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Commentary: What a trip to the airport revealed about masking among air travelers

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Back in November, I collected some data during a flight delay at a Chicago-area airport and found that the majority of travelers (85% to 90%) were adhering to the federal transportation mask mandate in place at the time. When the mandate ended in April following a court decision, many rejoiced in their new maskless freedom.

As a data scientist,...Read more

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'Varsity Blues' moms, dads jet-setting again – except one who once claimed 'cardiac' shock

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BOSTON — “Varsity Blues” moms and dads are back to their jet-setting ways hobnobbing in Fiji, Ireland, England, Scotland, Turkey and Germany.

But one college admissions cheater on home confinement isn’t so lucky.

San Diego television executive Elisabeth Kimmel, under house arrest for a year for scamming her kids into Georgetown ...Read more

World-traveling Detroiter Jessica Nabongo shares journey in new memoir

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DETROIT — Forty-one countries away from hitting her goal of traveling to every country in the world by the age of 35 — and becoming the first Black woman to do it — Detroiter Jessica Nabongo was over it. Over the travel. Over the logistics. Over it all.

"Nothing was working out and I was so depressed," said Nabongo, who was in a market in...Read more

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US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that all travelers test negative for coronavirus before flying to the U.S., amid pressure from airlines that viewed the measure as excessive and blamed it for depressing ticket purchases.

The change will take effect just after midnight on June 12 and be reassessed by the Centers...Read more

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CDC to lift COVID-test mandate for flyers to US starting June 12

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The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international travelers test negative for coronavirus before flying to the U.S., amid pressure from airlines that viewed the measure as excessive and blamed it for depressing ticket purchases.

The change will take effect just after midnight on June 12 and be reassessed by the Centers for ...Read more

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International travel still lags amid COVID, inflation and gun worries

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International tourists are gradually returning to Florida and the rest of the United States, but some potential travelers aren’t booking vacations because of COVID testing requirements, inflation and gun violence, experts at a travel trade show in Orlando said this week.

Addressing those concerns is a priority for officials, as the U.S. ...Read more

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Commentary: A trip revealed how serious Peru is taking the pandemic. My return to Chicago led to infection

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When the plane touched down in Chicago, I sighed with relief. After meticulous planning, we were returning from a two-week trip to Lima, Peru. We hadn’t seen my partner’s sister — soon to turn 91 years old — for five years and felt that with thorough precautions, we could keep ourselves and our loved ones safe while in Peru during the ...Read more

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Rose Leslie and Theo James fall in love and fall through time in 'The Time Traveler's Wife'

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The new HBO show “The Time Traveler’s Wife” gives a whole new meaning to the term “childhood sweethearts.”

The main character, Clare Abshire, fell in love with Henry DeTamble when she was 6 and he was 31. Then again when he was 40. They started dating when she was 20 and he was 28. And somehow, somewhere, they found a sweeping love ...Read more

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How 'The Time Traveler's Wife' keeps its grasp on reality

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In a show about time travel, two friends hold down the center of the universe.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife,” which premiered Sunday on HBO, revolves around one couple, Henry (Theo James) and Clare (Rose Leslie), as the former is torn from time at the drop of the hat and the latter is left standing there, waiting for him to come home. Leslie...Read more

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Traveling this summer? CDC recommends everyone test for COVID-19 in days before flying

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If you are traveling internationally or within the U.S. this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you test for COVID-19 in the days before flying.

The agency’s recommendation for all travelers regardless of vaccination status came in an update to its COVID-19 testing website on May 16.

“Consider getting tested ...Read more

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Travel nurses see swift change of fortunes as COVID-19 money runs dry

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Tiffanie Jones was a few tanks of gas into her drive from Tampa, Florida, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, when she found out her travel nurse contract had been canceled.

Jones, who has been a nurse for 17 years, caught up with a Facebook group for travel nurses and saw she wasn’t alone. Nurses had reported abruptly losing jobs and seeing their rates ...Read more

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Delta CEO predicts busy summer travel season

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Even as he sees long-term changes to how people work and travel for business, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said international and business passengers are coming back strong.

Travel across the board is expected to be busy this summer, and the carrier is taking steps to address typical summer flight challenges such as bad weather and full ...Read more

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Flight cancellations persisted after January COVID-19 spike, data show

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Flight cancellations continue to persist for U.S. airlines since severe disruptions caused by the January COVID-19 surge and even as carriers staff up ahead of what's expected to be a busy summer travel season, according to the latest federal data on air travel.

Airlines canceled 4.5% of their domestic flights in February, according to the U.S....Read more

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LAX sees 1 million monthly international travelers for first time since pandemic's start

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Los Angeles International Airport saw more than 1 million international passengers in March, the first time its monthly tally has hit that mark since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, airport officials said Thursday.

The increase comes as both domestic and international air travel continues to rebound from the pandemic.

"We saw things ...Read more

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Travel nurse agencies cash in on Stanford strike and pandemic

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“Turn Your Nursing Passion into Profit. Contact Us Today!”

The recruitment plea from an employment agency called HSG Strike Staffing was one of many that attracted thousands of replacement nurses to fill positions left empty this week by the first nursing strike at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California in two decades. Crossing the ...Read more

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CDC's top COVID-19 doctor explains how travelers can reduce risk in a mask-optional world

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Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go. You’re standing there, outside your door. And you’re thinking, “If I catch COVID-19 on this trip, I could get seriously ill or die.”

You got a fresh N95 respirator for the trip. And you were counting on most of your fellow travelers to cover their noses and mouths too: the driver of your ride-...Read more

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Travel in the time of COVID: Getting there is easy -- it's getting home that's hard

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I’m being held captive in England by the U.S. government.

On the day my wife and I were to fly home from London after a brief visit, we took a COVID-19 test, as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to travel to the U.S. The United States will not allow anyone to fly into the country who has tested positive for COVID-19, ...Read more

 

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