Tag Archives: travel

No-touch airplane cabins and airports: Covid-19 accelerates us to the future

(CNN) — How many times do you touch the cabin around you in an airplane when you fly? How about the airport? How many times do the people working there touch your belongings? The answer today is, as a rule, “quite a lot.” But airlines, airports and the aviation industry want the answer in the […]

Air New Zealand offers ‘mystery breaks’ to lure travelers back

(CNN) — Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, all of travel seems like a big question mark. So, one airline argues, why not embrace that question mark? Air New Zealand is bringing back its Mystery Breaks program, where travelers pay a flat fee to book an entire vacation package with the airline and agree not to find […]

Mexican restaurant in Iowa takes political stand with sign declaring ‘No Love, No Tacos’

The sign advocated equality and social justice, but some found it too politically correct and wrote letters to the owner, Alfonso Medina. Instead of taking it down, Medina placed a much bigger one using only four words and accidentally started a movement about love, tacos and politics. “I just meant to respond with good humor,” […]

Oceanbird — Sweden’s new car carrier is the world’s largest wind-powered vessel 

(CNN) — Oceanbird might look like a ship of the future, but it harks back to ancient maritime history — because it’s powered by the wind. The transatlantic car carrier is being designed by Wallenius Marine, a Swedish shipbuilder, with support from the Swedish government and several research institutions. With capacity for 7,000 vehicles, the […]

What happens when staycations fall apart

(CNN) — No airport testing regime to speak of. A “travel corridors” policy that now allows for unrestricted travel from England to just seven destinations around the world. And a second wave that’s beginning to look more like a tsunami. It’s no surprise that the tourist boards across the UK have been encouraging those desperate […]

Nortosce: the Italian town where just two people live, but wear masks

(CNN) — They’re the sole inhabitants of a tiny Italian hamlet, but these elderly retirees aren’t taking any chances when it comes to upholding the country’s strict Covid-19 rules. Giovanni Carilli and Giampiero Nobili wear masks every time they meet and insist on standing one meter apart, despite the fact that they have no neighbors […]

Finnair is selling its airplane food in grocery stores

(CNN) — What do you miss most about air travel? Is it the thrill of the take off? The excitement of stepping off the aircraft and arriving in a new country? Or perhaps you’re daydreaming about something more unexpected — airline food. Assuming that would-be-fliers might be missing fine dining at 30,000 feet, Finnair is […]

The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals

(CNN) — Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost 50% of its coral populations in the last three decades, with climate change a key driver of reef disturbance, a new study has found. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, in Queensland, northeastern Australia, assessed coral communities and their colony size along […]

What happened on the Qantas flight to nowhere

(CNN) — After months of working almost nonstop during the coronavirus pandemic, doctor Fiona Downes says stepping on board Qantas’ seven-hour round-trip to nowhere was “like being home again.” A Qantas frequent flier, Downes spent unused points to treat herself to a Business Class ticket on board the Australian airline’s scenic Great Southern Land flight. […]

Is it safe to travel for the holidays in 2020 during the pandemic?

(CNN) — The end of the year is sneaking up, and people are weighing travel plans to join friends and family for the holidays — all against the backdrop of a deadly pandemic. Gathering with others — probably the most universal holiday tradition — has never required so much meticulous forethought. Should you travel for […]