Direct Travel News Brief – April 25, 2017

AIRLINE/FLIGHT UPDATES

Emirates Reduces US Flights Due to Trump Travel Policies     Travel Pulse

Five US routes will be affected.

Big Three Airlines Change Passenger Bumping Policies in Wake of United Incident     Business Travel News

United Airlines and its competitors have announced a few changes...

Senator Proposes a US Airline Passenger Bill Of Rights     Travel Pulse

Legislation calls for minimum standard for bumped compensation and gives fliers the right to sue airlines.

Delta Air Lines to Compensate All Customers Stranded After Atlanta Storm    Travel Mole

Delta forced to ground 4,000 flights earlier this month.

United Changes Policy, Crew Can't Displace Seated Passengers     USA Today

Change in policy comes amid a firestorm of controversy that has enveloped the company.

Airlines Already Pushing Back Against Calls to Stop Overbooking     Travel Pulse

The focus for many has shifted to the bigger problem: overbooking flights.

Airlines Experiment with Document-free Boarding Procedures    Smart Brief

Passengers may soon be able to board airplanes paper-free, thanks to the use of facial recognition software.

Canada to Strengthen Legislation for Overbooked Flights     Travel Mole

Air Travelers Passenger Rights Regime will improve customer protections, transport minister says.

SAFETY & SECURITY

InterContinental Hotels Hit By Data Breach     Travel Market Report

InterContinental Hotels said it’s investigating a second data breach, affecting more than 1,100 hotels in the United States.

Government Travel Warnings & Alerts    U.S. Department of State

Click here for information on current government issued travel warnings and alerts.

TRAVELER TIPS, TRIPS & CONVENIENCE                                      

Austin Airport’s New Indoor/outdoor Terminal is Now Open     USA Today

Texas' Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has opened its new South Terminal, where travelers can wait for flights indoors or outdoors and board by climbing stairs to their planes.

US Hangs Up Plan to Allow In-Flight Mobile Phone Calls     Business Traveler

A ban on mobile phone calls on US flights is likely to remain in place, as the Trump Administration signaled its opposition to lifting restrictions dating back to 1991.

What to Do When You’re on an Overbooked Flight    Wall Street Journal

Getting bumped from a flight is a huge inconvenience. Fliers have few rights in these situations, but there are some protections. And there are some things you can do to reduce your risk.

United Airlines Isn't Even the Airline Most Likely to Boot You    USA Today

Here are the airlines most likely to force you off your flight (and pay you to leave).

Fly Rights – A Consumer Guide to Air Travel     U.S. Department of Transportation

Airline overbooking… know your rights!

Personal Item vs. Carry-on: What is the Difference?     Smarter Travel

When you’re traveling on the cheap and trying to pack as much as possible in a limited amount of space, knowing the rules is vital.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Amtrak's Long-Distance Train Routes Could Get the Ax     USA Today

President Trump's proposed budget would derail 15 of the country's long-distance passenger rail routes...

EU's New Rental Car Rules Could Be Signpost for US    USA Today

If you rent a car in Europe this summer, you might notice a few changes. Pay attention to them. They could be coming to America soon. 

Uber Faces Shut-down in 2 European Countries     Travel Skills

New regulatory and legal developments in Denmark and Italy are posing fresh challenges for ride-sharing giant Uber across the Atlantic even as it waits for a potentially game-changing decision from the European Court of Justice.

HOTEL NEWS

Hotels Unlikely to Change Overbooking Policies     Travel Weekly

Despite the publicity firestorm over airline overbooking set off by United Airlines' removal of a passenger, hotels aren't expected to alter overbooking policies. But when reservations can't be honored because properties are full, it is common practice to arrange for rooms elsewhere.

Hilton Garden Inn Capitalizes on Dining Trends     TravelPulse

Hilton Garden Inn is offering a wider range of food and beverage options, including 24/7 service and a cooked-to-order breakfast option. The initiative to enhance the upscale hotel chain also includes redesigning dining areas as social spaces.

Renovation Plans Submitted for Waldorf Astoria New York   Travel Weekly

Plans to renovate the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City have been submitted to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Hyatt Launches Personalized In-Room Streaming Experience    Travel Pulse

Get ready to binge-watch.

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