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Hilton Opens Five New ‘Tru’ Properties Near Airports and College Campuses

Hilton Opens Five New ‘Tru’ Properties Near Airports and College Campuses

Hilton announced the opening of five new Tru by Hilton properties.
The new hotels are in three college towns including Auburn, Alabama, near Auburn University; Tallahassee, Florida, near Florida State University; and Madison, Wisconsin, near the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Two Tru by Hilton properties are near airports, namely Tru by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport and Tru by Hilton Williamsville Buffalo Airport.
“We’re excited to open properties in college towns where there is …

Amtrak to Offer New Dining Options on Two Chicago Routes

Amtrak to Offer New Dining Options on Two Chicago Routes

Amtrak announced new dining options for the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains starting June 1.
The new options are for sleeping car passengers and include a breakfast that includes Greek yogurt, a sliced fresh fruit platter, and assorted breakfast breads with jam.  Lunch and dinner selections include a choice of a vegan wrap, chicken Caesar salad, a turkey club sandwich, or chilled beef tenderloin.  A kosher option will also …

Inspections of Aircraft Engines Under a Microscope Following Southwest Accident

Is a routine visual inspection of an engine enough?
After an engine on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 broke apart midflight on Tuesday, killing one person sitting in a window seat near the engine, the answer may be “no.”
That aircraft’s engine had been visually inspected on Sunday, and no problems were noted.
The accident was the first passenger fatality resulting from an accident on a U.S. airline in nine years and the …

Alaska Airlines Tightens Rules for Emotional Support Animals

Alaska Airlines Tightens Rules for Emotional Support Animals

Alaska Airlines introduced new rules on Thursday for travel with emotional support animals. The move is intended to rein in potentialabuses on the part of passengers who take untrained, possibly aggressive, animals on flights under the guise of their being service animals.
Travelers purchasing tickets on or after May 1 will be required to provide documentation that the emotional support animal is in good health and that it has been trained …

Puerto Rico Hit by Island-Wide Blackout Seven Months After Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico Hit by Island-Wide Blackout Seven Months After Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico was once again left without power after a contractor working in a rural area to restore power knocked out a major transmission line Wednesday, resulting in an island-wide outage.
The outage occurred, seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island’s power grid, when a bulldozer operated by a contractor who was attempting to pick up a collapsed electrical tower got too close to a high-voltage line, causing …

Pilot of Crippled Southwest Plane Praised for ‘Nerves of Steel’

The Southwest pilot who successfully landed the crippled Boeing 737 on Tuesday after a midair engine explosion had “nerves of steel,” according to one passenger who was on the flight.
What passengers didn’t know is that their captain, Tammie Jo Shults, was one of the first women fighter pilots in the United States Navy.
Twenty minutes into the flight, a time when it’s normally tranquil, all hell broke loose. The left engine exploded, …

Despite Crash, Boeing 737 Has a Solid Safety Record

The explosion of an engine in midair that shattered a window that then partially sucked a woman outside of a Southwest Boeing 737 aircraft on Tuesday involved an airplane with an estimable safety record.
It was the first passenger fatality resulting from an accident on a U.S. airline in nine years and the first in Southwest’s history.
Somewhat surprisingly, it happened to an aircraft that is the mainstay of short-haul flights for …