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Crowds of July 4 travelers get some reprieve as cancellations ebb

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The biggest crowds of July 4 holiday travelers since the COVID-19 pandemic jostled their way through U.S. airports this weekend, keeping stress on an already beleaguered transportation system.

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 4.65 million passengers on Friday and Saturday, about 2.7% more than in the pre-COVID-19 ...Read more

July 4th travelers face canceled flights, crowded airports and higher fares

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People across the U.S. are expected to fly in the highest numbers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for the July 4 holiday weekend, stressing a beleaguered transportation system experiencing tens of thousands of cancellations and delays.

Nearly 8,000 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were delayed on Friday and 587 were canceled. ...Read more

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Fourth of July weekend travelers head out despite crowds, high gas prices

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Despite soaring gas prices and the threat of delayed or canceled flights, experts are predicting travelers will be out this holiday weekend at levels not seen since before the pandemic, and in some cases, at record highs.

Experts with the American Automobile Association predict that 42 million people across the U.S. will be on the road over the...Read more

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Independence Day weekend may feel anything but liberating for air travelers this year

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Airline travelers this Fourth of July weekend may again encounter a national holiday filled with delays and cancellations as air carriers continue to struggle with staffing and other issues that keep planes and customers at the gate.

If the month of June is any indication, this coming weekend, which traditionally sees a spike in the number of ...Read more

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California won't pay for travel to four states over laws prohibiting transgender girls in sports

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California is banning state-funded travel to four states that passed laws this year prohibiting transgender women and girls from competing in school sports according to their gender identities.

State agencies will no longer pay for travel to Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana or Utah, according to a Thursday announcement by California Attorney General...Read more

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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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