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Worldwide Chaos Greets Travelers at Airports Ahead of Major Travel Periods

Across the globe, passengers were greeted at airports and by airlines with chaos and meltdowns. Post-lockdown staff shortages and passenger unrest are blighting what was once a tolerable, if not pleasant, experience on both sides of the Atlantic.
Indeed, just when travelers are returning in droves to the skies, they are finding that the skies suddenly can’t handle the increased demand.
The end of coronavirus test requirements and isolation periods should have …

How to Fly Safely Now That the Mask Mandate Has Been Abolished

To mask, or not to mask. That is the question on many travelers’ minds after Monday’s ruling by a federal judge that abruptly ended the U.S. mask mandate on planes and trains as well as all forms of mass transit.
Within hours of the judge’s ruling, all major airlines in the United States ended mandatory masking and some passengers were downright giddy about it.
At the same time, others were having panic …

The Busiest Airport in the World? Why It’s Atlanta (Again)

Just as the travel industry begins to recover globally, Atlanta has taken the crown as having been the world’s busiest aerodrome in 2021, rebounding after dropping down one spot the previous year.
The world’s busiest airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International – saw over 107 million passengers last year, allowing it to hold that title for the 22nd time.  Until 2019, the airport had held the title for 21 years in a …

United Airlines CEO Kirby: ‘We’re Prepared’ for a Passenger Vaccine Mandate

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said that his airline is “prepared” for an air travel environment with vaccine mandates.
Speaking on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, Kirby said that such a mandate would place a “burden” on vaccinated individuals, but he would nonetheless support it given the “great data and science” the administration uses to make such determinations.
“If they tell us that they want us to check …

Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Air Travel Boom is a Bust

Air travel was expected to be this summer’s comeback kid.  As the pandemic seemingly eased, travelers spent $6 billion on domestic flights in June, a record amount.
“Summer travel spending will be record-breaking,” one travel magazine’s headline stated.
But that was June and it was not to be: The Delta variant, originally known as the India variant or B.1.167.2, brought a quick halt to any such increases.
Instead, July domestic flight bookings fell …

Vaccine Mandates Are a ‘Basic Safety Issue,’ Says United CEO

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby told President Biden in the course of a meeting to discuss national vaccination efforts that he believes that vaccine mandates for companies will become the norm in the coming weeks, as the surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the India, or Delta, variant, escalates.
“A few weeks from now, this is going to be something that’s widespread across the country because it’s really just a basic …

American, Delta, Southwest Will Encourage, But Not Mandate, Jabs for Unvaccinated Workers

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines won’t require current unvaccinated employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a stance that stands in contrast with United Airlines’ CEO’s mandate that its workers get fully vaccinated by October 25 in order to remain employed at the airline.
On Monday, the CEO Hawaiian Airlines, the nation’s tenth largest carrier, told workers that they must get vaccinated and have received their second dose …