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We can all agree that airport security—at least in the United States—is kind of a pain in the rear. At this point we’ve pretty much become used to being patted down, scanned, zapped, and viewed through x-ray glasses. The TSA has made some improvements with expediting the whole process, and their pre-check program—or Pre✓ as they like to call it—is probably one of the best. It’s at a whole bunch of airports across the land, but their most recent update improves the options a little bit more.
In total there’s five new airports in which the program should be kicking off, and this will bring the country’s total to about 40 by the beginning of April. Austin-Bergstrom International, Cleveland Hopkins International, Memphis International, Nashville International, and Raleigh-Durham International are the ones on the schedule to get the airport security upgrade.
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Hot breakfast sandwiches. Free WiFi. A power outlet for each comfy chair. A slick bar stocking all the good stuff for complimentary cocktails. Cheese plates. Private restrooms with showers. Macbooks.
Hello, this is airport heaven.
Though it kinda sounds like we've been describing an ultra-premium airline lounge for elite flyers at some exotic international airport, all this is in fact coming to a new lounge within Terminal 5 at New York-JFK, aka the home of JetBlue. It's to be called Airspace, and travelers will find it come May 2013 after security, near Gate 24.
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Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.
Fact: Cleveland Airport serves a special edition, locally brewed beer: The Wright Pils.
Okay so typically we wouldn't recommend your scheduling an extra hour or two before your flight to spend at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport, but that was before we found out a little secret the airport's been keeping within Terminal C (mostly Air Canada and United flights).
At the Great Lakes Brewpub near Gate C 14the only location of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Brewpub outside their Brewery in Cleveland properthe limited edition beer is on draft. You'll want some of this, as it's more than just limited edition; it's aviation-themed. The Wright Pils is "classic style with flowery bouquet and an elegantly dry finish." It's made to pair well with salads, salmon, tuna and "marbled meats." It also happens to be named for Ohio's own Wright Brothers.
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If you’re an Iron Chef it’s clear that you are more than half-way decent at cooking, but it also means that you have a passion for restaurants—especially those at the airport. Cat Cora is already slinging stuff in San Francisco and Houston, and now Michael Symon is planning to do something similar.
Bar Symon is headed to Pittsburgh International Airport as soon as this May, and the plan is to ensure that hungry travelers are well fed and are provided with something a little more substantial than a bag of pretzels and a Diet Coke. We’re most looking forward to taking a crack at the restaurant’s "Lola Burger," which will be topped with a fried egg and pickled red onions.
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United and Continental have slowly but surely been aligning their services over the last few months, and they’ve been doing so through goodie giveaways, updated apps, and of course plenty of new signage. We were checking out the changes at Chicago-O’Hare at the beginning of the summer, but now as the season is winding down the changes have begun elsewhere.
Upgrades and updates have arrived in San Francisco, as they got their new signs and stanchions in the middle of July. You still should check-in with United for their flights and with Continental for their flights, but the new branding has certainly arrived.
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TSA spokesman James Fotenos has emailed us a clarification about this story. Check the bottom of this post for the update, including an answer on what you can expect from TSA's Gingerbread Man scanner policies!
It's kind of a big day for Ohio travelers, as three of the state's airports got the new Gingerbread Man full-body scanners that TSA has been rolling out. Officials at CLE, TOL, and DAY have started routing flyers toward the new and very much working machines, which provide all the security of the old scanners without the backlash-inducing nudey picture overtones.
Further east, RDU is supposed to be getting the new scanners in the coming days, and of course we covered the installations in BWI and TPA in the political/technical backgrounder we did last week (you can read it here).
TSA officials are talking as if the new machines will resolve the concerns that everyone has with full-body scanners. We're not so sure.
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There’s a lot of tempting treats as you make your way through the airport during a layover, and sometimes it’s hard to resist the onslaught of slices from Sbarro and frappuccinos from Starbucks. However, walking is always a good way to combat those pesky extra calories, and many airports have gone the extra mile—ha—to help you. Here’s a few airports where walking through the concourses and terminals will help you burn off a few extra calories:
· Move It At MSP:
Up at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport it’s always a good time to take a stroll through the airport to get the blood pumping—even when it’s bitterly cold outside. Airport officials have partnered with the American Heart Association to encourage travelers to “Start!” moving. There’s a clearly marked 1.4-mile loop that will take you through most of Terminal 1-Lindbergh, so if you’ve got an hour to burn it’s one good option especially since it drops you off right where you started. Do it a couple times and your half way to earning yourself a Snickers!
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The decorations in The Cleve...
With just about a week until Santa makes his journey around the globe, we were curious to see how the country’s airports were celebrating the season. What we noticed is a lack of holiday spirit. Sure some airline gate agents have added wreaths, poinsettias, and ribbons, but the airports we’ve seen over the last few weeks have been a little lackluster.
In Cleveland we spotted a few Christmas trees here and there, but that was about it—we guess it’s better than nothing. We just expected some big trees and big decorations.
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Chalk one up for the TSA today as they've gone and actually caught something dangerous in someone's luggage. That something was ammunition and that someone was promoter Don King, who was attempting to fly out of Cleveland's Hopkins Airport several hours ago, while packing heat for both .38 caliber and .357-caliber firearms, while the actual guns were not present.
Although it sounds like King stopped by Cleveland for a little "shopping," he was actually in town for the funeral of his wife, who recently died due to complications from stomach cancer. It's been a sad week for Don King, and even more so now that the TSA took all his ammunition. He was, however, allowed to continue with his flight to Florida once they'd taken all of the dangerous items from his luggage. Go here to see a short video report on the incident, from the AP.
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Since you’ll probably be spending some time in an airport hub during your holiday travels, we thought we’d share a little story about one in particular. Unfortunately for the airport and the city, it’s just not as important as it once was. We’re talking about the Pittsburgh International Airport, and after US Airways shifted their planes and people elsewhere, the place has become a little empty.
Most of the additions were built at the airport to please US Airways, because after all, they were the one bringing in all the jobs and jets into the area. It cost about $1 billion to get the Pittsburgh airport to where it needed to be at the time, but now it seems that the construction and cash was all for naught. The place was supposed to hold over 30 million passengers a year without a problem, but now it only sees about 8 million passengers wheeling their suitcases through the terminals.
Rappers and guns at airports: When will they learn they shouldn't mix? Yung Joc is on the run after an arrest Sunday at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport for having a concealed handgun in his carry-on bag. Joc, AKA Jasiel Robinson, was released on a $50,000 bond and failed to show for his arraignment on Wednesday
How many ordinary travelers were inconvenienced by Mr. Robinson's decision to pack heat to the airport? Hard to say. But when you pack your bag, please, bring pies; they're still legal. Sort of.