12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today (This is a recurring post, updated daily with new information):

Thursday, December 1
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 1,886,607 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, November 30. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 2,054,380. (TSA)


Delta making it harder to get into its airport lounges

Delta Air Lines is looking to reduce the lines at its popular and overcrowded airport lounges. Starting early next year, it will be more difficult and costly to get into Delta’s Sky Club lounges — a respite for flyers seeking a comfortable spot to work or to enjoy complimentary food and drink. “After a banner year of Delta Sky Club openings and expansions across Delta’s network in 2022 that resulted in a record number of visits, the airline is changing some of the ways customers can access clubs starting next year to preserve a best-in-class experience,” the Atlanta-based company said on Wednesday in a statement. – CBS News

 

Mauna Loa: Tourists flock to Hawaii to see two volcano eruptions
Tourists have flocked to Hawaii to witness the world’s largest active volcano erupting, with fountains of lava being spewed out reaching over 100 feet high. This is the first eruption of Mauna Loa in 38 years, with eruptive activity at the site last seen in 1984. Smaller nearby volcano, Kilauea, has been erupting since 2021, so both can be viewed from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. | The Independent

 

Southwest Airlines plans to hire 8,000 more workers in 2023
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is planning to hire 8,000 more employees in 2023 after hitting record staffing levels this year. Southwest Airlines hit 65,000 employees in September — 2,500 more workers than it had in February 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and forced massive cutbacks across the travel industry. Now the carrier is looking to continue that hiring into next year, including hopes of adding as many as 2,250 pilots, CEO Bob Jordan said Wednesday. (dallasnews.com)

 

Princess Cruises ship with ‘slightly elevated’ COVID-19 cases skips Australia stop
A Princess Cruises ship with elevated COVID-19 cases on board skipped a planned stop in Australia this week, the cruise line said. Princess canceled the Grand Princess ship’s stop in Newcastle following advice from health officials in New South Wales because of uncertainty about how to move forward with activities ashore, a spokesperson told USA TODAY in an email.

 

U.S. gas prices plunge toward $3 a gallon as demand drops worldwide
The cost of gasoline is falling so fast that it is beginning to put real money back in the pockets of drivers, defying earlier projections and offering an unexpected gift for the holidays. Filling up is now as cheap as it was in February, just before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine touched off a global energy crisis.AAA reported the average nationwide price of a gallon of regular Wednesday was $3.50, and gas price tracking company GasBuddy projected it could drop below $3 by Christmas. And all of that relief probably helped drive robust shopping over Thanksgiving weekend. Washington Post

 

Thai Buddhist temple emptied after all the monks test positive for meth
Four Buddhist monks in Thailand have been shipped off to rehab after they all tested positive for meth. The holy men — including the temple’s abbot, or head monk — failed the drug tests in the Phetchabun province’s Bung Sam Phan district on Monday, an official told Agence France-Presse. “The temple is now empty of monks and nearby villagers are concerned they cannot do any merit-making,” said the official, Boonlert Thintapthai. (NY Post)

 

Guns at checkpoints down at Pittsburgh airport, contrary to U.S. stats: TSA
Travelers in the United States are on track to set a record with the number of guns they’ve brought to airport checkpoints this year, though the number at Pittsburgh International is down a tick from where it was at this time last year, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday. Across the country’s 430 airports last year, TSA agents stopped 5,972 guns in carry-on bags. Around 87% were loaded. TSA officials expect that number will top 6,000 this year — a record in the agency’s two decades of existence. Penn Live

Delta hiring thousands of flight attendants as air travel rebounds
Delta Air Lines is taking applications for flight attendant positions, with plans to hire 4,000-6,000 in-flight crew members next year. As Atlanta-based Delta staffed back up for a recovery in air travel, the airline said it hired a record 4,300 flight attendants over the last year. AJC

 

LHR: 6ft9in basketball star ‘humiliated’ in airport security search as he was ‘too big for scanners’
A British basketball star was left ‘humiliated’ after being forced to undergo a private search by security staff at Heathrow Airport. John Amaechi, a six foot nine inches former NBA legend was left ‘furious’ after staff at the West London airport told him he was ‘too big’ for the scanners. Mr Amaechi, the first openly gay player in America’s NBA, revealed online that he was ‘randomly selected’ to undergo an additional search after setting off an alert on the full-body detectors. The 52-year-old retired sportsman, who now practices psychology and was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his services to sport, was then flagged down again by a second scanner. (My London)

 

Paperless entry at Delhi, Bengaluru, Varanasi airports. Process, other details
Starting today, 1 December 2022, the government has introduced paperless entry at selected airports to make air travel hassle-free. The airport will use facial recognition software termed as “Digi Yatra” for entry, which means passengers won’t need to carry their ID card and boarding pass. Live Mint

 

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport expects 130,000 daily passengers this month
After an inspection of the airport, Minister Saksayam insists that immigration is ready for the uptick in traffic. He says that passport procedures have been streamlined and the average queue time is 15 minutes per arrival. Immigration can process 3,000 passengers in 20 minutes and immigration officials take an average of one minute to process each foreign arrival, said Saksayam. The Thaiger

Wednesday, November 30
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 1,945,377 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, November 29. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 2,280,403. (TSA)

Cars rented for Biden burst into flames at Nantucket Airport
President Joe Biden spent Thanksgiving on the island of Nantucket, which is 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. I’ve been fortunate to have traveled there multiple times thanks to my brother having a summer house on the 14-mile long, three-and-a half-mile wide island. – JohnnyJet.com

Drivers are warned of lava inching toward a key highway as 2 volcanoes erupt in Hawaii
Days after rare dual volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, officials are urging people not to park vehicles along a key highway because lava is flowing nearby. Kilauea, located inside Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, has been active for more than a year – and neighboring Mauna Loa erupted Sunday. Hawaii officials have said the simultaneous eruptions of Mauna Loa and Kilauea on the Big Island are not threatening homes or nearby infrastructure. (CNN)

 

American Airlines and British Airways move in together at JFK Terminal 8
American Airlines and British Airways are set to become “roommates” as their CEOs called it, moving into the same terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for the first time, beginning Thursday. The two carriers are among the closest partners in the transatlantic market, with passengers often connecting between them on multi-leg international trips. Taken together, AA and BA operate nearly hourly service between JFK and London throughout much of every day. (USA Today)

NYC housekeeper hospitalized after contact with powdery substance at luxury 5-star hotel
A housekeeper at a five-star luxury hotel has been hospitalized after encountering a powdery substance in a hotel room that was allegedly left by a man who trespassed on the property illegally. The incident began on Sunday evening at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, New York, when the unnamed suspect swiped into a room on the 11th floor of the upscale midtown hotel at approximately 8:30 p.m. (ABC News)

Plane slides off runway and stuck in the grass at YVR
According to the statement, it says EVA  Air Flight 10 from Taipei, Taiwan, landed at the airport around 7 p.m., but when it was making its way to the gate it slid off of the tarmac and is stuck beside the runway. The group says that there are no reports of injuries, and crews are working to get passengers safely to the airport. vancouver.citynews


Toronto Pearson Airport has a new landing procedure that will make flights shorter & quieter
A new procedure has come into effect at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) that will apparently make flight times shorter and also be a bit more kind to the environment. Nav Canada has introduced a new landing procedure on Canada’s busiest runway, and it first took effect this week. The new system uses “satellite-based positioning and modern aircraft flight management systems” to allow planes to arrive simultaneously on runways that are parallel to each other, making routes more direct and efficient, according to a news release. (Narcity Canada)

 

Dominican Republic: US warns black visitors of extra scrutiny risk
As the Dominican Republic increases the deportation of Haitian nationals, Black US citizens risk being caught up in the sweep, the US Embassy in Santo Domingo said. “Travelers to the Dominican Republic have reported being delayed, detained, or subject to heightened questioning at ports of entry and in other encounters with immigration officials based on their skin color,” the embassy said in an alert published over the weekend. – Bloomberg

 

Photo shows stowaways sitting just above water on ship’s rudder after perilous 11-day journey at sea
Three stowaways have been hospitalized after traveling from Nigeria to Spain on the rudder of an oil and chemical tanker. The Spanish coast guard rescued the men on Monday after the ship, the Alithini II, reached the Canary Islands following 11 days at sea, according to The Associated Press and The Guardian. The 183-meter (600-foot) vessel, which bore a Maltese flag, departed from Lagos, Nigeria, on Nov. 17 and arrived in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria on Monday, per the reports. The Spanish coast guard shared a photo on Twitter showing the men perched just above the boat’s waterline. (People)

 

Miami nightclubs take a financial hit as crypto millionaires disappear
Nightclubs in the city became a home away from home for crypto entrepreneurs, who—when times were good—would rent out venues for half a million dollars and order top-shelf Champagne to shower themselves with. That clientele (“95 percent men…with a kind of nerdy style,” according to one operator) has disappeared due to the crypto market collapse, according to a report by the Financial Times. E11even, a club that accepted payment in cryptocurrency, processed $6+ million worth of transactions last year. In the last three months, it’s taken in less than $10,000. (morningbrew.com)

 

Frontier earns the Cranky Jackass Award for eliminating phone support
It has been over a year since I last handed out a Cranky Jackass Award, and that’s by design. My standards have really ratcheted up since the early days when I would pass them out for lesser transgressions. But last week, I discovered a change worthy of the award. Frontier has eliminated all phone support, and for that, it deserves a Cranky Jackass Award, without question. – Cranky Flier

 

Fire destroys two luxury hotels in Mexican Caribbean
Two upscale hotels in Holbox, an island paradise in the Mexican Caribbean, were destroyed by fire on Monday night, forcing the evacuation of tourists and islanders. Video footage posted on social media by locals show a massive fire burning several palapas, a traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches typical of the beach hotels of the region. (Bloomberg)

Tuesday, November 29
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,412,397 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, November 28. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 2,591,470. (TSA)

Delta flight attendant threatens wheelchair passenger that TSA will make him get off plane ‘with their guns’
Warning: If you have high blood pressure then don’t read this story. Cory Lee, an award-winning travel blogger and my friend, recently had a horrendous experience aboard a Delta flight after they landed in Atlanta. – JohnnyJet.com

 

Southwest suspends some Hawaii flights after Mauna Loa eruption prompts advisory
In response to the volcanic activity, Southwest Airlines issued a travel advisory and has suspended operations at the Hilo International Airport, resulting in the cancellation of 10 interisland departures. Southwest flies five round trips a day between Hilo and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. (sfgate.com)

 

UN report: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef should be placed ‘in danger’ list
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef should be listed as a world heritage site that is “in danger”, a UN panel recommended on Tuesday, saying the world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem was significantly impacted by climate change and warming of oceans. Frequent bleaching events are threatening the reef, including four over the last seven years and the first during a La Nina phenomenon, which typically brings cooler temperatures, this year. (france24.com)

 

Tata to bolster Air India with Vistara merger
Indian conglomerate Tata Group is merging Air India with Vistara, its joint venture with Singapore Airlines (SIA), to create a bigger full-service carrier that will strengthen its presence in domestic and international skies. Autos-to-steel conglomerate Tata will hold 74.9% of the combined entity, while SIA will own the remaining 25.1%, the Indian group said in a statement on Tuesday. (yahoo.com)

 

Austin airport among worst offenders for lost luggage, study shows
Austin’s airport is one of the nation’s top offenders when it comes to lost luggage, a new study shows. Austin-Bergstrom ranked fourth for most lost luggage in the study by Price4Limo.com. Only Chicago’s O’Hare International, Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International and San Diego International ranked higher. | KXAN Austin

 

Nobu is planning a hotel in Abu Dhabi
Nobu Hospitality has added an Abu Dhabi project to its pipeline of properties, announcing plans to debut the Nobu Hotel, Restaurant and Residences Abu Dhabi in 2026. The 165-room hotel will be located on Saadiyat Island, which is approximately a seven-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi. The island is home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi art museum and Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural center, among other attractions. Travel Weekly

 

Australia airport chaos looms as firefighters set to strike
More chaos looms at the country’s airports, with aviation firefighters across Australia pushing ahead with a planned strike. Firefighters at every airport in Australia will stop work from 6-10am on Friday, December 9, as a bitter dispute over pay and staffing levels escalates. United Firefighters Union aviation branch national secretary Wes Garrett announced the planned strike on Tuesday, saying members had “no option”. (thenewdaily.com.au)

 

Body found in search of Arizona couple who went missing after kayaking in Mexico
A body was found during search operations for an Arizona couple who went missing after they went sea kayaking in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico – also known as Rocky Point – on Thanksgiving. On Sunday around noon, after a search operation using air, land and sea resources, the local navy reported that the body of a woman matching the characteristics of one of the missing people was found near the Mayan Palace hotel, according to the Civil Protection and Firefighters in Puerto Peñasco. (USA Today)

 

Ryanair passengers’ fury over ‘horrific’ flight to Ibiza where boozed-up group caused chaos
Ryanair passengers have vented their fury after enduring a ‘horrific’ flight to Ibiza, where a drunken group blasted loud music for the entire three-hour journey, banged on the ceiling, and harassed a young woman. Footage emerged of the drunken louts causing chaos on the flight, in which the 70-strong group are seen swigging from vodka bottles. | Daily Mail Online

 

Report: Iran murders flight attendant for pro-freedom protest
Mahan Air flight attendant Sanz Keshavarz, who worked the Airbus A340, reportedly took part in protests and was killed by the government in response. The airline – which is said to work closely with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – has been said to warn all of their employees who attended the woman’s funeral that they could be prosecuted. – View from the Wing

Hyatt Hotels is buying Dream Hotel Group for up to $300 million
Hyatt Hotels Corp. has struck a deal to acquire lifestyle hospitality company Dream Hotel Group for a base price of $125 million. As part of the deal, Hyatt said it would also pay up to an additional $175 million over a six-year period, as new Dream Hotel Group properties come into the pipeline and open. Travel Weekly

Monday, November 28
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,560,6239 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, November 27. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 2,882,915. (TSA)

U.S. screened 2.56 million air passengers Sunday, highest since 2019
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it screened 2.56 million air passengers on Sunday, the highest number since December 2019 and the busiest day since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. | Reuters

 

Thousands of US flights delayed Sunday as major storm system hampers travel
A severe weather system across several parts of the United States has prompted the three major airports servicing New York City to urge passengers to arrive early for flights on what is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year. As of Sunday evening, 4,944 flights into, out of or within the United States have been delayed, according to FlightAware, and 163 US flights have been canceled, the website noted. (CNN)

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano starts erupting: Live updates
Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby, authorities said Monday. The eruption began late Sunday night in the summit caldera of the volcano on the Big Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Early Monday, it said lava flows were contained within the summit area and weren’t threatening nearby communities. AP News


A 16-mile backup greets Southern California motorists returning from Las Vegas
Motorists returning to Southern California after a Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas had nothing but bad luck Sunday as traffic on the main route across the Nevada border backed up for 16 miles. “Heavy traffic to California,” the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada tweeted at 11:30 a.m. “Prepare for long delays.” (LA Times)

 

The 2022 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting will take place this week — Here’s how to watch
Sipping hot chocolate, ice skating in Bryant Park, and meandering down Fifth Avenue while browning shops with cheerful window displays all combine to create the quintessential New York City holiday moment. Christmas in New York Citydistinctively holds an unparalleled magic: Once you experience it, it will ruin you forever — in the best way, of course. T+L 

Why have so many Russian aircraft crashed since September?
At least six Russian military aircraft have crashed since September due to what appears to be internal malfunctions. There could be any number of reasons that these malfunctions were able to occur in Russian Air Force fighter planes, but taking a look at the recent high-profile crashes and the Russian military’s history of crashes could shed some light on the matter. The fact that this is also happening amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War could provide further insight into the workings of the Russian air force. (The Jerusalem Post)

 

Mexican authorities search for 2 missing Americans in the Gulf of California
Mexican authorities are searching for two Americans who went missing after a kayaking trip off the coast of Puerto Peñasco in the Gulf of California, local authorities said late Saturday. It’s unknown exactly when the couple went missing. Yeon-Su Kim is a forestry professor at Northern Arizona University, according to her university bio. Kim’s husband is Corey Allen, according to a verified GoFundMe page established to raise funds to aid the search for the missing couple. (CNN)

 

Man saves £360 on one train journey by using nine separate tickets
A man says he saves £360 on one train journey to and from work – by buying nine separate tickets. Kieran Maguire, 60, was horrified when he discovered his return journey from Haywards Heath to Liverpool Lime Street would cost £441.20. leicestermercury.co.uk

 

Thousands of Australians strip for Tunick cancer awareness photo shoot
Some 2,500 people took off their clothes on Saturday to pose for U.S. photographic artist Spencer Tunick at Sydney’s Bondi Beach in an effort to raise awareness about skin cancer. Tunick, known for staging mass nude photo shoots at world landmarks, used a megaphone to direct attendees into several poses on the beach before many took a naked dip in the ocean. (yahoo.com)

 

British Airways set to double flights at Gatwick, Telegraph says
British Airways PLC plans to double its operations at Gatwick Airport, rather than expand at Heathrow Airport Ltd, the Sunday Telegraph reported. The flag carrier intends to potentially double the number of aircraft based at the Sussex airport, going to between 24 and 28 planes from 14 currently, the paper said. The move comes after Heathrow was forced to limit passenger numbers this summer due to a shortage of baggage handlers and other support staff. | AJOT.COM

The world’s biggest airports confront a tiny but serious safety threat—wasps
Every week, workers at one of Australia’s major airports spend hours searching the tarmac and terminals for a security threat that could bring down an airplane. The inspectors at Brisbane Airport, in Australia’s third biggest city, are hunting for the keyhole wasp, an introduced species that builds nests in Pitot tubes—a crucial instrument on the fuselage that tells pilots how fast they are flying. The wasps, which build nests out of mud, can block a tube in as little as 20 minutes. They are smaller than similar native species and have distinctive rings on their bodies. | WSJ & Mint

 

Sunday, November 27
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,268,189 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, November 26. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 2,648,268. (TSA)

Man accused of holding razor blade near woman’s neck on flight
A Utah man is facing charges after allegedly bringing a straight edge razor blade on a flight and holding it near a passenger’s throat. Merrill Darrell Fackrell, 41, allegedly boarded a JetBlue flight Monday at JFK Airport in New York en route to Salt Lake City. During the flight, Fackrell was in the window seat next to a woman, when he allegedly placed his hand in front of her screen and told her to pause her movie, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Utah. The woman then realized Fackrell was holding what appeared to her as a knife, “inches from her skin at her throat/neck area,” the release said. (ABC News)

Dad sues VRBO after his daughters died in blaze at ‘firetrap’ $8,000-a-week Hamptons property
A terminally-ill former federal prosecutor has filed a lawsuit against travel company VRBO after his daughters died at a ‘firetrap’ $8,000-a-week Hamptons getaway. Lewis Wiener, a former chair of the US Courts of Federal Claims, accused VRBO, Homeaway.com and property owners Pamela and Peter Miller of failing to maintain his family’s safety when a fire broke out on August 3, killing Lindsay, 19, and Jillian, 21. (Daily Mail)

 

Yosemite National Park will not require reservations in 2023
Yosemite National Park will not require reservations to visit in 2023, which is good news for travelers and tour operators who have been frustrated with a reservations system that doesn’t enable them to make bookings far in advance. Reservations have been required of drivers entering the park by car between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. from May 20 to Sept. 30 since the summer of 2020. | Travel Weekly

 

“Unruly” passenger forces Southwest flight to make emergency landing in Arkansas
A Southwest Airlines flight bound from Houston, Texas, to Columbus, Ohio, was forced to make an emergency landing in Little Rock, Arkansas, Saturday afternoon due to a passenger disturbance. Southwest Flight 192 landed at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport at about 3:30 p.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to CBS News in a statement, after “the crew declared an emergency due to a passenger disturbance.” (CBS News)

 

Airport security liquids rule – what is changing?
Worldwide in normal times, half a million people pass through airport security every hour. Many airline passengers say it is the worst part of the journey – in particular, the need to limit LAGs (liquids, aerosols and gels) to small containers and extract them from cabin baggage. (The Independent)

 

Man shot to death on popular hiking trail in California
An investigation is underway in Whittier after a man was shot to death on a popular hiking trail. The shooting unfolded on the Greenway Hiking Trail located at E. Lorene Street and Carly Avenue just after midnight. First responders located the victim and attempted to administer CPR and other first aid procedures, but the victim was declared dead at the scene. (CBS LA)

 

Hotel cleaners are sharing the weirdest things they’ve found
“I worked as a hotel cleaner for one day. I found a trashcan literally overflowing with used condoms. I quit after my shift ended and never came back.” (buzzfeed.com)

 

 

How ginger shots, trending on social media, improve well-being
Ayurvedic practitioners have used the versatile ginger root for centuries to help fight nausea, period and arthritis pain, asthma and weight gain Social media pushed ginger shots into the spotlight, and claims that ginger helps prevent heart disease, diabetes – even cancer – are backed up by science.  | South China Morning Post

 

‘I booked my toddler a first class plane seat – one passenger got so mad he swore at me’
A mum has sparked fury from a fellow plane passenger after she booked her toddler a first class seat, despite her child being well behaved for the duration of the flight. Her decision comes amidst heated debates online in recent months on whether parents should fly with their young children at all – never mind the premium part of the cabin. The mum was confident that her three-year-old tot could handle the flight easily, having travelled many times before, but one passenger seethed at the concept of a toddler having a first class ticket, as they hated the thought of sitting next to a child. (Mirror)

Why high temperatures can make planes too heavy to take off
Our planet’s rising temperatures are making it harder for planes to take off at certain airports, presenting yet another challenge to civil aviation. And as heatwaves become more frequent, the problem could extend to more flights, forcing airlines to leave passengers on the ground. “The basic challenge facing any aircraft as it takes off is that planes are just very heavy, and gravity wants to keep them on the ground,” says Paul Williams, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Reading in the UK. “In order to overcome gravity, they need to generate lift, which is the atmosphere pushing the plane up. CNN

 

What is the largest city in the world? Measured by population and area.
The United States Census estimates there are about 331 million people living in the United States alone.  According to Worldometers.com, China with nearly 1.5 billion people has the largest population in the world as of August 2022. Country by country and city by city the population differs drastically, but what is the largest city in the world? (USA Today)

 

Saturday, November 26
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 1,980,837 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, November 25. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 1,968,137. (TSA)

Landslide leaves up to a dozen missing on Italian island
Heavy rainfall triggered landslides early Saturday on the southern Italian island of Ischia that collapsed buildings and left as many as 12 people missing. Italy’s interior minister said no deaths had yet been confirmed, appearing to contradict an early announcement by another senior politician. “At the moment there are no confirmed deaths,” said Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, speaking from the firefighters emergency coordination center. | AP News

 

Mexico’s airline industry, plagued by safety problems and vandalism, is in shambles
Mexico’s domestic airline industry is in shambles, plagued by safety problems, a ratings downgrade by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and vandalism. This week alone, passengers missed connections because thieves cut fiber optic cables leading to the Mexico City airport that forced immigration authorities to return to using slow paper forms. The internet outage Wednesday came almost one month after aviation and transportation authorities were forced to suspend medical, physical and license renewal exams until 2023 because the Transportation Department’s computer systems had been hacked. (LA Times)

 

Enraged couple forces entire Frontier Airlines plane to disembark
A selfish couple forced an entire Frontier Airlines flight to disembark after they rushed aboard the plane without proper boarding passes — then screamed at crew members who tried to stop them, according to a witness. “We’re tired!” one of the air-headed jerks can be heard yelling Tuesday, according to footage posted on Instagram. (nypost.com)

 

Florida beaches were already running low on sand. Then Ian and Nicole hit.
In the days since Hurricane Nicole lashed this stretch of Florida coast with punishing winds and a powerful storm surge, contractor A.J. Rockwell has found himself on an urgent mission. He has to find sand — tons of it — and fast. (Washington Post)

 

California fireworks show likely sparked hotel rooftop blaze
A famous Southern California fireworks display likely sparked a small blaze Friday atop a historic inn’s roof, officials said. No injuries were reported in the fire, which occurred on the roof of the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, according to Battalion Chief Pat Hopkins. The fireworks display began around 5:30 p.m. Friday and the blaze was reported about six minutes later by firefighters with hoses who were already on the hotel’s rooftop as a precaution, Hopkins said. The extent of the damage was not immediately clear. (AP)

 

Woman dies at Zion National Park during 16-mile hike with husband; hypothermia possible
A woman died at Zion National Park this week, the National Park Service said, and her husband was rescued while looking for help. According to a Thursday news release, the man told rescuers the two had become “dangerously cold” overnight – with symptoms consistent to hypothermia – after beginning their 16-mile hiking trip through The Narrows, a well-known area in the park, on Tuesday. (USA Today)

 

Airbus may delay some 2023 jet deliveries -sources
Airbus (AIR.PA) is preparing the ground for further delays to planned delivery dates of some medium-haul aircraft in 2023 even as it races to meet delivery targets for 2022 in the face of supply chain and labour problems, three industry sources said. The twin-speed approach comes as uncertainty remains over supplies of engines for new plane production as well as other parts and labour, they added, asking not to be named. | Reuters

 

Microplastics found in 75% of fish in New Zealand, report shows
The ministry of environment’s marine stocktake, released on Thursday, lays out a grim picture of species under threat. It found that 90% of indigenous seabirds, 82% of indigenous shorebirds, 81% of assessed marine invertebrate species and 22% of marine mammal species were classified as threatened with extinction or at risk of becoming threatened with extinction. Theguardian.com

How often should you wash towels? Here’s what the experts say
The general rule of thumb is to wash bath towels (or change to a fresh one) at least once a week or after three uses. This is to prevent any germs or bacteria developing on your towel, and is more hygienic as a result. Similarly, The American Cleaning Institute. Tomsguide.com

 

7 “Australian” Foods No One Eats in Australia
If you’re headed Down Under, you can count on a lot to look forward to: There are endless miles of beaches. There’s the awesome expanse of the Outback. There’s the laidback outlook on life. There’s the Sydney Opera House. And there’s a lot of great food to eat, from endless barbecues to meat pies to pavlovas—which both New Zealand and Australian claim to have invented. And apparently, everyone there loves chicken parmigiana, too. eatthis.com

Tech firm develops shoes that let you walk at the pace of a run
A robotics company claims to have made the world’s “fastest shoes” which can make you walk three times faster. Known as Moonwalkers, they look like futuristic roller skates but don’t require the wearer to balance any more than they would walking normally. | Sky News

Friday, November 25
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 1,400,490 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, November 24. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 1,591,158. (TSA)

Missing passenger on board Carnival Cruise ship is found ALIVE and rescued after falling overboard
A missing Carnival Cruise passenger has been found alive after falling overboard after a night of drinking. The male passenger, who was not identified, was found in the ocean by the US Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Day after going missing for more than 12 hours. He was last seen at the bar with his sister before he left to use the restroom around 11pm on Wednesday and did not return. His sister waited until noon the next day to report him missing, according to KPLC 7. The ship was thoroughly searched for him, but he was nowhere to be found. Crews called the Coast Guard around 2.30pm. (Daily Mail)

 

Frontier Airlines gets rid of telephone customer service
Frontier said it stopped offering customer service by phone last weekend. The airline said customers can reach out by text or social media channels and WhatsApp. The shift aims to lower labor costs and increase the number of customers it can help at once. (CNBC)

 

British Airways slashes fares to US hotspots including New York, Orlando and LA
British Airways is selling return tickets to New York for just over £300 and a five night trip to Los Angeles for £599. The company’s Black Friday sale was launched today and runs for only five days, ending on Tuesday. BA is offering a set discount across its flights, hotels and hire cars, with a bigger chunk off for the more you spend. You can save £300 off a holiday worth £10,000, £200 if you spend £5,000, £100 when you spend £2,500 or more, £50 if you fork out £1,250 on a break, and £25 when you spend £650. (Mirror)

 

Plus-sized Brazilian model stopped from boarding flight ‘for being too big’ had been ‘aggressive’
A furious plus-size model who said she was stopped from boarding a Qatar Airways flight because she was too large was ‘extremely rude and aggressive to check-in staff,’ the airline has told MailOnline. Social media influencer Juliana Nehme, 38, accused the middle eastern airline of discriminating against her due to her size, saying that she was stopped from boarding a flight to her native Brazil because she was too ‘fat’ for her seat. (Daily Mail)

 

Aussie fans say World Cup conditions are so bad they want to leave
Fed-up Australian fans are considering returning home even though the Socceroos still have two matches left to play in the FIFA World Cup as accommodation issues, long lines and abusive supporters become too much. There have been many reports of serious issues at the fan villages created for the multitude of football fans who have descended on Qatar for the World Cup. While plenty of Australians are having the times of their lives as they enjoy the Qatari hospitality on offer, the experience has been a nightmare for others. (Daily Mail)

 

London City Airport to scrap laptop and liquids rule from April
Passengers flying through London City Airport will be able to leave laptops and liquids in their bags when passing through security from next year. The hub, which is currently trialling one security lane equipped with next-generation baggage scanners, plans to introduce the machines on all its lanes by April as part of a partnership with Leidos Holdings Inc., it said in a statement Friday. London City said it will be one of the first airports in the UK to offer a full CT — or computed tomography — security proposition. (Bloomberg)

 

 

Missing teen hiker found frozen to death after conquering 48 peaks goal
A teenage girl who completed her goal of hiking all 48 peaks in a US state before turning 20 years old was found frozen to death on a trail. Emily Sotelo, 19, went on a solo hike last Sunday morning and did not return when her family expected her. The body of Sotelo, whose 20th birthday was this week, was found on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire on Wednesday. (Metro)

 

Is it Covid, flu or RSV? Chart compares differences in symptoms
Covid, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are together driving a national wave of respiratory illnesses. Around 76% of U.S. hospital inpatient beds are full, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. Pediatric beds are at a similar level, though six states have 90% or more of their pediatric beds full, according to an NBC News analysis of HHS data. (NBC News)

 

Police issue arrest warrant for friend of woman who died on vacation in Cabo San Lucas
Nearly a month after Shanquella Robinson died while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, an arrest warrant has been issued for her alleged assailant. Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, a local prosecutor, announced the update in the case Wednesday, stating that Shanquella’s Oct. 29 death was femicide — gender-based murder and hate crime. (People)

 

Gray hair, ‘revealing’ clothes banned for Air India cabin crew
Air India has issued sweeping new style regulations for its cabin crew, banning everything from gray hair on air stewards to pearls for their female counterparts as new owners seek to reinvent the former state carrier. (Bloomberg)

 

11 famous movie and TV locations that locals say have been ruined by tourists
Some locations from famous shows and movies attract tourists who can cause damage. Many near the New York City “Joker” stairs have been inconvenienced by tourists posing on it. “Harry Potter” fans are being warned to stop leaving socks at Dobby’s memorial in Wales. (Insider) -foot apartment in Lisbon for $534,000. CNBC

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53 Comments On "12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today"
  1. Mavis Sawtell|

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  2. William Walker Jr|

    I have searched your site but can find nothing on the refund policy at Air France which recently sent out a letter to customers announcing an extension of the policy until 30 September 2021.
    How good is this promise by Air France? Is there fine print travelers should know about?

  3. B Manoogian|

    I received an email this morning from a friend who knows that I have stopped reading your news letter due to you “political comments”. He informed me that several others must have felt as I do and wrote to you stating their positions regarding your “Political Comments” regarding the attack on the Capital. We use to live in a country that allowed and encouraged open debate and discussion. Unfortunately, today we live an America where this is not allowed. Your comments on the Capital were the result of either your closed mine or your inability to receive the facts due to the major news sources blocking and presenting only one side of the issue. I know you do not like President Trump – this is something I should not know about you, but it does not allow you to provide only one side of a story as the “Truth”. I hope you will give this and the other comments you have received on this subject full consideration as you continue to publish your newsletter. I am willing to give you a second chance – Good Luck. Don’t blow it.

    1. Katey|

      Its his blog..he can say whatever he wants..if you don’t like it…move on

  4. SMC|

    He doesn’t need your validation nor your threat to not read the blog. Just don’t do it if you don’t want to . And it’s closed “mind” not mine.

    The evidence of truth for the January 6 riots is in all the footage especially the sound. That’s all one needs to hear and see.

  5. Carolyn Lancaster|

    Where is the Map App Every Traveler should have? I’ve looked through your site and not seen it. Thanks.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi! Sorry. I forgot to highlight it. It was under Friday’s tip but the direct link is
      https://www.johnnyjet.com/the-map-app-every-traveler-needs-to-download-now/

      1. John J|

        No android version? Boooooo!

        1. Johnny Jet|

          Looks like there is. From a reader
          On Android:

          • Press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time.
          • Screenshot (full screen) will be saved to the “Screenshots” folder

          The process may vary if you have a more ‘skinned Android phone (Samsung, etc.).

  6. james wilson|

    I have read the whole thing looking for the map and never found it. This has happened before. When you put a clickbait headline on your email please let us find it when we click through.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi! Sorry. I forgot to highlight it. It was under Friday’s tip but the direct link is
      https://www.johnnyjet.com/the-map-app-every-traveler-needs-to-download-now/

  7. Stefan|

    Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

  8. Robin Chalkley|

    5,800 people getting COVID after vaccinations is a ridiculously small number – .005 percent. And the vaccines were never “bulletproof”, it’s always been known that they are about 90% effective according to the manufacturers. This is the kind of statistical b.s. that serves to keep people needlessly afraid when the situation nationally is significantly improving.

  9. [email protected]|

    How Can I Copyright Protect Stories and Articles on My Website?

  10. T Sandeep|

    Amazing guide…. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

  11. Yankiwi|

    I agree with B Manoogian. Keep politics out of Johnny Jet.

  12. Drishti Darshan|

    Great Information , Thanks For haring such a informative blogs.

  13. Lynne Ranney|

    I value and appreciate this newsletter’s comments about the January 6, 2021 attack on our Capital. Hundreds of hours of video taken by hundreds of people, including those involved in the attack themselves, show just what happened. There is no legitimate doubt and no room for speculation. I am a patriot and will never, ever, forget the lawlessness of that day and the cries to “Hang Mike Pence” and “Kill Pelosi.” For now, we can only debate who was behind the attack, but eventually we will know, thanks to the bipartisan House investigation.

    Johnny Jet has every right to state the facts in *his* own newsletter. There is no requirement for him to give voice or space to any perspective. If there were such a requirement, Fox News would not exist. If you benefit from the information in this newsletter – which you get for free – you can endure an occasional comment with which you disagree. Big deal. It’s not like you’re being maced or hit with bear spray, or being crushed between doors, while trying to protect the Capital and *all* our elected representatives. It’s not like you risked your own life to protect our elected politicians, then were badly treated by half of them, who even denied anything happened. It’s not like you were driven to suicide by these terrible events, like four officers were.

  14. Kirill Nesterenko|

    Thanks, Johnny!
    This is a good list of things that are rarely found on regular travel checklists.
    Especially now, we are planning our corporate trip to the anniversary of our company, so it was very interesting to read your article!
    WorkTime team

  15. James F Bauer|

    So TSA processed 1.6 M travelers yesterday, without a single suicide bomber. In fact, I don’t recall the last time they had a suicide bomber.

    Perhaps the Government should have used TSA to process Afghanistan travelers, instead of the Taliban.

  16. Ann|

    I have a question about VeriFLY… I understand how to input my personal information, but I don’t know how to upload my travel info or vaccine or test info and I can not locate anyplace with steps to help. American Airlines and British Air both keep sending emails to sign up, but I no instructions on how to connect the flights. Can you help?
    Many thanks
    Ann

    1. Johnny Jet|
  17. Douglas Lock|

    The wife and I are flying away for 5 weeks on back to back OAT trips to Sicily and Turkey early next week. Got our Covid vaccination booster shots thanks to your tip and our flu shots as well. Also our KN95’s. Wish us luck!
    Doug Lock – a few blocks east of you.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Good luck! Let me know how it goes

  18. Annie|

    I’m looking for a job stop trip from Ontario CA to Boise Id. I checked Expedia which showed non of the major airlines having a non-stop. How do I find the odd named smaller airlines to see if they have the flight? All I could think of is Jet Blue and Spirit and they didn’t have it. Thanks.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Try Avelo

  19. Lonn Wolf|

    I can no longer read your articles because of the constant pop ups that won’t go away and just lead from one pop up to another. The stable ones between articles were manageable, these other invasive species are infuriating. Also trying to hit that little “x” the size of a pin head is impossible on a phone screen, tiny. I will unsubscribe if this continues. What’s the point, teaser titles I can’t get to open without playing duck hunt with the ads.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi Lonn,

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. We don’t have pop up ads just the newsletter signup once every 30 days. There is also a small video player at the bottom and the X is in the upper right. I can see if they can make it bigger.

  20. B. Manoogian|

    In January I sent you comments regarding your politics getting in the way of your impartial reviews and reporting. At that time I told you that I had stopped reading you newsletter because of you political comments, but I had been told by several friends that you had changed and this was no longer happening. I have been enjoying your newsletter since. Well that all changed in mid-November when you posted a special review on the sale of the Trump Hotel in Washington DC. In this article you tell of your special tour of this INFAMOUS hotel. You went on to say “The hotel is arguably one of the most beautiful hotels in the United States”. Why is it that you wait until Trump is selling this hotel that you tell of your wonderful visit and this beautiful hotel? It looks to me that once again your political leanings have entered into your reviews and once again I am out of here. Just how many other GREAT hotels are out there that you will not report on because the owners have political views contrary to yours? Or how many average hotels get superb reviews because you agree with the political leaning of the owners. I feel sorry for you and anyone else that puts politics above the truth and honest reporting.

  21. Bernice|

    Canadians flying from Bellingham to Las Vegas by Allegiant Air, will we be required to show a negative Covid test for this flight? Does TSA require same? Thank you.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Flying to the USA does require a negative test but not within the USA

  22. Wendy Westley|

    Hi Johnny Jet,
    Love your newsletter. Since you are featuring opinions from Bill Gates, it might we a good idea to watch this to get a perspective that about 35% or more of Americans have of his opinions:
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/yJ3AP778FuPR/

  23. John Anderson|

    Hi Johnny, Great for informing and sharing us 12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today. As going back to be a traveler. I want to know on what new in traveling so that I’ll thankful I found this. Keep sharing and keep it up.

  24. Sue Hankin|

    Hey Johnny,
    Just wondering, TSA officers screened 1,200,580 yesterday, Same number a week ago and 2019?????

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Good catch! I will fix. It’s 1,059,741

  25. Susan S|

    Love your newsletter, Johnny! Do you have a source that you recommend for reviews or ratings of international airports? I have found a few websites, but there either have ratings based on very few reviews, or they seem very outdated.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Thanks! They’re all pretty bias but this is the most popular one https://skytraxratings.com/a-z-of-airport-ratings

  26. Josh K|

    One or more of our advertisers’ goods are mentioned in this post. When you click on links to such items, we may gain commission. lovely newsletter thank you

  27. jhondew|

    thanks for an amazing blog.

  28. Gordon Wininger|

    Johnny,
    You have some good information on your website. I have been reading your 12 things in travel section for several years. Your suggested items for travel have been very helpful.

    Unfortunately, it appears that you just can’t help including politics into your blog.
    Your dislike for President Trump has no place in a travel blog if you want to keep 50% of your audience.

    Just a Thought

  29. Kyle Blake|

    Hi Johnny,
    Recently, you posted something about United extending their ETCs that were scheduled to expire 12/31/22 to 12/31/2023. I have 5 from a cancelled quarantine period wedding, but haven’t received notice from United. I tried finding your post or something on United’s site that would verify the extension, but can’t. Can you point me in the right direction? If I can’t, I have to start booking travel quickly! Thank you!

    1. Johnny Jet|

      You sure it was me? Can’t even remember but I know Delta extended theirs and I wrote about it

  30. Jack Delehey|

    Thank you for this informative article! I hope all travelers could read this wonderful article of yours.

  31. Emma Miller|

    Hi Johnny! Traveling around the globe is very beautiful but now a days have a little changes because of the changes of flight ticket increases due to the economic sustainability. But when you touch down to your destinations, it’s priceless and the beauty of the places is exquisite. Thank you for sharing this blog. I remember those days. Keep sharing!

  32. What|

    Crime in Philadelphia has soared with Larry Krasner as the DA. Refuses to prosecute criminals, refuses to support the police and thus more crime, more death and in general lawlessness. Put blame for the rise in crime in Philie wear it belongs, it belongs to “communist” DA Larry Krasner.
    More detail here: https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/meet-larry-krasner-the-rogue-prosecutor-wreaking-havoc-philadelphia

  33. David Fleischer|

    I signed up for program to get Global Entry appointment faster.
    I was delighted to get a few messages this AM about possible dates in next few weeks (GREAT!)
    I clicked on desirable date
    It took me to LOGIN.gov and I completed some non-related comments re: date I had chosen (July 27). [IS IT CORRECT THAT I SHOULD GO TO THIS SITE?. I DIDNT SEEM TO HAVE OPTIONS)
    When I left that page the process dropped
    I got no feedback about the date I had chosen and when I went back to the email, it was still there. I don’t feel that johnnyjet has advanced my cause.
    Please explain. Should I have done anything differently. Thanks David Fleischer
    *** My application is pending but I haven’t completed background check. Can I still apply for interview?

  34. Lucas James|

    Hi Johnny, I’d really appreciate more posts like this. Being updated on recent news is something I’m not too good at so I enjoy posts like this that keep big scoops compact and neat. Thanks a lot, Johnny.

  35. Peter Brezinski|

    Be careful when posting TSA numbers. Very often, the same number is posted for 2019 and pre-pandemic. It happened in newsletter of July 16.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Good catch! I just fixed it

  36. Thomas|

    Very detailed post

  37. KELLY STEVENS|

    My mom is 94 today also. They were made of good stock back in those days! I’m sending up prayers for your dad’s recovery and health 🙏

    1. Johnny Jet|

      That’s AMAZING! HBD to your mom. Thank you for the prayers

  38. Jay Alexander|

    Where can I find tour informtion for Portugal, would like togo to Lourdes next year with my wife and sister in-law.

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