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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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Passengers’ missing items always retrieved

Lost bag foundEvery year passengers leave millions of items – often valuable - on planes and in airports. It costs the aviation industry millions of dollars. Lost items need to be registered, stored, managed and repatriated. Additional costs are for handling inquiries, customer calls and postage. Managing and repatriating a lost item can cost up to $95. But the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA) found a solution for this problem with its WorldTracer Lost and Found Property.

Artificial intelligence

The WorldTracer is an artificial intelligence-enabled solution that cuts the cost...
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No emotional support animals anymore

For a long time, passengers in the USA had the right to take any animal into the cabin claiming it is an emotional support animal. A survey among flight attendants showed rampant abuse of this right. However, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has finally taken action by revising its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air. Emotional support animals are no longer allowed, only service animals.

The new final rule:

* Defines a service animal as a dog that is...
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Free tickets to Hawaii

The pandemic has normalized remote work for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the state of Hawaii is offering free round trips to Oahu to out-of-state remote workers, who want to volunteer and live there temporarily. To qualify they should contribute to the state's economy by working and living there. In collaboration with schools and businesses, the state has launched a temporary residency program, known as "Movers and Shakas.”

Volunteers

Until December 15, the program will accept the first group of 50 applicants. They must be remote workers and at least 18...
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