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With $80 Billion, Amtrak Wants to Be a Better Alternative to Flying and Driving

 
Amtrak, which is receiving $80 billion as part of President Joseph Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package, released a 14-year plan detailing how it plans to modernize rail service in the United States, and it’s clear that the railroad wants travelers to consider it when planning short flights as well as long drives.
The plan calls for dozens of new routes as well as for the modernization of existing routes, many of …

Airline Industry ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for Uptick in Fall Travel

Airline Industry ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for Uptick in Fall Travel

The airline industry could see a return to sustainable passenger traffic by fall, the head of a major industry group said.
Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Aviation Summit 2021 on Wednesday, Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major U.S. carriers, said he was “cautiously optimistic” about a return to sustainable passenger levels.
Last week, American Airlines announced plans to return all of the aircraft …

25 Years After Deadly Explosion, Wreckage of TWA Flight 800 to Be Destroyed

TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747 en route from New York City to Paris, exploded in midair and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Long Island on the night of July 17, 1996.
At precisely 8:31 p.m. local time, an explosion that was ultimately determined to have been caused by a spark from fuel gauge wiring inside the center wing fuel tank of the 747 that in …

Photo Essay: The Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in N.Y.C.

The $1.6 billion Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall opened at dawn on New Year’s Day, replete with the steel, marble, and glass that is associated with train stations of another, perhaps more gilded, age.
“It is a testament and a monument to the public,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in announcing the opening of Moynihan Train Hall, although he needn’t have said a word as the reviews on social media …

Pre-Flight Announcements Now Remind Passengers That Face Masks Are Legally Mandated

Flights have been delayed and diverted.  Thousands of individuals have been placed on airline no-fly lists.  Videos surfaced on social media showing people applauding after a someone not following the rules was taken away.
Until this week, while airline rules required air passengers to wear masks, the rules were by and large toothless, an issue flight attendant unions repeatedly brought up to the Trump Administration.
Now, refusing to wear a don a …

Nine Things You Need to Know About Coronavirus Testing and New U.S. Entry Requirements

The United States is introducing new requirements for entry into the country for international travelers that go into effect on Tuesday in accordance with President Joseph Biden’s executive order.
In concert with that, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new set of regulations that travelers must abide by before arriving into the United States.
Here are nine key points that individuals need to be aware of before traveling or …

The Lockerbie Bombing Took Place 32 Years Ago Today: Here is One Pan Am Employee’s Story

A Pan Am Boeing 747 en route from London to New York broke up in flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, some 32 years ago today as the result of a terrorist bombing.
Here is what happened and what a Pan Am flight servicesupervisor remembers of that fateful day.
Pan Am Flight 103 was a regularly scheduled transatlantic flight that operated from Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York.  On December 21, 1988, …