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May 3, 2018

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Airlines

Airlines, DOT look to better define “service animal” (Source: New York Times)Airlines and the Department of Transportation are exploring ways to better define what constitutes a service animal. Some passengers may misidentify their pets as “emotional support animals” so they can bring them into airplane cabins.

Alaska Airlines opens lounge at JFK (Source: Travel Pulse)
Alaska Airlines has opened an Alaska Lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

American Airlines reports Q1 earnings (Source: Frequent Business Traveler)
American Airlines said it looks to the future, but higher fuel prices could affect earnings this year.

Conn. airport plans upgrade and construction of new terminal (Source: WWLP.com)
The Connecticut Airport Authority is embracing a 20-year, $1.4 billion master plan to upgrade Bradley International Airport with a new Terminal B, transit center and rental car area with 800 parking spaces.

JetBlue expands service, launches new routes (Source: Travel Pulse)
JetBlue Airways is adding new routes serving Ontario, Calif.; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Bozeman, Mont.; and will also increase the number of nonstop options to popular destinations like Boston and New York.

Southwest reports Q1 earnings (Source: Air Trans World)
Southwest Airlines reported $463 million in first-quarter profits, a year-over-year increase of 36.6%.

United Airlines announces new drinks, menu options (Source: Frequent Business Traveler)
United Airlines has announced new beverage, dessert and menu options, including a new signature cocktail, sundae toppings, breakfast tacos and barbecue chicken sandwiches.

Airports

New MSP Park ‘N Fly Mobile App is Here (Source: PARK ‘N FLY)
A better way to park at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport.

New storm protocol to be implemented at JFK (Source: The Wall Street Journal )
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will implement a new emergency storm protocol requiring airlines to seek permission to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport before planes depart from their origin airports.

Hotels

Airbnb can’t compete with the right hotel lobby experience (Source: SKIFT)
The lobby remains a clear attraction for guests even amid the rise of Airbnb, writes Colin Nagy, head of strategy at Fred & Farid.

Eliza Jane Hotel puts on finishing touches in New Orleans (Source: Curbed New Orleans)
The Eliza Jane Hotel in New Orleans is accepting reservations as final work progresses to its summer completion.

History greets guests at Seattle’s Panama Hotel (Source: Curbed Seattle)
A building opened in 1910 to house laborers and businesses for Seattle residents of Japanese descent operates today as both a hotel and living museum.

Hilton creates flexible booking options (Source: Travel Market Report)
Hilton Worldwide Holdings, in an effort to decrease the number of last-minute cancellations, has created a new flexible pricing structure in which customers can get a fully refundable room at a slightly higher price and a modest price reduction for rooms requiring a 48- to 72-hour advance cancellation.

Hilton Garden Inn plans openings in Colombia, Turkey (Source: Travel Pulse)
Hilton Garden Inn plans to open hotels in Colombia and Turkey in addition to two US locations.

Hilton introduces new Hampton Inn design (Source: Hotel News Now)
Hilton announced it will give Hampton Inns a design makeover for the first time in 10 years.

Raffles Hotels’ US debut happening in Boston (Source: Boston Globe)
Raffles Hotels & Resorts will make its North American debut in Boston.

Technology

3 startups hope to bring back commercial supersonic flight (Source: Business Insider)
Startups Boom Supersonic, Spike Aerospace and Aerion Supersonic are looking to bring back commercial supersonic flight.

JetBlue’s redesigned Airbus spotlights tech-friendly features (Source: Travel Weekly)
On Wednesday, JetBlue Airways launched its first redesigned Airbus A320 plane on a Boston to Bermuda flight, with the rest of its fleet being redesigned this year and next.

Security

TSA screens record 72M during spring travel season (Source: Homeland Preparedness News)
Transportation Security Administration officers nationwide screened more than 72 million passengers and crew over the spring travel season, March 15 through April 15 — 5% more than last year and a new record.

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