Marijuana a no-go at Denver's 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 a zero tolerance policy.
Travelers are already prohibited from carrying marijuana through the airport's security gates. The airport now plans to adopt a rule this week 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.
"We are just clarifying that the airport is not the place for marijuana," she said.
Airport police at Denver International will probably not arrest you for carrying small amounts of pot on your first offense, Stegman said. If you insist on getting on your flight, you must toss it in the trash, she said.
Pony up for a quieter flight?
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, according to a poll of more than 3,400 fliers by the travel website Airfarewatchdog. Some 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 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? Airfarewatchdog founder George Hobica said he doesn't think airlines would charge such a fee, but added: "It's dangerous to second-guess airlines when it comes to passenger fees."
-- Los Angeles Times