Week in Travel: US airlines expect record number of passengers this summer

Japan beats Singapore in a passport power comparison, while 25,000 casino workers are set to strike in Las Vegas, and dads flying with a newborn hand out I’m sorry leaflets with sweets

Airlines in the United States are bracing themselves for a record number of customers this summer as more than 246 million passengers are expected to travel by plane between 1 June and 31 August.

In comparison to last year, this figure is higher 9 million and represents an increase of 3.7 per cent.

More than 246 million passengers are expected to travel by plane in the U.S  between 1 June and 31 August — Shutterstock Week in Travel: US airlines expect record number of passengers this summer
More than 246 million passengers are expected to travel in the US over the next few months – Shutterstock

Airlines for America, an agency that tracks the volumes of travellers, said that an economic boom, as well as competition between the airlines, has led to cheaper tickets.

“As the economy grows along with household net worth, passengers are taking advantage of persistently low airfares for their summer travel plans,” the agency’s vice president and chief economist, John Heimlich, said in a statement.

Passengers planning to travel during the season should prepare for more crowded airports and are advised to prepare for the influx by coming to their flights with enough time before the departure as well as to check their seats beforehand.

25,000 Las Vegas casinos and hotels workers to strike amid insecure contracts

The entertainment industry in Sin City is about to go through turbulent times as around 25,000 hotels and casinos employees are set to call industrial action.

25,000 hotel and casino workers will strike for secure contracts — Shutterstock Week in Travel: US airlines expect record number of passengers this summer
25,000 hotel and casino workers will strike for more secure contracts – Shutterstock

According to CNBC, the Culinary Union, whose members have voted for the strike in two sessions, demand an increase in wages and job security, and more protection against the growing use of modern technology at casinos. The unions also called for strengthening language against sexual harassment.

“A strike is a last resort,” secretary-treasurer of Culinary Union Geoconda Argüello-Kline said in a statement. “We want to come to an agreement, but the union and workers are preparing for a citywide strike if contracts are not settled by 1 June.

“We support innovations that improve jobs, but we oppose automation when it only destroys jobs. Our industry must innovate without losing the human touch. That’s why employers should work with us to stay strong, fair, and competitive.”

Singaporeans no longer have the strongest passport in the world. The throne now belongs to Japan

Japanese travellers can now travel visa-free to 189 countries meaning that those possessing the country’s passport have the currently strongest travel document in the world, the latest Henley Passport Index reveals.

Japan has the strongest passport in the world — Shutterstock Week in Travel: US airlines expect record number of passengers this summer
Japan has the strongest passport in the world – Shutterstock

With 188 countries that allow visa-free entry, second place belongs to Singapore and Germany, former champions in the passport power race.  

A special position also belongs to the United Arab Emirates that moved up to 23rd. In comparison to 2018, the country has climbed up by 38 positions.

Also, Ukraine has risen by 20 positions in a year. Currently it stands at 38th.

The other side of the Index belongs to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia with the lowest number of countries offering visa-free travel.

Dads travelling with a newborn hand over cute I’m sorry leaflets  

Two stressed out dads travelling for the first time with their 18-day-old baby decided to do something lovely for all passengers on board their plane.

They wrote a message describing their situation and handed it out to other passengers with a pack of sweets.

“This is my first flight ever I will do my utmost to be on my best behaviour to ensure that you have a peaceful flight. I would like to apologise in advance if I for any reason [lose] my cool, my temper, my ears hurt or my tummy gets fussy. I think my dads are more nervous than I am, so they made you this goodiebag, Have a great flight,” the note read.

Former One Direction musician, Niall Horan, received one of the leaflets for the 10-hour flight and described the cute gesture in a tweet.

“Had the coolest little goodie bag on the plane with this letter enclosed,” he wrote along with a picture of the note the passengers received, which featured a photo of the little girl, Marit, who was flying home to Europe.

Planes prevented from flying over Windsor Castle for the royal wedding

As the whole world was watching the long-anticipated royal wedding that took place last Saturday, passengers flying from Heathrow had to wait until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said yes before they could fly.

Planes had to be prevented from flying over the Windsor Castle for 15 minutes because of the Royal wedding — Lorna Roberts / Shutterstock Week in Travel: US airlines expect record number of passengers this summer
Planes were prevented from flying over the Windsor Castle for 15 minutes because of the royal wedding – Lorna Roberts / Shutterstock

The UK’s National Air Traffic Services said that aeroplanes flying over Windsor Castle, which is just west of the airport, were held for 15 minutes before the couple arrived at the chapel.

Luckily, passengers were reassured that one of the world’s busiest airports didn’t face any other major disruptions.