Travel briefs


TSA seeking ideas to cut waits

If you have a better idea for moving people through airport queues, the Transportation Security Administration wants to hear it — and in fact TSA is offering rewards of up to $5,000 for the best ideas.

The TSA has long relied on a first-come, first-served system that uses retractable belts and barriers to direct travelers through checkpoints.

But the TSA now has several categories of travelers to screen, including premium and pre-cleared travelers, passengers in wheelchairs, pilots and crew members. Putting all of these travelers in the same lines creates confusion and delays.

The deadline is Aug. 15, with submissions accepted at

Car caravan

Corvettes heading to Kentucky

Hundreds of Corvettes will be driving across country this month on their way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum In Kentucky.

One caravan will start in California and pick up cars as it heads east to the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where it will arrive on Aug. 27.

The museum was damaged in February when a sinkhole swallowed several Corvettes. Repairs have been delayed until after the anniversary celebration.

Paddling Georgia

Kayak, canoe excursions set

Federal agencies that oversee Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia are planning weekend paddling excursions this fall for the public to explore their wildest corners.

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have scheduled the paddling trips the weekend of Sept. 13 through 15 and day trips on Sept. 21 and 22.

The outings are planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation Act.


New Service

American Airlines said it will begin daily nonstop service between Miami and Cap-Haïtien, Haiti’s second largest city, on Oct. 2.

Theme parks

Italy opens park

in tribute to

film industry

A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome-based Cinecitta Studios — still in operation — were known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.”

“Here, the idea is that people will also enter not only sets, but the confusion of a place where we are shooting movie. Everything will be illusion,” said Emmanuel Gout, president of Cinecitta Parks.

The park, which opened in July, has rides, movie sets and sit-down dining. Information:

Miami Herald

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