Lawyers Travel's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of June's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started to examine containers of powder larger than 12 ounces packed in passengers' carry-on bags, reports CNN. Such containers could be subject to extra screening or banned from the airplane cabin altogether if TSA officers can't figure out what the powder is. The powder rule also goes into effect on June 30 on international flights bound for the U.S., TSA spokesman Michael England said. To avoid having powders thrown out, the TSA encourages passengers to put powder substances into checked bags. To read more, click here.
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban on residents of seven countries. The ban restricts entry to the U.S. by citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen and certain government officials from Venezuela. As reported by Business Travel News, Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) executive director and COO Michael McCormick and Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) executive director Greeley Koch weigh in with their concerns on the implications of the ban. To read more, click here.
Amtrak is now offering assigned seating in the first class section of its Acela Express train, which operates on the Northeast Corridor. Travelers will be able to pick their seats ahead of time and have the option of single or double seats, a window or an aisle or a two- or four-person conference table. Additionally, travelers can modify their assigned seat any time prior to boarding and there are no fees for reserving or modifying a seat. If the traveler does not show up for their assigned seat after two hours, the seat will be given away. To read more from Amtrak's website, click here.
Loews Hotels & Co. is ending its YouFirst Program on Thursday, December 6, 2018, and will no longer apply YouFirst benefits to reservations made on or after December 7, 2018, regardless of when the reservation was confirmed. Additionally, new signups for the YouFirst program will not be accepted as of June 4, 2018. YouFirst members will continue to accrue stays and enjoy benefits until the official program end date. For a list of FAQs from Loews website, click here.
Singapore Airlines has announced it will launch the world's longest non-stop flight between Singapore's Changi Airport and Newark Liberty Airport, which serves New York City, reports CNBC. The first flight is scheduled for October 11th and will travel more than 10,000 miles to Newark; the flight will last approximately 19 hours. The aircraft, an Airbus A350-900ULR, will feature 67 business class and 94 premium economy seats. Additionally, Singapore Airlines said it plans to launch non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles, with details to be announced at a later date. To read more, click here.