Holidays 4-1-1: Your shopping guide to the season

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IT’S CYBER MONDAY …

DEALS

 

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(Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

HOT AND EXCLUSIVE TOYS

GIFT IDEAS

For those who have everything: Give an ‘experience’ this holiday

Shoppers grab merchandise on Black Friday 2015. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Shoppers grab merchandise on Black Friday 2015. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

THINGS TO KNOW

Holidays 4-1-1: Your shopping guide to the season

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A series of deals to consider as Cyber Monday approaches  …

TOP DEALS

This year’s top 25 deals

(Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)
(Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

HOT AND EXCLUSIVE TOYS

GIFT IDEAS

For those who have everything: Give an ‘experience’ this holiday

Shoppers grab merchandise on Black Friday 2015. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Shoppers grab merchandise on Black Friday 2015. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

 

THINGS TO KNOW

You have to check out this wild float coming to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

File this under “How did they do that?”

Krazy Glue is getting in the float game for the first time this year at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and this moving madness is bound to wow parade-goers.

This turkey has nothing on Krazy Glue's wild float for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
This turkey has nothing on Krazy Glue’s wild float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

The float is designed to show off Krazy Glue’s strength — it can hold up to 2,000 pounds per square inch — and showcases upside-down cars, precariously placed towers of chairs and more.

» PHOTOS: Preparing for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Fun House float is more than three stories tall, Krazy Glue said in a news release. The main room rocks back forth as furniture hangs from the ceiling and walls. Carnival performers will walk with the float, including acrobats and street artists.

A rendering of Krazy Glue's float for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Provided)
A rendering of Krazy Glue’s float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Provided)

“Krazy Glue is an instant solution and the only super glue that allows consumers to create ‘krazy’ things,” Victor Misawa, senior vice president of marketing, writing and creative expression for Newell Brands, said in a news release. “Macy’s has been a fantastic partner in bringing the brand’s remarkable ability to glue things together to life with the Fun House float. We’re thrilled to debut our fun and ‘krazy’ float during the landmark 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

This is the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch it on NBC from 9 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

These are the best and worst airlines for mishandled baggage

Having your baggage lost, damaged or stolen is a quick way to spoil an otherwise fun holiday trip. According to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are a few airlines you might want to avoid if you don’t want this to happen to you.

The most recent Air Travel Consumer Report from the DOT shows that in September, Frontier Airlines had the greatest number of reports of mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers, at 5.62, while Southwest Airlines had the overall most reports of mishandled bags, with 30,049.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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For the first nine months of this year, the DOT said that Expressjet Airlines takes the lead for the greatest number of reports per 1,000 passengers of mishandled bags, with 4.41, and Southwest again ranked at the top, with 342,155 total mishandled baggage reports.

In compiling its data, the DOT looks at reports of lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered baggage for major airlines.

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So which airline is the best when it comes to mishandled bags? For both September and the first nine months of 2016, Virgin America leads the pack.

Here’s the full list from the DOT for January through September:

1. Virgin America: 5,838 mishandled baggage reports; 1.01 reports per 1,000 passengers
2. JetBlue Airways: 40,217 mishandled baggage reports; 1.66 reports per 1,000 passengers
3. Alaska Airlines: 30,228 mishandled baggage reports; 1.71 reports per 1,000 passengers
4. Delta Air Lines: 171,120 mishandled baggage reports; 1.86 reports per 1,000 passengers
5. Spirit Airlines: 33,320 mishandled baggage reports; 2.26 reports per 1,000 passengers
6. United Airlines: 146,781 mishandled baggage reports; 2.58 reports per 1,000 passengers
7. Hawaiian Airlines: 20,509 mishandled baggage reports; 2.65 reports per 1,000 passengers
8. Southwest Airlines: 342,155 mishandled baggage reports; 3.04 reports per 1,000 passengers
9. Skywest Airlines: 74,066 mishandled baggage reports; 3.28 reports per 1,000 passengers
10. Frontier Airlines: 36,541 mishandled baggage reports; 3.42 reports per 1,000 passengers
11. American Airlines: 327,157 mishandled baggage reports; 3.54 reports per 1,000 passengers
12. Expressjet Airlines: 71,284 mishandled baggage reports; 4.41 reports per 1,000 passengers

 

 

 

9 tips to help make your holiday air travel more safe

With more Americans slated to travel this holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration released a list of safety tips to help make air travel easier.

“I’m asking air travelers to take an active role in aviation safety when they fly this holiday season,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a news release.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

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Here are the FAA’s nine safety tips:

Leave your bags in an evacuation: In the unlikely event that you need to evacuate, leave your bags and personal items behind. Your luggage is not worth your life. Passengers are expected to evacuate an airplane within 90 seconds. You do not have time to grab your luggage or personal items. Opening an overhead compartment will delay evacuation and put the lives of everyone around you at risk.

Pack safe: Pack safe and leave hazardous materials at home. From lithium batteries to aerosol whipped cream, many items can be dangerous when transported by air. Vibrations, static electricity, and temperature and pressure variations can cause hazardous materials to leak, generate toxic fumes, start a fire, or even explode. When in doubt, leave it out.

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Don’t bring that Note7: Leave your Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone at home. You are prohibited from transporting this recalled device on your person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States.

Watch your batteries: If you have spare batteries, pack them in your carry-on baggage and use a few measures to keep them from short circuiting: keep the batteries in their original packaging, tape over the electrical connections with any adhesive, non-metallic tape, or place each battery in its own individual plastic bag. You cannot fly with damaged or recalled batteries.

Follow carry-on rules: Prevent in-flight injuries by following your airline’s carry-on bag restrictions.

Stow your electronic devices: Use your electronic device only when the crew says it’s safe to do so.

Listen to the flight crew: Pay attention to the flight attendants during the safety briefing and read the safety briefing card.

Wear your seatbelt: Buckle up at all times.

Bring a safety seat or device for young children: Your arms cannot hold onto a child during turbulence or an emergency.

 

 

 

Best ways to treat Mom to a day out in Palm Beach County

Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift? We’ve pulled together some great ways to treat Mom to a day out in Palm Beach County.

If you don’t see anything here you think your mom might be interested in, check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide.

Try treating Mom to a traditional English tea for Mother's Day. (Palm Beach Daily News file photo)
Try treating Mom to a traditional English tea for Mother’s Day. (Palm Beach Daily News file photo)

Culinary tours

Culinary tours are the perfect gift for a foodie. Palm Beach County has three different tour operators offering guests a chance to sample some of the area’s most unique eateries.

Savor Our City Culinary Tours: 800-979-3370; www.savorourcity.com

Taste History Culinary Tours: 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277; tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot.com

West Palm Beach Food Tours: 866-736-6343; www.westpalmbeachfoodtour.com

Afternoon tea at The Chesterfield Hotel

Contact: 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach; 561-659-5800

Visit their website

The historic 53-room hotel just blocks from the Worth Avenue shopping district offers a traditional Afternoon Tea. The tea features a number of English treats including freshly baked scones and clotted cream, and homemade strawberry jam.

Vino Van Gogh

Contact: 153 NE 4th Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5272

Visit their website

This studio offers paint parties led by an artist who will help you recreate the nightly featured painting. Mom can enjoy a glass of wine, while the artist provides step-by-step instructions. Group painting classes are also available.

Lion Country Safari

Contact: 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee; 561-793-1084

Visit their website

Spend a day at Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. Annual pass holders receive free admission and parking. The passes can be purchased online or at Lion Country Safari’s main office.

» RELATED: See our complete Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide

 

 

Looking for last-minute gifts? Try these local small businesses

The Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store in Lake Worth is just one of the small businesses on our Small Business Holiday Gift Guide. (Provided)
The Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store in Lake Worth is just one of the small businesses on our Small Business Holiday Gift Guide. (Provided)

Stumped on what to get for the last person on your list?

Check out our Small Business Holiday Gift Guide. It features gift ideas from small retailers throughout the county, from locally made jewelry and linens to fresh produce.

Not only are you guaranteed to find something unique, but you’ll also help support a local business.

View the Small Business Holiday Gift Guide.