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Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights as Hurricane Ian, Close to Category 5 Strength, Bears Down on Florida

Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights as Hurricane Ian, Close to Category 5 Strength, Bears Down on Florida

As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida’s Gulf Coast, airlines cancelled thousands of flights, multiple airports suspended operations, and some hotels suspended new check-ins.
As of 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the National Hurricane Center reported that the storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 155 mph, just under the Category 5 threshold.  The storm was 65 miles (105 kilometers) west-southwest of Naples moving north-northeast at 9 mph (15 km/h).
By 10:25 …

T-Mobile Adds United Airlines to ‘Coverage Beyond’ Program for Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

T-Mobile Adds United Airlines to ‘Coverage Beyond’ Program for Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

T-Mobile announced the extension of its free in-flight Wi-Fi offer to passengers traveling on select domestic and short-haul international flights operated by United Airlines.
The move, as part of the mobile operator’s Coverage Beyond program that is already available on select flights operated by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. The service gives T-Mobile customers the ability to text, search, send and receive e-mail, and stream movies and videos …

Flight Attendant Assaulted by Passenger on American Airlines Flight from Cabo to Los Angeles

Flight Attendant Assaulted by Passenger on American Airlines Flight from Cabo to Los Angeles

American Airlines said that certain personal information of customers and employees was compromised by hackers.   The incident took place approximately two months ago.
The breach only affected “a very small number” of customers and airline employees.  Data that was accessed by the hackers was in employee e-mail accounts.
Customers who were affected by the breach were notified on Friday, the carrier said in a statement.
The world’s largest airline told customers that information …

Hackers Accessed American Airlines Customer and Employee Personal Data in Breach

Hackers Accessed American Airlines Customer and Employee Personal Data in Breach

American Airlines said the personal information of customers and employees was compromised by hackers approximately two months ago.
The breach only impacted “a very small number” of customers and airline employees.  Data that was accessed by the hackers was in employee e-mail accounts.
Customers who were affected by the breach were notified on Friday, the carrier said in a statement.
The world’s largest airline told customers that information in the compromised email accounts …

Newark Airport Won’t Be Part of ‘NYC’ Airport Code Starting October 3

Many New Yorkers would consider Newark Liberty International Airport one of the city’s three major airports, despite the fact that it’s in New Jersey across the Hudson River, as has the International Air Transport Association, which is responsible for technical standards for airlines and airports.
IATA is in charge of three-letter airline codes, airport codes, and city codes, such as AAL for American Airlines and JFK for John F. Kennedy International …

Hilton Announces First Tempo Property Will Be in New York City in Times Square District

Hilton Announces First Tempo Property Will Be in New York City in Times Square District

Hilton Worldwide announced plans to open its first Tempo by Hilton property in New York City.
The Tempo by Hilton Times Square will open in 2023 in the heart of the Theater District in the newly rebuilt TSX Broadway building, a 46-story tower that was built over the Palace Theater and was previously home to the Embassy Suites Times Square, later a DoubleTree Suites.
Tempo, which was introduced in early 2020, is …

Amtrak Cancels Virtually All Train Service Outside of Northeast Corridor as Rail Strike Looms

Amtrak Cancels Virtually All Train Service Outside of Northeast Corridor as Rail Strike Looms

Amtrak, the operator of most of the United States’ passenger rail services, said late Wednesday that it will cancel all passenger train service starting Thursday, with the exception of trains in the Northeast Corridor.
The move is being taken in preparation for a nationwide freight rail strike that could start as early as Friday.  While Amtrak workers aren’t going on strike, some 95% of its route network operates on lines owned …