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...

Pauline Frommer: You Can Help Restore Our National Parks and Create Thousands of Jobs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/09/2020, 9:00 AM

At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration. It accomplished two life-changing goals: Over the course of eight years, it created some 8.5 million desperately needed jobs, and it did it while shoring up America’s framework. Today, we still benefit from the bridges, schools, hospitals, roads, hiking trails, sewer lines, ...

Sri Lanka's Reopening Plan for Tourism Is the World's Strictest So Far

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/08/2020, 2:00 PM

As of this writing, Sri Lanka, a country of 21.5 million people, has confirmed only 11 deaths from Covid-19. Due to a rigorous testing, tracking, and quarantine program, the South Asian nation was ranked as having the ninth most effective response to the virus by the Global Response to Infectious Diseases (GRID) index. Sri Lanka tied with Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Taiwan. ...

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