James Bikales

Washington, D.C.

Writer for By the Way and General Assignment

Education: Harvard University, BA in Government

James Bikales writes for the General Assignment desk and By The Way, The Washington Post's travel destination. Previously, he interned at The Post, Politico, CalMatters and the Hill.
Latest from James Bikales

Europe will soon allow phone calls on flights. Will the U.S. be next?

Europe will soon allow 5G connectivity on flights, including phone calls and high-speed data. Experts said the U.S. is unlikely to follow suit.

December 7, 2022

America’s airport glow-up

Expensive airport renovations aim to woo travelers with high ceilings, indoor trees, natural light and new tech in the security line.

December 6, 2022

Why flying while sick can make you feel worse

With respiratory illnesses such as covid-19, the flu and RSV on the rise, more travelers are wondering whether to fly while sick. Here's what experts recommend.

December 5, 2022

Thanksgiving travel was not a fiasco. Is it a good sign for Christmas?

Airlines staffed up for Thanksgiving, and flight cancellations were low for the holiday, even if storms led to Sunday delays.

November 28, 2022

A stowaway cat snuck into a suitcase. TSA thwarted his travel plans.

The passenger said the sneaky feline belonged to another member of his household. The cat was safely returned home.

November 22, 2022

Thanksgiving travel will be crowded, but not as chaotic as the summer

This Thanksgiving is projected to be one of the busiest travel periods since the pandemic began. Here's what to know if you plan to drive or fly this week.

November 21, 2022

Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect to plead guilty, victims’ lawyers say

Payton Gendron, who is suspected of killing 10 people in a racist attack at a Buffalo grocery store in May, is expected to plead guilty to state charges Monday

November 17, 2022

The best times to drive for Thanksgiving

With millions of Americans planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving, here's what to know about the best times to travel and highways to avoid.

November 15, 2022

TSA errors allowed disruptive passenger to bring box cutters on flight

A flight from Kentucky to Florida made an emergency landing after a passenger flashed a box cutter.

November 14, 2022

Film crew stumbles upon piece of Challenger 36 years after tragedy, NASA says

A History Channel crew found the piece off the eastern coast of Florida and alerted NASA, the agency said. The documentary is set to air this month.

November 10, 2022