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Lithium batteries and air travel

New airline regulation on battery safety and carry-ons is challenging passengers and their baggage in particular if they have smart luggage. These bags have built-in technological features such as USB ports, remote lock systems, a tracking device and an internal weight scale. As of January 15, 2018, however, baggage equipped with a lithium battery that cannot be removed, is forbidden for carriage according to a recommendation of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Thus, travelers with smart bags need to answer the all-important question: can I take the battery out? The...
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Make the dollar weak again

The USA used to be the world’s leading nation and a champion of democracy. It is very sad to observe that Donald Trump succeeded in doing away with the USA’s reputation as a leading, democratic and civilized nation. Nowadays, fewer students want to study in the USA and the number of visitors from overseas plummeted in Trump’s first year in the White House. The US National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) reports a 6.4% decline of international arrivals in the USA from overseas and an 8.5% decrease from Mexico. The NTTO...
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Animals in the skies

Delta Air Lines will tighten the requirements for passengers traveling with service and emotional support animals effective March 1, 2018. This comes in response to a 150% increase in service and support animals since 2015. Those animals are often dogs assisting people with disabilities. The carrier cites a lack of regulation – even under Trump - that has led to serious safety risks involving untrained animals in flight. Passengers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders and more.
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Expanding the sharing economy

You want to travel, but you do not know what to do with your pet while you will be away. Will you stay at home? Or will you look for a pet sitter? Or are you just looking for a house sitter? The latter 2 options have been made easy by TrustedHousesitters, while easyJet has embraced the idea. The carrier discovered through a survey of its customers that the majority of pet owners would travel more if they had better access to pet care. Therefore, easyJet and TrustedHousesitters...
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Win a roundtrip Houston-Sydney

United AirlinesUnited Airlines is searching for individuals across the USA – excluding New York and Florida – with the first or last name Sydney. They are eligible to enter for a chance to visit the city of their namesake with 1 guest through a sweepstakes launching at SydneyHoustonUnited.com. Only 1 sweepstakes entry per person is allowed. You can enter by completing the online registration form. Five winners and their guests will experience the inaugural nonstop flight from Houston to Sydney on January 18, 2018. Meanwhile, 5 Australians bearing...
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World’s shortest and longest flights

The shortest commercial international flight was from St. Gallen, Switzerland across Lake Constance to Friedrichshafen, Germany. It was the first leg of a longer route from St. Gallen to Cologne, Germany. However, this 8 minute flight of 12.5 miles (20 km) operated by People’s Viennaline has been terminated. This would imply that now the world’s shortest scheduled passenger flight would be between the Orkney Islands of Westray and Papa Westray in Scotland, UK operated by Loganair. The duration of the flight is 1.5 minutes, but the islands...
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