Travel News: January 7, 2019

Chicago Illinois

Amid shutdown, more TSA agents are calling in sick

Airport screeners are calling out sick in increasing numbers, while some workers are fretting about where their next paycheck will come from as a partial U.S. government shutdown enters its third week.

The impact from thinner ranks at the country’s airports has had a minimal impact so far, according to the Transportation Security Administration, but the agency warned that travelers may have to wait longer at security lines. Standard wait times are 30 minutes for standard checkpoints, and 10 minutes for TSA’s PreCheck.


Delta to Debut 777 With All Four Seat Experiences
Travel Pulse

Beginning this weekend, customers on select trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic Delta flights will be able to choose from four branded seat products.

Delta has announced that Delta One suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin, will for the first time be available on board retrofitted 777 aircraft.


Shinola Hotel opens in Detroit
Travel Weekly

The highly anticipated Shinola Hotel in Detroit opened its doors earlier this week.

Built in partnership by Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola and Detroit real estate firm Bedrock, the 129-room boutique property is located in the city’s Woodward Avenue shopping district. It is the Shinola brand’s first hotel.


E-cigarette battery ignites fire on American Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Chicago

An American Airlines passenger’s e-cigarettebattery overheated and ignited a small fire shortly after landing in Chicago Friday night.

Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American, confirmed the incident to USA TODAY, noting that flight attendants, who have been trained on fighting high-energy battery fires, “quickly extinguished the fire and the plane taxied to the gate.”

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