This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about a cell phone catching fire on Alaska Airlines flight, Air Canada Aeroplan partnering with Gulf Air, Cathay Pacific closes Hong Kong lounges, Delta testing new vaccine card tool, and Upside.com shutting down.
A passenger’s cell phone caught fire after an Alaska Airlines flight landed at the Sea-Tac International Airport Monday evening, forcing the crew to deploy evacuation slides to get everyone on board to safety.
A spokesperson for Alaska Airlines said a passenger’s cell phone on flight 751 New Orleans-Seattle caught on fire. The aircraft crew used a battery containment bag to extinguish the fire, the spokesperson said.
Gulf Air is a new mileage earn and burn partner of Air Canada Aeroplan. Gulf Air is Aeroplan’s 8th new airline partner in the last 14 months and the program says to expect “additional airline partners in the months ahead.”
Cathay Pacific closed its arrivals lounge back in 2018 and has now confirmed that one of the business class lounges called Bridge will also permanently close.
The airline has also removed The Pier Business and First Class lounges from its Hong Kong lounge list in addition to the Deck.
Delta Air Lines is testing a new digital feature that would let passengers upload proof of vaccination ahead of international flights to countries requiring tourists to be have received the vaccine.
The airline is currently piloting the tool only on select flights to Iceland and Greece. Both countries require passengers to be vaccinated in order to visit for non-essential travel.
Business travel booking site Upside.com is going out of business.
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