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American Airlines to Offer Employees Who Get Vaccinated an Extra Vacation Day

American Airlines to Offer Employees Who Get Vaccinated an Extra Vacation Day

American Airlines is not only offering its employees vaccinations against the coronavirus at some locations, it’s offering those who get vaccinated a bonus.
The carrier’s top two executives, in a memo to employees viewed by Frequent Business Traveler, offered an incentive of an extra vacation day in 2022 as well as $50 in what the airline calls recognition points.
“”As we close out the first week of March, we remain optimistic that …

American to Connect Chicago with Ontario, California

American to Connect Chicago with Ontario, California

American Airlines announced plans to launch new twice-daily service between Chicago and Ontario, California on August 17.
Flights will depart Ontario International Airport at 11:40 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and arrive at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 5:48 p.m., and 5:38 a.m. the next day. Return flights are scheduled to depart Chicago at 9:55 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. and arrive in Ontario at 12:14 p.m. and 10:39 p.m., respectively.
American will …

Winter Weather Alerts in Effect for Over 100 Million People in U.S.

Winter Weather Alerts in Effect for Over 100 Million People in U.S.

A potent winter storm will hammer parts of the Midwest including Chicago this weekend, and move east, evolving into a nor’easter that will bring heavy snow to the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, to New York City, to Boston.
The storm will be heavy snow, strong winds, coastal flooding, power outages, and significant travel disruptions.
Expect dangerous travel conditions as well as significant flight delays and cancellations as the storm …

United Airlines to Offer Covid Test Pre-Clearance Program for Hawaii-Bound Travelers

United Airlines to Offer Covid Test Pre-Clearance Program for Hawaii-Bound Travelers

United Airlines announced a pre-clearance program that allows passengers traveling to Hawaii to show proof of a negative test result at the departure airport.  The new program allows passengers to bypass document screening upon arrival in Hawaii.
In order to participate in the program, travelers must enroll in Hawaii’s Safe Travels program, the state’s repository for health and travel information. Those traveling must complete the online Covid-19 questionnaire within 24-hours of …

Man Arrested After Living at Chicago Airport ‘Due to Fear of Covid’

Man Arrested After Living at Chicago Airport ‘Due to Fear of Covid’

In what was not a remake of the 2004 movie “The Terminal,” a man spent three months living airside in Chicago O’Hare International Airport “due to fear of Covid,” authorities there reported.
Aditya Singh was questioned on Saturday by two United Airlines employees and he showed them an airport ID badge he was wearing around his neck that had been lost by an operations manager at the aerodrome who had reported …

United Airlines Virtualizes Its Airport Agents

United Airlines Virtualizes Its Airport Agents

United Airlines passengers at two U.S. airports will be able to skip the line at customer service desks and summon an agent via their own mobile devices with the airline’s “Agent on Demand” program.
The contactless real-time service utilizes real agents, not bots, who are based at the airport and who will communicate, at the traveler’s choice, via phone, video, or typed message.  The airline said that passengers can use “any …

Gatherings Gone Wild: Across the Globe, People Are Flouting Lockdown Rules

Thousands of people across the globe, from Europe to the Americas to Southeast Asia, have flouted local restrictions on gatherings as they flocked to parties with as many as 400 unmasked and in some cases unclothed attendees.
Meanwhile, any of us could be carrying the coronavirus and the collective consequences of the actions we take, such as attending large gatherings, can be staggering given the “dark winter” that President-Elect Joseph Biden …