Colorado Springs Travel Guide

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Flying with Pot? Whoops! Colorado Springs Will Give You a Do Over, But Not DIA

January 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM | by | ()

Apparently, there has been some confusion amongst visitors to Colorado about the fact that you cannot fly with marijuana, so much so that the airport at Colorado Springs (COS) has installed what they refer to as “amnesty bins” to allow travelers to trash it before they go through security.

Even though pot is legal in the state up to the point where you can have it in your car at COS (but not DIA), you still cannot legally bring it inside the airport due to federal regulations. While no numbers have been released or collected, we’re guessing most of the issues are the result of uninformed tourists as well as from those who are flying intrastate, say, from Colorado Springs to Aspen, and figure they should be all set. It’s a nice thought, but not yet legal.

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Get A First Person Look at Last Week's Delta Emergency Landing

January 3, 2011 at 9:12 AM | by | ()

Some Delta passengers had something to be thankful for this holiday season as 2010 ended, as their flight had to make an emergency landing in Colorado Springs last Thursday. Obviously any landing that isn’t on the scheduled runway at the scheduled time is an emergency one, but this detour was pretty calm and orderly.

Pilots noticed a light indicating that one of their engines was probably not working like it was supposed to, so they made the decision to land in Colorado instead of Arizona. However, once safely on the ground the overheated brakes created a fire danger, so the call was made for all passengers to Steven Slater their way out of the plane and onto the runway.

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Welcome to Travel Gear Hell

December 18, 2006 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

Ok, so you had rats on a plane the other day. Some nut flying Saudi Airlines decided to stuff 80 of them into his carry-on luggage. Once they escaped, all hell broke loose. But what's scarier: rats on a plane, or flames on a plane? You can thank some hippie with an air purifier for the latter incident.

A Continental Airlines flight was diverted to Colorado Springs on Friday when a passenger's Fresh Air Buddy caught fire. The device is a mini air purifier that can be worn around your neck. Apparently the guy was powering it with regular batteries that he had stuck in a re-charger, which is not recommended.

Now, who would really want to be caught with one of those things around their neck? Not you, right? Well, just in case, you should know that EcoQuest is recalling all of its Fresh Air Buddy systems. Since no dinky doodad is going to completely sterilize nasty airplane air anyway, we're still recommending one of those USB-powered aroma fans. The flowery aroma will fool you into thinking the air's clean, and they'll almost look hip when plugged into a MacBook.

Related Stories:
· Fire on aircraft spurs the recall of air purifier [Houston Chronicle]
· Airline Report: In Heaven and in Hell [Jaunted]