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Amtrak Announces Major Update to Mobile App

Amtrak Announces Major Update to Mobile App

Amtrak announced a significant upgrade of its smartphone app for both Apple iOS- and Android-powered devices.
Version 4.0 brings significant new functionality to the app and enables travelers to book trips on the app using Amtrak Guest Rewards points. It also allows users to save credit card information to an Amtrak Guest Rewards profile from the app.
“The improvements Amtrak made to the app will help improve our customers’ experience while providing easy …

Severe Storms to Hammer Midwest, East Coast While Extreme Heat Returns to the South

Severe Storms to Hammer Midwest, East Coast While Extreme Heat Returns to the South

Heavy rain and flash flooding will affect parts of the Midwest and the East Coast early in the week while dangerous summer heat will return to much of the country as well.
The National Weather Service predicts thunderstorms and heavy downpours up and down the East Coast, while “potentially record-setting heat” will return to the south and the Northeast.
The Northeast will see highs on Monday ranging from 97° F (36° C) …

United Airlines to Offer New Service to Tokyo Haneda Airport from Chicago, L.A., New York, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines to Offer New Service to Tokyo Haneda Airport from Chicago, L.A., New York, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines announced plans for four new non-stop routes to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport late Friday.
Starting March 28, 2020, the airline will begin to offer service from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. to Haneda.  Through its partners, United will offer connecting service from Haneda to 65 destinations in Asia.
The move follows last week’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation to award five slot pairs to Delta Air …

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 …

Severe Weather from the Plains to the Northeast Delays Over 6,700 Flights

Severe Weather from the Plains to the Northeast Delays Over 6,700 Flights

A series of storms moving from the Plains to the Northeast brought long delays at airports in that region on Wednesday along with lightning, hail, strong winds, flooding, and even a tornado.
Over 1,800 flights had been cancelled as of 10 p.m. EDT, with an additional 8,000 delayed.  Airlines are reporting arrival delays of up to five hours in some cases.
Flights destined for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Boston Logan International, John F. …

Swiss to Offer Non-Stop Service to Osaka and Washington, D.C.

Swiss to Offer Non-Stop Service to Osaka and Washington, D.C.

Swiss International Air Lines announced new non-stop service to Washington, D.C. and Osaka from its hub in Zürich.
Daily non-stop service to the U.S. capital will start on March 29, 2020 and the flight will be operated as part of the airline’s joint venture with United Airlines, which also operates daily non-stop service from D.C. to Zürich.
Service between Zürich and Osaka will launch on March 1, 2020 and will operate five …

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 …