Travel News: January 18, 2019

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Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit
Travel Weekly

One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan.

A no-deal Brexit would shake up the rest of the continent in ways that many Europeans haven’t even fathomed.


Norwegian Air closing Boeing 737 bases in US Northeast
USA Today

European budget giant Norwegian Air is closing its crew bases in Providence, Rhode Island, and Newburgh, New York, as the company tries to shore up its bottom line. Despite the move, the carrier says there will be no cuts to current flight schedules.

Norwegian had opened pilot and flight attendant bases at both of the Northeast airports in 2017, putting crew there for its Boeing 737 Max jets that the airline uses for its trans-Atlantic flights from those cities.


Men banned for life from cruise line after jumping off ship for prank video
Yahoo Finance

A man has managed to get himself and his friends banned from a cruise line for life after he jumped from the 11th floor of the ship.

Nick Naydev, 27, of Washington, posted a video of himself jumping off of his room’s balcony from the Symphony of the Seas ship into the sea as it was docked in the Bahamas last week


Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

The dust pollution that has shrouded Bangkok since December is sticking to the city like a bad overstayer. Tourism players, who are looking to the Lunar New Year holidays in early February as a gauge of whether the Chinese market is finally back after the Phuket boat tragedy, are praying for rain.

Let’s be clear (no pun intended). The pall over Bangkok is nothing compared to the transboundary haze crises that blanketed Southeast Asia in 2013 and 2015, which were caused by peat and forest fires in Indonesia. Also, any worries that Chinese visitors might stay away can quickly dissipate if one thinks of the pollution in Chinese cities such as Beijing.

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By: Matt Long

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