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Airline and airport personnel were more alert on 9/11, tourism climbs for downtown New York City, Southwest raises fares and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Remembering, travelling on 11 September
From the front pages of newspapers to Twitter accounts, all were talking about the 10th anniversary of the 11 September terrorist attacks. The Associated Press reported on activities and sentiment at airports around the US on the day, such as the Logan International Airport staff observing a moment of silence, as well as travellers’ thoughts on flying yesterday on the anniversary.
It seemed those working in airports and for airlines might have been more watchful, though; one pilot became nervous of passengers’ repeated trips to the bathroom and alerted the authorities. Fighter jets and bomb squads were called, but in the end the restroom trips were nothing out of the normal. In another case around the same time, authorities were suspicious of two travellers who, it turns out, were “making out” in the bathroom. Two other false scare incidents were on the ground and included a crew member of the Discover Channel “Sons of Guns” show, as well as a suspicious carry-on item, as the AP reported.
Memorial services were held in New York City, which The Wall Street Journal blogged live. The Huffington Post reported tourism is up in downtown New York City where the Twin Towers stood, with a 10 percent increase in hotel and retail services in the area since 2001.
Southwest joins US domestic carriers in raising fares
Southwest Airlines on Friday announced it, too, would be raising ticket prices, following in the steps of Continental, Delta, United and US Airways, all of which announced price hikes earlier in the week. The Economist reports this is the 10th price jump of the year, but that “air travel still is a pretty good deal”.
Egypt moves to keep tourist visa rules lax
Three days ago the Egyptian government approved restrictions on tourist visas that would require visitors to obtain visas in their home countries, but yesterday they backed off the plans. The changes would have been made with the goal of improving security, but officials were concerned it would stymie the country’s already slowed tourism industry. Travellers will be able to secure their visas when arriving at Egyptian airports, as before.
Jetsetter launches vacation rentals
Flash sale site Jetsetter launched yesterday a vacation homes rental section. Jetsetter Homes will include 200 abodes around the world that users can search and book right on the site, Gadling reported.
The mega retweet
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Typing this from an iPad in the sky en route east to west coast - flying on Sept 11 means to be conscious of what's the same, and different. -@rachelsklar The editor-at-large of Mediaite was one of many 9/11 travellers.
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