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Pittsburgh Int'l Airport becomes first to allow access to shops for non-ticketed visitors

Non-ticketed visitors will have access to Pittsburgh International Airport’s gates, shops and restaurants starting Tuesday.

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The “myPITpass” program, which was announced in late August, makes Pittsburgh the first airport in the country to allow such access since 9/11.

The TSA pilot program will allow guests beyond the security checkpoint for shopping, dining and greeting passengers year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the possibility of additional hours and weekend days in coming months.

Security will not change, even for people with a myPITpass. Just like ticketed passengers, people with the one-day pass will still have to go through security and have their name vetted against the No Fly list.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants objects to the program.

“This is an ill-conceived relaxation of security requirements and a dangerous precedent. We shouldn't be letting our guard down,” APFA president Bob Ross said in a statement. “Airports are not shopping malls. They are travel hubs, where security must always be the top priority.”

APFA is also concerned that having shoppers in TSA security lines will lead to flight delays and more ticketed passengers missing flights.

WOW, $69 flights to Europe? Yes, please.

Have you been craving an authentic Guinness from Dublin? Perhaps a flawless Eiffel Tower selfie in romantic Paris?

If Europe has been on your bucket list, there’s never been a more perfect time to go.

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WOW, an Icelandic low-cost airline, announced flights from Miami International Airport to eight European cities for as low as $69 each way. 

>> Related: Low-cost airline considers replacing seats with standing space

From September to November, you can travel to Berlin; Brussels; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dublin; Edinburgh, Scotland; London; Paris and Stockholm.

A screenshot of WOW Air's website from the morning of Aug. 29, 2017 showed $69 one-way fares from the USA to select European cities.

>> Related: American Airlines to decrease legroom for passengers

However, keep in mind, the flights are not direct and will include a layover at WOW's home base in Reykjavik, Iceland.

"Our mission is to enable everybody to fly and I think with these incredible prices we are making that dream a reality," Skuli Mogensen, the founder and CEO of WOW, said in a statement.

The $69 one-way fares, which include the ticket, taxes and a personal item of up to 22 pounds, must be booked for a round trip. The sale also includes flights from Boston, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Don’t second-guess yourself, check out the deals here: https://wowair.us

Airlines waiving rebooking fees as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall

As South Texas awaits Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, airlines are looking the other way, accommodating travelers who need to change their plans.

RELATED: Expected to grow in the coming days, Tropical Disturbance Harvey has its eye on the Gulf – and possibly Houston

American, Southwest, Frontier, Delta and United are among the major carriers that are waiving hefty change fees because of the incoming storm, Rare.us reported.

RELATED: Severe Houston flooding may be a thing of the past thanks to projects being considered by Harris County

While the details vary according to carrier, travelers are urged to contact their airline to rebook flights as soon as possible.

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Warning: State Department discouraging travel to Cancun, Los Cabos

Planning a vacation? You might want to avoid certain parts of Mexico, according to a recommendation from the U.S. State Department.

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The warning comes during a spike in violence in states where some of the country’s most popular tourist regions are located -- Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo.

Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are located in Baja California Sur, and popular cities like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum and Riviera Maya are located in Quintana Roo.

The State Department issued the advisory Tuesday, citing an uptick in criminal organizations in those areas.

Conflicting groups have become embroiled in “turf battles,” and shootings between the groups have resulted in the deaths of innocent bystanders, the Los Angeles Times reported. According to the State Department, many of the gun battles occur in public places during broad daylight. 

The State Department said U.S. citizens have also been kidnapped and murdered during carjackings and robberies. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, a military-led drug war in Mexico is spurring violence across the whole country, which is on track to record more homicides in 2017 than it did in the preceding 20 years. An increase in demand for heroin from U.S. citizens has also spurred violence and conflict between drug cartels, the Times reported.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times and the U.S. Department of State

Find details on which Mexican regions have safety advisories in effect here

6 world-famous monuments undergoing major renovations

Big Ben bonged for the last time on Aug. 21 after an announcement that London’s famous bell will be silenced until 2021 while its home, Elizabeth Tower, undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation.

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The London clock tower isn’t the only tourist attraction to close for major repairs in recent years.

Eiffel Tower

One of the most famous structures in the City of Light is undergoing a 15-year, $321 million overhaul, Curbed reported. Workers will update the tower’s elevators and twinkling lights and reinforce it against weather and possible terror attacks.

According to The Guardian, the Eiffel Tower is repainted every seven years, and the process takes 20 months and requires 60 tons of paint.

Sydney Opera House

This iconic Australian performance venue’s Joan Sunderland Theatre is undergoing its largest upgrade since it opened in 1973. According to The Telegraph, the construction will serve to upgrade acoustics and increase flexibility of the stage and seating areas.

As a result, the theater will be closed for more than half of 2017. Renovations are expected to wrap up in 2020 or 2021.

The renovations will cost more than $150 million.

Forbidden City

Thanks to many generous donations, Forbidden City’s Yang Xin Dian, or Hall of Mental Cultivation, is having its first renovation in more than a century.

Work on the famed Chinese palace should be completed by 2020.

Washington Monument

Businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein is spending $2 to $3 million on renovations to the elevator inside the prominent figure in Washington, D.C.

The monument is closed to visitors until at least 2019, according to The Washington Post.

Machu Picchu

Peru’s “New Wonder of the World” is in the midst of a $36.7 million upgrade.

Changes include hiring a staff of guides and guards, adding an exit ramp and additional security measures, installing on-site toilets and more. Work will continue until about 2019.

RELATED: They may be clichés, but don’t rule out these popular tourist spots for your next vacation

Bonnie Tyler to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' on cruise during solar eclipse

It's the epic matchup you've been waiting for, bright eyes: Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and a real-life total solar eclipse.

>> Solar eclipse 2017: What time does it start; how long does it last; glasses; how to view it

>> Amazon issues refunds for potentially fake solar eclipse glasses

According to Time, Tyler, backed by DNCE, will perform the iconic 1983 song aboard Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise during Monday's Great American Eclipse. The cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas leaves Orlando, Florida, on Sunday and will head to the Caribbean.

>> Watch the music video here

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"Bonnie Tyler was a natural choice for this once-in-a-lifetime moment," Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley said, Time reported.

Read more here.

London's Big Ben to go silent for four years

Big Ben, the iconic British timekeeper at the Palace of Westminster, will go silent until 2021.

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Also known as the Great Bell of the clock on the Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the clocktower. It will sound Monday for the last time for four years.

According to the BBC, the bongs are being disconnected for the clock and the surrounding tower to be restored.

“Big Ben falling silent is a significant milestone in this crucial conservation project. This essential program of works will safeguard the clock on a long term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home,” Steve Jaggs, keeper of the Great Clock, said in a statement.

Jaggs said the clock will be be “dismantled piece by piece with each cog examined and restored,” The Washington Post reported.

According to CNN, the repairs will cost approximately $40 million. 

The bells chimes have signaled time every hour in the city for 157 years.

The last time the bell was silent was in 2007, when it stopped for maintenance work. Before that, the bong was paused between 1983 and 1985 while it underwent refurbishments.

The bell will still ring for important national events such as New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday.

Read more at BBC and The Washington Post.

Doctor saves woman overdosing on flight

A Boston cardiologist saved a passenger who passed out after a believed overdose 30,000 feet in the air.

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Dr. Anil Punjabi was about to fall asleep on his flight from Boston to Minneapolis on Friday when he heard the Spirit Airlines attendant shouting for a doctor.

Other passengers alerted the crew when a woman a few rows back had been in the bathroom for a long time. When she got back, she was turning grey and slumped over, and passengers noticed she didn't have a pulse. Punjabi said he was working with an OBGYN nurse also on the flight to give her mouth-to-mouth CPR when they discovered a needle hidden in her bra.

"We were down on the ground within 25 minutes, but at that time she was completely unresponsive,” Punjabi said.

For those 25 minutes, the crew, Punjabi, the nurse and an EMT trainee all worked to keep the woman alive.

The situation is putting a spotlight on the gravity of the opioid epidemic in Boston.

It’s also raising serious concerns for Punjabi about whether action should be taken by airlines across the U.S. to prevent this from happening again. Punjabi and the crew kept the woman alive until the plane was on the ground 25 minutes later, but in other situations, that may not be possible, he said.

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"You need to talk to your union, you need to talk to Spirit, you need to talk to the company. I said the one thing you need to get in your med kit is Narcan,” Punjabi said.

Helen Tederous, the spokesperson for Buffalo Niagara International Airport, said a Boston flight bound for Minneapolis made an emergency landing in Buffalo on Friday night, and a woman was taken to the hospital for an overdose.

Needles are allowed on flights, but must be declared and screened through TSA. Click here for more information.

– WFXT has reached out to Spirit Airlines for comment on the incident and has not yet heard back.

Donald Trump's childhood home in NYC listed on Airbnb

President Trump’s childhood home, located in Queens, New York, has been listed on home rental website Airbnb. The house is in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood.

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The listing provides a short history of the house, which was built by Trump’s father, Fred:

President Donald J. Trump’s childhood home. In 1946, Donald Trump was born to Fred and Mary Trump and brought home to Jamaica Estates. Here they lived, in a home built by Fred himself. This is their home. Five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 14 beds and 2 sofa beds.

The house is conveniently located for those who wish to visit the city during the day and retreat to a calmer scene at night.

>> Earlier story: Donald Trump's childhood home goes on auction block

According to an earlier listing, the 2,500-square-foot house features "a brick and stucco exterior and an old world charm interior featuring arched doorways, hardwood floors, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, library, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, basement and more."

Anyone who’s interested can rent the house for $725 a night. They can also stay longer and receive a weekly discount of 20 percent and a monthly discount of 40 percent.

If one is looking for something a little bit more permanent, Chateau Des Palmiers, Trump’s St. Martin-based estate, is selling for $11 million cheaper than its original asking price.

Lights out, music off for cruise passengers to avert ‘pirate attack,’ reports say

Passengers aboard a luxurious 104-day world cruise were ordered to go dark and remain silent at night for 10 days to thwart off possible “pirate threats,” according to reports

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The Sea Princess departed from Sydney, and as it approached and crossed the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, it was turned into floating mass of darkness, according to The Telegraph

Curtains had to be drawn, and there were no late-night evening strolls on the deck or movies under the stars, according to one passenger’s account.

“No lights, no party atmosphere, no lapping up tropical breezes on their balconies,” passenger Carolyne Jasinski wrote in an piece for news.com.au. “All around the ship, as the sun set, all curtains were drawn and all shutters closed. Bright lights, which normally signal the presence of the Sea Princess on the ocean, were dimmed or turned off altogether.”

Jasinski said the captain alerted the 1,900 passengers, apologizing for alarming them, but insisted they must be prepared for a possible pirate attack.

A spokesperson for the cruise line, who was not named, told The Telegraph: “Any measures aboard Sea Princess were simply taken out of an abundance caution and not in response to a specific threat and are common to international shipping sailing in the region.”

The Sea Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, is expected to finish its journey in September in Dubai, The National reported. The three-month cruise journey cost attendees nearly $40,000, according to The Telegraph.

Read more at The TelegraphThe National or news.com.au.

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