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How a Little Slice of Burnt Toast Shut Down an Entire Airport

October 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM | by | ()

On Friday, usually a busy travel day, the airport in Burlington, Vermont shut down with an emergency situation. The culprit wasn't an unattended bag or a suspicious liquid; it was toast.

Someone, somewhere in the airport apparently burned some toast, which set off a fire alarm and forced everyone to evacuate the terminal building. Luckily, the evacuation only lasted about half an hour, and it sounds like the resulting delay wasn't bad enough to cause passengers to miss fights. Annoyed passengers did, however, begin tweeting pictures of fire trucks heading for the airport at the ripe hour of 5am.

Although the crisis wasn't averted, we don't consider the mystery solved. Who exactly is responsible for burning the toast? How sensitive are the Burlington airport's smoke alarms? Were there no windows open anywhere? And was it whole wheat or seven grain?

[Photo: FernTreacy]

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Go Apple-Picking in Vermont, Pick Up a Free Apple iPad

September 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM | by | ()

Technically the autumn season doesn’t begin until later this month, but let’s just say the apple orchards are more than ready. Rearrange plans and make your next stop Vermont because up there, it’s not just the fall foliage that’s attracting visitors to the Green Mountain State, but the chance to score some free gadgets while apple-picking.

The state’s pick-your-own orchards are running a promotion throughout the next several weeks where specially marked wooden apples are hidden in and around apple orchards across the state. In total there are 16 different orchards participating, and if you find the alternate apple you win a different kind of Apple—like an iPod or iPad. The state’s tourism department has actually been running something like this for a few years now, and the contest is back for the 2013 season.

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Three Airports Now Sport Yoga Rooms

January 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM | by | ()

At this point we’ve seen pretty much anything that usually does its thing outside of the airport move to inside the airport. One of these new additions to the concourses and terminals is the appearance of yoga rooms.

We’re pretty sure that San Francisco International Airport started the airport yoga movement just about a year ago, as the lotus position found its way just past the security checkpoint at the airport’s Terminal 2. A year later there’s other airports getting in on the fun as well, and this week it looks like Burlington, Vermont is joining in.

Burlington International Airport is the latest airport to add yoga room to their list of amenities. A bamboo floor and plenty of yoga mats transform the space from just another room at the airport into a little bit of a sanctuary for stressed out travelers looking to unwind before or after their flights.

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Camp Out in Burlington Airport's Old Control Tower for Prime Plane Spotting

October 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

If big 747s or even 737s are not your cup of tea and you instead prefer to see the smaller regional jets, private jets and a few Airbus A320s scattered in there, then plane spotting at Vermont's Burlington International Airport is for you. Aside from the concentration of regional jets that visit BTV, the airport is unique in that the public can come up to the old Control Tower to enjoy the best view for free.

The trick is to go to the second level of the terminal—don't go through security—and there's a hallway with a simple sign pointing to the "observation tower." Up a few flights of cramped stairs and you're in the old control booth. Now all it's got are stools, but a wise plane spotter will bring the binoculars and professional camera lenses to capture shots of the planes taking off with the mountains in the background.

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Proof That the Government is Working to End the Liquids Ban

October 8, 2010 at 11:37 AM | by | ()

Earlier this year in May, we had the blessed news that Europe had put a expiration date on their liquids ban, and that was April 2013. Well, it looks like that longed-for day could come far sooner, even in 2012, if the International Civil Aviation Organization gets their way and US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano backs down. The development that's pushing this change is the arrival of better technology in the airport security and scanning areas at airports, which would allow the machines to decide whether or not a liquid is dangerous.

Surprisingly, we saw proof of this desire to end the liquids ban on actual TSA signs at the security checkpoint of Burlington Airport (BTV) this week. There it is above, snapped with our iPhones, the words "What's next? Future advances to AT X-ray technology will enable our officers to distinguish between harmless and potentially dangerous liquids."

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Airport WiFi: More Free Places to Surf

January 24, 2008 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

Contribute your airport wireless report by leaving it in comments, uploading your airport photo to Jaunted Flickr Photo Pool, or via email, and we will add it to our U.S. Airport Wireless map.

It's been awhile since we've updated our Airport WiFi Guide, but that hasn't kept you diligent tipsters from filling us in on spots with free Internet access. With all the in-flight WiFi news lately, we thought now would be as good a time as any to heap praise on more airports that let passengers jump online for free.

Tucson International lets flyers go wireless in airport restaurants and is planning to expand the service airport-wide soon. Burlington International in Vermont has free access throughout its facilities. And Manchester-Boston Regional has the same.

Keep sending in those tips, and we'll keep updating our map, free WiFi lovers!

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