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Middle Eastern Laptop Ban Lifted

Middle Eastern Laptop Ban Lifted

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Reinforcing security has paid off for nine out of the 10 African and Middle Eastern airports affected by the laptop ban on U.S.-bound flights as of Monday. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved the security measures put forth by most airports on the laptop ban list, which required passengers to check any electronics larger…

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United Innovates a Win-Win for Over-Sold Flights

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Problem: Air traveler anger and airline embarrassment over mishandled bumps on overbooked flights. Solution: Technology that manages buyouts on flights nearing sell-out up to five days in advance. United Airlines, which has taken a public-relations beating this year over several incidents, including overbooking, is testing a Flex Schedule Program invented by Volantio, an Atlanta-based tech…

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Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Cultivates a Pioneering Spirit

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Alaska-Virgin merger expands options for connecting worldwide Alaska Airlines started in 1932, when Linious “Mac” McGee began flying a three-passenger Stinson out of Anchorage. A lot has changed since then. It now serves more than 40 million customers to 119 destinations and five countries. Smart Meetings checked in with Alaska Air Group to find out…

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Closing door to cuba?

Industry Reacts to Tourism Budget Cuts, TSA Policy Changes and More

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Closing Door to Cuba? After President Barack Obama softened restrictions on traveling to Cuba and some airlines began offering direct flights to the island nation from the United States, interest in incentive and meeting travel to the formerly isolated country quickly escalated and investment in hospitality infrastructure increased. Recent news that President Donald Trump plans…

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71 Airports May Be Affected by Possible Laptop Ban Expansion

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European airports currently under consideration for an expanded ban on bringing laptops onto jetliner cabins can avoid this sanction, says U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. Kelly told a House of Representatives panel that his deputy will travel to a conference in Malta next week “to present what we think are the minimum increased…

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Enticing Reasons to Plan a Meeting in Southwest Florida

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Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill at DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Myers Beach Air service via most major carriers is available to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, 34 miles north of Naples. There are 46 nonstop destinations on 14 different carriers, with new routes recently added. The region’s major meetings destinations…

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TSA to Require More Items to Be Removed From Bags at Checkpoints

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You may need to grab some extra bins and pack your patience at the security checkpoint next time you fly. Ten major U.S. airports are participating in a trial of a new Transportation Security Administration process. Checkpoints at LAX, Boston Logan, Detroit Metropolitan, and more will now require ticketed passengers to remove electronics larger than…

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Millennials Choose American Airlines as Top Brand

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Because of millennial influence, American Airlines won its first Airline Brand of the Year honor in the Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study. The study, which measures brand health over time, found that American adults born after 1980 gave a big boost to travel brands—most notably airlines and cruise lines. American Airlines has a higher equity rating…

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