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Deborah Bernstein began her career as a journalist in upstate New York. She worked in the travel industry for more than two decades, representing airlines, international destinations and hotel companies. A former managing editor for Hotline and Hyatt’s Regency Magazine, her stories and photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. Deborah, who has lived in London and New York, has traveled to more than 45 countries and the list keeps growing. She now calls Belgium home.

Gale Force Winds Force Travel Delays

Storm Ciara is being called the storm of the century! The storm is battering Britain with wild weather. In fact, winds as high as 80 miles per hour are canceling flights, trains, and even sporting events.   Storm Ciara high winds closed Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park and five other royal parks. Meanwhile, in Ireland, a celebration marking Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture was canceled because of weather pummelling the Irish coast.  Sky News reported that storm warnings were being issued throughout the country for winds and flooding. And the Telegraph shared hour-by-hour updates of the storm’s impact....

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Custom Cocktails in 45 Seconds

It’s something straight out of an old Jetsons animated sitcom! British Airways is piloting an automatic cocktail maker in its two U.S. lounges. And it runs on artificial intelligence! Starting in March, First Class and Club World passengers from Newark and San Francisco can choose from 30 super speedy cocktails and customizable drinks. It’s a mere 45 seconds from order to beverage, thanks to the robotic system! Offerings include locally-inspired cocktails such as Silicon Galley and Echo-Whisky Romeo. AI Speeds Up Beverage Delivery Mix-master Barsys created the machine using Artificial Intelligence (AI). British Airways is the first UK airline to trial...

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Brussels Airlines launches flights to Slovenian capital

Brussels Airlines is adding Ljubljana, Slovenia to its flight network on Nov. 4, 2019. The addition is in response to growing business and leisure travel demand. Ljubljana is the 19th EU capital to be served by the Belgium-based airline. The airline will serve the route with an Airbus 319 six days per week. The schedule allows convenient transfers to the rest of Brussels Airlines’ network including Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Madrid, Oslo and Tel Aviv. Flight Schedule Flight SN3343 will depart from Brussels at 3:30 p.m., arriving in Ljubljana at 5:10 p.m. Flights will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays,...

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British Airways announces flights to Antalya

Planning a trip to Turkey from London? British Airways will introduce Airbus A320 flights from London Gatwick to Antalya, Turkey next spring. The flights, offered six days a week, will begin on April 30, 2020, but you can book your ticket now. There is a special launch offer of £139 round trip for Euro Traveller fares or £387 for Club Europe. Until Oct. 29, passengers can secure any British Airways Holiday booking with a deposit of £25 per person. Vacationers can enjoy beautiful beaches, Greco-Roman ruins, rolling hills and great gastronomy! The Antalya route will complement year-round flights between...

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New amenity brings a bit of royalty to Brussels Airlines business class

Want to feel a bit more royal in the air? Business class passengers on Brussels Airlines intercontinental flights can, thanks to new amenity kits. The airline is introducing elegant in-flight amenity kits created by a designer to the European Royals. Okay, amenity bags aren’t big news. But they are a nice little perk for those not flying in cattle class. Edouard Vermeulen, founder of the iconic NATAN brand, is behind the new, unisex bags. Created by NATAN and Galileo Watermark, bags are made from vegan leather. Three unique designs will roll out over an 18-month period. What’s Inside Unzip your bag and it...

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Oldest Travel Company Collapses Stranding 600K

More than half a million travelers are stranded today after international travel giant Thomas Cook abruptly ceased operations, grounding all 105 of its aircraft. All vacation packages and flights issued by the company have been canceled, and all Thomas Cook retails shops have been shuttered. Company Goes Belly Up “We are sorry to announce that Thomas Cook has ceased trading with immediate effect,” the firm tersely announced on its website. It urged customers to visit a Civil Aviation Authority website for further advice and information. What Happened? The company was seeking a reported £200,000 to stay in operation, according...

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Have You Seen These Funny Airline Safety Videos?

Traveling by air can be gruellng. Long security lines, flight delays and cranky fellow passengers. It can cause a sense of humor failure. But, fret not! Some airlines have found a way to put a smile on your face — and get your attention. We’re all familiar with those long and boring safety announcements. Okay, have you ever tuned out while the flight attendant drones on and on about how to fasten a seatbelt or find an exit? Airlines like Southwest and Air New Zealand found creative ways to get your attention. We’re taking a trip back in time...

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Will Scare Tactics Make You Pay Attention to Airline Safety Videos?

Some airlines use humor to get your attention during safety announcements. But Japan Airlines has taken a more serious approach. The savvy carrier is pointing out the bad things that can happen if you ignore their advice. Scare tactics? Not really. Well, maybe a little, but it’s informative, important and relevant. And it’s worth watching. The Consequences of Lugging Luggage For instance, JAL shows computer-generated passengers trapped in the aisles and unable to escape. Why? Because an inconsiderate passenger has insisted on gathering luggage from the overhead bin, putting lives of the people behind him at risk. It also...

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