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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]
Travel Apps / Airport Restaurants / Airport Dining / SFO / Airports / Airport News / Tech Travel / → All Tags
When you're hungry at the airport, having to wait in line at Sbarro or Starbucks is a drag. Your airport time is valuable; you have things to do, commitments to keep, loops of CNN to watch and the latest issue of US Weekly to read. Thankfully one company values your worth, and they’re helping you out with an airport meal-based ordering app, now live in San Francisco and Boston.
Travelers going through SFO and BOS are the first to have access to AirGrub, an app that lets you enter your flight info, browse menus from restaurants within your terminal, place an order, schedule when you want to pick it up, and — with the quick flash of a boarding pass once you clear security — cut the line to grab your meal to eat in the airport or take on the plane.
So far the the folks behind the app have made dining mates with spots like Perry’s in SFO's Terminal 1, Napa Farms Market in Terminal 2, and Yankee Pier in Terminal 3. But with Boston just added and New York on the horizon, we're sure in due time you'll be scheduling caramel macchiato pick-ups from coast to caffeinated coast.
[Photo: Official Site]
Uber / LAX / Los Angeles Travel / Airports / Airport News / → All Tags
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:
Just saw LAX cops busting an Uber driver and his passenger at Southwest pick-up terminal. #nowyouknow— juliana6 (@juliana6) December 31, 2013
Robot Travel / Tech Travel / Japan Travel / Airports / Airport News / HND / → All Tags
Expect a warm, pre-programmed welcome on your next trip through Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, which recently acquired some futuristic new workers to pitch in with airport operations.
As Airport-Technology.com reports, airport officials are about to release robots into the terminals and concourse. Don’t worry, they’re friendly. (Or at least, that's the plan — until their laser-shooting eyes are installed. Kidding.) Japan Airport Terminal, which manages operations in the country's airports, will introduce 11 robots that will be utilized to carry baggage, clean up messes and, most likely, generally freak out passengers.
Some of the robot magic — provided in part by developer Cyberdyne (no, not that Cyberdyne) —will even be used to enhance, um, human workers. Certain employees will be equipped with special robot-like suits boasting so-called Hybrid Assistive Limbs, which imbue the ability to carry heavier loads.
Right now this is all just a test, but there are plans to increase the robot ranks if things go well. We can’t wait to see these out in the airport wild, we just hope that they remain friendly. We’ll definitely be tipping them well, just in case.
A new distraction has arrived at Denver International Airport, so if you find yourself waiting for a flight with a dead smartphone battery, cheer up: Here's something that will occupy your interest while you're in a social media blackout. (Shudder.)
The folks over at Airport World report that DEN just debuted this week one of the world’s newest television channels — its very own. The airport now has 30 screens dedicated to its own TV channel, which beams programming chockfull of Colorado-related news and information across the terminals and concourses. (Plus it includes some programming from the major networks too.)
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Real talk, New Yorkers: JetBlue has a better rooftop than you.
No offense, we love that patch of withered brown grass in Williamsburg that you call your own — and for only the annual price of a Mercedes, no less! But JetBlue just opened its T5 Rooftop — at the airline's JFK home, Terminal 5 — and we're sorry to say that it kind of upstages even your nifty new corn hole set. The rooftop area is now the only post-security outdoor space accessible to all travelers, and it's open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily during the summer. So when you're waiting for your flight and need a reprieve from recycled airport air and the sweet wafts of your fellow passengers' grab-and-go lunchmeat sandwiches, you can step out on to a wood roof deck with rare views of the Manhattan skyline (repeat that to yourself for emphasis), outdoor patio furniture, and plenty of green space boasting oak leaved hydrangeas, lilyturf, sweetsphire and other lovely plantings you won't recognize by name. (But, good to know, right?) There's also free Wi-Fi! Grab your laptop and soak up some rays, people.
It's basically a small park. It's dog-friendly (this is the first post-security dog walk area at JFK), and you'll even find "New York-centric" (as worded in a press release) food vendors: think street carts hawking Hebrew National hot dogs and Brooklyn's Blue Marble ice cream. And JetBlue "will host an ongoing Summer Friday series with DJ sets, acoustic performances, food and beverage samplings and other entertainment offerings" on the roof deck too.
You? You have a Foreman grill. And honestly, a plane ticket is probably less than your NYC rent.
Well done, JetBlue. We should, like, totally hang out more. [Applies SPF.]
[Photo by Paul Rivera]
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Your layover in DC just got better, as some new dining options area headed to the airports that serve America's capital. (Yes, we bring you this exciting news just in time for July Fourth. Cue the fireworks!)
The good news comes via Eater, which reports that later this year two DC-serving airports will say "bon appétit" to some new options. In the heart of the city Reagan National airport's Terminal B/C will score some fast casual Thai and Chinese courtesy of Big Bowl, plus Georgetown Gourmet Market, which will serve salads, soups, and sammies will all do their thing at Terminal C.
Meanwhile, Dulles International airport (just over the Virginia border) will add a Five Guys and Subway location to take care of your chain burgers-and-subs cravings. However, if you’re looking for something a little substantial, ubiquitous celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will be welcoming his 10,000th restaurant — that's our latest estimate — called The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck.
Flight delayed? At least now you'll have some more spots to feed.
[Photo of another Big Bowl via Facebook]
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Once the Apple Watch made its debut on the wrists of travelers, it was inevitable that things like gate information, flight updates, and other flight-related frills would all make an appearance via one airline app or another. But now it’s an airport that is going all-in with Apple's latest tech toy.
Per Airport World, this month Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) became the first airport in the world to start using the Apple Watch behind the scenes. The airport has connected the watch to its existing operations and information system, so now the watch can immediately offer duty managers real-time updates . Push notifications and alerts to staff are designed to keep everything on schedule and running according to plan: whether it comes to flight delays or airplanes fighting over a gate, every need-to-know issue will be delivered to a wrist so that it can be dealt with. Hopefully this will keep decision-makers in the know — and benefit all travelers as a result.
SITA, the airport management system that pushes these updates through an app it developed specially for YQB, is also in use at 150 airports in almost 50 countries. So it might not be long before other staffers in other airports are using Apple Watch like walkie-talkies. The next time you see an airport worker bee busily checking his or her wrist, know that they might be sending instructions — not emojis.
We’ve seen our share of airport art installations, and it’s fair to say that some are great and some are — well, less than great. Here's one that falls in the extremely rare greater-than-great category. Although what makes this art unique — besides that it actually covers acres and acres of property outside of the airport — is that it also serves a surprising function.
Amsterdam artist — and, we can only, assume awesome gardener — Paul de Kort has designed a pretty good looking 81-acre park next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. But you won't find picnic tables or park benches here. The folks at Gizmodo have the full scoop (and plenty of pictures), but basically de Kort created green space that greatly reduced the noise of all those planes coming and going. Ridges in the ground, set a certain distance apart, mimic the wavelength of airport noise — and as a result, they've cut the noise pollution basically in half.
So the next time you’re coming or going through AMS and look out the window you’ll know the importance of all those ridges on the ground. Not only do they look cool, but they're a fix for (noise) pollution. Talk about going green.
[Photo: Paul de Kort via Gizmodo]
Much of LAX is under construction, including the runways and (most noticeably) its terminals as the airport continues to modernize and update its offerings. But while the jackhammering and plywood will remain for a few more years, new things are already starting to be revealed.
Yesterday, American Airlines announced its new nonstop service to Sydney. The flights will begin on December 17 in a OneWorld partnership with Qantas, flying the flagship Boeing 777-300ER (pending regulatory approvals). Here's a bit more about what will be on board:
American’s new service between LAX and SYD will be operated by the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER with best-in-class premium customer offerings. The aircraft’s products and services feature all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats and a walk-up bar in the premium cabins; Main Cabin Extra seating provides more legroom; and all seats feature personal, in-seat entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, over 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, international Wi-Fi capability, and universal AC power outlets and USB ports.
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Memorial Day might be over, but we should still make a point to stop and remember — and thank — our brave military men and women. And thanks to the folks behind Hudson Group, American airports are places where uniformed service members will continue to find some tokens of gratitude.
According to USA Today, Hudson-operated airport retailers will offer free small coffees to American and Canadian military members through July Fourth. The weeks-long giveaway applies to more than 50 cafes, shops, and kiosks in terminals and concourses across the country, including spots like Dunkin’ Donuts, Aeromart and Euro Café, among others.
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International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course.
While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we were scanning the maple syrup-stocked shelves when we came across a series of boxes that were beautifully decorated with various Canadian landscapes and nature photographs. Aptly named Tastefully Canadian, this brand of treats incorporates tastes that reflect the world's fourth largest country from coast to coast — and yes, it definitely sneaks in some maple flavors here and there.
Here are a few specific boxed treats that we'd recommend stocking up on before you catch your flight home. With them in your suitcase — and later in your mouth — you'll be sure to leave with sweet memories of your time in Canada.