US Airlines Are Getting Worse at Emitting CO2, Study Says

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Airlines around the globe are failing to significantly reduce their carbon emissions, a new environmental report shows. US airlines in particular dropped several spots overall in a list of international airlines’ CO2 emission, compared to 2017’s numbers. Aviation accounts for about 2% of the world’s overall carbon dioxide emissions, according to the UN’s International Civil Aviation …

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An Outbreak of a Rare Strain of Dengue Virus Is Spreading in Cuba

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Cuban authorities have detected a deadly strain of the dengue virus spreading throughout the Caribbean island nation. The specific type of dengue has not been detected on Cuba since 1977. Dengue is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, mostly by the common Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the same carrier of Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya. Residents and tourists …

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These Stranded Passengers Prove You Should Always Triple Check Your Cruise Itinerary

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

After spending a day exploring Havana, two vacationers saw a sight sure to make any cruise passenger shudder: Their ship sailing on without them. Kevin Rohrer and his girlfriend were angry and scared when their Norwegian Cruise Line ship set sail early without them, stranding them in the Cuban capital city. Although the knee-jerk reaction …

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Paris Tourist Sites Including Eiffel Tower Closed This Weekend as Protests Roil City of Light

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Dozens of popular tourist sites and museums across Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, will be closed this weekend as violent protests continue to roil the City of Light for a fourth week. Officials said Thursday that the so-called “yellow vest” protests — widespread demonstrations against new fuel taxes — will shutter popular …

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Report: Clues Suggest Chinese Hackers Behind Marriott Breach

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Clues left behind in the Marriott data breach suggest that the hackers might be intelligence officers backed by the Chinese government. According to a new report by Reuters, officials investigating the vast breach of customer data say the the Marriott hackers used “tools, techniques and procedures previously used in attacks attributed to Chinese hackers.” Marriott disclosed …

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Passenger From ‘Miracle On Hudson’ Flight Sees Capt. Sully 10 Years Later

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

It has been nearly 10 years after the so-called “Miracle on the Hudson” in which Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River after it hit a flock of Canadian geese and lost engine power. Using his skills as a former glider pilot, Capt. Sully deftly landed the …

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Mexico’s New Leader Is Selling Off the Presidential 787 Dreamliner

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

After having canceled a multi-billion dollar airport construction project in November, Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is making more aviation cuts. This time, the reductions concern the official presidential jet. Fulfilling a campaign promise, Obrador is selling off the presidential Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that his predecessors ordered in 2012 and took delivery of in …

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Ryanair’s Bare-Bones Business Model Is Getting Even Cheaper

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Yes, you read that right. Europe’s largest ultra-low-cost airline is cutting even more costs from its already-skeletal business model. Ryanair is reportedly ramping up a new Poland-based subsidiary, Ryanair Sun, that will have even weaker labor rights for its workers than the Dublin-based airline’s staff has currently, which is still not a lot. For just more …

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Hawaiian Airlines Flight to Sydney Turns Around Due to Technical Issue

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

A Hawaiian Airlines flight Sydney, Australia (SYD), returned to its airport of origin, Honolulu (HNL), after takeoff due to a suspected mechanical problem on Sunday. About an hour into the normally 10-hour flight, the Airbus A330 turned around because there was a possible problem with one of the aircraft’s three hydraulic systems, an airline spokeswoman …

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Families of Flight MH370 Victims Unveil New Debris, Plead for Search to Continue

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

The families of the victims of disappeared Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 unveiled five new pieces of aircraft debris and pleaded with the Malaysian Transportation Ministry to resume the search effort for the missing plane. The families called the discovery of the new debris a “massive breakthrough” in a news conference on Friday. The Boeing 777-200ER …

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