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Massive Flight Delays and Cancellations at American, Southwest, Spirit Continue Into Wednesday

Massive Flight Delays and Cancellations at American, Southwest, Spirit Continue  Into Wednesday

Air travelers in the United States face hundreds more flight cancellations and delays for the fourth day in a row as airlines struggle to recover from disruptions caused by severe weather in the Dallas/Fort Worth area over the weekend.
The outlook for Wednesday doesn’t look much better.
As of 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Spirit had already cancelled 47% of its flights, or 321, and posted 17 delays, just 2% of overall …

JetBlue Announces Plans for New Terminal at JFK

JetBlue Announces Plans for New Terminal at JFK

JetBlue Airways announced it is moving forward with plans to develop a new terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport on the Terminal 6 and 7 sites.
The resultant 1.2 million-square-foot (111,483-square-meter) Terminal 6 will feature over 100,00 square feet (9,290 square meters) of dining, lounge, and retail space.
The new terminal will integrate “seamlessly” with the airline’s current terminal, Terminal 5, which is fronted by the TWA Flight Center, the original …

New York City to Require Proof of Vaccination for Indoor Dining, Fitness Centers

New York City to Require Proof of Vaccination for Indoor Dining, Fitness Centers

New York City will require people dining in restaurants, going to theater performances, and working out in a fitness center to show proof of vaccination.
The move was announced by the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, Tuesday morning.
The new policy is similar to mandates issued in France and Italy last month and is the first of its kind in the United States.
The requirement will go into effect later this month and …

5 N.J. Men Arrested in Mask Melee in Fort Lauderdale

5 N.J. Men Arrested in Mask Melee in Fort Lauderdale

Five unruly passengers from New Jersey were arrested Friday night in Fort Lauderdale after being escorted off a Spirit Airlines flight after refusing to don face masks on the aircraft.
Passengers on trains, planes, and buses are required to wear face masks, under an executive order issued by President Joseph Biden shortly after his inauguration, as part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
After leaving the aircraft, the disruption …

After the Fourth Suicide in 18 Months, the Vessel in N.Y.C. Might Close Permanently

After the Fourth Suicide in 18 Months, the Vessel in N.Y.C. Might Close Permanently

The Vessel, a new and popular tourist attraction in New York City, may close for good after the attraction continued to receive attention for the wrong reason, namely four suicides in the past year and a half.
On Thursday, a 14-year-old boy, in front of his entire family, leapt to his death from the Vessel.
The attraction is located in Hudson Yards, a shiny new neighborhood and destination in New York City …

American Airlines to Take Minority Stake in Chilean Airline JetSmart

American Airlines to Take Minority Stake in Chilean Airline JetSmart

American Airlines said it had signed a letter of intent with the Chilean ultra-low cost carrier JetSmart to acquire a minority stake in the airline.
The move would expand options for travelers in North and South America.
“This proposed investment in JetSmart would give customers access to the largest network, lowest fares and best travel loyalty program in the Americas,” said Vasu Raja, the airline’s chief revenue officer.
The partnership would also make …

Biden Requires Federal Employees to Get Vaccinated Against Covid

Biden Requires Federal Employees to Get Vaccinated Against Covid

President Joseph Biden announced a number of measures to encourage more people to get vaccinated and mandated the vaccination of all federal employees.
Speaking directly to the unvaccinated, President Biden said, “You present a problem to yourself, to your family, and to those with whom you work.”
“This is an American tragedy. People are dying – and will die – who don’t have to die,” the president said in the course of …