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Delta Passengers Can Cancel Or Alter Flights To The Dominican Republic Free Of Charge

In the last year, at least 10 Americans have died on the Caribbean island, with the cause of death ranging between mysterious or unnatural causes.

Delta Airlines is offering its passenger the opportunity to cancel or alter flights, free of charge to the Dominican Republic, after recent deaths in the country. In the last year, at least 10 Americans have died on the Caribbean island, with the cause of death ranging between mysterious or unnatural causes.

According to ForwardKeys, travel analytics firm, the gravity of the recent events has resulted in a decrease of bookings to the Dominican Republic by 74.3 percent compared to the same time period last year. As a result, Delta is granting its passengers a travel waiver through August 15 that would cover flight cancellations and alterations to Punta Cana, as reported by CNN.

A stipulation in the waiver makes it clear that if passengers would like to rebook their flight to the D.R., it would have to occur before November 20. For those planning to cancel the flight altogether, Delta will offer flight credit valid up to one year from the start of the booking date's origin

For passengers flying into other airports such as Santo Domingo or Santiago de los Caballeros, Delta will work on a case-by-case basis with them. Other airlines such as JetBlue and American Airlines have vowed to follow in Delta's footsteps.

News first broke in May with Maryland couple, Cynthia Day and Edward Holmes, who both died of respiratory failure. It occurred just five days before Pennsylvania native Miranda Schaup-Werner passed away from respiratory failure on the island. The most tragic death is that of a Colorado man, Khalid Adkins who fell sick days after arriving in Punta Cana.

The New York Daily News reports that Adkins fell sick on a plane back to the U.S., but was kicked off because he was vomiting and sweating profusely. Adkins was then taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with kidney failure and later passed away. Adkins' brother, Alpha Adkins claims his brother "seemed healthy for the past 10 years or so."

Francisco Javier Garciacalls, Tourism Minister of the island, has called news of the death "exaggerated" and that flights to the D.R. are not decreasing.

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“I’m scared excited happy and sad but mostly thankful,” he tweeted. “Today my grandma is coming home she was in the hospital and rehab for months she cannot walk. She cannot talk all the way but I feel her [getting] better by the second.

“My grandma been in the hospital for MONTHS man, she had a tumor over her eye the [doctors] removed half of it when she finally woke she had a stroke on her entire left side and cannot move it,” Uzi continued before revealing that his grandmother raised him. In another tweet, Uzi confessed to “flexing so hard and buying the world because deep down I’m hurt.”

He went on to explain keeping the family matter quiet from his millions of fans. “I know you beautiful ladies and successful gentlemen [probably] saying ‘he should of been told us' but I never been threw this I needed privacy I needed Family comfort because I just didn’t understand.”

Read his emotional tweets below.

I love you grandma you got this ♥️

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

I’m scared excited happy and sad but mostly thankful. So Today my Grandma is coming home she was in the hospital and rehab for months she cannot walk. She cannot talk all the way but I feel her gettin better by the second ♥️

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

My grandma been in the hospital for MONTHS man she had a tumor over her eye the Doctors removed half of it when she finally woke she had a stroke on her entire left side and cannot move it . IF YOU DONT KNOW THATS WHO RAISE ME

I love my grandma more than Clothes

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

I Know you beautiful ladies and successful gentlemen prolly saying

He Should Of Been Told Us but I never been threw this I needed privacy I needed Family comfort because I just didn’t understand.

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

I Been Flexing So Hard And Buying The World 🌍 Because Deep Down I’m Hurt ......

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

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A sentencing date has been scheduled for Nov. 13.

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