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Week in Review

According to The Hill, David Pekoske was sworn in as TSA administrator on Thursday, one week following his unanimous approval by the Senate.

Al-Jazeera notes that the UAE and Bahrain have granted Qatar Airways new routes following a two-month blockade.

Skift reports that Qatar has ended tourist visa requirements for 80 nationalities.

According to The Telegraph, increasing global risk calls for a new era of travel management. As organizations travel to new and diverse locations to drive business, risk mitigation is crucial now more than ever.

Business Traveller reports Hyderabad International Airport has launched an “Express Security Check” facility for its passengers.

MarketWatch shares poll results showing what U.S. airline passengers care about most when flying.

According to AsiaOne, Indian airline Vistara has launched a new service to protect female passengers from harassment or abuse.

Business Traveller reports Intercontinental Hong Kong is set for a full renovation in early 2019.

Reuters notes that Marriott and Alibaba have partnered to tap into the growing number of Chinese citizens who travel abroad.

Skift takes a deep dive into the history behind GDS platforms in addition to the future of travel distribution.

According to Business Traveller, Amtrak partners with Lyft to get passengers “from station to destination”.

Business Traveler USA reports that IATA and A4A are leading a new lost baggage campaign with the goal of reducing mishandled bags and increasing efficiency in baggage operations.

According to Bloomberg, some airlines plan on launching two-way texting with fliers as a new form of customer service.

Business Traveller notes that Qatar Airways has launched a 24-hour customer service Twitter handle.

According to The Hill, Delta has begun its $4 billion makeover on New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Tnooz reports that Hilton is testing incentives to encourage earlier cancellations among guests.

According to The New York Times, a new federal report claims airlines are bumping passengers at the lowest rate since 1995.

According to Buying Business Travel, Gatwick and Easyjet suffer the longest summer delays.

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