There are lots of things you can do with your time when you’re stuck at the airport.
You can eat, shop, work, snooze, walk around, chat with other travelers, look out the window and catch up on phone calls.
Or you can learn to save a life at one of the Hands-Only CPR Training kiosks that have been popping up at airports around the country.
At each kiosk, there’s a brief “how-to” video followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test on a practice manikin, or a rubber torso.
The kiosk gives feedback about the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement – which are the factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR. And whether or not you might be able to save someone’s life.
“Every second counts when a person suffers a cardiac arrest, which is why bystander CPR must start immediately until professional help arrives,” said Dr. John Harold, a cardiologist and President of the American Heart Association’s Los Angeles Board of Directors. “But bystanders may be reluctant to perform CPR because of lack of training or they may be fearful. The kiosks will help the public acquire a comfort level with performing chest compressions without the stress of an actual medical emergency, so they’ll feel empowered to spring into action if they witness a cardiac emergency.”
Los Angeles International Airport is the latest airport to get a Hands-Only CPR kiosk. The LAX unit is located near Gate 150 on the Upper/Departures Level of Tom Bradley International Terminal.
An additional 35 of these kiosks are located across the U.S; 18 of them are in U.S. airports, including Oakland Int’l Airport, John Wayne Airport, Orlando International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and airports in Indianapolis and other cities. Check this location map to find a kiosk near you.
My story this week for CNBC is about overtourism, which is taking a toll on some of our favorites cities and some of the world’s most beautiful places. Take a read and let me know what you think about the remedies being put in place.
Several recent events, incidents and widely shared
images have brought the issue of “overtourism,” and its economic, environmental
and human consequences front and center.
For three days in April, ten popular tourist sites in
the Faroe Islands were
closed for maintenance but open to volunteers who came to create
new walking paths, construct viewpoints, erect signs and rebuild ancient
At the end of May, the Louvre museum, the home of Leonardo
Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting and a must-do for any visitor to Paris, closed
for one day after a walkout by workers who complained
In Venice, where there’s a movement to ban cruise
ships from disgorging thousands of tourists into an already over-visited city, the
Opera cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist
riverboat on June 2, injuring 5 people.
The image broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle tweeted
long line of climbers hoping to reach the summit may
bring a limit to the number of hikers allowed on the mountain. Some have suggested
a lottery; comedian Conan O’Brien joked about a Disney-style Everest Fastpass.
and local authorities step in
Around the world, tourism
bureaus and governments are taking steps to combat the wear and tear overtourism
And not all these actions
are brand new.
“In the 1980s, the
government of Bhutan implemented sustainable tourism policies by following a tourism
model of high value, low impact,” said Erika Richter, spokeswoman for the
American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA).
Instead of capping
visitors at a certain number, as in the Galapagos, Bhutan charges visitors a daily fee of $200 during low season and $250 during high season.
the daily fee for visiting Bhutan may sound expensive, it covers most costs
in-country including accommodations, food, guide, driver and entrance into
festivals, making it quite reasonable,” said Beth Whitman, owner of WanderTours, “It also deters hordes of backpackers and
budget travelers, which is exactly the government’s intention after witnessing
the effects of tourism in nearby Nepal and India.”
Other cities have rolled out campaigns to cap and control tourism
as well. Some try to tackle not only the influx of tourists, but their manners.
In Amsterdam, a city
of less than one millions residents which hosts more than 19 million tourists a
year, the tourism bureau is trying to direct visitors to out-of-the-center
neighborhoods and to other Dutch destinations.
The city’s “Enjoy & Respect” campaign reminds visitors, especially young people between ages
18 and 34, that while Amsterdam is an “open, creative, innovative and tolerant
city where the limits of what is allowed are wide,” public urination, littering,
singing loudly and other bad behavior is
not allowed in the city and will incur big fines.
In addition to voting
in entry fees for tourists, the city of Venice has adopted a Detourism campaign which encourages visitors to go beyond the usual tourist
sights. A daily tourist report alerts, with tips on behavior from the #EnjoyRespectVenezia
campaign, alerts locals and visitors alike to how congested the streets, canals
and attractions may be.
To encourage visitors
to go beyond crowded Reykjavik, Iceland’s tourism bureau created the “the A to Ö of Iceland” campaign, challenging visitors to head
for other parts of the country.
Tourists are also directed to the Icelandic
Pledge, which asks visitors to respect the landscape. Among the
vows: “When nature calls, I won’t answer the call on nature,” and “I will take photos
to die for, without dying for them.”
highly Instgrammable destinations, such as Jackson Hole, Wyoming are welcoming
visitors, but asking them not to geotag their photos.
“The geotagging campaign is not meant to exclude or discourage visitors
from enjoying photos and Instagram posts,” said Kate Sollitt, Executive
Director of the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism
Board, “We are simply asking them to think before geotagging certain remote,
pristine areas that may be difficult to get to or are being overrun.”
The role of
tourists and travel advisors
overtourism isn’t just the responsibility of governments and tourism agencies,
says ASTA’s Erika Richert, “Although governments’ involvement may hold the most
power, there’s also a place for tourists and travel advisors to do their part
in responsible tourism.”
The challenge is
finding the tipping point between checking off the must-see destinations on
many people’s wish lists and adding to overtourism.
addition to urging travelers to choose small cruises that are less overwhelming
to a community, the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) suggests
travelers avoid already overcrowded in favor of less-visited destinations offering
similar scenery and experiences
“You can’t suddenly say one day that tourism is closed,” says Jessica
Hall Upchurch, Vice Chair and Sustainability Ambassador for the Virtuoso network of luxury travel advisors, “What you can do is be transparent
about it and offer solutions. Because at their core, people want to do the
And tomorrow (Father’s Day, June 16) dads get in for free.
“What began with horse trick riders in circuses inspired new generations of entertainers on bicycles, motorcycles, cars – even flying sofa chairs,” the museum tells us.
This exhibit celebrates the history of these death-defying entertainers who spend coutless hours perfecting their exploits.
Performers featured include:
The Urias Family Globe of Death, which was first constructed in 1912 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Four generations of the Urias family thrilled audiences the world over with their gravity-defying performances within the globe before it was retired in 2009;
The Harley-Davidson XR-750 ridden by Evel Knievel, during his famed 1975 Wembley Stadium jump. (On loan from Evel Knievel Museum);
A rocket-powered, custom-built motorcycle (aka The Space Cycle) that was designed to jump Niagara Falls and was outfitted with helicopter blades to aid in its flight;
And the living room furniture piece that was employed by the creative (some might say mad) geniuses at Nitro Circus to attempt the world’s first “reclining sofa chair jump.”
“Daredevils” opens Saturday, June 15 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 8.
Los Angeles International Airport has two new site-specific murals. Look for them in Terminal 7 and the connection between Terminals 7 and 8.
Displayed in the corridor connecting Terminals 7 and 8, Renée Fox’s 200-foot-long intricate mural, titled “Songs of Freedom: Renée Fox + WriteGirl,” mixes delicate graphite drawings of different species of local and regional birds with poetry by young writers mentored by the nonprofit organization, WriteGirl.
This mural collaboration was curated by Elizabeta Betinski and is on view for ticketed guests through early February 2020. WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring association that promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls.
In Terminal 7, Tofer Chin’s new mural, “Intentions,” greets departing airport guests at the United Airlines ticketing lobby. This mural will be there through September 2019.
Here’s some more background on Chin’s mural:
It features an abstract urban landscape of bold shapes and a spare paint palette of white, black and bright apricot. The shapes emulate shadows of buildings, and the glow of the apricot color is reminiscent of Los Angeles’ vivid sunsets. For Chin, who was born and raised in this city, the spirit of Los Angeles shifts at sunset as the metropolis’ iconic atmospheric light changes and becomes filled with deep oranges and pinks.