Road Warrior read-in: Travel news of note

Philadelphia International Airport’s Terminal F, US Airways Express hub
Source: US Airways
Philadelphia International Airport’s Terminal F, US Airways Express hub

Here's the quick hit of what Road Warrior editors and reporters are reading in the travel sector this morning.

The US Airways Express hub at Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday celebrates the makeover of Terminal F, which has doubled in square footage to 60,000 square feet and added four times as many food, beverage and retail outlets. New food offerings include Tony Luke's Cheesesteaks, Philly Pretzel Factory and chef Jose Garces' Local Tavern (with an iPad at every table).

While New York state continues to pressure Airbnb, the New York City Mayor's Office said Tuesday it will collect a $1 million settlement from Smart Apartments for operating "illegal" hotels in more than 50 buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to a report from The Real Deal.

At the other end of the New York City hotel spectrum, The Plaza is again for sale, according to the New York Post and The Times of India.

Overweight airline pilots and air traffic controllers will have more than the scale pressuring them, as USA Today reports the Federal Aviation Administration is planning closer medical evaluation for workers whose weight could cause sleep loss and hurt work performance.

Also, the FAA complains that commercial airline pilots rely too much on automation in the cockpit and are losing basic flying skills, NBC News reports.

Some hotels are rethinking their loyalty programs now that the deal-of-the-day Millennials make up their largest customer group, according to Skift.

(Read more: Horizon latest airline to allow electronic devices)

And here's the Oops! story of the day: A New York-bound Amtrak train took a wrong turn and ended up in the Philadelphia suburbs, NBCNews New York reports.

—By CNBC's Amy Langfield. Follow her on Twitter at @AmyLangfield.

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