American will deliver your luggage to you
Want to stop hanging out at the baggage carousel?
American Airlines is now offering to deliver your luggage directly to your home, office or hotel.
The new service -- available at all three Bay Area airports -- will cost a minimum of $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two bags and $49.95 for three to 10 bags. That will get your luggage delivered to a location within 40 miles of the destination airport. Any farther, and you pay more.
The charges will be on top of the usual checked bag fee of $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second and $150 for additional luggage.
American has partnered with Bags VIP Luggage Delivery for the service. You order the service online, then drop off your luggage at the airport ticket counter. When you get to your destination, you skip the carousel and your luggage is delivered to the address you designated.
"We think this service will be especially valuable to families traveling with children as well as our business travelers who need to go straight to a meeting or into the office," said David Vance, the airline's managing director for customer operations planning.
Hawaiian flights add kalua pork, free wine
Hawaiian Airlines is revamping the service on its mainland-to-Hawaii routes by introducing more local foods and free wine in economy
The airline has started serving foods such as kalua pork sandwiches and sweet Hawaiian bread with cream cheese and guava jelly in its free in-flight meals. In addition, it's selling Spam musubi, ramen noodles and other snacks through a new feature called the Pau Hana Snack Bar.
Economy-class passengers 21 and older are being offered a complimentary glass of red or white wine selected by Hawaii master sommelier Chuck Furuya. The wine comes with lunch or dinner.
US Airways offers $19.95 meal upgrades
US Airways is giving passengers in the economy section on some routes the chance to eat like the well-heeled folks in the front of the plane.
The airline has started offering economy passengers traveling to Europe, the Middle East and South America the choice to upgrade their meals for a charge of $19.95 per meal.
A sample premium meal: citrus-marinated chicken skewers on Mediterranean orzo topped with mango chutney, served with lavosh crackers, shrimp cocktail, grilled vegetables and creme brulee cheesecake with fresh berries. A vegetarian meal is available, too.
All premium meals are served with wine.
Utah museum to honor Topaz Camp internees
A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for a museum that will tell the story of a Utah internment camp where Japanese-Americans were detained during World War II.
Seven former internees were among a crowd that attended the ceremony for the $2.3 million Topaz Museum and Education Center in Delta.
The 8,254-square-foot facility will include exhibits, a library and an art gallery featuring paintings created at Topaz.
About 11,000 Japanese-Americans lived in the remote Topaz Internment Camp from 1942 to 1945, including thousands from the Bay Area who were sent there by train after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Las Vegas ordinance targets litter on Strip
Officials have adopted an anti-littering ordinance aimed at cleaning semi-pornographic ads from Las Vegas Strip sidewalks.
Clark County commissioners unanimously approved a rule Tuesday that makes handbillers responsible when people toss their ads to the ground.
The ordinance says cleanup within a 25-foot radius of the handbiller must happen every 15 minutes.
Commissioners have been considering ways to spruce up the tourist district, where portions of the sidewalk and streets are covered with business card-size ads for escort services. Handbillers often slap the cards against their hands and push them toward passers-by.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has opposed the new rule, saying it will likely be selectively enforced to target handbillers but let tourists off easy.
-- Compiled from Bay Area News Group wire reports