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Great Moments in Travel History – July 2020

Falling between June and August, July is the seventh month in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It was named after the Roman general Julius Caesar as it was the month of his birth. Before that, it was known as Quintillis, or the fifth month of the ten-month Roman calendar.
The month is typically the start of the “dog days” of summer, a period of hot, humid, and uncomfortable weather. The ancient …

Great Moments in Travel History – June 2020

June, the month with the most daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere, is the sixth month of the year, and is equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere. The start of meteorological summer, June derives its name from the Latin name for the Junius, which in turn comes from the ancient Roman goddess Juno, wife of Saturn and protector and special counselor of the state.
The month of June includes the …

Great Moments in Travel History – May 2020

May, the fifth month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, has some unusual properties in the calendar.  In any given year, no month starts on and ends on the same day of the week as does May, and it is the only month with these properties.
Named after the Greek goddess Maia, May is typically the epitome of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern.
May Day, …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2020

A year from now, the “Great Moments” monthly feature will presumably include multiple mentions of the various shutdowns and, one can only hope, some of the restarts of the Coronavirus Age.
Still, the month of April is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons …

American Airlines Reverses Course on Face Mask Ban

American Airlines Reverses Course on Face Mask Ban

American Airlines announced it would henceforth allow crewmembers to don face masks while at work. Both United Airlines and Delta Air Lines already permitted this.
The reversal comes after intense pressure by employees and the union representing the airline’s flight attendants.
The news was announced in an e-mail to crewmembers the company’s vice president of customer planning, Jill Surdek, who underscored the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that …

Turkish Airlines Slashes International Routes from Over 300 to 5

Turkish Airlines Slashes International Routes from Over 300 to 5

Turkish Airlines, which until now provided service to more countries than any other, announced the temporary suspension of all international flights with the exception of five destinations.
The five destinations to which the Turkish flag carrier will continue to offer flights are Addis Ababa, Hong Kong, New York City, Moscow, and Washington, D.C.
The schedule change goes into effect on March 27, 2020.
Until the coronavirus outbreak, Turkish Airlines served 315 destinations in …

Hawaii to Institute Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine For Visitors as well as Returning Residents

Hawaii to Institute Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine For Visitors as well as Returning Residents

Hawaii’s governor said late Saturday that, in an attempt to slow down community spread of the novel coronavirus in the archipelago state, the state will institute a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors and residents arriving in the state.
Terming it an “extreme action,” Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, stopped short of shutting down flights in and out of the island, a position advocated by some politicians there.
The quarantine for visitors and returning …