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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 …

U.K. Issues Warning After Polio Found in London Sewage

U.K. Issues Warning After Polio Found in London Sewage

Health officials in the United Kingdom are being advised to ensure that they and their children are up-to-date with their polio vaccinations.
The warning came after scientists found evidence that the polio virus might be spreading in the country for the first time in decades.
The U.K. Health Security Agency declared a national incident after polio virus was discovered in the course of routine London sewage samples.
No cases have been reported thus …

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 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 795th day of the pandemic.
The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical “Cinderella” took its final curtain at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End Sunday evening.
The show was a casualty of the pandemic multiple times, from its twice-delayed opening night to Lord Lloyd Weber’s public promise to open the show in …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 3: Musk Tells Workers to Return to Office, or Else, Prince Andrew Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 3: Musk Tells Workers to Return to Office, or Else, Prince Andrew Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 785th day of the pandemic.
Companies are taking desperate measures in the move to have employees return to the office.
Investor and business magnate Elon Musk, in an e-mail memorandum to SpaceX employees and a separate one to Tesla executives, said that they were required to spend “a minimum of 40 hours” …

JetBlue to Delay Start of Boston London Flights

JetBlue to Delay Start of Boston London Flights

JetBlue Airways, which first announced plans to offer service from Boston to London in 2019, said it would delay the launch of the new service by several months.
The move was attributed to delays in the delivery of aircraft from Airbus that would be used on the route.
When the service was originally announced, almost a year before the start of the pandemic, flights were intended to start in 2021.
The New York-based …

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

Thursday and Friday are bank holidays in Great Britain as part of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II marks the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.  In the United Kingdom, the usual bank holiday that takes place at the end of May was moved to the start of June to create a four-day bank holiday weekend from June 2 through June 5.
Elizabeth ascended the …