A new and somewhat bizarre phenomenon called “terminal tourism” is on the rise at airports across the country. Programs being adopted or considered by a number of U.S. airports allow non-traveling visitors through security checkpoints to meet friends or relatives at their terminal, or to just simply hang out.
Terminal tourists submit to background checks ahead of time and must go through the usual Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screenings at the airport. They’re issued what is called a “non-traveler pass”, with many coming through to enjoy the upscale retail and dining options that are increasingly installed at airports to fill what is termed “passenger dwell time”—referring to the (sometimes painfully long) period after passing through security and before one’s actual departure time.
Norwegian Cruise Line is apologizing to customers for ending a cruise early due to technical difficulties.
The Norwegian Pearl, which departed from Amsterdam, was set for a 13-day cruise with stops in Belgium, France, Spain and Monaco. However, the ship left its 2,732 passengers stranded in Barcelona on July 2.
During a time when U.S. inbound travel is already losing its international market share, Brand USA, the country’s public-private tourism marketing arm, is facing an uncertain future. Although bipartisan efforts are under way in Congress to reauthorize funding for Brand USA, the Trump administration has proposed eliminating its budget.
Saving Brand USA is a top priority for the U.S. Travel Association and the Visit U.S. Coalition. Citing data about its effectiveness, they argue that the marketing body, created in 2009, is needed now more than ever, given the administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric and stricter visa policies. Exacerbating the situation is the fact that state marketing budgets are also in peril.
Boeing said Wednesday that it will provide an “initial investment” of $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max plane that killed 346 people.
The aircraft manufacturer said some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families of passengers killed in the crashes.