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COVID-19 and borders

United AirlinesPassengers wearing facemasks is testing a digital health pass under a global pilot program. This serves to establish a common international standard for coronavirus test results. Eventually, it should lead to vaccine records that could help reopen borders. The nonprofit initiative is called CommonPass and is backed by the World Economic Forum and The Commons Project. The initiators hope to persuade governments to ease the restrictions and quarantines. For they have slammed air travel...

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Holding responsible perpetrators downing MH17

MH17 downedRussia will no longer talk with the Netherlands and Australia about the downing of the codeshare flight of Malaysia Airlines (MH17) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL4103) in 2014. The liability for downing the plane over eastern Ukraine is the negotiations’ subject. But the Russians call the inquiries into the downing of MH17 biased.

MH17

They blame the Netherlands and Australia for pointing to Russia as the perpetrator. According to the Russian website RT (Russian Today) the decision to quit the MH17 panel is...
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Dress to impress

On October 6, 2020, Kayla Eubanks (22, pictured) has a ticket for a Southwest Airlines flight, but is denied boarding due to her attire. The gate agent tells her that passengers may look at her in her attire and be offended. When Eubanks asks her to be more specific, the agent says that her halter top is the reason she can’t be let on the flight. Next, Eubanks asks the agent to produce a copy of Southwest’s dress code. Although she seems to be looking for it, she...
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More efficient European air traffic management

Air traffic controlA modernized air traffic management in European airspace and establishing more sustainable and efficient flight paths. That’s what the European Commission is proposing. And it adds that not adapting air traffic control capacities would result in additional costs, delays and more CO2 emissions. In 2019, delays cost the EU €6 billion ($5.1 billion), and led to 11.6 million tons of excess CO2. Obliging pilots to fly in congested airspace rather than taking a direct flight path also entails unnecessary CO2 emissions. And the same is true when...
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More state aid for airlines?

House speaker Nancy PelosiHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (picture) is optimistic about bipartisan support for aid to the US aviation industry as part of a broader stimulus. Her optimism stems from the impression that Republican support for airline jobs relief seems to have grown lately. Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America, emphasizes the importance of bipartisan negotiations. They should shed light on the amount of the aid - possibly some $2 trillion - and the distribution over particular industries including aviation.

Stimulus package

Airlines are lobbying members of...
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