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

, December 5
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,256,037 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, December 4. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 2,292,079. (TSA)

REAL ID deadline extended again
The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the deadline for air travelers to have a REAL ID another two years, the agency announced Monday. The program, which was to begin in May 2023, will now not go into effect until May 7, 2025. ABC News

Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 reopens before Olympics 2024
Paris reopened its most glamorous airport terminal at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport ahead of Olympics 2024. The country is all set to usher in sports enthusiasts from all around the globe and revive its travel industry from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. By Preeti Kulkarni This is a much-awaited milestone for world travellers because Aéroports de Paris spent over USD 263 million (INR 21,490 million approximately) on the renovation of its iconic terminal. The work had been going on for over two years before it was finally reopened on 3 December. T+L


Tipflation becomes more widespread, may hurt industry in the long run
You’ve probably heard of shrinkflation and greedflation before. Here is another one to add to your vocabulary: tipflation. Shoppers say they’re seeing more and more tip requests in more unusual places. “I actually prefer not to call it tipflation but tipping invasion,” Thomas P. Farley, “Mister Manners,” said. CBS News

Glasgow Airport locked down by police amid reports of ‘suspicious package’
Glasgow International Airport has been locked down amid reports of a ‘suspicious package’. The discovery is believed to have been made at around 6am on Monday December 5, prompting an emergency response. Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently on scene at the central search area. The area, along with the domestic travels area, is closed but the check-in desks were said to be open. A Royal Navy Bomb Disposal vehicle has been spotted outside the building. Daily Record


China operating over 100 police stations across the world with the help of some host nations, report claims
The revelations, which Chinese officials deny, have prompted anger in some countries. “It is outrageous to think that the Chinese police would attempt to set up shop, you know, in New York, let’s say, without proper coordination,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said last month. CNN

Two passengers caught fighting over bag space during flight
Two passengers have been filmed losing it at one another over that age-old flight issue – baggage space. And if you think the locker above the aisle is reserved for the people sitting in that aisle, think again, because according to an expert, it’s not. The overhead locker is often the root of many plane arguments. It’s also part of the reason passengers line up early to board their flight, to ensure they have a spot for their bag in the locker above them. NY Post


Man who jumped to death at Disneyland was Huntington Beach school principal
“I hate when people leave this Earth with so many unanswered questions. So, I hope this provides some insight and perspective…” he wrote. The note described a dispute in which police had been summoned. “I am on the brink of losing my job,” he wrote. “So, here I am…writing my final FB post to all of you. I need you all to know that a gentle, kind, loving and sincerely good man has been destroyed by one unfortunate night.” (Orange County Register)


Plane travelling to UK diverted to Prague after suspected homemade bomb reported on board
A plane travelling into the UK was diverted to an airport in Czech Republicafter a suspected improvised explosive device was on board the aircraft. The flight was understood to be travelling from Krakow in Poland, to Bristol in the UK. The Independent


Phone photography & filming no longer allowed on Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom
When guests visit Walt Disney World, it is incredibly common to see them whip out their phones to capture the moment. Unlike other Orlando theme parks such as Universal Orlando Resort, filming on attractions at Disney World is typically allowed — but now things are changing. Disney has put out signage at the Magic Kingdom attraction Space Mountain which indicates that guests can no longer film or hold their phones while they ride. This rule applies for any handheld items, loose articles, as well as items such as phones and cameras. Items are required to be stored during the duration of the ride, in either a bag or the pouch attached to the ride vehicle. – WDW News Today


After more than 70 years, Griffith Park Pony Rides to close this month
Griffith Park’s beloved and historic pony ride will close for good in the coming weeks, after more than 70 years in operation. Griffith Park Pony Rides, which opened in 1948 and also features a petting zoo, will shutter Dec. 21, owner Steve Weeks announced Sunday on Facebook. Weeks said that the city of Los Angeles decided not to renew his business’ contract. LA Times

Ghana to launch national carrier in 2023
During the pandemic, the West African country Ghana stuck to the plan to build a new national airline. According to multiple reports, the government has chosen the definitive name to be called GhanaAirlines and plans are underway for its launch in 2023. A selection of names such as Akwaaba Airlines, Black Star Airlines, and Kente Airlines were also mooted as alternatives, reports GhanaWeb. – Airspace Africa


Sunday, December 4
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 1,783,271 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, December 3. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 1,755,801. (TSA)

Delta offers pilots hefty pay raises as unions flex power
Delta Air Lines has offered a 34% cumulative pay increase to its pilots over three years in a new contract, demonstrating the bargaining power aviators are enjoying in a short-staffed industry with booming travel demand. If the deal is approved by Delta pilots, it is widely expected to act as a benchmark for contract negotiations at rivals United Airlines and American Airlines. Skift


Chris Christie’s niece kicked off plane for accusing Latino family of ‘smuggling cocaine’
Shannon Epstein, the 25-year-old niece of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), was arrested in an extremely dramatic, combative event at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans on November 24 after being kicked off her plane. The Times-Picayune reports that Epstein had asked a family she perceived to be Latino on her flight if they were “smuggling cocaine.” (The family has not been identified.) When airline workers decided to remove her from the flight and the plane returned to the gate, she became “increasingly irate,” and the incident escalated at the airport. (Jezebel)

Palestinian car thief crashes through Ben Gurion Airport checkpoint, is shot
A suspected Palestinian car thief crashed a stolen vehicle through a checkpoint at the entrance of Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday morning, before he was shot by guards opening fire in response, police said in a statement. It was the third such incident within a number of weeks. Times of Israel


More than 100 Jewish passengers who were barred from flight in ‘racial profiling’ incident get $21,000 each from Germany’s Lufthansa airline
Lufthansa has reached a settlement with more than 100 Orthodox Jewish men who were barred from a flight. Each passenger will receive “$21,000 and change” from the German airline, Hamodia reported. The May 4 incident saw passengers accuse Lufthansa of racial profiling. The airline later apologized. (BI)


Aeroflot tells passengers to read a book or take a nap after sanctions end in-flight entertainment on some services
Russian airline Aeroflot has been forced to remove in-flight entertainment on some services. The airline suggested passengers read, meditate, or take a nap while it works on a “domestic solution.” Aeroflot has managed to keep flying despite western sanctions increasingly hobbling operations. (BI)


Australian man charged after allegedly snapping ‘intimate’ pics of women at Bronte Beach
A man has been charged after allegedly snapping intimate photos and videos of unsuspecting women at Bronte Beach near Bondi. Ravi Pal fronted Parramatta Local Court on Sunday morning charged with two counts of intentionally recording intimate images without consent. Mr Pal, from Parramatta, was arrested on Saturday at Bronte Beach after he came to the attention of lifeguards. Perth Now

Influencer facing years in jail over ‘obscene’ OnlyFans images
An influencer is being taken to court and could end up in jail for breaking her country’s strict obscenity laws after sharing some of her OnlyFans content on Instagram, causing outrage. The legal troubles come after she was already given a five-month suspended sentence last year for taking photos in Amsterdam’s Sex Museum, which the authorities deemed “obscene” when she returned home to Turkey. Yahoo


Indonesia set to introduce strict new law banning sex outside of marriage
Kiwis holidaying in Bali could find themselves falling foul of a strict new sex law set to be passed in the coming weeks. Indonesia’s new criminal code would see sex outside marriage punished with a jail sentence. A previous attempt to enshrine the strict new morality laws failed after widespread protests in the country of 280 million people. – NZ Herald


Stay in a Texas Airbnb made out of converted shipping containers
Have you always wanted to see what it might be like to live in a tiny home? Have you pondered converting a shipping container into a guest house? Perhaps you dream of visiting Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. These are just a few of the reasons to stay at the Helm, a two-story shipping container refurb reservable on Airbnb. House Digest


Regional airports have lost a large number of flights
Small-market airports have borne the brunt of schedule cutbacks, with some losing commercial service entirely. That has travelers facing steeper fares, inconvenient routes or long drives to bigger terminals. – The New York Times

What is the fastest roller coaster in the world? It’s a ride you won’t forget.
Roller coasters are classic rides at amusement parks around the world. Believed to have originated from Russian snow slides, roller coasters found their way to France. The world’s first roller coaster opened in Paris, called “The Promenades-Aériennes” or “The Aerial Walk,” almost 200 years ago. (USA Today)

Saturday, December 3
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,124,514 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, December 2. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 2,278,205. (TSA)

It’s official: France bans short haul domestic flights in favour of train travel
France has been given the green light to ban short haul domestic flights. The European Commission has approved the move which will abolish flights between cities that are linked by a train journey of less than 2.5 hours. Euronews

Previously jailed airline crew are back In Canada
Pivot Airlines pilots and flight crew jailed in the Dominican Republic eight months ago have returned to the United States. The crew was in Punta Cana on April 5, about to take off, when one of the crew members found a bag in the “avionics bay.” The RCMP (national police) and local police were notified and eventually found eight bags with drugs and arrested the flight crew. (SimpleFlying)

Singapore Airlines looks to Thai Airways to expand Southeast Asia partner network
Singapore Airlines plans a partnership with its long-troubled neighbor Thai Airways, in a strategic move that comes just days after it revealed plans to take a 25 percent stake in an upsized Air India. The two airlines, both members of the Star Alliance, plan an extensive codeshare agreement under the pact. The tactic improves the marketability of each other’s flights in global distribution systems. This will begin with flights connecting Singapore and Bangkok and, by the end of the first quarter of 2023, it will expand to select routes between Singapore and North America and South Africa. Routes to India, Europe, and Australasia will likely follow. Airline Weekly

American Airlines is closing its San Francisco crew base and asking 400 flight attendants to leave California or leave the airline
American Airlines is closing its San Francisco base, potentially displacing 400 flight attendants. Two-thirds have worked for the airline for 13 years or more, according to union calculations. 10 flight attendants told Insider a myriad of factors make it difficult to leave the Bay Area. BusinessInsider


United nears deal for 100 Dreamliners as part of fleet overhaul
Carrier is also mulling Airbus models, including the A321neo. Deal is in the final stages and could be unveiled within weeks. Bloomberg

Canada and U.S. expand pilot project for Nexus applicants
An experimental bid to rescue the troubled Nexus trusted-traveller program between Canada and the United States has expanded to the Peace Bridge. New York congressman Rep. Brian Higgins says Nexus applicants in Canada can now sit down with border agents on opposite sides of the link between Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, NY. It’s an expansion of a pilot project between the Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection at the Thousand Islands crossing near Kingston, Ont. – Travel Industry Today


Elvis Presley’s private jet up for auction
Up for sale beginning Jan. 4, 2023 at Mecum’s 2023 Kissimmee auction, The King of Rock and Roll’s battered 1962 Lockheed 1329 Jetstar has been stored for decades at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico. While two of his jets are on display at Graceland, this auction listing presents the perfect restoration opportunity for an Elvis exhibit — it comes with necessary documents for the aircraft, including a copy of the Aircraft Security Agreement signed by Presley himself. People

Tourists back in Bali in force, except for the Chinese, and room prices rise as hotels struggle to find staff
An Airbnb report shows that Kuta, a resort area in Bali, is the most popular travel search on its site, with four others in Southeast Asia in the top 10. Hotels on the holiday island are booked out at Christmas and New Year, prices are rising and new staff hard to find – and Chinese tourists haven’t returned yet. SCMP


L’escale Restaurant announces they will remain open at Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel in CT
Last summer, many Greenwich residents were upset to hear to hear reports that the popular French restaurant L’escale would close its doors on November 30th, 2022, after 20 years in business. THE GOOD NEWS: Thanks to a recent a news release, those earlier concerns can finally be put to rest.  L’escale restaurant and Greenwich Hospitality Group, owners of Delamar hotels, have now announced that the restaurant will remain open. Greenwich Hospitality Group will operate the restaurant at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel under a new licensing agreement. Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer, General Manager David Fletcher, and members of the staff will stay in place – Living Greenwich


After a bumpy start, Baha Mar has come of age
Baha Mar may have been a long-stalled project with, at times, a very uncertain future in the Bahamas, but five years after its opening, the resort’s president said its impact on the country is clear. Graeme Davis told travel advisors and suppliers attending Embark Beyond’s Immersion event earlier this month that Baha Mar represents 12% of GDP for the country and employs over 5,000 people directly and another 15,000 indirectly. Travel Weekly

The World Cup’s new high-tech ball will change soccer forever
When the 2022 World Cup made its debut on Sunday, it kicked off one of the most significant in-game uses of technology in sports history. All tournament long, match balls will contain a sensor that collects spatial positioning data in real time — the first World Cup to employ such a ball-tracking mechanism. This, combined with existing optical tracking tools, will make VAR (video assistant referees) and programs like offside reviews more accurate and streamlined than they’ve ever been. Combining these two forms of tracking has long been a holy grail of sorts in technology circles, and FIFA’s use of the ball sensor in particular will serve as a highly public test case over the next four weeks. FiveThirtyEight

Friday, December 2
Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers
TSA officers screened 2,044,164 people at airport checkpoints nationwide yesterday, December 1. Three years ago on the same day (pre-pandemic): 2,262,878. (TSA)

One person died on a Viking Antarctic cruise due to a giant wave in southern Argentina
One person died and four were injured when a giant wave broke several glass panels of an Antarctic cruise ship that was sailing south of Cape Horn, in the middle of a storm, sources from a Norwegian company and Argentine courts reported on Thursday. The accident occurred last Tuesday at 10:40 p.m. local time (01:40 a.m. GMT on Wednesday, November 30) when the Norwegian-flagged cruise ship “Viking Polaris” was hit by a large wave, which caused several glass panels to break in the booths. batimes.com.ar


Fired United Airlines pilot says doctor told him not to get COVID shot
A 48-year-old former United Airlines pilot is suing the company, alleging he was wrongfully fired in 2021 for not getting the coronavirus vaccination even though he presented evidence his doctor warned him that getting the shot while he recovered from the malady could impact his health. KFIam640.iheart


Amtrak staffing issues could persist into 2024 even as travelers return
Amtrak saw some 10 million travelers return to the rails in the U.S. last year. That was great news for the railroad that saw passenger numbers crater during the early days of the pandemic then slowly come back as people hesitantly returned to travel. That surge in demand, which Amtrak Chief Financial Officer Tracie Winbigler described as “amazing” on Thursday, saw 22.9 million trips made on the railroad during the 2022 fiscal year that ended in September. Ridership was at about 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the period, and continuing to recover. Skift


Air Canada launches nonstop flight from Vancouver to Bangkok
For the first time in 10 years, there’s now a nonstop flight between North America and the capital of one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Thailand. On December 1 at 11 p.m. local time, Air Canada flight AC65 took off from Vancouver International Airport to begin the 15-hour and 55-minute journey to Bangkok. The inaugural flight is scheduled to arrive in the Thai capital on Saturday morning at 5:55 a.m. local time. The seasonal Air Canada service will operate four times a week between now and April 17, 2023 with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Travelers can choose from three cabins — lie-flat seats in Signature Class as well as Premium Economy and Economy Class. | CNN Travel


A TikTok star hit a golf ball into Grand Canyon. Here’s how much that stunt cost her.
Sigmond was ordered to pay a $285 fine, which includes $60 in processing fees. A spokesman for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts confirmed to The Republic that the Central Violations Bureau received two payments of $155 and $130 from Katie Sigmond on Nov. 15. Though Sigmond initially faced an appearance at the U.S. District Court in Flagstaff, her case was resolved through a collateral forfeiture agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona. In other words, she paid fines for the misdemeanor charges to the Texas-based Central Violations Bureau, which processes tickets and payments for “petty offenses committed on federal property,” according to its website. USA Today


2 former Cathay Pacific flight attendants jailed for 8 weeks for breaching Hong Kong’s Covid quarantine rules
Duo thought to be responsible last year for sparking cluster in city’s fifth and most severe wave of infections Wong’s claims that carrier’s guidelines were misleading dismissed by judge who called their reasons for leaving home before receiving test results ‘incredible’ | South China Morning Post


These are the world’s most expensive cities to live in 2022
It seems like every month when household bills come due, we grumble about how the cost of living has gone up again. But it’s not just anecdotal. According to this year’s Worldwide Cost of Living Index, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the average cost of living is up 8.1% in 2022, owing to the Russian war in Ukraine and the lingering effects of the pandemic. In other words — no, it’s not just you. | CNN Travel


Virgin Voyages donates 2,000 free cruises
Virgin Voyages celebrates Giving Tuesday by honoring local healthcare heroes with free cruises. For the second consecutive year, Virgin is partnering with Baptist Health South Florida and donating 2,023 complimentary voyages. It adds up to an estimated $5.9 million in free cruises. “Our local healthcare workers put everything on the line, and now it’s our turn to pay it forward,” said Jill Stoneberg, Virgin Voyages’ Senior Director of Sustainability and Social Impact. (travelmole.com)


Are flights less safe with air marshals at the border?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has diverted U.S. air marshals to the southern border to support overwhelmed federal agents but some fear the move will endanger the skies during the nation’s holiday travel season.  “The DHS Secretary is taking hundreds of FAMs (federal air marshals) out of the skies during the busiest travel season and during a time when terrorists have attempted to attack the homeland no so long ago; ” David Londo; the president of the Air Marshal National Council (AMNC); wrote in a letter to President Joe Biden earlier this month. NewsNation


Infant son of tech boss overdoses on fentanyl found at San Francisco playground
The infant son of a California tech honcho overdosed on fentanyl he found while crawling around a playground in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood, according to his frightened father and nanny. The 10-month-old twin, Sena, was playing with his brother at George Moscone Park in the Marina District on Tuesday afternoon when he began struggling to breathe and turned blue, his nanny Wendy Marroqui said. NY Post


China Airlines introduces plant-based inflight catering
China Airlines has partnered with Michelin-starred restaurant Yang Ming Spring to introduce plant-based cuisine to its inflight dining menus. Yang Ming Spring has been the recipient of the Michelin Green Star award for the past two years thanks to its focus on plant-based food, beverages and local, hand-picked ingredients. The restaurant has now turned its talents to inflight dining with the creation of the ‘Clean and Green Plant-based Cuisine’ menu. – Business Traveller


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


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


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53 Comments On "12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today"
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  3. B Manoogian|

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  4. SMC|

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  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

      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.).

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    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi! Sorry. I forgot to highlight it. It was under Friday’s tip but the direct link is

  7. Stefan|

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    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.

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  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

    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:

  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|

    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


    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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