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President Signs Bill That Will Regulate Seat Sizes

It’s official: The U.S. government will soon regulate the distance between airline seats. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation passed by Congress that extends FAA policy for another five years. The FAA Reauthorization Bill includes several provisions that will affect air travelers. One provision that’s attracted the most attention is the “Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act,” which …

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FAA Bill Heads to Trump’s Desk

Travel industry reaction was mixed to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, a bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday and the House last week. It now awaits President Trump’s signature. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to set minimum standards for seat widths and space between rows on commercial aircraft, despite objections from the airline industry. Consumer travel …

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How Much Should You Tip Your Uber Driver?

When it launched in 2012, Uber’s original stance on tipping drivers was that it would make using the app more of a hassle for drivers and passengers. “In the end, we decided against including one because we felt it would be better for riders and drivers to know for sure what they would pay or earn on each trip — …

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Flying On The Cheap at Frontier

File this story under the “You’ve Been Warned” category. Frontier Airlines has carved out a place for itself by offering a unique “no frills” product that can come with surprises for the uninitiated. The following review, by Kimberly Grimes, a staffer at the San Francisco Chronicle, first appeared on Chris McGinnis’ TravelSkills blog at the papers SFGate website, and it …

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Delay: New Orleans $1 Billion Terminal

Instead of opening before Mardi Gras, the new $1 billion terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport won’t open until after the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A consultant told the city’s Aviation Board on Thursday that the three-month delay is needed so workers can replace nearly a half-mile of sewer pipe, news agencies reported. Chris Spann …

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Congress Mandates Airline Seat Regulation in Revised FAA Bill

The Department of Transportation would be required to set minimum standards for seat widths and the space between rows on commercial aircraft as part of the latest version of a five-year FAA funding reauthorization bill agreed upon by bipartisan leadership in House and Senate. The good news? The 1,204-page bill, which still must be win formal passage in the House …

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ASTA Warns FAA Bill Could Hurt Agencies

As legislation to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration for five years nears a final vote on Capitol Hill, ASTA is warning that specific provisions in the House and Senate versions of the bill would harm agents, subjecting them to new, and costly, disclosure requirements. In a letter to the key committee chairs in both the House and the Senate – …

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Northern UK Rail Service, Flights Hit by Ali

Storm Ali has hit Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and parts of north Wales, bringing delays and cancellations across road, rail and air services. Dublin airport has confirmed many flights have been cancelled, with more cancellations expected to be announced throughout the day. Aer Lingus has advised customers to check the status of their flight before travelling to …

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GBTA: Corporate Travel Costs Expected to Rise in 2019

In a report issued last week, the GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) warned corporate travel managers that business travel costs are expected to rise in 2019. Hotel room rates are expected to rise by more than 5% in Asia and Europe and by 2.1% in North America. Hotels in Latin America may experience a dip of 1.3%. Hotel groups have reported …

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The Importance Of Company Travel Policies

Does your company have a written, cohesive travel policy? Is the policy up to date? Does it address the needs of contemporary corporate travelers? These are key questions to answer if you’re a business owner or manager. Good travel policy makes travel cheaper for your company and easier for you. The Purpose of a Company Travel Policy Travel policies are multifaceted, …