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Airline Now Requires Full Face Shields Plus Masks During Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/10/2020, 11:00 AM

As part of an effort to ramp up safety precautions amid the global health crisis, Qatar Airways is now requiring passengers to wear full face shields as well as masks throughout flights.  According to a news release, the airline will distribute disposable plastic shields, which sort of resemble welder's masks except that they're entirely see-through, at departure gates prior to boarding.  Fa...

WATCH: Hilarious Video on How to Ride a Japanese Roller Coaster Without Screaming

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/09/2020, 9:00 AM

Back in May, when amusement parks began reopening in Japan following coronavirus closures, owners imposed a widely reported ban on screaming while riding roller coasters.  Letting out squeals, shrieks, and howls can expel droplets that spread the virus, the reasoning goes, even when the screamer is wearing a mask (another requirement at theme parks).  But as the Wall Street Journal discovere...

EU Releases Safety Guidelines for Resuming Cruises in Europe

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2020, 12:00 PM

On the same day the European Union announced that Americans would be barred from entering member states due to the U.S. coronavirus surge, the EU also released guidelines for the resumption of cruises in Europe.  In a lengthy document, the bloc's Healthy Gateways program recommends numerous regulations for lowering the risks of Covid-19 infection among cruise passengers and crew members, from p...

Airline Accidentally Gives Multimillion-Dollar Refund for Canceled Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2020, 10:15 AM

Given the high volume of cancellations and refunds that airlines are processing amid the pandemic, it should come as no surprise that mistakes are popping up.  An eyebrow-raising one was reported last week on the Australian Frequent Flyer travel site.  Forum moderator Jessica Tam wrote that she was supposed to get a refund from Qatar Airways for business class seats on a round-trip flight be...

Atlantic City Reopens—With No Indoor Dining and Other Big Changes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/02/2020, 3:00 AM

As of July 2, Atlantic City casinos are back in business after New Jersey shut them down in March due to coronavirus concerns. Of the city's nine casinos, five—Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, and Tropicana—are reopening on Thursday. Bally's, Caesars, and Harrah's follow on Friday. After delaying its planned reopening at the last minute, the Borgata will remain closed for the time bein...

TV Investigation Claims to Find Unchanged Sheets at NYC Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2020, 1:00 PM

An investigative report that aired on the syndicated TV program Inside Edition this week found that hotel rooms—including the sheets—hadn't been thoroughly cleaned at three properties in New York City.    According to the report, producers from the show checked into rooms at the Hyatt Place Times Square, the Hampton Inn Times Square Central, and the Trump International Hotel. The producers and ...

Belize Announces Date for Tourism Reopening

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2020, 12:00 PM

Belize has set a date for welcoming back foreign tourists to that Central American nation of jungles, Mayan ruins, and Caribbean beaches (such as at Caye Caulker, pictured above). According to a government announcement, the country's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen on August 15, with flights from the United States expected to resume via United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, a...

Global Entry Enrollment Centers Soon to Reopen

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2020, 8:00 AM

Update, July 1: Shortly after announcing that enrollment centers would open on July 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection backtracked and postponed their return until at least August 10. According to the new announcement, "The decision was made in consultation with CBP health and safety experts who are closely monitoring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in several states." Travelers who had appoi...

WATCH: Alaska’s Bear Cams Are Back—Just in Time for Salmon Season

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/26/2020, 2:00 PM

The bear cams at Alaska's Katmai National Park have been switched on again and are streaming live images of the reserve's furry denizens as they fish for salmon in the Brooks River.  Fresh from hibernation, many of the park's more than 2,200 brown bears make their way to the water this time of year, when salmon start heading upstream to spawn—provided they don't wind up as lunch.  The webcam...

5 Tips for Hiking in Extreme Summer Heat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/25/2020, 11:15 PM

Some advice for staying safe, hydrated, and relatively comfortable when you go hiking in blistering summer heat

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