Rebuilding costs after three major hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean could reach hundreds of billions of dollars. The impact of the storms could linger for years, affecting tourism and local economies. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss what people need to know about traveling to the affected areas and why the cost of going to the Caribbean's unaffected islands will go up.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is under fire for his expensive, taxpayer-funded travel aboard government and private charter jets. Trips by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have also drawn criticism. Major Garrett reports.
CBS News' Julianna Goldman reported Tuesday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took an expensive military flight in June, and a charter flight in August. On Wednesday, Goldman learned Pruitt flew within his home state of Oklahoma on a private plane in July. That trip cost taxpayers more than $14,000.
Delta Air Lines offers more than 15,000 flights everyday and carries more than 180 million passengers a year. CEO Ed Bastian, who joined Delta in 1998, took over as chief executive officer in May 2016. Only on "CBS This Morning," Bastian discusses Delta's new in-flight messaging service and the challenges the airline is facing in its Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Airbnb provides a worldwide online platform to connect guests with private room and home rentals. Founded in 2008, the company is now valued at more than $30 billion. Airbnb plans expand its platform to include online restaurant reservations and local sight-seeing opportunities. The company is announcing more than 150 new experiences in New York City. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his company's success and its path forward.
A web of secrecy could make it nearly impossible to identify a plane's real owner. The Boston Globe's Spotlight team spent a year investigating a system they say can be exploited by drug dealers or corrupt international politicians. The team reports they even found people with links to terrorism who appeared to hold active FAA licenses to fly or repair planes. Kris Van Cleave reports.
Passenger rights groups say smaller airline seat space could put travelers at risk in an emergency evacuation. The FAA argued in federal appeals court that shrinking seat space in coach does not present a threat to health or safety, but the judges disagreed and ordered the FAA to reevaluate its standards. Kris Van Cleave reports.
Hurricane Irma is expected to reach Florida Sunday. Nearly every major city in the state is a potential target. About 1.4 million people live in Florida's mandatory evacuation areas, and the governor has ordered all Florida schools to close so the buildings can be used as shelters. Mark Strassmann reports.