This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts from New York as the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and lockdowns continue around the U.S. and around the world. Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly, joins the program to discuss the new COVID-19 variant, and the changing rules of entry. Then Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor for The Independent in London, speaks to the situation in the United Kingdom and what it looks like for Americans wanting to travel there now. And then Scott McCartney, Travel Editor of The Wall Street Journal, has a 2021 report on what we can all expect this year in travel — ranging from vaccination passports, frequent flyer programs, airline fares, and upcoming federal mask-wearing rules. And Commercial Airline Pilot Greg Morris on what you need to know about the Boeing 737 MAX, now that the aircraft is flying again (after 21 months of being grounded following two fatal crashes). And as always, Peter takes your phone calls. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from New York.
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Greg Morris, Commercial Airline Pilot, discusses what you need to know about the Boeing 737 Max including confidence in the plane, the recertification, the maneuvering characteristics, flight handling and much more. Pilot Morris describes the lessons learned and an ongoing problem that hasn’t gone away: the relationship between the FAA and the airplane manufacturers. It took whistleblowers and people from the inside to achieve legislation that forbids manufacturers from certifying their own planes because it’s a conflict of interest.
Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly, joins the program to discuss and unload the staggering number of new rules and regulations for travel to the United Kingdom. He also dives into the current situation in Hawaii. He also shares how the new variant of COVID-19 is creating greater restrictions all over the world. He argues it’ll be an interesting time going forward because there are now destinations that people will avoid that they would have typically wanted to go to. Will it be a challenge to find alternatives?
Scott McCartney, Travel Editor at The Wall Street Journal, helps open this week’s program with an update on the airlines and what the status of entry requirements are around the world. He expands on how some places require quarantine and negative COVID-19 results. He also predicts that some states will amp up requirements to enter. Then, Scott discusses a nationwide mask mandate – when it will come and why it’s significant. He also shares his domestic travel predictions and why he thinks that leisure travel is still at the forefront of travel recovery. Finally, he’ll take on the growing voucher redemption issue, including what United Airlines is currently doing and why it has him upset.
Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor for The Independent, speaks to the situation in the United Kingdom, specifically in London, and what it looks like for Americans wanting to travel there now as it’s not an easy trip over. Simon also describes the very little travel happening even within the United Kingdom. Then, he’ll discuss the grim reality of Heathrow Airport and the dreadful time ahead with its Terminal 4 being shut down through 2021. And of course, throw in Brexit rules for extra confusion!
Mallika Mitra, Reporter at Money.com, talks about its recent article on the best places to retire in the United States and how the magazine determines the best locations – everything from restaurants, to museums, trails, to number of parks and more. She discusses the locations that made it onto the list, and Peter jumps in with his own experience in the #1 location — Madison, Wisconsin. Then, hear the surprising places on the list that you probably weren’t expecting. And lastly, the location with the longest life expectancy in the United States might also surprise you!