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:
travelling on 11 September
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
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
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.
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.
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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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