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New Yorkers Can Have Global Entry Again (Because Homeland Security Lied About It)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/24/2020, 10:00 AM

After six months, residents of New York State are again allowed to apply for Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry. Why? Because the Department of Homeland Security made false statements to justify the ban. The DHS previously insisted that it had to block New Yorkers from obtaining Global Entry memberships because the state prohibits the federal government from using records from...

Disney and Hotel Chains Are Enforcing Mask Rules—Why Can't the Government?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/22/2020, 5:00 PM

As government leaders at the state and federal levels continue to send mixed and misleading messages about mask usage—we’re looking at you (but not only you), Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp—scientists are finding a surprising ally in the battle to contain Covid-19: corporate America. A number of large companies, particularly those in the travel industry, have evidently given up on ever getting clear g...

Hawaii Extends Quarantine—What Will That Mean for Tourism Businesses?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/14/2020, 2:00 PM

In response to an uptick in coronavirus cases in Hawaii, along with surging infection rates on the mainland and testing shortages, Hawaii Governor David Ige announced late yesterday that the state will extend its quarantine requirement through the end of August. Toward the end of June, Ige had stated that the requirement would be in place only until August 1; after that point visitors would be ...

Flight Attendants Are Finding That Policing Mask Usage Is Near Impossible

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/13/2020, 11:00 AM

By the contract of carriage of every major U.S. airline, face coverings are now required of all passengers while in the air (with the exceptions of children under the age of 2 and passengers with medical conditions that preclude mask wearing).  The task of policing this new rule is falling to flight attendants, whose jobs were already tough but have now become among the most difficult in the na...

Turkish Leader Re-Converts Hagia Sophia Into Mosque: Can Tourists Still Visit?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/10/2020, 4:00 PM

A court has cleared the way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert one of the world's most precious architectural and historic jewels, the Hagia Sophia, back into a working mosque. If you've never been lucky enough to see the Hagia Sophia (sometimes spelled "Ayasofya"), you should know it's one of the most magical places on the planet. It’s impossible to fully convey the cosmic s...

Three Countries Where Americans Can Escape And Legally Work Digitally for Up to a Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2020, 10:00 AM

What’s one of the biggest lessons to come out of this pandemic? For many, it was a revelation that they didn't need an office and they could, in fact, work from anywhere. That good news, of course, was tempered by the fact that for Americans, travel to many countries is discouraged, if not impossible. But recently the island nation of Barbados (pictured above) announced that it could be work...

What a Shrinking Airbnb Could Mean for the Future of Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/06/2020, 10:00 AM

Like every other travel company, Airbnb was hit hard by the pandemic. In May, CEO Brian Chesky admitted that the company’s future was in doubt this spring. Airbnb reacted by cutting 25% of its workforce, canceling $1 billion worth of marketing campaigns, and refocusing on rural properties that were away from traditional tourist hot spots and therefore better suited for social distancing. It ...

Alarmed by U.S. Infection Rate, Caribbean Islands Tighten Entry Restrictions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/01/2020, 2:00 PM

A month ago, when the Caribbean islands began laying plans for their reopening, welcoming travelers from the United States was the key concern because of the region's economic reliance on American tourists. Today, the situation is souring.  Caribbean islands, many of which have successfully managed their Covid-19 infections, are scrambling to deal with the fact that the United States has not...

Miss Broadway? You Can Still Perform Safety Theater at the Airport

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2020, 11:00 AM

On Sunday, a family emergency required me to fly from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to New York City. As I was heading out of the secure passenger area toward baggage claim at JFK International Airport, a laconic guard muttered as I passed by, "You gotta go to that table." I'm a rule follower, so I went where he pointed. What I encountered will likely become more and more common for air travelers i...

Pauline Frommer: It's Tragic That Europe Bans Americans, But I Agree

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2020, 11:00 AM

It’s official: Americans are not welcome in Europe, at least not in the near future. That’s the decision that the European Union formally announced today with its list of nations that will be welcomed back come July 1. America isn't on it. Right now, the E.U. trusts 14 nations, including Rwanda, Algeria, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, and Tunisia, more than the United States. This move ...

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