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In The Know - STM September 2021 News



Getting your team to their destination is our top priority! The last thing you want your teams to encounter when traveling is a disruption to their flight that leaves them stranded in an airport, not knowing what to do next. Avoid this uncertainty with our new value-added service, Short's Team Travel Tracking. STM will actively monitor your teams’ commercial flights for any diversions, misconnects or cancellations. Your coaches will be at ease knowing we are watching their teams, aware of disruptions and working to provide alternatives and resolution before coaches can even reach out to us for assistance.


As Many as 350,000 Vehicles Set to be Connected in the U.S. by the End of 2021 with a Fully Connected Fleet Targeted in Next Five Years

Enterprise Holdings is working with Microsoft to bring connected car technology to Enterprise’s car rental, exotic vehicles and commercial truck rental fleets in the U.S., and soon the U.K. and Canada. Enterprise has already implemented this technology for hundreds of thousands of vehicles with as many as 350,000 vehicles set to be connected by the end of the year. Long term, Enterprise is positioned to fully convert its fleet to connected vehicles over the next five years.


TSA Just Doubled Fines for Passengers Who Refuse to Mask up on Planes

Passengers who violate the federal mask mandate will be charged $500 to $1000 for a first offense and $1000 to $3000 for a second offense.

The Transportation Security Administration on Friday doubled the penalty for travelers who refuse to wear masks on planes as reports of unruly passengers have painted a grim picture this year.

Going forward, passengers who violate the federal mask mandate will be charged $500 to $1000 for a first offense and $1000 to $3000 for a second offense, according to the TSA.


TSA to Accept Digital Driver’s Licenses

In the near future, you’ll be able to get through airport security with just your iPhone or Apple Watch―no physical driver’s license required. Apple just announced that it is working with eight states to enable adding driver’s licenses or state IDs to the Apple Wallet on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

The new technology will be enacted by Arizona and Georgia first, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah.

Residents of those states will be able to use Apple Wallet to show a digital copy of their ID at security checkpoints at participating more


The difference between CDC and State Department travel warnings

Throughout much of 2020 and 2021, you’ve probably noticed increased travel warnings issued by the U.S. government, cautioning Americans who traveling abroad during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But exactly what do these warnings mean and how much weight should be placed on them?

Each week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State congruently release updated guidance with the latest travel levels for countries across the world, ranging in severity from Level 1 to Level 4, reflective of the overall literal health of a country — COVID-19 and otherwise.

Coronavirus at passenger screening checkpoints and among agency personnel.

Going somewhere in the US? COVID19 Travel Planner.

Get important information as you consider traveling to different cities, states, and national parks across the United States.

Enter a city, zip code, address or national park name to learn more about COVID-19 travel restrictions, guidance, and resources in your more

How Early Should I Get to the Airport?

Are you usually that person at the airport who’s sprinting to the departure gate, or are you the anxious flyer who lurks around the boarding area for hours before takeoff? If you’ve ever done either, you’ve probably asked yourself: How early should I get to the airport, really?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does offer a general rule for average flights, but really, there’s no single answer to this question. The time you’ll need to get to your gate will depend on the airport, time of day, and destination. Here’s how much time you should leave for check-in and security, and how to know when you should add (or subtract) more more

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