Travel News: July 31, 2017

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TSA to X-Ray Electronics Larger than a Cell Phone
Travel Pulse

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Wednesday that it will begin implementing stronger screening procedures, including forcing travelers to put all electronic devices larger than a cell phone through X-ray machines.

TSA officials have been testing the new screening process at 10 airports, and the federal agency plans to implement the measures at all airports in the United States during the coming months after the preliminary tests were a success.


State Department Warns Americans of Tainted Alcohol in Mexico
US News & World Report

The U.S. State Department is cautioning Americans traveling to Mexico about possible tainted or low quality alcohol that could cause vacationers illness or black outs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the State Department’s warning as part of continued coverage of a Wisconsin woman’s death.

The department updated its information page for Mexico, adding reference to the claims in a warning under the “alcohol” subsection of the page’s “safety and security” section.


Blockbuster deal: Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic eye alliance
USA Today

Delta Air Lines and partners Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic announced a bold business deal Thursday that the carriers hope will strengthen their position in the lucrative trans-Atlantic market.

Delta will buy a 10% stake in Air France-KLM for €375 million ($438 million), deepening an already entrenched partnership between the companies. Meanwhile, Air France-KLM is buying a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic for £220 million ($287 million).

The airlines hope the move paves the way for a formidable joint-venture alliance between the four airlines. Delta already owns a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic in a deal that closed in 2013, allowing those two carriers to launch a joint-venture of their own. The partnership lets Delta and Virgin Atlantic to coordinate flights and fares, helping them against rivals in the trans-Atlantic market.


Big Sur tourism grapples with Pacific Coast Highway closure
Travel Weekly

Even as 35 miles of the Pacific Coast Highway reopened in California’s Monterey County following a landslide that has cut off some of the state’s most scenic and popular stretches of coastline for more than two months, the impacted region’s tourism industry is still holding its breath as it battles with revenue losses and awaits a total reopening of the highway this fall.

“We’ve never had a situation where the road has been closed more for than a couple weeks,” said Mike Freed, co-founder and managing director of Passport Resorts, which owns the well-known luxury property Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, one of the tourism areas hit hardest by the road closures.

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