In Indianapolis for the Flyers game today? A few other things to do ...

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

Indianapolis is a short drive away. Here are some great places to visit. Video by Amelia Robinson

Sure, if you’re in Indianapolis today, you’re probably pretty focused on that little basketball game coming up this evening.

But surely you’ll have some time to squeeze in a good meal and some sightseeing, right?

Here are more than a dozen things to add to your Indianpolis, Indiana bucket list. How many can you get through on this trip?

Enjoy!

Toilet flush delays thousands of passengers at Florida airport, officials say

Published: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 7:15 AM

Toilet Flush Delays Thousands Of Passengers At Florida Airport, Officials Say

A single flush of a toilet at Florida's Orlando International Airport over the weekend ended up delaying thousands of passengers as a hazmat team cleaned up sewage that flowed into one of the airport’s customs areas.

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An investigation is ongoing into what caused the toilet issue, but it appears someone was trying to flush the contents of a suitcase, officials said.

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The flooding caused passengers flying into Orlando from outside the country to be bused to a customs area on the opposite side of the airport Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Traveler Mike Ortiz said getting through the ordeal took a lot of time.

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“As soon as we landed, they immediately told us that there were problems with the terminal and we would have to sit there on the tarmac for a while,” he said. “There were carpets ripped up and there were floor fans trying to air out what was, I guess, some flooding going on.”

Officials at the airport said they were still looking into what was flushed and who flushed it, but their immediate efforts had been to get the customs area reopened.

Outer Banks homeowners, not tourists, allowed back on islands after mandatory evacuation

Published: Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 1:54 AM

A sign in Moyock, N.C., warns travelers that access to both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands is restricted to residents only on Saturday, July 29, 2017.   A power outage that drove tourists from two North Carolina islands wiped out a significant chunk of the lucrative summer months for local businesses.  Business owners were upset that the disaster was caused by human error, not Mother Nature. The construction company drove a steel casing into an underground transmission line, causing blackouts on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands. (Steve Earley /The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
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A sign in Moyock, N.C., warns travelers that access to both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands is restricted to residents only on Saturday, July 29, 2017. A power outage that drove tourists from two North Carolina islands wiped out a significant chunk of the lucrative summer months for local businesses. Business owners were upset that the disaster was caused by human error, not Mother Nature. The construction company drove a steel casing into an underground transmission line, causing blackouts on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands. (Steve Earley /The Virginian-Pilot via AP)(Steve Earley/AP)

People living on two islands along North Carolina's Outer Banks are able to turn their lights back on.

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But for visitors, a strict evacuation order is still in effect.

Engineers have been working nonstop to restore power for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands since Thursday when a construction company accidentally cut an electrical line.

As of Saturday morning, one generator had been restored, but there were still about 9,000 homes without power.

The Department of Transportation reports that more than 3,700 people have been evacuated, including vacationers, who, unlike homeowners, aren't allowed back.

Emergency management officials issued a mandatory evacuation order Friday for Hatteras Island visitors because of a widespread power outage that has already prompted thousands of tourists to leave Hatteras and neighboring Ocracroke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The Dare County Department of Emergency Management said in a statement Friday that the evacuation order is mandatory for all visiting Hatteras Island effective at 6 a.m. Saturday. It includes the island villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.

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Officials say they took that step as a safety precaution and because of growing uncertainty as to when repairs to a major transmission line would be complete. The statement says properly credentialed residents and non-resident property owners, along with essential personal and some others, would be allowed to remain. The evacuation order doesn't include any areas north of Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks.

The county's emergency management department says it's continuing to work with utility officials to restore power to levels that would allow visitors to eventually return.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency for Ocracoke and Hatteras islands Thursday night.

The outage came during peak tourist season, which runs from mid-June through Labor Day.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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WATCH: Pint-sized Southwest passenger wins over travelers with fist bumps

Published: Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

NEW YORK, NY - September 7, 2016:  A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet taxis on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in the New York City borough of Queens on September 7, 2016. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - September 7, 2016: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet taxis on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in the New York City borough of Queens on September 7, 2016. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)(Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

While the skies have been anything but friendly recently for some travelers, one young passenger won over his flight this month with a simple request.

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In a video originally posted on Facebook by Suzann Novak on July 22, a boy can be seen walking down the aisle of a Southwest Airlines plane, saying “hi” and asking for fist bumps from fellow passengers. Most travelers complied, amused by the request.

Southwest Airlines posted the cute video on its Facebook page Saturday morning, along with the caption, "Fist bumpin' for the weekend."

Here's why the TSA wants to see your fudge

Published: Saturday, July 08, 2017 @ 8:41 AM



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A sign at a county airport in Michigan left some travelers puzzled this week.

The sign was posted before the security checkpoint at Chippewa County International Airport. It says, "Please remove fudge from your bags." The sign includes an illustration of a piece of fudge.

An image of the sign was posted on Twitter by a traveler.

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The airport offers convenient access to Mackinac Island, which is known for its fudge. There's approximately 12 fudge shops on the island, and there's a fudge festival held annually in August, according to WXYZ.

Airport Manager Tami Beseau told MLive that the fudge sign is Transportation Security Administration policy, not a local airport ordinance. While candy is permitted in both carry-on and checked baggage, it may need additional screening, Beseau said. The soft, dense consistency of fudge could allow someone to slip contraband inside the candy, according to Beseau.

A person who commented on the MLive story went a step further, saying the real reason the TSA screens fudge is because it has a similar shape and consistency to C-4 explosives

Travelers should follow all TSA regulations posted at the airport they are traveling through. While a block of fudge may not require special handling at airports nationwide, those who are traveling through an area known for fudge should be prepared for extra screening.