Etihad Airways Adds In-Flight Nurses to Its Services for Travelers With Medical Conditions

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The inconvenience of flying is enough to keep some people with pre-existing medical conditions permanently grounded. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is introducing two new services in an effort to reach those potential passengers. As Condé Nast Traveler reports, the airline now offers evaluations prior to trips and in-flight nurses that will pick up guests at their homes and accompany them to their destinations.

The new medical services are the first of their kind from an airline, according to Etihad. Many people with pre-existing illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions need to check with a health professional before making travel plans to see if they're fit to fly. And even when they do get their doctor's blessing, an airline still has the right to kick them off the plane if the crew suspects their health issues will complicate the flight.

Etihad Airways promises a much less anxiety-inducing experience. Passengers are cleared for flight by a visit from an Etihad staff doctor in their homes long before their departure date. And when it's time to drive to the airport and get through security (which is stressful enough without a pre-existing condition), they'll have assistance. Perhaps most importantly, they'll continue to have that medical resource in the air, when it could take hours to land and reach a hospital in the event of an emergency.

The services are only available to passengers flying from United Arab Emirates, and they cost upwards of $408. Passengers can apply for the special treatment by downloading Etihad's Medical Information for Fitness to Travel or Special Assistance forms and submitting them through email.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

10 Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money

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Traveling can be one of life's greatest experiences, but if things go wrong, you might wish you had stayed at home. In an effort to help you spend less and stress less on your next vacation, the London Luton Airport has created an infographic containing helpful travel advice.

Some of the tips are gentle reminders—like book your flights early, avoid peak traveling seasons, and please be nice to the airline staff—while others are less obvious. For instance, it's best to avoid flying over a seven-night block of time. If you book flights over a period of six or eight nights instead, "you've got a better chance of scoring a lower fare," the airport claims. (Also worth noting: If you're flying domestic in the U.S., the cheapest days to travel are usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, according to Fare Compare. For international flights, weekdays are typically cheaper, although it depends on the exact route.)

In general, anything you can take care of in advance is a good idea. Check to see if you can get a better parking rate by pre-paying online, and take the time to apply for a TSA PreCheck. It's easy to do, and when it's all said and done, you'll be able to join the express line at airport security. If only Starbucks had a fast lane, too.

Keep scrolling to read more advice from the London Luton Airport, and for more travel tips, check out Mental Floss's guides to booking flights, packing a suitcase, and crafting the perfect itinerary.

10 TRAVEL HACKS TO SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY

Climate Change Is Threatening Nearly All UNESCO Sites Around the Mediterranean

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The Mediterranean is home to some of the world's most famous cultural wonders, with 49 UNESCO-recognized world heritage sites in the region in total. Now, the organization warns that all but two of these sites are threatened by flooding and erosion linked to climate change, Artnet News reports.

For a recent study, published in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers looked at how various possible outcomes of rising sea levels could impact the Mediterranean coast between now and 2100. They found that even if global temperatures rise just 2°C (about 3.6°F) above pre-industrial numbers, the area's most treasured sites will still be at risk.

The places most vulnerable to rising sea levels include the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia, the Renaissance city of Ferrara, and the city of Venice. When it comes to erosion, Tyre in Lebanon, the archaeological sites of Tárraco in Spain, and the Ephesus in Turkey face the most pressing danger.

A handful of world heritage sites along the Mediterranean Sea, like the Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna and the Cathedral of St. James, could potentially be relocated as an extreme final option. Only two sites on the list—Medina of Tunis and Xanthos-Letoon—would be safe from the flooding and erosion spurred by climate change.

Rising global temperatures are on track to reshape coasts, not just in the Mediterranean, but around the world. In addition to historic sites, homes and airports are also under threat.

[h/t Artnet News]

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