In this month’s edition of our travel advice column, Check Your Baggage, we discuss who needs a second seat on an airplane. Also: airport changes, oxygen masks, bringing batteries on planes, and more. Buying a Second Seat Q. “What are the rules on size and weight before a heavy person needs to buy a second seat?” —EL A. Rules for needing to purchase a second seat vary by airline; you can read our round-up of policies here. As a general rule, most airlines require people who can’t fit in a single seat with the armrest down to buy a second seat, but enforcement is varied. Batteries on a plane Q. “Can I bring batteries on a plane?” —AP A. Yes, you can bring batteries on planes, although how you pack them depends on the type of battery. The TSA’s “Can I Bring” search tool breaks it down for you: Dry batteries (your common household AA, AAA, C, and D batteries) are allowed in both carry-on and checked bags. Lithium batteries … [Read more...] about Can You Bring Batteries on Planes?
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You moved to Seattle and have an inkling to explore outside of the city. But don’t know where to start? You’re not alone. I meet people new to Seattle that find out that I’m outdoorsy. I then get peppered with questions about hiking. I realized there is some learned knowledge, and I want to share some tips and resources for hiking in Seattle. Note: This post contains affiliate links. Meaning if you click and buy some of the products linked in this post, I may earn a small percentage at no extra cost to you. Where to start: How to choose the right trail In Washington, there are plenty of resources to help you choose a hiking trail. I’m not going to give you much details as you can find an in-depth article on how to choose a hiking trail. Though, I did want to mention some Washington-specific things to know. Know before you go: Trails and mountain conditions When I first moved here, my first hike was Granite Mountain in June. Little did I know, snow lingers at … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know before Hiking in Seattle
It takes hard work and dedication to graduate at the top of your high school class — whether you end up in the top 10 among 90 classmates or the top 35 among 350. Today we salute the hundreds of students who accomplished that rank in St. Paul and other east metro schools. This annual project invites schools to send us a list of their “Top Graduates,” however they define them. Some schools designate the traditional valedictorian and salutatorian, others define a Top 10, and some recognize a long list of students who have achieved honors status. Our 2019 compilation shows students headed to colleges from coast to coast — from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to the University of California Berkeley. As college majors, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is strong. Some 80 students featured will major in a bioscience field; another 80 in an engineering discipline; three dozen in computer science. Other graduates are joining the U.S. military or … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2019: When their hard work meets the future
Q: I appreciate you reaching out and making the trip. I was intrigued by your position and also your perspective about younger veterans like the 9/11 veterans, but tell us a little bit about yourself and kind of, you know, what you’re doing on the West Coast.BUTLER: Yeah, sure. So I took over… so I joined IAVA on staff about three plus years ago. Came on… I was coming off… I’m in the reserves still… was active duty for a number of years in the Navy, still in the reserves but was back on active duty orders in Washington, D.C. for a couple years and, as those orders were wrapping up, I was looking to move to New York and do something different. I wanted to stay in the military veteran community, but not necessarily, you know, back on orders and things like that. And I’d known about IAVA for years and really always appreciated what they’ve done, especially with helping veterans transition. I had a really easy transition out of active duty. I … [Read more...] about Commentary: Q&A with Jeremy Butler of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
PUBLISHED: 18:45 08 February 2019 Jake Foxford Brushing is the latest scam that has arrived in Suffolk and involves Amazon parcels arriving unexpectedly Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PA WIRE At first glance, receiving a free parcel from Amazon might seem like a stroke of good fortune. But trading standards officers in Suffolk have now warned that people receiving unexpected deliveries might be victim to a new scam called ‘brushing’.If a package is addressed to you and sent to your home but not ordered by you, it might be a scammer’s latest attempt at a con.When we asked the people of Suffolk if they have been affected by this, they told us they were sent items like Kindle cases, a number plate cleaner and paintbrushes.They are often low-value, high-volume items that rely on good reviews to stand out in online marketplaces like Amazon.Here is more detail about the scam and how to avoid it:What is brushing?Alice Tomkins, community engagement … [Read more...] about Brushing: Everything you need to know about the ‘free parcel on your doostep’ scam