Lawyers Travel's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of November's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
The TSA is reminding travelers to check their PreCheck status before the end of the year, as its first wave of expirations are approaching. Membership lasts five years and the TSA began selling PreCheck memberships in December 2013; the agency estimates that more than 45,000 travelers' PreCheck memberships will expire between December and February. Additionally, Global Entry, which began in 2008, is seeing its second wave of expirations this year. Global Entry memberships spiked in late 2013 when PreCheck expanded to the general public. Travelers can check their membership status on the TSA's website by clicking on check my service status, or calling 855-347-8371 weekdays between 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. ET. To read the more from USA Today, click here.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is concerned with the Brexit declaration that the EU and Great Britain will maintain open competition in the commercial aviation sector, reports Travel Weekly. The 27 EU members of continental Europe agreed to the declaration on Sunday; however, its path to ratification in Great Britain will be complicated by opposition from both Brexit opponents and supporters. Under current agreements, airlines from all current 28 members of the EU can fly freely in and out of the UK and within the EU's continental member states. But IATA has warned of chaos if the terms of the post-Brexit aviation landscape aren't clearly defined ahead of the breakup. Already, the uncertainty means airlines are selling flights that they can't be certain they'll be legally allowed to operate, IATA has said. To read more, click here.
American Airlines has become the final legacy carrier to raise the elite status qualification criteria for earning its top-tier elite status, reports Skift. In 2019, travelers who want to earn Executive Platinum elite status for 2020 will need to fly 100,000 miles and spend $15,000 by the end of the year, up from $12,000. To read more, click here.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has given the green light to test technology that is designed to screen multiple travelers at the same time, reports The Los Angeles Times. The technology, described as "passive terahertz" screening, is one of several advances that the TSA hopes will help U.S. airports handle the growing demand for air travel. The new technology can screen up to 2,000 people an hour and detect concealed items at a distance of up to 25 feet. Initially, the system will be used in addition to the existing full-body scanners already deployed at airports, but the plan is to eventually replace parts of TSA's security scanning system. To read more, click here.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport has opened a new ground transportation center to improve connectivity for travelers commuting to and from the airport, reports Airport-Technology. The new center
includes rental car facilities, public parking and a place for service dogs; it also offers a central access point for rental cars and parking, buses, Metra and other regional transit serving the O'Hare Airport. The facility will be served by 13 rental car operators, and includes space for up to 2,600 cars in the public parking section. The parking building is also equipped with 12 electronic car charging stations, a grassy area for service animals, two rooms for new mothers and a future concessions spot. To read more, click here.