Travel News: January 26, 2017

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Security shortcut Clear expands to more airports
USA Today

Thanks to TSA PreCheck, Global Entry and a variety of other programs that pre-vet travelers, 12 million people are now eligible to access the expedited screening lanes at U.S. airports.

But even with increased TSA staffing levels and the addition of automated screening lanes at some airports, many trusted travelers still end up waiting in long lines to get their IDs checked by TSA before they can even gain access to the expedited lanes.

Today Clear is opening lanes at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Last month Clear lanes opened at JFK International Airport. Additional lanes will launch at Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport later this month and at Los Angeles International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by the end of the first quarter of this year.


Virgin Hotels Next Location Will Be New Orleans

Virgin Hotels is headed to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they plan to build their newest boutique property.

Construction is set to begin in April, with a planned opening in 2019, according to the company.

The 14-story, 225-room hotel will be situated at the corner of Baronne Street and Lafayette Street, in the Warehouse District near historic Lafayette Square.


Azamara doubles down on destination-focused cruising
Travel Weekly

Azamara Club Cruises plans to deepen its brand identity as an immersive, destination-oriented cruise line by adding more opportunities for passengers to connect locally on shore excursions and by offering even more overnight and late-night port stays.

Azamara said its brand promise still includes its signature longer stays and more overnights “but will now go well beyond that.” New marketing will be built around the phrase “Stay Longer. Experience More.”


American Airlines eliminating in-seat screens on new jets

American Airlines says it dropping seat-back screens from its in-flight entertainment on its 100 new Boeing 737 Max jets because most passengers carry their own screens.

In a statement Tuesday, American Airlines (AAL) said 90% of its passengers bring their own devices aboard. American contends that smartphones, tablets or laptops do a better job than the airline’s individual screens.

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