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July 18, 2017

Air Travel: Laptop Ban Officially Ends; Delta’s New LA Flights

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The official end of the laptop ban and new Delta flights between Los Angeles and Mexico City are this week’s top air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry. 

Laptop Ban Officially Ends

The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) ban on laptops and other large electronic devices in airline cabins officially ended Monday when the ban was lifted on Saudi Arabian Airlines, the last airline to which it had applied, our partner publication Travel Agent reports. 

The U.S. lifted the restrictions at King Abudlaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabian Airlines’ main hub, on Monday, and that officials would visit King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh later this week to confirm security measures were in place there as well.

The move follows new security measures that avoided a proposed expansion of the ban to include flights from Europe to the United States. Since the new rules were announced the ban has been slowly lifted from affected airlines as they implemented the new security measures, with Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Etihad and Qatar Airways all gradually putting the new policies in place.

Delta Returns to LA – Mexico City Market for First Time Since 2005

In flight news, Delta has announced plans to launch daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Mexico City on December 1. The flight, which is subject to government approval, will connect Delta's LAX hub to partner Aeromexico's Mexico City hub and complement Aeromexico's existing schedule between the cities, Delta said.

The flight marks Delta’s return to the LA-Mexico City market for the first time since 2005. In May, Delta and Aeromexico announced five new non-stop markets starting by the end of 2017: Atlanta to Merida and Queretaro, Mexico; Los Angeles to Leon, Mexico; and Seattle and Portland to Mexico City. The new and increased service comes as the airlines implement a Joint Cooperation Agreement aimed at improving travel options between the United States and Mexico.

The Los Angeles-Mexico City flight will be operated using an Airbus A319 aircraft, which has new seats throughout the cabin with adjustable headrests, new seatback in-flight entertainment screens, in-seat power available for all customers, high capacity overhead bins, ambient lighting, as well as new lavatories. Delta's A319s have a total of 132 seats, 12 in First Class, 18 in Delta Comfort+ and 102 in Main Cabin. All aircraft flying to and from Mexico have AVOD, Wi-Fi and power at every seat.

Aeromexico offers six daily roundtrip flights between LAX and Mexico City using Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. In 2016, Delta and Aeromexico carried over 7 million customers to and from Mexico.

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