12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today
(This is a recurring post, updated daily with new information):

Sunday, May 19
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
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people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, May 18. One year ago on the same day: 2,641,296.   (TSA)

Frontier Airlines does away with change fees in budget airline pricing overhaul
Frontier Airlines will stop charging to change or cancel a flight, with the fee currently around $99 within a week of departure. The budget airline is changing its pricing model to bundle perks it long sold a la carte. The changes come amid stricter rules from the Biden administration on so-called “junk fees.” NBC Chicago

Biden signs sweeping aviation safety, reform bill into law
President Joe Biden signed on Thursday sweeping aviation legislation that will boost U.S. air traffic controller staffing, increase funding to avert runway close-call incidents and speed up refunds for canceled flights. The $105 billion, five-year measure reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration. It prohibits airlines from charging fees for families to sit together, requires airplanes to be equipped with 25-hour cockpit recording devices, raises maximum civil penalties for airline consumer violations from $25,000 per violation to $75,000 and boosts aircraft production scrutiny. Reuters

Cruise ship passengers isolating amid bug outbreak
A number of people are isolating on a cruise ship following the outbreak of a stomach bug. The P&O Cruises vessel Ventura left Southampton on 11 May for a two-week cruise around the Canary Islands. Following reports of passengers with “gastrointestinal symptoms”, the company said “enhanced” sanitation protocols had been put in place. CNN

3 dead after Amtrak train collides with pickup truck
Three people died after an Amtrak train struck a pickup truck in western New York north of Buffalo, fire officials said Saturday. All of the truck’s passengers were pronounced dead at the scene Friday night in North Tonawanda, the city’s fire chief told CNN in a phone call. There were no reported injuries to the 21 passengers and crew members on the train, Amtrak said. CNN

Munich Airport closed after climate activists from Last Generation glue themselves to runway
German authorities temporarily closed Munich Airport on Saturday after six climate activists broke through a security fence and glued themselves to access routes leading to the runways, officials and local media reported. The activists, from the group Last Generation, were protesting against flying, the most polluting form of transportation, according to the German news agency dpa. Police have detained the six. Evening Standard

Reagan National Airport’s new long-haul flights coming soon
Reagan National Airport will soon offer five new long-haul, roundtrip flight routes. Why it matters: Expanding DCA was controversial among local leaders, but Congress ended up approving the additional flights in a recent bill. How it works: Now, airlines will apply to fill those five new slots. Axios

United to ‘begin the process’ of adding planes and routes as FAA evaluates airline’s safety
After a series of reported maintenance and safety issues earlier this year, United Airlines says it is now ready to “begin the process” of adding new aircraft and flight routes as the Federal Aviation Administration continues to assess the airline’s safety protocols. “Today, we got some good news,” United told employees in a memo this week, while adding “we will continue to see an FAA presence in our operation as they review our work processes, manuals and facilities.” Scripps

TSA projects busiest summer travel season ever
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has projected that it will screen a record number of travelers this summer. The administration said the summer travel season begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day. Friday, May 24 is expected to be the busiest travel day of the long Memorial Day weekend, with nearly three million passengers expected. WRIC ABC 8News

They’ve been stuck for 7 weeks on the ship that crashed into a Baltimore bridge. This is what life is like for the Dali crew
When the Rev. Mark Nestlehutt boarded the Dali cargo ship a week after it crashed into a Baltimore bridge, anxious questions emerged among the 21 crew members: “When will I get off the ship? When will I be able to get home?” More than a month later, crew members still don’t know the answers. CNN

Violence rages in New Caledonia as France rushes emergency reinforcements to its Pacific territory
Violence raged across New Caledonia for the third consecutive day Thursday hours after France imposed a state of emergency in the French Pacific territory, boosting security forces’ powers to quell deadly unrest in the archipelago where some residents have long sought to break free from France. AP

The first Mexican taco stand to get a Michelin star is a tiny business where the heat makes the meat
Newly minted Michelin-starred chef Arturo Rivera Martínez stood over an insanely hot grill Wednesday at the first Mexican taco stand ever to get a coveted star from the French dining guide, and did exactly the same thing he’s been doing for 20 years: searing meat. AP

What the actual hell is going on at Boeing?
hile we all marinate in the naked sociopathy of modern conservatism as expressed through its primary vehicle, the modern Republican party, the fundamental sociopathy of the American corporate class goes merrily on. Our most recent exhibit for the prosecution in this regard is the Boeing Company, which makes airplanes, many of which, to be fair, do not fall out of the sky and kill people. Esquire

Friday, May 17
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,795,268
people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, May 16. One year ago on the same day: 2,641,296.   (TSA)

United Airlines says FAA cleared it to start adding new aircraft, routes after safety review
United Airlines said the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared it to start adding new aircraft and routes months after the regulator stepped up its scrutiny of the carrier following several safety incidents. “Today, we got some good news: after a careful review and discussion about the proactive safety steps United has taken to date, our FAA Certificate Management Office has allowed us to begin the process of restarting our certification activities, including new aircraft and routes, and we will continue to coordinate closely with the FAA,” United said in a note to employees Wednesday. NBC News

President Biden signs FAA reauthorization act, including funding increase for NTSB
President Joe Biden signed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization Thursday, calling it a “big win for travelers.” President Biden said the legislation will “expand critical protections for air travelers” and will improve safety standards, including by requiring that cockpits be fitted with 25-hour voice recording devices — an increase by two hours compared to current devices. Scripps

Passenger with measles passes through LAX, those close on plane will be notified
A traveler who passed through Los Angeles International Airport a week ago was infected with measles at the time, county health officials said Thursday, warning that the person may have exposed others. According to the county Department of Public Health, the patient arrived on Qatar Airways flight QR 0739 at 1:53 p.m. May 9 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The unidentified person does not live in Los Angeles. Daily Breeze

Singapore Airlines staff get bonus of eight months’ salary after record profits
Singapore Airlines Ltd. will reward staff with a bonus payout worth almost eight months of salary, according to a person familiar with the matter, after delivering a second consecutive record annual profit. The payout is in effect higher than Singapore Airlines’ previous year’s earnings high, which resulted in a profit-sharing bonus equivalent to 6.65 months’ pay and a maximum of 1.5 months’ salary of ex-gratia bonus related to the pandemic. Bloomberg

Houston weather: Hurricane-force wind gusts kill 4, smash skyscrapers and cut power to hundreds of thousands
A destructive complex of storms with hurricane-force wind gusts tore through Texas and downtown Houston Thursday, leaving at least four dead and hundreds of thousands without power, before racing into Louisiana Friday where it caused even more damage. At least four people died as the severe weather blasted through Houston, the mayor’s spokesperson Mary Benton told CNN. Fallen trees appear to have caused two of the deaths, and a crane accident caused another, Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Peña said in a news conference. CNN

Revealed – the no-fly zone across northern France during Paris Olympics opening ceremony
On one of the busiest travel days of the year, planes will be excluded from a vast area of northern France for over five hours during the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympics. The ban has been imposed due to fears of a terrorist attack. A no-fly zone covering 28,922 square miles – almost the size of Belgium – has been ordered by the French civil aviation authority, the DGAC, on the afternoon and evening of Friday 26 July. That is a key date for millions of travellers from France, the UK and elsewhere. The Independent

 

WestJet inaugurates Iceland service
WestJet celebrated the takeoff of service between Calgary and Reykjavik (Keflavik) Thursday, adding another option from Western Canada and the airline’s hub to Europe. Flights will operate four times weekly through Oct. 13 on 737 MAX aircraft, departing Calgary at 8:25 a.m. “Iceland offers one of the most geologically diverse and breathtaking landscapes in the world and we are thrilled to provide convenient direct access to Reykjavik as we continue to expand our European network,” said executive VP Angela Avery, adding that WestJet is the only airline providing direct connectivity between Calgary and the country dubbed the Land of Fire and Ice. Travel Industry Today

 

Family says gambling debt on cruise caused man to jump
The family of a man who passed away after going overboard during an Australian cruise last week has a hit out at the cruise line’s gambling policy. Shane Dixon, 50, went overboard just ten nautical miles from docking in Sydney on the Elvis-themed sailing aboard P&O Cruises Australia ship, Pacific Adventure. Cruise Radio

 

A US museum curator was detained in Turkey on claims of spider smuggling. He says he has permits
A curator at the American Museum of Natural History was detained in Istanbul while allegedly attempting to smuggle spider and scorpion samples, Turkish media reported. The curator said he had permits from the government to conduct his research. Lorenzo Prendini, an expert on arachnids at the New York-based museum, was held by police at Istanbul Airport while allegedly trying to take about 1,500 samples out of the country, news outlets reported.  AP News

Grandmother makes history as first person to complete 17-hour swim through shark-infested waters
A grandmother became the first person in history to complete a treacherous 29.7-mile solo swim through freezing, shark-infested waters without a wetsuit. Amy Appelhans Gubser, 55, a pediatric nurse from Pacifica, California, completed the grueling feat of endurance from San Francisco to the Farallon Islands in 17 hours. The Independent

 

‘Airplane!’ creators reflect on the classic comedy that would be ‘tough’ to make today
“Airplane!” is one of the most beloved and influential comedies to ever hit the silver screen. Surely you want to know more about it. The new book “Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of ‘Airplane!,’” on sale Oct. 3, is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how the iconic 1980 movie was made. It was written by the film’s writers and directors, David Zucker, his brother Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, a trio known as ZAZ, who’ve known each other since they were growing up in Wisconsin. Their efforts making “Airplane!” not only steered it to becoming a hit, but also redefined the comedy genre. Today

Thursday, May 16
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,454,871
people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, May 15. One year ago on the same day: 2,312,740.   (TSA)

United Airlines says it has regained some privileges that were suspended after problem flights
United Airlines says federal regulators are letting it resume adding new routes and planes after a series of incidents, including an engine fire and a tire falling off a plane after takeoff, led them to suspend the airline’s authority to make those moves. United said Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration notified the airline that it can restart those activities. AP

Severe weather, flooding rain expected in South as stormy weather pattern continues
Severe weather and heavy rainfall will impact the South as we head through the second half of week, with some areas seeing large hail, damaging winds an isolated tornado threat as well as the potential for significant flash flooding. Weather Channel

Justice Department says Boeing breached 2021 agreement over 737 Max
Boeing broke a 2021 settlement that protected it from criminal prosecution over two fatal crashes of the 737 Max, federal prosecutors said. Boeing must respond to the U.S. Department of Justice by June 13. The DOJ said Boeing violated the agreement by failing to set up and enforce a compliance and ethics program to detect violations of U.S. fraud laws. CNBC

Secondary cockpit barriers likely coming to all commercial planes: ‘Prevent 9/11 from ever happening again’
early 23 years after 9/11, the feds are finally expected to make all commercial planes have secondary cockpit barriers to prevent planes from being hijacked. Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would require secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial aircraft. The installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passenger flights is the only 9/11 Commission recommendation that has not been implemented. Tribune News Service

Buttigieg ‘speechless’ as airlines sue over new fee rules
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg heavily criticized a recent lawsuit by major airlines over a new rule that requires airline companies to reveal extra fees on purchases. “We just issued a rule requiring airlines to inform you, before you buy a ticket, of fees they will charge you,” Buttigieg said Tuesday in a post on the social platform X. “Now, the airline lobby is suing us, saying that if you have the right to that information it will ‘confuse’ you. For once, I am speechless.” The Hill

Royal Caribbean set to resume cruises out of Baltimore 2 months after bridge collapse
Royal Caribbean International plans to resume cruises out of Baltimore, Maryland, later this month, now that the channel in and out of the busy port was reopened on Tuesday to a depth of up to 45 feet. The news comes nearly two months after the container ship Dali crashed into a support of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, sending the structure smashing into the Patapsco River below, and on top of the vessel. Fox Business

Mayor Karen Bass no longer thinks LA Metro is safe
In a significant shift, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass publicly acknowledged Wednesday that she did not think the city’s Metro system is safe. Just last month, she touted LA’s public transit system declaring “the Metro is safe” while celebrating an increase in ridership.  NBC Los Angeles

Uber will now let you book a shuttle to the airport
Uber wants to make it cheaper to get a ride to the airport, concerts or sporting events. The rideshare company on Wednesday announced the launch of Uber Shuttle, an offering that will let users book up to five seats in a shuttle from a central location to an event or the airport – for less than the cost of a regular Uber ride. The cost of the shuttle rides won’t be affected by surge pricing, a common affliction when lots of people are looking for rides at the same time.  CNN Business


Two jets touch wings while flying in formation at Florida air show
Video taken by Jess Burge shows the moment two Ghost Squadron jets clipped each others’ wings at the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. 10 Tampa Bay

Boeing jet forced to make an emergency landing after engine catches fire
A Boeing plane carrying 468 people was forced to make an emergency landing in Indonesia after the engine suddenly caught fire just after takeoff. The Garuda Indonesia jet was taking off from the Indonesian city of Makassar en route to Saudi Arabia — with many passengers heading on pilgrimage to Mecca — when the drama unfolded at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, the airline said. NY Post

The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip closes for good this summer
True to its namesake, the Mirage Casino will fade from view this summer, the property closing permanently — with plans to reopen in three years as a nearly 700-foot-tall guitar-shaped hotel. Born in the ’80s, the Mirage helped usher in a new era for Las Vegas, one defined by luxury and mega-resorts. It will close on July 17 of this year. Eater

Wednesday, May 15
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,274,001
people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, May 14. One year ago on the same day: 2,173,966.   (TSA)

Shooting of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico sends shockwaves across Europe
The shooting Wednesday of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico in the town of Handlova following a political event sent shockwaves across Europe three weeks before EU parliament elections are scheduled to be held. AP

US fines Volaris up to $300,000 for violating tarmac delay rules
The U.S. Transportation Department said Wednesday it had fined Mexican carrier Volaris Airlines up to $300,000 for violating federal law on airport tarmac delays. Federal law and government regulations prohibit tarmac delays of four hours or more on international flights without providing passengers an opportunity to deplane. Reuters

Video shows moment Delta plane catches fire at Sea-Tac, passengers evacuate using slides
A Delta plane burst into flames at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after landing from Cancun, Mexico, prompting the evacuation of 189 passengers. The fire in the plane’s nose area led to passengers evacuating on emergency slides, with some walking onto the wings to reach a staircase down to the tarmac. The aircraft was removed from service for inspection and maintenance following the incident. Yahoo

 

FAA still short about 3,000 air traffic controllers, new federal numbers show
Despite a surge in hiring last year, air traffic control stations nationwide are still about 3,000 controllers short, according to new Federal Aviation Administration numbers. The numbers, first reported by CNN, show the challenge of filling the gap that led to flight delays and concerns that fatigue contributed to a series of near collisions on runways last year. The shortage is a concern of airlines, controllers, and watchdogs like the inspector general who last summer concluded the agency “made limited efforts to ensure adequate controller staffing at critical air traffic control facilities.” CNN Business

New York travel disruptions loom as air traffic controllers balk at move
By late July, 17 air traffic controllers will be expected to trade in their headsets, walk out of their aging workplace on Long Island and report to a new office in Philadelphia, part of a plan to address a long-running problem with recruiting enough controllers to manage the skies around New York. Despite the hefty incentives they have been offered to go along, the workers — unwilling to uproot themselves and their families — are balking at the move, and some powerful members of Congress are helping them fight back. The New York Times

Singapore Airlines posts record annual profit, flags challenging macro
Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI), opens new tab on Wednesday posted a record annual profit and raised its dividend, reflecting strong travel demand in North Asia, but flagged geopolitical woes, supply chain snags and fierce competition as challenges facing the sector. The city-state’s flag carrier also highlighted strength in cargo demand towards the end of the financial year amid a shift to air freight by various shippers due to security concerns in the Red Sea region. Reuters

 

Qantas pulls out of mainland China, some flights only ‘half full’
Qantas is withdrawing from mainland China as it battles intense competition from local carriers. From July 28, the Sydney to Shanghai route will be scrapped. The Australian flag carrier cited “low demand” for the decision. The Shanghai service is being pulled just six months after it was relaunched following the pandemic. It represents the only nonstop link flown by Qantas between Australia and mainland China. Skift

 

Hawaii ‘Kona Low’ map shows areas to be hit hardest as warning issued
A warning has been issued for a “Kona Low” which has hit Hawaii and several of its islands which are set for a “multi-day heavy rain event.” The seasonal cyclone developed over the state on Tuesday night, leading to flood advisories being posted for Kauai, Oahu and Maui in particular. Newsweek

Trump’s Boeing 757 clipped parked plane after landing at Florida airport Sunday, FAA says
The wing of the Boeing jet owned by former President Donald Trump struck a parked plane at a Florida airport after landing safely and taxiing early Sunday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday. It is not known if Trump, who had held a campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Saturday, was on his Boeing 757 when its winglet struck the rear elevator of a parked VistaJet in West Palm Beach. NBC News

Portugal’s new Lisbon Airport to be built in a military base
Portugal picked the location for a new Lisbon airport, a project that successive governments have planned to build as the country attracted a rising number of tourists. The new airport will be built in a military base near the town of Alcochete, about 22 miles from the Lisbon city center on the southern bank of the river Tagus, according to Prime Minister Luis Montenegro. Before becoming the capital city’s main airport, it will complement the existing Humberto Delgado airport, he said at a press conference in Lisbon on Tuesday night. Bloomberg

 

‘Inappropriate’ behavior shuts down Dublin to New York City portal
That didn’t take long. Less than a week after two public sculptures featuring a livestream between Dublin, Ireland, and New York City debuted, “inappropriate behavior” in real-time interactions between people in the two cities has prompted a temporary shutdown. The two sculptures, “The Portals,” are round, lens-like installations with a 24/7 video link to allow residents and visitors in the two cities to interact with each other. Social media videos have shown people flashing body parts to people on the other side. The installation does not include audio. CNN

Tuesday, May 14
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,711,205
people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, May 13. One year ago on the same day: 2,597,124.   (TSA)

Severe storms and flooding to affect southern United States this week
Relentless rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms have been plaguing the United States for almost three weeks straight, and more are on the way to start the workweek. A broad risk of damaging winds, destructive hail and a few tornadoes spans the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, and could be accompanied by flooding as well. The Washington Post

A woman whose husband died snorkeling in Hawaii is suing its tourism board, saying it failed to warn them of the risk
A family is suing Hawaiian tourism authorities and a resort in Maui after a man died snorkeling. They allege negligence and a failure to warn about the risks of snorkeling. The family argues his death was caused by ROPE, not accidental drowning, as the autopsy stated. BI

 

‘Unhealthy’ air warning for Americans in six states as wildfire smoke blows into US
Smoke from wildfires in Canada is billowing into the US and posing risks of “unhealthy” air quality for large portions of the north. Canada saw an increase in the number of wildfires it experienced in the past week, which meteorologists have warned will bring hazy skies and poor air quality to the US. Daily Express

 

Killer whales attack and sink another yacht in Strait of Gibraltar
A sailing yacht sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar on Sunday after an unknown number of orcas  slammed into the vessel with two people on board and caused a water leak, officials said. Both crew members were rescued by a passing oil tanker, said Spain’s maritime rescue service, marking the latest killer whale attack on a boat in what has become a pattern in recent years. CBS News

 

Why fish in Florida are spinning to death and washing up on beaches
Scientists may have discovered what has caused hundreds of fish off the coast of the Florida Keys to spin in circles until they die. Reports of the bizarre behavior first surfaced in October 2023, leading to nearly 500 reports of dead fish washing ashore as of May 8. Daily Mail

 

A4A predicts record-setting summer travel season for U.S. Airlines
Airlines for America (A4A) – the industry trade organization for leading U.S. airlines – forecasts U.S. airlines will carry 271 million passengers across the globe this summer (June 1 – August 31), a 6.3% increase from last summer. This is a new record that surpasses the previous one set in summer 2023, during which U.S. airlines transported 255 million customers. Airlines For America

 

Princess Cruises launching Historic America cruisetour
Princess Cruises guests can start the celebrations early next year ahead of America’s 250th birthday. There is a historic, revolutionary focus on Princess’ 2025 Canada & New England cruises sailing out of New York City. The themed Historic America cruisetour takes guests on a seven-night, hosted land tour with overnight stays in Washington D.C., Williamsburg, Staunton, Gettysburg and Philadelphia. Travelmole

Steve Buscemi punched in the face in “random” attack in NYC
Actor Steve Buscemi is OK after he was punched in the face by a man on a New York City street, his publicist said Sunday. The 66-year-old star of “Fargo” and “Boardwalk Empire” was assaulted late Wednesday morning in Manhattan and taken to a nearby hospital with bruising, swelling and bleeding to his left eye. AP News

 

Map shows ‘extreme’ heat risk warning as Florida braces
The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting that “extreme” heat will hit South Florida this week. NWS Miami said on Monday that heat advisories would likely be issued later in the week, with “excessive heat warnings” possible in some areas. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s in large areas of South Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday. Newsweek

 

Consumers might be paying more than credit card perks are worth, officials say
Credit card holders could be paying more in fees and interest than their travel rewards and other perks are worth, Biden administration officials are arguing, raising scrutiny on loyalty programs that shape millions of people’s spending. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Transportation held a joint hearing in Washington on Thursday that brought together representatives from airlines, financial institutions, unions and consumer advocacy groups to discuss whether new regulations are needed. NBC News

 

A new COVID-19 variant FLiRT has emerged. Here’s what to know
“It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a new dominant variant in the U.S.,” said Dr. David Bronstein, an infectious diseases specialist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “With each of these variants that takes over from the one before it, we do see increased transmissibility — it’s easier to spread from person to person. So, that’s really the concern with FLiRT.” Los Angeles Times

Monday, May 13
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,666,048
people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, May 12. One year ago on the same day: 2,509,333.   (TSA)

Airlines file lawsuit over Biden’s ‘hidden junk fees’ crackdown
U.S. airlines are suing to block the Biden administration from requiring greater transparency over fees that the carriers charge their passengers, claiming the new rule would confuse consumers by providing too much information during the ticket-buying process. The U.S. transportation Department said Monday it will vigorously defend the rules against what it called “hidden junk fees.” FOX LA

Dozens of passengers on 12-hour-long flight suddenly fell ill with vomiting and nausea
Passengers onboard a Condor flight from Mauritius to Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this month mysteriously “became ill,” needing airsick bags during the flight, the airline said. Upon arrival, the plane was met with emergency vehicles and medical staff. uring the Germany-based carrier’s nearly 12-hour-long flight on May 2, 70 of the 290 passengers reported feeling nausea and vomiting, according to German media outlet Bild. The crew was not affected. USA Today

Crew member goes overboard during emergency drill
A cruise ship emergency drill turned very real on a Carnival ship in the Caribbean. While docked in the US Virgin Islands, a crew member fell overboard during a crew emergency drill exercise. It happened on the Carnival Venezia while the ship was in port. Travelmole

Vatican Museums staff start unprecedented legal action over labor conditions
Forty-nine Vatican Museums employees have started an unprecedented labour dispute over what they say are unfair and poor conditions at their workplace, which could lead to an embarrassing lawsuit against Pope Francis’ administration. The workers, mostly museum attendants, have sent a petition to the Vatican’s “Governatorato”, the body that administers the Vatican City State, lamenting rules that cause “labour conditions undermining each worker’s dignity and health”, said lawyer Laura Sgrò, who is representing them. Reuters

 

Thousands of Canadians have been forced to evacuate from raging wildfires. Now harmful smoke is blowing into the US
Thousands across Canada were urged to evacuate from blazing wildfires on Saturday, and the smoke emanating from them could be another danger lasting for the next two days — resulting in poor air quality and reduced visibility as it begins to waft into the US. Approximately 3,200 residents in northeastern British Columbia were under an evacuation order Saturday afternoon as the Parker Lake fire raged on in the area, spanning more than 4,000 acres. Meanwhile, evacuation alerts were in place for parts of Alberta as the MWF-017 wildfire spread to nearly 5,000 acres. CNN

 

The aurora borealis in pictures
A rare solar storm illuminated night skies on Friday, beaming neon rays of magenta, green, and blue across much of the northern hemisphere. The aurora borealis is typically only visible in high north latitudes, but this time, it stretched as far south as Louisiana due to the supercharge of some intense sun eruptions. CNBC

 

United Airlines expects its busiest Memorial Day weekend
United Airlines expects its busiest Memorial Day weekend with three million passengers, a 5% increase from last year. Popular destinations include warm spots domestically like Orlando and Las Vegas, with international choices like Oaxaca and Tampico. United urges passengers to stay patient over the holiday weekend, advising online check-in and introducing MileagePlus miles pooling. Simple Flying

 

TSA complaints at Indianapolis airport on the rise
The number of people complaining as they make their way through security at Indianapolis International Airport is on the rise. State of play: IND ranked 52nd out of 103 major airports in the country for the number of complaints per capita between January 2023 and January 2024, according to an analysis by the Data Liberation Project of gripes related to the Transportation Security Administration. Axios

 

Dubai’s Emirates airline posts record full-year profit
Dubai’s Emirates airline on Monday reported full-year profit up more than 60% at 17.23 billion dirhams ($4.69 billion), comfortably beating the previous year’s 10.6 billion dirhams. The airline carried 51.9 million passengers in the year to March 31, with seat capacity up 21.4%. “The business outlook is positive, with projections of strong, sustained demand for international air transport and travel,” Chairman and Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a statement. Reuters

Morgan’s Wonderland sets the bar for theme park accessibility: See how
Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first “ultra-accessible, fully inclusive” theme park, in San Antonio, Texas. Its new Rocket’s Sky Flight Adventure features a semi-private loading area for guests who need to transfer out of wheelchairs, specially designed seats and harnesses that can support guests lacking upper body control, a place to hang oxygen tanks right on the ride vehicle, and two operating speeds with extra smooth braking available for guests who may be more fragile. USA Today

Whatever happened to airline food? Why the golden age of airplane food disappeared
If you took an American Airlines flight in the 1960s, you’d be wined and dined from the Coach-class “Royal Coachman” menu. Your meal began with the beef consommé and proceeded to sautéed breast of chicken in wine. Care for a fruit tartlet for dessert? Today, if you’re flying coach, you’ll need to book a long-distance international flight or – maybe if you’re lucky – a coast-to-coast domestic one to receive a free meal. On shorter flights, you might get a choice of complementary Biscoff cookies or pretzels. CNN Business

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  3. B Manoogian|

    I received an email this morning from a friend who knows that I have stopped reading your news letter due to you “political comments”. He informed me that several others must have felt as I do and wrote to you stating their positions regarding your “Political Comments” regarding the attack on the Capital. We use to live in a country that allowed and encouraged open debate and discussion. Unfortunately, today we live an America where this is not allowed. Your comments on the Capital were the result of either your closed mine or your inability to receive the facts due to the major news sources blocking and presenting only one side of the issue. I know you do not like President Trump – this is something I should not know about you, but it does not allow you to provide only one side of a story as the “Truth”. I hope you will give this and the other comments you have received on this subject full consideration as you continue to publish your newsletter. I am willing to give you a second chance – Good Luck. Don’t blow it.

    1. Katey|

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  4. SMC|

    He doesn’t need your validation nor your threat to not read the blog. Just don’t do it if you don’t want to . And it’s closed “mind” not mine.

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  5. Carolyn Lancaster|

    Where is the Map App Every Traveler should have? I’ve looked through your site and not seen it. Thanks.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi! Sorry. I forgot to highlight it. It was under Friday’s tip but the direct link is
      https://johnnyjet.com/the-map-app-every-traveler-needs-to-download-now/

      1. John J|

        No android version? Boooooo!

        1. Johnny Jet|

          Looks like there is. From a reader
          On Android:

          • Press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time.
          • Screenshot (full screen) will be saved to the “Screenshots” folder

          The process may vary if you have a more ‘skinned Android phone (Samsung, etc.).

  6. james wilson|

    I have read the whole thing looking for the map and never found it. This has happened before. When you put a clickbait headline on your email please let us find it when we click through.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi! Sorry. I forgot to highlight it. It was under Friday’s tip but the direct link is
      https://johnnyjet.com/the-map-app-every-traveler-needs-to-download-now/

  7. Stefan|

    Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

  8. Robin Chalkley|

    5,800 people getting COVID after vaccinations is a ridiculously small number – .005 percent. And the vaccines were never “bulletproof”, it’s always been known that they are about 90% effective according to the manufacturers. This is the kind of statistical b.s. that serves to keep people needlessly afraid when the situation nationally is significantly improving.

  9. Lybrand@yahoo.com|

    How Can I Copyright Protect Stories and Articles on My Website?

  10. T Sandeep|

    Amazing guide…. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

  11. Yankiwi|

    I agree with B Manoogian. Keep politics out of Johnny Jet.

  12. Drishti Darshan|

    Great Information , Thanks For haring such a informative blogs.

  13. Lynne Ranney|

    I value and appreciate this newsletter’s comments about the January 6, 2021 attack on our Capital. Hundreds of hours of video taken by hundreds of people, including those involved in the attack themselves, show just what happened. There is no legitimate doubt and no room for speculation. I am a patriot and will never, ever, forget the lawlessness of that day and the cries to “Hang Mike Pence” and “Kill Pelosi.” For now, we can only debate who was behind the attack, but eventually we will know, thanks to the bipartisan House investigation.

    Johnny Jet has every right to state the facts in *his* own newsletter. There is no requirement for him to give voice or space to any perspective. If there were such a requirement, Fox News would not exist. If you benefit from the information in this newsletter – which you get for free – you can endure an occasional comment with which you disagree. Big deal. It’s not like you’re being maced or hit with bear spray, or being crushed between doors, while trying to protect the Capital and *all* our elected representatives. It’s not like you risked your own life to protect our elected politicians, then were badly treated by half of them, who even denied anything happened. It’s not like you were driven to suicide by these terrible events, like four officers were.

  14. Kirill Nesterenko|

    Thanks, Johnny!
    This is a good list of things that are rarely found on regular travel checklists.
    Especially now, we are planning our corporate trip to the anniversary of our company, so it was very interesting to read your article!
    WorkTime team

  15. James F Bauer|

    So TSA processed 1.6 M travelers yesterday, without a single suicide bomber. In fact, I don’t recall the last time they had a suicide bomber.

    Perhaps the Government should have used TSA to process Afghanistan travelers, instead of the Taliban.

  16. Ann|

    I have a question about VeriFLY… I understand how to input my personal information, but I don’t know how to upload my travel info or vaccine or test info and I can not locate anyplace with steps to help. American Airlines and British Air both keep sending emails to sign up, but I no instructions on how to connect the flights. Can you help?
    Many thanks
    Ann

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi Ann,

      Try this post https://onemileatatime.com/verifly/

  17. Douglas Lock|

    The wife and I are flying away for 5 weeks on back to back OAT trips to Sicily and Turkey early next week. Got our Covid vaccination booster shots thanks to your tip and our flu shots as well. Also our KN95’s. Wish us luck!
    Doug Lock – a few blocks east of you.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Good luck! Let me know how it goes

  18. Annie|

    I’m looking for a job stop trip from Ontario CA to Boise Id. I checked Expedia which showed non of the major airlines having a non-stop. How do I find the odd named smaller airlines to see if they have the flight? All I could think of is Jet Blue and Spirit and they didn’t have it. Thanks.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Try Avelo

  19. Lonn Wolf|

    I can no longer read your articles because of the constant pop ups that won’t go away and just lead from one pop up to another. The stable ones between articles were manageable, these other invasive species are infuriating. Also trying to hit that little “x” the size of a pin head is impossible on a phone screen, tiny. I will unsubscribe if this continues. What’s the point, teaser titles I can’t get to open without playing duck hunt with the ads.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi Lonn,

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. We don’t have pop up ads just the newsletter signup once every 30 days. There is also a small video player at the bottom and the X is in the upper right. I can see if they can make it bigger.

  20. B. Manoogian|

    In January I sent you comments regarding your politics getting in the way of your impartial reviews and reporting. At that time I told you that I had stopped reading you newsletter because of you political comments, but I had been told by several friends that you had changed and this was no longer happening. I have been enjoying your newsletter since. Well that all changed in mid-November when you posted a special review on the sale of the Trump Hotel in Washington DC. In this article you tell of your special tour of this INFAMOUS hotel. You went on to say “The hotel is arguably one of the most beautiful hotels in the United States”. Why is it that you wait until Trump is selling this hotel that you tell of your wonderful visit and this beautiful hotel? It looks to me that once again your political leanings have entered into your reviews and once again I am out of here. Just how many other GREAT hotels are out there that you will not report on because the owners have political views contrary to yours? Or how many average hotels get superb reviews because you agree with the political leaning of the owners. I feel sorry for you and anyone else that puts politics above the truth and honest reporting.

  21. Bernice|

    Canadians flying from Bellingham to Las Vegas by Allegiant Air, will we be required to show a negative Covid test for this flight? Does TSA require same? Thank you.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Flying to the USA does require a negative test but not within the USA

  22. Wendy Westley|

    Hi Johnny Jet,
    Love your newsletter. Since you are featuring opinions from Bill Gates, it might we a good idea to watch this to get a perspective that about 35% or more of Americans have of his opinions:
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/yJ3AP778FuPR/

  23. John Anderson|

    Hi Johnny, Great for informing and sharing us 12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today. As going back to be a traveler. I want to know on what new in traveling so that I’ll thankful I found this. Keep sharing and keep it up.

  24. Sue Hankin|

    Hey Johnny,
    Just wondering, TSA officers screened 1,200,580 yesterday, Same number a week ago and 2019?????

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Good catch! I will fix. It’s 1,059,741

  25. Susan S|

    Love your newsletter, Johnny! Do you have a source that you recommend for reviews or ratings of international airports? I have found a few websites, but there either have ratings based on very few reviews, or they seem very outdated.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Thanks! They’re all pretty bias but this is the most popular one https://skytraxratings.com/a-z-of-airport-ratings

  26. Josh K|

    One or more of our advertisers’ goods are mentioned in this post. When you click on links to such items, we may gain commission. lovely newsletter thank you

  27. jhondew|

    thanks for an amazing blog.

  28. Gordon Wininger|

    Johnny,
    You have some good information on your website. I have been reading your 12 things in travel section for several years. Your suggested items for travel have been very helpful.

    Unfortunately, it appears that you just can’t help including politics into your blog.
    Your dislike for President Trump has no place in a travel blog if you want to keep 50% of your audience.

    Just a Thought

  29. Kyle Blake|

    Hi Johnny,
    Recently, you posted something about United extending their ETCs that were scheduled to expire 12/31/22 to 12/31/2023. I have 5 from a cancelled quarantine period wedding, but haven’t received notice from United. I tried finding your post or something on United’s site that would verify the extension, but can’t. Can you point me in the right direction? If I can’t, I have to start booking travel quickly! Thank you!

    1. Johnny Jet|

      You sure it was me? Can’t even remember but I know Delta extended theirs and I wrote about it

  30. Jack Delehey|

    Thank you for this informative article! I hope all travelers could read this wonderful article of yours.

  31. Emma Miller|

    Hi Johnny! Traveling around the globe is very beautiful but now a days have a little changes because of the changes of flight ticket increases due to the economic sustainability. But when you touch down to your destinations, it’s priceless and the beauty of the places is exquisite. Thank you for sharing this blog. I remember those days. Keep sharing!

  32. What|

    Crime in Philadelphia has soared with Larry Krasner as the DA. Refuses to prosecute criminals, refuses to support the police and thus more crime, more death and in general lawlessness. Put blame for the rise in crime in Philie wear it belongs, it belongs to “communist” DA Larry Krasner.
    More detail here: https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/meet-larry-krasner-the-rogue-prosecutor-wreaking-havoc-philadelphia

  33. David Fleischer|

    I signed up for program to get Global Entry appointment faster.
    I was delighted to get a few messages this AM about possible dates in next few weeks (GREAT!)
    I clicked on desirable date
    It took me to LOGIN.gov and I completed some non-related comments re: date I had chosen (July 27). [IS IT CORRECT THAT I SHOULD GO TO THIS SITE?. I DIDNT SEEM TO HAVE OPTIONS)
    When I left that page the process dropped
    I got no feedback about the date I had chosen and when I went back to the email, it was still there. I don’t feel that johnnyjet has advanced my cause.
    Please explain. Should I have done anything differently. Thanks David Fleischer
    *** My application is pending but I haven’t completed background check. Can I still apply for interview?

  34. Lucas James|

    Hi Johnny, I’d really appreciate more posts like this. Being updated on recent news is something I’m not too good at so I enjoy posts like this that keep big scoops compact and neat. Thanks a lot, Johnny.

  35. Peter Brezinski|

    Be careful when posting TSA numbers. Very often, the same number is posted for 2019 and pre-pandemic. It happened in newsletter of July 16.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Good catch! I just fixed it

  36. Thomas|

    Very detailed post

  37. KELLY STEVENS|

    My mom is 94 today also. They were made of good stock back in those days! I’m sending up prayers for your dad’s recovery and health ?

    1. Johnny Jet|

      That’s AMAZING! HBD to your mom. Thank you for the prayers

  38. Jay Alexander|

    Where can I find tour informtion for Portugal, would like togo to Lourdes next year with my wife and sister in-law.

  39. John J|

    Johnny, why am I suddenly getting a pop-up asking me to sign in with my email when I’m reading your weekly newsletter? It’s never happened before…

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Sorry for the delay. Are you still getting it?

  40. Debbie Dutton|

    If you have any information about the Westjet proposed pilots strike we would like to hear about it pls. Also what are our options should our flight be cancelled due to such a strike? Our options are different in Canada and do not have the same rules as U.S.A and often not clear.
    Many thanks for your wonderful information

  41. Olivia|

    Love your newsletters but I used the TA you recommend for cruising and was very disappointed. He was supposed to issue a $200 OBC and it never showed up. I sent an email a week before we left and he never responded. I called and he was out of the office. No out of office reply to email or an emergency contact by phone when we wasn’t available.
    It was our first cruise and we loved it but I would recommend this agent.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      I’m sorry to hear this. I will email him to find out what happened.

  42. Kent Clyde|

    Well that’s true, it’s better to use the companion fare on more expensive tickets. I was trying to say that long flights are not necessarily more expensive. Short flights can be expensive too. It really depends on the cities you fly between and when you book.

  43. Nors|

    I think that it is interesting that oversized people think that airlines should offer then free seats. Perhaps the airlines could do what the cruise ships do which is offer seats at 150% similar as to what cruise lines do for singles. (I really don’t think that there is an easy answer to this question, This proposal opens a pandoras box of issues – I suspect that a lot of people can think of why they might benefit from an extra free seat, e.g. people flying with babies/small children; people flying with medical equipment; people flying with service animals; people working; etc.)

    On the issue of cruise ships, I often feel not appreciated as a cruiser because not only do I often have to pay 150% but the single rooms that are available to single cruisers are often on the lowest deck with no balcony/veranda (with very few exceptions) and often at a higher rate.

  44. Alyza|

    Such a great article! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Richard G Allen|

    Hello –

    I just read the article titled “Woman in tears after being blocked from luxury cruise due to little known rule”. After reading this, I am still not clear as to why she was denied to board. It says something about an invalid issue date. What is an “invalid issue date”. How can you have a valid passport with an expiration date 7 months in the future if the Passport has an “invalid issue date”? Please explain.

    Thanks

    1. Johnny Jet|

      I wasn’t clear either.

  46. Ross Copas|

    What’s your recommended VPN

  47. Jerry Mandel|

    Why would anyone care about yesterday’s TSA numbers? This is silly.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      A lot of people do. Shows how the economy is doing especially for the airlines.

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