Travel News: January 8, 2019

Reykjavik, Iceland

National Park Service tapping into entrance fees to keep operating
Travel Weekly

The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown.

P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be used to bring in staff to maintain restrooms, clean up trash and patrol the parks. He acknowledged that the Trump administration’s decision to keep the parks open during the weekslong budget impasse was no longer workable and so more extreme measures were warranted.


Pilots Write Letter Urging President Trump to End Shutdown
Travel Pulse

Yesterday, we learned that the government shutdown is forcing TSA agents to make significant callouts in search of cash-paying jobs to cover their living expenses while they lack an incoming paycheck. The result of these TSA agent callouts have not yet been felt, but officials say they could diminish the security measures in airports and cause wait times to increase.

The safety and security risk of a government shutdown to travel safety is not just immensely clear to the public and federal employees affected by the shutdown, but to airline pilots, too.


United Launches Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner Transcontinental Flights

Passengers flying between the East and West Coasts of the U.S. now have an exciting new choice of service thanks to the the launch of United’s 787-10 Dreamliner flights between Newark and Los Angeles. The 787-10 features United’s flagship Polaris business-class seats as well as its new Premium Plus section, a premium-economy cabin with roomier seats and enhanced amenities.


Dunkin’ Donuts Gone From Iceland For Good
The Reykjavik Grapevine

2019 is off to a momentous start, as the last of the available Dunkin’ Donuts outlets shuttered its doors in Iceland, probably for good.

As Fréttablaðið reports, the last branch of Dunkin’ Donuts in Iceland, located in Kringlan, closed down at the start of the year. As such, there is no more Dunkin’ Donuts to be had in the country.

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By: Matt Long

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