What’s Trending on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
§ A record number of U.S. travelers will travel 50 miles or more from their homes this Fourth of July.
§ A total of 44.2 million people will take to the roads, skies, rails and waterways to celebrate Independence Day.
§ That’s an increase of 1.25 million travelers over last year, making it the most traveled Independence Day since AAA has been counting.
§ Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence are helping the travel industry.
§ The spike is helped by cheaper gas prices…the national average price for a gallon of gas is $2.28, a historic low for the summer travel season.
§ A study shows that workplace drug use is at a 12-year high.
§ The report analyzed 10 million workforce urine tests and there was an increase across the board for cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines.
§ Experts say that it indicates on on0going threat to workplace safety posed by substance abuse. And while national dialogue swirls around marijuana and opiate issues, cocaine use is growing at an alarming rate.
§ Ron Howard will take over as Director of the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spinoff.
§ His hire comes after the movie’s original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired Tuesday after clashing with producers and writers.
§ Apparently they wanted to inject more humor into the storyline and encourage improvisation which was not appreciated.
§ Howard will begin work immediately and there are still several weeks left on the shooting schedule.
§ An Italian airport is relaxing their liquid rules to let pesto on flights.
§ The Genoa, Italy airport issued the new rule on June 1st, which allows passengers to take up to 500 grams of pesto onto their flights.
§ Airport security is waiving the usual 100 milliliter limit for liquids, if those passengers donate to Flying Angels, a children’s healthcare charity.
§ Pesto-bearing passengers also need to get an official sticker on their jars before they go through and once there, guards will scan the liquid.
§ More than 500 jars of pesto have been let through, resulting in more than 500 euros raised for the charity.