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Week in Review

Last week, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the third iteration of Trump’s travel ban. According to Skift, the Trump administration is now appealing the judge’s order.

NPR reports passengers flying to the U.S. will face heightened security screenings and new questionnaires.

LCT Magazine notes Marcou Transportation Group, owner of Dav El | BostonCoach, acquired Florida-based Boca Raton Transportation.

According to The Hill, a coalition of travel groups is urging Congress to pass a TSA modernization bill. The legislation would speed up deployment of new screening technologies at security checkpoints and reduce travel delays.

CNET reports a Samsung phone began emitting smoke on a flight from Delhi to Indore. Due to the lack of fire extinguishers on board, the crew placed the phone in a tray of water to get the fire under control.

USA TODAY notes American and Southwest cancelled 13,000 flights due to natural disasters in September.

According to Business Traveler, London City has released images of what the airport will look like after the completion of a £400 million development project.

4Hoteliers reports Airbnb announced co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk will become Chairman of Airbnb China.

The Economist notes hotels are employing fewer concierges. Since 2014, the number of luxury hotels that employ a concierge dropped by 20%.

According to TravelDailyNews International, Singapore became the most powerful passport in the world based on the Passport Index, which ranks passports based on the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

USA TODAY reports airlines gauge the success of basic economy by how many passengers avoid it.

Skift notes Lyft continues a steady rise in popularity among business travelers.

According to Business Traveller, Apple Maps added seven new airport maps in the latest update to iOS 11.

Buying Business Travel reports Ryanair delayed its new baggage policy to January 15. The airline is cutting checked bag fees and increasing hold baggage weight in efforts to encourage less carry-on luggage.

According to TravelDailyNews International, an IATA forecast predicts air passengers will nearly double to 7.8 billion in 2036.