Two Planes Synchronize Takeoff from London to Mark Return of US Travel

Two flights bound for New York City synchronized their take-offs from London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday, November 8, to celebrate the reopening of United States borders to fully vaccinated travelers from dozens of countries, including the UK.

Transatlantic carriers Virgin Atlantic and British Airways took off from parallel runways on Monday morning, more than 600 days after the US introduced a ban on incoming travel from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the 26 countries in the Schengen Area countries, India, China, Iran, South Africa, and Brazil. British Airways said it was the “first ever commercial dual takeoff from London to New York.”

Virgin Atlantic passenger Robert Tidd captured the moment on camera as his flight took to the air.

Virgin Atlantic said its plane was “full of very excited passengers,” and that it was “thrilled” to have worked with B “on a historic dual takeoff.”

The new, loosened restrictions require that travelers test negative for COVID-19 test before their departure to the US and, if aged over 18, to show proof of full vaccination. Credit: Robert Tidd via Storyful

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