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Summer fun in Salt Lake City

By The Hub team, October 06, 2017

Each week we will profile one of our employee's adventures across the globe, featuring a new location for every employee's story. Follow along every week to learn more about their travel experiences.

By Health and Welfare TPA Manager Kathleen Plumley

This summer, my best friend and I traveled to Salt Lake City to visit my daughter -- Sgt. Plumley who lives near Ogden, Utah, at Hill Air Force Base. While Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas are great ski destinations, this is one of my favorite destinations for spring, summer and fall as well. The area is quite beautiful, and there is a lot to see!

Kathleen, her daughter and best friend in Salt Lake City

On the first day of our visit we took it easy, but on the second day we drove to Causey Reservoir, a peaceful lake just over an hour from Salt Lake City, where we floated the whole day away. The water is cool (as it is melted snow from the mountains), but the view is spectacular. No power boats of any kind are allowed, which allows for pleasant kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, or just floating on air floats. You are required to wear a life vest but can rent them nearby.

On the third and fourth days, we drove into Salt Lake City to visit a few of the local breweries and to see some of the city's sights. Epic, Wasatch, and Uinta breweries all allow small tastings, and the food they served was good, too. We stayed in Temple Square, right in downtown, and drove by the iconic Salt Lake Temple, one of Utah's top tourist attractions. In a prior visit, I went to the Temple and listened in while the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was practicing. During this visit, we only drove around the Temple a few times to view its stunning architecture.

Lake Blanche hiking trails in Salt Lake City

We also hiked two miles up Lake Blanche hiking trails, which offer amazing views and abundant wildlife. There are so many beautiful trails in the area to hike during the warmer months; however, this trail has a special meaning for us, as it also is home of a dear family friend's ashes. We didn't make it all of the way to the lake, because we didn't have enough water with us, and the hike is definitely a bit challenging, but next time we will for sure. The trail runs along and crosses over a running creek and offers beautiful scenery. Later, as we drove around enjoying the views, we also stopped to see some waterfalls, including Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.

Hill Aerospace Museum

On our last full day, my daughter took us to the Hill Aerospace Museum, located on the Hill Air Force Base. The museum displays a large number of aircraft from around the world, as well as many other historical artifacts. The aircraft are on display both indoors and outdoors. The museum is open to the public and was one of my favorite parts of this trip, so I highly recommend anyone visiting the area, especially aviation enthusiasts - go check it out.

United's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020

Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, April 22, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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