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Uncovered

April 19, 2022 IF YOU’RE headed to the airport terminal today, you can leave your face covering in the house. The other day, a Federal court overruled the Biden Administrations expansion of the TSA-enforced mask required for flight terminals, aircrafts, as well as public transportation. By late mid-day, the White House generally stepped down, revealing …

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Holiday Hell

December 30, 2021 AT THE AIRPORT in Boston, yesterday, the check-in lines reached all the way to the sidewalks. I’d never seen anything like it. I had to put my luggage down and gawk. And most of the passengers, it hardly needs mentioning, looked supremely distressed. Across the United States, the past week has been …

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COVID Testing Made Easy.

OCTOBER 26, 2021 FOR AMERICANS returning home from abroad, few things are more of a hassle than the requirement to get a COVID test. The government mandates that returning citizens be tested within three days of their flight, regardless of which country they’re coming from. Airlines will not let you board without proof of a …

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Summer of Our Discontent

July 19, 2021 THE OTHER DAY, traveling between Boston and New York, my plane was delayed 90 minutes for air traffic congestion. This once-routine occasion was something I hadn’t experienced in sixteen months. This was, missed dinner plans aside, a good thing. Normalcy is back, with domestic passenger volume now matching or even exceeding 2019 …

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“Because of the Sanitary Condition”

May 4, 2021 Mexico City, Mexico HOUSEKEEPING: Good evening. PATRICK SMITH: Hola. Can you help me? The door to my mini-fridge is locked. HOUSEKEEPING: Yes, sir. PATRICK SMITH: I need somewhere to store my leftovers. The fridge is locked. HOUSEKEEPING: Yes, it is locked. For COVID-19. PATRICK SMITH: What? HOUSEKEEPING: The fridge is locked. Because …