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Family friendly cities: Showtime in Los Angeles

By Bob Cooper

Los Angeles has been at the heart of the entertainment industry for a century, but it's also an entertaining place for families to visit. Once you and the family tire of Hollywood-themed museums and rides, you can head to the beach or to Griffith Park for some hiking or a visit to the zoo.

The studio experience

Universal Studios Hollywood leads studio tram tours that go past sets including the old mansion in "Psycho" and Wisteria Lane in "Desperate Housewives"—but also offers much more. Like three newer Universal Studios theme parks that have opened in Orlando, Osaka and Singapore, the original Hollywood location is packed with 3-D, 4-D (motion-simulation) and old-school rides based on movies and TV shows such as "Despicable Me," "Harry Potter" and "Fast & Furious." Live shows, carnival games and shops also keep families entertained.

Hollywood sign in California

Hollywood history

There are several ways to get a taste of the place where movies and television began. One is to admire the world's largest collection of showbiz memorabilia at the Hollywood Museum. Another is to take a guided tour at one of the major studios—Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros. or Sony Pictures—to see the lots and sets where countless films and shows are made. Yet another is to join a live audience (free) for the taping of a show such as “The Voice" or “Wheel of Fortune." One more is to visit Madame Tussauds Hollywood to stare down more than 100 lifelike wax figures of celebrities from Charlie Chaplin to Jennifer Lawrence—and on the same block, walk on the footprints and handprints that many stars have imprinted on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lifeguard stand on Santa Monica Beach in California

Beach lounging

Los Angeles-area beaches are almost all wide, sandy and inviting, especially between Santa Monica and Redondo Beach. Those two beach towns, in fact, are arguably the best for families. Each has a large pier geared to family fun: 12 amusement-park rides on Santa Monica Pier and mini-submarine rides and a huge games arcade on the Redondo Pier. At each pier area, you can also rent skates or bikes—including tandems, kids' bikes and child trailers—to cruise the paved multiuse path alongside the beach. That flat path hugs the sand almost the entire way—20 miles altogether—including one segment where you're right underneath planes taking off from Los Angeles International Airport.

Castle at Disneyland

Disneyland

It's a tribute to Walt Disney's vision that iconic rides that delighted kids in 1955 when he opened Disneyland are more popular than ever. You can still scream alongside your kids on the Matterhorn Bobsled rollercoaster in Fantasyland, still rumble through tunnels on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontiertown and still snap photos of your kids' startled expressions when Disney characters offer handshakes. Once families get their fill of 20th-century thrills, they can go next door to Disneyland's 21st-century neighbor, Disney California Adventure Park, where updated attractions await, like the loud, dark, scary ride, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. Both Disney parks are 40 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport.

Aerial view of the Griffith Park Observatory at sunset

The View at Griffith

On a wooded road high above the lights of L.A., Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone showed off their dancing moves in “La La Land." That road is in Griffith Park, and so is the Griffith Park Observatory, the site of another dance scene in the movie. The park was a romantic spot for the fictitious Sebastian and Mia, but it's a fun spot for families. The observatory offers planetarium shows ($3-$7), plus free space talks, exhibits and public telescope use until 10 p.m. Also in the park are the Los Angeles Zoo, the Autry Museum of the American West, a train museum, a mini-train, an equestrian center, pony rides, the HOLLYWOOD sign and 53 miles of hiking trails.

If you go

United Airlines offers flights to Los Angeles from numerous cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, and MileagePlus® Rewards can help pay for your car rental and hotel room once you arrive. Go to united.com or use the United app to plan your L.A. family getaway.

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.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 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
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    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.

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.

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