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Why is there an ‘X’ in LAX?

The smart folks at Mental Floss recently told us something we didn’t know about airport codes…

From the @mental_floss Twitter feed:

“When three-letter airport codes became standard, airports that had been using two letters simply added an X — which explains LAX.”

Huh!

And while we’re on the subject of airport codes, how much of an expert are you? Take the Mental Floss Airport Code quiz!

Mickey Mouse Meets Mad Men

In 1957, Disneyland was just 2 years old. There was no Space Mountain, Nemo, or churros. (We may be wrong about that last one.)

In this beautifully produced, just-released footage, you can take a trip back in time to what the park was like in its very early days.

Which Disneyland would you rather visit – now, or then? Stop by our Facebook page and tell us why!

Take a CultureCation

Usually, you get to your destination and then look up what’s going on at the local museums.

Well, take a look at this list of exhibits that might be all the motivation you need to plan a trip before they’re gone.

As a bonus, you get to feel smug about telling your friends and family that the reason you finally got to Finland was to learn about the history of rock and roll.

Ask an Expert

One of the eternal travel paradoxes is, “How do I know where I want to go if I’ve never been there?”

That’s where travel agents come in.

Take a look at the results of the LA Times’ annual poll of travel pros’ favorite destinations.

JFK, LAX, & More To Get Expedited Passenger Screening

Not everything on the TSA’s blog is style over substance (see our last post.)

Back in November, we talked about some of the ways the TSA was considering making security screening more efficient for the lowest-risk travelers. (Read the original post here.)

After a pilot program at several airports in the fall, the PreCheck program will roll out to some of the nation’s busiest hubs in early 2012.

These kinds of changes may be just what the travel industry needs after a very bumpy few years.