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CBP Previews Future of Biometric Exit at GBTA Legislative Summit


John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations for Customs and Border Protection provided an overview of the new biometric exit model at the 15th Annual GBTA Legislative Summit, an event that brings more than 100 travel professionals to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers to share opinions on key issues. Wagner told

FAA’s Winsome Lenfert Talks PFCs and Airport Infrastructure at GBTA Legislative Summit


Winsome Lenfert, Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports, FAA spoke about passenger facility charges (PFCs) and funding for airport infrastructure at the 15th Annual Legislative Summit, an event that brings more than 100 travel professionals to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers to share opinions on key issues. She told attendees that she has visited hundreds

GBTA Legislative Symposium Tackles FAA Reauthorization and ATC Reform


Holly Woodruff Lyons, Deputy General Counsel, House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Aviation, discussed committee efforts regarding the FAA Reauthorization Bill and modernizing infrastructure at the 15th Annual Legislative Summit, an event that brings more than 100 travel professionals to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers to share opinions

GBTA’s Legislative Summit Addresses Passenger Bill of Rights


GBTA Executive Director and COO Mike McCormick kicked off the 15th Annual GBTA Legislative Summit, an event that brings more than 100 travel professionals to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers to share opinions on key issues. McCormick discussed the importance of passenger rights in light of recent events with United Airlines and American Airlines.

Week in Review


On Wednesday, Brexit’s Article 50 was triggered, beginning the two-year countdown to the official separation of the UK and the EU. Following last week’s electronics ban, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) broke its silence on the matter. According to Buying Business Travel, IATA has called on governments to find alternatives to restrictions of electronics,

Brexit’s Article 50 is Triggered: The Future of Business Travel in Europe is at Stake


This afternoon in Brussels, GBTA met various leaders including Mr. Tim Figures, Head of the Competitiveness and Market department as part of the Permanent Representation of the United Kingdom to the European Union on this historical day in the future of Europe. Article 50 has been delivered at approximately 12:30pm Brussels local time today. Last

Update on the “Travel Ban”


On March 6, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order called “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States.” The White House issued the order largely in response to court challenges made against another Executive Order signed on January 27. As we noted in an earlier blog post, the effective

Week in Review


According to CNN Money, the Trump administration announced new security restrictions on Tuesday, in what is being called an electronics ban. Passengers flying from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa are barred from bringing electronics larger than a smartphone into cabins for U.S.-bound flights. The UK shortly followed suit, announcing similar restrictions.

Week in Review


According to The New York Times, two federal judges have ruled against Trump’s second travel ban. On Wednesday evening, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order blocking the ban, and a second federal judge in Maryland issued a separate order preventing the ban. On Thursday morning, President Trump released a blueprint highlighting the

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