What Are Travelers Entitled to When Flights Are Canceled Beyond an Airline’s Control?

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What happens if a flight is cancelled because of bad weather, terrorism, mechanical failures or natural disasters? What compensation can passengers expect from airlines or insurance providers in terms of accommodation, food, and other expenses?

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Reader Feedback: My Bicycling Accident in Phuket

To recap: My Phuket Challenge to not gain weight during eight days and nights staying at five star resorts and eating breakfast buffets and dining at gourmet restaurants came to a crashing halt on my third full day on the Southern Thai island.  Readers of the Accidental Travel Writer reacted to the news in various …