A view on Travelling (May 2021)

Updated: May 26, 2021

UNITED KINGDOM: Calls to speed up queues at UK border

UK airports are warning of delays for arriving passengers because they lack the technology to handle COVID-19 forms, according to Sky News. Ahead of the country's 'traffic light' system opening up air travel this week the industry says manual checks of the passenger locator forms risk creating unacceptable queues at the border. Airport managers have appealed to the government for digital technology to speed up the process. The Passenger Locator Form includes a passenger's COVID test history and where they will be staying in the UK. It can be completed online but needs to be checked manually on arrival by UK Border staff. London Heathrow and Edinburgh Airport have both warned of passenger bottlenecks and say the UK government needs to digitise the PLF to make it readable by unmanned, automated 'e-gates', which already read passports without the need for inspection by staff.

ISRAEL: Airlines cancel Israel flights

Several major airlines have cancelled flights to Tel Aviv due to the ongoing crisis in Israel, TTG reports. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic were among the European airlines to cancel services on May 13. Lufthansa and Iberia have also cancelled flights to Tel Aviv, while Israeli airline El Al has said it may operate additional flights to make up for the cancellations from other carriers. El Al said incoming flights to Israel would land at Ramon airport rather than Ben Gurion.

MANHATTAN: Glass Elevator Visitors to Manhattan’s One Vanderbilt tower will soon be able to take a glass elevator ride up the side of the skyscraper, CNN reports. Opening in October, an all-glass enclosed elevator will travel 369 metres up the outside of the building, providing thrilling views of the city. Those looking for something even more daring can opt for a collection of transparent glass boxes that jut out of the tower, suspending guests 324 metres above Madison Avenue.

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