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BA Implements New Boarding Procedures, Reduces Size of Carry-On Bags

BA Implements New Boarding Procedures, Reduces Size of Carry-On Bags

British Airways announced a new procedure for boarding as well as a reduction in the size of hand baggage that may be brought onto the aircraft.
The most significant change is to the order in which passengers will board.
Effective immediately, passengers will board based on two criteria: first, based on the cabin in which they are traveling, such as first or business, and then in order of Executive Club status.  All …

Toronto Airport Pedestrian Tunnel Opens Under Lake Ontario

Toronto Airport Pedestrian Tunnel Opens Under Lake Ontario

With much fanfare, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel opened Thursday.
The tunnel, which was built under Toronto Harbor on Lake Ontario, provides a direct connection from the airport to downtown Toronto by a public-private partnership.  It was built to decrease the amount of time it takes for passengers to get to the island airport and eliminate the need to travel to the airport by ferry.
Passengers arriving at the …

VW to Offer More Standard Driver Assistance Features in 2016 Vehicles

VW to Offer More Standard Driver Assistance Features in 2016 Vehicles

With the start of the 2016 model year, Volkswagen will offer purchasers of almost all of its vehicles the driver-assistance features that were previously only available in its top models.
Saying it wants to democratize the availability of driver-assistance technology, Volkswagen will offer such items as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, park assist, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control as either standard or optional features …

New TSA Chief Promises to Improve Airport Security

New TSA Chief Promises to Improve Airport Security

The new head of the Transportation Security Administration vowed to tighten airport security, better train employees, and make security screenings “less invasive” for PreCheck members.
The agency has come under fire following recent unsuccessful bomb and weapon tests in which TSA agents failed to locate the fake weapons in 67 of 70 instances, a failure rate of 96%.
“It disturbs me we had that failure rate at the checkpoint,” said TSA Administrator …

United Airlines Computers Reportedly Hacked

United Airlines Computers Reportedly Hacked

United Airlines, the world’s second largest airline, had its computer systems breached by hackers in the spring.
The breach, which was not publicly reported, is believed to be the work of the same hackers who have hit other large targets in recent months including insurance companies and governmental agencies, giving them access information about tens of millions of people.
The news was first reported by BloombergBusiness.
The Bloomberg report, citing several people familiar with …

Kimpton Loses Multiple Properties in Bay Area including Palomar and Monaco

Kimpton Loses Multiple Properties in Bay Area including Palomar and Monaco

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which was acquired by InterContinental Hotels Group last December, has lost multiple hotels in the Bay Area, including the Monaco, Harbor Court, Serrano, Triton, Cypress, and Prescott.
The latest casualty is the Palomar and its restaurant, Dirty Habit, effective Tuesday. The Palomar, which has been renamed the Hotel Zelos, will be managed by Benchmark Hospitality International. The news was announced in an e-mail to the hotel group’s …

Frontier to Link Philly with Fort Myers and Montego Bay

Frontier to Link Philly with Fort Myers and Montego Bay

Frontier Airlines announced plans to add flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Fort Myers, Florida and Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Both flights will begin October 25, 2015.
The new Fort Myers service will operate seven days a week and depart Philadelphia at 5:00 p.m. with the exception of Tuesdays, when it will depart at 5:30 p.m.  Arrival time in Fort Myers is 8:00 p.m. except for Tuesdays, when it will be 8:30 …