Tag Archives: air travel

So Far Delta Has Put 100 Covidiots On Its No Fly List

NPR reports: When it comes to the new rules for the novel coronavirus, airlines like Delta are taking them very seriously. So far, the carrier has banned 100 anti-maskers from taking their flights and gone a step further by adding them to a “no fly” list. The legal reasoning is pretty straightforward, says Sharona Hoffman, co-director of Case Western Reserve …

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German Study Finds Dogs Can Sniff Out COVID

Deutsche Welle reports: Researchers in Germany have found that army sniffer dogs can discern between samples from coronavirus-infected and healthy patients. So high is the level of accuracy, they hope this can be used in real-life scenarios. Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover have found that trained sniffer dogs could be used to detect COVID-19 in human samples …

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American Airlines Boots Off Mask Refuser [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: A video posted on Twitter on shows a plane full of people clapping as a woman is asked to leave an American Airlines flight due to not having the appropriate face covering. In the footage, the woman is seen removing her bags from the overhead bins as passengers are seated and ready to depart. All passengers and crew …

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China: You Must Have Negative COVID Test To Fly Here

Reuters reports: Passengers of China-bound flights must provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, China’s aviation authority said on Tuesday, as the government looks to further reduce the risk of imported coronavirus cases amid increased international travel. Nucleic acid tests must be completed within five days of embarkation, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on its website. Tests …

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Alaska Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Man Threatens To Kill Everyone “In The Name Of Jesus”

KOMO News reports: An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to land Saturday evening after a male passenger threatened to kill all other passengers on the plane, airport officials say. Alaska Airlines Flight 422 left from Sea-Tac Airport at 11:10 p.m. en route to Chicago O’Hare, officials with the airline say. Alaska Airlines says the man became “extremely belligerent and physically …

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United May Furlough Half Of US Workforce In October

The Chicago Tribune reports: United Airlines is warning 36,000 employees — nearly half its U.S. workforce — they could be furloughed in October, the clearest signal yet of how deeply the coronavirus outbreak is hurting the airline industry. The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in much …

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Australian PM: Border Might Be Closed Until Mid-2021

Bloomberg News reports: Prime Minister Scott Morrison signaled that Australia’s borders may remain closed to most international visitors until the middle of next year as the coronavirus crisis escalates across the world. Morrison was asked whether he shared the view of Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce that there was little chance of traveling overseas for at least …

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United: Mask Refusers Will Get Put On No Fly List

USA Today reports: United Airlines is doubling down on its mandatory mask policy. The airline announced Monday that any passenger who refuses to comply with its mask requirement will be placed on an “internal travel restriction list,” starting Thursday. “Customers on this list will lose their travel privileges on United for a duration of time to be determined pending a …

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United Passengers Must Complete Health Questionnaire

The Washington Post reports: First face masks and now health questionnaires. United Airlines on Wednesday became at least the second U.S. carrier to ask travelers to answer questions about their health status before they fly. It’s all part of a strategy to ease the mind of travelers concerned about flying in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. United’s “Ready-to-Fly” …

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Latin America’s Largest Airline Declares Bankruptcy

Axios reports: LATAM Airlines Group SA said in a statement early Tuesday the firm and its affiliates in in the United States, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Why it matters: Latam is Latin America’s largest airline and its shareholders include Delta Air Lines. CEO Roberto Alvo noted in the statement …

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US Airlines Are Filling Passenger Seats With Cargo

The New York Daily News reports: Airlines have long carried freight alongside passengers, but it never made sense to use their planes exclusively for cargo. That changed in March. As companies eliminated thousands of flights, cargo space became scarce and the price of sending goods by plane shot up, creating an economic case for repurposing idled passenger planes. “The cargo …

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Qantas CEO: Social Distancing Would Hike Fares 800%

Newsweek reports: The CEO of Australia’s largest airline said Tuesday the company does not plan to enforce social distancing measures on planes due to concerns that doing so would require high increases in passenger fares. The announcement by Qantas Airlines Limited’s Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce came as airlines around the world work on strategies to increase in-flight COVID-19 protections …

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Delta Airlines To Resume Suspended Flights In June

Reuters reports: Delta Air Lines said on Monday it would resume flying several major routes in June that were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, including some Trans-Atlantic and Caribbean destinations. Delta is adding roughly 100 more daily flights in June versus May, including service out of its Atlanta hub and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Florida, …

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United Only Has Work For 12% Of Flight Attendants

Reuters reports: United Airlines Holdings Inc has told staff that it only has work for about 3,000 of its about 25,000 flight attendants in June, sources said, and warned of job losses if demand does not recover by the time government payroll aid expires in the fall. United is paying flight attendants until Sept. 30 thanks largely to $5 billion …

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Dem Senate Bill Would Force Airlines To Refund Tickets

The Hill reports: Democratic senators introduced legislation Wednesday requiring airlines refund billions of dollars to customers who canceled flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cash refunds from major airlines and third-party ticket sellers would be issued regardless of whether the airline canceled the flight or if the passenger backed out of their ticket, according to a summary of the …

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Experts: Major Changes Likely For Future Air Travel

Forbes reports: Let’s start with the entire process of checking in for flights, which some calculate that it could take up to four hours and involving social distancing, sanitation of passengers and luggage, wider spaces for various lines and waiting to board. Nine out of 10 experts expect slower turnarounds between flights due to the need of thorough cleaning of …

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Britain To Impose 14-Day Quarantine On Visitors

The BBC reports: UK airlines say they have been told the government will bring in a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The new restriction is expected to take effect at the end of this month. Industry body Airlines UK said the policy …

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Delta Ends Service To 10 Airports Through September

USA Today reports: Travelers aboard Delta Air Lines are about to have fewer options when it comes to airports in major metro areas. Delta announced Friday that it is cutting service at 10 U.S. airports serving cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as part of a previously announced 85% overall reduction in its service schedule. In each case, …

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Frontier First Airline To Require Temperature Checks

NBC News reports: Frontier Airlines said Thursday it would begin implementing mandatory temperature checks on passengers prior to boarding, the first U.S.-based airline to announce such a measure. The temperature checks, which will begin June 1, are another added layer of protection, Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle said in a press release. Any passenger with a temperature of 100.4 degrees …

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Frontier Airlines Drops $39 Fee For Empty Middle Seat

CBS News reports: Frontier Airlines is dropping plans to charge passengers extra to sit next to an empty middle seat after congressional Democrats accused the airline of trying to profit from fear over the new coronavirus. “We recognize the concerns raised that we are profiting from safety and this was never our intent,” Frontier CEO Barry Biffle said late Wednesday …

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