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U.S. Borders Finally Reopen After 20-Month Ban

U.S. Borders Finally Reopen After 20-Month Ban

There were many joyful and emotional images and videos to come out of airport across the United States as many were reunited with friends and family after the nation reopened its borders after a travel ban lasting 20 months.

The borders officially reopened its borders to visitors on Monday, ending travel restrictions which had banned non-U.S. citizens traveling from 33 nations across the world such as the UK, China and India as well as overland entry from the bordering nations of Mexico and Canada.

To enter the United States, visitors will need to be double vaccinated. However, exceptions are made to children under the age of 18 and those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons. In addition, travelers over the age of 2 will need to provide evidence of the negative COVID test taken within the past three days but will not need to quarantine.

These restrictions were imposed by former president of the United States, Donald Trump, and were upheld by current president Joe Biden but had been heavily criticized. They were imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 with U.S. borders closed to travelers from various parts of the world. This separated families for a significant period of time as well as heavily affect tourism.

Two flights, one British Airways and one Virgin Atlantic took off simultaneously from Heathrow airport in London landed into New York City, which signified the return of the one of the busiest flight paths. Arrivals at the John F. Kennedy Airport were greeted with rapturous applause and balloons by airport staff welcoming them to the country.

“Today is a day of celebration,” Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss said at the airport.

CEO of British Airways, Sean Doyle, was also present at the airport, welcoming arrivals to the United States and stated how important this moment was to get tourism moving again.

“Apart from the human aspect, it’s very important for business and trade that we get this corridor up and running again,” he said. “The links are very strong, and travel is a key part of enabling that economic activity.”

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Blink-182 Star Travis Barker Takes First Flight since Deadly 2008 Crash

Blink-182 Star Travis Barker Takes First Flight since Deadly 2008 Crash

Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker, overcame his fears as he flew on an airplane for the first time since he survived a deadly plane crash in 2008. This was confirmed after posts on social media showing an image of himself and girlfriend, Kourtney Kardashian, embracing one another infront of a private jet.

The caption read “With you anything is possible” with the photo posted onto Twitter and Instagram.

The crash, which was caused by maintenance issues during take-off from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina occurred on 19th September 2008. The accident saw the deaths of the two pilots as well as two of the four passengers, Barker’s security guard, Charles Still, and assistant, Chris Baker. Travis Barker as well as the other remaining passenger, Adam Goldstein, suffered critical injuries. Since then, the 45-year-old had not boarded a plane.

The drummer suffered various burns across his body and therefore spent a total of 11 weeks in hospital, undergoing 27 surgeries.

Recollecting the unfortunate event, he said: “The plane’s on fire and my hands are on fire so I unbuckle my seat belt and I jump right into the jet, which holds all the fuel. I basically ignite my whole body in fire.”

“I’m so soaked in jet fuel, there’s nothing I can do to put the fire out.”

Ever since then, the Blink-182 star has refused to fly. This has meant that Barker has missed the bands various tours across the world. One of the tours missed was back in 2013 where he withdrew from the bands tour of Australia. However, Blink-182 have also provided plans to accommodate Barker, most notably in 2016 where the band swapped flying within the cloud with sailing in the seas for their tour of Europe.

Speaking to Men’s Health in May of this year, he expressed how he had plans to fly again at some point during his life.

“There’s a million things that could happen to me,” he said. “I could die riding my skateboard. I could get in a car accident. I could get shot”, he proclaimed.

“Anything could happen. I could have a brain aneurysm and die. So why should I still be afraid of airplanes?”

He also let people know on social media that month after that his plans remained the same, tweeting: “I might fly again.”

His first flight in 13 years took place on August 14th where Travis Barker and his girlfriend flew from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to TMZ.

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