JetBlue flight 387 passengers hold up representations of Cuba's national flag, just before touching down at the airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Weissenstein)
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change for resumed U.S.-Cuba relationsI came home to Cuba in seat 4B Wednesday on the first commercial flight from the U.S. in more than half a century.Multiply those numbers by roughly 300 flights a week and you have the makings of a sea change in the U.S.-Cuba relationship, perhaps the most important development since Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama declared detente nearly two years ago.After more than 50 years without regular air service, Cubans will be able to visit family in the U.S. on the same commercial airlines that serve the rest of the world. For Americans, the burdensome process of traveling to Cuba is, suddenly, almost seamless.You can buy Cuban visas in U.S. airports. All of a sudden, a weekend getaway to Cuba is a real possibility for millions of Americans. The growing class of Cubans and Cuban-Americans who split their lives between the countries one day may turn Miami-Havana flights into the Caribbean equivalent of the New York-Washington, D.C. shuttle.Americans no longer are required to travel in groups led by U.S. guides working with Cuban government travel companies.
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