What happens to TSA ‘banned’ items

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  • What happens to TSA ‘banned’ items

    What happens to TSA ‘banned’ items

    Forbidden materials — including brass knuckles, all manner of blades and even cricket bats — go off to a government-surplus store in Pennsylvania, where they’re sometimes reclaimed.

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    The modern translation of Jesus’s home town

    The 3,000-year-old Nazareth, in Israel, is long past its days as a rustic Christmas-card image.

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<b>In Japan, forgo the hotel and stay in a ryokan</b>

    In Japan, forgo the hotel and stay in a ryokan

    Booking a traditional inn means premium hospitality: authentic food, hot-spring-relaxation, even slippers.

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Travel galleries

Wandering off trail in Shenandoah

The winter is bushwhacking season, when you can find things unseen during greener months.

In India’s Dharamsala, a taste of Tibet

Yoga classes, Buddhist teachings and hikes to Hindu temples in the adoptive home of the Dalai Lama.

2014 Travel gift guide

The Travel team’s picks on what to get every globe-trotter on your holiday shopping list.

Virginia’s legendary Omni Homestead Resort

The first Homestead opened in 1766. The current building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Photographing the Faroes

This otherworldly chain in the Atlantic is known for its beauty, traditions and being shrouded by a perpetual cloud of fog.

Touring the whiskey distilleries of Tasmania

The region is the major distilling region in Australia.

A raw beauty in the South Pacific

The islands of Vanuatu, a unique vacation destination, offer unspoiled tropical landscapes and friendly locals. 

A raft of adventures in Idaho

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River offers plenty of fun for rafters and anglers.

The natural beauty of Great Inagua

The Bahaman island features a park that is home to 60,000 flamingos and more than 130 other bird species.

Mind-blowing landscapes in a sparsely populated country

Namibia is one of the least densely populated areas in the world, with 20 percent of its land protected.

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What happens to TSA ‘banned’ items

What happens to TSA ‘banned’ items

Forbidden materials — including brass knuckles, all manner of blades and even cricket bats — go off to a government-surplus store in Pennsylvania, where they’re sometimes reclaimed.

Discussion

Talk about Travel

The Post's travel writers and editors discuss your travel stories, questions, gripes and more.

The modern translation of Jesus’s home town

The modern translation of Jesus’s home town

The 3,000-year-old Nazareth, in Israel, is long past its days as a rustic Christmas-card image.

Column

Flat tire or breakdown on a rental car could leave you with a tough choice

Flat tire or breakdown on a rental car could leave you with a tough choice

COLUMN | There’s no standard industry response, so should you report the problem or have it fixed?

In Japan, forgo the hotel and stay in a ryokan

<b>In Japan, forgo the hotel and stay in a ryokan</b>

Booking a traditional inn means premium hospitality: authentic food, hot-spring-relaxation, even slippers.

The ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate experience in Asheville, N.C.

The ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate experience in Asheville, N.C.

French Broad Chocolate indulges in the production and consumption of its mouth-watering namesake.

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This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered for 29 U.S. Marriott properties, tours of Bhutan and Royal Caribbean cruises.

Exploring the dunes of the Namib Desert

Exploring the dunes of the Namib Desert

What a Trip | Sand surfing, exotic food, a hard-to-start rental car and plenty of ad­ven­ture in Namibia.

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New year brings new definitions of ‘economy class.’ So what’s in store?

New year brings new definitions of  ‘economy class.’ So what’s in store?

COLUMN | When cheap seats get a makeover, it’s not necessarily good news for the average air traveler.

How to handle anti-Americanism when you travel

How to handle anti-Americanism when you travel

It may seem like everyone abroad hates us. But there’s plenty of baseline enthusiasm, too.

New exhibit takes Britain back into the trenches

New exhibit takes Britain back into the trenches

The renovated Imperial War Museum expands its focus on the WWI experience on the front and at home.

My 5-year-old uses a walker. That’s even more reason to show her the world.

My 5-year-old uses a walker. That’s even more reason to show her the world.

In the 400-year-old Canadian city, advance planning and location scouting equal a (mostly) smooth trip.

Beyond the green in Palm Springs

Beyond the green in Palm Springs

Ad­ven­ture, alienlike flora and fauna, quiet oases: This Coachella Valley town isn’t just for golfers anymore.

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This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered for tours in Costa Rica, air fare on Southwest and packages to the U.K. and Ireland.

Swimming with sharks in the Galapagos

Swimming with sharks in the Galapagos

Three generations learn from rural schoolchildren in the Andes and go wildlife-watching in the Galapagos.

Discussion

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The Post's travel writers and editors discuss your travel stories, questions, gripes and more.

Discussion

Talk about Travel

The Post's travel writers and editors discuss your travel stories, questions, gripes and more.

The spirits of Shenandoah National Park

The spirits of Shenandoah National Park

In a winter-bare landscape, hikers discover remnants of a more populated past.

Are airline fees refundable? Read the small print to be sure.

Are airline fees refundable? Read the small print to be sure.

The airlines’ position is that unless they say a fee is refundable, it isn’t.

Travel Deals

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This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered for 29 U.S. Marriott properties, tours of Bhutan and Royal Caribbean cruises.

What a Trip

Exploring the dunes of the Namib Desert

HANDOUT ART: Michael Washington of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Loleta Robinson of Germantown, Md., visited Namibia in August 2014. 'There are a lot of petrified trees in Soussusvlei, but the background of this one make this photo the most interesting,' said Washington

What a Trip | Sand surfing, exotic food, a hard-to-start rental car and plenty of ad­ven­ture in Namibia.

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Bed Check

NEW YORK, NY – Porthole-style windows at the Maritime Hotel in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood go along with the theme. Some rooms have views of the Hudson River and High Line. (Becky Krystal/The Washington Post)

Docking at the Maritime Hotel in New York

The nautical theme and hospitality make this stylish Chelsea property a welcoming port-of-call.

WILDWOOD, NJ AUGUST 25, 2014-The Caribbean Motel built in 1957 and still open for business. ( Photo by Andrea Sachs/The Washington Post)

Wildwood property stays retro with its mid-century design

The Caribbean Motel: Lodging on the Jersey Shore captures the Beach Bingo era.

AFTON, VIRGINIA - 2014 - The porch at The Farmhouse at Veritas in Afton, Va. (Joe Yonan/The Washington Post)

A soothing B&B in Virginia wine country

The Farmhouse at Veritas surrounds you with grapes and great views — and service.

AMHERST, MASS - AUGUST 2014 - Lord Jeffery Inn is in Amderst Mass. Rooms start at $205. (Photo by Zofia Smardz/The Washington Post)

Amherst’s Lord Jeffery Inn, a most homey hostelry

Bed Check: A Western Mass. hotel shines again after a three-year renovation and update.

HANDOUT IMAGE - The Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, rooms from $149. (Marco Ricca)

Bed Check: The Lord Baltimore Hotel, a happening place

After a multimillion-dollar facelift, Baltimore’s grand dame comes roaring back.

The Navigator

Flat tire or breakdown on a rental car could leave you with a tough choice

ARLINGTON, VA - APRIL 29:   Vincent Avendano inspects a tire Tuesday April 29, 2014 at Mr. Tire Auto Service Center, in Arlington, VA.   Winter weather has taken a toll on area roads causing a proliferation of potholes.   (photo by Dayna Smith/for the Washington Post).

COLUMN | There’s no standard industry response, so should you report the problem or have it fixed?