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Following is a recap of February's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has launched new real-time tracking information services for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screening and taxi wait times at four airports it manages, reports Airport Technology. The new service provides up-to-date information on airport websites and terminal monitors for passengers traveling at John F Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA) and New York Stewart International (SWF) airports.
American Airlines is expanding its luxury options by teaming up with the helicopter company Blade, reports Fortune. The partnership will provide travelers with an airport shuttle through the Blade Bounce program, giving travelers a private helicopter ride to bypass street traffic and long lines at the airport. Once their helicopter lands, travelers will meet a personal escort who will walk them through priority check-in and an expedited TSA screening, before leaving them at their gate or at an American Airlines Admirals Club.
Delta Air Lines has begun service on its new Airbus A220-100 aircraft with flights between New York's LaGuardia Airport and each Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport, reports Business Travel News. Delta has configured the aircraft with 12 First Class seats, 15 Delta Comfort Plus seats and 82 Main Cabin seats; seating is wider than Delta's other narrowbody aircraft.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the expansion of its TSA PreCheck expedited screening program to nine additional domestic and international carriers. The new partnering airlines are Air India, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Elite Airways, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and Volaris. This brings the total number of airlines participating in TSA PreCheck to 65 domestic and international carriers.
Pittsburgh International Airport has unveiled the concept design for a new $1.1 billion terminal, reports Travel Weekly. New features include a larger security checkpoint area, more space for concessions, outdoor green plazas and a ground transportation area. Officials say the terminal will reduce the time it takes to get from curbside to within the secured portion of the airport by 50% and the time to it takes get from the international arrivals area to the airport exit by 67%. The terminal is scheduled for completion in 2023.