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You Can Score Some Sleep During Your Layover in ATL as Minute Suites Expands

Where: Atlanta, GA
July 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those little airport hotel rooms are about to expand, as the folks over at Minute Suites are adding some new rooms at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

In case you haven’t been through the airport lately, the Minute Suites brand has been doing its thing over in Concourse B for the last few years. Basically, you buy time to take a power nap, or just to relax with a little WiFi and television. Locations are also available in Philadelphia and Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Meet the World's Newest Airport Parking System, 'Robot Ray'

Where: Germany
July 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The best new thing in airport parking garage technology has now arrived over at Germany's Dusseldorf Airport, and we're totally jealous of the locals who get to use it when leaving their cars behind.

Basically, the system is a robot valet that takes care of parking your car. It even has a cutesy name, Robot Ray. It doesn’t exactly drive your car into an available parking space - it actually lifts it up (think forklift) and carries it over to the appropriate spot.

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Why Transit Through Tokyo's Narita Airport Summer? Free Stuff, That's Why.

Where: Japan
June 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Let's face it; some airports are absolutely better than others when it comes to making the most of layover time, whether that means awesome eateries, the best retail diversions, or just plain comfy seating. One such airport that routinely kills it when it comes to transit fun is Singapore's Changi, but now Tokyo's Narita is eager to steal some of that thunder with a scheme similar to that of Changi's transit vouchers.

While the program isn't as cool as Changi's, Narita will offer international travelers free vouchers to redeem for complimentary items or discounts at selected restaurants and vendors throughout Terminals 1 and 2. A quick and easy stop at the tourist info desks in the Arrivals area can score you tidbits like a 5-10% discount, or free drinks, or other goodies at any of the 36 pre-security restaurants and shower rooms.

The program begins July 1, 2014 and runs through March 31, 2015.

[Photo: neighborhoods.org]

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Goodbye Payphones, Hello Mobile Charging Stations at BWI Airport

June 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The creative and clever award has to go to the officials over at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, as they’ve taken something useless and turned it into something useful. We all know that payphones have now become part of history, but that does leave banks of telephones that need to be turned into something else.

That’s where the airport comes into things, as they’ve taken the pay phone spaces and turned them into charging stations for all your mobile devices. All in all three pay phone spots have been transformed at the airport, and that means less need to crouch on the floor trying to find an outlet over here or over there.

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Europe is the Worst When It Comes to Baggage Handling

June 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve all been there, and it’s not a fun time. The baggage carrousel goes around and around, and pretty soon you realize that your bag is delayed, missing, or something worse. Apparently this kind of situation is more of a problem over in Europe, as a new report indicates when it comes to baggage delays and mistakes things are worse there than they are here.

Things are actually three times worse in Europe when compared to the situation in the nifty fifty. According to the folks over at Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques—or just SITA to their friends—airlines over in Europe kind of screwed things up with around nine bags for every 1,000 passengers or so last year. Numbers in the United States were just over three bags per thousand travelers, and not surprisingly those awesome airports in Asia did the best—just under two bags per thousand flyers.

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Google Earth Airport Snapshots as Art? Yeah, Okay, Sure.

June 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday CNN published an article in its Travel silo, under its "CNN Style" brand, cross-posted from its Wired sister publication, about airport tarmacs. That doesn't have anything to do with the content of the story itself, it's just something that we found odd and thought we'd bring to your attention. It's just not a travel news combination that you see every day. You're welcome.

In any case: meet Lauren O'Neil. The Brooklyn-based designer finds pictures of airport runways on Google Earth, crops and colors and adjusts them until they become something approaching art, and then posts them on her Tumblr page. If you're an airport geek - or an art geek, we suppose - you should already have clicked on that link and be looking at the photos. Go do it, and then come back to learn about the rest of the CNN article. Seriously.

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San Diego's Newest Airline Lounge Welcomes One and All for Peace and Quiet

June 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your travels to and through San Diego just got that much better, as there’s a new airport lounge now doing its thing at the airport. Airspace Lounge is a pay-to-play rest and relaxation zone for any and all travelers, so there’s no need to be a frequent flyer or hold some kind of special credit card to gain entry—although those with an American Express Platinum Card can visit for free.

The new lounge does its thing between Terminal 2 East and West at San Diego International Airport, and its location should be convenient for those traveling with as many as 12 different airlines.

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Heading Back to the States from Dubai May Get a Smidgeon Smoother

June 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

The global passport party is on the move yet again, as it now sounds like the folks over in Dubai are eager to get in on some of the loving the US Customs and Border Protection has been handing out.

Abu Dhabi got in on the US customs pre-clearance fun earlier in the year, and there’s been rumblings that Doha could be in discussions for the same; however, all eyes are on Abu Dhabi's Emirati neighbor Dubai, as it's also hoping to set up another pre-clearance facility.

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The Newest Mario Kart Video Game Has a Completely Awesome Airport Level

June 16, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t usually talk about video games, but thanks to the release of Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Wii U we have reason to celebrate—and to pick up a controller.

The Mario Kart franchise has some new tracks, new levels, and new characters, but the one in which we're most interested is known as "Sunshine Airport." Think cartoon jumbo jets soaring over the track and the ability to drive in and around the baggage carousel. Signage for airlines—like GalaxyAir—dot the virtual property, and there’s even the usual airport signage as scenery. Bottom line is that you’re racing through a video game version of the airport, and it’s pretty darn awesome.

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Video Interlude: A Lip-Synced Layover at Las Vegas Airport

June 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

A long layover at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is a common occurrence, but far less common is making a mini-film out of it. Traveler Richard Dunn recently found himself passing a night at LAS, and decided to have a little fun with his iPhone, shooting a lip-synced version of Celine Dion's "All By Myself."

The 5-minute, 20-second video is something of a de facto ode to Las Vegas, in that it features Celine Dion, McCarran Airport, and the thrill of entertainment in Sin City. Of course "anything," in this case, involves turning an average passenger into a music video superstar, which is what is happening on the internet as the video has been trending in popularity since yesterday.

Alas, frolicking in a nearly empty airport during the late hours isn't an original idea; a duo made a brief video (below) inside Dallas-Ft Worth Airport during a similarly boring stretch of pre-flight waiting.

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How a Hotel Chain Transformed an Airport Security Area

June 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those departing Chicago on the way to their summer vacation are about to have another reason to smile, as heading through airport security at O’Hare just got a little better and little more bearable. For most the shoes still need to come off and the laptops will need to go on the belt, but the whole scene will be more enjoyable thanks to some sponsorship and decoration from the folks over at Marriott and SpringHill Suites.

We’ve seen something like this before, but we certainly can’t complain about anything that makes the airport security process that much more enjoyable. Through a partnership with the aforementioned hotel chain as well as the TSA and the airport authority things are a little bit different over at checkpoint number three within the airport’s Terminal 1.

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Why London's City Airport is Looking Better Than Ever

June 9, 2014 at 4:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

London’s smallest airport, London City-LCY, does a lot of things right; it’s close to the city and easily accessible by public transport, its size means passing through is quick and easy, and it manages to do the tiny things that make travel so much better well.

Having overhauled the pre-security area you find when you go up the single escalator to departures a little while ago, we saw some major changes to the pre-gate waiting area when we took a flight from City airport last week. Since you only make your way to your gate when it’s announced on the screen right before boarding, this is where you will spend most of your time before your flight. Above what it looks like today; a shot from a few months ago after the jump to compare.

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