IATA Endorses Five Priorities in Air Travel
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that five resolutions that were passed this month at the 75th Annual General Meeting in Seoul, South Korea.
- Environment. Governments to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as agreed through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). CORSIA is the first global carbon pricing instrument for an industry sector. It will cap net CO2 emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels (carbon-neutral growth, or CNG). A detailed release and full text of the resolution are available on the IATA website.
- Slots: The AGM reaffirmed the importance of a harmonized global airport slot system, and called upon governments to urgently address capacity shortages. A detailed release and full text of the resolution are available on the IATA website.
- RFID for Baggage Tracking: The AGM resolved to support the global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking. A detailed release and full text of the resolution are available on the IATA website.
- One ID: The AGM resolved to accelerate the global implementation of the One ID initiative, which uses a single biometric identifier to move passengers through the airport, without the need for paper travel documents. A detailed release and full text of the resolution are available on the IATA website.
- Disabled Passengers: The AGM resolution aims to improve the air travel experience for the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide. Airlines committed to ensuring that passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel, and called upon governments to use IATA’s core principles for accommodating passengers with disabilities. A detailed release and full text of the resolution are available on the IATA website.
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How to Plan for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean is generally between May 15 and November 30 of each year. While this is also likely the time you can get the best deals to Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and elsewhere, generally speaking it’s better to travel before or after these dates for the obvious reasons. But what if that’s not possible?
It’s important to know the travel policies for airlines and hotels and other travel suppliers. You may also want to consider travel insurance for hurricane season. Seems odd that anyone would want to pay a higher fee to travel during a season where it’s meant to save money (not to mention their likely disclaimers), but that may be the best option, depending on the purpose of your trip.
InsureMyTrip is one of many insurance carriers focused on helping travelers with hurricane preparedness coverage. They expanded their Hurricane Educational Center to include more information to better assist travelers with their upcoming trip.
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