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FAA announces rule allowing more rest for flight attendants

(CNN) — Federal aviation officials announced on Tuesday that flight attendants will soon get more mandated rest time between flights. Current FAA rules say that in most cases, an airline must provide a flight attendant a nine-hour rest period after being on duty 14 hours or less. The new rule increases the rest period to 10 hours between shifts. “Flight attendants, like all essential transportation workers, work hard every day to keep the traveling public safe, and we owe them our full support,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in a statement. “This new rule will make it easier for flight attendants to do their jobs, which in turn will keep all of us safe in the air.” Flight crew unions have fought hard for the change, saying that flight attendants are heavily fatigued and overworked after shifts as long as 14 hours. Airlines were told of the coming rule[…]

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One of Europe’s busiest airports to cap passengers through early 2023

(CNN) — Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport — one of Europe’s busiest — announced plans Thursday to continue capping the number of travelers departing from the airport through early 2023. The airport said that it made the decision in consultation with airlines, “which are not happy about it,” Schiphol said in a news release. Caps are expected to extend through the end of March, although Schiphol said it would look at the situation again toward the end of the year to see “whether more might be possible from the end of January.” “Schiphol has made this choice to provide travelers a reliable travel experience, and predictability and stability for airlines,” the release said. “At the same time, the airport is hard at work to improve capacity at security.” The airport said it is working with security companies and unions to improve the situation, noting the challenges of a tight labor market. “It’s[…]

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Where things stand with Florida theme parks, cruise ships and more as Ian approaches

(CNN) — As Hurricane Ian made landfall in western Cuba on Tuesday, Floridians were keeping an anxious eye on the rapidly intensifying storm. That included the operators of Florida’s popular theme parks. Here’s a status report of where things stand as of 12:45 p.m. ET Tuesday with various major theme parks, along with other sites of interest to tourists: Busch Gardens (Tampa): As a result, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay said it will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday. “Due to the projected path of Hurricane Ian, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has enacted its Named Storm Policy… Precautions are in place following the parks’ comprehensive weather preparedness plan to ensure the safety of our animals and ambassadors during this time,” the park announced on its website. “All admission tickets have been extended through December 31,” the park said. Also, “annual Pass members’ guest tickets with an expiration date of Sept. 30[…]

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Singapore’s Changi Airport is going to get a lot bigger as plans for T5 take shape

Editor’s Note — Monthly Ticket is a CNN Travel series that spotlights some of the most fascinating topics in the travel world. September’s theme is ‘Build it Big,’ as we share the stories behind some of the world’s most impressive feats of engineering. (CNN) — Singapore’s Changi Airport has long been considered a destination in itself, so much more than just a generic space one passes through to hop on a plane and fly somewhere else. For a decade, it went undefeated in the annual Skytrax ‘World’s Best Airports” awards, losing its crown to Qatar’s Hamad International Airport in 2021. In 2022, it landed in third place on the list, falling behind repeat winner Hamad International and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Now, as travelers return to the city-state and its much-hyped airport following the lifting of pandemic-related travel restrictions earlier this year, Singapore officials are focused on the future — and[…]

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Washington Monument vandalized with red paint

(CNN) — The Washington Monument was temporarily closed and a man was arrested Tuesday evening for allegedly vandalizing the monument with paint. Shaun Ray Deaton, 44, of Bloomington, Indiana, was arrested on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., the The United States Park Police said in a statement on Wednesday. The man splashed red paint and wrote a profane message on the base of the monument, police said. “Deaton was charged with trespassing, tampering and vandalism (36 CFR2.31). This is an initial criminal charge and, as the investigation continues, there may be additional charges,” the USPP statement said. Work by National Park Service conservators has begun to remove the paint, and park police asked anyone with information about the incident to call their tip line at (202) 379-4877 or USPP_Tipline@nps.gov. “The top layer of paint is coming off and the pigment that seeped into the stone will be treated with many rounds[…]

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