CEO Roundup—TSA’s new electronics rule; Eclipse brightens profits for hotels and airlines

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The TSA is taking extra precautions with electronic devices in its carry-on procedures nationwide. (RyanFletcher/Getty)

New airport screenings for electronics

There has been talk for months that terrorists may be able to hide explosives in electronic devices. Now, following testing of more secure carry-on screening procedures at 10 U.S. airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is about to start implementing them nationwide. Within the next few weeks, all passengers will be asked to place electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. “Whether you’re flying to, from or within the United States, TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security by strengthening the overall security of our commercial aviation network to keep flying as a safe option for everyone,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia. As new procedures are phased in, TSA officers will begin to ask travelers to remove the electronics from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image. (TSA)

Solar eclipse to boost revenues for hotels and airlines

A once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse–which will follow a route from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21— is providing a great business opportunity for hotels and airlines, which are anticipating cashing in on the event. According to a July 26 report from CNBC, many hotel chains, including Marriott International, are offering packages to travelers who are heading to cities in the path of the eclipse. Marriott has put together packages that include viewing glasses and themed drinks at its properties in Bend, Oregon; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Avon, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbia, South Carolina. Meanwhile, a Hilton branch in St. Louis is seeing demand 51.1% higher for August 20, "Eclipse Sunday," than average on Sundays over the past two months. Southwest Airlines has identified scheduled flights most likely to experience maximum effects of the eclipse and will give passengers on those flights each commemorative “flare,” including special viewing glasses. And naturally, prices are up everywhere in the path of the eclipse, with La Quinta Inns & Suites admitting it has increased rates to $425 per night during the event, up from $93 average for the previous weekend. (CNBC)