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United Airlines to buy 15 ultrafast jets from Boom Supersonic

CNBC — United Airlines wants to turn the friendly skies into the superfast skies with the addition of 15 supersonic airplanes. The airline company announced Thursday it’s buying the planes from Boom Supersonic, with the option to buy 35 more at some point. Boom’s first commercial supersonic jet, the Overture, has not been built or certified yet. It is aiming to begin passenger service in 2029 with a plane that could fly at Mach 1.7 and cut some flight times in half. That means a flight from New York to London that typically lasts seven hours would only take 3 and a half hours. “Boom’s...

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Florida’s Memorial Day gas prices were lower than 2018 holiday levels

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Gas prices in Florida on Memorial Day averages $2.86 per gallon. Although the state average was higher than the last two years, it was 5 cents less than what drivers paid in Florida during the 2018 holiday weekend. Gas prices in the Sunshine State have been on the decline over the last two weeks, dropping nearly 3 cents. The state average is now 7 cents more than a month ago and nearly a dollar per gallon more than this time last year. “Gas prices are relatively stagnant as we enter the start of the busy summer driving season,” Mark Jenkins, a spokesman...

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Is your car road trip ready? Here are some common things to check to avoid getting stranded

TAMPA, Fla. — If you’re planning on taking your first major road trip since the coronavirus pandemic began, take some time to ensure your ride is up to par. A year’s worth of pent-up demand is about to be unleashed as 34 million Americans plan on taking a road trip this Memorial Day weekend. If you haven’t made a big trip in a while, it’s a wise idea to make sure your vehicle is safe and ready to travel. “Some vehicles may have spent more time in the driveway than on the roadway after a year of disrupted schedules due to the pandemic,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman...

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US cruise line gets approval to set sail from Fort Lauderdale in June

CNN – Celebrity Edge is set to be the first cruise ship to sail from the United States in more than a year as pandemic restrictions dissipate. The ship, which belongs to the Royal Caribbean Group and is part of the Celebrity Cruises line, has been cleared to sail in June 2021 from Fort Lauderdale. “After months of working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government officials, our Healthy Sail Panel and industry partners, we can again offer cruise lovers the chance to enjoy the wonders of cruising. We are truly thankful to reach this special...

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Technical error briefly delays American Airlines travelers

FORT WORTH, Tx. — People traveling with American Airlines early Friday morning were met with major delays due to a downed system. A photo from Boston Logan airport in Massachusetts show travelers lined up and waiting to check-in for their flight. Live from @BostonLogan at least 400 people at 415AM trying to check into flights… no word from the airline yet #americanair #americanairlines @AmericanAir pic.twitter.com/6EE8PfkNbZ — abby wieman (@Abby_wieman) May 21, 2021 The company in charge of American Airlines’ technical system, Sabre Corporation, said they experienced...

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American Airlines’ regional carrier gets safety warning from FAA

A commuter plane was seconds away from landing at a regional airport in Illinois last March when the pilots realized they’d made a potentially fatal mistake: They were aimed at the wrong runway. If the plane didn’t divert at the last second, there was a “high probability” the aircraft wouldn’t have had room to stop, an inspector said. The pilots avoided a “potentially catastrophic situation.” This close call is one of multiple instances of alleged pilot error included in a Federal Aviation Administration warning to Envoy Air, the largest regional carrier...

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RSW sees near-record passenger count in April

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The amount of passengers traveling through Southwest Florida International Airport [RSW] in April 2021 compared to April last year increased 2,000%, according to the Lee County Port Authority. Last month, more than 1.1 million passengers traveled through RSW. Port Authority officials noted that April’s passenger count was only 0.04% less than the record-breaking total of 1,111,558 fro April 2019. Year-to-date, passenger travel is up 12% compared to last year, officials said. The traffic leader in April was Southwest Airlines with 252,004 total passengers. Rounding...

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TSA screens record amount of travelers since start of pandemic

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Officers with the Transportation Security Administration screened a pandemic-era record amount of people on Sunday, a spokesperson said. A TSA spokesperson said that 1,850,531 travelers passed through airport checkpoints, the most since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaxed their mask guidance, masks are still required to be worn at airport security checkpoints and throughout the transportation network. The CDC has released guidance that is urging people to delay traveling until they are fully vaccinated....

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