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Week in Review

Last Friday evening, a federal judge ruled to temporarily halt enforcement of Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries. On February 9, a federal appeals court ruled 3 to 0 to maintain the suspension, according to The Washington Post.

Yahoo! News reports airlines began allowing blocked travelers back on board shortly after last Friday’s ruling.

Despite the ruling, the initial impact of the travel ban has already been felt, with nearly $185 million in business travel bookings lost in the week following the ban. Uncertainty surrounding the ban will continue to impact both the business travel industry and the economy.

According to 4Hoteliers, IHG confirmed a card breach impacting a dozen properties nationwide.

Skift reports airline CEOS are optimistic following a talk with President Trump on air traffic control problems, delays, excessive regulations and foreign competition.

According to Skift, Dubai’s airport is set to expand thanks to a $3 billion loan. The emirate is developing a second international airport south of the city, as it prepares to host the World Expo in 2020.

Buying Business Travel notes budget carrier Wow Air will introduce a business class this year.

According to USA TODAY, a winter storm in the Northeast U.S. has been causing major disruptions for fliers this week.

Skift notes AccorHotels plans to test selling flights on its website beginning this spring.

GBTA announced gold medalist Michael Phelps as a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston.

Business Traveller notes Spirit Airlines is cutting space for carry-on luggage by 25 percent.

According to Business Traveller, Eurostar will begin a trial scheme to “Priority Check” passengers before they reach the station, similar to TSA’S PreCheck for air travelers.

Business Traveller reports the UK and India signed an agreement to ease restrictions on the amount of scheduled flights between the two countries.

On Monday, GBTA submitted comments urging the DOT to permanently ban in-flight cell phone calls on planes. You can also submit comments to the DOT through February 13 – we’ve even made it simple by creating a sample comment you can use.

According to Airport Technology, Amsterdam Airport and KLM have begun testing a new biometric boarding system using facial recognition technology.

Tnooz reports Booking.com will invest €2 million in travel startups focused on sustainable tourism.

According to Business Traveller, Air France plans to launch its subsidiary carrier “Boost” this fall.


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