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TSA: Fliers Facing More Scrutiny for Powders

The Transportation Security Administration began scrutinizing containers of powders in fliers’ carry-on bags last summer as part of a broader security push, and will soon ask foreign airports that send flights directly to the U.S. to do the same. The focus is on containers holding at least 350 milliliters of powder, which is about the size of a can of …

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Airport WiFi Ranked

Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network testing and analysis, today released their annual North American airport rankings that reveals the airports with the fastest free Wi-Fi. The results indicate that the Pacific Northwest has taken the top spot on the podium, with Seattle-Tacoma International unseating previous champion, Denver International, as the airport with the fastest, free Wi-Fi …

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DFW Opens Emergency Health Center

In tandem with the surge of travelers seeking wellness experiences from their vacation destination, airports have started to amp up their wellness offerings, often providing health clubs, yoga rooms full-service spas and even emergency rooms on site. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), the world’s 12th busiest airport, just took a major leap forward in delivering wellness options with the opening …

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Amtrak Offering Assigned Seats on Acela First Class

Amtrak passengers in Acela’s first class section will no longer have to fight for a prime seat. The train service is now offering assigned seating in the first class section of its Acela Express train, which operates on the popular Northeast Corridor. Customers will be able to select their seats ahead of time. They have the option of single or …

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DOT Opposes Proposed Consumer Airline Protections

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said it opposes consumer protection measures in a Senate bill that would require, among other things, new rules governing involuntary bumping and the disclosure and regulation of airline fees. In a May 23 letter, DOT Deputy General Counsel James Owens stated that a variety of the Senate’s proposed consumer protection measures “could impose many …

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Common Business Travel Mistakes

With the introduction of new technology, apps and travel habits, business travel has changed to meet the needs and interests of jet setters today. As habits and trends evolve, travelers make mistakes and thus learn how to be more efficient and cost effective. Not buying that business travel has changed? Consider this. A Hipmunk Survey on millennial travel found that …

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Delta Winning the War for Business Travelers

Delta Air Lines is reaping the benefits from major investments in the business travel experience, according to new data crunched by Bloomberg. The improvements are centered around lavish new perks in premium cabins such as improved catering and bedding as well as global cabin upgrades including business class suites. It also doesn’t hurt that Delta’s major hubs are less affected …

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Spring Hill Suites Downtown Atlanta Opens Thursday

Marriott International announced that the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia is scheduled to open on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The 170-suite hotel, located at 239 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The SpringHill Suites Atlanta Downtown is located close to the Georgia Aquarium …

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The State of the Science: Tracking Bags

Despite dramatic growth to four billion passengers served in 2017, airlines have set a new record with only 5.57 bags mishandled per thousand passengers. Barbara Dalibard, CEO, SITA, says: “Over the last decade, we have seen significant improvements in bag management as airlines have taken advantage of technology. Now with IATA’s drive for 100% bag tracking, technology adoption will rise …

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Hawaii: Open for Business

As news of volcanic activity taking place in Hawaii continues to make headlines around the world, tourism officials have been scrambling to assure travelers that there is absolutely no reason at this time to change or alter your leisure or business plans. Important Note: Despite images of rolling lava and smoke coming out of Hawaii this week, the volcanic eruptions …