THIS JUST INNew screening for airlines
Early next year, be prepared to give not only your name, but also your birth date and gender when booking a flight. That's when the Transportation Security Administration, part of the Department of Homeland Security, will take over responsibility for checking airline passenger names against government watch lists in a program called "Secure Flight." Each airline will forward the information it gathers to the government agency, which in turn will tell the airline whether it is authorized to print a boarding pass for the passenger and whether the person has been flagged for additional screening. Those decisions had been left to the airlines, armed with watch lists. Security officials say the changes will increase security and reduce the incidents of mistaken identity, in which people with names similar to those on watch lists are wrongly barred or delayed from flights.
REAL DEALDiscounts for college kids
To college kids who want to get home for the holidays, we offer this suggestion: log onto Statravel.com and StudentUniverse.com. Both companies offer a variety of travel discounts to students and teachers. Statravel, at www.statravel.com, sells the international ID cards (for teachers, students and anyone between the ages of 12 and 25) it requires for booking. Student Universe, at www.studentuniverse.com, uses a program to verify enrollment in or employment at accredited institutions. One note: flights for some airlines, including Sun Country, Continental and Southwest, won't show up on either site.
SIDEROADSA cultural celebration
American Indian culture comes to life through storytelling, dance, art and exhibits at the Celebration of Cultures Nov. 7-8 at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The monthly series continues through April with activities, performances and programs highlighting other cultures including Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America the Great Lakes and early settlers of Milwaukee. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with museum admission, $11 for adults, $10 for ages 60 and older, college students and ages 13-17; $8 for ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and under (1-414-278-2702, 1-800-700-9069; www.mpm.edu).
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TRAVEL ADVISORYArgentina charging tourists
The interior minister says Argentina will soon charge visitors from the United States and 21 other countries a fee to enter the country. The fee goes into effect Jan. 1 and will match what those countries charge Argentine tourists. Although details have not been released, U.S. citizens will probably be charged $131, a fee that covers re-entry for 10 years. That's the equivalent of what the United States charges Argentine tourists. Argentina joins Brazil, Bolivia and Chile in charging U.S. visitors a fee to enter the country. Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo calls the fee "an act of justice."
WEB WATCHTeam up with other fans
Sports fans can liven up any trip with SportsFanLive.com. The FanFinder lets you enter your favorite team, date and the ZIP code you'll be traveling to, and a Google map displays sports bars that will be showing your game. I swapped "pizza" for "sports bar" and found new results. I appreciate how SportsFanLive took my favorite team info and customized my home page to show news headlines pertaining just to my teams.
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ON DISPLAY: MADISON"Odd Wisconsin" exhibit
From the poster announcing the auction of serial killer Ed Gein's items, to Orson Welles' 156-page typed script for "Citizen Kane," to an original speech Abraham Lincoln gave in Milwaukee, to a 6-foot aluminum pole: Each of these items has an exceptional or weird story behind it and each is featured in the exhibit "Odd Wisconsin," which opened this month at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison. The show will run for two years. For more details, check outwww.wisconsinhistory. org/museum/OddWisconsin/ or call 1-608-264-6555.
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