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US government continues to test, tweak and enhance airport security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has several new initiatives under way all aimed at improving airport security. For example, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is the test site for new advanced bomb detection equipment. A "Computed Tomography" (CT) scanner is being tested at an American Airlines security checkpoint there. The CT scanner provides three-dimensional images that can be viewed and rotated for a better analysis of items contained in carry-on luggage. TSA officials said that the CT equipment will also be tested at Boston Logan Airport.

The TSA is also testing fingerprint check-in at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Denver International as a way to enhance security effectiveness. Depending on the test's success, it will be expanded to other airports.

Then, passengers arriving at Terminal 4 at New York's JFK will soon be able to avoid the bottleneck of a secondary inspection after claiming their luggage. Physical changes to controls at the exit area will allow most passengers to retrieve their baggage and then leave the Federal Inspection Area unless a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the primary inspection point determines a second inspection is necessary. Officials suggest that travelers tapped for a secondary inspection will have their documents placed in a tamper-proof box that will trigger an alarm if it is taken out of the secure area. This program has been piloted at other airports.

Changes to Cuban policy will affect tourist travel

The recently implemented "new" Cuba policy does contain revisions which have ramifications for tourists wishing to visit Cuba. While U.S. airlines and cruise ships can still offer service unabated, U.S. travelers will no longer be able to make individual trips to Cuba unless they fall into one of the 12 authorized categories such as religious, artistic or journalistic activities. People to people educational trips are still allowed, however, they will become stricter. Under the Obama Administration, the requirements which defined approved "people to people" educational travel had been loosened. Now those requirements will be more strictly enforced. Because U.S. sanctioned tour groups will also face more restrictions as to where they can stay, eat and visit, industry observers say this may drive up the cost of these trips.

Amtrak temporarily reduces service at Penn Station

Starting July 10, Amtrak is reducing service to New York City's Penn Station while expedited repairs are being made. The service cuts, which include three weekday roundtrips between New York and Washington on the Northeast Regional line, will be in effect until Sept. 1. For more information on the construction and affected routes please visit https://www.amtrak.com/nyprenewal.



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AIRLINE BRIEFS

Alaska Airlines

Airline officials have outlined plans for the full integration of Virgin America?s Elevate frequent flier program into Alaska?s Mileage Plan. The Elevate plan will be supplanted by Mileage Plan on January 1, 2018. Before that, Virgin America?s partnership with Airbnb will end June 30, 2017. The last date members can redeem Elevate points on Emirates, Hawaiian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia will be Sept. 30, 2017, for travel no later than Jan. 15, 2018. Transfers from American Express? Membership Rewards will end Oct. 31, 2017. The points.com partnership will also end on October 31.

Alitalia

Alitalia filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the United States so that services won't be cut off at New York's JFK. The carrier filed for bankruptcy in Italy in April after its employees rejected a recapitalization plan.

American

American is now offering travelers new air-side shuttle bus service so that passengers connecting from domestic to international flights won't have to go through security again. The service will run from 10:30am to 8:00pm during spring, summer and early fall.

British Airways

Mixed fleet cabin crew serving British Airways said they would go on strike from July 1 through July 16 as part of their ongoing dispute with the carrier over pay and benefits. Unite, the union representing the mixed fleet flight attendants, has organized 26 days of walkouts already this year for various work groups. A spokesman for British Airways said, "As for previous periods when Unite called strikes of mixed fleet cabin crew, we will fly all our customers to their destinations."

In other news, British Airways is advising customers traveling out of New York's JFK to arrive an hour earlier than usual to the airport. The next phase of construction at Terminal 7 is commencing on June 22, which will cause longer than usual waits to clear security. World Traveller and World Traveller Plus customers departing after 5pm will be especially affected. Construction is expected to continue through the end of January 2018.

Delta Air Lines

Delta will launch its first Airbus A350 on October 30, 2017, on its Detroit-Tokyo Narita route. The new Airbus will feature the Delta One suite, which has a full-height door, sliding privacy dividers along with customizable ambient lighting, an 18" in-flight entertainment monitor, storage compartments and other elevated amenities. The aircraft will also offer Premium Select seats that are 19" wide and have 38" of pitch, and 7" of recline. Each seat has adjustable leg and headrests along with other special amenities. As an aside, Delta said it will offer its new Premium Select cabin on some flights from Detroit to Incheon starting in Mid-November and to Beijing starting in January of 2018. Tickets for all of these flights are already available for purchase.

Etihad Airways

Etihad has changed its check-in hours at its North American gateways. Check-in now begins three hours prior to departure and will close one hour prior to departure. To avoid crowds at the airport passengers can check-in online between 48 hours to one hour prior to departure.



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ADELMAN VACATIONS

Adelman Discoveries unveils 2018 program of exclusive tour opportunities

Adelman Discoveries, which offers a unique line of exclusive "Signature" trips, has announced its exciting lineup for 2018. These custom vacations feature bucket list experiences without the stresses and headaches of individual travel. Customers can choose from a wide range of destinations including a safari and tour of South Africa, a villa stay and tour in Tuscany, a desert adventure in the Southwest Canyonlands and more. Adelman Discoveries also offers several exclusive cruise opportunities.

Besides offering a carefree experience, each trip offers great value through the many "extras" and includes a professional Adelman escort. See our complete menu of opportunities below and then contact one of our travel professionals at 800-749-7116, or visit our website at www.adelmanvacations.com, then click on the Adelman Discoveries tab for more information about each adventure.



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FEATURED ARTICLES

More states ready for REAL ID

Missouri's governor recently signed legislation that is expected to bring the state into compliance with the REAL ID act. The bill, which goes into effect Aug. 28, will give those who wish to get a Real-ID compliant driver?s license the option to do so while those with concerns about REAL ID can choose to get a standard, non-compliant license though that would mean they would need another form of ID if they choose to board an airplane in the future. Lawmakers note that it will take two years for the new compliant licenses to become available, but "the state has been told that the federal government will grant Missouri a waiver permitting those with current state-issued licenses to board planes and enter federal buildings during that time."

Minnesota, which was another hold-out state, passed similar legislation in May and also expects to be granted a waiver.

Residents of Missouri and Minnesota should note, however, that the Department of Homeland Security website still lists both states as non-compliant and thus residents should expect to have to still present additional approved identification when entering designated federal buildings as detailed under the enforcement phases of the REAL ID law until the official waivers are granted.

NOTE: no changes in required documentation for domestic air travel will be implemented until January 18, 2018. This is assuming that the current administration does not make changes to the current REAL ID program, which President Trump has discussed as a possibility.

For more information on REAL ID, or the lists of compliant states and those under extensions or grace periods, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/current-status-states-territories.

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ADELMAN HOTEL COLLECTION

Drury Inn & Suites

Our customers can receive five percent off corporate rates for the remainder of 2017 at all Drury Inn & Suites when booking with Adelman. In addition, customers will receive last room availability and loyalty members will receive points on every reservation.

Drury is known for providing great value to its guests through very competitive rates and an array of added amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast and 5:30 Kickback social hour.



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TRAVEL TIPS

Better options for airport passengers

The continued focus on airport lounges by airlines and independent operators is a great perk for the road warrior as well as for the occasional traveler who wants a bit of respite at today's busy airports. Not only is the number of lounge locations growing, but the settings along with the quality and variety of available amenities are constantly improving. Here are some of the latest offerings:

American officially opened its Admirals Club at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Terminal A near gate A25.

Independent lounge operator, Airport Lounge Development, opened "The Club" at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) and Pittsburgh International. The Club at BWI is located in Concourse D near gate 10 while The Club in Pittsburgh can be found between gates C54 and C56 in the Concourse C. Passengers can purchase a membership or a day pass. For more information on prices and other locations please visit http://www.theclubairportlounges.com/index.html.

The SkyTeam global airline alliance unveiled plans for a new lounge at Vancouver International Airport. The facility, which will open later this year, will be the Alliance's first in North America. SkyTeam has lounges in Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London (Heathrow) and Sydney.

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