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Hello! Summer is off to a rainy start in my corner of Canada, so I’ll focus on filling the weekends ahead with adventures here and abroad. For those in the United States and UK enjoying long weekends, have lots of fun for the rest of us. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- While I was away, Canada introduced legislation that is getting credit for creating an air passenger bill of rights. I read the bill and NOPE.
- Any future passenger rights will be defined by the Canadian Transportation Agency, a generally pro-airline regulatory agency. CTA is charged with creating the regulations, and you can 100% expect airlines to “provide feedback.” This is a positive step forward, but there is still a lot of work ahead and I’m not confident the exercise will produce anything of value to passengers.
- Travel chaos reigned supreme as British Airways’ IT system went down on Saturday, cancelling at least a day’s worth of flights out of London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
- As air travel gets more terrible, especially in the United States, the TSA is rolling out mobile enrollment vans/Mystery Machines for TSA PreCheck. Find out if Scooby and the gang are visiting your (American) city this summer.
- Speaking of TSA, an appeals court has ruled you can’t protest TSA screening by taking all of your clothes off. Opinion: CAN WE NOT?
- The US travel ban continues to be blocked and is likely headed for the Supreme Court. No pressure, RBG.
- A laptop ban for flights from the EU to the United States is still “imminent” and will definitely create a mess. The TSA is also testing whether to have passengers remove electronics and other random items from their bags for screening.
- The numbers are coming in, and travel to the US may be taking a serious hit. Here are a bunch of charts about it. Possibly related: the Trump SoHo hotel is laying off staff and eliminating turn-down service. No turn-down service? THE HORROR.
- According to Project Time Off, Americans are getting better at using their annual vacation leave. The same report estimates 662 million vacation days went unused last year. America, trust us, take your vacation. You need the break.
- Venice’s spot on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites is under threat mostly due to mass cruise tourism.
- What happens when a TSA sniffer dog encounters an aggressive crawfish? CUTENESS.
- London’s Gatwick Airport is improving airport navigation and wayfinding with an augmented reality app. Like Pokemon Go, but for finding your gate.
- Transport Canada is currently considering changes to how people with prosthetic limbs are screened at airports. If you have feedback to provide, this is the place to do it.
- My favourite travel story of the year occurred while I was away: the King of the Netherlands regularly moonlights as a co-pilot for KLM.
- Best headline of the week: “Indonesia’s macaque mafia steal valuables from tourists, then sell them back for food.” Just give the macaque mafia what they want
Planning your next trip
- Important travel metric: how much does a beer cost around the world?
- How to pick the best seat on the plane for your particular needs: sleeping, leaving quickly, traveling with kids, and more.
Packing lists and tips
- If your summer plans include camping, this list will help you figure out where your gear dollar should be spent. Spoiler: on anything related to sleep!
- One of my go-to packing resources has put together the ultimate master packing list.
Zipping the suitcase
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