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5 Stories To Read This Weekend: October 18, 2014

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The weekend’s here, which means that it’s a great time to catch up on key Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week. Here are five stories that you should read.
1.) Jeremey Del Nero covers a new FBT poll that surveyed frequent flyers about the Transportation Security Administration. Find out what the TSA is doing right, what they are doing wrong, and how the survey was conducted.
2.) Jonathan …

U.S. to Screen for Ebola at 5 Airports

U.S. to Screen for Ebola at 5 Airports

U.S. officials said they would begin to screen passengers arriving from West Africa at five of the nation’s busiest airports in response to the deadly outbreak of Ebola.
Travelers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic, will be temperature screened at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport starting later this week.  Screenings at four other airports – Hartsfield-Jackson International, Newark Liberty International, …

American Airlines to Offer Cadillac Tarmac Transfer Service in New York and Los Angeles

American Airlines to Offer Cadillac Tarmac Transfer Service in New York and Los Angeles

American Airlines announced it is partnering with Cadillac to offer a tarmac transfer service for its top customers.
United Airlines and Delta Air Lines already offer similar programs at numerous airports, having partnered with Mercedes-Benz and Porsche respectively.
The Fort Worth-based airline said it is launching the service, which will offer members of its ConciergeKey program with tight transfer times a ride in a Cadillac CTS, SRX, or Escalade from one gate …

Virgin America to Begin Seasonal New York-Fort Lauderdale, Boston-Las Vegas Routes

Virgin America to Begin Seasonal New York-Fort Lauderdale, Boston-Las Vegas Routes

Virgin America announced it will launch two new seasonal routes this winter. The routes link New York with Fort Lauderdale, and Boston with Las Vegas.
Beginning December 18, and lasting through April 28, 2015, the carrier will offer daily, non-stop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Flights will depart from New York at 8:00 a.m. and arrive in Fort Lauderdale at 11:05 a.m. …

JetBlue, El Al to Begin Codeshare

JetBlue, El Al to Begin Codeshare

JetBlue Airways announced that it plans to begin a codeshare agreement with Israeli flag carrier El Al.  The two airlines filed for approval with the U.S. Department of Transportation, and are currently awaiting approval.
Once the agreement is approved, El Al will be able to place its code on JetBlue-operated flights to and from 35 destinations heading into or out of both Newark International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy …

Lobby Bar – September 26: Taste Bud Wreckage, Hard Candy, Malleable Communications, and Subways to Nowhere

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The Lobby Bar – An Unashamedly Slapstick Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Home away from home. Christian Stampfer whisks us away on a virtual tour of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich. Even though I’ve never been, the territory will seem familiar to a New Yorker – crowded and overpriced housing, millions of liters of alcohol served, and throngs of confused tourists. Just like home.
Flexible Data. Jonathan Spira camps out …

JFK Skycaps to Receive Million Dollar Settlement

JFK Skycaps to Receive Million Dollar Settlement

Skycaps who worked at John F. Kennedy International Airport for less than the legal minimum wage will receive almost $1 million in restitution and damages, thanks to the intervention of New York State’s attorney general.
In the period from 2008 through 2014, Alstate Maintenance, a contractor, reportedly paid 40 skycaps $3.90 per hour.  The minimum wage for non-food service workers who receive tips is $5.65 and for others it is $8.
The …