American Airlines to test premium economy in summer on Chicago-Paris route | Customs proposes airport "biometric pathway" powered by facial recognition | Airline no longer using electric carts at N.C. airport
May 11, 2017
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American Airlines to test premium economy in summer on Chicago-Paris route
American Airlines passengers traveling from Chicago to Paris this summer will get a chance to fly aboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and experience American's new premium economy offering. Features include enhanced meal service and seats with more legroom.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Chicago (5/10) 
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Customs proposes airport "biometric pathway" powered by facial recognition
Customs proposes airport "biometric pathway" powered by facial recognition
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US Customs and Border Protection is looking to build on its Biometric Exit program to include US citizens moving around domestic airports. "We are working closely with stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of biometric exit and exploring potential for inbound arrivals and other processes," a Customs representative said.
The Verge (5/9) 
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Airline no longer using electric carts at N.C. airport
American Airlines is no longer using electric carts to carry passengers at North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airline is instead using wheelchairs to transport people who need special assistance within the airport.
The Modesto Bee (Calif.)/The Associated Press (5/10) 
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The Smarter Traveler
Electric aircraft hold promise for cheap, regional air travel
Zunum Aero says its electric planes could be carrying passengers by 2025, setting its sights on routes of up to 1,000 miles by 2030 with aircraft that reduce operating costs by up to 80%. The company's backers include JetBlue Technology Ventures and Boeing HorizonX.
WVXU-FM (Cincinnati) (5/8) 
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TSA offers tips for a smooth trip through airport security
The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday held an event at Indiana's Fort Wayne International Airport to display contraband found at airport checkpoints and offer advice on how to get through security without delays. Tips include enrolling in PreCheck, verifying that items are allowed in carry-on bags and preparing for security by having documents ready for inspection.
WANE-TV (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (5/9) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, launches new spa, spa-level guest rooms
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, in Washington, D.C., has opened a new spa and a group of spa-level guest rooms that feature healthful amenities like HEPA air filters, yoga mats, nutritious snacks, sound machines and Tempur-Pedic pillows. The spa itself features a relaxation room, sauna, steam room and menu that includes themed packages for expecting mothers, brides and couples.
Forbes (5/7) 
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Everyone is a watchdog or whistleblower these days thanks to pervasive social media and deep searches on the internet. Companies can no longer hide their worst traits and habits -- and this is a good thing. The more ethical big businesses are, the better off the world will be. At least that's the theory. Whether it's true or not is for time to judge.
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