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Air Canada Suspends USA Flights Until May 22

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2020, 10:00 AM

Today Air Canada announced it will suspend all flights to and from the United States until May 22. The change came on the heels of the Canadian government's 30-day extension of its ban on nonessential border crossings, which effectively eliminated the airline's passenger base for the short term. The temporary Air Canada embargo goes into effect on Sunday, April 26. Until then, the carrier will ...

A Facebook Page for Sharing Window Views from Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2020, 6:00 AM

"If you want the people to understand you, invite them to your life and let them see the world from your window!" So wrote Turkish novelist and playwright Mehmet Murat ildan. And while I have no idea how many members of the Facebook group View From My Window know his work, they seem to have taken the sentiment to heart. The group—open to all for viewing, though posting is by invitation only—asks p...

It’s the Pits! The Cancellation of the National Cherry Festival Is Personally Saddening

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2020, 5:00 AM

About four years ago I learned that I was a failure. At cherry spitting, that is. No matter how much I tried—and I lined up four times to show off my non-skills to a judge—I couldn’t propel the pit more than about two and a half feet. A 10-year-old behind me couldn’t contain his giggles when my spit sprayed much farther than the pit, which dropped right on my sandals. Who cares? I tried and tri...

Stranded in Peru: A Remarkable Journey Home

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/17/2020, 8:00 AM

In March 2020, the world shut down with surprising speed. Americans who were abroad then either got home just in time, got stuck where they were, or undertook journeys that would have challenged Odysseus. Sometimes, though, the tales of repatriation are far more Kafkaesque than Homeric. One of those intrepid travelers is a young woman named Kera (pictured), a college senior and a friend of my dau...

Samantha Brown Just Made Some Terrific New Study Guides

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/17/2020, 2:00 AM

Travel television star and all-around lovely person Samantha Brown is schooling her kids at home right now, like so many of us. So she gets it. She knows that 23 minutes off-duty time can be an incredible gift when you're not only your kids' parent, but also the teacher, the companion, the cook, the cleaner, and the candlestick maker. Or whatever the contemporary equivalent is. To help out, Sam h...

Emirates Airlines' Boarding Procedure Now Includes a Coronavirus Test

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/16/2020, 10:00 AM

Though testing is not widespread in the United Arab Emirates yet, the country's flagship airline rolled out testing for passengers at its Dubai hub yesterday. Before boarding a flight to Tunisia, each traveler was administered a finger-prick blood test by the Dubai Health Authority. The results were available 10 minutes later. The airline did not announce whether any passengers were denied boardi...

Team Claims to Have Set a New "Cannonball Run" Record

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/13/2020, 6:30 PM

Earning a title that will surely go down in the annals of idiocy, a team of drivers has apparently set a new record for the so-called "Cannonball Run." The feat, based on the 1970s Burt Reynolds comedy in which lunkheads speed across the continental United States to claim the best time, supposedly took place on April 4, at the height of stay-at-home orders for most of the country. The team claims...

CDC Extends No-Sail Order for Cruise Ships Using American Ports

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/10/2020, 8:45 AM

Late last night the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended by 100 days its prohibition on cruises using American ports. The original order was supposed to end in mid-April. The new timetable extends the ban until July 19. That's a blow to the industry—most major cruise lines had hoped to suspend operations only through the end of May. The order does not affect all cruises, o...

New York City Will Bounce Back

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/06/2020, 8:00 PM

By the end of this week, many of New York's largest indoor and outdoor spaces will be transformed. Officials may need to start using city parks as temporary burial grounds, and already a tent hospital has been erected in the heart of Central Park. And the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will qualify as the biggest hospital in the United States with 2,500 beds. In this city of superlatives, that...

Governor of South Carolina Bans Hotel Guests from NY, CT, and NJ

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/06/2020, 11:30 AM

On Friday, Henry McMaster, the Governor of South Carolina, updated an executive order to include a new prohibition. As of April 3, the state's hotels, motels, campgrounds, and rental properties may no longer house guests from New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey. In addition to questions of constitutionality, this move raises the question: What will happen to those tri-staters who are staying in...

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