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Changing Course, JetBlue Now Requires Masks; Delta and American to Offer Them

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/28/2020, 1:15 AM

On Monday, JetBlue finally became the first U.S. airline to insist all passengers wear face masks during flights. The new rule takes effect on Monday, May 4. Canada led the way—Air Canada issued the same decree a week ago. JetBlue isn't precisely phrasing the change as a mandate, but by leaning on state and local guidelines to give the new rule some muscle, the company is implying that in ma...

Aloha Also Means Goodbye: Hawaii Extends Stay-at-Home Order

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/27/2020, 11:00 AM

Several U.S. states, including Florida and Georgia, have begun lifting lockdown restrictions in spite of the global pandemic.  Not Hawaii, though. On Saturday, Gov. David Ige extended that state's stay-at-home order through May 31. The same goes for the mandatory two-week quarantine every visitor to Hawaii must undergo after arrival.  “This was not an easy decision," Ige said in a state...

Flight Attendants Call for Halting Leisure Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/27/2020, 12:00 AM

There's a headline I never thought I'd write. But because these frontline workers feel that their lives are being put in danger, the Association of Flight Attendants, a union representing employees of 20 carriers, wrote an open letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. In the letter, the union requests that the government disall...

Rent a Car for a One-Way Road Trip for $20 a Day with No Drop-Off Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/27/2020, 12:00 AM

Every spring, the major rental car companies need to spread their cars from warm-weather cities, where vacationers tend to go in the winter, to locations across the country where the vehicles can be rented for the summer. This year, the need to shift inventory will fall exactly when lockdowns are tentatively being eased.  Though not impossible, a 2020 road trip will take more effort than in ...

Cunard Releases The Recipe for Its Famous Scones (To Make Up for Their Absence)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/24/2020, 11:00 AM

We love scones. There's something undeniably comforting about eating a warm one with tea and jam. So after we drop the bad news (that's coming) we'll gift you with a terrific recipe. This week, both P&O Cruises and Cunard Line announced that they will extend their worldwide pause on travel through the end of July. That's longer than what the CDC recently required for ships using American po...

United Airlines Flight Attendants Now Required to Wear Masks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/24/2020, 8:30 AM

Starting today, United Airlines requires all flight attendants to wear masks while on board aircraft.  The company is the largest U.S. carrier to adopt that policy, which has previously been put in place at Frontier Airlines.  United says the order is in keeping with social-distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  According to CNN, flight attendants will...

Florida Beachgoers Share the Sand with the Grim Reaper

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/24/2020, 6:00 AM

Florida-based attorney Daniel Uhlfelder recently tweeted that he planned to start traveling around his state's beaches dressed as Death to send a message. And no, that message is not "don't wear thongs." (Although that is excellent advice.)  Uhlfelder, who gained national fame by fighting against the planned privatization of Florida beaches, tweeted, "Many of you have asked if I am willing t...

WATCH: Stunning Aerial Footage of Over 400 Airliners Mothballed in the Mojave

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/24/2020, 12:00 AM

When an airline pulls an aircraft from service, pilots can't just leave it at the airport gate and pocket the keys. They have to move the plane somewhere. Various carriers use various solutions—some planes are parked at smaller airfields in places like Tulsa, Pittsburgh, or Roswell, New Mexico. But one of the largest repositories of disused jets is in the Mojave Desert near Victorville, Califor...

Frank Lloyd Wright Sites Are Sharing Weekly Virtual Visits

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/23/2020, 5:00 PM

We wouldn't mind being quarantined in a Frank Lloyd Wright house. For one thing, the famed architect was all about bringing the outdoors in, which sounds like a promising treatment for claustrophobia.  For another, we figure his designs would look cool on Zoom—no virtual background needed.  Of course, Wright's buildings are currently not open even to visitors, much less pandemic squatters...

Venice's Gondoliers Deliver Food to Isolated Locals Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/23/2020, 3:00 PM

It can be difficult, as a visitor, to step off the tourist treadmill in Venice. Until recently, it was a city besieged by tourism, with 60,000 outsiders a day filling streets and waterways that are home to just 50,000 permanent residents. In normal times, Row Venice, which is run by a group of passionate vogatrice (oarswomen), gives upright rowing lessons to tourists. Since 2008, the teachers, ...

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