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10/20/2017

United Airlines will start serving a new $10 burger featuring smoked gouda cheese starting Nov. 1. The burger will be available on domestic flights that run more than 3.5 hours.

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10/20/2017

The first all-female crew for Southwest Airlines flew the carrier's new Boeing 737 Max 8 from San Francisco to St. Louis on Wednesday. The crew consisted of a captain, co-pilot and four flight attendants.

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10/20/2017

JetBlue Airways is severing ties with 12 online travel agencies in an effort to reduce costs. JetBlue says this move is the first step in its new focus on booking flights directly or with select third parties. "The distribution cost structure through third-party channels makes it challenging to offer a full range of fares. By eliminating lower-yield online travel agencies, JetBlue will not only support its structural cost efforts but also help ensure that customers traveling with JetBlue have the best experience possible," the airline said.

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10/20/2017

American Airlines will start flying a daily route from Dallas/Fort Worth to Jackson Hole, Wyo., all year, beginning next spring. Previously, the airline flew the route only in summer and winter.

10/20/2017

Hawaiian Airlines is waiving fees for passengers who have to change their reservations on Japan flights due to Typhoon Lan. The waiver applies to flights to and from Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports and Osaka's Kansai International Airport between Oct. 21-24.

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10/20/2017

JetBlue Airways is starting to board passengers according to specific seating locations and type of aircraft as of this week, instead of the previous front-to-back process. The new boarding process is expected to reduce congestion on the jet bridge and in the aisles.

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10/20/2017

Travel website Sleeping in Airports has rated Florida's Tampa International Airport as the third best North American airport. The airport was lauded for its wide restaurant selection, friendly staff, plentiful power outlets and free Wi-Fi.

10/20/2017

In a recent Federal Aviation Administration report, the agency urges airlines to ban large electronic devices, such as laptop computers, from checked baggage. Tests have found that the devices' lithium-ion batteries, if they overheat near an aerosol spray can, could explode and lead to an uncontrollable fire.

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10/20/2017

Britain's Department of Transport has introduced a $3.9 million fund to develop technology that would detect explosives in carry-ons without passengers having to remove items from their luggage. "We need to embrace and encourage the talent from industry that will allow us to stay several steps ahead of those who wish us harm," said Ben Wallace, Britain's security minister.

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10/20/2017

Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans saw more than 5.5 million passengers pass through its gates in 2016, up 4% from the year before, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. This record number of passengers resulted in the airport reaching the top 10 of the country's fastest-growing airports.