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According to The Hill, David Pekoske was sworn in as TSA administrator on Thursday, one week following his unanimous approval by the Senate. Al-Jazeera notes that the UAE and Bahrain have granted Qatar Airways new routes following a two-month blockade. Skift reports that Qatar has ended tourist visa requirements for 80 nationalities. According to The

Week in Review


According to Buying Business Travel, passengers traveling through major European airports are facing up to four hours of immigration delays caused by the introduction of a new set of rules. 4Hoteliers reports that the TSA has announced new U.S. airport screening procedures for electronics in carry-on bags. Travelers must begin placing all electronics larger than

How Turkish Airlines Became the Self-Proclaimed “King of the Comeback” – A Conversation with Chairman Ilker Ayci


Turkish Airlines has been named “Europe’s Best Airline” for the past six years, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had their challenges. A terrorist attack on one of their airports in 2016 led to 45 deaths and more than 230 injuries. At GBTA Convention 2017, Chairman of Turkish Airlines, Ilker Ayci, spoke with GBTA COO

GBTA Convention Panel Discusses Geopolitical Disruptions and the Future of Global Business Travel


In the modern travel world, political tension has an immense impact on travel policies and the way businesses conduct transportation on a global scale. During Monday’s Center Stage Panel at GBTA Convention 2017, global business experts discussed the two main geopolitical disruptions we face today alongside moderator Courtney Hammond, Principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP. The

Week in Review


According to TechCrunch, the U.S. has lifted laptop bans from passengers flying with Etihad, Emirates and Turkish Airlines. CNNMoney reports that the laptop ban was also lifted from Qatar Airways, since the airline meets all of DHS’ new security guidelines. GBTA unveiled its Media Day line-up for GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston. More

Week in Review


According to Buying Business Travel, the Supreme Court partially reinstated Trump’s travel ban on Monday. Citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S. are barred from entering the country. A 120-day ban has also been placed on refugees

Week in Review


According to Business Insider, Qatar Airways wants to buy a 10 percent stake in American Airlines. On Thursday, the airline received an unsolicited notice from Qatar of its intentions to invest. CNBC notes that American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said Qatar Airways’ proposal makes no sense. Buying Business Travel reports a coalition of

Week in Review


According to The Washington Post, President Trump announced revisions to parts of Obama’s Cuba policy on Friday. The new policy prohibits commercial dealings with Cuba’s military and somewhat limits U.S. citizens from freely traveling to the island. Buying Business Travel notes Heathrow baggage issues that affected passengers on Thursday morning have been resolved. Some passengers

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