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Following is a recap of August's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
Amtrak has provided a first look of its new Acela Express trains set to debut on the Northeast Corridor in 2021, reports USA Today. The new trains will provide a smoother and more comfortable ride, with interiors that will have more spacious leather seats with dual tray tables, lighting, electrical outlets and USB ports. Each train car will have six LED screens to provide real-time information such as location, train speed and conductor announcements. Other amenities will include Wi-Fi and an advanced seat reservation system. To read more, click here.
Delta Air Lines' newest planes will be equipped with fewer middle seats to improve passenger comfort, reports Skift. The new Airbus A220-100, a high-tech airplane with wide seats and a roomy quiet cabin, is set to be the first of its kind flown by any airline. With a two-by-three seat configuration, the new A220-100 has fewer middle seats than typical larger jets, and provides passengers with a more comfortable experience when flying. Delta expects to take delivery of the A220-100 early next year. To read more, click here.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is considering ending security screening of passengers at smaller airports in order to focus security efforts at larger airports in the U.S., reports Skift. A new proposal suggests the removal of passenger screening at about 150 airports that serve planes with 60 seats or fewer. By removing the screenings at smaller airports, the TSA would save money and move screeners who have a lot of time between flights to larger airports with more passenger traffic. In a statement, the TSA said no decision has been made, noting that any changes would be preceded by "a risk assessment to ensure the security of the aviation system." To read more, click here.
Delta Air Lines is planning to test a more upscale dining offering for economy flyers on international flights as part of the economy service offering, reports Travel Weekly. Passengers will be offered a welcome glass of sparkling wine or sparkling water along with an appetizer service, upgraded entrees and meals served on plates. "Delta constantly listens to customer feedback and is now testing innovative ways to make our culinary experience onboard feel more like dining at a favorite restaurant. As part of that, we are conducting a test on select international flights where flight attendants will deliver an enhanced Main Cabin dining experience that we'll use to gather customer feedback," said Delta spokeswoman Savannah Huddleston. To read more, click here.
American Airlines is now allowing passengers in economy class to pre-order meals before they board their flight, reports Condé Nast Traveler. Passengers can log in to American's website or mobile app anywhere from 30 days to 24 hours before their flight and reserve their meal. No payment is required during reservation; passengers can pay with a credit card once the in-flight meal service begins. The pre-order is available for all flights that offer light meals, last longer than three hours and depart between 9:45am and 8:00pm. To read more, click here.