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Chicago’s O'Hare and other U.S. airports remain largely empty despite increased mask wearing and other measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Airlines got travelers comfortable about flying again once before – but 9/11 and a virus are a lot different

Airlines and airports reacted quickly after 9/11 to put new procedures in place that overcame passengers' newfound fears of flying. An aviation historian explains why it may be harder to so today.
China’s tourism sector has been devastated by the latest coronavirus outbreak, but the impact is being felt around the world and in many industries. (Shutterstock)

The coronavirus will hit the tourism and travel sector hard

The economic impacts of the new coronavirus on the travel and tourism industry will be felt in every corner of the world and almost every sector of the economy.
Just because an airport looks impressive doesn’t mean it functions well. AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

In ‘airports of the future’, everything new is old again

Big lines and long distances to walk have plagued airports since the dawn of the jet age. New designs and technologies haven't helped much, even if they're visually impressive.
For many, the job of a pilot has lost its luster. Emilian Danaila/shutterstock.com

The US is facing a serious shortage of airline pilots

Over the last three decades, the number of US pilots has decreased by 30 percent. That problem is only going to get worse as demand increases.
Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Skycolors/Shutterstock.com

Your next pilot could be drone software

Airplanes could be safer with technology at the helm. A key sticking point is human opinion.

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