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.
The House of Representatives has passed the new TSA PreCheck Bill limiting the number of non-members who can access the TSA PreCheck security line, reports Forbes. The new bill passed the U.S. House on September 4th, and must now pass the U.S. Senate before it can be signed into law. If the new bill becomes a law, travelers will be required to have active TSA PreCheck credentials to use the expedited security line, while travel companions younger than 12 or older than 75 may still use TSA PreCheck. Currently, spouses and other travel companions that don't have TSA PreCheck credentials might be able to use TSA PreCheck if somebody in their travel party has TSA PreCheck. To read more, click here.
Beginning in 2019, travelers arriving at London's Heathrow airport from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand will be able to "jump the queue" by using electronic passport gates previously reserved for EU passport holders, reports Condé Nast Traveler. Waits for passport processing at Heathrow have recently been as long as two hours for visitors outside of the EU, and the new measure is expected to speed up the process by allowing these travelers to scan their passports instead of waiting in line. This new perk for travelers is part of the UK's plan to appeal to other non-European countries as it prepares itself for Brexit. To read more, click here.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released its plan to expand the use of biometrics technology as part of its continued effort to enhance security and the traveler experience. The roadmap focuses on four main goals:
- Partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on biometrics for international travelers
- Using biometrics provided by TSA PreCheck members to enhance the travel experience
- Expanding biometrics to additional domestic travelers
- Developing the infrastructure for biometric technology
As technology continues to advance, TSA hopes to reduce the need for physical forms of identification by developing systems that use facial images and fingerprints to verify passengers' identity. To read more from the TSA's website, click here.
Delta Air Lines has unveiled its new Airbus A220, reports Forbes. Each aircraft has a 109-seat cabin with more room in coach, bigger windows throughout the aircraft, bigger screens at each seat, faster Wi-Fi and phone chargers, ambient lighting and a bathroom window in one of the two rear bathrooms. The biggest benefit of the A220 is more room in coach, as the average main cabin seat width is 18.6 inches, making these the widest main cabin seats in Delta's fleet. Delta has ordered 75 of the A220s with the intent of replacing smaller 76-seat regional jets that are currently used on business routes. To read more, click here.
American Airlines is expanding its service to Latin America and will offer almost 300 daily flights and 350 weekend flights by the end of 2018, reports Skift. This includes service to four new Latin American cities: Georgetown, Guyana; Pereira, Colombia; Córdoba, Argentina; and Oaxaca, Mexico. The expanded service also includes new routes between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Buenos Aires, Argentina. American currently flies to Buenos Aires from Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. With the addition of the LAX route, American will be the first and only airline to offer nonstop service between these two major cities. To read more, click here.