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Travel 2014: Flight Mystery, Ebola Outbreak Wear on Travelers

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From the missing Malaysia Airlines flight to increased Ebola screenings at airports, NY1’s Valarie D’Elia takes a look back at the year in travel.

The biggest travel headline of 2014 focuses on the Malaysia Airlines flight that apparently disappeared from thin air. Then, almost impossibly, another catastrophe for the airline followed when a jetliner filled with hundreds more unsuspecting souls was shot down flying over Ukrainian airspace.

In the face of such incomprehensible tragedy, persnickety passengers flying safely at 30,000 feet squabbled over the perceived right to recline their seats.

The future of space tourism was dealt a setback when Virgin Galactic’s test flight crashed and burned

In cruise news, the year began with the rebranding of the Norwegian Getaway into the Bud Light Hotel, a floating party for Super Bowl fans.

Later in the year, Royal Caribbean wowed with the most technologically advanced cruise ship to ever set sail.

The Ebola virus epidemic in Africa subjected travelers from affected countries to enhanced screenings at JFK.

Greyhound showed off its vintage buses on a 40-city road show to celebrate its centennial, while Amtrak created a social media frenzy by introducing the first rolling writer’s residency program.

In New York City, the State Attorney General continued to give Airbnb a hard time about illegal short-term sublets.

Finally, President Obama ended the more than 50 year old trade embargo with Cuba, making it more likely that ordinary Americans might one day soon have their day in the Cuban sun.

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