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United Adds 29 New Flights to Miami for Super Bowl LIV

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United Airlines is making sure that football fans have as many options to get to Miami for the Super Bowl as possible, offering more than 5,600 seats throughout 29 additional nonstop flights to the city.

These flights to Miami will be offered from United’s seven U.S. hubs, including San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and Washington Dulles, in addition to seven special point-to-point flights between Kansas City and Miami.

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A full list of United’s Big Game services to Miami can be found on united.com. Tickets are available for purchase.

The move was inspired by the upcoming Super Bowl, but United is also looking out for its customers at large.

Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of Domestic Network Planning said, “In addition to our expanded network to Miami for the game, travelers can easily get to Miami via United’s 25 daily flights to Fort Lauderdale’s Hollywood International Airport from Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington Dulles and Cleveland.”

In addition to adding 29 new flights for the big game, United has also made many other changes to ensure ultimate customer satisfaction. These changes include:

—Announcing that MileagePlus award miles will never expire

—Committing $40 million toward a new investment initiative focused on accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuels and other decarbonization technologies

—Establishing Miles on a Mission, a crowdsourcing platform which gives customers a simple way to donate miles to non-profit organizations and charities in need of air travel

—Launched ConnectionSaver, a digital tool dedicated to improving the experience for customers with connecting flights

—Instituted PlusPoints, the new upgrade benefits for MileagePlus Premier members

—Giving Economy customers a choice of complimentary snacks on domestic flights

—Making DIRECTV free for every customer on more than 200 aircraft

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital

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We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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