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Traveling to Hawaii? Be Prepared to Pay

Vaccinated travelers may soon be able to travel to Hawaii without testing or quarantining, some eight months after the state instituted its stern Safe Travels program.In recent days, David Ige, Hawaii’s governor, has issued a series of guidelines regarding travel and other aspects of further reopening the state, which has had the strictest entry rules of any U.S. state since the onset of the pandemic.When Hawaii reaches a 60 percent vaccination rate, people who were vaccinated in the United States and are traveling domestically will be able to bypass testing and quarantine requirements with proof of vaccination. And when the state reaches a 70 percent vaccination rate, all restrictions on travel will be lifted and the state’s Safe Travels program will end.As of Wednesday, 53 percent of ...

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Benito Skinner Is All About Drama

Benito Skinner was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, but has long felt destined for Hollywood, by way of a stint in New York City.“There’s space, and I just needed to fit more of my wigs and costumes in my apartment,” he said of his new West Hollywood rental.The 27-year-old writer, actor and digital creator, known on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter as Benny Drama, moved to California during the pandemic to expand his career as a sketch artist and comedian — a word he is still barely comfortable using to describe himself. (“It’s like the scariest word in the world, but I do feel like a comedian,” Mr. Skinner said in a recent interview. “That is something that I would never tell, like, a straight man, because then they want to hear a joke.”)Like many internet-incubated talents, Mr. Skinner w...

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In Hawaii, Reimagining Tourism for a Post-Pandemic World

After the outbreak of the pandemic, Governor David Ige issued an executive order ceasing the disbursement of hotel and other transient accommodation taxes paid by visitors to the agency. Those funds have, since last year, been utilized to support other government operations.Many are hopeful that John De Fries, who became the chief executive of the Tourism Authority in September, will be able to lead the islands into an era where tourism is more regenerative than extractive. Mr. De Fries is the first native Hawaiian to lead the organization and business owners who rely on tourism are counting on him to represent their interests as he thinks about how to market the islands in a post-pandemic world.“We are at a time when our very survival is at stake,” Mr. De Fries said. “We understand tha...

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At Washington Airports and Hotels: Anxiety and Tightened Security

Before the riots, United Airlines moved its crews from downtown Washington hotels and increased staffing at area airports. The airline has been and continues to be working with the Transportation Security Administration and law enforcement agencies, including the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.On Wednesday, American Airlines banned alcohol in first class for flights out of Washington. (The airline stopped serving alcohol in the main cabin last year because of the pandemic.)Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants union, which represents flight attendants from 17 airlines, called for the insurrectionists to be banned from flights out of Washington and requested that the T.S.A., the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, the...

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Opinion | Travel After the Coronavirus Pandemic Might Be Different

“The biggest issue is that we do not have a coordinated response from the federal government,” Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants union, told me over the summer.The whole travel industry has been devastated by the pandemic. Nearly 40 percent of all travel jobs, 3.5 million positions, vanished between March and November. Six months into the pandemic, the American Hotel and Lodging Association found that most hotels across the country were struggling to keep their doors open and were unable to rehire all their staff because of the historic drop in travel demand.In addition to livelihoods, the industry has lost something less tangible but still fundamental — the ability to shake hands, hug, see smiles. Hospitality employees are possibly the friendliest people ou...

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Travel After the Coronavirus Pandemic Might Be Different

In early March, I was walking around the most magical place on earth — Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. — asking guests why they were comfortable being at a theme park with thousands of strangers and sticky-fingered children as a virus that we then believed to be passed through touch was spreading throughout the world.Grandparents, parents and children talked about what brought them to the park: Many had the trip planned for a long time; most had saved up and didn’t want to miss out on the chance to visit. One mother gave it to me straight: “If I’m going to get sick and die, I might as well do it at Disney World.”People keep asking me what it’s like to be a travel writer who can’t travel right now. My answer is that daydreaming about travels past and future — living through...

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Is It Safe to Fly During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

“Each of these segments involves unique activities, such as storing and retrieving luggage, using seat trays while eating, using entertainment systems, standing in the aisle and using the lavatory,” the study’s authors wrote.When a plane is on the ground, its air supply can come from a number of places. That air is then mixed and distributed to the cabin. One source is from the airplane auxiliary power unit, or A.P.U., with the plane’s engine in operation. That process uses fuel and can cause noise and emissions at the airport. Air supply can also come from an airport ground source like the jet-bridge that’s known as pre-conditioned air, or P.C.A. That means air is not being circulated at the usual rate. Researchers suggest that airlines should use air from the A.P.U. for improved filtr...

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