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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he would support a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all air travel in the US.

“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” the White House chief medical adviser said in an interview with theSkimm podcast, The Hill reported.


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China's aviation regulator is likely to keep the current tight caps on international flights throughout the first half of 2022, analysts cited Air China as saying this week.

The move has broad implications for tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, where Chinese outbound travelers normally play an outsized role, though other countries have also been slow to open borders because of relatively low vaccination rates and rising COVID-19 cases.


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Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks, a rule intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Transportation Security Administration’s current order was scheduled to expire Sept. 13. An agency spokesman said Tuesday that the mandate will be extended until Jan. 18.


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Spirit Airlines canceled nearly half its schedule for Tuesday, the third straight day of extremely high cancellation numbers at the budget airline.

By early afternoon, the low-cost carrier had canceled about 320 flights, or 47% of its schedule, according to the FlightAware tracking service. Dozens more flights were late. The blame appeared to lie at least partly with a technology outage affecting crew scheduling.


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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is continuing to crack down on unruly flyers.

On Tuesday, the agency announced proposed fines totaling $124,500 against eight plane passengers — the latest round of penalties associated with the FAA’s “zero-tolerance policy” for dangerous and disruptive behavior.


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Leaving middle seats vacant on airplanes may significantly reduce a passenger’s risk of exposure to COVID-19, according to a new study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the report released Wednesday, exposure to SARS-CoV-2 was reduced by 23% to 57% in scenarios in which the middle seat was empty in comparison with full aircraft occupancy.


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People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel freely within the US, as long they remain masked on buses, planes and trains and practice social distancing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday.

In its latest guidance, the CDC said coronavirus tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated people before or after a domestic trip and there is no need for them to self-quarantine.


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German air shuttle startup Lilium said on Tuesday it would float on the U.S. stock market via a reverse merger with Qell Acquisition Corp, a blank-check acquisition company, in a deal valuing the combined business at $3.3 billion.

Munich-based Lilium is competing with other aviation companies to deploy battery-powered aircraft that can take off and land vertically, offering a new way for travelers to beat traffic and hop between cities.


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Southwest Airlines said Monday it’s expanding its all-Boeing fleet with an order for 100 737 MAX airplanes.

The Max was grounded worldwide in March 2019 after two crashes that killed 346 people. Regulators in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Brazil and other countries cleared the plane to resume flying after Boeing changed an automated flight-control system that played a role in the crashes.