How the Obama Administration Is Pretending Cuba Travel Ban Doesn’t Exist and the $1.6m Southwest Tarmac Delay Fine is a Fake

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  1. To be overly and annoyingly technical, there has never been a travel ban to Cuba, just a trade embargo. In theory it has always been legal for Americans to go there, if one could find a way to sneak past their coast guard (to avoid the visa fee) and brought their own food and didn’t accept any hospitality (perhaps sleeping in the streets or stowing away somewhere secretly?)

  2. I am booked on an Etihad flight from DFW-AUH in May and it seems they have altered my reservation without sending me any notice.

  3. The question I have. Is it safe to bring back Cuba cigars from other countries now without concern. I don’t smoke, but sometimes it would be nice to bring them for friends.

  4. The entire southwest fine ought to be divided by the passengers and crew inconvenienced by the delay.

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