind of karmic retribution after killing the animal. Supporters, meanwhile, rushed in to congratulate Grays on the kill. Others also argued that she’s actually helping to conserve the moose population in Alaska by thinning the herds. 6 WAYS TO FIND A BUCK YOU ALREADY SCARED OFF In her follow-up post — the one in which she thanks the haters — Grays too argued that her detractors were not educated on the hunting laws in Alaska, or the “environmental impact that controlled lawful hunting provides” to the area. “Accusing someone of murder when they hunt an animal is like accusing jet pilots of global warming …  it’s intellectually irresponsible and brings light to the greater issue, mental illness of those who make such ignorant claims,” she wrote. Grays added that, in addition to herself, her family has been “ambushed” with death threats and “called the most disgusting and filthy and evil names” in response to her photos. She then suggested her critics leave her alone and “go hug a tree.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS Grays also issued a statement to Yahoo, telling them she’s saddened by the response to her photos, especially in the wake of the devastating tragedy in Las Vegas. “I find it unfortunate that the day after we as...

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