Battery/Charger In Luggage Explodes at Chicago’s Midway Airport (But Not How You’d Think)

Here’s another reason why you want to keep batteries and chargers in your carry on bags.

For the past several years, airlines, following FAA regulations, have required that lithium-ion batteries – those that power smartphones, tablets, cameras, laptops and E-cigarettes, among other things – be stored in passengers’ carry on bags instead of check luggage.

The reason for this is that they can catch fire if they’re damaged or if the battery terminals are somehow short-circuited. Although a fire in the cabin is an absolute emergency and oftentimes cause for an emergency landing, a fire in the cargo section, where no one and nothing will see/smell/detect it for a longer amount of time,  could wind up being even more potentially deadly.

That being said, there’s another reason you don’t want to keep those batteries (or frankly, regular batteries. Or chargers) in your checked luggage…

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When The Onion Satirizes Travel & It’s Not Very Far From The Truth

The Onion is a U.S.-based satirical digital media company and newspaper organization that publishes articles on international, national, and local news. Some people love it, some hate it. Either way is fine to them, I’m sure, as long as you keep clicking on their site ;-).

A while back, we discovered that The Onion has posted several articles about Disney parks and, like most satirical pieces, the articles were outlandish but very often based, in varying levels under the surface, in truth.

The Onion has also done a bunch of pieces on travel in general, many of which may or may not give you a chuckle:

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Changes For JetBlue, Amex & Hilton, Kids Are FREE Into Shows, Chase Says They Won’t Close Account, But…, & More

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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I’ve Seen A LOT of Hotel Pools But This Was The Best One Ever

Over the years we’ve stayed in our share of hotels, from the ultra-luxurious to the really cheap. One thing about any hotel that usually fails to impress me is the pool. I get that the pool is the main thing some guests think about but I just don’t get the appeal. You’ll never hear me say “Wow, that hotel pool was amazing.” That is until we visited this hotel.

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Flying To/From/Through Chicago O’Hare (ORD) In 2019? Give Yourself Some Extra Time

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) is a huge airport. In fact, with nearly 80,000,000 passengers annually, to say nothing of an average of 2,400 aircraft operations per day, it’s ranked as the 6th busiest airport in the world.

ORD has four terminals that are connected by an inter-terminal train called the Airport Transit System (ATS). ATS has been running since 1993 and after a few delays, it’s finally in the midst of getting a well-earned rehabilitation.

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