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Follow the Adventures of Batman and Ben Affleck in Detroit

October 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the new Batmobile on the streets of Detroit

To some, Detroit might be a city of 20th century ruins, but, to film director Zack Snyder, Detroit reminded him of a modern day Gotham City for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, starring Ben Affleck.

So what all does that mean? Well, in addition to finding the film locations for the movie, we decided to document The Ben Affleck Tour of Detroit, since he loves the city so much:

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What US Airports Will Welcome You Home with an Automated Passport Kiosk

August 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

Our favorite piece of travel technology to spread in 2014 is the Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosk, and every new airport added to the list of users is one more notch for progress. Joining the club this summer have been Newark, Atlanta, and—newest of all—Detroit Metropolitan International Airport, who just completed installation of 30 shiny kiosks.

The APC, which began at Vancouver International Airport, now allow travelers arriving from international flights to quickly enter their details, snap a photo, receive a stamp, and continue on their merry way into baggage claim; this is as opposed to waiting in a long line to see an agent for the usual passport review and stamp. It's not Global Entry; it's something better than Global Entry, not to mention the fact it's completely free.

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File 'The National Cherry Festival and Airshows' Under Reasons to Travel to Michigan

July 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

If your holiday weekend isn’t already filled with summer cookouts, fireworks, and trips to the beach then may we suggest a food festival? The National Cherry Festival kicks off in Traverse City, Michigan on July 5 and runs through July 12.

Parades, family goodies, and activities especially for the kids are just the beginning, as the festival does its thing along Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. There are races from a 5K to a half marathon, and there are even two airshows scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday—featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels among other performers and planes.

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Detroit Airport Puts a Pet Restroom Right in the Terminal

April 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those who travel to or through Detroit Metropolitan Airport, as the airport has just added a place for service animals to make a little pit stop during their layovers.

Over in the McNamara Terminal—the one with all the Delta traffic—airport officials have set up what they’re calling Central Bark Animal Relief Area. Basically it’s a restroom for service dogs complete with a couple patches of grass, as well as a fire hydrant to set the mood.

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Throwback Thursday: A Vision of Futuristic Detroit 'in the 21st Century'

January 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

The plan for Detroit in 2014? Simply to keep afloat after declaring bankruptcy in 2013. Of course it wasn't always such a sad state of affairs in the Motor City, and one time the outlook for the future was extremely bright, blindingly so.

In the late 1960s, a special section of The Detroit News illustrated what the Detroit of the 21st century could be. Personal transportation modules travel through a lower network of highways, which don't interfere with a pedestrian-friendly surface of broad plazas dotted with leafy trees.

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The Incredible Story of How a Couple Got Married on a Runway at Detroit's Metro Airport

October 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's not every day you see a wedding at an airport, but they do happen. Hey, those chapels are there for more than just a few minutes of pre-flight prayer. Still, it's even rarer to have an entire wedding ceremony out on the airport tarmac itself. In fact, it may have only happened once: last week, at Detroit-Metro Airport.

The nuptials of Joe and Ilona occurred smack dab on runway 9L at DTW, their "I dos" delivered with a soundtrack of jet engine noise as aircraft continued to take off and land on a nearby runway.

A wedding this like may never happen again, and for the details on why exactly the couple chose Detroit Airport for their special day, and how this all came to be, we spoke with the best man, also the Airport Authority's Public Affairs Manager, Scott W.:

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The WiFi Waves at Detroit-Metro Airport are Getting Better, Faster, Stronger

September 24, 2013 at 6:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

In some ways airports are like our children, as it’s pretty hard—if not impossible—to truly admit that one is our favorite. Some have slides and movie theaters to kill the time while others have restaurants that rival the best dining establishments; however, if we had to pick just one—at least domestically—we’ve got to show the love for Detroit Metro Airport.

Things at DTW are getting even better this week, as they’ve finally slipped the switch on full-time complimentary WiFi. That means no more swearing under our breath when accessing the WiFi waves comes with a request for credit card digits. Things used to be free—for a bit—but after like 30 minutes or so you were required to pay up.

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How Crying at an Airport Got Me an Upgrade and More

September 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

So-called "hallelujah moments" often serve as inspiration to travelers, whether it's hearing a language for the first time and deciding to study it, or meeting someone on the other side who you know will be a friend for life. For Jaunted Editor Cynthia, one such moment was something as simple as her first bump up to a better seat on a flight.

I didn't pay for the upgrade.

There were no frequent flyer miles exchanged, as I had none.

It wasn't even a result of airline status, because I didn't have that either.

Instead, my first-ever upgrade—from "World Traveller" to "World Traveller Plus" on British Airways—came about after I shed some honest-to-goodness tears in full view of the check-in desk at Detroit-Metro Airport.

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Why One Michigan Airport is Investing in Plastic Coyotes

August 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

The United States is—by any standard, historical or otherwise—a staggeringly rich and sophisticated civilization. We have developed a travel industry of enormous complexity, and it keeps humming even when politicians who have no idea what they're doing try to break it. Every single day thousands of flights take off, follow their flight paths, and land. The combination of paths we plan for them are guided by incredibly sophisticated mathematical models taking into account thousands of variables.

So of course the people in charge of maintaining airports are turning to goats, sheep, llamas, and to even more low-tech animal-related solutions to help them with their jobs. We already told you yesterday about the barnyard menagerie at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is using to mow its lawn. It sounds fake and it's low tech, but it does actually seems to work.

It turns out that other airport officials have come up with even faker-sounding solutions to problems.

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Is This the Most Photographed Abandoned Building in Detroit?

July 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been called "the face of American ruin porn" and an average nice weather day sees scores of cars driving by solely for a photograph. Serious shooters set up tripods in the weeds, and a meal at Slows BBQ is often followed by a stroll over to stare. Though Detroit's Michigan Central Station turns 100 this year, the last train departed in 1988, at which time the 18-story structure began its rapid decline from proud landmark to toothless sideshow attraction. The carcass of crumbling stone now draws curious gawkers like gnats, a form of architectural thanatourism.

Even the New York Times called Detroit "the world capital of of staring at abandoned old buildings" and, of the station, said: "It’s hard not to think of it as an epic-scale disaster that seems engineered to illustrate man’s folly — as if the Titanic, after sinking, had washed ashore and been beached as a warning."

Harsh!

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Traverse City, Michigan Gives Tourists a Chance to 'Visit with a Purpose'

July 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traverse City, MI is giving summer tourists a unique opportunity to do good between beach visits.

The city has launched a new program called "Visit with a Purpose" that allows tourists and conventioneers to arrange to work on short-term volunteer projects with local groups including the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the Maritime Heritage Alliance, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

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Shopping at Two US Airports Can Actually Make You Thinner

July 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Everything about an airport screams, "I'm making you fatter!" There's the overpriced, over-fatty fast foods, the sitting around, and any running for a flight is easily outweighed (pun intended) by stress. For two US airports, however, new boutiques seek to temporarily thin out travelers by offering Spanx shapewear for last-minute pre-flight purchase.

The first Spanx shop in an airport is already up and running in Spanx's hometown of Atlanta, at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and recently we noticed the construction of a second, at Detroit-Metro Airport's McNamara Terminal. Both ATL and DTW are home to major Delta hubs—is Spanx calling Delta flyers fat?!

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