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The holiday travel season is in full swing, and that means the uncertainty of a layover, an inconvenience, or just some generalized airport anxiety. Thatís where alcohol comes into the picture! Weíre kidding of course, but a nice glass of wine at the airport never seems to make things worse.
Better than a dingy airport bar is a classy and clean wine bar, and you canít get much better than Vino Volo. It also certainly doesnít hurt that they have plenty of locations at airports around the globe, and that they offer up free WiFi along with some light bites to eat. So whether itís a chardonnay or some merlot to go Ė hereís where to find each and every airport location of Vino Volo:
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If your electronics and mobile doodads arenít behaving this holiday season thereís a new way to get things repaired and fix while on the go. Best Buy is sending their Geek Squad unit into the airport, as the brave women and men will be stationed at Chicago-OíHare for the next few weeks.
When your phone just isnít keeping up its end of the bargain make your way over to Terminal 3 near the Concourse H food court. There youíll find the Geek Squad, and thatís where they will be providing tech support for free through December 23.
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Flying through Sydney Kingsford-Smith's International terminal isn't always a pleasant departure, seeing as you're probably looking at 8-13 hours on a plane. Thus, those pre-departure hours are key for both relaxation and business, and the airport is finally upping its game in those areas with the debut of two completely new lounges.
Here's what you need to know about accessing and enjoying either:
The train to plane options over at London-Gatwick are about to get much improved, as officials are spending big bucks to make the transition from rail to air that much better.
Work will be ongoing for quite some time, as the plan is get things done in time for 2020. The investment will upgrade and improve the airportís train station, and that means way better public transportation options to and from the terminals and concourses.
The airport in Zurich, Switzerland is apparently so completely decked out and prepared for the holidays, that theyíre eager to show off the decorations to everyone. That includes those who arenít necessarily flying, as the airport is opening up to the public for holiday shopping.
The Airside Center of the airport is usually only available to those holding tickets for same-day flight; however, this season thatís going to change. Anyone is welcome over two weekends, and the second and final one is coming up on December 13 and 14 between 6am to 10pmówe missed the first one last weekend.
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Travelers love to gripe; it's part of the de-stressing regiment when it comes to traveling in a flying tin can, shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers. After all, there's so much to complain about, from security theater to bathroom hygiene, to crying babies before 6am flights. Still, one area in which airports have been considerably improving is the food court. It's not just Sbarro and Cinnabon any longer, and frowns are turning upside-down.
Our friends at the many Eater sites have cleverly rated and recommended eateries via their Airport Dining Guides for the major US (and 1 Canadian) airports, so you don't miss out on great BBQ or a better cup of coffee just because it's not next to your gate.
These guides, first introduced earlier this year, were just updated before Thanksgiving with the harried and hungry traveler in mind. We recommend bookmarking your favorite airport now, before you're flying home for the holidays with a grumble in your stomach:
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Something the everyday traveler wouldn't notice is now the focus of security action by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
That thing? A steak knife, as served with meals delivered to customers at airport restaurants, after passing through TSA security.
An investigation by Newsday, published last week just in time for the busy holiday travel season, highlighted that at least two JFK eateries (The Palm in Terminal 4 and Bobby Van's in Terminal 8) were essentially violating airside weapons bans:
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For travelers flying out of Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport the options are pretty limited for dining and entertainment and, to make matters worse, the Delta Sky Club is located before the security checkpoint. Those stuck with this situation are traveling on AirTran, Delta, Frontier and Southwest.
At least they were stuck with it, as the good news arrives that SFO has opened up a new passageway connecting the boring and bland Terminal 1 with the contemporary and cool Terminal 2. We have a whole tag tied in with T2 at SFO, and we love everything about T2's shiny digs, from the bathroom and yoga room to the free WiFi and plentiful electrical outlets (not to mention a food court with a Pinkberry).
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When the airport looks like thisaircraft being de-iced and a departure board of yellow and red delays and cancellationsthen it's time to explore your options.
An extended delay may result in a gate agent handing you vouchers for services you wouldn't have otherwise needed had your flight flown on time. There are vouchers for a night at an airport hotel (a specific hotel, not your choice), vouchers for transportation, vouchers for future flights, and vouchers for meals at the airport. What vouchers you receive will depend on the nature of the delay, and anything that's the airline's fault (for example: crew scheduling, equipment issues) naturally yields more.
The most flexible vouchers are actually those for meals, but don't make a bee-line for the nearest McDonalds or $10 sandwich!
Typical meal vouchers allot $7 for breakfast, and $12 each for lunch and dinner, per person. That's not very much considering the current costs of airport foodLAX sells $19 salads, after allbut a little creativity and some basic math will get your tummy full of healthy options.
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Thereís No Shave November, Movember, or whatever else you want to call it; however, just note that one airport is truly getting into the season.
The fun is all associated with cancer awareness and other menís health issues, and of course we have even discovered a few planes doing their thing to help out.
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T5i's immigration and customs area sports the latest technology, like these automated passport processing kiosks
Next time you saunter through the market area at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York's JFK Airport and stand beneath the information halo wondering which way to go, you may notice there's a few more gates than usual. Go right or go straight ahead and it's all the same. Veer left, however, and you're heading for the spanking new international gate zone, dubbed T5i.
Yesterday marked the public opening of this, JetBlue's latest big project, and the first flights to arrive to the shiny new digs were JetBlue's non-stops up from Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Of course now it's open to all arriving JetBlue flights* from any of their nearly 25 international destinations from JFK.
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From yoga rooms and prayer rooms to wineries and food trucks, airports sure are thinking outside the box lately. Now, the folks over at San Fransisco International Airport have done the most San Francisco-y thing ever and created a new concept room for travelers to spend a few final minutes brainstorming and networking on the ground before boarding a flight.
A special space called Converge is now set aside for SFO passengers to come together and exchange ideas about technology, start-ups, the shared economy, "disruption," travel, politics, and ways to change the world. While the room is not limited to these ideas, the airport thinks these are good ideas to start. The #Converge brainstorming room is designed to create more of a community for those flyers who might feel lonely on a long layover, or who maybe just seek fresh input. Kitted out with free wi-fi, tables, chairs, power outlets, a white board and a magnetic chalk board, the #Converge room actually sounds like it might also be useful for "digital nomads" in transit.