FLORIDA — Florida regularly shows up at or near the top of lists of states used as a topic for vacation or other travel searches online.
If 2020 was the summer of the pandemic-enforced road trip, many people seem to be hoping that 2021 will be the summer they can travel overseas. But that’s a big “if.” Roadblocks abound, among them, the rise of variant cases in popular destinations like Europe and confusion about the role that vaccine “passports” will play as people begin crossing borders. The recent pause on Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine adds a new wrinkle.
Still, there is reason for optimism. The number of vaccine doses administered each day in the United States has tripled in the last few months, and President
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In the front row of the action — virtually speaking — is former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen, creator of the popular Instagram account Passenger Shaming. Even during a year when the number of people flying dropped to historic lows, Kathleen never stopped receiving videos of travelers behaving badly on planes.
(Editor’s note: This Q&A has been edited for clarity and length.)
Michigan’s health director traveled to Alabama last week after Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer warned residents not to leave the state as coronavirus cases soar, prompting sharp criticism from the Republican party.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel traveled last week to Gulf Shores, Alabama, which is a popular resort destination along the Gulf of Mexico, Fox News reported.
The report brought criticism from the state’s GOP, as Michigan continues to grapple with the highest coronavirus rates in the nation.
“The sheer brazenness of Gov. Whitmer and her staff is truly something else,” Michigan GOP spokesman
Delta Air Lines Inc. signaled the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is likely behind it, as the airline anticipates that travel demand will continue to gain steam in the coming months.
Delta’s brighter outlook came as it reported a net loss of $1.2 billion for the first quarter on Thursday—its fifth straight quarter of losses—but said its operation began generating cash again last month for the first time in a year, and passenger revenue that month jumped 50% from February.
The beginning of the year, when Covid-19 cases and fatalities were surging, looked bleak for airlines. But as more people