More Posts On: Health and Environment

In Defense of Emotional Support Animals? Not Exactly

“The trouble started when pet owners realized that they could game the system, because airlines did not require much proof of medical need. By claiming one, people could bring an animal on board without putting it in a carry-on bag and without paying a fee that typically runs $125.”

Let me start off by saying that…

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An Easy Way For Mosquitoes to Be Afraid of You? This Bites

Winter is still obviously present in the northern hemisphere; but the weather will eventually get warmer…

…and along with that welcome revelation comes increased humidity — as well as the inevitable scourge of those literal bloodsuckers ubiquitously known as mosquitoes.

Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere is currently in the middle of summer, if you want to travel to get away from the cold — and people are most certainly being pestered by these voraciously hungry flying insects, which transmit such diseases as encephalitis, malaria and yellow fever, of which a shortage of vaccinations is currently in effect in the United States.

One report claims that…

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Where the Most Germs Lurk at Airports and Aboard Airplanes

Travelers by now should be familiar with the potential of contracting an illness due to the proliferation of germs in the airport and aboard an airplane — but although articles such as this one identify the germiest places on the airplane and how to avoid them, what exactly are the levels of the amount of germs found in specific places?

Despite 2017 being designated as a…

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Stricter Requirements for Emotional Support Animals By United Airlines

United Airlines will require all passengers traveling with emotional support animals to provide documentation of proof of health or vaccinations 48 hours in advance of the departure of a flight effective as of Tuesday, March 1, 2018.

In developing the updated requirements, United Airlines solicited the feedback and input of…

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A Possible Solution to Allergies Versus Animals Aboard Airplanes?

With the significant increase of passengers committing fraud by passing off their pets as emotional support animals — this statement excludes anyone who travels with an animal for legitimate reasons — allergy sufferers cannot help but feel defenseless aboard airplanes, whose closed spaces only seem to exacerbate the situation…

…and in response to this article pertaining to…

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Hewlett-Packard Announces Battery Safety Recall and Replacement Program

If you travel with certain notebook computers or mobile workstations manufactured by Hewlett-Packard, note that a voluntary safety recall and replacement program has been announced pertaining to batteries for those electronic devices, which have the potential to overheat and pose a fire and burn hazard to their owners and users.

Customers cannot…

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Notice: Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage in the United States

If you are a citizen of the United States who plans to visit a country which requires that you have been vaccinated for yellow fever, be advised that finding a clinic may be difficult to a depleted supply of availability as the result of a shortage of the vaccine for the next few months.

This notice — which was posted at the official Internet web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — explains the situation…

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Homeless Population Increases Significantly at Atlanta Airport

When winter arrives, so does the typical onslaught of frigid weather, blustery winds and frozen precipitation. The natural inclination to someone who is homeless is to answer the survival instinct of seeking shelter which is warm and offers reasonable comfort.

In the greater Atlanta metropolitan area — where the weather is usually temperate — homeless people will seek out such places as…

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