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  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 4,450 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports

    10/21/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 9:13 AM EDT | Associated Press
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says that Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities.
  • U.S. to Route Passengers From Ebola-Hit Nations to 5 Airports

    10/21/2014 11:20:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10-21-2014 | MATT APUZZO
    Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports screening for the disease, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said Tuesday as the Obama administration stepped up precautions to stop the spread of the virus. Last week, the government instituted temperature checks for West Africans arriving at Kennedy International in New York, Newark Liberty International, Washington Dulles International, O’Hare International in Chicago, and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta. The five airports already account for 94 percent of all arrivals from the affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A...
  • 4 Things Every American Should Know About Uber.Com, AirBnB.Com, et. al.

    10/19/2014 5:08:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Austin Hill
    Uber.Com. AirBnB.Com. TaskRabbit.Com. What are these websites about, and why are they so controversial? Let's be clear: these websites, and others like them, are online hubs for what is best described as the emerging "freelance services industries." The service providers you find through these websites are most certainly freelancers, not established corporate business owners or employees of other peoples' companies. Uber.Com, a San Francisco-based venture that matches people who need a ride from one end of a city to another with people who have cars and are willing to travel, is perhaps the most high profile of these entities.Visit the...
  • Vouching for the Visa Waiver Program

    10/18/2014 10:41:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    “We are in a dangerous place in the world, perhaps more dangerous than in the past 10 years.” That’s what former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff had to say when he visited The Heritage Foundation recently. And with reports of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS, all over the news, it’s not hard to see why. As Chertoff noted, terrorist groups have proliferated “from Africa east to Afghanistan.” Frightening images of beheadings and other forms of graphic violence are all too common. And news that some Americans have gone to the Middle East...
  • Nassim Taleb: Here's What People Don't Understand About Ebola

    10/17/2014 3:57:05 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies
    BI ^ | 10-17-2014 | Shane Ferro
    Shane Ferro October 17, 2014Multiplication — that's what people don't understand about Ebola, according to Nassim Taleb, the author of "Fooled by Randomness" and "The Black Swan." More specifically, Taleb explained to Business Insider that many people talking about the disease don't "have a grasp of the severity of the multiplicative process." The argument that the US should be more worried about a disease like cancer — which has more stable rates of infection than Ebola does currently — is a logic that Taleb calls "the empiricism of the idiots." The basic idea: The growth rate of Ebola infection is...
  • McConnell Says CDC Should Get Money Needed to Battle Ebola [Defers to CDC on travel ban!]

    10/16/2014 5:07:12 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 37 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/16/2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    If federal health agencies under President Barack Obama want more money to fight Ebola, they should get it, according to the Senate’s top Republican. “I think they should have anything they want. The president asked for $88 million a few weeks ago, we gave it to him,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told MSNBC. “Whatever the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] thinks they need, we’ll give it to them.” The White House hasn’t yet requested more money, although some Democrats have blasted cuts to the CDC budget and other accounts from sequestration. MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked McConnell about...
  • Ebola Travel Bans Enacted by Nearly 30 Countries, but Not US

    10/16/2014 11:41:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/16/2014 | Nick Sanchez
    Nearly every African nation has instituted travel bans on West African countries with significant Ebola outbreaks. Though the Obama administration has insisted travel bans are not necessary, even countries outside of Africa are beginning to start such travel bans, with Colombia and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on Wednesday adding their names to a growing list of nearly 30 countries that block travelers from virus-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. African nations including Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa make up the bulk of the countries that have instituted some kind of ban, and now that countries on the other...
  • CDC considers adding names of health workers monitored for Ebola to no-fly list

    10/16/2014 6:43:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Fox News
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering adding the names of healthcare workers being monitored for the Ebola virus to the government's no-fly list, federal officials tell Fox News. The move is being considered as a response to Wednesday's disclosure that Dallas nurse Amber Joy Vinson was cleared to fly on a commercial airliner earlier this week despite having been exposed to the Ebola virus while treating Thomas Edward Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Two Northeast Ohio Teachers May Have Been Exposed to Ebola Virus (At least 2 schools shut-down)

    10/15/2014 11:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Cleveland Leader ^ | October 16, 2014 | Julie Kent
    A Northeast Ohio area teacher was on board the same plane that carried Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who travelled through Cleveland and was hours later diagnosed with Ebola virus. Two Solon schools announced that they will be closed on Thursday as a precaution after learning that a Solon Middle School staff member traveled home from Dallas on Frontier Airlines on Tuesday on a different flight, and an elementary teacher from Cleveland who confirmed contact with an Ebola infected person will be staying home from work until cleared by health officials to return to work. Solon sent the following email...
  • Another Ebola Risk: It Eats Logic

    10/11/2014 4:06:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Reading the bio alongside Steven Bucci’s Daily Signal piece on the Ebola-inspired Liberia travel ban made me want to meet him and shake his hand. He “served America for three decades as an Army special forces officer and top Pentagon official,” now serving as director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Military Hero. Heritage. How do I not love that? Yet oddly, his piece opposing a temporary block on incoming West African travelers struck me as completely wrong, so my usual instinct kicked in— to welcome him to my radio show. His headline, “Wisdom...
  • Ebola outbreak: Canadians in 3 West African countries advised to leave

    10/10/2014 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Gadsden1st · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | The Canadian Press
    Health Minister Rona Ambrose is urging Canadians in three countries in West Africa where the Ebola virus is raging to consider leaving now. The federal government issued a travel advisory Friday aimed at 216 Canadians who live in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. "Today we are asking Canadians living in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to consider leaving by commercial means while they are still available," Ambrosa said in Edmonton Friday.
  • List of countries & airlines with travel restrictions to West African Ebola stricken countries Oct08

    10/08/2014 7:35:36 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 13 replies
    International Travel Briefing as of 10/08/2014 Ebola stricken countried restricted from: Cape Verde Cameroon Mauritius Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states – Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – have stated that travellers coming from Ebola-affected countries (according to the World Health Organisation, WHO) would be monitored for 21 days and that travel to member countries for any gatherings would be discouraged. Namibia's Gambia Côte d'Ivoire announced on 23 August that it had closed its land borders with Guinea and Liberia. Gabon Rwanda Senegal Chad...
  • Cruises Change Itineraries Due to Ebola Concerns

    10/06/2014 3:08:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Several cruise lines have changed itineraries due to concerns over Ebola, canceling port stops in West Africa. On Holland America Line's 35-day African Explorer cruise aboard the MS Rotterdam, from Cape Town, South Africa, to Southampton, England, three ports of call in Ghana, Gambia and Senegal will be replaced with an added overnight in Cape Town, an added overnight in Cape Verde and a stop in Tangier, Morocco, according to Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord....
  • Hilton to sell Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurer

    10/06/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT · by illiac · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/6/14 | Karmin/Calia
    Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has agreed to sell its most prestigious hotel, Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria, for $1.95 billion to a Chinese insurance company, the hotel operator said Monday. The sale price is among the highest ever for any hotel and represents the latest sign of intense international demand for luxury hotels and other trophy properties in major global cities. The Waldorf Astoria’s price of $1.3 million a room is also among the highest ever paid in the U.S. on a per-room basis. The acquisition is the first major deal in the U.S. for Anbang Insurance Group Co., which beat out...
  • NATIONAL PHYSICIAN ORGANIZATION DIRECTOR: 'RESTRICTED ENTRY' NECESSARY TO STOP SPREAD OF EBOLA

    10/04/2014 2:08:15 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 4, 2014 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    The executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons states that restricted entry to the United States will be necessary to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. “The potential for devastating loss of life is real,” wrote Dr. Jane M. Orient on the website of AAPS. “The disease must be stopped before there are millions of persons exposed instead of 100.” Orient said that restricting entry to the United States means that travelers from areas affected by Ebola must be “carefully screened and quarantined when indicated.” Additionally, she warned that to contain the spread of Ebola,...
  • WHITE HOUSE: NO TRAVEL BAN FROM AFRICA NEEDED DESPITE EBOLA SCARE IN DALLAS

    10/04/2014 12:21:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 102 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 4, 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    The federal government is not considering a travel ban to the United States from Africa, thanks to a “sophisticated multi layer screening system" at airports in Africa, according to the White House. “If we can screen through the transportation system to ensure that individuals that are exhibiting symptoms don't have access to a transportation system, then you can keep the transportation system secure,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters aboard Air Force One. A travel ban would make it more difficult for professionals to reach Africa to help end the Ebola epidemic, he explained.
  • Prescription for avoiding Ebola airport screening: ibuprofen

    10/02/2014 10:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Baltimore Sun / Reuters ^ | October 3, 2014 | Sharon Begley
    People who contract Ebola in West Africa can get through airport screenings and onto a plane with a lie and a lot of ibuprofen, according to healthcare experts who believe more must be done to identify infected travelers. At the very least, they said, travelers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries should be screened for fever, which is currently done on departure from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But such safeguards are not foolproof. "The fever-screening instruments run low and aren't that accurate," said infection control specialist Sean Kaufman, president of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions, a biosafety company based in Atlanta. "And people...
  • Ebola fears prompt calls for travel restrictions between U.S., West Africa

    10/02/2014 5:39:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 2, 2014 | Stephen Dinan & Tom Howell Jr.
    Thomas Eric Duncan case raises questions about U.S. preparedness to stem deadly virusThe first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. is prompting calls for heavy travel restrictions between the U.S. and those West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak — and one advocate is even warning against the possibility of “Ebola tourism” by patients seeking better care here. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed case, remained in isolation in a Texas hospital Thursday after having traveled from Liberia last month, leaving health officials to try to track down up to 100 persons he may have come in contact...
  • Ebola Scare: United Airlines Trying to Contact Passengers

    10/02/2014 3:01:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 2, 2014 | By SUSAN CAREY
    Looking for Riders on Two Flights Believed to Have Carried U.S. Ebola Patient.
  • Interim Guidance about Ebola Infection for Airline Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel

    10/02/2014 1:15:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Purpose: To give information to airlines on stopping ill travelers from boarding, managing and reporting onboard sick travelers, protecting crew and passengers from infection, and cleaning the plane and disinfecting contaminated areas. Key Points: ** A U.S. Department of Transportation rule permits airlines to deny boarding to air travelers with serious contagious diseases that could spread during flight, including travelers with possible Ebola symptoms. This rule applies to all flights of U.S. airlines, and to direct flights (no change of planes) to or from the United States by foreign airlines. ** Cabin crew should follow routine infection control precautions for...
  • White House: No Ebola travel restrictions

    10/01/2014 2:12:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The White House said Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions or introduce new airport screenings to prevent additional cases of Ebola from entering the United States. Spokesman Josh Earnest said that current anti-Ebola measures, which include screenings in West African airports and observation of passengers in the United States, will be sufficient to prevent the “wide spread” of the virus. The chances of a U.S. epidemic are “incredibly low,” he said. “The reason for that is that it is not possible to transmit Ebola through the air. ... The only way that an individual can contract Ebola is by...
  • Cities to visit in Europe??

    09/29/2014 9:05:14 AM PDT · by babylon_times · 84 replies
    Me and a few friends will be spending 3 weeks in Europe Early next summer.... Has anyone here been over there? What are a few things "We shouldn't miss"?
  • Travel to Mexico

    09/28/2014 6:05:57 PM PDT · by bushwon · 136 replies
    Me | 09/28/2014 | Bushwon
    Daughter is traveling to Mexico City, and I am looking for some useful travel references...some first-hand Freeper info/advice, or books/websites that have a "step-by-step" account of what to expect when she arrives at the airport. She has never traveled to a Mexico (or any other country forthat matter), and it has been a long time since I traveled to Mexico, so I am looking for the latest information to provide to her. Thank you for your help.
  • Air Canada warns pilots about bringing PORN in plane cockpits

    09/27/2014 3:16:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9-26-14 | Chris Kitching
    A Canadian airline has sent a warning to its pilots to stop bringing pornographic material into the cockpit. In an internal bulletin to staff, Air Canada threatened to sack and/or pursue criminal charges against pilots who were caught displaying ‘inappropriate material’ on a flight. The warning was sent to employees after obscene material was discovered while an official with Transport Canada, the national industry regulator, was seated in the cockpit. The bulletin was issued a year ago, but has recently been obtained by CBC News. In the notice, Rod Graham, Air Canada’s chief pilot and director of fleet operations and...
  • (Exempt) Landrieu releases report on questionable flights, new safeguards, after repaying $34K

    09/13/2014 3:06:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/13/14
    **SNIP** The three-term senator on Friday apologized for the mistakes that she blamed on “sloppy bookkeeping" and said that on Sept. 1 she put new procedures in place. “I take full responsibility,” Landrieu said. “They should have never happened, and I apologize for this. A new system has been established that has been successfully used by a number of Senate offices to provide a safeguard from this happening in the future.” The 11-page report shows 104 flights. It also states the campaign spent $202,330 for separate flights for campaign travel over the period in question, that the $33,727 repaid is...
  • (Still exempt) Landrieu Fails to Produce Promised Air Charter Travel Report on Time

    09/11/2014 5:27:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/11/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    When the controversy surrounding Senator Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) use of taxpayer funds to pay for campaign travel first broke back in August, her Senate office spokesperson Matthew Lehner promised Landrieu would produce a full report of her travel activities "by the time" the Senate returned from its August recess and returned to session in September. By Thursday, the fourth day since the Senate's September session began, Landrieu has produced diddly squat. Efforts to contact Lehner, who made that promise on her behalf, resulted in an automatic email saying that, as of September 2, he no longer worked in her congressional...
  • Students can pay to arrive at university in a private jet, Aston Martin or even a carriage

    09/08/2014 11:03:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 9 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8 September 2014 | Carol Driver
    Students can wave goodbye to being driven to university by embarrassing parents in an overloaded car – and pay to arrive in style instead. Launching on Monday, The Very Important Fresher package offers those with the budget the option to travel to campus by helicopter, private jet, Ferrari or Aston Martin. Other luxury options include a Rolls Royce Phantom, Mclaren P1 – and even a horse and carriage - which will set buyers back up to £25,000.
  • It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

    09/02/2014 11:35:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 2, 2014 | Scott Mayerowitz
    Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts.
  • What to do at Niagara Falls?(Vanity)

    08/29/2014 3:57:39 PM PDT · by Wingy · 84 replies
    Wingy | 8/29/2014 | Wingy
    So a few weeks ago, my Wonderful Wife got a bug in her bonnet to see Niagara Falls.
  • How windowless planes could be the future of cheap air travel

    08/26/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:03PM BST 26 Aug 2014 | By Alice Philipson
    Windowless planes could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel. In place of windows, plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft. It is hoped the technology will significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers. The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit. The technology could be rolled out in...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Says It’s Going To Iraq To Protest ISIS

    08/22/2014 9:06:42 PM PDT · by Borges · 71 replies
    Addicting Info ^ | 8/22/2014 | JAMESON PARKER
    Westboro Baptist Church, the hate group that masquerades as a religious organization, is known for their publicity stunts, but they may have bit off more than they can chew with this one. After a comedian offered to pay for them to fly to Iraq so they can protest real Christian persecution at the hands of Islamic militants, the group tweeted that they have accepted his offer. They want to take their picket signs and head over to a country currently occupied by a group that beheads Christian children without hesitation – this ought to go well. To bring you up...
  • 'Suicide Tourism' to Switzerland Doubles in 4 Years

    08/22/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies
    Medscape news ^ | August 21, 2014 | Megan Brooks
    The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These "suicide tourists" are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, the study suggests. Saskia Gauthier, MD, from the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, and colleagues report their findings in an article published online August 20 in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Assisted suicide is restricted in many countries, but in...
  • With fewest canceled flights, Delta wins best airline title

    08/11/2014 6:45:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/8/14
    Delta is the best airline in the U.S., that is, if you are looking for fewer canceled flights or mishandled bags and on-time arrivals. "Of course, we don't have a measurement for the widths of flight attendants' smiles or other intangibles, but if you look at the numbers, Delta comes out on top this year," said George Hobica, founder and president of Airfarewatchdog, which puts together the annual list.
  • The 2014 Friendliest (and Unfriendliest) Cities in the World

    08/08/2014 7:22:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Conde Nash Traveler ^ | August 7, 2014 | Staff
    This year’s list of friendliest (and unfriendliest) cities in the U.S., as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler readers, boasted a lot of Southern hospitality and big-city chilliness, but what do you get when you widen the list to include the whole world? The results may surprise you.
  • B&B opens at site of former polygamous compound

    07/30/2014 7:26:01 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 21 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | July 29, 2014 | AnnieKnox
    HILDALE — Continental breakfasts are now being served at a bed and breakfast that has opened on the site of a sprawling, mostly unoccupied compound in southern Utah that was built for the leader of a polygamous sect. America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast takes its name from Warren Jeff’s time on the list of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives. Accommodations in the Hildale bed and breakfast run from $85 to $200 a night. Hildale and neighboring Colorado City, Arizona, are both home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Former Jeffs...
  • The Easiest Way to Catch Bahamian lobster?

    07/25/2014 3:11:39 PM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 23 replies
    MGM Yachts ^ | Melanie Burke
    This looks fun! ======================= Bahamas Lobster Season: Lobster season in The Bahamas opens August 1 and runs through March 31st, and there are some very specific rules you must abide by as a visitor. Here are some of the rules: Taking lobster out of season is an obvious no-no. Nothing more needs to be stated on that. You must obtain a fishing permit when you clear customs. In Florida the permits are required for each person, however in the Bahamas the permits are obtained for the boat. If you’re on a chartered yacht, chances are they carry a legal fishing...
  • Flying soon? Expect fee turbulence [Obama-approved cost goes up today, 7/21/14]

    07/21/2014 5:38:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 7/20/14 | Mark Davis
    ....On Monday, Transportation Security Administration fee hikes go into effect, and they will have the greatest impact on travelers who make nonstop flights or have long layovers between flights. Critics say the agency should call the fees what they really are: a tax hike. “Anyway you look at it, this is an increase in taxes,” said Charlie Leocha, chairman of the consumer group Travelers United. The old fee had been $2.50 for a nonstop and $5 for a connecting flight. The maximum fee for a round trip was $10. The new security fee for all flights is $5.60. Any layover...
  • Three Singapore Students Missed MH17 Flight Due to Booking Issues

    07/19/2014 1:18:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Faris Mokhtar
    Three undergraduates from Singapore are relieved they were not on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in eastern Ukraine after being allegedly shot down by militants. The Boeing 777 came down in cornfields in the separatist-held region on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board on Thursday (July 17). In April, 23-year-old Nicholas Ng and his two friends had booked a return ticket to Europe through a travel agency. But the National University of Singapore student's booking was cancelled after he missed the deadline to submit the required documents, such as his passport details. His friends also cancelled their...
  • Commercial Planes Routinely Fly Over Conflict Zones, From Ukraine to Syria

    07/19/2014 1:32:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Mashable ^ | 7/18 | Andrew Friedman; Jessica Plautz
    A Mashable investigation shows that aircraft from many nations, including the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, routinely fly at high altitudes over tense conflict zones such as Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In the wake of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday, such overflights may be reexamined. Aviation regulators, including the Federal Aviation Administration, issue warnings to pilots based on information about any hazards, including military activity in the area of a planned route of flight. For example, in the days leading up to the Malaysia Airlines crash, the FAA banned American carriers from flying...
  • Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say

    07/10/2014 8:15:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Fox News
    French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year. The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported. French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien....
  • The Obamas Have Spent Over $44,351,777.12 In Taxpayer Cash On Travel

    07/06/2014 5:04:48 AM PDT · by libstripper · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 6, 2014 | Ariel Cohen
    The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the “most well-trvaeled, expensive” president in our nation’s history. As Americans head off for the long holiday weekend, let’s take a look back at some of the president’s holiday spending. Our president vacations a lot — we’re talking $44,351,777.12 worth of “a lot,” with most expenses charged to the American taxpayer
  • Flaris Personal Jets Take Off

    07/01/2014 7:31:16 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 48 replies
    Robb Report ^ | Mary Grady
    Flaris, a new aviation company based in Poland, made an unexpected appearance at the Paris Air Show in June with its prototype of a single-engine personal jet, the LAR01. The all-composite design allows for sweeping lines, with a sharp nose, a cabin that seats four, and long, narrow wings for aerodynamic efficiency. - See more at: http://robbreport.com/aviation/flaris-personal-jets-take?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=relatedlinks&utm_campaign=aviation#sthash.PFsSTX3s.dpuf
  • Readers' Picks: Best Travel Songs of All Time

    06/20/2014 5:26:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 110 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri June 20, 2014 | Chuck Thompson
    Once in while, the CNN Travel braintrust blows it -- make that all the time if you happen to be @cnnalwaysblowsit47. Such was the case last year when we published our updated list of the greatest travel songs ever recorded. Sure, we included a few unassailable classics about life on the travel trail. Even @cnnisamoron231 couldn't rage against our inclusion of Willie Nelson's all-time sing-a-long "On the Road Again." But we have to admit, once in a while, @iloathecnn and @cnntroll99 have valid points to make. How exactly did we miss such obvious wanderlust ditties as the Allman Brothers Bands'...
  • Military exercise was the reason for the disruption of air traffic control

    06/14/2014 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Alvin Diogenes · 4 replies
    [These are excerpts from an English translation of the German source article.] After the cause for the temporary disruption of air traffic control in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia was initially unclear, the Slovak authorities reported on Friday evening that... "[t]he disappearance of aircraft from the radar screen is related to military exercises that have gone in different parts of Europe on 5 and 10 June on the stage." ... Slovak air traffic control: "Immediately after identifying the problem that side was contacted, which has organized the exercises, and they were stopped." ... Experts suspected a relationship with a...
  • Flights Briefly Vanish From Austrian Air Traffic

    Austria's flight safety organization says flight data recently disappeared twice from air controller radar screens in several countries....
  • Customs agents find condom-wrapped cocaine in women at Midway

    06/07/2014 7:53:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 7, 2014 | Mitch Smith
    After a trip to Jamaica, a pair of local women landed at Midway International Airport on Friday with about $36,000 worth of cocaine wrapped in condoms and stored in body cavities, authorities said. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine alerted to Denisha White when she landed at Midway after an AirTran Airways flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, police said.
  • Vanity Post--Travel Ideas for Key West

    05/31/2014 6:01:24 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 68 replies
    Wondering if any Freepers have any advice for touring Key West.
  • Memorial Day Travel: American Families Pay at the Pump

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