Travel News: July 27, 2017

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Harry Potter roller coaster coming to Universal Orlando
Travel Weekly

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting a roller coaster.

The ride will be built in the Hogsmeade section of the Harry Potter attraction in Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.

Universal Orlando anticipates a 2019 opening. The roller coaster will replace Dragon Challenge, which will close on Sept. 5.

Universal is touting the ride as “one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences we’ve created.”


World’s ‘most useless airport’ finally gets scheduled flight
The Independent

The £285m airport dubbed “the world’s most useless” is finally going to get a scheduled flight — but no-one knows when, nor how much flights will cost.

St Helena airport was built at UK taxpayers’ expense to provide a lifeline for the remote South Atlantic community. Despite warnings about tricky weather conditions, the runway was constructed to allow passenger jets such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 to land.

After a series of construction delays, plans were announced for a regular scheduled service in British Airways colours from Johannesburg in South Africa, carrying around 170 passengers. But shortly before the planned royal opening in May 2016, a test flight revealed severe windshear.


FAA study: Stowing electronics in cargo hold is dangerous
Travel Weekly

An FAA study has revealed that stowing personal electronic devices in airplane cargo holds may create fire hazards “beyond what the airplane was designed to manage.”

The study was made public on July 17. The FAA undertook the study after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented a ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights to the U.S. from 10 Middle Eastern and North African airports.


United adds one-time Boeing 747 flight on Chicago-San Francisco route
USA Today

Your chances to catch a Boeing 747 flight in the United States are dwindling as the last two U.S. airlines still flying the jet are in the process of phasing them out.

But United Airlines customers with the flexibility to travel on short notice will get an unexpected opportunity to fly on the “Queen of the Skies” this Friday (July 28) on a route within the USA.

United will use one of its remaining 374-seat Boeing 747-400s on a special one-time segment between two of its hubs. The flight – United Flight 2704 – is scheduled to depart Chicago O’Hare on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 8:51 p.m., all times local.

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