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US Government imposes a ban on most electronic devices in carry-on luggage on flights from 10 airports.

According to a newly issued Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet, new aviation security enhancements will mandate that all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone be placed in checked baggage at 10 overseas airports where flights are departing directly for the United States.

The affected airports are:

- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan

- Cairo International, Egypt

- Ataturk International, Istanbul, Turkey

- King Abdulaziz, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

- Kuwait International, Farwaniya, Kuwait

- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco

- Doha International, Qatar

- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates

- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates

Affected airlines include:

- Royal Jordanian

- EgyptAirt

- Turkish Airlines

- Saudi Arabia Airlines

- Kuwait Airways

- Royal Air Maroc

- Qatar Airways

- Emirates Air

- Etihad Airways

No U.S. airlines are affected because none operate flights directly to the United States from these airports.

This new mandate does not apply to domestic flights in the United States or other flights departing to the United States. Electronic devices will continue to be allowed on all flights originating in the United States.

According to the DHS Fact Sheet, "Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administration Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States."

Media reports indicate that U.S. officials are not saying how long the restrictions will be in place but that impacted airlines will have 96 hours to implement the new rules. Some of the affected airlines are said to have begun implementing the ban already while others have not, citing the lack of formal instructions from the US government.

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Travel ban blocked again

Federal judges from Hawaii and Maryland both temporarily blocked President Trump's travel ban hours before it was to go into effect. The result of the judges' rulings, which apply nationwide, is that for now, travelers from the six targeted Muslim-majority nations and any refugees would still be able to travel to the United States.

The revised ban, which was announced earlier this month, would have placed certain restrictions on some travelers from Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria and Yemen. Most specifically, it would have halted the issuance of new visas for 90 days starting on March 16. Green card holders and those who already had current visas were not to have been impacted. The revised ban would have also suspended decisions on all pending refugee applications, including Syrian refugee applications, for 120 days.

President Trump has said he will take this issue to the Supreme Court if necessary.

TSA implements more rigorous airport pat-downs

The Transportation Security Administration is using new pat-down procedures at airport screening checkpoints that are said to be "more rigorous" and potentially "more invasive" for some as the checks will involve "more intimate contact" than before.

Previously, there were five risk-based pat-down options for passengers who opted out of electronic screening or who set off airport metal detectors. Now, a single standardized procedure will be used. The TSA says the full, one-size-fits-all pat-down does not involve any different areas of the body that weren't checked before. Rather, all selected passengers will undergo the same full check.

The revised policy is being implemented in response to a 2015 study by the Department of Homeland Security that found "troubling lapses in TSA screening procedures." The TSA says the new procedures will not increase airport delays for those who pass through regular screening.

EU votes to halt Visa-free travel for U.S. citizens

In a non-binding resolution, the European Parliament voted to end visa-free travel for Americans visiting the European Union. The vote was triggered by the United States' failure to agree to visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cypress, Poland, and Romania.

The new measure would theoretically go into effect in May. However, it is widely felt that a new diplomatic agreement will be forged as EU officials don't want to damage business travel and tourism from the United States. Instead, the vote was intended to "encourage" the United States to live up to its reciprocity agreement.

Marriott offers post-merger updates

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said that the newly merged hotel conglomerate will keep all 30 of its existing brands. Sorenson also said they will soon ramp up expansion of the Starwood brands as they continue to work with existing properties to make sure each meets the standards set forth for the applicable brand. In a different move, the boutique-style Element brand will be shifted toward an extended stay focused collection of properties.

In other news, Marriott unveiled a new partnership with United Airlines, which will give elite status members reciprocal loyalty status in the other program. Marriott Rewards recently released an enhanced version of its app, which broadens the reach of its Mobile Key program from 25 locations to more than 500 properties. The Mobil Requests feature of the app is now available at more than 4,000 of its hotels.

Lyft adds 54 more cities

Following its expansion to 40 cities earlier in the year, Lyft has expanded to another 54 U.S. cities, mostly in smaller to mid-size locations in the East, South and Midwest. Lyft plans to have coverage in 72 percent of the country by this December.

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American Airlines

American became the latest airline to unveil plans to bring back complimentary meals to economy class on some flights. Meal service will be launched May 1 on flights between New York's JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Big route expansions are planned from some of America's hub locations. Starting on July 5, 2017, American will launch eight new routes from Chicago O'Hare to small and medium-sized domestic markets including Appleton, Wisconsin; Birmingham, Alabama; Boise; Bozeman, Montana; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Greensboro, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Ontario, California. American will also offer new international service from O'Hare to Barcelona and Guatemala City. Other summer startups include new service from Dallas/Fort Worth, to Billings, Montana; Traverse City, Michigan; and Spokane, Washington along with flights to Amsterdam and Rome. From Los Angeles, American will offer new service to Charlotte, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and Phoenix, Arizona. American will also launch new flights between Charlotte, North Carolina and George Town, Bahamas.

British Airways

Effective April 1, 2017, British Airways is altering its cabin services on its short-haul flights to bring them in line with current long-haul flight offerings. Club Europe business class service will bring a variety of enhanced amenities including dedicated check-in desks, larger luggage allowances, access to some private lounges, priority boarding and more personal space on the aircraft along with complimentary food and beverage service. British Airways will also bring its Euro Traveler product to the economy cabin on its short haul flights. These changes allow British Airway's travelers to enjoy a consistent premium experience across both long- and short-haul flights.

Cathay Pacific

To meet growing demand, Cathay Pacific said it will add four new flights weekly between Hong Kong and San Francisco this October. The carrier also announced that due to operational reasons, its check-in counters will close 60 minutes prior to departure at New York's JFK along with eight other locations including Beijing, Dubai, London Heathrow, Kolkata, Madrid, Mumbai, Riyadh and Shanghai.

Delta Air Lines

After a review of "competitive conditions," Delta said it is raising the fee it charges for same day travel changes by $25.00 for non-SkyMiles members, general SkyMiles members and Silver Medallion members. The new $75.00 fee level will apply to any ticket purchased on or after March 15, 2017. Travelers who purchased tickets prior to March 15 will pay the old fee rate when making same day travel changes. The fee will still be waived for loyalty members in higher status tiers. All other rules and restrictions related to same day travel remain unchanged.

Delta will be further strengthening its relationship with Aeromexico as it formally acquired 32 percent of Grupo Aeromexico. It also still holds options to acquire up to 49 percent of the Mexican carrier. Delta will also move to formally launch some of its new joint venture plans with Aeromexico on April 1. The new joint venture between the two airlines was granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation back in December.

In other news, Delta posted the best on-time performance among major North American airlines in February. Delta's rate was 87.5 percent while the average was 82.9 percent.

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This tropical garden paradise should be on your bucket list

Kaua'i's Smith Fern Grotto

"Kaua'i truly lives up to its motto 'The Garden Isle' with beautiful views from every angle!" says Adelman's Marilyn Fare who just returned from an educational visit to one of Hawaii's most breathtaking islands. From an abundance of sparkling beaches and wonderful resorts to a variety of adventure opportunities including hiking, ATV tours, snorkeling, surfing or kayaking, Kaua'i has so much to offer its guests.

Kaua'i, the fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands, is the northernmost and oldest geologically. It boasts 120 miles of shoreline and 81 accessible beaches. Marilyn notes, "It is perfect for those wanting rich and unique experiences since 80 percent of the island is inaccessible by car and no structures are taller than a palm tree or a cascading waterfall." She adds, " Over 100 films and television shows were filmed here--Jurassic Park, South Pacific, Raiders of the Lost Ark just to name a few."

Marilyn enjoys her ATV adventure

Marilyn spent two nights at the conveniently located Courtyard Kaua'i Coconut Beach Resort and two nights at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa. The Hyatt is especially known for its immaculately kept tropical grounds and its very intricate system of pristine pools. The main pool meanders around lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls. There is an adults' pool and a large lagoon pool with a sandy level entrance.

Marilyn's trip was full of in-depth experiences including mountain tubing, ATV riding to some of the islands many waterfalls and a sailing/snorkeling tour aboard the Napali Catamaran. Marilyn also visited the Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Smith Fern Grotto and Koloa Rum Company. She capped off one of her busy days at a traditional luau at the Grand Hyatt, which featured a fabulous feast along with a dance and music review highlighting the Polynesian culture. "I highly recommend all of these activities," Marilyn says.

Marilyn at the Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens

For more information on Kaua'i and all of the opportunities that are available to you, give Marilyn or any of our other knowledgeable vacations advisors a call at 800-749-7116.

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Adelman partners with the Starwood Luxury Collection

Adelman is pleased to announce our new partnership with the Starwood Luxury Collection. Through this new relationship Adelman customers will enjoy an exclusive elevated experience at some of the most unique and iconic hotels and resorts around the world including the St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, and W Hotels. These luxury properties span five continents, 60 cultural centers and seven centuries.

In addition to some great special promotions throughout the year at various locations (see below), Adelman customers will also receive a variety of added amenities and personal touches when they stay at any Starwood Luxury Collection property such as daily continental or full breakfast for two each morning of the stay, a special 'Welcome' privilege (Value: $100) such as spa, food/beverage, or resort credit, complimentary in-room internet access and a personal greeting on arrival by an Executive Committee Member or W Insider. Adelman customers will also be eligible for a room upgrade along with early check-in and 4 p.m. late checkout (all subject to availability).

For more information on our new Starwood Luxury Collection partnership or for help with reservations at any of the spectacular properties in the Starwood Luxury portfolio contact your Adelman travel team.

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W Punta De Mita Resort

The sizzling W Punta De Mita Resort in Nayarit, Mexico is located in one of the most sought out destinations. Adelman customers staying at this fabulous resort are eligible to receive a fourth night free plus daily dinner for two at Venazu restaurant for stays between now and April 6, 2017. Guests visiting between April 23 and December 20, 2017, will receive a third night free and daily dinner for two at Venazu restaurant for reservations made by May 15. Both of these promotions also include the extra Adelman amenities mentioned above.

W Vieques Island Retreat & Spa

Escape to the undiscovered tropical paradise of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. At the fantastic W Vieques Island Retreat & Spa you will be surrounded by pristine beaches, wild horses and the world's brightest bioluminescent bay. Adelman customers will receive a fourth night free until December 20, 2017, along with bonus amenities when booking the Adelman rate. No blackout dates apply on this great promotion.

May Fair Hotel London

The award-winning, five-star May Fair Hotel London, which is located in the heart of one of the most enviable addresses in the world, is offering our customers a host of added amenities when booking the Adelman rate. Added benefits include full English breakfast for each guest, special seasonal in-room amenity, complimentary membership in the Palm Beach Casino, and $75.00 spa credit (excluding Spa products) along with an upgraded room, early check-in and extended checkout (all based on availability).

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Columbia Regional Airport

A runway expansion at the regional airport in Columbia Missouri will be getting underway. The runway enhancements are a necessary step in the airport's ability to be able to handle the addition of another commercial carrier and more daily flights. United announced it was going to enter the market with service to Chicago and Denver. American already offers two daily flights to both Chicago O'Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth. Runway renovations should be done by late summer or early fall.

Oakland International Airport

Runway maintenance is expected to get underway later this spring, which may cause some delays. Airport officials have not released a specific schedule, but work will require a full closure of Runway 12-30 for a "short-duration". During the closure the airport will use a parallel taxiway as a temporary runway, but officials did not give any additional details on how this would impact operations.

Orlando International Airport

Airport officials are addressing checked baggage congestion by entering into a one-year pilot program with Orlando-based Bags Inc. Bags Inc. will provide passengers with boarding passes and luggage check services for participating airlines. Bags will be collected on the first two levels of the airport's A and B parking garages. Bags Inc. would then transfer the checked luggage to a remote sorting facility for processing and screening. To use this service, passengers must drop their luggage off at least 90 minutes prior to departure.

Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Air France has opened a new dedicated lounge for Elite Plus and Business class passengers. The new lounge, which is twice the size of the old lounge, is located in Terminal 2G near the airline's boarding gates. Among the many amenities is a brasserie-style dining area along with fresh pastries and other classic French delicacies prepared by the resident baker. The lounge is also equipped with shower rooms that are stocked with an array of spa products.

San Francisco International Airport

Possible weekend delays are on the horizon as the airport begins a maintenance project that will require Runway 28L be closed for a period of time over select weekends. The closure will start at 6:00pm on Friday and will continue through noon on Monday. The affected weekends include March 31; April 7, 21 and 28; May 5, 12, and 19; and June 2 and 9. This schedule is weather dependent.

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