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Managing health credentials

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the arrival in London of the first travelers using the IATA Travel Pass. With this app they can manage their travel health credentials. The travelers flew on Singapore Airlines.

IATA Travel Pass

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General, is enthusiastic about the trial with Singapore Airlines that took the passengers to London. Obviously, he is happy with the IATA Travel Pass and its successful implementation. “This flight demonstrates that technology can help travelers and governments to manage travel health credentials....
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Prospect for aviation remains gloomy

Total passenger demand for air travel in January 2021 is down 72% compared with 2 years ago, January 2019. A comparison with 1 year ago, January 2020, would be distorted due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Domestic demand

Total domestic demand is down over 47% compared to January 2019 levels. International passenger demand in January 2021 is nearly 86% lower than in January 2019. This is a further drop compared with the more than 85% year-on-year decline recorded in December. Thus, 2021 is starting off worse than 2020 ended, says IATA’s Director...
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Travel trends in the corona era

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has conducted a survey among 4,700 travelers in 11 countries. It reveals among other things that there is some public support for travel restrictions.

Main results

* 88% believe that when opening borders, the right balance must be struck between managing COVID-19 risks and getting the economy going again. * 85% believe that governments should set COVID-19 targets (such as testing capacity or vaccine distribution) to re-open borders. * 84% believe that COVID-19 will not disappear. We need to manage its risks while living and traveling normally. * 68%...
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Jumping the vaccination line

Two women try to pass as senior citizens to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. But they are turned away and given warnings for trespassing at a vaccination site in Orlando, Florida. “We realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccines for the second time,” says Dr. Raul Pino (picture). He is director of the health department in Orange County. “They wore bonnets, they had gloves and glasses, the whole thing.”

Vaccination site at Orange County

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office identified the women....
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The best hotels in the USA

Four Seasons Resort Lanai, HawaiiU.S. News & World Report presents a ranking of the best hotels in the USA. It is based on an analysis of a number of underlying components. They include industry awards and recognition, hotel star ratings or hotel class and guest ratings.

Ranking the best hotels

Multiple sources have been reviewed to estimate the mean-average hotel class rating for each hotel. The editors believe this is an unbiased approach that makes their rankings more useful than simply providing the editors'...
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Ryanair delays compensation by 4 years

Ryanair planeIn 2017, 4 passengers fly Ryanair from Malta to the Netherlands, where they arrive more than 3 hours late. The reason is a defect aircraft radio that needs to be replaced. After arrival the passengers claim through Claimingo €400 ($490) per person compensation referring to EU regulation 261/2004.

Compensation

The carrier refuses to pay based on a session ban in its terms & conditions. This means that a third party can’t file a claim on behalf of a duped passenger. A second argument Ryanair adduces,...
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