U.S. airfares dropped 5.6% in July | JFK deploys high-tech solution for tracking wait times | Feedback buttons are coming to select TSA checkpoints
August 20, 2015
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U.S. airfares dropped 5.6% in July
U.S. airfares fell 5.6% in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The decline is the steepest monthly drop in 20 years. "And as you look at future capacity it's growing even faster, so prices will likely fall even further," said Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly. Slate (8/19), Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (8/19), CNBC (8/19), NBC News (8/19)
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JFK deploys high-tech solution for tracking wait times
John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City has debuted a high-tech method for tracking wait times. The BlipTrack solution anonymously tracks mobile phones of passengers, and the airport posts the wait times on 13 screens throughout Terminal 4. MyTechBits (8/18)
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Feedback buttons are coming to select TSA checkpoints
Kiosks featuring emojis ranging from happy to sad will be installed at the exits from Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at Reagan National, LaGuardia, Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports. Travelers can use the kiosks to give feedback on their experiences. Data will be summarized every hour. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/19)
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O'Hare unveils power-charging wall for mobile devices
Chicago O'Hare Airport unveiled $3 million in technology and other upgrades on Monday. The upgrades include a charging wall for phones and mobile devices, as well as new seating and portable liquor carts. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (8/17)
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Rising hotel demand pushes up rates
Business is booming for hotels because a national room shortage is leaving room for price increases. Occupancy demand is rising as post-recession tourism improves, but construction is still catching up. The U.S. is 40% below peak for room-supply growth, said Bobby Bowers of STR. American Public Media/Marketplace (8/18)
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