Punishment weekend for travelers in America and good news for travelers to Europe

 It appears to have been a punishing weekend for US travelers, after more than 1,400 flights were canceled on Saturday and Sunday, and flight delays totaled more than 10,000 over the weekend.

According to flight tracking site FlightAware , there were nearly 660 cancellations of domestic and foreign flights in the United States on Saturday, while nearly 740 more flights were canceled as of 1 pm on Sunday.

Punishment weekend for travelers in America and good news for travelers to Europe

The number of flights that experienced delays on Saturday rose to nearly 7,250 domestic and foreign flights. By 1pm on Sunday, nearly 3,000 flights were reported to be delayed. According to nbcnews

The three airports that topped the list of cancellations and delays were Newark Liberty International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

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On the other hand, there is good news for those planning a trip to Europe next summer, as they are no longer required to pay 7 euros ($7.35) to be allowed entry.

This came after the European Commission announced the postponement of the launch of the visa-waiver system (ETIAS), which requires all non-EU passport holders to obtain prior authorization before making trips to enter the European bloc. According to CNN .

It was previously announced that the application of the “Etias” license would start in May 2023, after it was scheduled to be applied in late 2022. Then it was postponed again to apply the license by November 2023.

It is worth noting that ETIAS is an acronym for European Travel Information and Authorization System, and is not a visa, but rather a visa waiver scheme, such as the ESTA program in the United States, which was launched in 2008.

This system will only be applicable to non-EU citizens from countries that do not currently need a visa to enter the Union.

The authorization is faster than visa processing, is done online, and does not require any biometric information, but there is a cost to obtain it.

Travelers from EU countries will be exempt from the license, regardless of their nationality, but the license will be mandatory for anyone else entering Europe from a country that did not need a visa before.

The move affects nearly 60 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, which lost freedom of movement after Britain's exit from the European Union. Nothing will change for those who previously needed a visa to enter.

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