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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed in the red on Tuesday amid a tech sell-off and after Senate Republicans delayed their health-care vote.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 98.89 (-0.46 percent) to finish at 21,310.66.

The Nasdaq tumbled 100.53 (-1.61 percent) to close at 6,146.62, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,419.38, down 19.69 (-0.81 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 2 percent higher with prices over $44 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:  Shares of Alphabet Inc. sunk 2.5 percent after the European Union fined the Google parent company about $2.7 billion for breaching competition rules in its comparison shopping service.

Sprint Corp. is reportedly in talks with Charter Communications and Comcast Corp. as the cable giants are exploring offering wireless service to its customers. Sprint's stock jumped 2 percent.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New surveillance video shows the chaotic and terrifying scene inside an Apple store as gunfire erupted in a mall in New York state, causing shoppers and workers to scramble for their lives.

The Albany District Attorney's Office released the Nov. 12, 2016, video, which captured the scene from inside and outside the store at the Crossgates Mall in Albany.

In the video people are falling over each other, hiding under tables and running to safety. One woman nearly caused a stroller carrying a child to flip over.

According to authorities, "Multiple accounts of shots fired near a crowded area of the mall near the Apple Store were reported to law enforcement. At the time of the incident there were thousands of patrons and employees present at the mall. The incident happened just yards away from 'Santa Land,' where multiple families were lined up to take holiday photos."

On Friday, Tasheem Maeweather, 20, of Albany, was sentenced to 3.5 years to seven years in prison for first-degree reckless endangerment in the incident, according to a news release from the District Attorney's office.

Maeweather's lawyer Lee Kindlon confirmed to ABC News Tuesday that Maeweather was at the mall at the time of the shooting but he said his client wasn't involved. Kindlon told ABC News that he is working on an appeal.

"I think that the defendant's conviction on reckless endangerment will be overturned," Kindlon said. "Justice is a process. At trial, the people weren't able to show my client possessed or fired a gun that day. ... In time, through the appellate courts, I have confidence that the law is on our side."

No weapons were recovered at the scene of the shooting and no one came forward with injuries after the shooting incident, according to the District Attorney's Office. However, blood was found at the scene, authorities said.

At Maeweather's jury trial, an off-duty state trooper testified that he'd not only seen Maeweather at the mall but also had seen him shooting a gun, according to the Altamont Enterprise.

In May, Maeweather, who authorities say was on probation at the time of the shooting and wearing an ankle monitor, was acquitted on three other charges related to the incident: attempted murder, attempted assault and weapons possession.

"Citizens of Albany County should always expect to be safe when visiting public spaces," District Attorney P. David Soares said in the news release. "This defendant violated our sense of safety and has left a traumatic and indelible memory for those who were present that day."

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Courtesy Ritz Carlton(NEW YORK) -- Luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton is testing the waters on another high-end venture: yachting.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is scheduled to take to the sea in late 2019, according to the company.

Voyages will last 7-10 days and will include ports in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The small capacity vessel will accommodate up to 298 passengers and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138-square-meter lavish duplex penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by the Ritz-Carlton and the Tillberg Design of Sweden.

Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by chef Sven Elverfeld, a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of on-board entertainment.

Reservations begin May 2018.

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Transportation Security Administration(BOSTON) -- Can you bring a live lobster on a plane? Yes, as long as it's in a "clear, plastic, spill-proof container" and it's been screened by Transportation Security Administration agents.

That's the travel tip the TSA's Twitter followers learned on Monday when the agency's spokesman, Michael McCarthy, posted an image of an agent holding a 20-pound live lobster. The lobster was found alive and well inside checked baggage at Boston Logan International Airport on Sunday.

Despite this lobster's size and intimidating claws, the crustaceans are allowed through airport security in carry-on and checked bags as long as they are inspected, according to the TSA.

This particular lobster met those requiements and was allowed on its way.

"The lobster was traveling in a cooler in checked luggage and was allowed to continue," McCarthy tweeted.

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The classic wedding tradition for every bride to have good luck is, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Now, Taco Bell would like to add something hot and spicy, and maybe something crunchy.

The company has announced on its website that starting in the summer of 2017, the Tex-mex fast food chain is offering opportunities to get married at its Taco Bell flagship restaurant in Las Vegas at its second-floor wedding chapel.

According to the website, “All you have to do is get your marriage license, visit the restaurant in person this summer, walk up to the counter and order a wedding right off the menu.”

The $600 wedding package includes a ceremony in the chapel inside the restaurant with an ordained officiant within as little as four hours; private area for a reception for up to 15 of your closest family and friends; and custom merchandise -- including a sauce packet garter and bow tie, “Just Married” T-shirts for the bride and groom, Taco Bell-branded champagne flutes and, of course, a Taco 12 Pack filled with tacos and a Cinnabon Delights cake for dessert. There's also a Sauce Packet bouquet available for the bride to use during the ceremony.

Stay tuned to the Taco Bell website for the official date when weddings will begin.

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Lamborghini(NEW YORK) -- Lamborghini debuted its new Aventador S earlier this year, with a starting price of $421,350.

ABC News' Morgan Korn got a chance to test drive the vehicle earlier this month. Read about her experience below:

I’ve seen very few Lamborghinis in the wild. Spotting one is almost as rare as the total solar eclipse expected in August — an occurrence Americans have been anticipating for nearly 100 years.

In northern New Jersey, where I live, Maseratis, Porsches and BMWs are as common as Honda Accords and Jeep Wranglers. Lamborghinis, however, are a special breed. In those extraordinary moments when one crosses your path, it’s almost as if the world comes to a standstill. Exotic supercars are built to turn heads, but the Italian supercar’s iconic countenance has always stretched that notion to the extreme. Laying eyes on one can be a titillating experience.

Take the Aventador S, which Italy’s Lamborghini debuted earlier this year. For the uninitiated, it resembles a beetle (the insect, not the VW coupe) injected with steroids. It is wide, has an aggressive nose and boasts several vertical fins, which, I imagine, could help it escape a hungry great white shark. This model was designed to be more aerodynamic, more agile and more powerful.

I track-tested the Aventador S (starting price: $421,350) this month at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Four Aventador S models awaited my arrival. I immediately sensed that these conveyances were eager to be unleashed. The 6.5-liter, 740 horsepower, V-12 engine propels the driver from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Quite a remarkable feat, yet one that the original 2011 Aventador accomplished as well. Why had the engineers not boosted the acceleration?

When I posed that question to Alessandro Farmeschi, the chief operating officer of Automobili Lamborghini America, he smiled. In the real world, drivers seldom accelerate that quickly, he explained. And drivers invariably don’t reach the top speed of 217 mph either.

That’s the one downside of owning such a rarefied — and painfully expensive — supercar like a Lamborghini: Its true potential cannot be realized. It’s a preternatural specimen of craftsmanship and technology, and few drivers know how to handle that much power in a car. And sadly, the Aventador S would not make for a comfortable daily drive. Basic amenities that are commonplace in 99 percent of new vehicles (heated seats and cupholders, for example) cost extra; the low-slung seats require pants and practice; and visibility is crystal clear … when staring straight out the windshield, that is. With its 13 mpg for combined city and highway driving, Lamborghini estimates that drivers spend an estimated $3,250 on fuel a year. Pocket change for the 0.1 percent.

Michael Sexton, the Lamborghini sales manager at Manhattan Motorcars in New York City, told me that exiting a Lamborghini – whether an Aventador S or the more popular Huracan — “is like a golf swing. You create a memory.”

Cupholders are superfluous because these “are not cars you sip coffee in and drive,” he said matter-of-factly. But as a precaution, he orders cupholders in the models he sells at his Midtown Manhattan dealership.

Farmeschi assured me that the Aventador S could be driven every day.

“It’s a car that expresses the highest performance on the racetrack … and you can enjoy it driving on the normal streets as well,” he said. “If you drove it from New York City to Washington, D.C., you would feel quite relaxed when you got out.”

I certainly hope so. To truly get an understanding of the car’s handling and capabilities, I buckled myself into the passenger seat and let a pro Lamborghini driver take me for a spin. The Aventador S certainly handled each curve and bend brilliantly, and the new four-wheel steering system allowed it to maneuver easily and respond to the driver’s movements more naturally. The sharp turns and unexpected shifting were second nature to the pro driver; after lap three my body was begging for the head bobbing to end. We pulled into the pit, and I swung open the scissor door, making a mental note to call a chiropractor later. Racecar drivers perform exercises to strengthen the muscles in their necks, I was informed. I’ll have to remember that smart advice for next time.

Lamborghinis have a surprisingly young customer base. Farmeschi told me the average buyer is 40 to 45 years old and the company has been making inroads with millennials, who are enticed by the car’s “unmistakable design and sharp curves.” Young people are just one segment the 53-year-old Lamborghini has been wooing; when the company launches its SUV later this year, it will be marketing itself to families. The company expects the gamble to pay off: It’s doubling the number of employees and expanding its factory outside Bologna to accommodate anticipated demand.

Sexton said the Aventador S was a “night and day” experience from its predecessor the Aventador. This vehicle “feels lighter and more nimble” compared with the “beast” of the Aventador, he remarked. Four Aventador S models are being shipped from Italy to his dealership; all were presold.

Why would someone choose a Lamborghini over its main competitor, the inimitable Ferrari?

As Sexton put it, “Lamborghinis are easier to drive and not as finicky as a Ferrari. A first-time Ferrari buyer cannot go into a dealership and buy one. You have to be in a club. Lamborghini doesn’t work that way. If it’s available, you can have it.”

Farmeschi said one of the biggest differences between the Italian rivals is Lamborghini’s emphasis on customer satisfaction and accessibility. He attends functions all over the world, meeting and greeting Lambo buyers.

“We are a company that creates emotions,” he remarked. “You cannot only be a product.”

On that racetrack in Pennsylvania, I found myself dreaming of gunning the engine on a sleepy Tuscan road, surrounded only by olive trees and a warm Mediterranean breeze. I didn’t need a cupholder in my reverie. My Aventador S was taking me to find the perfect cappuccino.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Barry Cadden, the owner and head pharmacist of the now-defunct New England Compounding Center (NECC), has been sentenced by a federal judge to 9 years in prison for his role in a deadly nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak.

More than 750 patients who received injections of an NECC-manufactured steroid were diagnosed with the fungal infection in 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64 of those patients in nine states died, making it the largest public health crisis ever caused by a pharmaceutical product.

Cadden, 50, was convicted of 57 charges in March, including racketeering and fraud, but was found not guilty by a federal jury on 25 counts of murder.

Prosecutors urged U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns to sentence Cadden to 35 years in prison, while his attorneys recommended 3 years.

“Barry Cadden put profits over patients,” said Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb for the District of Massachusetts in a statement. “He used NECC to perpetrate a massive fraud that harmed hundreds of people.  Mr. Cadden knew that he was running his business dishonestly, but he kept doing it anyway to make sure the payments kept rolling in.  Now he will have to pay for his crimes.” 

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocks closed mostly higher on Monday, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite shed most of its recent gains.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 14.79 ( 0.07 percent) to finish at 21,409.55.

The Nasdaq slid 18.10 (-0.29 percent) to close at 6,247.15, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,439.07, up 0.77 ( 0.03 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices over $43 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:
  Shares of Hertz Global Holdings jumped 13.5 percent on a Bloomberg report that says the car rental service will partner with Apple on its autonomous vehicle software.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment tumbled 3.5 percent after it was revealed Friday the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating statements made by the company about the 2013 documentary "Blackfish."

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Chadonka/Instagram(CAPE POINT, N.C.) -- A new island that has appeared off the coast of North Carolina is exciting water-loving locals and tourists alike.

It's being called Shelly Island. And thanks to the changing tides of the Atlantic Ocean, those enjoying Cape Hatteras' Cape Point can now trek to this newly formed island.

"It's a dynamic area. Because of the two different currents -- the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current -- the sand is always shifting and moving," Mark Dowdle, the deputy superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which oversees the island, told ABC News.

"A large sandbar has formed off the tip of Cape Point and essentially created a new island," he added. "It could continue to grow or soon it could be completely gone. We don’t know."

For now, those visiting have been enjoying the new island, which measures about a mile long and several hundred yards wide, according to Dowdle.

Those visiting have been collecting sea shells along with enjoying long walks on the beach.

Bill Smith recently used a kayak to trek to the island.

"It's fun to go out there. It's a great place to shell," Smith, the president of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, told ABC News. "Historically, that area is a very good place to fish too."

Still, Smith warns that because of that, it's probably not best to walk over to the island at low tide when the water may appear shallow.

In fact, the park service has several warnings for those trying to enjoy the long summer days on the new island.

"If someone were to go out there, use the buddy system. Do not go alone," Dowdle said, noting that the water is particularly rough near the island thanks to strong currents and riptides.

He added that if you do attempt to swim out there, use flotation devices such as paddle boards or surfboards along with a life jacket.

Dowdle continued that there could be various "marine life," such as jellyfish. "There could be other marine life too and because the water's agitated from the waves, you can't always see."

Dowdle had one more piece of advice he'd like to give to those visiting. "The island is new and it’s drawing a lot of interest ... but there are many other beaches to enjoy at Cape Hatteras including three life-guarded beaches," he told ABC News.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It's been 20 years since "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" arrived in U.K. bookstores.

Four years later, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and the gang would take up the mantle on the big screen. Over the last two decades, the books and films have captivated both young and old.

Here are 10 fun facts you probably never knew about the "boy who lived."

1 - Why Harry's eyes weren't green in the films like in the books.

In the DVD extras for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1" in 2011, author J.K. Rowling and Radcliffe discuss why they changed that important part.

Radcliffe, who has blue eyes, had tried on green contact lenses, but he found them uncomfortable, so Rowling said the only important "thing is that his eyes look like his mother’s eyes. So if you’re casting Lily, there needs to be a resemblance."

"There is a very small percentage of people apparently who have a very extreme reaction to contact lenses. And I was one of them," Radcliffe added.

2 - Robin Williams rejected?

Yep, the late Oscar winner wanted to play Hagrid in the movies, but apparently there was a Brits-only rule by the producers.

“Robin had called [director Chris Columbus] because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a British-only edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn’t going to say yes to anybody else, that’s for sure,” casting director Janet Hirshenson told the Huffington Post last year.

3 - What's up with Hermione Granger's teeth?

Another change from the book was Hermione's buck teeth. Christopher Columbus, the director of the first two films, said fake teeth were only used for one scene in the very first film.

"I realized that she's never going to be able to perform with these huge fake teeth in her mouth for the rest of the movie," he told EW. So he took them out for the rest of the movie and the rest of the franchise.

4 - Voldemort's nephew?

Well, kind of. One of the actors who played young Tom Riddle, the orphaned boy who eventually became the dreaded Voldemeort, is actually Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who played the dark wizard.

PHOTO: Ralph Fiennes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.Warner Bros.
Ralph Fiennes in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

5 - J.K. Rowling the actress?

Rowling said she was offered the role of Lily Potter, Harry's mother, in the very first movie, but turned it down.

"I really am not cut out to be an actress, even one who just has to stand there and wave. I would have messed it up somehow," she said, according to the U.K. Telegraph.

6 - American and UK versions.

Fans who flocked to the theater more than 15 years ago to see "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" noticed that the title of the first movie had changed from the book, which was called "The Philosopher’s Stone."

Hagrid's dialogue in the book was also changed for U.S. moviegoers.

7 - Rowling regrets Hermione and Ron getting together.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the scribe admits that she later wanted Harry to be with Hermione but stuck to the original story she created all those years ago.

"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really, for reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it," she told the paper.

Hermione and Harry might have been a better match, she added.

8 - Where Harry Potter came from

Rowling picked the name Harry Potter because Harry "has always been my favorite boy's name, so if my daughter had been a son, he would have been Harry Rowling," she told in 2000.

As for Potter, it "was the surname of a family who used to live near me when I was 7 years old and I always liked the name, so I borrowed it," she said.

9 - The King of Hogwarts?

In 2010, Rowling told Oprah Winfrey that Michael Jackson wanted "Potter" to be a musical.

"I said 'no' to a lot of things," she said.

10 - Radcliffe almost wasn't Harry.

Famed director Steven Spielberg, who was originally slated to lead the first film, wanted Haley Joel Osment from "The Sixth Sense" to play the title role.

But Spielberg dropped out and later told the BBC that while he knew the film would be a hit, it just didn't touch his heart the way it did for fans.

The rest is history and Radcliffe ended up being cast.

For his part, Joel Osment actually later said that he loved the books, but wasn't too excited about the movies coming out. Looks like the right actor became Harry.

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TheGatorCrusader(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Here is one man who doesn't take his moniker "the Gator Crusader" lightly.

Michael Womer of Orlando, Florida, who calls himself "the rock star of the alligator world," decided to do something even crazier than his normal stunts by placing a GoPro compact video camera on his head and offering his crown to an alligator.

He says inquiring minds have always wondered "what is an alligator bite like?"

So, offering himself up to find out, Womer strapped the camera to his noggin, only an inch away from his forehead.

"I feel like Doc Brown wearing this thing," Womer joked in a video of the gator-human encounter. "OK, let's go try it!"

As seen in the video, Womer asks the gator to "smile," and the gator opens wide.

The gator slowly lowers its jaw onto the GoPro.

Womer was not injured in the experiment.

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Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new update to the popular social networking app Snapchat that allows certain users of the app to track down your exact location is raising privacy concerns for parents and child safety advocates.

The new Snapchat feature, called "Snap Map," lets you decide whether or not to share your location with your friends in the app, or stay in "ghost mode," the app's default setting. If you decide to share your location, then an emoji representing you will appear to pinpoint your exact location on a map to your friends within the Snapchat app. The emoji marking where someone is on the map will "only update when you open Snapchat," the tech company explained in a blog post.

But experts are concerned.

"It is very easy to accidentally share everything that you've got with more people than you need too, and that's the scariest portion," cyber security expert Charles Tendell told ABC News of the Snapchat update.

A spokesperson for Snapchat told ABC News in a statement that the "safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works."

"With Snap Map, location-sharing is off by default for all users and is completely optional. Snapchatters can choose exactly who they want to share their location with, if at all, and can change that setting at any time," the spokesperson said. "It's also not possible to share your location with someone who isn't already your friend on Snapchat, and the majority of interactions on Snapchat take place between close friends."

Experts recommend that parents stay up to date on what updates to apps like Snapchat mean for both them and their kids. Experts also suggest parents make sure they know who their kids' friends are on Snapchat and also talk to their children about who they add on Snapchat and being selective about what the word "friend" means.

Childnet International, an children's internet safety advocacy group, released tips for how to safely use the Snap Map feature, which includes to only share your location with people you know in person, and never with strangers. In addition, the group advises to not add contacts to Snapchat if you don't already know them in person.

The organization also advises that you can switch off the location-sharing feature at any time, and to put careful consideration into when you choose to share your location.

"Think about where you’re sharing your location. Location services such as Snap Maps can lead people to your house," Childnet International said in a blog post. "Think about what times you’re on the app and whether these are locations you want to share-–if not, then turn this off within your settings."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While there's nothing like feeling your toes in the sand or grass in the summer, it's a bit of a drag to have to carry your flip flops around after using them to save your soles from that scorching parking lot.

However, an ingenious new gadget has the solution in pocket: The Sandal Huuk is a colorful little clip that slips onto your beach bag, chair, pocket or waistband, allowing you to carry your sandals or other lightweight items hands-free.

The invention was created by a father and son after they lugged around items during a family trip to Daytona Beach. Their motto? "Hold hands, not flip flops."

The Sandal Huuk is now available in a four pack for $20 on Amazon.

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KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Japan on Sunday.

The Japanese auto parts maker has struggled to stay afloat amid lawsuits and recall costs over its deadly air bag inflators.

More than a dozen deaths are linked to the company's faulty airbags. About 100 million have been recalled worldwide, with 70 million being pulled in the U.S., marking the largest automotive safety recall in history.

Chinese-owned Key Safety Systems in Detroit, Michigan, a Takata rival, reached an agreement with the auto parts maker to buy most of its assets and acquire its manufacturing operations for about $1.6 billion.

Takata agreed to pay the U.S. $1 billion in criminal penalties earlier this year, including a $25 million fine, $125 million to those who were injured by the airbags, and $850 million to automakers.

Kevin Dean, a lawyer in South Carolina who has dozens of cases pending against Takata, told ABC News the company's bankruptcy filing was "a cowardly act by a cowardly company and their lawyers to avoid liability."

"We currently have pending a number of cases across the United States involving wrongful deaths, people that are hit with these flying shrapnel," he said. "One gentleman can not smile anymore. It damaged one of his facial nerves to the point where he can not speak anymore."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Flying can be costly, especially for those who don't do it often. FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney sat down with ABC News to tell us what infrequent fliers need to know before they book a flight.

Here's what he had to say:

Some people fly frequently for work, but more of us are what you could call leisure travelers who might fly one summer, drive the next.

Traveling by plane only sporadically can leave gaps in our knowledge because the air-travel industry changes its rules and practices often.

A few years ago, for instance, getting free meals when flying coach was the norm. Then that perk disappeared. Now it’s making a comeback.

Here are some other things infrequent travelers may need to know.

1. Get to the airport early.

Rushing to the gate with seconds to spare is a thing of the past. These days, airlines have added incentive to take off and arrive on time because the government publishes these statistics for the world to see; as a result, airlines like Delta suggest domestic passengers arrive at the airport two hours early, check in 30 minutes before departure and be at the gate at least 15 minutes before takeoff. Why? Because sometimes planes leave early, and if you’re not there, they’re not going to wait for you.

Suggestion: Don’t be late. You could get stuck with a $200 ticket-change fee.

2. Checking bags usually costs

Free checked bags: Southwest is the only U.S. airline that will still check bags for free.

Free carry-on bags: Most of the big airlines offer this, with the exception of travelers flying on basic economy fares on American and United. Smaller airlines including Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit generally charge fees for all luggage.

Suggestion: Use a carry-on even if you have to pay for it because the bag that travels by your side is a bag that won’t go missing.

3. Forget about refunds

Except in very rare cases, once you buy your ticket, there’s no changing your mind because the cheapest tickets are almost always nonrefundable. Be very sure of your travel dates before you book.

Suggestion: If you must change your mind about a trip, do so within 24 hours of ticket purchase; by law, changes within this grace period are free.

4. Pay-to-pick seats

This is increasingly common, and you’ll see it on nearly every airline: You buy a ticket, go to pick your seat and find that the only free seats are middle seats way in the back. If you want a seat next to an aisle, window or not directly across from a restroom, you may have to pay a fee for it. On some discount airlines, you get no choice at all; if you don’t pay the fee, you will be randomly assigned a seat and should not expect much.

Suggestion: These pick-your-seat fees can change as the departure date gets closer, so keep checking back to see if you can get a better deal.

5. Freebies, what freebies?

Meals in economy are making a comeback, but don’t get too excited because they are offered on only a few routes of a few airlines. As for blankets and pillows, those airlines that still offer these amenities will make you pay for it. The availability of entertainment options is all over the map, but some airlines are phasing out seat-back screens because so many travelers bring their own electronic devices. Be sure you have your device.

Suggestion: Save money, bring a lunch from home, take a warm jacket, and carry headphones or ear buds for your device. And keep your charger handy.

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