IF Header.jpg

Lawyers Travel's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.

Following is a recap of October's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.

1. Mobile Passport Control App Helps Speed Travelers Through Customs

The Mobile Passport Control (MPC) App, the first app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), allows U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors to use the Mobile Passport app to expedite their entry process into the United States. The app streamlines the traveler inspection process and enables CBP officers to focus more on the inspection and less on administrative functions. The app does not require pre-approval and is free to use. Eligible travelers can download the Mobile Passport app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. MPC is available to U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors at 24 U.S. international airports and 1 sea port of entry. For more information and the list of eligible airports, click here.

2. Several States Under Review for REAL ID Extensions

According to the Department of Homeland Security's website, DHS is currently reviewing REAL ID extension requests from states with extensions that expired on October 10th, 2017. The states currently under review include Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Rhode Island. These states will have a grace period until January 22, 2018, and there will be no change in enforcement status for these states until then. During this time, Federal agencies (including TSA) will continue to accept driver's license and identification cards issued by these states in accordance with each agency's policies. DHS will update their website as these reviews are completed and new extensions are granted. For more information about each state's REAL ID status, click here.

3. Delta Will Automatically Check In Passengers on Its Mobile App

Delta Air Lines has become the first U.S. airline to offer automatic check-in on its mobile app, reports Condé Nast Traveler. Travelers using Delta's mobile app will automatically get sent their boarding passes 24 hours before a flight. This is a huge change from the standard check-in process in which travelers receive a reminder to check-in online to receive their boarding pass. As of now, the automatic check-in is geared towards travelers who aren't checking bags or requesting seat changes. To read more, click here.

4. DHS to Implement Enhanced Security Screenings on U.S.-Bound Flights

A new set of security measures for U.S.-bound flights from foreign countries takes effect on Thursday, October 26th. The new measures are part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to scrutinize electronics brought on board commercial airlines, and will apply to approximately 280 airports in 105 countries. As part of these enhanced screenings, travelers may be asked to participate in short screening interviews, present and possibly "power on" larger electronic devices and remove all large electronics from carry-on bags and place them in a separate bin for x-ray screening. The implemented requirements will likely lead to increased congestion at security checkpoints, and officials have advised travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure due to possible processing delays. Click here to read more about the new security measures. 

5. Hyatt Hotels Discovers Credit Card Data Breach

Hyatt Hotels Corp announced in a press release that it had "discovered signs of and then resolved unauthorized access to payment card information from cards manually entered or swiped at the front desk of certain Hyatt-managed locations between March 18, 2017 and July 2, 2017." An investigation was launched upon discovery and Hyatt learned that unauthorized access to card data was caused by an insertion of malicious software code from a third party onto certain hotel IT systems. Global President of Operations Chuck Floyd said, "I want to assure you that there is no indication that information beyond that gained from payment cards - cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code - was involved, and as a result of implemented measures designed to prevent this from happening in the future, guests can feel confident using payment cards at Hyatt hotels worldwide." To read more, click here. For a list of the 41 affected hotels and respective at-risk dates, click here.