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

Friday, February 23
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,511,370 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, February 22. One year ago on the same day: 2,322,309. (TSA)


Canadian airline Lynx Air closes down
A Canadian budget airline is shutting down over the weekend, blaming rising costs, unfavourable exchange rates and “competitive tension” for its demise. Lynx Air, based in Calgary, told passengers: “Lynx Air will cease flight operations as of 12:01 am Mountain Time on Monday 26 February.” All forward bookings beyond that time are cancelled, with passengers told to claim refunds from their credit-card companies. The Independent


Privately built lunar lander makes history with successful moon touchdown
A robotic spacecraft made history Thursday becoming the first privately built craft to touch down on the lunar surface, as well as the first American vehicle to accomplish the feat in more than 50 years. The lander, built by Intuitive Machines, touched down on the lunar surface at around 6:23 p.m. ET, overcoming a late-stage glitch with its onboard laser instruments. The Nova-C lander, nicknamed Odysseus, is now the first American spacecraft on the moon since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. NBC News


Alcatraz cruise operator Hornblower Group files for bankruptcy protection
The San Francisco company responsible for ferrying about 1.7 million visitors annually to Alcatraz Island has filed for bankruptcy. Hornblower Group—best known locally as the official tour operator for the prison island-turned-museum—filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday in a Texas court due to a substantial debt load related to financial challenges worsened by the pandemic. SF Standard


Pandas from China are headed to the San Diego Zoo
China for the first time in more than two decades is sending pandas to the United States to the delight of the San Diego Zoo, which is preparing to receive a pair that could include a female descendent of Bai Yun and Gao Gao, two of the zoo’s former residents that were among the most reproductively successful panda mates in captivity. The China Wildlife Conservation Association said Thursday it also signed agreements with the zoo in the Spanish capital of Madrid, and is in talks with zoos in Washington, D.C., and Vienna, quelling fears that Beijing was ending its historic panda diplomacy with Western nations due to diplomatic tensions. AP News


Passenger’s bomb joke on birthday falls flat on FLL jetway, earns him felony
A man boarding a flight to San Francisco from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on his birthday ended up in jail after making an ill-advised bomb joke while on the jetway, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Deputies said Mack Bjorn, of Reno, Nevada, was boarding the JetBlue Airways flight on Saturday, his 27th birthday, when he “joked that (the) TSA had missed a bomb in his bag.” Local10


A man accused of stabbing another passenger on a Seattle to Las Vegas flight charged with assault
A man who witnesses say stabbed another passenger on an airline flight and told authorities he intended to kill the victim has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. The man made an improvised weapon by wrapping rubber bands around several pens. A grand jury handed down a one-count indictment against Julio Alvarez Lopez on Wednesday over the incident, which occurred on a Jan. 24 Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Las Vegas, according to federal court records in Nevada. AP


‘Like an addiction’: Thousands of Americans fall prey to Mexican cartel timeshare scam
According to a U.S, government investigation, over the past decade, thousands of Americans – many of them elderly – have fallen prey to a complex scheme involving one of Mexico’s most violent cartels. In timeshares, the cartel has found a business venture whose profits, U.S. government officials believe, now rival the business it is most known for: drug trafficking. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, commonly known as CJNG, started its timeshare fraud business in Puerto Vallarta and has now largely taken over the Cancún timeshare market as well. It has expanded the fraud network to at least two dozen call centers that contact U.S. owners of property in those two cities, as well as other areas popular with North American retirees, including Acapulco. USA Today


The Airbus A340 airplane was built to rule long-haul travel. Now it’s vanishing from the skies
While the A380 superjumbo is enjoying a steady resurgence after having been on the brink of retirement during the pandemic, its older sibling – another four-engined aircraft from Airbus – seems dangerously close to being grounded for good. The A340 was introduced 30 years ago with Lufthansa and Air France, but only 380 have been produced since, the last in 2012. By comparison, Airbus has already made 565 of its successor, the A350, since its introduction in 2015. CNN


Attorney: Airline ‘should be ashamed’ over bathroom recording case
Llewellyn questioned the company’s screening process for hiring flight attendants and emphasized the need for accountability. “It is time for American Airlines to accept responsibility for what happened,” he said. “And if they don’t accept responsibility, I’m very confident that a North Carolina jury and a Texas jury will hold American Airlines fully responsible for this.” NewsNation


Here’s how many billions the top 20 airlines made off your baggage fees last year
The top 20 global airlines raked in $33.3 billion in revenue from a combination of fees for carry-on bags, price hikes for checked luggageand fines for overweight suitcases, a new report found. NY Post


Australia’s least-reliable major airline revealed
Australia’s major airlines have improved their performance but travellers are still being subjected to far more cancellations and delays than normal. Data from the Australian government’s Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE) released today shows less than three-quarters of domestic flights (73.4 per cent) arrived on time in January, and 3.1 per cent were cancelled. 9 News


Thursday, February 22
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,155,103 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, February 21. One year ago on the same day: 2,006,058. (TSA)

New moon mission will attempt to make a historic landing
On July 20, 1969, the world watched as humankind landed on the moon for the first time. But the perfect touchdown of the Eagle lunar lander by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong was anything but easy. As he and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin flew over the intended landing site, Armstrong looked out the window and saw a treacherous boulder field. Relying on his ace piloting skills, Armstrong manually navigated to a safe landing site, with only 30 seconds of fuel left. CNN

JetBlue’s new flights from New York and Boston to Dublin – duration, cost and frequency
US airline JetBlue have announced direct flight routes to Ireland from two of the major east coast cities, New York and Boston. As two cities with the highest Irish population in the US, there was an immediate positive response. Irish Star


Delta Is Surprising Flyers with Flight Transfers in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS Supercar at LAX
Porsche and Delta are teaming up to surprise and delight some Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) passengers with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS ride to their connecting flights. Lucky “select” and “unsuspecting” flyers with tight connections are being whisked away planeside and taken to their flights in the latest Porsche track weapon, Delta says. Road and Track


Project Sunrise: Aircraft delays push back launch date for Qantas’ record-breaking flights
Travelers who were hoping to experience Qantas’ long-awaited, record-breaking ‘Project Sunrise’ flights next year will have to be a bit more patient. Australia’s flag carrier said on Thursday that manufacturing delays have impacted the delivery dates for the Airbus A350-1000 jets that will be used to service the ultra-long-haul flights by approximately six months, to mid-2026. CNN


Man who stomped on Asian woman in Times Square attack sentenced to 15 years in state prison
A New York man has been sentenced almost three years after he was accused of violently attacking an Asian American woman in Times Square. Brandon Elliot, 41, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in state prison. He had pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the first degree as a hate crime, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. NBC News


NYC man caught at border with Burmese pythons in his pants is sentenced
A New York City man who attempted to smuggle Burmese pythons in his pants has been sentenced for attempting to transport three of the reptiles over the U.S. border. Calvin Bautista, 38, has been sentenced to one year of probation and fined $5,000 on a federal smuggling charge. He faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years, officials said after he was indicted in 2022.  CBS News


Photos: Temporary lake forms in Death Valley National Park, people come to play
Tourists in Death Valley National Park have been enjoying a rare event: the opportunity to play in a lake in one of the driest places in the world. A temporary lake in Badwater Basin was replenished as California was hit again by an atmospheric river storm over the weekend. The lake was first formed in the wake of Hurricane Hillary in August. USA Today


London’s BT Tower will become a hotel
Plans are underway to turn London’s historic BT Tower into a hotel. The property, which opened as a communications tower in 1965, has been acquired by hotel owner-operator MCR from telecommunications firm BT Group for 275 million British pounds (about $347 million). Travel Weekly



Man duct-taped after trying to open exit door on American Airlines flight to Chicago
Passengers on an American Airline flight bound for Chicago Tuesday jumped in to help restrain a passenger who attempted to open a plane door, according to information from witnesses and airline officials. The intervention, captured on video, took place on AA Flight 1219 after the plane departed from Albuquerque, New Mexico bound for O’Hare International Airport, an American Airlines spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY Wednesday morning. USA Today


Boeing ousts head of 737 Max program in management shake-up
Boeing announced Wednesday that the head of the company’s 737 Max program is leaving the company in a management shake-up in the wake of a January mishap that has damaged the aircraft manufacturer’s reputation and cost it billions of dollars in value. Boeing Executive Vice President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Stanley A. Deal announced several leadership changes in an email to employees Wednesday, including that Ed Clark, the head of the company’s Boeing’s 737 Max program, has been replaced. NBC News


United to resume service between New York/Newark and Tel Aviv
United plans to resume a daily flight from New York/Newark to Tel Aviv, the first step in restoring vital passenger and cargo service that was suspended in October. The initial Newark-Tel Aviv flights on March 2 and 4 will stop in Munich to ensure all service providers are ready to support non-stop service to and from Newark. No Newark departures to Tel Aviv are planned for March 3 and 5. Our goal is to resume daily nonstop service to Tel Aviv beginning March 6. United

Wednesday, February 21
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,202,696 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, February 20. One year ago on the same day: 2,116,450. (TSA)


Bomb threat diverts LAX-bound United Airlines flight
A United Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles International Airport from New Jersey was diverted to Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 21, because of an alleged bomb threat, according to media and passenger reports. Passengers were evacuated from the plane, United Flight 1533, after it landed at O’Hare Airport in Chicago at 7:44 a.m. Central Standard Time, according to reports out of Chicago. Daily Breeze


Girl dead, boy hospitalized after being trapped in sand hole in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
A young girl is dead and a boy is at a local hospital Tuesday night after being trapped in a sand hole in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. It happened in the area of 4424 El Mar Drive. Images from Chopper 4 showed the sand hole surrounded by cones on the beach and police yellow tape. CBS News


American Queen Voyages has shut down
American Queen Voyages, an operator of U.S. river cruises, ceased operations on Feb. 20, according to a statement the company sent to employees and a voice message when calling the company’s phone number. The voice message says, “American Queen Voyages has made the difficult decision to shut down and all future cruises have been canceled. Guests and customers should expect to be fully refunded for canceled cruises.” Travel Weekly


American Airlines pressures travel agencies with new rules for loyalty points
American Airlines will stop awarding AAdvantage points for bookings through many travel agencies starting May 1. The exception will be agencies that qualify as “preferred” under a new policy. American has also increased its checked-bag fees, effective immediately for new bookings. Travel Weekly


United flight from San Francisco to Boston diverted due to damage to one of its wings
A United Airlines cross-country flight was cut short and the jetliner landed in Denver after one of its wings was damaged. A passenger on the San Francisco-to-Boston flight Monday said he had just put in earbuds and started to doze off when he felt the plane shaking. “All of a sudden I heard this violent vibration like I had never heard before,” Kevin Clarke said in an interview Tuesday. ABC News


Bedbugs check in to some popular Las Vegas hotels. Guests may leave with new travel companions
What happens in Las Vegas doesn’t always stay in Las Vegas. That applies to bedbugs that may hitch a ride with you back to your home. At least four guests staying in popular hotels on the Las Vegas Strip encountered the pests in their rooms between September and January, according to Las Vegas-based KLAS-TV, which cited reports from the local health department. LA Times


Carnival cruise guest pleads guilty to assaulting fellow passenger
A Carnival Cruise Line passenger pleaded guilty on Thursday to assaulting another guest, at one point smashing a glass in their face. Michael Truman, 39, assaulted the man on the line’s Carnival Magic ship in October, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a news release. During a show on board, the fellow passenger – identified as J.H. – asked Truman twice to quiet down before attempting to ask the crew for help, according to court documents. USA Today


Private jet tracker claps back at Taylor Swift’s attorney
The litigious wrath of Taylor Swift is well-documented and much-feared in the industry, but Jack Sweeney, a college student with a passion for publicly documenting private jet journeys taken by the rich and famous, is pushing back against the pop star. On Monday, Sweeney announced on X that he had sent a dismissive reply to Katie Wright Morrone, Swift’s attorney, in response to a cease and desist letter Morrone sent that demanded that Sweeney stop posting Swift’s jet journeys online. Thedailybeast.com


Radioactive material leaks from suitcase on flight between Barcelona, Zurich
A suitcase on a Swiss passenger plane is believed to have leaked “low-intensity” radioactive material on a flight in Spain on Tuesday, officials say. The suitcase was on a Swiss Airlines flight between Barcelona and Zurich, and contained a medical product in a cardboard box that officials believe was damaged, according to the Catalan newspaper El Nacional. USA Today


Italians return to face masks as air pollution warning hits tourist hotspot
A tourist hotspot in Italy has been forced to impose severe antismog measures. The northern Lombardy region imposed the measures across Milan and eight surrounding provinces to combat a particularly bad period of air pollution. The measures bar heavy motor vehicles from operating during the day and impose limits on heating and industrial agricultural activities in the nine provinces. The Independent


Man admits to rape, murder of US tourist in Germany
A US man has confessed to raping and killing a fellow American tourist near Germany’s famed Neuschwanstein Castle last June. Troy Philipp B faces several charges, including one count of murder over a 21-year-old woman’s death, and attempted murder of the victim’s friend, a 22-year-old woman. The 31-year also admitted to sexually assaulting the 21-year-old and pushing both women off a ravine. BBC


Tuesday, February 20
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,605,540 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, February 19. One year ago on the same day: 2,479,184. (TSA)

American Airlines is raising checked-luggage prices
Checking a bag on American Airlines will now cost you more than at every other major US airline. The carrier announced Tuesday that the price of the first checked bag on most flights is increasing to $40 for customers that didn’t prepay online. It will cost $35 if paid online during check in. That’s as much as a 33% increase from what it previously cost on American Airlines: $30 for both methods. CNN Business

Capital One to acquire Discover Financial Services in $35.3 billion all-stock deal
Capital One Financial is set to acquire Discover Financial Services in a $35.3 billion all-stock deal. The Wall Street Journal reported that Capital One, which already uses Visa and Mastercard networks, plans to keep the Discover brand. The merger of the two companies, which are among the largest credit card issuers in the U.S., would expand Capital One’s credit card offerings and its deposit base. CNBC

Eiffel Tower operator warns the landmark is closed as strike turns visitors away for a second day
A strike at the Eiffel Tower over poor financial management turned away visitors on Tuesday for the second consecutive day. The 330-meter (1,083-foot) landmark in central Paris has seen soaring sightseer numbers in the lead-up to the Olympics in the French capital. The Seattle Times

L.A. woman accused of donating $50 to Ukraine arrested for treason in Russia
A Los Angeles resident accused of donating money to Ukraine has been arrested in Russia on suspicion of high treason. The woman was identified as 33-year-old Ksenia Khavana by her employer at the Ciel Spa in the SLS luxury hotel located in Beverly Grove. KTLA

Homeless man steals private plane for joyride ‘to try to prove a point’
A homeless man who stole a small private plane in California and took it for a joyride before crashing was trying to prove a point about security, officials have said. Luis Gustavo Aires, 50, was arrested on 8 February at around 5pm after he allegedly stole a plane from Palo Alto Airport and flew it 25 miles. The Independent

Hawaiian Air shareholders approve acquisition, marking ‘important milestone’
Hawaiian Holdings shareholders on Friday voted to approve the merger agreement with Alaska Air Group, bringing it one step closer to combining the two airlines. Hawaiian made the announcement in a press release on Friday. Hawaii News Now


NYC-bound flight turns back to Canada after fire erupts in the cockpit, frantic pilot heard radioing for help
A New York City-bound flight was forced to turn around shortly after take off in Canada after a fire erupted in the cockpit, according to reports. The incident happened aboard an Endeavor Air regional jet shortly after take off from Toronto Pearson International Airport at 6:52 a.m. on Feb. 3 en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. MSN

Zoo visitors urged to stop throwing coins as 70 removed from stomach of rare alligator
Visitors at a zoo in Nebraskawere urged to stop throwing loose change into animal enclosures after 70 metal coins were found inside the stomach of a rare white alligator. The 36-year-old alligator, Thibodaux, had to undergo an urgent veterinary procedure after dozens of coins were detected inside its stomach at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha.  The Independent

Starbucks releases pork-flavored coffee at stores across China
Who doesn’t like a little braised pork with their coffee?  Starbucks (SBUX) is betting on that unusual combination with a new drink released in China to mark the Lunar New Year. Dubbed the “Abundant Year Savory Latte,” the brand describes it as having an “interesting” flavor. The drink combines Dongpo Braised Pork Flavor Sauce with espresso and steamed milk, with extra pork sauce and pork breast meat for garnish, according to the Starbucks delivery app.  CNN

A loophole got him a free New York hotel stay for five years
For five years, a man managed to live rent-free in a landmark New York City hotel by exploiting an obscure local housing law. But prosecutors say Mickey Barreto went too far when he filed paperwork claiming ownership of the New Yorker Hotel building in midtown Manhattan — and tried to charge another tenant rent. This month, he was arrested and charged with filing false property records. But Barreto, 48, says he was surprised when police showed up at his boyfriend’s apartment with guns and bulletproof shields. As far as he is concerned, it should be a civil case, not a criminal one. Los Angeles Times

Airports build for electric vehicles, even as car rental companies pump the brakes
Despite the current downward blip in the U.S. electric vehicle market, airports, assisted by the federal government, are laying the groundwork to be able to accommodate large EV rental fleets. “We’re not trying to predict when the EV transition will happen or what percentage of cars will be EVs by the end of the decade,” said Dallas-Fort Worth Airport CEO Sean Donohue. “But even if the EV transition turns down, it’s our view it is still going to happen, and now is the time for us to be prepared for it.”  Travel Weekly


Monday, February 19
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,473,686 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, February 18. One year ago on the same day: 2,319,072. (TSA)

All flights canceled at Santa Barbara Airport due to heavy rainfall
The latest storm hitting Southern California caused the Santa Barbara Airport to close temporarily Monday morning. Commercial flights have been canceled and “general aviation operations are paused,” the airport said on X, formerly Twitter, citing flooding on the airfield. KTLA


A passenger jet smashed into runway lights as it took off, flew for 60 minutes, then landed with a gaping hole in its fuselage
An Air Serbia flight knocked into runway lights as it took off on Sunday, sustaining heavy damage. It flew for about an hour before finishing an emergency landing at high speed, flight data shows. Images on social media of the damage shows a gashes and a large hole in the plane’s fuselage. BI


Near-record winds over the Northeast push passenger planes to speeds over 800 mph
Strong high-altitude winds over the Mid-Atlantic sped up sky traffic on Saturday night, getting passengers on at least two commercial planes to their destinations early, after both aircraft hit supersonic speeds topping 800 mph. Winds at cruising altitude peaked at about 265 mph, according to the Washington, D.C., area National Weather Service office — the second-highest wind speed logged in the region since recordings began in 1948. The highest-ever wind speed recorded in the area at a similar altitude was 267 mph on Dec. 6, 2002. NPR


Travel to US becoming less popular as fears mount over gun violence
A growing number of international travelers are opting out of trips to the U.S. The nation’s travel sector continues to struggle to rebound from the pandemic, with 12 million fewer visitors in 2023 than in 2019, according to a recent study by the U.S. Travel Association and EuroMonitor International. The U.S. ranked 17th out of the top 18 travel markets, slotting in just above China, with one major factor being safety following visa time barriers and the strength of the U.S. dollar. USA Today


After another damaged chair, flyer wishes she could leave it at home
Deanna Vaillancort-Thompson told USA TODAY over the summer that she was worried about flying again after her manual wheelchair was damaged in April on an American Airlines flight, and it turns out her concerns were well-founded. In December, she flew from San Francisco to Orlando and back with Delta Air Lines, and her new power chair was destroyed during the trip.  USA Today


This airline announced a special flight with a mystery destination—over 1,000 people signed up
Have you ever considered just packing a bag and catching a flight without knowing the destination? Scandinavian Airlines, a Sweden-based carrier, recently announced the opportunity for members of its EuroBonus loyalty program to book a flight experience they call “Destination Unknown.” CNBC


With no Boeing passenger jets at the Singapore Airshow, Airbus and China take centerstage
Boeing will not be bringing any commercial planes to the Singapore Airshow, shifting the spotlight for passenger jets to rival Airbus as well as China’s homegrown offering. “The industry contacts we speak to believe the problems at Boeing, specifically the 737 Max, present an early opportunity for Comac,” Northcoast Research analyst Chris Olin told CNBC. To be clear, Boeing will still be showcasing its defense capabilities, and will be featuring many of its fighter jets, including the B-52 Stratofortress which will participate in the U.S. Air Force aerial display. CNBC


China’s first homegrown airliner makes international debut in Singapore
China’s challenger to Airbus and Boeing’s passenger jets, the narrow-body C919 manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), has made its first trip outside Chinese territory, staging a fly-by at the Singapore Airshow on Sunday. China has invested heavily in its attempt to break the hold of the dominant two Western planemakers on the global passenger market. Reuters


Delta says direct Seattle-Miami flights coming in December
Seattle winters will soon get another escape hatch: Delta Air Lines on Friday announced it will launch direct flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Miami come December. Alaska Airlines and American already operate nonstop flights to Miami from Sea-Tac, and other airlines offer connecting options. Delta says its new Seattle-Miami route will run daily and year-round starting Dec. 21. The Seattle Times


This couple drove an EV from the North Pole to the South Pole
Imagine a road trip so epic, it takes you 20,000+ miles through 14 countries and three continents. Now imagine doing all that in an electric vehicle. Think it would hold up? KTLA


The Atlanta airport angel who wouldn’t take no for an answer
With a torn ACL and a knee in need of replacement, Cindy Tutko was facing a long and challenging trek through the Atlanta airport while heading home to Florida about a month ago. She had just left Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after visiting her son, Jamie, and his family. She arrived at Terminal C in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, and needed to get to Terminal F for her next flight. But the trains were down. CBS News


San Francisco’s big tech revival: Embattled CEOs are now moving BACK
Founders, Silicon Valley investors, and executives are returning to San Francisco after fleeing during the pandemic almost four years ago. Technology founders even boasted about their success in securing funding outside the Bay Area and pushed for remote work among their employees. But despite the city suffering high levels of crime and homelessness, virtually rendering parts of downtown a no-go area, slowly but surely those involved in the tech industry are making a return to the City by the Bay. Daily Mail


64 Comments On "12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today"
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  2. William Walker Jr|

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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|

      Its his blog..he can say whatever he wants..if you don’t like it…move on

  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.

    The evidence of truth for the January 6 riots is in all the footage especially the sound. That’s all one needs to hear and see.

  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

      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

  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.

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  10. T Sandeep|

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  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

    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:

  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|

    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


    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.


    1. Johnny Jet|

      I wasn’t clear either.

  46. Ross Copas|

    What’s your recommended VPN

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