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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 ...

American Queen River Cruises to Resume This Summer—But Are They Safe?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2020, 10:00 AM

While most of the cruise industry has suspended sailings through the summer, American Queen Steamboat Company has announced that the paddle wheels on its river cruises will be turning again in mid-July. To make that happen, the Indiana–based company has introduced new safety protocols and regulations in partnership with nonprofit medical provider Ochsner Health. The new policies include freq...

American Airlines Will Now Book Flights to Full Capacity

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2020, 3:00 PM

On Friday, June 26, the United States registered a new single-day record in coronavirus infections—more than 40,000, many of them in young people who exhibit no symptoms. Hours before, a U.S. government official said that the actual infection rate may be as much as 10 times higher than what we know. What a great day for American Airlines to announce that starting on Wednesday, July 1, flight...

Hawaii Moves from Quarantine Toward Tests. But Will the Feds Approve?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2020, 10:00 AM

The numbers tell a compelling story when it comes to Hawaii. On the winning side, the state has had just a bit over 800 coronavirus infections so far. That's the third lowest rate in the United States, after Montana and Alaska. But there has been an economic cost. Some 22.6% of Hawaiians were unemployed at the end of May—the second highest rate in the nation after Nevada (at 25.3%). It's ...

Tourist Industry Crash: Visitors Are Avoiding the USA for Their Own Safety

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/25/2020, 9:00 AM

The rest of the world now sees America as a mortal danger. "At all costs, you do not want to go into a U.S. hospital without insurance," one Canadian told the Palm Springs Desert Sun. Usually, he spends a few months a year in California. This year, he evacuated early and he's not coming back. For their own safety, foreign visitors are staying away from the United States.  The dilemma for ...

Airport Leadership Begs the US Government to Regulate Mask Usage

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/23/2020, 10:00 AM

Much of the attention given to the issue of air travel safety in the time of Covid-19 has focused on the in-flight experience. But airports, too, are gathering places for crowds, and thus also potentially dangerous. That point was made last week by a man who would know: Kevin M. Burke, the North American President of the Airports Council International, the global, nonprofit trade group repre...

A Winning Strategy to Get Vegas Gamblers to Wear Face Masks

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/22/2020, 10:00 AM

The reopening of casinos in Las Vegas earlier this month was a gamble amid the pandemic.  Sadly, it now looks like that might have been a bad bet. In the nearly three weeks since Sin City casinos and other businesses throughout Nevada began welcoming guests again, the state has seen a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 infections. On June 20, Nevada recorded 445 new cases, breaking a r...

Get Up-to-Date Travel Restrictions for Europe Using the EU's New Online Tool

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/18/2020, 1:00 PM

The European Union has made it easier to keep track of travel restrictions in any of its 27 member states.  A new, free-to-use, mobile-friendly web platform called Re-open EU provides easy access to up-to-date info on borders, available transportation options, and safety measures such as mask rules, quarantine and testing requirements, and social distancing guidelines—all broken down by country...

Amtrak Cuts Deep: Over 460 Stations Across the USA Will Lose Daily Service

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2020, 12:00 PM

Reuters has obtained an internal Amtrak memo that says that as of October 1, the national railway is planning to cut roughly a third of its weekly service. It will do that by reducing all of its daily long-haul routes except for one (the Auto Train) to thrice-weekly service. In addition, daily departures along the Northeast Corridor, the busiest part of the railway’s network, will be significan...

Senators Say Airlines Have Safety Gaps, Beg for Leadership from Trump Cabinet

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/09/2020, 3:00 PM

Two U.S. senators have written a scathing letter to tell members of Donald Trump's cabinet they're not doing enough to protect traveling Americans on airlines. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, both of whom have a history of pursuing consumer protections, issued the urgent call to improve lax and confusing safety standards onboard aircraft in a letter dated J...

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