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International WELL Building Institute, GBAC Partner for Safety Compliance

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, have announced a joint strategic initiative to accelerate the uptake of best practices that strengthen the role of buildings in the fight against COVID-19 and other infections. 

American, Delta Follow United, Get Rid of Change Fees

United Airlines is permanently getting rid of change fees all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S., effective immediately, it announced over the weekend. Now, American Airlines and Delta are following suit, the airlines announced individually on Monday.

Here’s what you need to know:

Three U.S. Airports Achieve GBAC STAR Accreditation

Three U.S. airports have received GBAC STAR facility accreditation from The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. They are: Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport (the first airport in the world to earn the accreditation), Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, FL, and John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OH.

New Facilities in the U.S. Earn GBAC STAR Accreditation

Several convention centers and lodging facilities across the United States have recently secured GBAC STAR facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA. By providing third-party validation, GBAC STAR’s 20-step, performance-based program helps facilities of all sizes establish and maintain an effective system of cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention.

Recently accredited facilities include:

Major U.S. Airlines Announce Health Acknowledgment Requirement

This week, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced that its member carriers are voluntarily implementing temporary health acknowledgment policies and procedures for passenger travel as an additional level of mitigation to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Health acknowledgments are another important way passengers can "fly smart" and do their part to help prevent the spread.

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.

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.

Stats: More Than 70 Percent of Americans Have Stopped All Business Travel

COVID-19, nearing its peak, has ended most business travel, at least temporarily. To find out what is going on, ENGINE survey 1,000 adults three different times in March; the latest findings were discovered from March 27-28, 2020.

Note: The results are also weighted to U.S. Census data to be demographically representative. 

Here are some critical findings (March 27-28):