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A BOYCOTT OF AIRSHOWS

How crazy an idea is it
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22 JUL 2014:  Following the Malaysian Airlines downing by an antiaircraft missile, the editor of Air Transport World editor has called for airlines to boycott airshows that include “both airliner makers and airliner destroyers.” MORE

WEST JET IS ALL OVER THE MAP

In a good way
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22 JUL 2014:  WestJet has announced the 2014-2015 winter schedule featuring two new destinations, one new route and increased frequency on 19 additional routes. MORE

RAISING AWARENESS

New website to underscore travel risks
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22 JUL 2014: The federal government is looking at creating a special web page that underscores the risks of travelling to parts of the world where there is a high risk of terrorist activity. MORE

TOURISM BILL GOES TO VOTE

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22 JUL 2014:  It’s a big day for the future of tourism in the US.  The bill to reauthorize Brand USA, has been scheduled for a full vote in the House of Representatives today.   MORE

A MATTER OF TIME

Billions in property at stake in the Carolinas
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22 JUL 2014:  A new analysis of sea level rise concludes that billions of dollars in property and infrastructure is at risk in extreme floods expected along the coast of the Carolinas in coming years. MORE

STILL TIME

Shania Twain to end Vegas residency
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22 JUL 2014: Last Call in Vegas for Shania Twain fans.  The Canadian country superstar has announced her final run of shows on the Las Vegas Strip. MORE

WATCH YOUR FINGERS

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22 JUL 2014: A report says a 12-year-old boy suffered cuts to four fingers on Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean ride, three months before a British tourist had a similar accident. MORE

SADDLE UP

Riding the open skies
By PAM STELLINI
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22 JUL 2014: Remember the scene in ET when Elliot (the little boy) and ET (the little extra-terrestrial) go for a bike ride that ends up achieving flight? You may want to revisit that image of flying through the sky on a bike seat. MORE
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WHAT NOW

Will Europe stand up to Russia
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21 JUL 2014:  Anger in Europe over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, now widely believed to have been caused by a missile fired from territory held by pro-Russia rebels in Eastern Ukraine, intensified over the weekend as international efforts to inspect the crash site and recover victims' remains were hindered by the rebels. MORE

ABSOLUTELY NOT ACCEPTABLE

Emirates calls for airline summit
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21 JUL 2014: Emirates president and CEO, Tim Clark has suggested IATA call an international conference to rethink the threat of regional conflicts following the attack on Malaysia Airlines MH17. Clark said, "The international airline community needs to respond as an entity, saying this is absolutely not acceptable and outrageous, and that it won't tolerate being targeted in internecine regional conflicts that have nothing to do with airlines.” MORE

WILDLY LOOSE

No Fly List standards challenged
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21 JUL 2014:  The number of names being accepted for inclusion on the No Fly terrorist watch list is rapidly expanding, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit. MORE

PAY UP FRONT

Air China introduces prepaid excess baggage
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21 JUL 2014: Air China has introduced prepaid excess baggage fee service on routes to North America. For passengers on Air China-operated North American flights arriving in or departing from Beijing, if the number of pieces of their checked baggage exceeds the allowance, they can pay in advance for their excess baggage. MORE

NO JAWS PANIC HERE

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism
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21 JUL 2014:  Increased sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod are generating business for local entrepreneurs at a popular vacation spot where the supreme predators lurk offshore. MORE

WINDOW DRESSING

What is the point of airport security
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21 JUL 2014: As we all know by now, a Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down and crashed near the border between the Ukraine and Russia. There were 298 people on board. Innocent people who were simply going about their lives.  They boarded a plane in Amsterdam expecting to be in Kuala Lumpur early the next morning.  Instead they are dead. Their remains, with that of the plane, scattered across a Ukrainian field. MORE

WINGS, SWINGS AND WHISKEY

Fun in Pennsylvania
By MARGARET SWAINE
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21 JUL 2014: After my recent trip to Pennsylvania wings, swings and whiskies are on my mind. Here’s why. Let’s start with whiskey. Who knew American whiskey was born in the city of Pittsburgh? Indeed, throughout the 1700 and 1800s, western Pennsylvania was the epicentre of American whiskey production. MORE
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