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Miami Zika Update, Concorde Auction, and More: Today's Travel Briefing

A roundup of travel news from all over
Good morning! Here are the latest happenings from the world's cities and airplanes.

* GOVERNMENT SOFTENS MIAMI ZIKA WARNING (Associated Press). Crediting the effectiveness of aerial pesticide spraying, U.S. health officials are no longer advising pregnant women to stay out of Miami's Wynwood arts district due to an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus there.
 
No new cases of Zika have been reported in Wynwood since early August, and Florida officials announced on Monday that the area is no longer an active infection zone.
 
But the federal government is still urging caution.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that pregnant women consider postponing any nonessential travel to all of Miami-Dade County.
 
Zika infections cause mild symptoms in most people, but can result in severe brain-related birth defects in newborns.
 
Miami politicians and business owners have been eager to reassure residents and tourists worried about the virus.
 
"It's a great day in Wynwood," Mayor Carlos Gimenez said at Monday's announcement. "Everybody, please come back."
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* PIECES OF CONCORDE JET GOING UP FOR AUCTION (The Telegraph). You might not have gotten to fly aboard the supersonic Concorde jet before it was grounded in 2003, but you'll soon have a chance to own a piece of it.
 
In November, 1,000 artifacts from the famous plane, ranging from screws and cockpit instruments to menus, seats, and oxygen masks, will be sold at an auction in Toulouse, France. 
 
Prices start at 15 euros (US$17) for bolts and such. An inflight menu with original artwork will set you back an estimated 80 euros (US$89). And a toilet seat can be yours for 300 euros (US$335).
 
A bona fide aviation pioneer, the Concorde, which began flying commercially in 1979 under the operation of British Airways and Air France, traveled at more than twice the speed of sound. It took only two hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds to get from London to New York—a journey that takes about eight hours on conventional aircraft.
 
Fares reflected what a privilege that was. Round-trip tickets usually cost more than £8,000 (US$10,000).

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And speaking of expensive plane seats . . . 

* VIDEO: PASSENGER ON EMIRATES GETS FREE UPGRADE TO $21,000 SEAT IN FIRST CLASS (Daily Mail). When YouTube vlogger Casey Neistat was recently upgraded for free to first class on an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to New York City, he did what YouTube vloggers do and documented the entire 14-hour experience.
 
And wow, is it ever luxe.
 
Ensconced in an enormous private cabin costing more than $21,000, Neistat shows viewers the embarrassment of perks he's treated to, including whenever-he-wants-it caviar, a private mini bar, a plethora of toiletries and beauty products, turndown service, enough legroom to accommodate a Rockettes kick line, and, the pièce de résistance, a hot shower at 40,000 feet.
 
He calls it one of the greatest days of his life.
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