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Contests / Lufthansa / Airbus / → All Tags
Aviation buffs, today's your last chance to enter to win a tour of one of Lufthansa's A380 aircraft. If you cried, celebrated, or basically had any sort of reaction when the DC-10 was retired, this contest is for you. Answer a few questions and enter for the chance to tour the superjumbo jet when it lands at JFK Airport in New York City on March 19. Your prize will provide you an advance peek into the monstrosity way ahead of its schedule introduction to the public. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until scheduled commercial service begins to see just how freakin' long it's going to take to deplane from a full A380 flight.
· A380 Sweepstakes Entry [Lufthansa]
· LH A380 in JFK March 17 [FlyerTalk]
Travel Hell / JetBlue / Airports / → All Tags
7:04 p.m. I walk into Terminal 6, which looks like it's expecting the departure of the last chopper out of Saigon. Lines snake around, baggage is piled high and just about everyone looks to be in a terrible mood. I walk upstairs to the security checkpoint and get a text message from my friend: "Just checked online... are you really delayed until 2 a.m.?" This is probably the worst text message I've ever received. Maybe that explains why the security line I'm in (above) is so long. I want to find out what's going on with my flight, but the JetBlue people are nowhere to be seen.
The saga, and muchas more photos, after the jump.
JetBlue / Travel Hell / Weather / → All Tags
Lest we get too obsessed with JetBlue here, it turns out there was a bit of hostage situation yesterday. Yes, it was the worst Valentine's Day ever for, among others, a couple headed to Aruba on their honeymoon. The JFK-Aruba flight, originally scheduled to leave yesterday morning, eventually took off at night, but another flight to Cancun, Mexico, was held for at least nine hours before being canceled.
At least four flights encountered hellish delays, including 1060, to Austin, and 850, to Ft. Myers. Gothamist has links to passengers' reports given to the Post and ABC. Were you on one of the affected flights? First, buy yourself a massage, then let us know about it (the flight, not the massage) via email or in the new-and-improved comments section.
[Photo: jetblueflickr/ABC 7 TV]
· NYC fliers stranded on planes for hours [Yahoo!]
· Old Man Winter is Here, Causing Problems For All [Gothamist]
Airports / Airport WiFi / WiFi / Free WiFi / New York City / → All Tags
When it comes to WiFi access in airports, sometimes it's not just a matter of whether the place has wireless. It can occasionally be a case of flying out of the right terminal or the wrong one. We're flying out of JFK soon, so before heading out we checked into the Internet situation. (We've got to do something for ourselves every now and again, no?)
Things looked grim. After all, JFK is where road warrior/blogger/Supermom Wendy Perrin had to snake some signal from the Admirals Club. And we didn't remember getting online the last time we were there. Ah, but how quick we were to forget about Terminal 6.
It's one of the newest additions to the airport and also happens to be the home of JetBlue. They've tricked out their digs with wireless that has, ahem, no strings attached. The have the same deal crackin' on the other coast at LGB, which we mentioned last week. Good thing, too, since there's a good chance we'll be waiting to catch our flight.
· JetBlue WiFi Info [Official Site]
· DOT Reports Service Suffers on Airlines in 2006 [Travel Weekly]
· Jaunted's Airport WiFi coverage [Jaunted]
· JetBlue Pop Up Terminal at JFK [Jaunted]
WiFi / Airport WiFi / Airports / Wendy Perrin / Blogs / Travel Media / → All Tags
How devious--hooking up free WiFi when stuck in an airport with out it! It's easier than we thought, but we didn't think of it. Kudos go out to our blog buddy Wendy Perrin for reminding us that WiFi signals glide through walls. She found that you can plant yourself at gate 42 to successfully and easily leech off the American Airlines club in JFK's Terminal 9.
So next time you're stuck in St. Louis, Denver or anywhere the Internet love doesn't flow, park your laptop next to an Admirals Club--like the one pictured above--and start sucking up bandwidth. And don't let your conscience get you down--there's plenty of signal to go around. Besides, this is 2007 not 1987. Shouldn't Internet access be part of the service your ticket taxes pay for?