Lufthansa Business Class A350 – 2

Darn: Japan Won’t Pay For Us To Visit After All

Unfortunately it looks like Japan won't be covering half the cost of our visit after all... Japan has seen a 99.9% drop in international visitors, and last week I shared what was reported to be a plan that Japan had developed to lure foreign tourists.…

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Singita Boulders Safari

South Africa Won’t Open To Tourists Until 2021

South Africa is an incredible country to visit, from the amazing safaris, to Cape Town, to wine country. There's so much to do there, and one of my most memorable trips ever was the South African safari we took my dad on last year. If you're hoping to…

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Lufthansa Cityline

Berlin Tegel Airport Closing On June 15, 2020

This sure is going to be a strange year for airports in Berlin, as Brandenburg Airport will finally open, while Tegel Airport will be closing early... In late April it was first revealed that Berlin Tegel Airport will be "temporarily" closing early,…

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American Admirals Club Sao Paulo – 1

US Introduces New Brazil Travel Ban

Over the past few months we've seen President Trump introduce several travel bans. First there was the China travel ban in early February, then there was the European Union travel ban in mid-March, and then that travel ban was extended to the UK and…

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American Eagle Economy

Incredibly Selfish Person Tries To Fly With COVID-19

The Lansing State Journal has the story of an incident that occurred last week, where a person tried to get on a commercial flight just shortly after testing positive for COVID-19. The person had been visiting family in the area and then tested positive…

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Aerotel London Heathrow – 2

UK Adds 14-Day Self-Quarantine For Arriving Travelers

I'm not sure why this wasn't introduced months ago, but the UK has now revealed full details of an upcoming mandatory 14-day quarantine for arriving travelers. As of June 8, 2020, the United Kingdom will require all inbound passengers to self-quarantine…

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United Polaris Lounge Houston – 1

TSA Data: 318K+ People Flew Yesterday, “Only” 88% Decrease

We know that demand for air travel has plummeted, as we've seen airlines cut capacity unlike ever before. For the past several weeks I've been keeping an eye on passenger numbers, as it's interesting to see how demand is evolving. For better or worse,…

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Air Tanzania Dash 8

Tanzania Opens To (Non-Gay) Tourists Without Conditions*

There are huge restrictions on international travel at the moment. Many countries have closed their borders altogether, other countries are restricting visitors from some countries, others are requiring a mandatory quarantine, etc. And then you have…

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Andaz Tokyo – 86

Japan May Cover Half The Cost Of Your Visit

Japan is one of the places I'm most excited to eventually return to, and it looks like the country has quite a plan to lure tourists once borders reopen. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, but Japan saw a 99.9% drop in tourists for the month of…

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Aspire Lounge Zurich 1

Is This The Future Of Airport Lounges (For Now)?

While it's hardly the most important development in the airline industry right now, I still think it's an interesting topic that's worth discussing. I saw a story a couple of days ago about how Royal Caribbean will eliminate traditional buffets once…

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas Airport Introduces PPE Vending Machines

At the moment we're seeing airports roll out all kinds of initiatives to reflect the times. Just to give a couple of examples, we're seeing Paine Field introduce body temperature checks, and Hong Kong is trialing disinfecting machines. Now Las Vegas…

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Mystique Santorini – 93

When Is It “Responsible” To Travel Again?

There's a lot of talk about the future of travel, but there's something that there has been very little talk about, best I can tell -- how do we decide when it's "responsible" to travel again? Like many of you, I've been at home for about two months…

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Qatar Airways A350 Business Class – 2

The Best Airline Boarding Music To Enjoy At Home

The longer I'm at home and not flying, the more I try to incorporate aspects of aviation into my life at home. One aspect of that is boarding music, though the reality is that I've been listening to boarding music for fun for a very long time. I know…

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Hong Kong Disinfectant Machine

Hong Kong Airport Trials Disinfecting Machines

Air travel may never return to the pre-COVID-19 normal in terms of what the passenger experience is like. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I think it's safe to assume we're going to see the aviation industry test all kinds of things. We've seen…

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Paine Field Terminal 3

Paine Field Introduces Body Temperature Check

Paine Field in Everett, Washington, has become the first commercial US airport to introduce temperature checks for all passengers. This week Paine Field has introduced a mandatory body temperature check for all passengers departing from the airport.…

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American Main Cabin Extra – 21

Full Flight Outrage: Who Is To Blame?

There's a trend I've noticed recently, and I'm not sure where exactly the blame falls -- on the passengers, on airlines, on regulators, or on all three parties. There has been a significant uptick in outrage in the past week or so regarding full flights.…

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