What to know now
Broken news yesterday afternoon that the first case of ebola found in the United States was carried by a passenger flying on United via Washington Dulles. Agencies across the country quickly assessed the threat and most reacted with the same measured tone: neither the passengers on these flights nor business travelers in general are in danger.
It hasn’t stopped wringing its hand among the traveling public or the stock market. Airlines (and the market as a whole) have fallen sharply and several that the passenger has come into contact with are now in quarantine.
Overall, however, air travel remains safe. Airports across Africa are intensively screening anyone with a fever, reminding passengers that only actively ill people can transmit the disease. Airports in the United States are also now on high alert. Unless the disease spreads further, it’s business trips as usual.
Social quote of the day
The benefit of flying an Ebola patient with @united is that it will require them to properly clean the plane.
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The longest air route in the world is now between Sydney and Dallas: Qantas puts the world’s largest airliner on the world’s longest airline. Learn more about Skift
Low-cost European airlines take full advantage of Legacy Airlines’ workforce issues: Air France and Deutsche Lufthansa AG may find that the main beneficiaries of the worst strikes in their history are the low-cost competitors they seek to fend off. Learn more about Skift
Lufthansa chief asks for patience as his longest strike in history continues:
Deutsche Lufthansa AG CEO Carsten Spohr urged customers to be patient as he grapples with the longest strike in airline history, saying the future of all employees is at stake as he seeks to find a compromise with the pilots demanding to preserve the advantages. Learn more about Skift
Frontier expands to Philly, Miami; growing up at O’Hare: Frontier Airlines announced several new routes on Tuesday, detailing plans to start service to both Miami and Philadelphia while saying it would extend its schedule to Chicago O’Hare. Learn more about USA Today
How travel brands can use geolocation and connected objects to personalize a trip:
This type of use of geolocated data is not only relevant for marketing products, services or experiences to travelers, but also to enrich the overall travel experience. Learn more about Skift
A Google Glass app for flight attendants on private jets: While it’s now possible to see a rare airline passenger with Google Glass moving around the boarding gate, flight attendants and pilots have yet to don the sometimes controversial goggles. Learn more about Skift
In-flight technology and entertainment make travelers happy: Technology plays a major role in improving the air travel experience. Learn more about Skift
New free report: The evolution of long-term hotel activity: It is the hotel segment that has the highest profit margins, peak revenue per available room and long-term guest relationships. The extended stay segment may be considered a unique animal, but its performance deserves to be considered the king of the jungle. Learn more about Skift
Hotel makes plan to get started with peer-to-peer apartment rentals: The relationship between hotels and a growing peer-to-peer rental market was forged from the start by confusion, fear and mistrust, which makes it seem unlikely that a positive relationship could ever come of both parties. Learn more about Skift
Marriott is planning up to 50 new hotels in Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt: Marriott International Inc. could build 40 to 50 hotels in Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt each by 2020 to benefit from an influx of travelers, said Alex Kyriakidis, the chain’s president for the Middle East and Africa. Learn more about Skift
American Airlines’ Skyball charity event is later this month in Dallas. Go take a look, it’s for a good cause.
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