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TSA Implemented Updated to Screening Processes to Reduce Cross-Contamination

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it has implemented changes to the security screening process to reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The TSA has already begun implementation of these changes, with more to be implemented at airport checkpoints nationwide by mid-June.

Travel Leaders Corporate and Altour Align Under Altour Brand

Travel Leaders Corporate and Altour's corporate travel business are aligning under the Altour brand, offering travel fulfillment, data and insights, and meetings and incentive management.

The two sister companies have been working closely together for more than two years cooperating on international accounts, air agreements and entertainment travel. The alignment, according to the companies, was a natural outgrowth of that collaboration and their commitment to providing customized travel solutions and services.

WTTC Debuts “Safe Travels” Protocols to Restart Travel And Tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled a range of new protocols it believes will lead to the restarting of the travel and tourism sector worldwide. The measures are intended to rebuild confidence among consumers, so they can travel safely once the restrictions are lifted.

U.S. Airlines Endorse Temperature Screenings Conducted by TSA

Airlines for America (A4A) announced over the weekend that its member carriers are supporting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to begin checking the temperature of the traveling public and customer-facing employees as long as necessary during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis.

Southwest Airlines Joins Travelport's GDS

Southwest Airlines Co. announced it is now taking corporate travel bookings through industry-standard business travel booking systems. All of Southwest's fares along with industry-standard booking, ticketing and functionality with business-relevant content are available in Travelport's Apollo and Worldpsan Global Distribution Systems. In addition, Southwest will settle tickets booked via the new GDS processes through Airport Report Corporation (ARC).

American Express Global Business Travel Offsets 100% of 2019 Employee Travel

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) says it has achieved its goal to offset carbon emissions for employee business travel. The greenhouse gas offset applies to trips taken by GBT staff during all of 2019 and will continue into the future. GBT says it becomes the first global travel management company to offset 100 percent of its own travel emissions and it will next focus on becoming carbon-neutral across all its operations.

American Airlines Extends Elite Status for AAdvantage Members

American Airlines is extending the elite status of AAdvantage members as a result of reduced travel related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

AAdvantage members will automatically receive an extension of their current elite status through January 31, 2022; these updates will be reflected in member accounts in a few weeks. In addition, Admirals Club memberships and One-Day Passes purchased from the airline will be automatically extended for six months beyond their expiration date.