Governor supports letting Floridians off Zaandam ship. Deadline looms for county to decide
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — South Florida, the cruise capital of the world, soon will decide if it’ll start turning away ships with sick passengers — or become their saving grace by letting them dock at Port Everglades amid coronavirus fears.Broward County faces a Thursday deadline to decide whether the port should let in Holland America’s Zaandam cruise ship — which has had four deaths and nearly 200 people fall ill. The ship is traveling alongside a companion ship, the Rotterdam, and both are scheduled to arrive in South Florida by midday Thursday.But the county says Holland America hasn’t yet s...
Love of travel in the time of coronavirus: Why I kept going
“Don’t you ever stay home?”I get the same question from my mother whenever I tell her I’m traveling that weekend (which is often). She herself is by no means a shut-in, having cruised the Nile on a barge and hiked ancient footpaths in the Andes, but the sheer frequency of my travel is what unnerves her.Some travelers are exhausted by travel, and need time in between trips to recover, while others are energized by it. Me? I’m an introvert and like my “alone” time, but when it comes to travel my appetite has few boundaries.So in the midst of (quite legitimate) concerns about coronavirus, I took ...
Jets at 3 NY-area airports grounded briefly due to virus exposure of airport staffers
NEW YORK — The Federal Aviation Authority temporarily suspended flights coming out of New York City’s three regional airports Saturday afternoon over concerns of virus exposures to staff, authorities said.Philadelphia airports were also temporarily closed because of virus-related staffing issues, according to the Associated Press.The grounding was called after an air traffic controller trainee at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., tested positive for COVID-19. Operations were shut down and all planes were ordered grounded so the areas where the trainee worked co...
New York Daily News
Cruise ship with possibly ill passengers lands in Atlanta; some travelers allowed to head home
ATLANTA — At least 300 cruise ship passengers who had been stranded at sea due to the coronavirus were flown to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday. But it wasn’t known late Friday whether any of those passengers would be quarantined or allowed to travel home.Several people aboard the Costa Luminosa, owned by the Miami-based Carnival Corp., reportedly had coronavirus-related symptoms. But the ship was prohibited from stopping in ports due to the pandemic.Of the 359 on the plane, three passengers tested positive for the coronavirus but have no symptoms, according to Geo...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Commentary: For an immigrant with a mum far away overseas, O'Hare Airport is no longer a lifeline
Most people I know hate Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. For me, that chaotic place at the end of the Kennedy Expressway has always been a source of deep comfort.If anything were to go wrong with my independent, 96-year-old mum in Great Britain, I’ve told myself since moving to Chicago 30 years ago, I can be at her side tomorrow morning. In fact, being as American Airlines has long maintained a daytime flight from Chicago to London, I could probably be there that very night. I always keep 50,000 miles on reserve from my credit-card bonus for just that eventuality.For years, I’ve known t...
Puerto Rico seeks to suspend all incoming flights to battle COVID-19 spread
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is asking U.S. authorities to suspend all domestic and international flights for 14 days as it hopes to further lock down the island to contain the spread of the coronavirus.In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Wanda Vazquez said she made the request to Federal Aviation Administrator Stephen Marshall.In the letter, she also asked the FAA to close all airports where local authorities aren’t screening incoming passengers, limit the airstrips where charter planes can land and allow the island to limit all air traffic except for vital services and the military.“Each o...
Seven cruise ships returning to Port Everglades now on high alert for coronavirus
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — With seven cruise ships expected to arrive back in Fort Lauderdale this week, no passengers will reach land until it is deemed safe, officials say.There’s a heightened concern about infections — especially because three employees based at Port Everglades recently tested positive for the coronavirus. The ships are bringing back thousands of vacationers.Ellen Kennedy, spokeswoman for the port, said a unified command has been set up, where a cruise ship is allowed to disembark passengers only after there are “concurrent approvals” from the Centers for Disease Control and P...
Suspect and 4 others killed, including police officer, in Missouri store shooting
A shooting late Sunday at a Kum & Go convenience store in Springfield, Mo., has killed four people, including a police officer, police said in a release posted online.Another person in the store and a second officer was wounded in the shooting. The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.“In essence, we had a roving active shooter moving from the south side of the city up — we think up Ingram Mill and over to Highway 65 and then to Chestnut where it ended at the Kum & Go,” Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said at a morning press conference.The first shooting call came...
The Kansas City Star
Dahleen Glanton: At the airports, a clear view of Trump's inept handling of coronavirus crisis
In Spain, the number of coronavirus cases soared to nearly 8,000 last week.On Thursday, one of my friends boarded a plane in Madrid, and 10 hours later walked out of the airport in Chicago without being asked a single question.No one tried to take her temperature. No one asked if she’d experienced any coronavirus symptoms. No one wanted to know if she’d had contact with someone who is sick.If they had, she would have told them that she’d been in a hospital emergency room getting a checkup two days before she left Spain. In the waiting room, people were so sick that they were slumped over in ch...
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to Trump: 'No one has time for your incompetence' over O'Hare crowding as customs struggles to keep up with influx of international passengers
CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Aviation addressed the wait times for international travelers returning to O’Hare International Airport during a news conference Sunday, held hours after Gov. J.B. Pritzker appeared on “Meet the Press,” where he discussed the same topic.“Today’s going to be another tough day,” Lightfoot said during a news conference from O’Hare’s Terminal 5, the international terminal of the busiest airport in the world. Lightfoot blasted the federal government for what she said was a lack of preparedness.“That fail is directly the cause of last nigh...