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TSA PreCheck travelers don’t have to show physical IDs at some airports
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TSA PreCheck travelers don’t have to show physical IDs at some airports

If you're a TSA PreCheck member traveling on United Airlines via Chicago's O'Hare or Los Angeles international airports, life just got a bit easier.United recently updated its website to show that "Touchless ID" technology, which lets users go through security just by scanning their faces and without having to show physical IDs or boarding passes, is now available at those two major hubs for TSA PreCheck users. In addition, United passengers at O'Hare can use their faces at a new bag-drop shortcut.To enroll in United's Touchless ID, passengers need to scan their passports and add their Known Traveler Numbers in the United app. They then need to check in for their flights on the mobile app to opt in and give United permission to use their facial scans as IDs.Once at the airport, passenge...
Boeing’s safety culture is ‘inadequate’ and ‘confusing’, new FAA report finds
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Boeing’s safety culture is ‘inadequate’ and ‘confusing’, new FAA report finds

A new report by federal safety experts found major issues with Boeing's safety culture — including a "disconnect" between senior management and other employees, and a fear of retaliation when reporting safety concerns. The report released Monday had been requested by Congress and was completed by a panel of experts that convened in March 2023. The report found “gaps in Boeing’s safety journey” and described the safety culture as “inadequate” and "confusing.”While the experts didn't look specifically into Boeing incidents, they investigated the broader safety standards in the wake of two fatal 737 Max 8 crashes in 2018 and 2019 and years of headline-making issues. Concerns were renewed when a Boeing-manufactured Alaska Airlines plane door panel blew out midair over Portland on Jan. 5, fo...
Cruise ship barred from docking amid outbreak of stomach illness
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Cruise ship barred from docking amid outbreak of stomach illness

Officials in the island nation of Mauritius blocked a Norwegian Cruise Line ship from docking there Sunday after more than a dozen passengers were stricken with a stomach illness.Around 15 passengers aboard the Norwegian Dawn remain in isolation because of an undisclosed "health risk" and are undergoing testing, according to the Mauritius Ports Authority."The decision not to allow the cruise ship access to the quay was taken in order to avoid any health risks," the authority said in a statement.The sick guests “experienced mild symptoms of a stomach-related illness,” Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement Sunday. The cause of the outbreak has not been released.“Due to additional testing being required by local authorities before being allowed entry, the government of Mauritius has de...
Passenger stabs fellow traveler with weapon of pens and rubber bands on Seattle-to-Vegas flight
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Passenger stabs fellow traveler with weapon of pens and rubber bands on Seattle-to-Vegas flight

A passenger aboard a Las Vegas-bound flight fashioned a weapon out of pens and rubber bands and stabbed a fellow passenger in a bloody, unprovoked attack, officials said Thursday.Injured passenger identified by the initials "C.R."USDC District of NevadaJulio Alvarez Lopez was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the Jan. 24 attack aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 604, which had left Seattle at 6:10 a.m., authorities said.“The aircraft landed safely, and law enforcement took one passenger into custody after the plane arrived at the gate,” the airline said in statement to NBC News on Thursday. “We’re thankful for our crew for their professionalism in the handling of the incident.”Lopez had been acting “fidgety,” a person sitting next to him told investigators,...
Hotel guests risk booking rooms on sites that apply steep fees
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Hotel guests risk booking rooms on sites that apply steep fees

Justin Perry was planning a one-night stay in London for early February and booked a room on what he thought was his chosen hotel’s website. It was only after getting a reservation confirmation that he realized he’d used a third-party platform — which charged him $155.92 in service fees on top of the $269.16 room rate.“I was shocked,” said Perry, who considers himself a frequent traveler and has booked numerous trips on well-known platforms.Perry, 49, a managing director for a financial services firm who lives in Boulder, Colorado, reserved the room on Jan. 31 after having searched for the hotel on his phone’s mobile browser. On the results page, he tapped a link that started with the hotel’s name and wound up on a page that he didn’t initially notice was operated by GuestReservations.c...
American Airlines raises bag fee for luggage checked at the airport
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American Airlines raises bag fee for luggage checked at the airport

If you're checking a bag for an American Airlines flight, expect to pay more. The carrier has announced it is raising its checked bag fee by $10, from $30 to $40, for bags checked at the airport. For luggage checked online through American's website, the fee is increasing from $30 to $35. For a second checked bag, the fee is rising from $40 to $45, whether purchased online or at the airport.By comparison, a passenger's first checked bag on Delta and United still costs $30, while second ones cost $40 to $50. It's the first time since 2018 that American has increased its checked bag fee.The changes, and others, were announced Tuesday as part of an effort to nudge passengers to become American Airlines AAdvantage status members. Customers who sign up will continue to receive complimentary...
Passenger dies aboard 9-month Royal Caribbean cruise around the world
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Passenger dies aboard 9-month Royal Caribbean cruise around the world

A guest aboard a nine-month Royal Caribbean cruise around the globe has died, the company said Tuesday. "A guest sailing on board Serenade of the Seas has sadly passed away," a Royal Caribbean spokesperson said in a statement.Details on the passenger and the circumstances of the death were not disclosed. "We are actively providing support and assistance to the guest's loved ones at this time. Out of the privacy of the guest and their family, we have nothing further to share at this time," the spokesperson said.Serenade of the Seas took off from Miami on Dec. 10, 2023, on the Ultimate World Cruise voyage. The trip takes passengers across the seas over 274 nights to all seven continents, over 60 countries and 11 world wonders, including the Taj Mahal in India and the Christ the Redeemer s...
Tropicana Las Vegas, a landmark since 1957, will be demolished to make way for MLB stadium
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Tropicana Las Vegas, a landmark since 1957, will be demolished to make way for MLB stadium

LAS VEGAS — The Tropicana Las Vegas, a Sin City landmark for more than six decades, is shutting its doors in the spring to make room for a $1.5 billion Major League Baseball stadium that will be home to the relocating Oakland Athletics.Bally’s Corp. made the announcement Monday, saying the closure on April 2 — days before the 67th anniversary of the Tropicana’s opening — marks the beginning of preparations for demolition of the resort on the Las Vegas Strip.The Tropicana was dubbed the “Tiffany of the Strip,” described as the most expensive hotel-casino built in Las Vegas when it opened with three stories and 300 rooms in 1957 at a cost of $15 million.Now, that parcel is the planned site of a 30,000-seat ballpark with a retractable roof. All 30 MLB owners in November gave their approval...
Right-wing makes airlines culture war targets over DEI criticism
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Right-wing makes airlines culture war targets over DEI criticism

The conservative media ecosystem is piggybacking on Americans’ fascination with air travel to stir up opposition to corporate diversity programs, an effort that may raise the salience of culture war issues at the start of the 2024 election year even as their claims are largely based on false or misleading information. In recent weeks, right-wing influencers, politicians and media outlets have repeatedly attacked efforts by airlines to find more job applicants who are women or nonwhite, programs that are known within big corporations as diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Some of their attacks are getting millions of views on social media and being picked up by Republican politicians.But the outsized criticism of the programs in the airline industry and the speculation abo...
U.S. flight delays and cancellations stall travelers nationwide amid winter storm
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U.S. flight delays and cancellations stall travelers nationwide amid winter storm

More than 1,800 flights within, to or out of the U.S. were canceled Tuesday as extreme winter weather continued to wreak havoc for travelers.Data from the tracking group FlightAware also showed more than 4,700 U.S. flights were delayed as of Tuesday afternoon. Southwest Airlines had the most cancellations at 391, FlightAware data showed. United was next with 338. SkyWest, Indiana-based Republic and American Airlines also each had more than 100 flights canceled. Travelers were stranded at airports across the U.S., with New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Reagan International and O'Hare International airports leading the way.The weather-related cancellations come on top of pre-announced ones by Alaska Airlines, which said Friday that dozens of flights would remain canceled through Tuesday as ...
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