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10/19/2017

United Airlines has signed a deal with AIG to offer travel insurance to the airline's customers. The multiyear deal will offer insurance that covers trip cancellation, baggage loss and emergency medical services to its passengers in the US and 15 other countries.

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10/19/2017

Cargo customers who use Alaska Airlines to ship freight throughout Alaska will save up to 90% in shipping costs. The Freight for Less perk is a new benefit in the airline's Club 49 loyalty program.

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10/19/2017

Passengers aboard American Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner select flights from Australia to the US will enjoy its Premium Economy service, which offers more leg room, upgraded premium seats and improved food and beverage options. The new service will begin Oct. 31.

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10/19/2017

A renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement would be better for the economies of the US, Mexico and Canada than having no treaty at all, says David Abney, CEO of UPS. The three countries are in talks to update the treaty, and President Donald Trump has promised to terminate NAFTA if changes are not made.

10/19/2017

Airlines are warning that passengers could be charged $2.2 billion more each year to pay for airport construction, under a proposed fee increase Congress is considering. Congress, which has been divided over a possible hike, is expected to make a decision soon.

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10/19/2017

America is long overdue for an overhaul of our air traffic control system, writes Marc Scribner, a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The US is the last major industrialized country yet to reform air traffic control in this manner, and the House is expected to vote soon on these reforms as part of the 21st Century AIRR Act, he notes in this commentary.

10/19/2017

Alaska Airlines is upgrading its in-flight Wi-Fi from tower-based service to satellite-based starting next year for some planes, with a target of early 2020 for the entire fleet. This change will increase internet speed by up to 20%.

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10/19/2017

Transportation Security Administration officers on Sunday caught a man at West Virginia's Charlottesville Albemarle Airport with a .40-caliber handgun, loaded with 13 bullets, in his carry-on luggage. Police officers confiscated the gun.

10/19/2017

A report by the Government Accountability Office finds that the Transportation Security Administration has yet to put systems in place to support agile software development under its Technology Infrastructure Modernization program. "The program had not defined key roles and responsibilities, prioritized system requirements, or implemented automated capabilities that are essential to ensuring effective adoption of Agile," the GAO report states.

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10/19/2017

Competition for premium passengers has moved United Airlines to open a secret, invitation-only restaurant at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport. Top-dollar flyers are escorted to the restaurant, Classified, which is unmarked and styled after a speakeasy.