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U.S. Customs Recovers from Major Systems Outage

U.S. Customs Recovers from Major Systems Outage

Travelers arriving in the United States on Friday were greeted by snarled lines following a nationwide failure of computers at the nation’s borders for several hours.
The United States Customs and Border Protection agency said shortly after 6:30 p.m. that its systems were closely being restored.
“The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed,” the agency said in a tweet.  “CBP will continue to monitor the incident.”
While …

SFO to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

SFO to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

San Francisco International Airport said Friday it would ban single-use plastic water bottles in shops and restaurants starting later this month, a move believed to be unprecedented in the United States.
“Airport tenants, vendors, and permittees may not provide or sell bottled water in containers that contain plastic or aseptic paper packaging, including in vending machines,” the airport authority said on its website, adding that reusable water bottle, recyclable aluminum and …

Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport to Open in October

Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport to Open in October

Hyatt Hotels announced it will open a Grand Hyatt at San Francisco International Airport later this year.
The 12-story hotel replaces the 1959 Hilton Inn at SFO, which was known for its digital clock tower that loomed over Highway 101.  It closed in 1998 to make room for new freeway exit ramps. The new Hyatt is located next to the International Terminal and has its own AirTrain station that leads directly …

United Airlines to Partner with Clear to Speed Travelers Through Security Checkpoints

United Airlines to Partner with Clear to Speed Travelers Through Security Checkpoints

United Airlines announced it will offer members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program access to ClearLanes, as they are called, at major airports.
The two companies simultaneously announced that United was taking a stake in the company, although neither would release the size of the investment. Delta Air Lines also holds a stake in Clear.
Operated by Clear, the service promises no more than a five-minute wait at a security checkpoint. Clear uses biometrics including …

Air France to Offer New Business Class Menu on Flights from the U.S. and Canada

Air France to Offer New Business Class Menu on Flights from the U.S. and Canada

Air France announced plans for new menu items in business class on its North American flights.
The dishes were created by Chef Daniel Rose owner of two restaurants in Paris and one in New York City.
The entrées will be served in rotation and updated every few months.  Poultry gratin with onions will be served in September and October 2019 and then again in March and April 2020.  Warm poultry pâté with …

United to Double Frequency of San Francisco-Hong Kong Flights

United to Double Frequency of San Francisco-Hong Kong Flights

United Airlines said Friday it will double the frequency of its flights linking San Francisco and the Bay Area to Hong Kong starting in October.
The Chicago-based airline currently operates an early afternoon flight between the two cities. The new flight, which will commence operations on October 26, will depart San Francisco International Airport at either 10:50 p.m. or 11:05 p.m. depending on the day, arriving at Hong Kong International Airport …

Reflagged Loews Regency San Francisco to Open as Four Seasons Hotel in 2020

Reflagged Loews Regency San Francisco to Open as Four Seasons Hotel in 2020

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced it will open a second property in the City by the Bay next year.
Currently the Loews Regency San Francisco, the 155-key Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero will be located on the top 11 floors of the city’s fourth tallest building, 345 California Center.
The hotel will undergo a top-to-bottom renovation before reopening under the Four Seasons brand. It will offer an all-day restaurant, …