[Educator-Gold] TRANSPORTATION: AIR AIRLINE AIRPLANE AVIATION : COUNTRIES: CUBA, UNITED STATES: New Commercial Flights Mean Big Change for US-Cuba Relations

 

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TRANSPORTATION: AIR AIRLINE AIRPLANE AVIATION :

COUNTRIES: CUBA, UNITED STATES:

New Commercial Flights Mean Big Change for US-Cuba Relations

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New Commercial Flights Mean Big Change for US-Cuba Relations

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 1, 2016, 12:06 A.M. E.D.T.

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/01/ world/americas/ap-cb-cuba-us-flying-home.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/zcfj9cm

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SANTA CLARA, Cuba  It took an hour and a $330 paper check to buy the printed blue ticket for my one-way charter flight from Havana to Miami, the last I will ever take.

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Check-in meant nearly two hours in a line that almost spilled out the terminal doors. I barely made it aboard my 45-minute flight Sunday.

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I came home to Cuba in seat 4B Wednesday on the first commercial flight from the U.S. in more than half a century. The electronic ticket cost $98.90 and took less than three minutes to buy on JetBlue’s website. For an extra $35, I hauled back 100 pounds of goods that are nearly unobtainable in Cuba: porcelain kitchen tiles, ice cube trays, a designer dress for my fiancee.

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Multiply those numbers by roughly 300 flights a week and you have the makings of a sea change in the U.S.-Cuba relationship, perhaps the most important development since Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama declared detente nearly two years ago.

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After more than 50 years without regular air service, Cubans will be able to visit family in the U.S. on the same commercial airlines that serve the rest of the world. No more slipping a “tip” to a government sales agent simply to allow you to buy a more than $500 ticket for the short hop to Miami. No one weighing your hand luggage on the way back and charging you for every pound in excess of the scanty limit.

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“This was a great deal and we’re already JetBlue members,” South Florida grandmother Neta Rodriguez told me in the check-in line Wednesday morning on her way to visit family in our destination, Santa Clara, and in Havana. “You can buy it from the comfort of your own home. You don’t even want to know how much I’ve spent on trips to Cuba over the years.”

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For Americans, the burdensome process of traveling to Cuba is, suddenly, almost seamless. A federal affidavit has become a box you click on an airline website. You can buy Cuban visas in U.S. airports. All of a sudden, a weekend getaway to Cuba is a real possibility for millions of Americans. By December, you’ll be able to fly directly to Havana from Houston, Los Angeles and New York, alongside the more obvious Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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