Airlines scrap flexible travel waivers, Norwegian could pull ships from Florida if vaccine mandate sticks and more

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The end of an era: Alaska, Delta, United scrap flexible travel waiver, leaving JetBlue as lone holdout

On May 1, Alaska, Delta and United all let their flexible travel waivers expire, restoring many of the most punitive restrictions to basic economy fares.

Norwegian Cruise Line could pull ships from Florida if rule on vaccine mandates sticks

The world’s third-largest cruise company is prepared to pull its ships from Florida in the coming months if it has to comply with the state’s new law against vaccine mandates.

Related: ‘Preposterous’ new rules from CDC put summer restart in jeopardy, says top cruise executive

Threaten a Delta employee? Say goodbye to your SkyMiles account and elite status

Delta Air Lines is cracking down on unruly customers. The Atlanta-based carrier tightened its SkyMiles program terms and conditions on Tuesday to include provisions around when a frequent flyer account might be terminated. The new provision — “documented abusive behavior” — is now grounds for expulsion from the program.

New machines at TSA checkpoints could (finally) let passengers leave liquids and laptops in their bags

The TSA is working to develop a next-generation screening system that could finally let passengers leave liquids in bags at security screening checkpoints. But it could be years or even a decade before these systems are actually introduced to the public.

Startup Avelo Airlines announces new East Coast base just 1 week after launch

Avelo Airlines is headed East. The brand-new budget carrier said New Haven, Connecticut, would become its first base on the East Coast. The Thursday announcement comes just a week after Avelo flew its inaugural flight on an intra-California route between Burbank and Santa Rosa – the first of 11 routes Avelo will offer from Burbank by late May.

A great American road trip through Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

TPG’s Clint Henderson takes us on a road trip from Bozeman, Montana, to Bismarck, North Dakota, to Rapid City, South Dakota, and then on to Cody, Wyoming, before heading for a stop in Yellowstone National Park back in Montana. Along the way, you get to see places like Mount Rushmore, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Devils Tower and, finally, Old Faithful.

Why kids might be banned from cruise ships when cruising restarts

It seems increasingly likely that at least some children will not be allowed on the initial sailings that cruise lines operate out of such U.S. ports as PortMiami and Port Canaveral.

‘One of the most demanding maneuvers in aviation’ — How pilots manage crosswind landings

Nothing gives a pilot greater job satisfaction than a good crosswind landing. It takes extreme concentration, skill and teamwork to complete one of the most demanding maneuvers in aviation. This is your guide to how we deal with crosswinds.

When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

Many countries are beginning to reopen their borders to travelers after more than a year of lockdowns due to COVID-19. TPG is here to guide you through the latest in the ever-changing rules and regulations.

What happens when a woman gives birth in flight?

What happens to a baby if it’s born 35,000 feet in the air over the Pacific Ocean, as recently happened on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Hawaii? Well, the answer isn’t so cut and dry.

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