Direct Travel News Brief - July 4, 2017

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT NEWS

Trump Travel Ban Blocked Partially Lifted by Supreme Court     Buying Business Travel

US president Donald Trump’s travel ban has been partly reinstated with a full hearing to follow in the autumn.

AIRLINE/FLIGHT UPDATES

American Airlines Expands Free Booze Beyond Wine and Beer on Select Flights   The Points Guy

American Airlines’ continues to roll out improvements in its catering department; now, we’re getting some good news on the beverage side.

Lufthansa Automates Online Check-In     Business Travel News

Lufthansa has launched an automatic flight check-in service via its Innovation Hub subsidiary.

Delta Air Lines Begins Selling Business-Class Suites, Premium Select Seats   Travel Market Report

Delta’s new Delta One suites and Premium Select fares are now on sale.

Qatar Airways Wants to Buy a 10% Stake in American Airlines    Business Insider

American Airlines on Thursday said it received an unsolicited notice from Qatar Airways to make a "significant investment." In a conversation between the CEOs of both companies, Qatar said it wanted to buy about 10% of public shares, American Airlines said in a regulatory filing.

SAFETY & SECURITY

U.S. Enhances Aviation Security Screening But Doesn’t Ban Laptops    Insider Travel Report

So it’s not a laptop ban, but it could lead to longer delays at airport security checkpoints in international airports around the world.

Get Ready: Huge Security Overhaul for International Flights    Travel Skills

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly planning to impose strict new security standards for all airlines flying into the U.S. starting next month – a move that could lead to confusion, uncertainty and longer lines for passengers depending on how responsive...

Airline Passengers Like the Sound of Biometrics but Privacy Still a Concern     TNOOZ

Take-aways from the latest passenger survey from SITA include the increasing popularity of biometrics.

Privacy Concerns Raised over TSA Monitoring of Books    Travel Mole

Books, food have to be removed from carry-on bags at some airports.

CLEAR Launches at Los Angeles International Airport     Business Wire

CLEAR, the identity platform that transforms characteristics unique to every person – fingerprints or eye scans – into a secure biometric key to friction-free experiences, announced that it is now open for business at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Trump Order Will Slow Down Vetting Process for Travelers to United States      USA Today

An executive order signed Wednesday will eliminate deadlines for interviewing tourists to the United States in a step toward "extreme vetting."

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

Lullabies for Jet Lag     Travel Pulse

Michael Tyrrell has found musical frequencies that he claims can help induce sleep while traveling.

Puerto Rico Health Officials Declare Zika Epidemic Over    Caribbean News Now

Zika transmission has substantially decreased in Puerto Rico below epidemic levels, and the Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDH) has declared that the 2016 zika epidemic is over.

House Bill Aims to Clarify Bumping Rights for Airline Passengers    USA Today

Airlines could no longer remove passengers who are seated on oversold planes, under a House bill introduced Wednesday.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling     Travel Pulse

Physician Dr. Mia Finkelston breaks down the keys to avoiding and fighting illness on your next trip.

Cybersecurity and Hotels: Is There Relief in Sight?      Meetings & Conventions

A spate of cyber-attacks on major hotel brands has resulted in huge data breaches, putting consumers and meeting-goers at risk. A cyber-security expert says the problem won’t be easy to solve but it can be done.

O'Hare Airport Launches International Flight Transfer Bus     Daily Herald

American Airlines passengers flying into Chicago O'Hare International Airport connecting to international flights can now take a shuttle bus from the domestic terminal to the international terminal, eliminating the need to be rescreened at a security checkpoint. 

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

'Decades Behind': Amtrak Urgently Needs Upgrades     CBS News

If President Trump's current budget is approved, many Amtrak officials are worried they may have to close more than 200 stations across America..

United’s NYC taxi Tip: Newark is Quicker     Travel Skills

United Airlines has kicked off a clever advertising campaign to convince NYC travelers they should fly out of its Newark hub instead of JFK Airport.

Uber Rolls Out Tipping Feature Among Improvements     Travel Pulse

Drivers' wishes have finally been granted as part of a new campaign known as '180 Days of Change.'

HOTEL NEWS

Ace Hotel Chicago Sets Preview Period in Advance of Sept. 1 Opening    Insider Travel Report

Chicago is once again proving to be a hotbed of trendy boutique hotels. Ace Hotel Chicago, which is officially opening Sept. 1, 2017, is now accepting reservations for a preview period beginning July 1.

Airbnb Tests a New Luxury Category    Travel Skills

Do you hesitate to book an Airbnb stay because you’re not sure that it will provide all the comforts and amenities that you know you’ll get at a hotel? Airbnb is working on a way to change your mind.

Marriott Announces Stricter Cancellation Policy    Travel Market Report

Marriott International, the world’s biggest hotel company since its acquisition of Starwood, is changing its cancellation policy.

Fly thru SFO’s New On-airport Hyatt Hotel     Travel Skills

San Francisco International Airport broke ground this week on the new Grand Hyatt at San Francisco International Airport, a new luxury hotel located on airport grounds, which should open in mid-2019.

Intercontinental Hotels Group's New Brand Targets Growing Midscale Traveler    Travel Market Report

IHG announced plans for a new brand targeting more than 14 million guests in the $20 billion U.S. midscale market.

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