Unruly air passengers hit with $500,000 in new fines

Unruly air passengers hit with $500,000 in new fines

American Airlines now says it won’t serve alcoholic beverages in the main cabin of its flights until January next year, having previously planned to get the drinks flowing come September. The postponement is in line with the US mask mandate on public transportation also being extended until January.

The airline says the move is part of a two-pronged approach to improving safety on board, both in terms of Covid-19 spread and curbing unruly passenger behavior. On Thursday, the US Federal Aviation Authority proposed more than $500,000 in new fines against rule-breaking travelers.

Hong Kong has some of the strictest Covid-19 quarantine rules in the world — but a special exemption has been granted to Hollywood star Nicole Kidman.
Kidman arrived in the city from Sydney by private jet on August 12, reportedly to film a series for Amazon. She and four crew members were granted a special exemption to “perform designated professional work,” avoiding a quarantine which would ordinarily mean spending 14 to 21 days in a hotel at your own expense.
Back in Kidman’s home country, Australia‘s borders are closed and Sydney’s lockdown has been extended to September. Its neighbor and former travel-bubble partner New Zealand has also just extended its national lockdown. Let’s just say it’s not a boom time for vacations.
So Tourism Australian’s new campaign has taken a different tack. “It’s Our Best Shot for Travel” launched domestically this week and is a drive to get more people vaccinated.
Although Australia has been relatively successful in keeping out the virus, the country’s vaccination program got off to a slow start. About 23% of the population has been fully vaccinated as of August 20.
The US Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that it’s extending nonessential travel restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico until at least September 21.
The US has been limiting nonessential travel along both borders since the start of the pandemic, with exceptions being made for cross-border trade, US citizens and lawful permanent residents,
Meanwhile four new destinations — Dominica, Jersey, Montenegro and Turkey — have been added to the highest-risk Level 4 category on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advisories list.
In happier news, Chile, Mozambique and Uruguay have all moved down to Level 3, which urges unvaccinated travelers to avoid nonessential travel to those locations.
Uruguay has closed its borders to all but citizens and residents since the start of the pandemic, but this month it announced it would open on November 1 to all travelers showing proof of vaccination.
A Singapore court sentenced a 40-year-old British man to six weeks in prison on Wednesday, after he repeatedly breached local Covid-19 protocol by refusing to wear a face mask in public, reports Reuters.
Having earlier been put through a psychiatric assessment because of his behavior and remarks in court, Benjamin Glynn was found guilty on four charges over his repeated failure to wear a mask, as well as causing a public nuisance and using threatening language towards public servants.
San Francisco has become the first US city to mandate proof of full vaccinations for certain indoor activities, effective August 20.
City residents aged 12 and older are now required to show their vaccine credentials in order to enter indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and theaters, as well as large event spaces with at least 1,000 people.
Over on the East Coast, New York City’s new “Key to NYC” vaccination requirement became effective on August 17 and compliance will begin being enforced September 13. In response to the Delta variant surge, proof of vaccination is required for patrons and employees of the city’s indoor dining, fitness and entertainment venues.
Compliance will begin being enforced on September 13, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is already facing a lawsuit from restaurants challenging the executive order, reports CNBC.
And representing the Gulf Coast, New Orleans’ vaccine mandate went into effect Monday and will start to be enforced the week beginning August 23. Everyone aged 12 or older needs to show proof of at least one Covid jab or a negative PCR test taken in the past 72 hours to enter indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment spaces.
At the start of March 2020, CNN Travel called it “the unspoiled Caribbean” and now Turks and Caicos wants to keep it that way.
From September 1, all travelers aged 16 and over will need to show proof of vaccination before entering, with jabs being completed at least two weeks before arrival.
Most of the local population has already popped its shots, with more than 70% of adults fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, says the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board.
Canada will require most commercial passengers traveling by air, rail or large ship to be fully vaccinated by the end of October.
The vaccination requirement “includes all commercial air travelers, passengers on inter-provincial trains and passengers on large, marine vessels with overnight accommodations such as cruise ships,” said Omar Alghabra, Canada’s transport minister, during a virtual press conference on August 13.
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