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Inside the New Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX

July 31, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | ()

Back in May, there was much fanfare about the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX’s Terminal 2. Special enough to mark 25 years of service between Heathrow and Los Angeles! Panoramic views! British art! Worthy of the new LAX, not the one all sane people despise! But finally, this month, we got a chance to look inside. Was it worthy of the Clubhouse (ie synonym for “insanely good”) name? Or was it a snazzier version of the basic little lounge in Vegas that both Virgin and BA, to their shame, use?

Fear not - it is a worthy addition to the Clubhouse fold.

The look:

It’s the light that hits you first - there are floor-to-ceiling windows along two sides of the Clubhouse (we didn't see the Hollywood sign, as Virgin promised in the bumph, but that may well have been because the sun had nearly set and we were staring at the planes right in front of us).

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Philly Has Fallen in Love With its Beer Gardens (And You Will Too)

July 31, 2015 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

Just opened this year, Spruce Street Harbor Park includes a beer garden on the Delaware River

From big dogs like Victory and Yards to a handful of local craft brewers, Philadelphia's beer scene has long been on the national map. But what's quietly been brewing behind the scenes the past few years is the way the city serves its beloved beer to its people. Under the Ben Franklin Bridge. In front of the Art Museum. Adjacent to Independence Hall. Between Pat's and Gino's. On the banks of the Delaware River. These are just a few of the notorious locations you'll find one of the city's summer beer gardens.

Some of the beer gardens are privately run as an extension of a restaurant's catering service, but most of the pop-up variety are sponsored by the city and/or an organization. In total, over a dozen can be found occupying public spaces throughout Philly. A few are part of larger projects, like the one at the brand-new Spruce Street Harbor Park, a new public park at Penn's Landing. Others, like the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop Up Garden, transform vacant lots by putting a literal spin on the term "beer garden."

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Boeing Ready For Some Football With Seahawks Paint Job

July 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

The start of the NFL season is less than two months away, and although we’ll be sad to see summer go, we can’t wait for the opening kickoff. (And hopefully, the end of all the #deflategate talk.) Anyway, Boeing is ready for the season sooner than most, and once again they’re trussing up one of their birds with some football-inspired flair.

The fine folks over at USA Today are all over the new look slapped onto the side of a Boeing 747-8 freighter. This is the second time that Boeing, which long had its headquarters in Seattle, has sent an airplane into the hangar for a Seahawks-saluting paint job. The final result bears the team logo along with the number twelve on the tail; that’s a reference to the hometown crowd, which is often referred to the "twelfth man" during Seattle games.

You won’t be catching a ride on this plane anytime soon, but it does sound like Boeing has some promotional plans scheduled throughout the football season. Up first will be a flyover during the Boeing Seafair Air Show—right over Lake Washington—on August 2. After that, maybe they'll swing by the first home game at CenturyLink Field? Now that would get the twelfth man going!

[Photo: Boeing]

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'Dallas Cowboys Club' Now a Thing Over at DFW Airport

July 30, 2015 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

Football fans, or more specifically Dallas Cowboys fans, have a new favorite watering hole to call home when to or through Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.

The latest addition to DFW's dining scene is the Dallas Cowboys Club, a full service restaurant now serving sports lovers in Terminal A.

The space, outfitted with plenty of football fan flourishes, has room for 80 hungry and thirsty fans — plus, of course, plenty of television screens to catch the game. The restaurant features a stadium shaped bar, and when it comes to food expect plenty of Texas-inspired grub: regional specialties, a little Tex-Mex, and of course plenty of wine, beer, and cocktails. How 'bout them Cowboys?!

[Photo: Official Site]

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We Want You...To Choose Our In-flight Meal

July 29, 2015 at 6:17 PM | by | ()

Hey you guys! We're flying soon and we need a little help. No, not with packing our luggage. We actually need a little guidance with how we will fill our belly on a flight from Miami to Chicago on American Airlines.

Our appetites were whet when we read about the yummy new menu items in First and Business class the airline launched for the Summer. Clicking through the pics, we hoped to be offered something like the beef filet with lobster mac and cheese. Alas, we were left in the lurch when looking for a little surf and turf.

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Alaska Airlines Now Boarding Your Biometrics

July 29, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

Paper boarding passes kill trees and the mobile boarding passes kill our iPhone batteries. So here's some news for the eco-conscious and energy conserving: Alaska Airlines may soon be boarding you for your flight via biometrics.

As the airline's official blog explains, Alaska has been spending the last few months working on the ins and outs of a system that would allow travelers to scan fingerprints instead of an ID; in fact, your beautiful biometrics could allow for the ability to do everything from check luggage to board the flight.

Part of the initial test involved using biometrics to grant access to the "Board Room," Alaska Airlines' version of the airport lounge. It worked well and flyers were pleased, so it’s actually now the norm at four lounge locations across the nifty fifty.

Alaska partnered on the testing with the biometrics company CLEAR, and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport was the spot chosen for the first few runs — owing to its heavy influx of Silicon Valley tech types. Alaska Airlines likes what they have seen, and though there’s still a lot to work out before biometrics come to an airport near you, just know they’re working on it — and some of us can’t wait.

[Photo: Alaska Airlines]

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Have Catfish in a Cockpit At Arkansas' Parachute Inn Restaurant

July 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Good news! We've found the perfect dinner spot for Jaunted readers who happen to find themselves passing through Arkansas' Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG). Local affiliate KATV has introduced us to the Parachute Inn Restaurant, a restaurant that is contained within a retired Boeing 737

Well, half of it, anyway. Part of the restaurant is housed within a fairly standard building, but it's the plane half — added to the structure in 2001 — that makes this such a unique roadside attraction. This airplane used to fly the friendly skies under the Southwest Airline call sign. Now it's just the place to get some fantastic fried catfish while sitting in old airplane seats and feasting your eyes upon everything from the overhead bins to the original cockpit. And yes, the kiddos — including the simply young at heart — are welcome to take a seat at the controls.

Take a tour in the video below. And then, if you're able, fly on by. KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

[Photo: Google+]

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A First Timers' Guide to Visiting Denali National Park

Where: Denali National Park , Alaska, United States
July 23, 2015 at 11:15 AM | by | ()

Denali National Park is the Last Frontier's most iconic open space, sprawling across 6 million acres. The word "Denali" translates to "the high one," and it is named as such for its crown jewel, Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest peak at 20,237 feet. Established in 1917, the Park will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in two years, and it remains one of Alaska's top recreational playgrounds and tourism attractions.

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Batter Up! JetBlue Now Streaming Live Baseball Games

July 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

Baseball fans, rejoice! You'll no longer need to wait with bated breath for the plane to land to find out how the big game goes. Thanks to JetBlue, Major League Baseball will now be available to stream — even while cruising at 35,000-feet.

USA Today shares the news that JetBlue flyers will now have free access to MLB.TV — which airs live games — via MLB’s "At Bat" mobile app. MLB.TV requires a subscription on the ground, but access will be complimentary when flying aboard JetBlue. So if you have a laptop, smartphone or tablet, you're just a couple clicks (or taps) away from tuning in. It goes without saying that WiFi is needed, but 90% of JetBlue's Airbus planes are equipped with WiFi, with the rest to be equipped by September, reports USA Today. (JetBlue's Embraer E190 planes will get it in 2016.)

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One of New York's Best Free Events Will Return in October

July 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

This is an early warning to mark off your iCal for the weekend of October 17-18, and book your tickets to be in New York City.

These are the just-announced 2015 dates for one of the best free events of the year in the Big Apple: openhousenewyork (OHNY). For one weekend every year, some of the city's most private places fling open their doors to complimentary tours for the public. A few tours do have a small fee, but they'll be worth it. Some popular locations in the past have included Kickstarter's headquarters in Brooklyn, the World's Fair Hall of Science in Queens, some private apartments that have gone "off the grid" despite being in the middle of Manhattan and, of course, the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport.

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5 Reasons Why SJC is Better Than SFO (At Least In The Summer)

Where: 1701 Airport Blvd. [map], San Jose, CA, United States, 95110
July 21, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Take it from this contributor: Flying out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) sucks, especially during the summer months. When I lived in the Bay Area, I endured countless flight delays at SFO. So many that I’d go out of my way to fly out of Oakland International Airport (OAK) or even Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) instead.

Oakland is close, of course, so it makes obvious sense as an alternative to SFO. But believe it or not, it really is worth going through SJC, an hour or so outside San Fran. Why?

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Getting Picked Up By Uber at LAX May Soon Be a Reality

July 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM | by | ()

Nearly two years ago, this editor was waiting to be picked up by a family member after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. I was standing near the curb at Terminal 1, which like most areas of LAX was a madhouse.

Some passengers (we suspected International fliers from nearby Terminal 2) had their luggage stacked up impossibly high on those SmartCarts, and were blindly pushing them through a crowded sidewalk filled with other passengers — mainly those from Southwest, who were simultaneously rolling their luggage while looking for rides from family, friends or the taxi line.

Suddenly, I noticed a small silver Prius pull-up. A young-ish man hopped out of the driver's side, went to the curb where another young-ish man was standing, and grabbed his luggage. The second young man then took a seat in the back while the driver was putting his luggage in the backseat.

But before the driver could return to the wheel, he was busted by LA Airport Police. The driver was an Uber driver; the young man was his passenger who had called up the ride via the Uber app, which was apparently illegal. Here's my tweet from that incident:

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