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TSA plans to fire 25 employees, suspend 19 for improper screening of bags at Newark airport |

NEWARK — Capping a yearlong investigation prompted by reports of theft in a baggage room at Newark Liberty International Airport, federal aviation officials moved to fire 25 employees today and suspend 19 others for failing to ensure that checked bags were being screened adequately.

The 44 Newark employees served with termination or suspension proposals, combined with eight dismissals proposed in June under the same investigation, make it the largest personnel action taken by the Transportation Security Administration since the agency was created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.  MORE: via

Disney's Grand Floridian adds Alice in Wonderland themed kids' water play area - Orlando Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney Imagineers have spiced up what was once the most Plain Jane pool of any deluxe Disney World resort hotel, adding a new Alice in Wonderland-themed kids' water play area to the pool at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, according to a Disney Parks Blog announcement on October 11, 2012.
The new water play area is inspired by similar enhancements at select Disney World moderate resort hotels, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean-themed pool and kids' water play area at Disney's Caribbean Resort.

Like the Caribbean Resort water play area, which has a large bucket that dumps water on any poor soul who wanders beneath it, the Grand Floridian water play area now features a large Mad Hatter's hat that spills water after it fills up.  More:

Exact Dates When No One Wants to Travel and You Will Find Cheap Airfare : Condé Nast Traveler

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving and Christmas are huge travel times in the U.S., but the weeks immediately surrounding those holidays are low periods. As soon as everyone returns home from their turkey-filled celebrations, nobody really moves much until right around Xmas, when the crowds start to head back to grandma's house to be with family. But then after New Years, travel falls right back down again and stays relatively low until the middle of February, when early spring break trips begin. more:

10 things travel sites won’t tell you - MarketWatch

Online booking agencies let you be your own travel agent. But you’ll pay for the privilege.

1. “Don’t assume our prices are the lowest.”

For the past 10 years, so-called online travel agencies, like Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, have been gaining ground in the booking business. And nowadays, they’re the most popular choice by far, for airfare and hotel-stay shoppers alike: Nearly a third of travelers book a room through third-party sites, while less than a quarter turn to the next most-used option, the hotels’ own sites, according to a January 2012 report by travel market research firm PhoCusWright. When it comes to airfare bookings, online agencies land an even larger share: 37%. More: