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    The chaos engulfing many major airports in North America and Europe since summer began hasn't abated much, and news outlets and social media users continue to report on hordes of impatient travelers and mountains of misplaced suitcases.Source: Getty Images Canceled flights. Long lines. Staff walkouts. Missing luggage.  Sound familiar? The chaos engulfing many major airports in North America and Europe since summer hasn't abated much, and news outlets and social media users continue to report on hordes of impatient travelers and mountains of misplaced suitcases. Just this week, German carrier Lufthansa canceled nearly all its flights in Frankfurt and Munich, stranding some 130,000 travelers due to a one-day walkout by its ground staff who were on strike for better pay.   London's Heathrow Airport and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport — two of the largest travel hubs in Europe —slashed their passenger capacity and demanded that airlines cut flights in and out of their airports, which angered both travelers and airline managers. Carriers in the U.S. have also canceled and delayed tens of thousands of flights due to staffing shortages and weather...
    Multiple US airlines are now so desperate for staff that they've swapped planes for buses on some shorter routes.   Several carriers, including American Airlines have hired coach companies to carry passengers when the distances are small. American will bus people between Philadelphia and between multiple other airports that would only be a short hop away by air. The service will start June 3 between Philadelphia International and airports in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City, New Jersey with the bus company called Landline. American Airlines will bus people between Philadelphia and several airport pairs that are only a short hop away by air The bus services come as U.S. airlines face a pilot shortage forcing them to ramp up training programs and even recruit pilots from overseas.  Breeze Airways, a discount carrier and SkyWest, are both recruiting foreign pilots from Australia in a bid to ramp-up staff numbers.  The industry is also raising pay in the hope of attracting and retaining pilots.  An average of 14,500 new pilots each year until 2030, according to federal labor statistics. Landline, based in Fort...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) criticized White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for being “silent on the border” while saying a vaccine mandate for air travel should be considered. Miller-Meeks stated, “[Y]ou mentioned Dr. Fauci now favoring mandates for air travel, but is silent on the border. And when I visited the border in February, I specifically asked about COVID-19 testing, and there is no COVID-19 testing for hundreds of thousands of people coming across our southern border illegally. And so, I put forth a bill called the REACT Act requiring every alien to have COVID-19 testing. And so, I think, the hypocrisy, as you have elucidated just tremendously, that we’re not COVID-19 testing anybody that comes across the border, but now we’re going to require it for air travel, even though there have not been documented instances.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett  
    Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, told Americans on Sunday that removing masks on airplanes is 'not something we should even be considering,' as hundreds of flights in the U.S. continue to be canceled due to the spread of the Omicron variant across the country.  Appearing on ABC's This Week, Fauci made the comment while answering Jonathan Karl's question on the possibility of introducing a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel.   'We want to make sure people keep their masks on. I think the idea of taking masks off, in my mind, is really not something we should even be considering,' Fauci said.  Earlier this month, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said in front of a U.S. Senate panel hearing that masks 'don't add much, if anything' to protect airline passengers from spreading COVID.  'And of course, the airline CEOs were suggesting that — you know, that we may not — may no longer need a mask. I hear you loud and clearly, you disagree with that on an — on the airplane,'  Fauci disagreed with the airline executive's view and...
    White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci welcomed the possibility of introducing vaccine mandates for domestic air travel Sunday, challenging President Joe Biden’s earlier comment. Fauci appeared on ABC News’ “This Week” Sunday, where he was asked if he agreed with the president’s assessment that domestic air travel vaccine mandates were not “necessary at this time.” “Do you agree with that? That there shouldn’t be a vaccine requirement for domestic air travel?” the show’s co-host Jonathan Karl asked Fauci. “Well, it depends on what you want to use it for,” the senior public health official responded. “I mean, vaccine requirements for people coming in from other countries is to prevent newly infected people from getting into the country.” WATCH: Fauci on a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel: “Anything to get more people vaccinated would be welcome” pic.twitter.com/f1t8DPiyY6 — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 26, 2021 Fauci then went on to say that such a requirement, if imposed, would serve as another “mechanism that would spur them [people] to get vaccinated.” “I mean, anything that could get people more...
    Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that "anything that could get people more vaccinated would be welcome" when asked about what he thinks of the notion of domestic air travel vaccine mandates.  In an appearance on ABC News's "This Week," co-anchor Jonathan Karl asked Fauci if he agreed with President BidenJoe BidenSunday show preview: Omicron surges, and Harris sits for extensive interview Democrats like what they saw in Harris-Charlamagne tha God exchange Biden's policies are not very merry MORE who said in a recent interview that his team said vaccine mandates for domestic air travel "isn't necessary at this time." Fauci told Karl, "Well, it depends on what you want to use it for. I mean, vaccine requirements for people coming in from other countries is to prevent newly infected people from getting in to the country." "A vaccine requirement for a person getting on the plane is just another level of getting people to have a mechanism that would spur them to get vaccinated. Namely, you can't get on a plane unless you're vaccinated,...
    Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly stirred up some controversy Wednesday when he suggested that wearing masks on planes did little to prevent the spread of Covid. “I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much if anything in the air cabin environment,” he said in response to a question at a Senate hearing. “It is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.” Two days later Southwest disclosed that Kelly, who was not wearing a mask at the hearing, had tested positive for Covid. It’s clear that Kelly is right that the air on planes is safer than most any other indoor setting, including most offices and stores. Not only does it pass through medical-grade HEPA filters, but the cabin air is exchanged with outside air consistently throughout the flights. But the Centers for Disease Control and the Transportation Security Administration insist that even with that air quality, masks still are important to combat the transmission of Covid among passengers, many of whom are unvaccinated, as they are packed together closer than perhaps...
    BOSTON (CBS) — According to AAA, 53.4 million people across the country are expected to travel for Thanksgiving and at Logan Airport there were dozens of travelers making their way home for the holidays Sunday night. Karen Larkin -making the journey from Florida – said she’s excited to spend Thanksgiving with her children in Boston. READ MORE: MassDOT Trying Out Bigger Bike Lanes On Mass. Ave Bridge“I came for the holidays and that’s what it’s all about,” Larkin said. “I have eight children and I have a lot of grandchildren, so it was very hard last year not being able to be with them for the holidays.” This holiday season air travel is up 80%, according to AAA bringing back almost pre-pandemic levels. More than 2 million people are passing through airport security every single day, according to TSA. Travelers said after a quiet holiday season last year they’re taking advantage of celebrating with loved ones this time around. READ MORE: Vine Street Community Center Gym Renamed As Tribute To Terrence Clarke“We weren’t all vaccinated so this year we’re going...
    By Betsy Klein | CNN Foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel to the United States starting on November 8, the White House said Friday. “The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8,” said Kevin Munoz, White House assistant press secretary, on Twitter. “This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is guided by public health, stringent, and consistent.” Reuters was first to report the November 8 date. The move would relax a patchwork of bans that had begun to cause fury abroad and replacing them with more uniform requirements for inbound international air passengers. It will come as welcome news to the travel industry, which had been lobbying the federal government to lift some of the rules preventing international tourism, as well as airlines, hotels and hospitality groups. A White House official told CNN further guidance on “very limited exceptions” to the requirements, along with what Covid-19 vaccines will be accepted and other...
    Southwest Airline’s president is continuing to blame the air carrier’s mass cancellations on bad weather and air traffic constraints.  Mike Van de Ven, also the company’s chief operating officer, said the logistical nightmare began to unravel last Friday when Southwest’s Florida operations were halted. Friday’s troubles snowballed into Saturday’s operations, he said, and continued to cascade as employees scrambled to play catch up. Irate passengers were forced to spend the long weekend sleeping on airport floors and waiting on hold for hours after the Dallas-based airline cancelled more than 2,300 flights. ‘Weather and air traffic constraints were not an issue beyond Friday, but it took us several days to re-set our network after the initial challenges,’ Van de Ven said in a statement. A passenger at Orlando International Airport shared a picture of four children sleeping on the floor due to flight cancellations Southwest Airlines cancelled more than 2,300 flights throughout the holiday weekend RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Thanksgiving travel chaos looms as TSA faces vaccine mandate... United Airlines moves to fire 232...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Travel issues at Denver International Airport were felt by thousands this week, from the Southwest ticket counter to long-term parking lots. The holidays are approaching and DEN is one of the busiest airports in the country. This week’s travelers wonder if they’ll face the same issues in the coming months. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: When Will Your October Payment Arrive?“This is the third Southwest flight I’ve flown recently and normally they’re the best airline. It was a totally different experience than usual,” said Lauren, a frequent flyer. “The staff just seemed tired and frustrated.” Lauren, Jason and their son flew into Denver for a family birthday. They spent longer waiting for crucial luggage than expected. “Getting off the flight, normally the stroller is there right when you get off the plane. We had to wait an hour, just standing right outside the airplane,” explained Lauren. “The pilot had to go down himself and get the stroller.” They’re grateful for the pilot who went above and beyond, but it became clear the pandemic’s effect...
    Chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci has said that he supports vaccine mandates for air travel and public schools. 'I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people, that you should be vaccinated,' said Fauci in a promotional video for the Skimm This podcast, which will air on Thursday. Fauci asserted that for herd immunity to become a reality in the country, the 'overwhelming portion of the population' needed to get vaccinated.    'If we do it in the next six months, it'll happen in the next six months. If we do it in the next two months, it'll happen in the next two months,' he said.   He also expressed his support for a vaccine mandate in public schools, citing that schools have required for students to get vaccinated against infectious diseases for 'decades and decades.'     'I don't know what school you went to, but the school that I went to, you had to be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, polio or otherwise you couldn't go to school. 'So it is not something...
    American airline United Airlines has been plagued by an epidemic and continues to lose money in the second quarter, but it is optimistic about the months to thank for the resurgence in aviation. The company expects to post pre-tax adjusted profits for the second half of the year, especially with the gradual return of business travel at the end of the summer, a press release on Tuesday explains. Also read:United Airlines 270 places mega order for Boeing and Airbus aircraft There does not seem to be much concern about the rapid spread of the delta variant, which expects full revenue to meet demand by 2023. To prepare for this, the company put together the largest lineup in its history at the end of June: the 200 Boeing 737 Max and the 70 Airbus A321 Neo. Meanwhile, United Airlines lost another $ 434 million from April to June. However, when traffic in the United States was very low after the onset of the Covid 19 epidemic, the company largely reduced its losses compared to the second quarter of 2020 (1.6 billion)....
    Executives at Delta Air Lines are unhappy the current strain of the coronavirus which is fast spreading throughout the United States shares the same name as their company. The Coronavirus Delta variant was previously known as the Indian variant, and is based on the mutation's origin.  The names were officially changed by the World Health Organization in May, using the Greek alphabet to prevent stigma and simplify discussion, but that does little to stop people making a connection between already-established brands which also share the name.  Executives with Delta Air Lines are unhappy the latest coronavirus variant shares the same name as the company 'We just call it the variant,' Delta CEO Ed Bastian, pictured, said in an interview 'We just call it the variant,' Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in an interview to the Wall Street Journal.   Bastian says so far there has been no significant lull in bookings as a result of the connection. 'We haven't seen any drop off at all,' Bastian confirmed.  'We prefer to call it the B.1.617.2 variant since that is so much...
    By using electric motors instead of jet engines and batteries instead of jet fuel, the ES-19 will emit zero operational emissions. Photo: United Airlines / Courtesy The world is changing rapidly, aeronautical industry also begins its migration to electric power to move. As shown, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) announced that together with Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Mesa Airlines it has invested in the launch of Heart Aerospace electric aircraft. Heart Aerospace is developing the ES-19, a 19-seat electric aircraft that has the potential to carry passengers up to 250 miles before the end of this decade. United Airlines has agreed to conditionally purchase 100 ES-19 aircraft, once the aircraft meets the company’s operational, business and safety requirements. Mesa Airlines, United’s key strategic partner in bringing electric aircraft into commercial service, also agreed to add 100 ES-19 aircraft to its fleet, subject to the same conditions. By using electric motors instead of jet engines and batteries instead of jet fuel, Heart’s ES-19 aircraft will have zero operational emissions. With a capacity of 19 passengers, the...
    DENVER (CBS4) – You probably don’t think about travel delays if it’s hot, sunny and dry outside. But as summer heat gets extreme, those delays can happen to those traveling by land or air. When it comes to flying, one potential problem can arise at take-off, especially for the pilot of a fully-loaded jet. It can be difficult to get a plane off the ground when temperatures climb as high as the 100s. READ MORE: Mobile Shower Trailer Parked At Denvers Civic Center Park To Help People Who Are Unhoused (credit: CBS) To understand this we need a quick lesson in physics. Specifically a lesson about air density. To visualize this let’s think about the air over a city like Denver as a column. When temperatures are cold the air is dense, making the column short and compact. Air is the densest near the ground and that is good for a plane at takeoff. The colder the air, the more efficient a plane is at climbing. A fully loaded jet can leave the ground in less than 30 seconds. READ...
    President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pledge to open a US-UK travel corridor 'as soon as possible' and open up Transatlantic travel restrictions when the two leaders met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday. They will also establish a new 'Atlantic Charter,' modelled on the one put together by Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in World War II. International travel will be a top issue at this week's G7 summit, where the coronavirus pandemic has essentially halted traffic as the summer holiday season approaches. Johnson planned to press Biden about a 'green channel' between their respective nations so those who are vaccinated could travel without observing a quarantine.  Before the outbreak of coronavirus more than 5 million British subjects visited the US and over 4.5 million Americans visited the UK every year – more than any other country.  To restart transatlantic travel, the two leaders will launch a new travel taskforce that will make recommendations on safely reopening it. 'We’ve established two working groups of experts -- public health experts: one with the United Kingdom...
    More On: Pete Buttigieg Let’s make a deal: Biden meets with GOP to talk ‘compromise’ on $2.3T spend plan Fox News’ Wallace questions Buttigieg on jobs numbers Buttigieg addresses COVID vaccine passports in US Buttigieg dismisses ‘semantic debate’ over infrastructure bill Mask requirements on airplanes and other transit remain in place because workers “don’t have a choice” about being there, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg argued on Sunday — as air travel boomed for Memorial Day weekend. “Some of the differences have to do with the physical space, some of them have to do with it being a workplace where, in some of these transit and travel situations, people don’t have a choice,” Buttigieg told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week,” when asked why vaccinated Americans can go mask-free in restaurants and gyms but not planes. Public health officials said earlier this month that vaccinated Americans could go unmasked indoors — with some notable exceptions, including airplanes and transit. The TSA’s mask mandate is slated to be in effect until at least Sept. 13. “Of course the decisions will continue...
    Travelers at JFKAirport ahead of Memorial day weekend on May 28, 2021. (Angela Weiss/AFP, Getty) The lockdown of America is over, and people are leaving the house not just to work or shop or wait in gas lines, but to get on the road and visit family, friends, and destinations as the massive “revenge travel” summer begins. Although the weekend won’t break any long-term records, it’s already smashing the last year’s numbers. The TSA’s screening of passengers at airports is massively up, with almost 2 million through the checkpoints on Friday. It’s by far the most air travel since the pandemic began, as Axios reported. LAX alone put 78,000 travelers through on Friday, and similar reports from Texas and D.C. show that travelers are pushing numbers close to 2019 levels. A vast change from the last year. As Axios notes, AAA projects almost 40 million people on the go over the weekend, whether by air, car, sea, horse, foot, or UFO. The TSA and individual airports have urged patience. With incidents of outbursts both in the air and...
    In this article Dubai is known for its modern architecture, including the Burj Khalifa, which at 2,700 feet tall is nearly twice the height of the Empire State Building.Fraser Hall | The Image Bank | Getty ImagesDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates' potentially indefinite status on the U.K.'s "red list" for travel has stoked anger and confusion, made more uncertain by the latest statements coming from the British government. Britain's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps indicated the UAE might stay on the U.K.'s red list due to its status as an international transit hub, despite its falling infection trends and the world's second-fastest vaccination campaign. "We're not restricting the UAE due to the level of coronavirus in the UAE," Shapps told an aviation event on Wednesday. "The issue is one of transit." The comments drew sharp criticism from Emirates' President Tim Clark: "Leaving us on the 'red list' for reasons of transit doesn't make any sense because (passengers) can just go through other hubs," he told a recent online event. "It compromises our United Kingdom operation for Emirates....
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/CNN) — With travel at San Francisco Bay Area airports on the rise amid an easing of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Airlines announced Wednesday it will once again begin booking middle seats on its flights. Airlines had left middle seats empty since the earliest days of the pandemic’s outbreak. It was a socially distance strategy to make air travel safer. READ MORE: High Pressure To Bring Above-Normal Temperatures To Bay Area But as travel has rebounded and vaccinations become more widespread, most major airlines have returned to booking middle seats. Delta was among the last holdouts that wasn’t. On May 1 that will change. “As vaccinations become more widespread, consumer demand and behaviors show us that confidence in travel is on the rise and customers are ready to reclaim their lives,” said Delta’s statement Wednesday. Airlines have insisted that even with the planes fully booked, measures they have taken during the pandemic have greatly reduced the threat of COVID-19 being spread among passengers. Those provisions include frequent exchange of fresh air in the cabin, enhanced cleaning...
    New York : For every reservation you make on App In The Air, the company will plant a tree somewhere on the planet. Photo: Bruce Bennett / . It has been a year since the pandemic appeared and changed the world as we knew it. And while travel remains risky amid the continuing threat of COVID-19, with the vaccine application underway, you will soon be able to travel more easily. And if you download App in the Air (AITA) – an application that works like a personal travel assistant – you may not even have to pay for your next plane flights. And is that The company has launched a raffle, open from now until March 31, to give away flights for a whole year through AITA. In case you are not familiar with the application, you should know that with it you can book travel (that is, flights and hotels) directly through the platform, with select airlines such as United, Southwest and American. It has various search customizations that you can tweak and you...
    Commercial air travel last year dropped to its lowest level since the government began keeping statistics, according to a new report issued by the Department of Transportation. The report indicates that airlines operated 40% fewer flights during the entirety of the year than they had in 2019, as the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed several sectors of the economy. Airlines operated 4.7 million flights in 2020 compared to 7.9 million flights the prior year – a difference of some 3.2 million flights and the lowest number since the department began tracking the metric in 1987. The agency's data indicates that the number of flights operated in the U.S. was on the decline in early 2020, falling from more than 673,000 in December 2019 to 583,000 in March 2020. The number of flights operated in April 2020 dropped precipitously, as pandemic lockdowns went into effect: The Transportation Department reported 194,000 flights operated that month, a decline of more than 66%. Commercial air travel reached its lowest point in May 2020, when the department reported slightly more than 180,000 flights operated. Consumers gradually began...
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday rejected media reports it is considering any new domestic air travel restrictions. "To be clear, there have been no decisions made around additional public health measures for domestic travel safety. The administration is continuing to discuss recommendations across the travel space, but no specific decisions are under consideration," a White House spokesman told Reuters. Reports that the administration was considering imposing restrictions on travel to Florida brought denunciations from many Republican lawmakers. The chief executives of major U.S. airlines are scheduled to meet virtually on Friday with the White House's COVID-19 response coordinator to discuss travel-related issues, Reuters reported Wednesday. The meeting with coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients and other administration officials involved in COVID-19 issues comes as airlines, aviation unions and other industry groups have strongly objected to the possibility of requiring COVID-19 testing before boarding domestic flights. Southwest Airlines Co Chief Executive Gary Kelly and the leaders of the airline's unions urged President Joe Biden in a letter not to mandate COVID-19 testing, saying it would put...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) criticized President Biden on Tuesday, questioning why the U.S. is requiring international travelers to undergo a coronavirus test and wield negative results but allowing illegal aliens at the U.S.-Mexico border to enter the country without testing. “Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing,” the 87-year-old lawmaker said. “Is that protecting our citizens?”: Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing. Is that protecting our citizens? — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 9, 2021 Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it would require international travelers entering the United States, including U.S. citizens, to present proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to boarding flights en route to the country. The requirement went into effect on January 26. In a guidance last updated February 5, the CDC advised: If you plan to travel internationally, you will need...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — On President Joe Biden’s weekend to-do list? Moving. Biden flew aboard Air Force One for the first time as president on Friday, but not on a trip to sell his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan or to confer with a U.S. ally. He just went home, to Delaware, to help his wife, Jill, figure out what other “stuff” they need in their “other house,” meaning the White House. ’It’s a great honor,” Biden said of flying aboard Air Force One as president. “But I didn’t think about it, to tell you the truth. I was reading the paper.” He said he went to his home near Wilmington for the weekend “to see my grandchildren and to hang out with Jill to get the rest of the stuff we have to move from our house to the other house.” Biden’s son Hunter also turned 51 on Thursday. Biden flew even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that Americans avoid travel because of the coronavirus pandemic. The White House said the trip would be...
    Left-wing pop star Cher said she cried after President Biden departed Washington, DC, on Air Force One on Friday for Delaware. “President Joseph Biden jr Has Just Taken Off On Air Force One,” the Dark Lady singer told her 3.8 million Twitter followers. “I’m Smiling & Crying,” she added, thanking God. President Joseph Biden jrHas Just Taken Off OnAir Force One.I’m Smiling????& Crying.Thank you God ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/FIjnNV3Yae — Cher (@cher) February 5, 2021 Biden departed the nation’s capital on Friday, heading to Delaware to spend time with his family. It marks his first departure from D.C. since taking office and comes as the CDC recommends Americans to avoid air travel as the second wave of the pandemic continues to sweep the country. “Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” a CDC travel alert last updated February 2 reads. While critics note that Biden seems to be bucking CDC recommendations, White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended...
    Joe Biden will take his first trip as president aboard Air Force to spend time with his family in Wilmington over Super Bowl weekend – as the White House fended off questions about why the president wasn't heeding administration health guidance against travel. 'He is from Delaware and has a home there and is going to spend the weekend with his wife and family there,' said White House press secretary Jen Psaki when asked about Biden's first presidential trip.   Biden is leaving town after just over two weeks in office. The trip comes as he continues to urge Americans to wear masks and take other precautions to get the pandemic under control – and the Centers for Disease Control explicitly warns against travel. Wearing a face mask to reduce the risk posed by the coronavirus, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden boards his campaign plane for a flight to Florida at New Castle County Airport October 13, 2020 in New Castle, Delaware. Biden takes his first Air Force One trip as president Friday Pressed on the travel, Psaki said: 'The...
    LA TRIBUNE – How was the activity behaving before the tightening of the travel restrictions put in place on Monday January 18? ANNE RIGAIL – After the second lockdown from November to mid-December, during which domestic and European traffic fell to very low levels, we observed a rebound for the end of year holidays. As soon as deconfinement was confirmed (December 10, Editor’s note), reservations on the domestic network quadrupled and our traffic represented 55% of that of the same period in 2019. It was mainly passengers “. leisure “, which was felt on the level of unit revenue. Long-haul was also dynamic, particularly to the “Indian Ocean Caribbean” network and Dubai. On the other hand, the medium-haul network was limited by the reconfigurations of other European countries. Before the French government’s announcement last Thursday, we planned to put nearly 45% of our offer into service in January, including nearly 50% on our long-haul network, which remains relatively dynamic. Long-haul activity is driving business upwards, thanks to the strength of freight transport. As has been the case since the...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer—soon to be the Senate majority leader—is calling for the domestic terrorists who attacked the Capitol to be added to the no-fly list. Schumer urged that move in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray additionally calling for the insurrectionists to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Videos of rioters learning they couldn't fly home have become popular online content after American Airlines banned some and others were blocked or removed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  As tempting as it is to think about these violent terrorists being banned from air travel, and as much as they should absolutely face consequences for their actions, there are serious problems with the no-fly list, as the ACLU has highlighted repeatedly over the years. For instance, “innocent, law-abiding Americans have found themselves subject to relentless hassles, interrogation and searches every time they try to travel by air.  They may share similar names with those who have been placed on suspect lists, or be the victims of random error, malicious discrimination, or mysterious bureaucratic...
    Rows of gondolas sit in clear water in Venice's canals. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, around one-third of the world was under lockdown. Air traffic was down, fewer cars were on the road, and factories were closed; this meant that air pollution drastically decreased in many parts of the world. Milan, Italy, which has historically struggled with smog, is even thinking about ways to reduce air pollution post-pandemic by introducing a plan to reduce car use. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As humans hunkered down indoors early on in the pandemic, the natural world positively thrived. Wild animals roamed empty streets, and nature reclaimed urban areas. In some places, air pollution noticeably reduced during lockdown: pollution levels in China were down an estimated 25% in February. This makes sense given that a third of the world's population was under lockdown in March, and 96% of global destinations had introduced travel restrictions by April. According to CNN, the TSA reported a 96% drop in air travel in April, while Allstate CEO Thomas Wilson told CNBC in...
    More On: Coronavirus GOP lawmaker behind bipartisan COVID package backs $2,000 checks Sanders dodges question about earlier GOP relief bill Leading Brooklyn rabbi tests positive for COVID-19 Disney worker brags she got COVID vaccine thanks to ‘big-deal’ in-law More than 1.2 million people traveled through US airports on Sunday — the busiest day for air travel since March. US airport security screened 1,284,599 people that day, the TSA said. The busy post-Christmas travel day marked the sixth of the last 10 where more than one million people passed through American airports, according to TSA figures. That’s a dramatic turnaround from earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, when security agents screened as few as 90,000 people on some days. America’s increasing willingness to fly came despite the urging of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay home and avoid travel this holiday season to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Still, daily TSA throughput was dramatically down from the second half of December last year, where most days approached 2.5 million. Christmas day air travel was down nearly 60...
    New York (CNN Business)The Transportation Security Administration screened 616,469 people at airport security checkpoints across the United States on Christmas Day, the agency said Saturday. That's just 23 percent of the number of travelers who flew the same day a year ago, before the pandemic, and about half of the 1.2 million passengers who flew on Wednesday, setting a pandemic air travel record. On Thursday, Christmas Eve, 846,520 people passed through TSA checkpoints. Smaller passenger numbers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day mark a lull before numbers begin to tick up again, as people head home from holiday travels. Sunday is expected to be another big day for air travel, travel experts say. TSA numbers show that in the last week, nearly 7 million people were screened at airport security checkpoints. The holiday travel rush comes even after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to stay home to avoid spreading coronavirus. The increase in air travel is stoking new fears among health experts of another jump in Covid-19 infections, similar to a spike recorded following the...
    After air travel broke a pandemic record on Wednesday, the TSA says it screened 846,520 people at airports nationwide on Thursday. The Christmas Eve figure does not signal the end of the holiday travel rush, but rather a lull — before people who left town begin coming home. TSA numbers show that in the last week, 7,189,521 people were screened at TSA checkpoints. Christmas Eve follows six straight days of U.S. air travel numbers of around a million passengers. On Wednesday, 1,191,123 travelers set a pandemic record. The number of people who flew on Christmas Eve is a third of the same day a year ago, when more than 2.5 million people flew. The depressed travel numbers forced U.S. airlines to lay off tens of thousands of employees in the fall. But executives from United and American Airlines announced plans Tuesday to bring back thousands of their furloughed workers in response to Congress passing its latest pandemic-relief bill. The new law includes an extension of the airline industry’s Payroll Support Program, which sets aside $15 billion in assistance to bring...
    AIRPORTS on the day before Christmas Eve were the busiest they have been since the coronavirus pandemic started, with nearly 1.2million people flying despite warnings against holiday travel.  US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents screened 1,191,123 people at US airports on Wednesday, agency spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said, according to the New York Post.  6Travelers passed through Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport on Dec. 23, the day with the most airport traffic since mid-MarchCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6US coronavirus deaths have surpassed 326,000 That marked the highest number of travelers passing through TSA checkpoints since March 16 when 1,257,823 people were screened. Many Americans traveled despite health officials urging people to stay home during the holidays as the country breaks records on Covid-19 cases and deaths.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised Americans against having inter-household holiday gatherings.  “People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households,” the CDC stated in its guidance.  6Travelers passed through Los Angeles...
    DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: I was traveling with a friend to a wedding in Asia in 2018 and decided to make a stopover in Beijing after learning about the new 144-hour visa-free policy. I contacted the Chinese consulate in Chicago, and it confirmed the rule and said that we could travel to Beijing with one airline and have the onward ticket with another one as long as it was to a location outside of China. Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter  On the day of our trip, I showed up at the airport, and American Airlines did not allow me to board the plane. Nobody at the Minneapolis airport knew of any visa-free policy for Beijing or anywhere in China. I ended up having to buy one-way tickets to Los Angeles on Delta and then one-way tickets to Beijing on Air China. Air China allowed me to board without any problems. I was able to visit Beijing without any difficulties and no previous visa. When I returned to the U.S., I contacted American to request reimbursement for my tickets, which cost $4,007....
    Delta Air Lines is planning to launch a new rapid testing system that will allow US travelers to go to Italy without having to quarantine on arrival or on return.  The airline is joining with Italian airline Alitalia to launch the program between Atlanta and Rome from December 19, with claims that the system they have established leaves only a 'one in a million' chance of being infected with COVID-19 on a flight that's 60 percent full. The airline announced the system on Thursday, flaunting its safety despite continued concern from the Centers for Disease Control over travel and calls for Americans not to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday.   Delta Air Lines is planning to launch a new rapid testing system that will allow US travelers to go to Italy without having to quarantine on arrival or on return The program will require passengers to go through a system of tests. Pictured, a nurse collects a nasal swab sample from a traveler at a COVID-19 testing site at LAX Airport on Monday The system will require passengers to...
    Singapore Airlines crew members at Changi International Airport in Singapore on Oct. 24, 2020.Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Singapore and Hong Kong will go ahead with their air travel arrangements on Sunday as planned, but there will be additional precautionary measures imposed as new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong rise. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced Saturday that all arriving passengers from Hong Kong will now be required to take an additional Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival. They will also need to self-isolate in their place of residence — be it a hotel or home — as they wait for the results which will take about six to eight hours, the aviation authority said. To be clear, all passengers from Hong Kong under the air travel bubble agreement were already required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 PCR test and obtain a negative test result before departing for Singapore. "As mentioned, travellers will now undergo a further on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test," according to the latest release from CAAS. The initial air travel bubble...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling Americans that the best plan for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is no plan. “CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” Dr. Henry Walke, CDC coronavirus incident manager, said in a CNBC report. “For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living.” “[There is] no more important time than now for each and every American to redouble our efforts to watch our distance, wash our hands and, most importantly, wear a mask,” Walke said. Walke said the CDC is worried that if people travel they won’t stay socially distanced while waiting in line to board a bus, train, or plane.  He also warned that 30 to 40 percent of infections come from people without symptoms and even said visiting family could result in losing a loved one. “From an individual household level, what’s at stake is basically increased chance of one of your loved ones becoming sick and then hospitalized and dying,” Walke said. “We certainly...
    The United States and Britain officially signed an agreement on air travel following the European country's vote of independence from the European Union. The Air Services Agreement was signed on Tuesday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the British counterpart U.K. Transport Minister Grant Shapps, according to Reuters. The signing of the document officially concludes negotiations reached in 2018. Britain voted to leave the EU in a June 2016 referendum, but progress on approving a plan for the nation's exit was stalled for more than three years. In October 2019, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a Brexit deal with the EU, but Parliament later blocked a vote on the deal, forcing the prime minister to ask the EU for another extension to pass it. Johnson then called a December election in an effort to win enough conservative seats to get the deal passed. He led the Conservative Party to victory in the United Kingdom's legislature, winning 80 seats and a Tory majority. A month later, members of Parliament passed the "Withdrawal...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is ending its coronavirus pandemic-era policy of underselling flights and will put passengers back in middle seats starting Dec. 1. “We are one of just a few airlines in the world that limits the number of seats available for sale to promote distancing onboard our aircraft, and we will continue to do so through November. This practice of effectively keeping middle seats open bridged us from the early days of the pandemic, when we had little knowledge about the behavior of the virus, to now. Today, aligned with science-based findings from trusted medical and aviation organizations, we will resume selling all available seats for travel,” said a statement in part from the airline. But the company said it’s “pairing this change with enhanced flexibility for customers on fuller flights to rebook to another flight, if desired.” Citing research from UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Stanford University School of Medicine, the airline said the risk of breathing COVID-19 particles on an airplane is virtually non-existent, with the combination of air filtration and face covering...
    NEW YORK -- A new study released Thursday shows that the risk of COVID-19 transmission is "virtually non-existent" during air travel when passengers wear masks.The study, conducted by the Department of Defense in partnership with United Airlines, found that when seated with a mask on, "only 0.003% of particles actually made their way into another passenger's breathing zone." The results have yet to be peer-reviewed.Researchers conducted more than 300 tests over 38 hours of flight time and 45 hours of ground testing during a six-month period.Each test used a mannequin equipped with an aerosol generator that could mimic breathing and coughing. The generator released 180 million particles -- equivalent to the number produced by thousands of coughs -- with the mannequin's mask on and off.RELATED: Dr. Fauci warns Thanksgiving gatherings pose high risk for COVID-19 EMBED More News Videos Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on "Good Morning America" on Thursday. More than 40 sensors throughout the plane detected the droplets, representing other passengers who could potentially come in contact with the particles emitted.The study revealed that masks drastically limit the rate...
    TRAVELLING by plane does make you more gassy, according to experts – and even celebs admit to letting rip while travelling. Passengers on a flight may find themselves farting more than usual in the cabin, even if they usually don’t. Alamy 3 You do fart more on a plane – and celebs even admit to doing it Jacob Rosenberg, a clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen says it is all down to the cabin pressure dropping. He told South China Morning Post: “When cabin pressure decreases, the natural air inside the bowel will expand. “And since there is only limited space in the large bowel, it is a natural consequence to fart.” This is also why your ears can pop during a flight, due to the change in pressure. Robbie Williams recently admitted he was forced to “s*** in his hand” after trying to fart quietly during a flight. He told his wife Ayda Field on podcast The Secret’s Out: “I’m very good with not farting on public flights now. Anyway, so I needed to get rid of...
    JetBlue Airways President Joanna Geraghty says research by Harvard has shown that the combination of wearing a mask and the use of high efficiency particulate air filters leaves a “less than 1% risk of transmitting COVID in an aircraft.” Geraghty made the revelation last week during the Skift Global Forum, an online conference dedicated to the travel industry and its attempted recovery from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. On its website, Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health only states in a Sept. 2 release that it is conducting research into transmission methods of the novel coronavirus on airplanes and mitigation measures. Also last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement that it could not confirm a single case of virus transmission on a plane. The CDC investigated 1,600 incidences of people who flew on a commercial airliner while possibly contagious, resulting in 11,000 others who were potentially exposed. And, it said, while some of those subsequently exposed fell ill, it could not pinpoint to the air travel as the source. The CDC also...
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it will test the practice of offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests before boarding intercontinental flights in an attempt to find a way to get long-haul passengers flying again. The airline said Thursday it was working with partners in the pharmaceutical industry to obtain an accurate test that could provide results within 15 minutes for 10 euros ($12). The tests on some routes to the U.S. are to begin in October and the practice will depend on government approval. The company said the routes to the U.S. had not been decided yet. “We are in contact with various airports in North America,” the company said in a statement. One option is to make the tests a requirement for everyone boarding that flight. The proposal is in line with calls by the IATA industry association to use testing as an alternative to quarantines to restore confidence in flying and get air travel moving again. The tests would be a way around the different quarantine requirements, such as Germany’s rule that arrivals from areas designated...
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