Delta Airlines to begin charging to use the lavatories
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As a major legacy carrier, with destinations literally all over the planet, Delta Air Lines keeps things pretty straightforward. On all flights, passengers are entitled to one free carry-on and a personal item (such as a briefcase, purse, or diaper bag). There’s no specific weight limit for carry-ons and personal items — which is definitely good news — though you’ll need to make sure your carry-on fits within the airline’s size limit.
But to avoid the airline’s last-minute checked bag fees and hefty overweight penalties, travelers need to be prepared. Here’s how to avoid the crunch on your next Delta flight.
Baggage Fees for Domestic Flights
If you’re traveling domestically (specifically, anywhere within the 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Delta charges $25 for the first checked bag, and $35 for the second, with a per-bag weight limit of 50 pounds.
That’s a different story when you’re taking longer international routes, though. For passengers flying from the United States or Canada to anywhere in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, or Southeast Asia, Delta generally provides a complimentary first (and in some cases, second) checked bag.
Say you’re jetting from New York City to Tokyo, for example. Those first two checked bags are free of charge. Of course, these rules vary slightly from route to route, so it’s always best to check the airline’s full list of checked bag allowances.
It’s also worth noting these fees apply only to Basic Economy, Main Cabin, and Delta Comfort+ customers. If you’re traveling First Class, Delta Premium Select, or Delta One, you automatically get two free checked bags (and they’ll even bump up the weight limit from 50 pounds to 70 pounds).
Skymiles Medallion members, too, are always eligible for exemptions.
Excess Baggage and Overweight Fees
While Delta’s free international checked bags and domestic baggage fees are quite reasonable, things start to go south the minute you add additional luggage. A third checked bag is considered “excess baggage,” and will incur a fee of $150.
Slightly overweight checked bags (51 to 70 pounds) will cost you an extra $100, while really heavy loads (71 to 100 pounds) will do serious damage, at $200 each.
Delta also has a nasty habit of charging separate fees for each offense. So, if you need to haul a third bag (strike one) that happens to be overweight (strike two) and it’s oversize (strike three), that combined fee could cost you up to $450.
The good news? Delta is committed to keeping track of all of those checked bags. Last year, the carrier implemented RFID-embedded paper bag tags, letting travelers track their bags on the free Delta app.
Women no longer allowed to drive after 8 pm A new law will go into affect January 2019 prohibiting women from driving after 8 pm in most states. These states to include Missouri and Illinois. This decision comes after several years of studying reports of women drivers and also on crimes against them after 8 pm. Studies show that women are at greater risk in the darker hours. So if your a women and find yourself having to drive at night you will need to find a ride from a male or maybe call uber.
State record catfish caught near starved rock The biggest catfish on record 200 lbs was caught near starved rock. Matt. Mclaughlin . Said he watched Fred ruentner of Mendota Illinois . Fight it for 21/2 hrs before it wore out . Kevin from the lock and damn says he sees them grab turtles. And a rare bald eagle . Any ? May be directed to dnr. 815. 884 5387.
Giant Squid Washes Ashore on Lake Michigan Michigan DNR were called to Leland to the report of a giant squid which had washed ashore. Michigan DNR Marine Biologist Dr. Debra Polowotski arrived at Good Harbor Bay and confirmed the 21 foot-long giant squid to be a very rare fresh-water species of genus Architeuthis. “We thought they were already in Lake Erie, we had no idea they were in Lake Michigan. This is first time there’s been an actual specimen recovered, so this is very exciting”, she said. It is believed that a few of the squid escaped from the Cleveland Sea World complex during the great Northeast blackout of 2003 when they were very young, and somehow made it into Lake Erie. According to Dr. Polowotski, the squid were kept contained in Lake Erie, as the Detroit River is too narrow and shallow for the squid to swim upstream. “They are intimidated by closed-in spaces. They need a lot of room. You have to remember that this is a very big animal”, she said. Dr. Polotwotski also confirmed that the squid is a female and further examination of the corpse indicated that it had recently laid eggs. “Hopefully the walleye can keep the tiny-giant squid population under control, else there is some cause for concern”, said Dr. Polowotski. “Boaters and swimmers really need to exercise some caution”. The animal was discovered by Bob Ritchie and his sister Jill, both of Romeo. “We were just, you know, taking an evening walk along the beach, heading out to the sandbar when we stumbled across it”, said Bob. “We were singing, drinking whiskey out of the bottle, not thinking about tomorrow. But something like this really does make you stop and think”, he said. DNR officials removed the animal from the beach and took it to an undisclosed location for further study.
New Laws in VA to Ban Hiding "painted rocks" in Public Spaces A new law goes into effect September 1st 2017 that will essentially make it a misdemeanor to paint rocks. Even more severe, if you are caught hiding "painted rocks" in public spaces you can be charged with a felony and face hefty fines or even jail time. Lauren Painter, a spokesman for the Virginia Public Health Organization states, "Painting and hiding rocks in and around the country is becoming an epidemic. At first it is just once or twice a week. Before you know it, you are skipping meals and staying awake until early in the morning painting." A former "rocker", who wishes to remain anonymous, told reporters that for her it started out as "...fun family activity. After only about a month, I was forgetting to feed my kids, not sleeping, and hiding the "best rocks" from friends and family. State health officials warn VA residence to contact their local law enforcement immediately or call 800-ROCKHLP if they know someone who has lost control because of the new craze.l, especially if there are children involved