The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times. And this year is no exception.
AAA projects 42.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend, a 7% increase over 2022.
Many people will be driving to their destinations this weekend, but AAA says nearly 3.4 million travelers are expected to fly.
That’s an increase of 11% over last year and 5.4% more than in 2019.
“This Memorial Day weekend could be the busiest at airports since 2005,” says AAA.
So if you’re flying somewhere, pack your patience – and some snacks.
Therapy Cat at SFO Airport
San Francisco International Airport’s team of certified stress-relief animals, the Wag Brigade, includes dogs, a Flemish giant rabbit named Alex, and a Juliana-breed pig named Lilou.
Now the team has a new member: Duke Ellington Morris, known around town as ‘Duke the Cat.’
Duke is certified as a therapy cat by the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and has been visiting area hospitals and other sites for many years.
Look for Duke and other SFO stress-relief animals wearing their “pet me” vests.
Air New Zealand’s amenity kits feature products inspired by Māori knowledge
Air New Zealand’s new onboard amenity kits now feature skincare products made by Aotea on Aotea/ Great Barrier Island that inspiration by traditional Māori herbal practices.
The products include native New Zealand ingredients, such as Kawakawa, Harakeke, and Mānuka, and are available to customers traveling in business premier and premium economy cabins.
“My grandmother was a Rongoā Māori (Māori medicine) practitioner,” says Aotea founder Tama Toki, “She would treat us kids with what we found in the bush and the Aotea range is an expression of that upbringing. It’s a privilege to be able to see this part of our culture onboard Air New Zealand flights.”