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How One Airplane Got Wrapped Up in the US Ebola Panic

October 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Turn on the TV this week and there's one word you can't go very long without hearing: Ebola.

While the crisis in Africa is still very much that, a crisis, the US has heard more about a single flight than anything else this week. So here are the facts.

On Monday, October 13, Frontier flight 1143 traveled from Cleveland-CLE to Dallas-DFW Airport. The plane was N220FR, a Frontier Airbus A320 ("Finn the Tiger Shark") and one passenger was a nurse who had previously treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died. The plane went on to fly four more flights until the connection between the nurse and the plane was made, at which time the plane was removed from service for cleaning.

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From Cleveland to Syracuse, New Restaurants are Popping Up at the Airport

June 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re headed off to the airport anytime soon there’s probably a chance you’ll need something to eat at some point, so here's a heads-up for the newest openings and coming soon situations.

For those who have summer vacation plans in upstate New York, Syracuse airport officials are hard at work getting one of those Johnny Rockets spots—famous for burgers, fries, and nostalgia—ready before the end of the year. A new Dunkin’ Donuts and Market Express have already opened up shop, and there are also plans to feature some local brews and beverages over at Middle Ages Alehouse.

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United Decides That Cleveland Doesn't Rock, After All

February 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

When two airlines love each other very much and decide to merge there’s plenty of celebration, but at the same time there is often loss and sadness. That’s the case over at United, as after shacking up with Continental a couple of years ago—it’s time to revaluate things.

United is getting rid of their hub over in Cleveland, as apparently plenty of flights in and out of the airport are just no longer part of the bigger picture. With hubs in plenty of including spots like Chicago, Washington, and Houston, it sounds like there’s just not the need to have planes and people hanging out at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

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TSA's Pre-Check Program Adds New Airports to Total 40 Spots

February 28, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK is Getting a Lounge! With Showers! And Free Booze!

February 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM | by | Comment (1)

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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Did You Know? Cleveland Airport Has a Special-Edition Beer

September 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 14—the only location of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Brewpub outside their Brewery in Cleveland proper—the 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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Iron Chef Michael Symon is Cooking Up a Little Something Special for Pittsburgh Airport

January 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like United Airlines Everywhere You Go

September 8, 2011 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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The TSA May Be Getting Overconfident About Those 'Gingerbread Man' Scanners

August 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Walk Off Extra Calories While Traveling Through Five Airports with Fitness Programs

July 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

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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Airports Bring Out the Holiday Decorations, But Some Must Have Been Left in the Attic

December 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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The TSA Caught Don King with Ammunition in Luggage at Cleveland Airport

December 13, 2010 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

[Photo: BBC/Getty]