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Burkini Ban Struck Down, the World's Most Beautiful Transit Stations, and More: Today's Travel Briefing

A roundup of travel news from all over
Here's what's happening today in the world of travel.

* FRANCE'S HIGH COURT STRIKES DOWN BURKINI BAN (Travel + Leisure).  As the United States has discovered in its own fight against terrorism, it can be difficult to combat militant extremists while preserving human rights. 
 
The beaches of the French Riviera are the latest front in that struggle. On Friday, France's high court struck down the so-called burkini ban—a restriction on certain types of modest swimwear worn by some Muslim women. 
 
In the wake of several terror attacks across France in recent months, 30 cities and towns, including Nice and Cannes, had adopted the policy; proponents argue that the swimwear is a sign of Islamic extremism.
 
Human rights advocates countered that the ban was an example of secularism run amok—similar to France's 2011 law (which is still on the books) prohibiting full face and body coverings.
 
In rejecting the burkini ban, the court ruled that it "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms to come and go, freedom of beliefs and individual freedom."
 
The decision only applies to the seaside village of Villeneuve-Loubet, but is expected to set a precedent throughout the country.
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* LATE SUMMER AIRLINE FARES POISED TO DROP (Washington Post). For travelers whose schedules aren't tied to when their kids are in school, we're entering the most wonderful time of the year when it comes to buying plane tickets. 
 
As summer dies down and classes resume, airfares tend to drop considerably, and they usually stay low well into the fall, until people start booking their holiday vacations.  
 
According to airfare-tracking app Hopper, the average cost of a domestic round-trip ticket has already dropped to around $230 from $250 in June. Analysts expect rates to fall all the way to $213 by October, before they'll start inching up again in time for the holidays.
 
So if you've got any travel flexibility in your schedule this fall, it's a great time to look for bargains.

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* PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL METRO STATIONS (CNN). Twenty-year-old Canadian photographer Chris Forsyth has been documenting some of the world's lovelist public transit stations in a photo series he calls "The Metro Project." 
 
After first focusing on the 1960s-era stations of his hometown of Montreal, Forsyth next turned his lens on Europe, capturing eerie, unpeopled portraits of Stockholm's Tunnelbana system—including the psychedelic cave that is the famous Solna Centrum stop—as well as modern, spacious transit hubs in Munich and Berlin.
 
Having photographed more than 150 stations at this point, Forsyth next hopes to visit the subways of Warsaw, Moscow, Paris, and London. 
 
He's also inviting members of the public to join the project by posting to Instagram images of the stations they pass through and attaching the hashtag #mtlmetroproject in Montreal and #themetroproject everywhere else.


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