In the latest news, vaccinated Americans can once again visit Great Britain without undergoing a quarantine, but the U.S. continues to maintain its ban on arrivals from the U.K. and Europe; United and British Airways add more flights to London as bookings are already surging; Nevada casinos impose indoor mask rules as delta variant spreads; U.S. flight attendants suggest the number of unruly passenger incidents is worse than the official numbers suggest; low-cost Avelo Airlines adds service to Monterey and three other destinations from Burbank; airline fuel shortages could disrupt flight schedules at Reno-Tahoe and Fresno; Delta extends SkyMiles Medallion status through January 2023, hires hundreds of customer service reps, and waives Basic Economy change fees; United economy customers can now preorder meals, snacks and drinks; American forms a new alliance with a South American airline; and international route news from United, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, Frontier and Spirit.
The United Kingdom is finally opening up to U.S. tourists — and really soon. In an unexpected announcement, U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter this week that fully vaccinated citizens of the U.S. and the European Union (except France) will be able to enter Britain starting Aug. 2 without having to go through a quarantine after arrival. The U.S. was granted entry rights even though it remains on the U.K.’s “amber list” of countries with some COVID risk. Vaccinated American visitors will need to show proof of their inoculation status and will also have to get a negative COVID test result before their trip and again two days after arrival, but a second post-arrival test on the eighth day will no longer be required.