Hope for Airport Convenience, And the Rest of the Week in Travel and Health


Crowded airport_CNNWe’re about to enter the busy holiday travel season. Despite all of the joy of the season, traveling is usually… less than joyful. As people crowd into airports and security lines get longer, tension rises and travel becomes a real hassle. However, we just might be at the start of a new era of convenience. Or at least an era of less inconvenience. As Monica Montesa wrote this week, European airports will soon end bans on taking liquids onboard planes. And the European Union is also easing restrictions on electronics. CNNMoney’s Alanna Petroff reports the European Aviation Safety Agency is following in the footsteps of U.S. authorities and relaxing rules on the use of gadgets inflight.

Getting to your gate is usually a major inconvenience. It’s typically either a blood pressure-raising exercise in hurry-up-and-wait, or a mad dash to make your connecting flight. At USA Today, Caroline Morse offers up 10 ways to get to your gate faster and relieve some of that stress.

Once upon a time, airline food was really good; this was when people dressed up to fly and it was considered an elegant experience. But for the last couple decades, your inflight nosh has been … er… dispiriting. But maybe that’s changing – the Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney reports that British Airways is committed to spicing up (literally) its food offering. The result, the airline hopes, will be tastier food that’s better suited to being served at 30,000 feet.

Here’s something a little more serious. In the developed world, polio was pretty much eradicated decades ago. However, the World Health Organization recently confirmed an outbreak of polio in Syria, and now there’s concern that the outbreak won’t remain confined there. Medical News Today reports that infectious disease experts say that because there are large numbers of refugees leaving Syria and moving to neighboring countries and Europe, this could lead to the disease being reintroduced into Europe, where communities have been free of polio for decades.

Jet lag is the scourge of crossing time zones. We’ve written about it plenty in the past. This week, the staff at CNN travel offers up top tips to cure jet lag, including … Viagra?

Finally, if you’re traveling internationally, there are some things you just don’t do. The crew at Jaunted gives us their Ten Commandments for International Flights.

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