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United Flight Attendants Aren’t Welcoming to Welcome Beverages

United Flight Attendants Aren’t Welcoming to Welcome Beverages

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   United Airlines, which resumed sales of hard liquor onboard flights on November 15, has now returned its tradition of pre-departure Welcome Beverages to premium cabin customers. And its flight attendant union isn’t happy about it, albeit not for the reason you might think. No, this is less about more alcohol in a era where its prevalence has led to numerous altercations on flights, and more about COVID-19 safety. In a story by Matthew Klint of the aviation blog Live and Let’s Fly, the union is concerned about serving passengers in the premium cabin…
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Travel: FAA fining passengers for alcohol-fueled behavior on planes

Travel: FAA fining passengers for alcohol-fueled behavior on planes

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Travel #EditorsPicks The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced civil penalties in eight incidents this year involving unruly passengers and alcohol. The FAA says it has received nearly 300 reports of passenger disturbances due to alcohol and intoxication so far in 2021. Disturbances on planes are rare. But the number spiked when the FAA instituted a “zero tolerance” policy for unruly behavior on planes and the federal government began requiring masks on planes in January 2021. Incidents have decreased since earlier this year. The FAA doesn’t have the authority to criminally prosecute people, but refers some…
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TSA Screens Most Single-Day Passengers of Pandemic Era

TSA Screens Most Single-Day Passengers of Pandemic Era

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   The holiday travel season is clearly underway. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened the highest number of passengers at U.S. airports on Friday, November 19, since the COVID-19 pandemic began in late February to mid-March 2020. The final count was 2,242,956 passengers who flew on Friday, the highest single-day number in more than 20 months since the pandemic shut down air travel. JUST IN: @TSA officers screened 2,242,956 people at airport security checkpoints nationwide yesterday, Friday, Nov. 19. It's the highest checkpoint volume since passenger volume tanked in early 2020 as a…
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Aviation Union Leaders Tell Congress to Enact No-Fly List

Aviation Union Leaders Tell Congress to Enact No-Fly List

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel A series of aviation-related industry leaders testified before Congress this week and are asking lawmakers to enact a universal no-fly list for unruly passengers. “If there is not a no-fly list … people are going to continue to assault plane crews and gate agents,” Transport Workers Union of America president John Samuelsen said, according to the Washington D.C.-based publication The Hill. Samuelson spoke in a virtual Zoom testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security. The hearing was centered on the theme of ‘On…
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Alaska Airlines Launches Nonstop Service to Belize

Alaska Airlines Launches Nonstop Service to Belize

PATRICK CLARKE | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Alaska Airlines began nonstop service to Belize City, Belize from Seattle and Los Angeles on Friday. The Central American destination becomes the fourth country the airline currently serves from its West Coast hubs, joining Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Alaska will operate four-times weekly flights between Los Angeles and Belize City year-round with flights departing LAX at 11 a.m. local time Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Return flights will depart BZE at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Seasonal service between Seattle and Belize City will continue…
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Hawaii Won’t Reopen to Cruise Ships Until 2022

Hawaii Won’t Reopen to Cruise Ships Until 2022

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Hawaii announced it would not reopen to cruise ships in 2021 and questions remain about when the industry would restart in 2022. According to CruiseCritic.com, Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) public information officer Jai Cunningham said the state is focused on the “safest possible resumption of cruise,” but acknowledged “the earliest resumption of cruises to Hawaii would be January of 2022.” Cunningham revealed the state would need to expand its Safe Travels program to accommodate the arriving cruise passengers, but no local port agreements had been signed. The decision to remain shuttered to the…
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TSA Expects Over 20 Million Passengers During Thanksgiving Holiday

TSA Expects Over 20 Million Passengers During Thanksgiving Holiday

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it expects to screen about 20 million passengers during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. Running between November 19 and November 28, the TSA said the Thanksgiving travel period would see busy airport security checkpoints nationwide, but it was prepared to handle the increase in passenger volume. TSA officials revealed the busiest days during the holiday travel period are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterward. While the number of travelers this year is not expected to reach pre-pandemic levels, it is expected to be…
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Tastemade Launches Travel Streaming Network

Tastemade Launches Travel Streaming Network

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel #Digital Series on the network will feature hosts like the conservationist Monty Halls, the Australian footballer Abbey Holmes and 'MasterChef New Zealand' winners Karena and Kasey Bird. Tastemade is launching a streaming network on Wednesday to showcase the network’s travel series. The network, Tastemade Travel, will first be available on Samsung TV Plus, Redbox, VIZIO WatchFree+ and IMDb TV, which reach a combined 80 million households in the U.S. Additional distribution platforms are expected to be added in the next quarter. Tastemade Travel will stream shows like Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia and Curtis Stone’s Field Trip, as well…
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Why can’t some COVID-19 vaccinated people travel to the US?

Why can’t some COVID-19 vaccinated people travel to the US?

By Victoria Milko, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 #Travel The United States opened its borders to people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but some who got the shots are finding they’re still not eligible to visit Why can’t some COVID-19 vaccinated people travel to the U.S.? Because they might not be vaccinated with shots recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. When lifting overseas travel restrictions in November, the U.S. required adults coming to the country to be fully vaccinated with shots approved or authorized by the FDA or allowed by WHO. Among the most widely…
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Airport crowds expected as Thanksgiving travel rebounds

Airport crowds expected as Thanksgiving travel rebounds

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Travel Last year, almost as many Americans traveled by car during Thanksgiving as before the pandemic. This year, they also are taking to the skies. Next week’s holiday rush will be a major test for airlines, which have struggled with staffing shortages and occasional operational meltdowns in recent months as traffic rebounded after plunging last year. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport expects 2.22 million passengers for the Thanksgiving travel period between this Saturday and the Monday after the holiday. That’s still below the 2.6 million people who passed through the terminals in Thanksgiving…
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