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European Union Drops Morocco from List of Safe Countries

European Union Drops Morocco from List of Safe Countries

The European Union, which began to reopen to visitors from some countries in early July, removed Morocco from the list of safe countries from which travel is allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Morocco had recorded a record 6,385 new coronavirus cases over the past week andhas reported a total of 29,644 cases and 449 deaths.
The move brings the number of countries on the list down to ten.  Algeria was removed from …

Coronavirus News: Thursday, August 13 – N.Y. Teachers Sue Over School Reopenings, Hawaii Closes Beaches

Coronavirus News: Thursday, August 13 – N.Y. Teachers Sue Over School Reopenings, Hawaii Closes Beaches

The worldwide number of virus cases crossed the 20 million mark earlier in the week and now stands currently at 20.8 million.  Over 747,000 people have died thus far and 13.7 million have recovered.
The United States reported 1,470 deaths, the highest single-day death toll in August. The country has averaged over 1,000 deaths per day over the past two weeks.
Teachers and principals in New York City, which is the only …

American Airlines Latest to Ban Face Masks with Valves or Vents

American Airlines Latest to Ban Face Masks with Valves or Vents

American Airlines said it had banned all face masks with valves or vents, following the release of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that advised against the use of any such masks as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll.
The move comes shortly after other major airlines including United, JetBlue, and Delta took similar action.
“The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching …

Air Canada to Relaunch Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Program in November

Air Canada to Relaunch Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Program in November

Air Canada unveiled multiple changes to its Aeroplan frequent-flyer program. The changes go into effect on November 8, 2020.
Current members will keep their existing Aeroplan membership numbers and all Aeroplan Miles will transfer to the new program on a one-to-one basis.
With Family Sharing, Aeroplan will allow for points and benefit sharing among family members, and all seats on all flights will be available for redemption, without blackout dates.  There will …

Disney World Further Tightens Mask Policy Weeks After Reopening

Disney World Further Tightens Mask Policy Weeks After Reopening

Covid Disney World is not the old Disney.  The park, which reopened in a phased manner despite Florida’s skyrocketing coronavirus cases, introduced multiple enhanced safety measures when it reopened on July 11.  These measures included hand sanitizer, temperature screenings, and social distancing, as well as a face mask requirement, which were required at all times except when eating or drinking.
Your experience “may be different from the last time you visited,” …

Austrian Airlines CEO Calls for U.S.-EU Coronavirus Testing Program to Replace Travel Bans

Austrian Airlines CEO Calls for U.S.-EU Coronavirus Testing Program to Replace Travel Bans

Austrian Airlines is calling for the testing of all passengers who are traveling from high-risk countries in order to move away from the various travel bans and regulations currently in effect that limit the ability of those who do not have the coronavirus to travel freely.
At a news conference, the airline’s CEO, Alexis von Hoensbroech called for more comprehensive testing of such passengers.
“The freedom to travel is an important cornerstone …

United Airlines Wards Off the Coronavirus on the Flight Deck with UVC Technology

United Airlines Wards Off the Coronavirus on the Flight Deck with UVC Technology

United Airlines said it is now using ultraviolet C lighting technology to disinfect the flight decks of its aircraft.
The airline is using handheld, UVC Blades from the American Ultraviolet company to kill viruses such as the novel coronavirus on the flight deck’s touchscreens and switches  in order to ensure that its pilots have a safe and germ-free work environment.
The carrier said it explored a variety of use cases for UVC …