Weekly Travel News Recap: September 8 – 14, 2013

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The TWA Flight Center or Trans World Flight Center, which Balazs will transform into another Standard Hotel. Adapted and taken by Flickr user pheezy.
The TWA Flight Center or Trans World Flight Center, which Balazs will transform into another Standard Hotel. Adapted and taken by Flickr user pheezy.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Andre Balazs chosen to transform JFK’s famous TWA terminal – The hotelier, of Standard fame, has been picked to transform the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal into a hotel, called the Standard, Flight Center. (NY Post)
  • Las Vegas will be home to world’s tallest Ferris wheel, temporarily – A 55-story (550 ft/167 m) Ferris wheel, dubbed the High Roller, is scheduled for its outer wheel to be hoisted into place Monday; a larger one is already approved for construction in New York City, however. (NPR)
  • Tokyo wins 2020 Olympic bid – The Japanese capital city has won the rights to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, beating Istanbul and Madrid. (BBC Sport)
  • Qatar Airways will join oneworld airline alliance early – The Gulf carrier will join the oneworld alliance on Oct. 30, six months earlier than expected. (Doha News [link dead; removed])
  • Random passengers in USA will get expedited security clearance – The US Transportation Security Administration has announced that it will perform a background check at time of ticket purchase for random passengers, allowing them to bypass many standard security clearance practices at the airport, without having to be enrolled in TSA’s PreCheck program, be a frequent flier, or signing up for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program. (Bloomberg)
  • NJ Gov to back plan expanding the PATH train to Newark Airport – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is thought to endorse a $1 billion extension of PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport, linking downtown Manhattan in New York City to the airport. (Crain’s)

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