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European Union to Continue Ban on Mobile Roaming Fees For Another Decade

European Union to Continue Ban on Mobile Roaming Fees For Another Decade

The European Union extended its so-called “Roam Like At Home” rule concerning roaming fees charged by mobile operators for another decade.
The measure, which first went into effect on July 1, 2017, was extended to 2032.
The “Roam Like at Home” rule means that every EU resident’s home plan will work anywhere in the European Union at no additional cost.
When it went into effect, the United Kingdom was still part of the …

Over 75,000 Flight Delays and Cancellations Kick Off Fourth of July Weekend With No End in Sight

Over 75,000 Flight Delays and Cancellations Kick Off Fourth of July Weekend With No End in Sight

Since Thursday, airlines have posted delays on over 73,000 flights, including over 400 scheduled for Sunday and Monday, and have cancelled almost 8,500 flights in addition.
For flights operating within the United States or into or out of the country, those figures are 15,306 and 3,234 respectively.
The rate of delays and cancellations in both the United States and Europe is higher this year than before the pandemic thanks to bad weather …

Monday is the Fourth of July Holiday in the U.S.: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed for This Year’s Observance

Monday is the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the United States. This year, many observances of the holiday will return to what resembles pre-pandemic era celebrations, although the pandemic continues to rage on.
Nonetheless, there will be a marked return to some degree of normalcy when compared to how the Fourth was celebrated in 2020.
Although only two-thirds of the country is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, many of the annual …

JetBlue (Again) Raises Offer to Acquire Spirit Airlinees

JetBlue (Again) Raises Offer to Acquire Spirit Airlinees

JetBlue Airways, which has been in an intense bidding war, competing with Frontier Airlines, to acquire Spirit Airlines once again raised its offer in an attempt to outmaneuver Frontier.
The New York-based carrier proposed on Monday a $400 million breakup fee, payable to Spirit if regulators blocked the merger.  JetBlue had previously said it would pay $350 million in such an instance.  It also said it would prepay $1 more per …

Broadway Said ‘Masks Off’ But Not All Theaters or Stars Apparently Got the Memo – or Agree With the Change

Broadway Said ‘Masks Off’ But Not All Theaters or Stars Apparently Got the Memo – or Agree With the Change

The Broadway League may have announced earlier in June that all 41 Broadway theaters would drop mask mandates starting July 1 of this year but, as it turned out, the united front that the organization, which represents theater owners, claimed to have was not in fact fully united.
Unlike when the group announced, in the spring, that just some theaters would end the requirement at the end of May to present …

Review and Road Test: Google Maps Now Estimates Toll Costs for Your Road Trip – How Well Does it Work?

With fuel prices almost double what they were just one year ago, drivers are anxious to cut down the cost of travel by automobile.  While this is generally addressed by undertaking fuel-saving strategies such as driving at 55 mph ((88 km/h) on highways, keeping tires at proper inflation levels, and not driving around town to find the cheapest price, there’s another way to save significant amounts of money when driving, …

JetBlue Gains Permanent Heathrow Slot, Adds New Flight to Gatwick, and Enhances Ground Experience

JetBlue Gains Permanent Heathrow Slot, Adds New Flight to Gatwick, and Enhances Ground Experience

JetBlue Airways announced Monday it had secured permanent take-off and landing slots at London’s Heathrow Airport and that it planned to add an additional flight from New York to London Gatwick Airport.
Access to the airline’s permanent slots goes into effect on October 29, 2022.
“The U.S. – U.K. air corridor is among the busiest in the world and to effectively compete JetBlue is adding more flights across the North Atlantic, growing …