Hawaiian, United, Alaska Airlines lead in April on-time performance | Southwest tests dual-door system for disembarking | TSA begins fingerprint identification testing
June 15, 2017
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Hawaiian, United, Alaska Airlines lead in April on-time performance
Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines took the top three spots respectively in on-time performance for April by US carriers. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines made it into the Top 10.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (6/14) 
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Southwest tests dual-door system for disembarking
This month, Southwest Airlines is testing a dual-door exit system for its planes at two California airports as the airline explores ways to make deplaning easier. Southwest spokeswoman Casey Dunn said the new technique has "proven successful in improving both on-time performance as well as the customer experience."
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (6/14) 
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TSA begins fingerprint identification testing
TSA begins fingerprint identification testing
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Identification of passengers by their fingerprints is being tested at airports in Atlanta and Denver as a way to speed up checkpoint lines, the Transportation Security Administration announced. Some airlines are interested in using the technology, which could use fingerprints to authenticate a person's identity and boarding pass and eliminate paper boarding passes and ID cards.
USA Today (6/13) 
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The Smarter Traveler
Traffic congestion a concern during work at Washington, D.C., airport
American Airlines and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport officials aim to avoid traffic snarls as construction of new security checkpoints begins later this year. Lanes will be closed for the first year of construction on the airport's arrivals level, which is expected to be completed by 2020.
FlightGlobal (U.K.) (6/14) 
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Geotagging goes a step beyond in giving guests directions
Hotels are turning to geotagging, a precision location technology, to help guests who may be confused by less exact Internet mapping services. "Not all guests have entered an international airport and been picked up by hotel limousine, so they require a precise entrance to the car park, not the front door, and then the front door," said Richard Lewis of the global addressing system What3Words.
Hotel News Now (6/14) 
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Travel Tips
Future of hotel fitness: Not Dad's basement treadmill
Future of hotel fitness: Not Dad's basement treadmill
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Swelling demand for fitness and wellness services has hotels investing in state-of-the-art exercise equipment, high-end design, health-oriented menus and an array of other amenities. Hilton Hotels has introduced a workout-friendly guestroom fitted with classic gym equipment and a meditation chair.
Hotel Management online (6/13) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Historical Austin, Texas, property to become boutique hotel
Developers plan to turn the Commodore Perry Estate in Austin, Texas, into a 53-key boutique hotel. The project will break ground in early 2018.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Austin, Texas (6/14) 
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Hotel development booms in Alaska
With 2 million visitors in 2016, Alaska has attracted an active hotel pipeline with multiple projects going up in Anchorage, the state's largest city. Four hotel projects are planned for the city.
Alaska Journal of Commerce (6/14) 
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Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Create healthy meetings
For meeting pros, happy, clear-headed and engaged attendees are an indication of work done well. Dr. Deepak Chopra -- who will speak during MPI's World Education Congress, June 19-22 in Las Vegas -- may help attendees achieve that goal.
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How small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem at a distance of a few million miles.
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