In brief: 40% of Brits will forgo summer holidays
A bomb threat shuts down Regan National Airport, fewer Brits to travel over the summer holidays, thousands of United Airlines passengers are stranded over the weekend, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Bomb threat temporarily halts Reagan National Airport
Reagan National Airport shut down for about 20 minutes yesterday after a man made a bomb threat at an airport ticket counter in Dayton, Ohio. Flights were grounded while officials searched the plane, and no explosives were found. The man is believed to have been acting alone, and he was taken to a nearby mental health facility to stay the night. The incident delayed some US Airways flights, the Associated Press reports.
Almost half of Britons plan summer staycations
A survey of 2,000 Britons from bank ING Direct calculated that 40% will forgo summer holiday travelling to save money. The findings, as reported in the Guardian, also show the number of Britons packing up for summer vacations has dropped significantly over the past three years.
Computer glitch disrupts thousands of flyers’ itineraries
A United Airlines computer glitch that started Friday night stranded thousands of flyers over the weekend. Affected passengers can cancel or rebook without paying a free, but they must do so within seven days. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, the majority of upcoming flights are already near or at capacity.
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