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Airline Bans ‘Emotional Support Animals’

American Airlines says it will no longer allow emotional support animals starting next week. The change matches a new Department of Transportation regulation that says airlines aren't required to treat emotional support animals as service animals.

Tourists Flock To Park For Selfies Despite Deadly Toxins

Park rangers cite visitors to Hawaii volcano eruption site HONOLULU (AP) — Park rangers have cited dozens of people who have gathered at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to witness an ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano. The rangers said those cited had ventured into dangerous areas to take photos and videos of the volcano eruption that had created a lake of lava in its crater that was 554 feet (169 meters) deep on Thursday. Chief Ranger Jack...

Another Death-Defying Selfie Ends In Death

"We can't rope off every part of Victoria. People have to take responsibility." (CNN) — A woman in Australia fell off a cliff to her death on Saturday after trying to take a photo at the precarious location. Rosy Loomba, 38, was with her husband and child when the accident occurred at Grampians National Park, in Australia's Victoria state, according to CNN affiliate Nine News. They were at Boroka Lookout, an overhang by the side of...

New Orleans Swingers Party Was Super-Spreader Event

Dec 01, 2020 NY Daily News – A "sex-positive swingers convention" in New Orleans has been linked to 41 positive COVID-19 tests, according to the organizer. Naughty Events boss Bob Hannaford revealed in a blog post that he regrets staging the four-night Naughty N’awlins event that kicked off Nov. 11 and climaxed with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. He said the previously postponed party laid out the “strictest protocols,” including masks, temperature checks and wristbands showing testing...

State Issues New Covid Rules – For Snowmobilers

"Do not stop and talk on the trail with people that you do not live with or are in quarantine with." | No conceivable human activity is beyond the reach of COVID-19 rulemakers   Nov. 22, 2020 US News & World Report – Snowmobilers can still enjoy the sport in Vermont this winter amid the coronavirus pandemic as long as they abide by the governor's emergency orders, officials say. Out-of-staters can come to Vermont and snowmobile if they quarantine for...

Millions Ignore Fauci And CDC, Pack Their Bags

People at airports "are going to get us into even more trouble than we're in right now." – Dr. Anthony Fauci  Nov 22, 2020 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday. So what are they doing now? In many cases, they're still crowding airports and boarding planes. That's despite relatively lenient cancellation policies that...

Thanksgiving CANCELED; CDC Says “Stay Home”

"Over the river and through the woods, to Grandma's house we go ... " – NOT in 2020, says CDC | Thanksgiving traditions canceled as lockdown tightens  PLUS: Sheriff calls Cuomo’s holiday gathering limit ‘unconstitutional’ Nov 19, 2020 CNN – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans should not travel for Thanksgiving, and has posted updated guidelines for safely celebrating the holiday. "CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving Day period," Dr. Henry Walke, Covid-19...

Grandma CANCELED | “Only In New York, Kids, Only In New York”

Planning a large family gathering in New York for Thanksgiving? Fuggedaboutit. CNN – Indoor and outdoor gatherings in private homes in New York state will be limited to 10 people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Covid-19 cases are rising in New York and neighboring states, and the move aims to curb traffic from more restricted states into New York, said Cuomo. "If the national numbers are going up, and the states around you are going up, be...

Business Travel Is NOT Coming Back

Future of business travel unclear as virus upends work life AP – Brian Contreras represents the worst fears of the lucrative business travel industry. A partner account executive at a U.S. tech firm, Contreras was used to traveling frequently for his company. But nine months into the pandemic, he and thousands of others are working from home and dialing into video conferences instead of boarding planes. Contreras manages his North American accounts from Sacramento, California and doesn't...

Is It Safe To Stay In Hotels During The Pandemic?

Nov 05, 2020 AP – In a recent travel update, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes it clear: Staying home is the best way to protect yourself against the coronavirus. If you do travel, the CDC says, sharing a rental home with people from your own household is safer than staying with friends or family who aren't from your household or staying at a hotel where you would encounter more people. The riskiest...

Cuomo Orders Mandatory Testing For Travelers

Oct 31, 2020 New York Daily News – Travelers arriving in New York from non-neighboring states will have to quarantine and undergo mandatory coronavirus testing as cases spike across the country, Gov. Cuomo announced Saturday. The governor said New York will require inbound travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test from three days or less before they arrive or be subject to a 14-day self quarantine. With a negative test, they would still be expected to quarantine...

13 Women Removed From Flight, Strip Searched

"Thirteen Australian women were taken to an ambulance on the tarmac and told to remove their underwear before being examined." UPDATE:  Qatar Airways Faces Protest Over Examination of Australian Women October 27, 2020 Bloomberg – Qatar Airways faces an effective grounding of its planes in Sydney as workers consider striking over the treatment earlier this month of some female Australian passengers in Doha. The union representing Sydney airport workers is considering refusing to service, clean or refuel Qatar Airways...

‘Americans, Stay Home’: Trudeau

Don't bet on the U.S.-Canadian border reopening anytime soon |  Oct 15, 2020 USA TODAY – In an interview Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country is committed to keeping the border closed until the United States gets control of COVID-19. "The U.S. is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders," he told the hosts of "Smart Start," which airs on Canada's Global Television Network. “We will continue to make...

‘Bah, Humbug!’ Fauci Wants A Word About Your Thanksgiving Plans

CDC suggests your family have a "virtual dinner" this Thanksgiving | Fox News – Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that people will have to make “their individual choice” when it comes to how to go about celebrating Thanksgiving and seeing family. He told Yahoo News on Thursday during a live Q&A. “I think we need to realize things might be different this year, particularly if you want to have people who are going to be flying in...

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