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June 20, 2019

Industry News – Click on the title to read the full article. Many of the sources below require a free registration to gain access to the article. If a paid registration is required, the individual source will be noted.


American Airlines to offer option to pre-pay baggage fees (Source: Travel Pulse)
American Airlines is testing a new program to allow passengers to pre-pay baggage fees, sparing them from having to weigh and pay for their luggage at check-in.

American equips mainline fleet with satellite-based Wi-Fi (Source: TC)
American Airlines has equipped its entire mainline fleet of narrow body aircraft with satellite-based broadband Wi-Fi.

Interview with United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz (Source: Hawaii Public Radio)
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz talks about a variety of aviation topics, including financial stability, sustainability, cybersecurity and regulatory issues.

JetBlue to launch longest route, serving Ecuador (Source: Travel & Leisure)
JetBlue Airways has announced plans for a six-and-a-half-hour flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Guayaquil, Ecuador.

United Airlines Rolls Out a New Tool to Prevent Missed Connections (Source: Nasdaq.com)
For air travelers, one of the most inconvenient experiences possible is to miss a connecting flight. 


DFW app shows security wait times (Source: Dallas New)
Travelers flying out of DFW International Airport will no longer have to make the trek to the airport to find out how long they’ll be waiting in a security line.

Minnesotans don’t need another airport tax (Source: SC Times)
Former flight attendant Dorothy Leitner warns that while three million people currently travel through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport each month.

Utah airport a rare example of new construction (Source: Deseret News)
Salt Lake City’s new airport set to open next year is a rarity as the first wholly new airport built in the US in over 20 years, writes Amanda Olson.


Stay put, stay fit: Guest rooms become exercise stations (Source: USA Today)
More hotels are sparing guests trips to their fitness centers by providing in-room workout amenities ranging from stationary bikes to yoga mats.


Amtrak refurbishes Acela fleet (Source: Progressive Railroading)
Amtrak has wrapped up a 15-month project to update its Acela train cars with new cushions and covers in first-and business-class, new carpet runners and a thorough deep-cleaning.


TSA PreCheck is facing some problems (Source: Forbes)
The Transportation Security Administration PreCheck program, which gives travelers access to expedited screening at special checkpoint lines, may become less valuable as its membership grows.


10 facts about Alaska CEO Brad Tilden (Source: Money Inc.)
Brad Tilden is a 27-year veteran of the aviation industry and has held his current position as CEO of Alaska Airlines for seven years.

Bruges, Belgium, aims to scale back on flow of tourists (Source: CNN)
Visiting the famous Belfry may no longer be so simple, as Bruges is the latest European city to make moves regarding tourism restrictions.

Brazil drops visa requirements for Americans as of today (Source: CNN Travel)
Today is the first day tourists from Australia, Canada, Japan and the US no longer need a visa to visit Brazil for up to 90 days, with a possible 180-day extension.

Plan 8 weeks, not 6, for passports to arrive (Source: The Washington Post)
US travelers can expect to wait eight weeks instead of six for new and renewed passports, the State Department says, with expedited, two- to three-week service available for an additional $60.

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