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Airport: Body Scanner (Photo: Transportation Security Administration)

Remember those X-ray body scanners that caused an uproar over privacy, health, and security concerns? The TSA is now quietly removing those machines from major airports—and sending them to smaller airports, reports ProPublica....read more»

Cruise - Woman relaxing in a pink tube on a cruise vacation (Photo: Christian Wheatley)

Enter US Airways Cruises' Million Miles Dream Getaway sweepstakes by January 31, 2013, for a chance to win the grand prize: 500,000 US Airways frequent-flyer miles and a $2,500 voucher good for a seven-day Caribbean cruise for two. There are also five runner-up prizes of 100,000 US Airways miles each.

To enter, provide the requested information (name, email, zip code) on the sweepstakes landing page, and press "submit."

Time required to enter: under 15 seconds....read more»

Sailboats on Crystal Blue Water (Photo: Thinkstock/Hemera)

This week, we're reading a heartwarming story about Air Canada passengers who became heroes after saving a stranded sailor. Get the scoop on this and other interesting travel stories in our weekly roundup, below.

Plane Passengers Rescue Stranded Sailor

Australian sailor Glenn Ey became stranded at sea last week after his yacht was damaged in a storm. Ey was drifting in the Tasman Sea, with no sails and little fuel, when salvation appeared in the sky. According to a report from Today News, "Since the jet was the closest aircraft to the emergency beacon signal, its captain helped Australian authorities to locate the damaged yacht. The jet’s captain, Andrew Robertson, took the Boeing 777 from 38,000 feet to 4,000 feet and told the crew and the 270 passengers to look out the window to try and spot the vessel."...read more»

Travel brochures (Photo: IndexOpen)

Following is our regular summary of the best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.

Starwood Resort Award Stays for Fewer Points

Between October 21 and December 20, Starwood Preferred Guest members can book award stays at 21 U.S. and Canadian resort hotels for up to 50 percent fewer points. ...read more»

Uruguay: Montevideo, Pocitos (Photo: Wagner Rios)

This undiscovered gem offers beaches, history, and culture....read more»

Lebanon: Beirut Cityscape (Photo: Shutterstock/diak)

We weren't aware that fictional television shows had to serve as tourism ads for their filming locations. However, the tourism leaders of Lebanon apparently feel differently, according to the Daily Mail....read more»

Atomic Bomb Explosion (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

When we think of great tourist attractions, we imagine places more along the lines of the Great Wall of China, rather than a former atomic bomb test site. Chinese officials think differently, however, and plan to spend around $1 million to open the Malan Base to tourists, reports UPI.com. ...read more»

You've heard of the incredible shrinking airline seat; now find out the truth about legroom on planes, trains, and buses....read more»

Drunk man (Photo: Simone van den Berg/iStockphoto)

There's a fine line between having an in-flight cocktail to relax you, and having a few too many, and one passenger on a flight from Boston to Utah blazed right through that line. The Boston Herald reports that Anatoliy N. Baranovich allegedly opened the emergency exit on his Delta flight.

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Bankrupt Businessman (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)

Last week, Club ABC Tours of Bloomfield, NJ, apparently folded, leaving customers and suppliers with little recourse. I say "apparently," because the company made no formal announcement: Instead, it just quietly disappeared; its website is no longer responding, and press reports indicate it isn't responding to any inquiries. I think you can assume it's gone. And that means current customers' prepayments and deposits are probably lost, and some suppliers are likely left with unpaid bills. Because I can't access the website, I can't tell if any travelers who already started their tours are "stranded" somewhere: It could happen, I just haven't seen any reports. ...read more»

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