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Hello! How is it already March? School breaks are getting underway and I hope some of you are enjoying a sunny location. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Here’s your script for “An American Tail: 2017.” An adventure-seeking mouse shut down a flight from London Heathrow to San Francisco. The mouse was prevented from traveling and the humans were delayed for four hours, resulting in a compensation bill of more than £200,000.
- History was made this week after two African-American women pilots flew from Detroit to Las Vegas, a first for a major American airline.
- Travel to the EU by Americans may get complicated after the European Parliament voted to end visa-free travel for American citizens in a non-binding resolution. This isn’t a reaction to the current administration, it’s a long-standing visa dispute between the EU and the USA over visa-free travel for citizens of some EU member states. Stay tuned.
- Canadian airlines are making millions by charging a processing fee on a ticket fee that’s supposed to improve our nation’s rather boring airports. This country, man.
- Tripadvisor is shutting down the Travelpod blogging platform. Get your content while you can!
- This week in US travel discrimination news:
- A Canadian doctor born in Afghanistan, and who was a Fulbright Scholar in the US, was detained at the Canada-US border and questioned extensively for no real reason. Reminder: while the travel ban isn’t technically in effect, it’s still being employed.
- A software engineer from Nigeria was detained and given a test on arrival at New York’s JFK airport to prove he was, in fact, an engineer. Great news: CBP knows how to use Google.
- A new travel ban was delayed because the President got 10 minutes of positive news coverage.
- One analyst estimates the travel impact – to date – of the new administration at $185 million.
- After years of annual tourism growth, New York’s tourism marketing agency is downgrading visitor projections and launching a new “welcoming” slogan.
- How do you protect the information on your devices from snooping CBP officers? Some tips for all travelers and useful reminders of rights for Americans.
- Two travel-consumer-oriented measures from Obama’s DOT have effectively been suspended by the current gov. One would have required airlines to disclose fees, like baggage fees, at the beginning of a fare search.
- Vintage passports reveal a lot about how the world worked and how much it has or hasn’t changed. You’ll want to click on this story about passports from now-non-existent countries because one features a picture of a woman and her dog. In her passport.
- New York’s historic Waldorf-Astoria is undergoing a condo conversion, and items from the hotel are being sold off. Maybe you want a giant bronze urn? This is your moment.
Planning your next trip
- Recognizing their key demographic is dying, cruise lines are trying to get The Youths to take a cruise by dangling shiny things in front of them like spinning and hip-hop.
- Enjoy an unsettling, art-filled stay at Banksy’s new hotel, recently opened in Bethlehem on the West Bank. Rooms start at $30.
- The cheapest way to get from London to Paris: an investigation.
Packing lists and tips
- Just in case things get too dire on Earth, keep this packing list for Mars handy.
- The King of Saudi Arabia clearly can’t pack for [bleep], taking 506 tons of luggage for a month-long tour of Asia.
- This ad for Icelandair includes a useful packing list for aurora borealis hunting – including gear that will help you take legitimately good pictures of the spectacle.
Zipping the suitcase
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