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.
1. LAGUARDIA AIRPORT NOW OFFERS $15 FLAT-RATE RIDES TO MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) has teamed up with ride-share app Via to offer a new option for leaving the airport, reports Condé Nast Traveler. For a $15 flat-rate fee, travelers arriving at LGA can take a carpool ride to any destination in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens. For the farther boroughs of Staten Island and the Bronx, the flat fee will be $20. The service, called LGA Connect, is currently in a pilot program phase and available for travelers arriving in Terminals C and D. Pickup areas will be located just outside of said terminals, allowing for a more convenient pick-up instead of having to take a shuttle to LGA's other rideshare pick-up areas. Rides can be booked through Via's app, which will have a special LGA Connect option in its menu.
2. AUTOMATED SECURITY SCREENING ON HORIZON FOR US AIRPORTS
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to establish self-service security checkpoints at US airports, reports Business Traveller. According to a new Request for Information (RFI) posted by the DHS, the government is seeking proposals from companies to build systems that would allow travelers to conduct their own security screening by running their own bags through an x-ray machine and pass through body-scanning portals. “Many patrons prefer an experience that they can complete all by themselves, at their own pace,” the DHS states. “The objective would be to create a passenger friendly, intuitive screening process while improving security, accelerating passenger throughput and reducing pat-down rates.”
3. BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT MOVES RIDESHARE PICKUPS TO CENTRALIZED LOCATION
As of November 4, travelers using Ubers, Lyfts and other app-based rides for pickup at Boston Logan International Airport will now meet at a new, centralized location at Central Parking, reports NBC Boston. The new Central Parking structure is weather protected, with heaters for the cold winter months, and connects to all the terminals at Logan Airport. For now, any rideshares headed to Logan airport will continue dropping passengers off curbside at the terminals' departures area. That changes in part next Monday, November 11, when dropoffs between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. will move to lower level terminal curbs. Dropoffs will permanently move to Central Parking on December 9, when a new $3.25 dropoff fee will be charged. Shared rides will have a reduced dropoff fee starting then as well.
4. SENATORS URGE ADMINISTRATION TO END PROHIBITION ON FLIGHTS TO CUBA
A group of 11 Democratic senators have sent a letter to US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the administration to reverse the decision to ban US commercial flights flying from the United States to nine Cuban cities, reports Transportation Today. The letter acknowledges disagreements with the Cuban Government, but states the ban harms Cuban-American families and US carriers as well as Cuban citizens, businesses and farmers. The letter asked the administration to answer four questions related to what they hope to achieve through current restrictions, how these restrictions will benefit US and Cuban citizens, the impact the restrictions will have on travel and what similar restrictions will be imposed on other countries.
5. DELTA AIRLINES TO USE FACIAL RECOGNITION AT SEATTLE-TACOMA AIRPORT
Delta Airlines is set to introduce facial recognition technology at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) by the end of this year, reports Airport Technology. Seattle Times reported that passengers boarding international flights will be photographed by the airlines and cross-matched with their visa or passport photo in the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) files. CBP also plans to begin using facial recognition for identification of travelers who arrive in the country via the SEA international arrivals building, slated to open in July next year. This initiative is expected to be implemented in every part of the airport that requires international travelers to provide proof of identity. Additionally, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reportedly plans to use the program for domestic passengers.