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The Great American Solar Eclipse

By The Hub team, August 21, 2017

It has been 99 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed the United States from coast to coast. In 1918, the path of totality traveled from Washington State to Florida.

The Solar Eclipse tTaken from the United ramp at the Nashville International Airport Taken from the United ramp at the Nashville International Airport

Today we experienced another total solar eclipse with a similar path that some 391 million people across the United States witnessed in partial or total form. The total solar eclipse began at 9am local time in Oregon and ended just before 3pm local time in South Carolina. Due to planetary geometry, the eclipse for some lasted only one second while others were able to view it for as long as two minutes and 40 seconds.

Total Solar Eclipse of the Heart; 1) It's been 99 years since the USA saw a total solar eclipse from coast to coast 2) 391 million people will see a partial or total eclipse 3) the path of totality is 70 miles wide 4) The eclipse will cross the US in approximately 1.5 hours 5) The eclipse will pass through 14 states 6) Totality will only last about 2.5 minutes 7) The next solar eclipse to cross mainland USA will be in 2014

As many watched the skies darken, the eclipse reached totality at 1:15pm local time in Oregon. Scientists hope to learn from the eclipse, specifically more about the sun's mysterious corona, the outermost part of the sun's atmosphere. During a total solar eclipse the corona can be seen, however remains hidden due to the normally bright light of the sun's surface. During a total solar eclipse, the moon passes in between the sun and the Earth causing the glowing white corona to be seen surrounding the sun. The corona burns more than a million degrees hotter than the sun's surface which has long puzzled scientists. Despite happening every 18 months, most total solar eclipses happen in remote areas making this occurrence extra special.

Share your photos on social media using the #Eclipse2017. For more information on the eclipse and to see a recap of today's events visit NASA's website.

United employees gather outside in Chicago to view the solar eclipse United employees gather outside in Chicago to view the solar eclipse

Making our app more accessible for people with disabilities

By The Hub team, October 28, 2020

We're proud to launch a redesigned version of our United app to make it easier for customers with visual disabilities to manage all aspects of day-of travel, including check-in, viewing reservation details and flight status, bag tracking and more.

This latest version of our app is now available to both Android and iOS users, and it offers increased color contrast and more space between graphics. Furthermore, we have reorganized how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack, which are built into most handheld devices. By restructuring the way the information is organized on the app, screen readers are better able to convert text to audio in the proper, logical sequence, allowing customers to better understand and navigate the app.

United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team, October 27, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Take your next video call from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude with United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Newly added to our collection is a background encouraging our employees and customers to vote. Our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. No matter which party you support, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and vote.

So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started.

Looking back at a landmark year with Special Olympics

By Ryan Wilks, October 19, 2020

Earlier this summer, we shone a light on our flagship partnership with Special Olympics and our commitment to the Inclusion Revolution. In that same story, we introduced you to our four Special Olympics Service Ambassadors, Daniel, Kyle, Lauren and Zinyra (Z), who, this month, celebrate one year working at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as part of the United family.

This groundbreaking, inclusive employment program took off as a part of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, a community relationship that employees across the company hold close to heart. The original 'UA4' (as they call themselves) have become an integral part of the United team serving customers at O'Hare Airport. Even from behind their masks, their wide smiles and effervescent spirit exude and bring life to the service culture of excellence we strive towards every day.

"The UA4 are more than just customer service ambassadors. They are shining examples of how inclusion, accessibility and equity can have monumental impacts on the culture and service of a business and community," said Customer Service Managing Director Jonna McGrath. "They have forever changed who we are as a company. While they often talk about how United and this opportunity has changed their lives, they have changed ours in more ways than we can count."

In the two years of partnership with Special Olympics, United employees have volunteered over 10,500 hours of service at events around the world and donated over $1.2 million worth of travel to the organization.

"This inclusive employment program is what community partnerships, like ours with Special Olympics, are all about: collaborating to identify areas where the needs of the community intersect with the cultural and business opportunity, then creating the infrastructure and programming to bring the two together," said Global Community Engagement Managing Director Suzi Cabo. "Through this program, our goal is to show other companies that when you put a committed effort and focus towards inclusion and breaking down barriers, you transform lives. I challenge other business around the world to follow our lead in joining the Inclusion Revolution."

Check out the video below to hear from our Special Olympics Service Ambassadors firsthand.

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