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Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day

In case you didn’t know, today is Take Your Dog to Work Day, an unofficial holiday that traces its origins back to 1999.
The first Take Your Dog to Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International, a company that provides educational resources for professional pet sitters.
At Frequent Business Traveler, almost every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day as Editorial Director Jonathan Spira’s pup, Snickers the Wonderdog, who has …

American Airlines Says Qatar Airways Seeks to Acquire 10% Stake

American Airlines Says Qatar Airways Seeks to Acquire 10% Stake

American Airlines reported Thursday Qatar Airways plans to make “a significant investment” in the Fort Worth-based carrier.
In a regulatory filing, American said Qatar Airways had notified the Federal Trade Commission of its intent to buy at least $808 million of American stock, representing roughly 16.7 million shares at Wednesday’s closing price.
“The proposed investment by Qatar Airways was not solicited by American Airlines and would in no way change the company’s …

Uber to Add Optional Tipping and Charge for Wait Time

Uber to Add Optional Tipping and Charge for Wait Time

Scandal-plagued ride-hailing service Uber announced it is adding a tipping option to its app.
The move was announced in a message to drivers on Wednesday, one day after Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned under pressure as CEO.
The new feature is being rolled out on a city-by-city basis and is already available in Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. It will be operational throughout the United States by the end of July.
“We’re starting with …

Heat Wave in Phoenix Causing Dozens of Flight Cancellations

Heat Wave in Phoenix Causing Dozens of Flight Cancellations

As the worst heat wave in the Southwest in decades continues, with excessive heat warnings from Arizona to California, people are scrambling to stay cool.
The temperature in Phoenix hit a record-tying 118° F (47.8° C) Monday and temperatures are expected to stay in this range for the remainder of the week.
The forecast for Wednesday there, the first official day of summer, is “sunny and hot, with a high near 117,” …

International Arriving Passengers at JFK T4 to Bypass Customs Baggage Inspection under ‘Modified Egress’ Program

International Arriving Passengers at JFK T4 to Bypass Customs Baggage Inspection under ‘Modified Egress’ Program

Passengers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 will soon be able to bypass the bottleneck of a secondary inspection after retrieving baggage.
The program, called “modified egress,” is a change in U.S. Customs and Border Protection exit controls that will allow most passengers to collect their baggage and leave the Federal Inspection Area unless stopped by a CBP officer.
The CBP officer at the primary inspection checkpoint will determine …

Boeing Moves Ahead with “797” Aircraft at Paris Air Show

Boeing Moves Ahead with “797” Aircraft at Paris Air Show

Boeing announced plans at the Paris Air Show Tuesday for a new “middle-market airplane.” Unnamed as of yet, it is assumed it will be called the 797.
The new twin-aisle jet is currently one of the most anticipated airplanes in commercial aviation and will be the company’s first since the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which went into service six years ago. It would seat, depending on the configuration selected by the airline, …

British Airways Flight Attendants Plan July Strike

British Airways Flight Attendants Plan July Strike

Flight attendants at British Airways will walk off the job July 1, according to a statement by their union.
Unite, the union that represents the airline’s mixed-fleet flight attendants, said that the planned work action is a result of a long-standing dispute on pay and benefits.
The strike will start at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on July 16.
The airline termed the plans “extreme and completely unnecessary” in a …