Thursday Travel Ticker: New findings on blood clots

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

A new blood clot study finds that flying economy class is not any riskier than first class, as sometimes thought, but sitting by the window seems to play a role, because it makes people less likely to leave their seats. Still, even on long flights (four hours or more) the risk for most people is extremely low, an American College of Chest Physicians’ committee reported. For details, go to . . . . Salt Lake City retail shopping scene undergoes a major upgrade March 22 with the opening of City Creek Center, a shopping and dining destination downtown.  With a total of 80 stores and restaurants, the rustic 700,000-square-foot complex will be anchored by Macy’s and Nordstrom . . . . A North Carolina hotel has cleared its halls of maid carts. At the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel, dirty towels and sheets are collected and immediately removed, and housekeepers then enter with small carts that fit inside the room and keep hallways clear . . . . Among the more original Valentine’s promotions is the Cleopatra’s Massage, a milk hydrobath ($140), at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. No word on whether you’re also bitten by an asp . . . . Also in South Florida, the 17th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival takes place April 11-19 . . . . Pros will offer clinics and lessons at Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s Freeride Flow Festival, March 16-18, at Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe . . . .  AP’s Mary Foster reports that a new generation of parades is hitting the streets of New Orleans for Mardi Gras, with smaller, greener and sometimes naughtier floats with a hipster sensibility . . . . Travel quote of the day: “Mrs. Reilly called in that accent that occurs south of New Jersey only in New Orleans, that Hoboken near the Gulf of Mexico.”
(John Kennedy Toole, “A Confederacy of Dunces”)