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Understanding the Calendrical and Religious Connection Between Passover and Easter

It’s no mere coincidence that the first night of Passover this year overlapped with Good Friday or that the second day of Passover was Easter.
Both arrive together every spring, just like blossoming tulips, and have many commonalities and share profound connections.
Sometimes, however, when the holidays occur on the Gregorian calendar vary widely. Why this is has largely to do with the moon and its phases.
While Easter is Christianity’s most solemn …

France’s Largest Pilot Union Plans Week-Long Strike

France’s Largest Pilot Union Plans Week-Long Strike

The union representing most of France’s pilots warned of a week-long strike in early May if a new law that would diminish its power were approved.
The strike would result in the cancellation of virtually all flights by French airlines were it to take place.
The Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne, or SNPL, whose pilot division SNPL France ALPA represents pilots at Air France, Aigle Azur, Corsair, XL Airways, Easy Jet …

U.S. to Further Restrict Travel to Cuba

U.S. to Further Restrict Travel to Cuba

The Trump administration said it will tighten current restrictions on travel to Cuba moving forward, a further reversal of the Obama administration’s policies towards the island nation. The administration wants to put pressure on the island’s government in response to its support of the current Venezuelan regime.
“In no uncertain terms, the Obama administration’s policies toward Cuba have enabled the Cuban Colonization of Venezuela today,” said National Security Advisor John Bolton …

Customs Agent at JFK Stole $100 Bills from Passengers’ Handbags

Customs Agent at JFK Stole $100 Bills from Passengers’ Handbags

A customs agent assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport was arrested Thursday for taking cash from bags of passengers he was supposed to be inspecting.
Joseph Cialone, who lives in East Meadow, New York, admitted according to the criminal complaint that he stole $100 bills from handbags belonging to arriving international travelers on over 100 occasions in the period from April 2018 to April 2019, according to the complaint.
Cialone, an …

United Airlines to Use Technology to Hold More Flights for Connecting Passengers

United Airlines to Use Technology to Hold More Flights for Connecting Passengers

United Airlines says it is piloting a new technology that will allow gate agents to determine if they should hold a flight for passengers who would miss their flight were the aircraft door to close on time.
The technology, called dynamic departure, is being tested at Denver International Airport. It will work by first identifying those flights where connecting passengers will arrive a little late and where the opportunity exists to …

United to Complete Polaris Seat Retrofit by Late 2020

United to Complete Polaris Seat Retrofit by Late 2020

United Airlines said it plans to complete the installation of its new Polaris business-class seats to all international aircraft by the end of 2020 as well open a sixth Polaris Lounge then.
“Polaris seat installations continue to be on pace to be finished in late 2020,” said Andrew Nocella, the airline’s chief marketing officer, speaking at the first-quarter earnings call Thursday.
The airline’s sixth Polaris Lounge will open in 2020 at Washington …

American Airlines Flight 300: More Details Emerge on Flight That Nearly Ended in Disaster

American Airlines Flight 300: More Details Emerge on Flight That Nearly Ended in Disaster

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday that it is investigating the terrifying takeoff of an American Airlines Airbus A321 from John F. Kennedy International Airport that took place on April 10 of this year.
“NTSB is investigating the April 10, 2019, accident at JFK International Airport,” the agency said in a tweet, adding that the aircraft “experienced a roll during takeoff and hit a runway distance marker with the …