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Two Airports added to Mobile Passport Program

Two Airports added to Mobile Passport Program

Airside Mobile, the makers of Mobile Passport, announced the addition of two airports to the program.
Mobile Passport works by supplying arriving international travelers with a QR code after having them fill out an app-based copy of an electronic customs declaration form via the app. It can be used at over 30 airports and seaports.
The new airports are Washington Dulles International and Juan Luis Muñoz Marin  International. Airside also announced the addition of …

United Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver to Free Passenger Trapped in Lav

United Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver to Free Passenger Trapped in Lav

United Flight 1554 made an unscheduled landing at Denver International Airport Wednesday night en route from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. after a female passenger was unable to exit the lavatory when thedoor failed to open.
“The lavatory door became inoperative,” the airline said in a statement Thursday.
The passenger, who was not identified but did have an Ada Quonsett moment, “was safely removed” after landing. The flight continued without incident to its …

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. …