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Alaska Air Flight Diverts After Passenger Lights Up and Gets ‘Belligerent’

Alaska Air Flight Diverts After Passenger Lights Up and Gets ‘Belligerent’

An Alaska Airlines flight en route from San Francisco to Philadelphia diverted to Chicago O’Hare International Airport early Thursday morning after a passenger on board lighted up a cigarette and acted in a “belligerent” manner.
Alaska Flight 1138 landed in Chicago at 4:22 a.m. local time “due to a disruptive passenger on board,” the airline said in a statement.
The passenger in question had lit a cigarette while the flight was in …

Apple Pay Coming to Mass Transit in New York City, Portland, Chicago

Apple Pay Coming to Mass Transit in New York City, Portland, Chicago

Apple announced that Apple Pay will be available on buses, trains, and other forms of mass transit in several major U.S. cities later this year. The list includes New York City, Portland, and Chicago.
The introduction of Apple Pay will allow passengers to pay their fares using their iPhones or Apple Watches.
While Apple Pay will be new to transit systems in the United States, it is already available in multiple cities …

Wow Air Cancels Dozens of Flights Amidst Rumors of Possible Collapse

Wow Air Cancels Dozens of Flights Amidst Rumors of Possible Collapse

Wow Air announced the cancellation of multiple flights Monday after talks with Icelandair about a takeover collapsed over the weekend.
The airline, which has its hub at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland, cancelled flights from Reykjavik to Chicago, Detroit, London, and Pittsburgh on Monday among others and has already cancelled flights to Barcelona and Brussels on Tuesday.
In total, as of 10 a.m. EST, the airline listed over 20 flights as cancelled …

United Airlines to Stay Put in Willis Tower After Search for New HQ

United Airlines to Stay Put in Willis Tower After Search for New HQ

Following an 18-month search for a potential new headquarters location in Chicago, United Airlines said Wednesday it will remain in its current Willis Tower location.
United said that its decision to stay in the city’s tallest skyscraper follows landlord Blackstone Group’s promise to partner with the airline in transforming the current space.
“As one of the city’s largest private employers and its hometown airline, we are excited to deepen our roots here …

DoubleTree Chicago-Magnificent Mile Unveils Fitness-Oriented Guest Rooms

DoubleTree Chicago-Magnificent Mile Unveils Fitness-Oriented Guest Rooms

Hilton announced the completion of portions of a $35 million renovation project at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Magnificent Mile.
A new feature is fitness-oriented guest rooms as part of an overall redesign. The first has been added and more are on the way.
These new guest rooms, which have been branded Five Feet to Fitness, include a variety of types of fitness equipment ranging from an indoor bike, a dynamic Gym Rax functional …

United Airlines Appoints New General Counsel

United Airlines Appoints New General Counsel

United Airlines announced the appointment of Robert S. Rivkin to the position of senior vice president and general counsel.
In his new position, Rivkin will be responsible for all legal matters at the carrier as well as ethics compliance, government contracting, and security, the airline said.
Rivkin, who will join the carrier in March, is currently the deputy mayor of Chicago. Prior to that, he held the position of deputy general counsel …

Norwegian Air to Add New York-Athens, Chicago-Barcelona Flights to Route Map

Norwegian Air to Add New York-Athens, Chicago-Barcelona Flights to Route Map

Norwegian Air announced plans to offer new non-stop seasonal service linking New York to Athens and Chicago to Barcelona.
The Barcelona service will commence on June 7, 2019, while service to Athens will begin on July 2. Both will operate until October 26, 2019.
Both flights will operate four times a week.
The move comes after news of the airline’s financial woes and the cancellation of multiple routes from the United States to …