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Ovation's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.

Following is a recap of September's Top 5 (most clicked by Ovation clients) e-newsletter stories.

1. TRAVELERS CAN NOW USE GLOBAL ENTRY FOR A YEAR AFTER ITS EXPIRATION DATE

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended the validity of Global Entry membership to a year after the expiration date, as long as the traveler is in the process of renewing their membership, reports Condé Nast Traveler. Previously, Global Entry access would stay valid for six months after the expiration date while travelers waited for their renewal; however, due to last year's government shutdown and issues at the US southern border, the agents who typically work on approving and renewing Global Entry applications have been reallocated to manage these matters. The staff shortage has resulted in a longer renewal process, with 30 and 35 percent of renewals taking more than three months to complete.

2. FACIAL RECOGNITION'S ARRIVAL AT DFW AIRPORT USHERS IN THE BIOMETRIC ERA

American Airlines is now using facial recognition technology at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), according to Dallas News. The technology is installed at a handful of gates in Terminal D, with plans to expand it to 75 gates by the end of the year. While travelers have the option to turn down face scans and present boarding passes and passports, about 65% of passengers are willing to give up biometric information, if it means faster lines at airports, according to a survey by the International Air Transport Association. 

3. AMERICAN AIRLINES PUSHES BACK MAX 737 RETURN DATE

American Airlines says it is delaying the expected return date for its Boeing 737 Max jets, reports Skift. While American remains confident that coming software updates and training will mean recertification of the aircraft this year, it is extending cancellations for Max 737 flights through December 3rd. American believes this will result in the cancellation of approximately 140 flights per day. Not all flights scheduled on the Max 737 will be cancelled, though. The airline says it will use other aircraft for some of the flights.

4. ATLANTA AIRPORT NAMED WORLD'S BUSIEST AIRPORT FOR 21ST YEAR IN A ROW

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has been named the world's busiest airport for the 21st year in a row, reports Travel + Leisure. According to the annual Airports Council International report, more than 107 million passengers flew through ATL in 2018, which marks a 3.3 percent increase in passenger traffic. The rest of the top 10 busiest airports for passengers in the world are Beijing Capital International Airport with 100 million passengers, Dubai Airport with 89 million, Los Angeles International Airport with 87.5 million, Tokyo's Haneda Airport with 86.9 million, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport with 83.2 million, London's Heathrow Airport with 80.1 million, Hong Kong International Airport with 74.5 million, Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport with 74 million and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport with 72.2 million.

5. AMERICAN AIRLINES ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL ROUTES, INCLUDING FIRST EVER TO AFRICA

American Airlines is launching five new international routes, with service to Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Morocco and Poland, reports Skift. American’s new seasonal service from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca, Morocco, not only marks the airline’s first-ever entrance into Africa, but makes it the only US carrier offering nonstop service to Casablanca. The airline has also added a year-round flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Ben-Gurion Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv, Israel. The new route will serve local and connecting passengers, who will now be able to make one single layover stop instead of two, and will operate three times per week. Additionally, the airline has added three new routes from Chicago O’Hare to Kraków John Paul II International Airport (KRK) in Poland, Václav Havel Airport (PRG) in Prague, Czech Republic and Budapest Airport (BUD) in Hungary next summer.