Foam falls from the ceiling at SFO’s “tremendous hanger” throughout a firefighting drill.
Foam falls from the ceiling at SFO’s “tremendous hanger” throughout a…
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Want a break from all of the COVID-19-related journey information? This week, we have now a first-hand take a look at one thing you may have by no means seen earlier than… the hearth suppression system in motion at SFO’s “tremendous bay” inside that massive hangar straight throughout the runways from the airport terminals. The response will blow your thoughts: tens of millions of gallons of froth dispatch from the ceiling in a matter of minutes, burying the ground beneath. Watch it right here: Foam fills SFO hangar in firefighting drill. [VIDEO]
As standard, our weekly Saturday morning airline information and routes roundup up is chock-full of attention-grabbing developments. This week you may find out about Alaska Airways’ plans for extra California service, together with a number of flights from the Bay Space; Qantas brings an finish to its 747 period; some U.S.-India service resumes; China Airways goes by way of an identification disaster; Customs & Border Safety pushes International Entry interviews again to September. You may additionally learn concerning the newest updates on worldwide carriers at SFO; Nashville’s airport will get a brand new concourse; Air Canada begins reopening Maple Leaf lounges; and Virgin strikes forward with the development of a rail line from south Florida to Orlando Worldwide… Learn: Routes: Alaska provides Bay Space flights; one other provider drops the 747
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What’s improper with folks? Take a look at this video from final week displaying a planeload of passengers clapping when a lady who refuses to put on a masks is pressured to go away an American Airways flight. Within the video, the recalcitrant passenger is accumulating her belongings and exiting the aircraft, screeching at passengers who’re applauding her departure. In gentle of this, this is how airways are actually including new enforcement measures: Learn: Anti-masker kicked off aircraft to passenger applause [VIDEO]
Prepare for a smaller United: Bay Space vacationers have grown accustomed to having the ability to fly nonstop to simply about wherever on the planet from SFO on United, which, at its latest peak, provided practically 300 flights per day to 79 home and 29 worldwide locations. That is all going to alter because the airline shrinks to almost half its earlier dimension and big layoffs loom. Ugh. Learn: United goes to be a smaller airline
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Since we will not fly a lot today, frequent vacationers are venturing out on street journeys to beat cabin fever. Day-trippers and weekenders determined to get out of city are descending upon Lake Tahoe in large numbers. So large, in truth, that one of many space’s largest cities and the county surrounding it are asking guests to remain away. The county says that an distinctive variety of guests has made it practically inconceivable to observe protected social distancing. Learn: This Tahoe county and city are asking vacationers to remain away
Now that main airways and most airports are already on the obligatory masks bandwagon, large lodge chains are beginning to climb on as nicely. Main lodge teams had already imposed a face-covering requirement for his or her staff, and now they’re extending that to friends as nicely. Marriott Worldwide (the world’s largest lodging group), Hyatt and InterContinental Motels Group all stated final week that they are going to institute a visitor masks mandate for his or her U.S. and Canadian properties efficient July 27. Learn: Main lodge chains to require visitor face coverings
Together with Delta, United introduced final week that it’s going to require and implement facial coverings not solely on planes, however at its airport check-in and gate areas, airport golf equipment, and whereas boarding. Learn: United expands masks mandate
Again to cabin fever: If you’re seeking to get out of the home and get a dose of aviation historical past, take this hike! On it, you’ll find out about a aircraft that “tragically went down in October 1953, killing all 19 folks on board (11 passengers and eight crew), making it essentially the most lethal aviation crash on this county’s historical past. The British Commonwealth Pacific Airways flight, which was sure for Vancouver, Canada from Sydney, Australia (with scheduled stops in Fiji, Canton Island, Honolulu and sure, San Francisco), hit heavy coastal fog throughout its preliminary method into San Francisco Worldwide Airport earlier than clipping bushes on the mountainside that sheared off the wings and despatched the remainder of the aircraft careening headfirst into the mountain.” Fascinating. Learn: This hike to a crashed aircraft is equal elements unbelievable and unsettling.
Chris McGinnis is SFGATE’s senior journey correspondent. Electronic mail: [email protected] | Twitter: @cjmcginnis | Fb: @TravelSkills