Beginning Oct. 1, all residents of the United States who want to continue to use their driver’s license as their chosen form of identification for air travel must obtain a license with a Real ID designation. Those who haven’t acquired a Real ID and don’t have a valid U.S. passport will not be allowed to board flights as these will be the only two acceptable forms of identification for travel, even domestically.
The Real ID Act passed in 2005 after the terrorist attacks in 2001 in order to increase the standards of security for both domestic and international air travel. The requirements to obtain a Real ID vary by state, but can involve making an appointment with your local DMV; furnishing documentation such as your original birth certificate or social security card; and/or providing proof of residency via a utility bill or phone bill.
Real IDs are mailed to recipients and feature a gold or black star in the upper right corner. If you’ve renewed your license in the past few years, it is likely your new license was automatically printed as a Real ID as the majority of states have issued them for years. Oregon and Oklahoma are the two remaining states not automatically enacting this process, but they plan to do so Aug. 2, and Sept. 18, respectively.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
The new Hotel Indigo Brussels – City boasts a botanical theme. The hotel in Brussels’ Little Manhattan is located near the city’s Botanical Gardens, making the theme fitting.
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A new culinary destination, Richmond, British Columbia, in Canada, was named on Eater’s annual Top Places to Eat list. The food authority website named 19 destinations around the world, many expected, but some not so much.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.