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Virgin Atlantic Joins TSA PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program

Virgin Atlantic Joins TSA PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program

Virgin Atlantic announced that it joined the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program. The carrier is the first in the United Kingdom to be authorized by the TSA to offer its passengers the expedited service.
All Virgin Atlantic passengers who are enrolled in Global Entry, Nexus, Sentri, or the TSA PreCheck program are eligible to use PreCheck security lanes, as are active duty U.S. military members.
Passengers at a PreCheck security checkpoint do …

Workers at 18 Airports in UK Plan Holiday Strike

Workers at 18 Airports in UK Plan Holiday Strike

Planning a trip in or out of a British airport around Christmas? You might want to stay home.
Over 1,500 baggage handlers, check-in agents, and other ground staff employed by Swissport at 18 airports across the United Kingdom are set to walk off the job over the holiday weekend.
Airports that would be impacted by the job action include Stansted, Luton, Gatwick, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, while Birmingham, Southampton, …

Norwegian to Double London-New York Frequency, Increase Service to West Coast and Florida

Norwegian to Double London-New York Frequency, Increase Service to West Coast and Florida

Norwegian Air said it will dramatically increase the number of flights it offers between the United States and London following last week’s final approval for its Irish subsidiary’s foreign carrier permit.
Starting August 10 next year, the Oslo-based carrier will add a second daily flight between New York and London. The new flight will operate every day except Wednesdays, bringing the total number of New York-London flights to 13.
Norwegian said that …

Heathrow Expansion Flash Mob and Protest Could Disrupt Travel Saturday

Heathrow Expansion Flash Mob and Protest Could Disrupt Travel Saturday

What is being billed as a “family-friendly flashmob” and protest could delay travelers trying to get to their flights in a timely fashion.
The Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise is calling for the peaceful protest, which is slated to include a critical mass bike block.   The group believes that plans for a new runway either at London Heathrow or Gatwick will be “devastating” to air quality and have …

British Airways IT Outage Delays Hundreds of Flights Worldwide

British Airways IT Outage Delays Hundreds of Flights Worldwide

A computer issue at British Airways on Tuesday left thousands of passengers stranded and caused massive delays across the globe.
Passengers were unable in many cases to book flights using the company’s website and app, to check-in at the airport, and some flights were simply unable to take off as a result of the IT problem.
“We apologize to our customers for the delay and we appreciate their patience as our IT …

With Remaining Heathrow Flights Moving to T3, Delta to Close Dedicated T3 and T4 Arrivals Lounges

With Remaining Heathrow Flights Moving to T3, Delta to Close  Dedicated T3 and T4 Arrivals Lounges

Delta Air Lines, which last month said it would move those flights currently operating from Terminal 4 at London Heathrow to Terminal 3, the home of its joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic, will close its arrivals lounge in T4 after the move.
Eligible passengers will be invited to use Virgin’s Revivals arrivals lounge starting September 14. The lounge, which is in Terminal 3 outside the arrivals area, offers spa treatments, showers, valet …

Too Good to Go App Launches in London Offering Heavily Discounted Meals While Reducing Waste

Too Good to Go App Launches in London Offering Heavily Discounted Meals While Reducing Waste

An app that lets people order food at restaurants for as little as half the price is now available in London.
Too Good to Go, which was started by entrepreneurs to cut down on waste by giving restaurants a way of selling food that would otherwise have been thrown away, is already available in several cities in the United Kingdom including Brighton, Leeds, and Manchester.
A meal costs between £2 to £3.80 …