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Marijuana tourism

No to-go bags at Denver Airport

Colorado recently became the first state where small amounts of recreational pot can be legally sold in specialty shops, but if you are flying out of the Centennial State with a doggy bag of marijuana, be warned that Denver International Airport has zero tolerance for the stuff.

Travelers are already prohibited from carrying marijuana through the airport’s security gates. The airport now plans to adopt a rule to ban pot in the main terminal as well. The airport is installing signs that include marijuana among the list of prohibited items on airport property, said airport spokeswoman Stacey Stegman.

If Transportation Security Administration officers find small amounts of marijuana on travelers, the agency says, it will refer the matter to local law enforcement. Airport police at Denver International will probably not arrest you for carrying small amounts of pot on your first offense, Stegman said.

If you want to catch your flight, you must toss it in the trash, she said. If you can’t part with your marijuana, Stegman said you will need to leave the airport with it.


Delta knows

your name

Delta Airlines has upgraded its recognition software for SkyMiles members so when you call Delta (800-221-1212) on a phone recognized by the airline, it will automatically know your frequent flier number and confirmation numbers for upcoming flights, avoiding long dreary minutes of explaining who you are.

Its male voice says, “Welcome back (your name); I see you have a flight from Miami to (city) on (date). Are you calling about this flight?”

Add phone numbers to your SkyMiles account profile at or call the airline.


Van Gogh exhibit extended in D.C.

Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection is extending its exhibition of Vincent van Gogh’s artwork, Van Gogh Repetitions, through Feb. 2. The exhibit explores various versions of some of van Gogh’s well-known paintings, examining how he repeated certain compositions during his career.

This is the first major exhibit of van Gogh’s artwork in Washington in 15 years. It was organized with the Cleveland Museum of Art, which will host the exhibit beginning in March. It includes more than 30 paintings and works on paper, following van Gogh’s career in the Netherlands and France. The paintings are rarely, if ever, shown together.

Curators say this exhibit gives visitors a chance to follow van Gogh’s process and see how deliberate he was.


Most would pay for no-cellphone zone

If a ban on cellphone calls on commercial planes is lifted, a majority of travelers said they would be willing to pay extra to sit in a chatter-free “quiet zone” on the planes. That is the finding of a poll of more than 3,400 fliers by the travel website Airfarewatchdog.

Of those polled, 53 percent said they would pay to sit in an airplane’s “quiet zone.”

It’s a relevant question because the Federal Communications Commission is now accepting public comment on a proposal to lift the 22-year-old ban on cellphone calls on commercial airlines. Three airlines, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, all say they will not allow cellphone calls even if the ban is lifted. United Airlines said it is still evaluating its passengers’ views on the subject but for now will continue to ban calls.

But the poll result raises the question: Would airlines allow onboard cellphone calls just to charge passengers a fee to sit in a quiet zone?

George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog, said he doesn’t think airlines would charge such a fee. But he added: “It’s dangerous to second-guess airlines when it comes to passenger fees.”

Las Vegas

‘Jubilee’ to close for makeover

Jubilee! — the campy Las Vegas show with elaborate sequined costumes, chorus boys and, of course, showgirls — will close on Jan. 30 for a complete makeover.

The show at Bally’s Las Vegas hotel-casino is expected to reopen with a more contemporary feel in March under the direction of Frank Gatson Jr.

The show opened in 1981 under the direction of choreographer Donn Arden, an old-school showman credited with helping invent the Las Vegas showgirl. Originally titled Hollywood Jubilee, it’s one of the last of the flamboyant showgirl reviews that were once wildly popular on the Strip. Bally’s officials say it’s the longest-running show in Las Vegas.

It’s expected to re-open with tickets starting at $65, a relative bargain on the Strip.

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