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You are naked

Deniz Saypinar is a Turkish model and fitness influencer, while she is also a bodybuilder. She is the first Turkish women with a professional status at the Internationale Federation for Bodybuilding and Fitness.  She is heading for the Miami Swim Week, an annual modeling show.

Short pants

However, American Airlines bars her from the flight to Miami. The reason: her shorts are too short. She claims that American literally told her: “You are naked and you offend other families.’ But American lacks a clear dress code. Via...
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Restarting air travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and  published a long-term view for post-COVID-19 passenger demand recovery. It assumes that people remain eager to travel in the short and long-term. This is partly based on the expected strength of domestic markets like China with large passenger numbers and shorter distances.


The task of Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, is to demonstrate optimism: “I am always optimistic about aviation. We are in the deepest and gravest crisis in our history. But the rapidly growing vaccinated population and advancements in testing...
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Simplified Arrival at Charlotte

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented biometric facial comparison technology at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). This is part of its efforts to secure and streamline international travel. “CBP is expanding the use of facial biometrics to provide travelers with a safe, touchless international arrival process that further secures and modernizes air travel,” says Barry Chastain, CBP director for Charlotte. “Our valuable partnership with CLT continues to enhance the travel experience. In addition, CBP looks forward to partnering with stakeholders at other international ports of entry across NC to implement Simplified...
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A new taxi concept

Erhan Kolcuoglu has had a number of IT jobs in Rotterdam until he got a brilliant idea. Taxis are very expensive in the Netherlands, due to an array of local, national, and European rules. But he finds out 2 things. First, the national rules only apply to taxis with 4 or more wheels. Second, European law classifies a car as a tricycle when the back tires are less than 46 cm apart.

Fortunately, he finds a construction firm that can convert a Ford Ka into such a ‘tricycle.’ In addition, the...
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Towards a Single European Sky

The Single European Sky (SES) project aims at reforming Europe’s air traffic management system. The International Airline Transport Association (IATA) warns that the SES will face collapse if European states don’t support the European Commission’s proposals to revive the initiative.

None of its targets have been met due to state inaction. The SES’ benefits are an improvement in safety performance by a factor of 10, greater capacity and fewer delays, and a 10% cut in EU aviation emissions, according to IATA.

SES has failed

So far, the...
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Large disparity in visa restrictions

Visa restrictions play an important role in controlling the movement of foreign nationals across borders. Almost all countries require a visa in the passports of certain non-citizens who wish to enter (or leave) their territory. Thus, it is important to find out before traveling whether you need a visa to enter your destination or transit country.

Residence permit

While visa restrictions are primarily based on citizenship, holding a residence permit may also be relevant. For example, residents in EU countries that are part of the Schengen zone may travel visa-free throughout that...
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