Should You Cancel Travel Plans Amid COVID-19 Concerns? Here’s What to Consider

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Airlines have suspended operations to certain airports and a growing number of companies are restricting business travel amid concerns over COVID-19, raising questions about whether people should cancel their upcoming international and domestic trips.

Guidelines around travel have become increasingly complex as more than 92,000 COVID-19 cases and 3,000 deaths have been reported across 79 countries and territories. Several airlines have suspended or reduced service to countries with some of the highest number of cases, such as China, and grounded flights to South Korea, Iran and parts of Italy, where more than 2,000 cases have been reported in each country.

The travel sector itself is expected to take a hit in the coming months, according to the trade group U.S. Travel Association, which said international inbound travel to the U.S. will fall 6% over the next three months, marking the steepest decline since the 2008 financial crisis.

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While coronavirus has left few corners of the travel industry unscathed, its impact has been especially worrisome for the cruise segment, given the dramatic coverage of ship quarantines and the history of virus outbreaks onboard ships.

Although financial analysts and cruise experts acknowledge the severity of the coronavirus impact, many think any damage to the cruise business will be short-lived once the crisis has abated.

“This definitely appears to be among the worst issues facing our industry in over 30 years,” said Anthony Hamawy, president of “I can’t imagine any cruise line not feeling the impact on their business.”

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‘It was such a panic’: A woman’s hangover triggered hysteria about coronavirus aboard her flight to Heathrow Airport

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  • Julia Walentin and Dina Oetterli spent their layover in Singapore drinking. Without enough food or rest, though, Walentin ended up with a terrible hangover.
  • By asking a steward for medicine to help with her headache, Walentin sparked fears that she had contracted coronavirus while vacationing in Cambodia.
  • After that, Walentin was told to wear a mask and lie down. Other flight passengers were moved at least one row away from the women and Walentin underwent temperature checks every 30 minutes during the “horrendous” 14-hour flight, she told the Sun.

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Julia Walentin (L) and her friend, Dina, enjoy some Corona beers after Walentin’s hangover sparked coronavirus fears and landed them in quarantine. 
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These Are the Disgusting Spots You Should Never Touch on a Plane

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Air travel is hardly the glamorous and romantic adventure it was in the 1960s. These days, flight delays are growing more frequent, seats have shrunk, and fares are only projected to climb higher and higher. But there’s another gross downside that many jet-setters might not think about: the germs. Yes, planes are cesspools in the sky. They’re even likely to have E. coli, staph, and hemolytic bacteria on board. To find out which areas, specifically, you should never touch, we spoke to aviation professionals and cleanliness experts to pinpoint the grossest spots on a plane. So read on—and don’t forget to pack a bottle of Purell in your carry-on!

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Drunk Passenger Disrupts Ecuador-Bound American Airlines Flight

Storyful March 3, 2020, 11:37 AM CST 0:33 2:01   Drunk Passenger Disrupts Ecuador-Bound American Airlines Flight

An intoxicated passenger caused disruption on board American Airlines Flight 927 headed from Miami, Florida, to Guayaquil, Ecuador, on February 26.

Passenger Gabriela Panchana, who filmed this video, told Stortyful that the passenger allegedly “stole liquor from the plane’s kitchen, peed in the aisle, yelled, and insulted and threatened other passengers.”

Other passengers on the plane can be seen interacting with the intoxicated man and attempting to reason with him. Eventually, a flight attendant interjects, asking the other passengers to sit down and telling the man, “put that seat belt on and stay in that seat, I don’t want to hear it.” The man then approaches the cabin crew, and is pushed by a male flight attendant, who also demands that he sit down.

“The crew was unable to control the situation… I want to believe that there are better procedures to handle situations that affect the safety and well-being of the rest of the passengers on the plane,” said Panchana in a message to Storyful.

Panchana went on to say that once the plane landed in Guayaquil, Ecuadorian police boarded and escorted the drunk passenger off the plane. “He kept yelling and cursing after being released at the airport, so he was brought back inside by the police to be detained,” Panchana said. Credit: EnVozAltaEC via Storyful

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Six deaths, 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington

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Washington State Health Officer, Dr. Kathy Lofy, told reporters on Monday (March 2) the coronavirus is “actively spreading in some communities here in Washington.”

“As of this morning, at EvergreenHealth, we have six deaths,” said Dr. Ettore Palazzo, Chief Medical and Quality Officer at EvergreenHealth Hospital in Kirkland, near Seattle.

So far, 10 states, including California and New York, have confirmed or presumed coronavirus cases.

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Finally, signs of a crackdown on emotional support animals on airplanes

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In 2017, Marlin Jackson boarded a cross-country flight. When he got to his row, another passenger was already in the middle seat with an emotional support dog in his lap.

According to Mr. Jackson’s attorney, “The approximately 50-pound dog growled at Mr. Jackson soon after he took his seat…and continued as Mr. Jackson attempted to buckle his seat belt. The growling increased and the dog lunged for Mr. Jackson’s face…who could not escape due to his position against the plane’s window.” Facial wounds requiring 28 stitches were the result.

Untrained emotional support dogs don’t just attack people. They attack highly trained service dogs, as well, sometimes ending their working lives.

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Coronavirus outbreak may cost Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ millions

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Historically, Disney's past live-action remakes haven’t had the strongest showings in China (Courtesy: The Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo)
Historically, Disney’s past live-action remakes haven’t had the strongest showings in China (Courtesy: The Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo)

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The coronavirus is disrupting Disney (DIS) and its upcoming slate of blockbusters.

The media giant spent a reported $200 million on its live-action remake of “Mulan” — the priciest live-action film for the company. But its box office performance is now unclear, as its intended March 27th release date has been postponed in China due to the coronavirus.

The film is the latest victim of the outbreak, which is disrupting global demand, supply chains — and now movie-watching in the world’s second largest economy.

“China can represent a huge percentage of a film’s international and global box office revenue, so this is going to have an impact on any movie that was slated,” Comscoresenior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Yahoo Finance.


Dog Pronounced Dead After Delta Flight From Ohio To Los Angeles

Delta Air Lines is investigating the death of a young puppy found unresponsive after being transported by air from Ohio to Los Angeles.

The 12-week-old Yorkshire terrier, named Sebastian, was on his way from a breeder to a new home with California man Cory Mcjimson, TMZ was the first to report.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Sebastian’s family and are conducting a thorough review of the situation to understand what happened,” said a Delta statement sent to HuffPost.

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Washington state declares emergency after first patient dies from coronavirus in US

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Washington state declared a state of emergency Saturday only hours after a man in his 50s with underlying health problems was identified as the first person in the U.S. to die from the coronavirus outbreak.

Washington state public health officials said two additional confirmed cases of the virus are associated with a longterm care facility in the state. Officials said 27 patients and 25 staff members at the Life Care Center of Kirkland had reported symptoms similar to the coronavirus. The facility has 108 residents and 180 employees. 

The two additional cases include a facility staff worker in their 40s, who was in satisfactory condition, and a facility resident in their 70s, who was in serious condition.

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