Travel

US To Maintain Ban On Most International Visitors

Reuters reports: The United States will not lift any existing travel restrictions “at this point” due to concerns over the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant and the rising number of U.S. coronavirus cases, the White House confirmed on Monday. The decision comes after a senior level White House meeting late on Friday. It means that the long-running travel restrictions that …

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Small Amounts Of Weed Now Allowed At NYC Airports

Gothamist reports: Small amounts of marijuana found on passengers in New York’s airports are no longer being seized by local authorities, four months after the state legalized recreational cannabis use. A spokesperson at the Port Authority, which operates JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, Benjamin Branham, said they enforce state laws. “New Yorkers 21 years old and older can possess, …

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Court Reverses Itself On Cruises In Win For Florida

CNBC reports: A federal appeals court late on Friday sided with Florida in its challenge against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over federal regulations for cruise ships that the state said were too onerous and were costing it millions of dollars in foregone tax revenue. The two-page ruling from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marks an …

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Woman Ejected From Flight In Anti-Gay Tirade [VIDEO]

The Dallas Morning News reports: A woman making homophobic remarks was apparently removed from a flight bound for DFW International Airport, according to a video posted to YouTube Monday. The 46-second video, made of two screen-recorded Snapchat videos, shows a woman following the rest of her travel party through the aisle with her mask around her chin while arguing with …

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FAA Approves Cuomo’s AirTrain Connection To LGA

Patch New York reports: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s controversial plan to build an AirTrain from Willetts Point to LaGuardia Airport is one step closer to becoming a reality after receiving federal approval on Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the proposed project plan on Tuesday, giving the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — which runs the airport …

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Canada To Admit Vaxxed Americans On August 9th

The Vancouver Sun reports: Canada will open its border to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in the U.S., starting Aug. 9 — and it plans to reopen the border to international travellers on Sept. 7. Travelers will have to submit proof of vaccination on the ArriveCAN app or online portal. They must also provide results of a …

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American Airlines Passenger Duct-Taped To Seat After Assaulting Crew, Attempting To Open Door Mid-Flight

The New York Post reports: An apparently unhinged woman was duct-taped to an airplane seat last week after she allegedly attacked the flight crew and tried to open the door of the aircraft in midflight. Video posted on social media showed the gray-haired woman with silver duct tape over her mouth, and her arms and body seemingly taped to the …

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FLL Terminals Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat [VIDEO]

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: A bomb threat prompted the evacuation Saturday of terminals 2 and 3 and shut down entry to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on its Twitter account that deputies at the airport are investigating a bomb threat reported at around 8:49 a.m. At around 11:30 a.m., the airport posted an update …

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FAA Hits Nine Unruly Passengers With Massive Fines

Via press release: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a new public service announcement and levied $119,000 in civil penalties against passengers for alleged violations of federal regulations as part of its Zero Tolerance efforts against unruly behavior. As part of the FAA’s Zero Tolerance campaign, the web video features children explaining how to behave on …

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Covidiot High Schoolers Force Cancellation Of Flight

Charlotte’s ABC News affiliate reports: Passengers on American Airlines Flight 893 to Nassau, Bahamas were in a position to depart Monday when a group of high school students decided to stage a mask rebellion that lasted for hours. “Some people’s vacations are ruined. They were only going for a couple of nights. Now, they have to get rebooked,” passenger Stephanie …

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Canada Eases Travel Restrictions For Vaccinated Citizens

USA Today reports: Pandemic restrictions on travel between Canada and the U.S. began to loosen Monday for some Canadians, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said plans to totally reopen the border would be announced over the next few weeks. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have had a full dose of a coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Canada can …

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737 Cargo Plane Crashes Off Hawaii, Crew Rescued

Honolulu’s CBS News affiliate reports: A cargo plane crashed off Hawaii on Friday morning with two people on board. The state Department of Transportation confirmed the crash happened 2 miles off the coast near Kalaeloa Airport. According to CNBC, both crew members were rescued after making a belly landing in the ocean after attempting to return to the airport due …

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New York City’s MTA Unveils Coming Subway Cars

Gothamist reports: The MTA has unveiled the first of the brand new subway cars that will begin replacing some of the system’s creakiest trains at the end of next year. At a rail yard in Sunset Park on Thursday, transit officials pulled back the curtain on a handful of long-awaited R211 cars. The new model — part of a $1.4 …

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Airlines Fear Chaos Over EU’s Digital COVID Passport

Reuters reports: The EU’s system of digital COVID travel certificates comes into force on Thursday (July 1). It’s meant to enable travel for people who can show they are fully vaccinated, have recently recovered from the virus, or have had a negative test. Passengers will be able to show a QR code to prove their status. But in a letter …

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Man In Cockpit Breach Bid: “I Smoked A Lot Of Meth”

The Daily Beast reports: A man who panicked on a moving plane at LAX, charged to the cockpit, then broke his leg after leaping out of an emergency exit told cops that he’d smoked “a lot” of crystal meth in the days leading up the incident. Court documents allege that Luis Antonio Victoria Dominguez, 33, leaned over to the passenger …

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Disney Test Cruise Postponed After Staffers Test Positive

The Associated Press reports: Disney Cruise Line is postponing its first test cruise since the pandemic brought the cruise industry to a standstill after a handful of participants had inconsistent test results for COVID-19, the company said Monday. The Disney Dream had been scheduled to set sail Tuesday from Port Canaveral, Florida, with 300 employees who had volunteered for the …

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Man Tries To Breach Cockpit, Opens Emergency Slide

NBC News reports: A man tried to breach the cockpit of a United Express flight Friday night and after being unsuccessful, he opened the cabin door and fled the aircraft via the emergency slide at LAX, according to officials. In a statement from SkyWest, they confirmed that no one onboard the aircraft was injured, and that the aircraft was able …

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Tomorrow: First Post-COVID Cruise Departs From US

The Associated Press reports: The first cruise ship to board passengers at a U.S. port in 15 months is set to sail Saturday from the industry’s South Florida hub in a symbolic stride toward normalcy that will be watched closely by health experts as vaccines curb the coronavirus’ spread in the country. Celebrity Cruises says at least 95% of those …

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United CEO Warns Of Looming Pilot Shortage [VIDEO]

Axios reports: United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby tells “Axios on HBO” that America could be headed toward a pilot shortage, because “the military produces far fewer pilots today than they did in the Cold War era.” Why it matters: The U.S. travel industry is roaring back, with leisure air travel exceeding pre-pandemic levels, and now must protect itself from future …

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Staffing Crunch Forces Hundreds Of Canceled Flights

CNBC reports: American Airlines said it canceled hundreds of flights this weekend due to staffing shortages, maintenance and other issues, challenges facing the carrier as travel demand surges toward pre-pandemic levels. Delta Air Lines canceled more than 300 flights last Thanksgiving weekend and scores of others during Christmas during a pilot shortage. The weekend’s disruptions, reported earlier by the View …

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