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the Ministry of Finance has been inundated with complaints by a number of persons that, there have been some cases of unfair pricing at certain grocery establishments.
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The Government of Anguilla has taken steps to guard against price gouging in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Distribution of Goods and Prices Act (Maximum Price Order) Regulations 2020 came into force on 9 April 2020 and will expire 9 July 2020. The Order was made by the powers vested in the Hon. Premier and Minister responsible for Trade and Industry, Mr. Victor F. Banks.
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The movement of cargo into Anguilla remains unrestricted.
We have confidence that shortages should not occur. There is no need to hoard or to panic buy – that will only create artificial shortages. The same applies for petrol, diesel and cooking gas. Supplies have not been interrupted and we don’t see this happening.
Anguilla relies on goods arriving by sea and air.
Cargo movements – both sea and air - will not be restricted from entering Anguilla. We have assurances from French St. Martin that cargo movements are not included in the decision they took on Tuesday 17 March to close passenger movements to and from Anguilla. Similarly, containers continue to depart from the Port of Miami.
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Anguilla Becomes Latest Caribbean Island to Ease Entry Protocols for Vaccinated Visitors
All travelers to Anguilla must still show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of travel or proof of a negative rapid antigen test taken within two days of travel.
The Caribbean island of Anguilla is making it easier to visit paradise for vaccinated travelers by implementing updated protocols next month, the Anguilla Tourist Board shared with Travel + Leisure .
Starting April 1, fully-vaccinated travelers 18 and older will no longer need to apply for permission to enter the island through the online travel portal, according to the tourist board. Additionally, travelers who have been vaccinated within six months of their trip or received a booster dose will no longer be required to get tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
Currently, Anguilla requires all adult visitors to be vaccinated and only welcomes unvaccinated children under 18 years old, according to the tourist board . Going forward, unvaccinated minors will only be allowed to visit if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated travelers.
Unvaccinated travelers, as well as vaccinated travelers who were inoculated more than six months before their trip, but did not receive a booster shot, will be subject to testing on arrival, which costs $50.
The British Caribbean island, known for its stunning private villas , beachfront resorts , and top-notch tennis courts , boasts 33 beaches set in the Eastern Caribbean.
Currently, Anguilla is averaging five new COVID-19 cases reported per day, according to Reuters , which is down from January when the island topped as many as 100 new cases in a day. Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified Anguilla as a "Level 3" destination, warning Americans to make sure they "are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling" there.
Anguilla joins other Caribbean destinations in easing entry rules. Earlier this month, Aruba dropped all COVID-19-related travel restrictions , while Curaçao and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also rolled back protocols. Similarly, Puerto Rico has eliminated all COVID-19-related rules for domestic travelers.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram .
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Everything You Need to Know about Visiting Anguilla Right Now
- By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
- Updated: February 16, 2021
With 33 sandy sweeps, luxurious hotels and villas, and an impressive clutch of restaurants, the 35-sq. mi. Caribbean island of Anguilla is a sun-seekers dream. And as the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out begins, it’s a dream we’re having more often. Open to international visitors since November, Anguilla has instituted rigorous entry protocols which, so far, have managed to keep the virus at bay and position the island as one of the region’s safer travel destinations.
If Anguilla’s on your 2021 vision board, here’s everything you need to know to plan a trip and the skinny on what it’s like when you get there.
Anguilla is currently COVID 19-free
Last March, the island recorded three coronavirus cases and subsequently closed its borders. The government’s swift action prevented community spread within its population of 16,000 so effectively that Anguilla was the only Caribbean island to hold its summer Carnival. The World Health Organization declared the island officially COVID 19-free in June , and since its reopening last November, only 13 cases have been recorded, all of them caught on arrival.
The CDC currently classifies Anguilla as a Level 1 – Low Risk destination, and, to date, there have been no recorded deaths from the coronavirus.
You’ll need a travel visa
As is the protocol with all Caribbean countries, travelers must apply for travel authorization to visit Anguilla, and the island recommends applying seven days in advance. You’ll need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within five days of arrival , and that you have medical insurance that covers COVID-19-related costs. Prospective visitors apply online .
There are three tiers of visas—valid for stays of up to five days, 90 days, or a year—and you can apply as an individual, couple, or family. Current fees start at $300 per person for a stay shorter than five days and escalate to $3,000 for a year-long stay for a family of four.
Fees include the cost of on-island monitoring and two PCR tests, one administered on arrival, the other at your hotel or villa, either near the end of your quarantine or the end of your trip—a boon for U.S.-bound returnees .
HOT TIP: If you’re coming to Anguilla via St. Maarten (most visitors fly into SXM and then take the 30-minute ferry ride over to AXA), you’ll also need to apply for travel authorization to enter St. Maarten.
There’s a mandatory quarantine
When you land in Anguilla (either at the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal or the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport), you’ll be given a PCR Covid test, fitted with a quarantine wristband, and transferred to your hotel or villa. Once there, you’ll be confined to your room (with no restaurant or beach access) until you get your (hopefully negative) results, in six to 12 hours.
On a recent trip, I had my results within in four hours, just in time for a moonlit beach stroll. Visitors from the United States and other countries deemed high risk must then quarantine for 14 days. But that doesn’t mean you spend the next two weeks in your hotel room! Read on to find out why.
Anguilla operates a “bubble system”
How can visitors enjoy the island while minimizing their contact with—and therefore chances of transmitting the virus to—locals? In Anguilla, the answer is the bubble system. Visitors may stay only at Safe Environment Certified or “bubble” hotels and villas (the current list includes Belmond Cap Juluca , Tranquility Beach Resort and Four Seasons, Anguilla ), where staff have been trained in pandemic protocols and procedures.
For the next two weeks you can dine exclusively by reservation at bubble restaurants (the list, updated weekly, includes favorites such as Straw Hat , Sandy Island , and Ember ), which reserve certain days for quarantining visitors and others for locals, so the two groups never meet. Your hotel or villa manager can also arrange specific approved activities, such as yoga, golf, and diving.
You can’t rent a car while you’re in quarantine, so your hotel or villa manager will arrange a certified taxi, authorized to take you directly to the restaurant and back, with no spontaneous stops (a necessary but painful procedure for an inveterate shopper like me!). You can enjoy the beachfront at your hotel, but if you want to walk down the beach to another bubble hotel or restaurant, you must be escorted by a friendly “beach warden,” who makes sure you don’t make any impromptu detours.
Quarantined visitors are expected to wear masks in taxis and all public places except the beach, and to maintain social distance. (Of note: Because there’s been no community spread in Anguilla, there’s no mask mandate for residents outside the bubble.)
There are bubble neighborhoods
On the southwest coast, a section of the sweep at Meads Bay, stretching from Frangipani Beach Resort north to Carimar Beach Club , has been designated as the Meads Bay Bubble. If you stay in this neighborhood, you’re free to walk along the beach beyond your hotel and to visit the other hotels and restaurants within in its limits during your quarantine. The only caveat is that you must be accompanied to and from by the beach warden at your hotel.
Not only does this allow you more freedom of movement, it saves you the cost of taxis, which like most things on Anguilla, can be pricey (think $60 for a five-minute ride.) Over on the island’s east coast, you can stay in the Shoal Bay Bubble, which starts at Shoal Bay Villas and ends at the Point, allowing full access to the sandy strip in between.
But not everything is in the bubble
For businesses that rely on tourist dollars to survive, being in the bubble makes economic sense. But for those whose bread and butter is patronage by residents, it’s not necessarily worth the certification costs.
So, while popular offshore excursions such as Prickly Pear , restaurants including Blanchards , and the course at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa are open for bubble guests on specific days, places such as Elvis’ Beach Bar , Garvey’s Sunshine Shack , and The Dune Preserve are not in the bubble. If you’re staying for less than a couple of weeks, take them off your list.
If you test positive on arrival, here’s what happens
Should you test positive upon arrival (and provided you’re asymptomatic) you’ll have to isolate—at your own expense—at the hotel or villa where you’re holding a reservation. All of the Safe Environment Certified hotels and villas on island are required to set aside at least one room from the rental pool, which is reserved exclusively for arrivals who test positive. There you’ll be monitored by medical staff until you test negative or transferred to a hospital, if necessary.
Despite the hurdles, it’s worth it
Although the process is easy and efficient, applying for entry to Anguilla is time-consuming and pricey. Tourism officials recommend applying a week in advance, so forget that spontaneous weekend getaway. Your favorite hotel or villa may not be on the certified list, your favorite restaurant may not be in the bubble, and spas may not open until next year.
However arduous or inconvenient they may seem, these strict pandemic protocols have helped keep Anguillians safe and circumvented the spikes in cases seen in other Caribbean islands when they reopen to foreign visitors. The numbers—16 total cases and zero deaths in the last year—speak for themselves.
And, trust us, after you’ve applied, tested, arrived, retested, quarantined, and finally sink your feet into the silken sands of Maundays Bay, you’ll know it’s all been worth it.
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“We are proud to launch our first destination magazine, which we hope will become an annual edition,” declared Hon. Minister of Tourism, Mr. Haydn Hughes. “In Uniquely Anguilla readers will discover the multi-textured, authentic encounters that distinguish Anguilla from other islands. We are confident that it will be an invaluable resource for our marketing teams and their partners in all our source markets as we promote and sell Anguilla.” “The production of Uniquely Anguilla was truly a labor of love — it is a vital information source for both the trade and consumer, for visitors and residents alike,” declared Mrs. Stacey Liburd, Anguilla’s Director of Tourism. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming support by our stakeholders from every business sector on the island, whose generous contributions helped to make this wonderful magazine possible.” The 110-page publication is a celebration of Anguilla, offering a deep dive into what makes the island unique, and explores the variety of experiences on offer – for families, honeymooners, culture buffs, adventure seekers, culinary enthusiasts, sports enthusiasts, scuba divers and sun worshippers. In addition to the travel and tourism features, the magazine also provides information on investing in Anguilla, and on the government’s Digital Nomad residency program, for those who may be considering Anguilla for more than just a vacation.
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It is the home of government and commerce, the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport, and the Anguilla Tourist Board. Here you will also find the island’s only surviving plantation house, the beautifully restored Wallblake House, built in 1785, offers a glimpse into Anguilla’s colonial heritage.
Wallblake house built in 1785
On the road to Crocus Hill is the area of town that Anguillians refer to as The Old Valley. Here there are a number of architectural examples from Anguilla’s history — Ebenezer’s Methodist Church, Miss Marjorie’s House, The Warden’s Place, Rose Cottage, and other graceful buildings, all a reminder of Anguilla’s beautiful past.
Ebenezer’s Methodist Church
The legendary Lloyds B&B, in operation since the 1950’s, a selection of Charming Escapes, and the luxury villa resort CeBlue overlooking Crocus Bay are all situated in and around The Valley.
THE HEART OF ANGUILLA’S TOURISM INDUSTRY
The West End is the heart of Anguilla’s tourism industry, home of many of the island’s traditional five star resorts, including the Four Seasons Resort & Residences, Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club, Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort, Altamer and Cove Castles.
It is also where Anguilla’s culinary fame was born, led by iconic restaurants such as Blanchards, and followed by establishments like Jacala, Mangos and Straw Hat.
Seaside Dining at Mangos on Barnes Bay in West End
The spectacular beaches of the West End — Meads Bay, Rendezvous Bay, Maundays Bay, Barnes Bay, Long Bay, Cove Bay – glistening arcs of powder soft sand framing azure seas, these are the hallmarks of the Anguillian vacation experience.
Still waters at Meads Bay
ANGUILLA’S POINT OF ENTRY
The Blowing Point Ferry Terminal is the point of entry for most visitors to Anguilla, who arrive via the public or private ferries from St. Martin/Sint Maarten. Blowing Point beach is the location of one of the island’s most popular attractions, the Dolphin Discovery program.
Ferry terminal at Blowing Point
The area is also home to some of the island’s finest villa estates, at Little Harbour and Lockrum.
The eastern end of the island is rapidly developing as an alternative tourism center to the West End. Blessed with the magnificent Shoal Bay East beach, new properties such as the Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa and Manoah Boutique hotel have opened in the last two years.
Relax at Shoal Bay east
Tourism pioneers Shoal Bay Villas and Serenity Cottages paved the way, and the area now boasts a host of popular restaurants and beach bars, and a day spa.
Shoal Bay Villas
ANGUILLA’S QUAINT FISHING VILLAGE
Anguilla’s quaint fishing village, Island Harbour, sits on the eastern end of Anguilla. Colorful boats moor in this protected cove, and the fishing pier juts out towards the conch-lined island of Scilly Cay. Stand at the end of the pier and wave your arms and a tiny dinghy will motor across to take you over to the island for a spectacular lunch and heady rum punch. Children jump and fish from the pier, while their parents tend to their boats and the day’s catch.
Fishing boats at Island Harbour
Island Harbour is home to the annual Festival del Mar on the Easter weekend, a celebration of all things from the sea that includes a seafood festival, culinary competitions, swimming and fishing tournaments, lots of music and the national pastime, Boatracing. It is also home to one of Anguilla’s oldest and most popular eateries, the Hibernia Restaurant and Art Gallery..
Festival Del Mar in Island Harbour
Six nearby islands belong to Anguilla: Scrub Island, Sombrero, Dog Island, Sandy Island, Prickly Pear and Anguillita. Many tour companies offer “Anguilla by Sea” tours, which take you to one or more of these islands for a day of swimming, snorkeling and fantastic food.
Scrub Island is the largest of the offshore cays, and it is devoid of development, your perfect private island. Activities here include Wildlife observation, over 34 species of birds that have been recorded, snorkeling with turtles, fish and stingray, and swimming in emerald glowing lagoons. The trip to Scrub Island takes approximately 20 minutes from Island Harbour.
Aerial view of Scrub Island
Sombrero Island has an interesting history as it was a major source of guano mining in the nineteenth century. In 1856 the Americans claimed the island from the British, and in a short period of time quarried over 100,000 tons of phosphate as fertilizer for the exhausted lands of the southern states. Today Sombrero has been designated an important bird area by Bird Life International because of its breeding seabirds, and the surrounding waters are feeding areas for Hawksbill turtles.
Sombrero Island from sea
Bird Life International has also identified Dog Island as an important bird area, as it is home to large populations of nesting seabirds, mainly sooty terns, over 100,000 pairs, along with nine other species. A large colony of magnificent Frigate Birds nests on the eastern end of the island, along with flocks of Masked and Brown Boobies. It is also an interesting dive location, for experienced divers because of strong currents.
Bird activity on Dog Island
Sandy Island , a five-minute boat ride from Sandy Ground with Captain Jojo, is the proud home of Anguilla’s newest music festival, Livin’ the Sun, which takes place in November. An amazing restaurant, resident masseuse, hammocks, lounges and spectacular snorkeling make a trip to Sandy island a truly memorable experience.
Aerial view of Sandy Island
There are two restaurants on Prickly Pear , Agatha’s, which has been in operation for twenty years, and the more recent newcomer, Johnno’s at Prickly Pear. Both offer a great selection of cocktails and seafood, beach chairs, snorkeling gear, thatch umbrellas and stunning vistas of turquoise seas.
Views for Prickly Pear
Anguillita island is the southernmost of Anguilla’s cays, a small, rocky uninhabited island that has good snorkeling and scuba diving conditions.
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11 Best Things To Do in Anguilla
Updated July 15, 2022
Soft sands and clear blue waters lure many of Anguilla's visitors to spend the majority of their time sunbathing or trying a water sport. Shoal Bay East is a beloved white sand beach for relaxation, Little Bay is popular for snorkeling and you
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Meads Bay Meads Bay free
Located on the western end of Anguilla, Meads Bay is beloved for its silky-smooth sand, aquamarine waters and gorgeous views. Plus, recent visitors said this beach is never as crowded as Shoal Bay East , and there are many places to eat. Travelers and locals recommend dining at Blanchards Beach Shack, which is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.
Like the rest of Anguilla's beaches, it is free to spend the day here. Keep in mind that the waters can get a bit rough during the winter season (December through January), but are usually mild during the summer. The easiest way to get to Meads Bay is via taxi, unless you’re staying at a hotel that's within walking distance of the beach.
Shoal Bay East Shoal Bay East free
Anguilla has approximately 35 beaches, but the most popular one is Shoal Bay East. This northern shore has long entertained daytrippers from St. Martin-St. Maarten , so there are plenty of bars and restaurants, plus rental equipment for snorkeling, parasailing and scuba diving.
Recent visitors say that a trip to this beach is an absolute must-see, and recommend renting a few snorkels and making a day of it. While this beach is popular and known to attract crowds, recent travelers remarked they did not have trouble finding a quiet spot to relax.
Rendezvous Bay Rendezvous Bay free
This 2-mile slice of paradise may be reason enough to visit Anguilla. With calm enough waters for even the least confident swimmers and the mellow sounds of Dune Preserve in the background, Rendezvous is an idyllic retreat for vacationers looking to escape Shoal Bay East 's hustle and tourist bustle.
Rendezvous is free to enter and easy to enjoy any day of the week. But if you really want to get away from it all, avoid the beach on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday through Sunday evenings, when crowds gather for Dune Preserve's live music. This southwestern beach also hosts the Moonsplash Music Festival every March.
Crocus Bay Crocus Bay free
Beachgoers looking for a destination mostly free of commercial development flock to Crocus Bay. Located on the north side of the island east of Sandy Ground , its secluded feeling is disturbed only by motorboats dropping off tourists, according to recent visitors. Upscale Da'Vida Restaurant, the one commercial establishment in the area, offers food, drinks, beach chairs, and snorkeling and boat rentals.
Recent travelers agree that its reputation for a calm atmosphere remains intact despite an increase in visitor traffic. Parking is available nearby. A nearby hotel suggests that the most adventurous travelers may combine a visit to Crocus Bay with a swim out to Little Bay (which is otherwise accessible only by boat). Note that this should be attempted only in calm waters. Little Bay is more prudently visited by paying for a nearby boat rental.
Dune Preserve Dune Preserve
Plenty of Anguilla vacationers have never heard of the musician Bankie Banx or his beachside restaurant and lounge, Dune Preserve. So consider making an evening trip to this Rendezvous Bay hot spot to get acquainted. After a successful music and touring career as a reggae artist, native Anguillan Banx returned home to open this marquee live music spot. The relaxed wooden beach bar receives plenty of lunchtime traffic from the nearby beach's sunbathers (visit the website for lunch and dinner hours), but you should visit in the evening. Several nights a week Banx takes to the stage to entertain his patrons. Sometimes he's joined on stage by famous friends like Jimmy Buffett, Marcia Griffiths and John Mayer.
According to travelers, Dune Preserve is definitely worth experiencing; however, visitors do warn that prices for drinks are a bit steep here. The Dune Preserve is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Sandy Ground Sandy Ground free
Sandy's is the beach on Anguilla for fun. So pack your towel and swimsuit, but leave your beach reading at your hotel; you won't have time to lounge around here. Located in front of numerous restaurants, (including the popular Johnno's Beach Stop and Elvis' Beach Bar), this western beach is also Anguilla's main harbor, and it's jiving at all times of day. Sandy Ground especially receives a lot of traffic from foreign sailors and families (all those food joints and accessible bathrooms nearby are hard to resist). Sandy Ground is a public beach open all hours every day, but some travelers found it less pristine and relaxed than other options.
For those wishing to visit the area, enjoy greater solitude and additional water sports by traveling to nearby Sandy Island. To access this tiny strip of pristine white beach, take a small boat from Sandy Ground wharf for about $40 roundtrip. The boats leave hourly beginning at 11am; private charters are also available. On the island there is a bar offering pricey drinks and barbeque lunches, but snorkeling the reefs is the main attraction on Sandy Island.
Little Bay Little Bay
For a memorable beach experience, travelers suggest you sneak away to Little Bay, a cove carved into western Anguilla. Couples particularly enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the aquamarine water there, especially in the morning or in the late afternoon. Recent visitors spotted sea turtles and a variety of birds.
The only way to get to this hidden cove is by boat: Once you get to Crocus Bay , look for a man named Calvin – he sets up camp under a mahogany tree, and he can also be reached by phone: 1 (264) 772-1332. Calvin will take you to and from Little Bay for a round-trip fee of $15 per person.
Tradition Sailing Charters Tradition Sailing Charters
Anguilla’s star attractions are its beaches and excellent food. Get the most out of both with a sailing tour from Tradition Sailing Charters on its 50-foot gaff rigged sloop. Offering three packages as well as custom private charters, this is a splurge with options for every type of beachgoer. Depending on the package you select, you could spend hours sailing, snorkeling, exploring Prickly Pear Cays , sampling delicious cuisine or watching the sunset.
All three sailing packages – the Prickly Pear Lobster Lunch Day Sail, Half-Day Little Bay Sail & Snorkel Adventure, and Tradition's Sunset Sail – received rave reviews from recent travelers. Visitors especially praised the knowledgeable staff (including owner and captain Laurie Gumbs), tasty food and drinks, and the comfortable atmosphere aboard the sailboat. Despite the upscale price of the trips, many visitors commented that the excursion was worth every penny.
Maundays Bay Beach Maundays Bay Beach free
Near the southwestern tip of Anguilla lies Maundays Bay Beach, which recent visitors consider a must-see. The beautiful crescent moon-shaped beach is uncrowded, with calm waters during the peak winter tourism season, making it ideal for recreational swimming. Like most of the island's beaches, Maundays Bay boasts white sands and clear blue waters. Chairs are available to rent for those who prefer to take in the swimmers and snorkelers from afar.
Although the beach is free and public, entry is via guard gate due to its proximity to Belmond Cap Juluca Resort . There is free public parking near the resort.
Prickly Pear Cays Prickly Pear Cays
Hop on a boat from Sandy Ground to experience one of the more tranquil and picturesque beaches of the Caribbean: The Prickly Pear Cays are two small uninhabited islands located 6 miles from the mainland. The area has become popular with travelers (especially couples and families) thanks to the islands' shallow, calm swimming waters, plus the cute canaries and finches that willingly come to feed from visitors' hands.
You'll find plenty of beach chairs for rental on the cays and an on-site restaurant that's open Tuesdays through Sundays to serve refreshments, lunch and dinner. But the experience will set you back; the boat trip can cost at least $50 per person, and does not include food or water sports rentals. Still, some recent travelers insist the trip is worth it. Consider saving some money by packing a picnic for your day away.
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WASHINGTON — Transportation Security Administration officers and air traffic controllers across the country could be working without pay during the Thanksgiving travel rush as the U.S. heads toward a government shutdown days before a record number of air passengers are expected at U.S. airports.
The federal government will shut down and be unable to continue paying its workers starting Saturday unless Congress passes a new funding bill. While airport security and air traffic controllers will still be required to show up for work without pay, past shutdowns have led to increases in absenteeism, which could be a recipe for flight delays and extreme security lines for holiday travelers.
The air travel workforce is already stretched thin, with TSA officers and air traffic controllers working mandatory overtime amid staffing shortages and a record number of air travelers. The financial uncertainty of not being paid could put even more strain on the system, making it difficult for some to afford the child care and transportation needed to get to work, while others could be forced to take on second jobs.
“If we’re going to shut down, it’s going to be ugly. I’m very concerned about the mental state of the employees and how long they’re willing to endure this government shutdown,” said an official with the union representing TSA employees, Johnny Jones, a transportation security officer at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. “The No. 1 thing that they’re thinking about is that next paycheck.”
The TSA expects an increase in travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday period, with the busiest day being the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when a record 3 million people are expected to fly.
House Republicans will try again to pass a short-term budget this week, but with just five legislative days left until the deadline, there is little room for error. Over the weekend, House Republicans put forth an unusual approach to averting a shutdown by proposing several spending bills needed to keep the government open into January to bring together opposing Republican factions.
During the last shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, 2018, travelers faced longer security screening lines after TSA officer call-outs increased as much as threefold at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and the absentee rate among airport screeners peaked at 10%, compared to the average 3% absence rate, according to a report by the research firm Tourism Economics.
Biden administration officials have begun warning about the toll a shutdown could have on employees and the ripple effect it could have on travelers.
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During the last shutdown, airports across the Northeast experienced major delays after an increased number of air traffic controllers called out sick. Hours after the air travel disruptions, the White House announced a deal to reopen the government.
This time, the impact on air travel could be felt much sooner and more acutely given how thinly stretched the air travel workforce already is, said Joe McCartin, the executive director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, who has studied past air travel labor disputes.
“The understaffing at air traffic control facilities is significantly worse now than it was in 2019, so you already have air traffic controllers who are working under more pressure. A lot of them are working mandatory six-day weeks,” McCartin said. “They are already under stress, so if you were to add to that anything like what happened in 2019, where you have an extended shutdown where people are not being paid, and if that also coincides with the holiday season, I think it’s a very tenuous situation.”
Federal Aviation Administration and TSA employees are prohibited from going on strike or organizing sickouts under federal law, but McCartin said nothing prevents individual employees from calling out sick.
Rail travel could also feel the effects of a shutdown. Amtrak employees will continue to be paid, but during past shutdowns, some Federal Railroad Administration personnel have been furloughed and employees with the Office of Railroad Safety worked without pay.
If the government shuts down, federal workers will receive the paychecks they are scheduled to receive through Saturday, an administration official said. After that, workers wouldn’t receive any additional pay until Congress passes a budget. In past shutdowns, Congress has appropriated back pay to reimburse federal employees for the period where they weren’t paid.
TSA workers and union leaders held a rally outside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday calling on Congress to act and prevent a shutdown.
“This is the busiest airport in the world, and the [transportation security officers] here work around the clock to make sure that all of these travelers reach their destination safely,” Tatishka Thomas, a union leader with the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents TSA agents, said during the rally. “The fact that certain members of Congress are willing to play chicken with the pay of these unsung heroes is unconscionable.”
Shannon Pettypiece is senior policy reporter for NBC News digital.
Us tourist, 75, dies after bahamas excursion boat sinks in choppy waters.
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An elderly American tourist died Tuesday after a ferry carrying cruise ship passengers to the Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas began to sink in choppy waters.
The privately operated ferry, which offers cruise ships that call into the Bahamas popular excursions, had been headed from Paradise Island in Nassau to the Blue Lagoon Island when it started to sink.
Terrifying footage captured panicked passengers in orange life jackets clinging onto the two-deck ferry as it tilts dramatically to one side.
Passengers appear to fall to one side of the boat as the ship floats over rocky waters, and in later footage, the tourists can be seen jumping into the ocean.
A 75-year-old American woman from Colorado died in the incident, local police told Bahamas newspaper Tribune 242.
The woman has not been publicly named, and the exact circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear.
The ferry full of tourists was nearing its destination when conditions on the water began to deteriorate, American tourist Kelly Schissel said in a TikTok recapping the horrifying incident.
“One of the crewmembers who was downstairs ran upstairs and was crying, absolutely bawling, and grabbing a life jacket. That’s when everybody was like . . . this is real, something’s happening,” Schissel said in the TikTok.
As water began to fill the ship’s main deck, passengers put on life jackets and moved to the boat’s top level.
According to Schissel, several crew members were in hysterics over the incident and therefore unable to instruct passengers on what to do.
“Once we realized we were starting to sink, and we saw the water coming in, people were screaming and people were freaking out so we all got our life jackets on,” she said. “We were waiting for the staff to direct us on what to do, and they didn’t.”
Other video shows passengers eventually began to jump out of the sinking ship into the bright blue water below.
While it looked beautiful, Schissel said the waters were rough, and many people struggled to keep their heads above the choppy waves.
Eventually, rescue boats were called to the scene.
Several good samaritans in boats nearby also took in some of the ferry’s passengers, Schissel said.
Two of the boat’s passengers were taken to a nearby hospital to receive treatment, the tour operator told The Maritime Executive.
The circumstances surrounding the 75-year-old woman’s death are currently under investigation.
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