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January 24, 2020



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US State Department’s New Rule Places Visa Restrictions on Pregnant Travelers

In an effort to stop pregnant women who intend to give birth in the US to obtain citizenship for their child, the US State Department introduced a new rule that would make it more difficult for pregnant travelers to obtain tourist visas. The Trump administration is also looking to place restrictions on travel to the US for citizens of up to seven more countries. Government officials said they based their decision to expand the travel ban list on non-compliance with security requirements, including biometrics, information-sharing and counter-terrorism measures. An official announcement is expected on Monday.

Business Insider | Related Trump says U.S. to add more countries to travel ban soon — Reuters



Flame Distribution Gains Rights to Greta Thunberg and Harvey Weinstein Content

Flame Distribution has partnered with Entertain Me Productions to bring 44 new titles to airlines around the globe, including several timely documentaries. The Harvey Weinstein Scandal examines the rise and fall of the Hollywood media mogul, whose sexual assault trial is unfolding this week in New York City. And Greta Thunberg: The Voice of the Future focuses on the teenager’s ongoing efforts to inspire a global movement for climate change.

APEX Media | Related John Lennon Documentary Available Through Flame, Ahead of Anniversary of Singer’s Death — APEX Media



Polish Aviation Group Purchases Condor

Following the collapse of its parent company, Thomas Cook Group, and several bids for the business, Condor was purchased by LOT Polish Airlines parent Polish Aviation Group (PGL). Condor CEO Ralf Teckentrup said the carrier “will serve twice as many passengers, thus forming one of the largest aviation groups and the leading leisure airline group in Europe.” PGL aims to expand Condor’s market share in Germany and adjacent countries. The purchase is expected to close by April.

Flight Global | Related EasyJet Finds More Ways to Capitalize on Collapse of Thomas Cook — Skift



[PHOTOS] Delta’s Hot Pink Pet Travel Carrier

Delta Air Lines is introducing a new solution for pet travel called CarePod, an IATA-compliant carrier that touts insulated walls, auto-replenishing hydration and GPS tracking. Experts at the Delta Cargo Control Center continuously monitor every CarePod digitally and Delta customers can view updates on their mobile phone throughout their journey. The carriers, which are bright pink to increase visibility, can be booked between three and 13 days prior to departure. Initially only available at eight US airports during a two-month trial, the CarePod will be rolled out in phases nationwide.

Delta | Related Delta CEO Announces Digital Concierge, Deepened Ties With Lyft and More During CES 2020 Keynote – APEX Media



Biometric Check-In Launches in Rome

Rome’s Fiumicino Airport has partnered with Vision-Box to launch a trial of biometric-based security and self-boarding checks. Passengers flying from Rome to Amsterdam can opt in to use the Seamless Flow solution, which scans a traveler’s facial biometric characteristics and matches them against their official travel documents. The system eliminates the need to show documents or boarding passes, and dedicated lanes simplify the departure process. All personal information is deleted once travelers have boarded.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related APEX CEO and Other Travel Tech Experts Share Their Visions for Smart Tourism of the Future at CES 2020 — APEX Media



Cabin Refurbisher Latitude Aero Sets Up Shop in Washington State

Latitude Aero’s new facility in Burlington, Washington, will allow the company to provide maintenance and repair services to all of North America. The company specializes in the integration of in-flight entertainment and in-seat power to provide economically viable solutions for cabin upgrades. President and CEO Kelvin Boyette said the company will be “able to take on larger projects, run production simultaneously, and provide overflow relief.” Production is expected to get underway on February 1.

PAX International | Related Triad aerospace company meets with UAE business delegation — Triad Business Journal



Qatar’s Lounge Expansion May Leave Room for Economy Travelers

To increase capacity at Qatar Airways’ London Heathrow Premium Lounge, the airline is planning an expansion project. The space is prone to peak-hour crowding due to flights spaced closely together. Dan Martin, head of Loyalty at Qatar Airways, said that the airline may eventually grant lounge access to Platinum members traveling in economy class if the demands of business-class passengers are being met and extra room remains. The company’s Singapore Premium Lounge is expected to open soon.

Executive Traveller | Related Qatar Aircraft Catering Company Collaborates with Hifz Al Naema to Reduce Food Wastage — Qatar





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