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Following is a recap of June's Top 5 (most clicked by Ovation clients) e-newsletter stories.
Marriott International is changing its cancellation policy from 24-hours notice to 48-hours, reports Travel Market Report. Previously, guests were allowed to cancel within 24 hours of their reservation at no extra charge. Cancellations will now require a 48-hour notice or guests will be charged a fee equivalent to one night's stay. The new policy applies to hotels in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. Reservations made before June 15 will not be affected by the new policy. To read more, click here.
Airport security lines may get longer this summer as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) tests new screening procedures, reports CNBC. The new screening procedures being tested will require passengers to remove more items from their carry-on luggage while proceeding through airport security; additionally, all electronics larger than a cell phone will be placed in a separate bin for additional screening. Testing will be conducted at 10 airports including Boston, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Puerto Rico. To read more, click here.
President Trump has unveiled a new plan to privatize the U.S. air-traffic control system, reports Skift. The proposal, designed to lower costs and improve efficiency of the system that oversees flights, would transfer about 15,000 controllers and thousands of other managers and technical workers to a new government-sanctioned corporation. The plan is part of the White House's stated goal to spur investment in U.S. infrastructure. Critics of the air-traffic plan have said it would jeopardize small airports by giving too much power to airlines and large hubs. To read more, click here.
The U.S. Court of Appeals' Ninth Circuit in San Francisco has ruled that President Trump's executive order limiting the ability of travelers from predominately Muslim countries to visit the U.S. will remained block, reports Skift. The ruling focused particularly on limits placed on the entry of refugees and the 90-day ban on admitting new visitors from select countries. "We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress," reads the opinion. "In suspending the entry of more than 180 million nationals from six countries, suspending the entry of all refugees, and reducing the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, the President did not meet the essential precondition to exercising his delegated authority: The President must make a sufficient finding that the entry of these classes of people would be 'detrimental to the interests of the United States.'" To read more, click here.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing new airport security procedures requiring passengers to remove books and other paper products from their carry-on luggage at security checkpoints, reports Airport-Technology. The new screening process is meant to free up space in carry-on bags, enabling x-ray machines at the checkpoints to provide a better view of their contents. Numerous airports have already begun the trial process including Boise, Boston, Colorado Springs, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas McCarran, Los Angeles, Lubbock and Phoenix Sky Harbour. The trial process currently excludes TSA pre-check lanes. To read more, click here.