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American Airlines Boots Woman From Flight for Not Wearing Face Mask

Airlines said they were going to start cracking down on passengers who did not wear a face mask during flights, and apparently they weren’t kidding.

American Airlines booted a female passenger before a July 19 flight for refusing to wear a mask.

As she gathered her belongings and exited the plane, other passengers on board began to cheer and clap.

The unidentified woman said she had a medical condition that prevented her from wearing a mask, but American Airlines – like most major carriers – has a policy that requires passengers to wear masks at all times while onboard.

Delta Air Lines, in fact, has introduced a policy requiring a medical evaluation for those that claim they can’t wear masks because of health reasons.

As the woman left, some on the plane began clapping, which prompted the woman to turn around and say “You can clap all you want.”

One passenger responded, “Just leave, we have flights to get on.”

Full details n Travel Pulse.com

Delta Turns Flight Around After Multiple Passengers Refuse to Wear Masks

Details are emerging over why a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta was turned around and returned to Detroit on Thursday, and once again face masks are the issue.

According to reports, two passengers refused to wear face masks during the flight – a mandate for virtually every airline – and the plane returned to Detroit Metro Airport in suburban Romulus.

A Delta spokesperson told the MLive.com media outlet that the flight was delayed because the passengers “were non-compliant with crew instructions.” The flight did take off again and land in Atlanta after being delayed by the return to Detroit.

It is just the latest in a series of issues involving refusal to wear face masks during flight.

It happened to American Airlines earlier this week when a woman was booted off a plane, and it happened on Spirit Airlines earlier this month.

Delta in particular has strongly enforced its policy.

This week, the airline announced it will now require a virtual medical evaluation from passengers if they have a health condition that prevents them from wearing a face mask.

And if it isn’t possible, the carrier is asking passengers to reconsider traveling at all.

"We encourage customers who are prevented from wearing a mask due to a health condition to reconsider travel," Delta said in a statement. "If they decide to travel, they will be welcome to fly upon completing a virtual consultation prior to departure at the airport to ensure everyone's safety, because nothing is more important."

Where Can Americans Travel Right Now? A Country-by-Country Guide

As the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic put international travel on hold earlier this year, Americans looking to add another stamp to their passport postponed their global itineraries and embraced backyard staycations and road trips instead. 

Months later, COVID-19 is far from over in the United States but countries around the world are starting to welcome tourists back. Unfortunately, due to an uptick in coronavirus cases and varying levels of restrictions throughout the nation, many countries have blocked Americans from visiting. Most recently, the European Union announced it will reopen its borders to more than a dozen non-EU countries on July 1, but not to the U.S.

Additionally, the State Department imposed a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory that has been in place since March, instructions "to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19." 

 

Since the countries listed below are currently accepting American visitors, those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 before departure — and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration. 

Aruba will start welcoming U.S. visitors to its turquoise waters on July 10, according to the Aruba Tourism Authority. This follows the opening of its borders to travelers from the Caribbean (except the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada starting July 1.

Tourists will have to complete a self-health declaration 72 hours before arriving in Aruba as well as show a negative COVID-19 test or pre-pay for a test to be completed while there. The island, which started reopening outdoor restaurants on May 25, has a cleaning and hygiene certification program for tourism-related businesses focusing on things like plexiglass barriers at desks.

Bahamas

The Bahamas plans to reopen to international commercial travel on July 1, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation shared with Travel + Leisure. The islands first reopened to yachts and private planes on June 15. 

Travelers arriving between July 1 and July 7 will have to show a negative COVID-19 test no more than 10 days old. After July 7, that test needs to be no more than seven days old, according to the ministry. Visitors will also have to fill out an electronic Health Visa before their departure.

To reassure tourists, the Bahamas introduced a “Clean & Pristine certification program” for tourism-related businesses like hotels and restaurants.

Several flights are resuming to the Bahamas, according to the tourism ministry, including Southwest, JetBlue, and Delta Air Lines.

Barbados

Barbados is expected to reopen to tourists on July 12. Visitors are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure and be able to present negative results at the airport. Travelers can also choose to undergo a test at the airport and quarantine until the results are ready. 

On June 1, the island reopened retailers, parks, and dining in restaurants, according to the Barbados Government Information Service. On June 15, all businesses were allowed to open and timing restrictions on beaches were eliminated.

Vail Resorts Are Reopening Across the Country — What to Know About Their Health and Safety Procedures

Some of the most scenic views in the country will once again welcome visitors as Vail Resorts gets ready to reopen its iconic mountain resorts, complete with social distancing, mandatory face masks, and enhanced cleaning, the company shared with Travel + Leisure.

“Summer is a special time in the mountains and we are excited to welcome guests back to the outdoors to have fun, refresh and recharge,” Pat Campbell, the president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division, said in a statement shared with T+L. “While we are offering limited summer activities, we are lucky that our beautiful outdoor settings provide a landscape to experience nature and to easily practice physical distancing so we all can safely return to the mountains we love.

 

It is our expectation that guests help us ensure the experience is safe for them and for our employees by following our new guidelines. As summer progresses, we look forward to opening more activities and adventures at our resorts.”

While Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado and Okemo and Mount Snow in Vermont have already opened for hiking and scenic gondola rides, Whistler Blackcomb in British ColumbiaVail, Beaver Creek, Park City, and Breckenridge will follow soon after in the beginning of July.

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Sandals thanks travel agents with a virtual singalong

TORONTO — The Sandals Resorts International team has banded together to serenade travel agents with a special song of appreciation.

Following Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart’s video message earlier this month, the virtual choir was put together to thank agents for all that they’ve done and are doing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members from across the Caribbean participated in the singalong.

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This is what agents are responsible for in the wake of coronavirus: TICO

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TORONTO — To help travel agents reassure client concerns about the coronavirus, TICO has issued a special Registrar Bulletin that includes relevant tips and information.

Noting that it has received several enquiries from both consumers and registrants regarding the global outbreak and the Government of Canada’s subsequent travel advisory, TICO is advising agents of the following:

Conditions that may impact the decision to purchase travel services:

• Registrants are required to warn customers of the reports of coronavirus. Prior to reserving travel services for a customer, a travel agent shall bring to the customer’s attention any conditions that the travel agent has reason to believe may affect the customer’s decision to make the purchase. This would include any safety concerns relating to the travel destination at the time of booking, regardless of whether the government has issued a travel advisory for that destination...

Air Canada teams with PayPal for new online payment option

MONTREAL — Air Canada passengers booking online at aircanada.com in Canada can now use PayPal as a payment option.

Customers can pay for their flights with their preferred payment method – bank account, credit cards or Visa Debit card – linked to their PayPal account.

“Air Canada’s strategy is to continually provide customers the opportunity to make their purchase using their preferred method of payment,” said Keith Wallis, Senior Director, Payments and Distribution, at Air Canada.

“We are therefore pleased to announce our agreement with PayPal, the popular online payment system that is secure, fast and convenient to use. Having now made PayPal available for ticket sales in Canada, we will look to expand the program to other markets as opportunities arise.”

Air Canada is PayPal’s first airline partner in Canada. PayPal has more than 300 million active users worldwide.

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3 Major U.S. Airlines Suspend China Flights Over Coronavirus

American, Delta and United will halt service to the Chinese mainland, widening the impact of the outbreak on business and travel.

Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines said on Friday morning that they were suspending service between the United States and China — drastically limiting service just hours before the Trump administration issued new travel restrictions of its own.

American Airlines said it was suspending all flights to and from mainland China immediately through March 27. Delta and United said they would suspend service starting on Feb. 6 to accommodate customers and employees. United said it expected to resume operations on March 28. Delta said its suspension would last through April 30.

American Airlines and United said they would still operate flights between the United States and Hong Kong. Delta does not fly to that city.

Share prices in all three airlines were down for the day — nearly 4 percent for United, more than 3 percent for American and nearly 2.5 percent for Delta — as concerns about the virus led to a broad market decline. The S&P 500 was down nearly 2 percent.

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Air Canada Suspends Flights to Beijing, Shanghai

MONTREAL, Jan. 29, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada said today that following the Government of Canada's Advisory to avoid non-essential travel to mainland China it is temporarily suspending all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai effective January 30, 2020 until February 29, 2020.

Air Canada's last flights departing Canada will operate today and the return flights will operate from Beijing and Shanghai tomorrow, January 30, 2020. Affected customers will be notified and offered options, including travel on other carriers where available, or a full refund. Air Canada regrets this situation and apologizes for the serious disruption to our customers' travel plans.  

Air Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada and Global Affairs and will adjust its schedule as appropriate.

Air Canada currently operates direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

 

January 29, 2020

Summary

Air Canada said that following the Government of Canada’s Advisory to avoid non-essential travel to mainland China, it is temporarily suspending all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai effective January 30, 2020 until February 29, 2020.

Air Canada’s last flights departing Canada will operate Jan. 29, 2020 and the return flights will operate from Beijing and Shanghai on Jan. 30, 2020. Affected customers will be notified and offered options, including travel on other carriers where available, or a full refund. Air Canada regrets this situation and apologizes for the serious disruption to our customers’ travel plans.

Air Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada and Global Affairs and will adjust its schedule as appropriate.

Air Canada currently operates direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

 
Flights to and from Hong Kong and Taipei remain unaffected. 

More information

My flight to/from mainland China has been cancelled. What are my options?
If your flight has been cancelled, and you want to travel in the next few days, please contact us at 1-888-247-2262 (click here for international and other numbers) or contact your travel agent to discuss options to be rebooked with other carriers, where possible. For Aeroplan redemption bookings, please call 1-800-361-5373.

I’m booked to/from mainland China in the future, but my flight has NOT been cancelled, can I rebook my flight or get a refund?

  • Customers whose flights have been cancelled will be notified.

  • Depending on your travel dates, you may be eligible for a full refund. To request a refund on a ticket for future travel to/from mainland China, visit aircanada.com/refundrequest.

  • For alternate travel options, please contact us at 1-888-247-2262 (click here for international and other numbers) or contact your travel agent. For Aeroplan redemption bookings, please call 1-800-361-5373.

                                   

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