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The Traveler: August 2019
Welcome to the August Edition of The Traveler e-Newsletter! Enjoy a newsletter packed with interesting security, health and travel-related articles.


Assist Alert: Hong Kong Anti-Government Protests Update
Anti-government protests in Hong Kong have taken a turn for the worse and have led the U.S. State Department to issue a Level 2 Travel Advisory, cautioning travelers to “exercise increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest.”


These Are Your Rights When You Buy a Plane Ticket
Did you know that as an airline passenger, you also have something like a passenger's bill of rights? These lay out your basic rights as a passenger.These passenger protections were first issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation in December 2009.


Assist Alert: Hong Kong Anti-Government Riots
Hong Kong has seen eight consecutive weekends of anti-government and pro-democracy demonstrations, some of which have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and the police. 


In Action: Medical Referral in California
Grace started experiencing severe leg pain on a business trip to California and had to consult a doctor. She called Assist America to help her find a local physician that can help her during her stay in the US.


The Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets
Airfare prices are volatile with a capital “V”. Did you know that the average economy fare changes a total of 61 times before a trip? So it stands to reason the number one question we get from customers is “When should I buy my airline ticket to get the best deal?”


Tips for Staying Hydrated During Summer Travels
With the warmer days of this summer season quickly approaching, more people are flocking outdoors to enjoy some summer fun. If you’re planning a trip for the season or are just enjoying the outdoors, it is essential to stay hydrated and here are a few tips that may be helpful.


The Strange Reason Why Airplane Windows are Round
Square windows were all the rage in early airplane design—after all, why change a model that’s worked in homes and cars for generations?


NJ-Bound Plane Emergency: Reported Bomb Threat Forced Landing
A New Jersey-bound plane was forced to land on Thursday morning because of a reported bomb threat.Flight 191 made an emergency landing at London Stansted Airport and was forced to park in an isolated location that was away from airport operations.


Western Europe Braces for its Hottest Weather
Western Europe is bracing for an intense, dangerous, and possibly even deadly heat wave this week, with temperatures due to soar as high as 45 degrees Celsius, or 113 Fahrenheit.


Assist Alert: Recent Deaths in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has been in the media spotlight, in light of the recent deaths of vacationers to the island. Many travelers have fallen ill during trips there and the death count has risen to 12 people as of the release of this Assist Alert.


JetBlue Is Launching Its Longest Flight Ever
JetBlue inspires fanatical devotion among some fliers. And, later this year, the airline’s biggest fans will be able to spend even longer aboard a JetBlue plane. JetBlue has announced its longest route yet: a 6.5-hour flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Guayaquil, Ecuador.


World Oceans Day 2019: Jean-Michel Cousteau on Why Dubai Surprises Him
Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of one of the world’s most famous ocean researchers (Jacques Cousteau), and his family have been responsible for some of the greatest ocean exploration in history. Despite having just turned 81 years old, Cousteau is dedicated to travelling the world acting as a voice for the ocean.


Paris Announces Plans for a Major New Park at the Eiffel Tower
Paris has just announced plans for a major new park at the base of the Eiffel Tower. British landscape architecture firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s proposal was selected by the city, which will transform over 100 acres into what will be the largest public green space in the city. 


Assist Alert: Measles Outbreak Throughout the United States
The United States has confirmed 940 cases of the measles, spread over 26 states. Measles were declared eliminated in 2000, according to federal health officials. However, this outbreak has been noted to be the worst case of measles since 1994 and may even exceed the highest number of cases which occurred in 1992.


In Action: Medical Repatriation from Florida
When Jeff had an accident while on a deep-sea fishing excursion during their vacation in Florida, Khloe contacted Assist America to help them get back home safe and sound. 


Where to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing
Armstrong’s “one small step” has been talked about for decades is one of the most celebrated events of the past century. To celebrate a number of destinations across the U.S. will be marking Apollo 11’s achievement with a series of special events.


The Traveler: May 2019
Welcome to the May Edition of The Traveler e-Newsletter! Enjoy a newsletter packed with interesting security, health and travel-related articles.


Rooftop Infinity Pool at JFK's new TWA Hotel
Passengers flying from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City will soon be able to witness spectacular views of its famous runways from what could be one of the coolest pools on the planet.


In Action: Medical Repatriation after a Skiing Accident
A fun trip with friends can take a turn at anytime. When John had a skiing accident during his trip to Colorado, he knew Assist America will be there to help him return home safe and sound.