Travel News: May 31, 2017

A laptop ban could extend to all international flights

The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Kelly said the United States planned to “raise the bar” on airline security, including tightening screening of carry-on items.

“That’s the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it’s a U.S. carrier, particularly if it’s full of U.S. people.”


India Reports First Zika Cases
Travel Pulse

According to a statement by the World Health Organization, India has reported its first three confirmed cases of the Zika virus.

In the past 18 months, three patients, all located in India’s Gujarat State, have been diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus that has plagued a number of tourist-popular destinations around the world over the past few years.


Universal’s Volcano Bay opens with South Pacific ceremony
Travel Weekly

There were no fireworks or confetti bursts to mark the opening of Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s new water theme park that is a celebration of South Pacific culture.

Instead, Tonga drummers set a pulsing heartbeat, indicating to everyone gathered on the sandy shore of Waturi Beach, with the Krakatau volcano towering beyond the turquoise wave pool, that the dedication of Volcano Bay had begun.


Luxury Travel Continues To Soar
Travel Market Report

Luxury travel stays are increasingly longer in duration as travelers require more time to get to exotic locations. And that, in turn, is helping drive a continuing boom for indulgent vacations that go beyond the norm.

According to a survey of luxury agents by Travel Experts, Inc. of Raleigh, NC, 69% of luxury travelers take two-week vacations, while 25.5% take one-week vacations.

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