CDC Announces Big Change to Air Travel Restrictions

The CDC has released new measures for air travel—read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

Says the CDC: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the United States Government (USG) is innovating and taking a new approach to help keep international air passengers healthy. The new, more effective strategy focuses on the continuum of travel and the individual passenger, including pre-departure and post-arrival education, efforts to develop a potential testing framework with international partners, and illness response. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more effectively protects the health of the American public.

Beginning September 14, 2020, the USG will remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and halt enhanced entry health

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United Airlines eliminates $200 fee to change travel in U.S.

Aug. 31 (UPI) — United Airlines will no longer charge passengers to change itineraries for travel inside the United States, the carrier has announced.

United had charged $200 for passengers to make changes to their travel, but said Sunday the fee has been removed permanently.

The change follows months of severe hardship for U.S. airlines brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Following previous tough times, airlines made difficult decisions to survive, sometimes at the expense of customer service,” CEO Steve Kirby said in a video message Sunday.

“United Airlines won’t be following that same playbook as we come out of this crisis. Instead, we’re taking a completely different approach — and looking at new ways to serve our customers better.”

The airline also said it will allow all travelers to fly standby for free, beginning in January, on flights departing the same day of their travel regardless of the type

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Delta, American follow United, drop ticket change fee for domestic travel

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines will both eliminate change fees for domestic travel, they announced Monday, as the transportation industry fights to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

Delta said the elimination of change fees is effective immediately and includes all tickets for travel within the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with the exception of Basic Economy tickets.

American said its elimination is also effective immediately, excludes Basic Economy tickets and includes all travel within the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. 

The announcements follow a similar move from United Airlines on Sunday. United CEO Scott Kirby said in a video that getting rid of the $200 change tee was a “top request” from customers.

“We’ve said before that we need to approach flexibility differently than this industry has in the past, and today’s announcement builds on that promise to ensure we’re offering industry-leading flexibility, space

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