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Woman Injured in Shooting Outside Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport

Woman Injured in Shooting Outside Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport

A woman was shot Monday night outside the Grand Hyatt hotel at San Francisco International Airport in what appears to have been an attempted carjacking.
In a statement, the San Francisco Police Department said it had responded a shooting on the roadway in front of the hotel shortly before 8 p.m. local time and that the suspect had fled the scene.
A witness to the shooting said on Twitter that it had …

Coalition of Airlines, Travel Groups Calls for End to U.S.-UK Travel Ban

Coalition of Airlines, Travel Groups Calls for End to U.S.-UK Travel Ban

A transatlantic group of travel-related industries called on the United States and the United Kingdom to fully reopen the travel market between the two countries “as soon as safely possible.”
The United States has had a ban in place for 14 months on nearly all non-U.S. citizens who were traveling from the United Kingdom, with an eye towards stemming the spread of the coronavirus.
In a letter to President Joseph Biden and …

United Airlines Celebrates 40th Anniversary of MileagePlus by Awarding One Million Miles Each to 4 Essential Healthcare Workers

United Airlines Celebrates 40th Anniversary of MileagePlus by Awarding One Million Miles Each to 4 Essential Healthcare Workers

As part of its celebration of the 40th anniversary of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program in May, United Airlines announced it will donate four million miles to essential healthcare workers in a contest.
Four such individuals will win one million miles each.
The Chicago-based airline is inviting its customers to nominate frontline healthcare workers who embody what the airline termed its core values including making the world a safer place, caring for people, …

United Airlines to Offer MileagePlus Members 3 Ways to Earn Bonus Points and Miles

United Airlines to Offer MileagePlus Members 3 Ways to Earn Bonus Points and Miles

United Airlines announced three new options for members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program that will allow the member to earn Premier elite status more quickly or earn bonus miles with the airline based on that individual’s desire to travel now if ready or to return to flying at a later date.
The program allows a member to  “select an offer that is meaningful to them whether they’re ready to travel now …

TSA Extends Mask Mandate Into September

TSA Extends Mask Mandate Into September

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said it had extended President Biden’s face mask mandate to September 13.
President Joseph Biden announced the nation-wide mandate, which covers on all forms of public transportation including commercial aircraft and trains as well as airports, bus terminals, and train terminals shortly after taking office.  The requirement went into effect on February 1, 2021 and was originally set to expire on May 11.
Noting that the mask …

JetBlue Gets First Long-Range Airbus A321 That Will Support Its Inaugural Transatlantic Service to London

JetBlue Gets First Long-Range Airbus A321 That Will Support Its Inaugural Transatlantic Service to London

JetBlue Airways announced it had taken delivery of its very first Airbus A321LR, the long-range version of the popular A321 jet.
The A321LR, first introduced in 2015 and that made its first flight in 2018, has a range of 4,600 miles (7,402 km) and can seat 206 passengers in a typical two-class configuration.
“The delivery of our new A321LR sets the stage for a new era at JetBlue in which we now …

In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

In his first address to Congress, President Joseph Biden proposed spending $15 billion to fund the creation of a national network of electric-vehicle charging stations as part of the administration’s American Jobs First plan and said that the United States should lead the world in producing electric vehicles.
“There’s no reason why American workers can’t lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries…  We have this capacity, [and] …