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Week in Review


Shortly before it was set to take effect, two federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked Trump’s third travel ban, reports Mother Jones. According to USA TODAY, United Airlines estimates hurricanes cost $210 million in revenue with 8,300 canceled flights. Travel Trade Daily reports Singapore Airlines added Android Pay and Apple Pay as payment options

Wisconsin BTA Hosts Travel Talk Roundtable with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)


*The following is a guest blog post by Ann Brennan, executive vice president of GBTA – Wisconsin* This past August, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and the Wisconsin Business Travel Association hosted our first ever, “Travel Talk Roundtable” with U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee,

ACU Says ATC Reform Isn’t Privatization, but That’s Probably a Good Thing


When reading the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) recent op-ed in The Hill, “’Conservative’ air traffic control bill fails to privatize industry”, I couldn’t decide if ACU’s opposition is a good thing. ACU’s support hinges on its “Seven Principles of Privatization,” essentially a guide for lawmakers to privatize for the sake of privatizing. Broad-brush principles seldom

Week in Review


According to The Verge, Delta will automatically check in passengers with its mobile app. Passengers who use the iOS app will automatically be sent boarding passes 24 hours prior to their flight, forgoing the need to check-in online. Skift reports Lufthansa is closing in on a deal to buy part of bankrupt carrier Air Berlin.

Travel Ban Expanded to Include Chad, North Korea and Venezuela


Travel Ban Expanded to Include Chad, North Korea and Venezuela Restrictions Tailored By Country Yesterday the President and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced enhanced global security measures that included adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela to the list of countries subject to travel restrictions. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia are again

Week in Review


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

TSA Announces New U.S. Airport Screening Procedures for Electronics in Carry-On Bags


Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the implementation of stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. This follows extensive testing and successful pilots at 10 airports, and will now expand to all U.S. airports during the weeks and

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

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