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If you’ve got some time to kill before your flight out of Dallas-Ft. Worth there’s no need to visit the airport bar—although that isn’t necessarily the worst idea. Instead keep the rental car for a few extra minutes, and take a visit to the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum right on the outskirts of the airport complex in Fort Worth, Texas.
In a nutshell, the aviation museum shows off the history of American Airlines, and there’s plenty of interactive exhibits that keep you from dozing off during your visit. The museum’s Flightlab reveals how exactly airplanes stay up in the air, along with explaining all other kinds of stuff related to aerodynamics and flying machines. There’s even a Flight Simulator where you can test your skills in the cockpit, but just be sure to call ahead—(817) 967-5904—to ensure it’s open during your visit.
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We already know that Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport isn’t a fan of paying taxes—well, kind of—and now they’re looking to offer even more savings to those looking to spend some coin in the terminals and concourses.
The airport is teaming up with Foursquare and Facebook Places—clearly they’re not playing favorites—to offer up all kinds of location-based deals and steals when you and your crew are killing time before your flight.
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Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport is starting a program where Texas sales tax can be made optional to those visiting from overseas. Sure the tax needs to be paid up front, but afterwards they’re making it pretty easy to get a little percentage back on that Tony Romo jersey or bottle of BBQ sauce.
Apparently it’s one of the first big airports in the country to do this, and it’s all available through a little kiosk in the North Ticketing Hall inside Terminal D. TaxFree Shopping is the one running this new system, so be on the lookout for their sign if you want a little bit of money back. Sure you’ll need to show receipts for what you bought, but the refund here is instant—and via cash, PayPal or check—so there’s no waiting period or need to deal with overly confusing paperwork or mailing stuff in.
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Do you ever wonder what happens at airports...after hours? Well, if it's a small airport, it likely shuts down, but if you're lucky enough to be stuck at one of the major ones, like Dallas-Fort Worth, then it's a playground. Case in point: two travelers, Larry and Joe, had a layover at DFW and found their connecting flight cancelled. Instead of moping about and sleeping while uncomfortably stretched across chairs, they whipped out their cameras and got up to some old-fashioned mischief.
We won't spoil the video above for you, but let's just say that the part around 1:35-1:45 is our favorite. That takes more than just a pair of a balls; serious creative processes are at work here.
As a fan of airport spelunking, we usually find it easier to engage in hijinks in European airports. Kudos to these guys for having fun, documenting it and not inconveniencing other passengers while doing so.
[Video: Joe Ayala on Vimeo]
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Oh wow. Steps towards the re-opening of Cuba are coming quicker and quicker now, and the latest advance is a huge one: Eight new US airports have been given permission to operate charter flights to Cuba. It was only back in January that Obama and Congress re-allowed educational and religious groups to travel to Castro's island, but their departure points were limited to NYC, Miami and Los Angeles.
With the news that eight more airportsdeemed to have sufficient customs and immigration facilitiescan now begin their own travel agency-arranged flights, you can expect to see many more "My Cuba Trip" photo slideshows from your neighbors. The new airports are: Chicago-O'Hare, Baltimore, Dallas-Fort Worth, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Atlanta and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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About two weeks ago, Virgin America managed to do an outstanding thing. They announced that service between Chicago-O'Hare and LAX, SFO would begin in late May, but more to the point, they sold out a crazy Groupon deal in a matter of a couple hours. The bargain was pay $7 and get $77 in airfare towards a roundtrip purchase on Virgin America’s new ORD routes, and the deal was good on Groupon's Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco sites...all of whom ate it up.
Well, the deal is back. Except this time it's a bit modified, and it's for Virgin America's Dallas-Fort Worth routes. DFW is still a new destination for VX, seeing as how they only kicked their spurs into the place back in December. Here's the details behind the airfare discount they've offering today (and keep in mind it's a limited thing!):
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An undercover TSA agent tested the new DFW full-body scanners by putting a pistol in her undergarments and repeatedly walking through security. She got through screening without a problem "every time she tried." TSA officials jumped into action by removing literally zero of the TSA screeners involved in the massive security breakdown. All of them are still working scanners today.
So someone leaked the story to the press. A journalist writing it up got Larry Wansley, former head of security at American Airlines, to go on the record describing the affair as "a dismal failure." That really forced TSA to go into action, and this time they put out a statement telling everybody to calm down because advanced imaging technology is "an effective tool to detect both metallic and nonmetallic items hidden on passengers." Good to know!
How many times are we going to play this game? The one where TSA sets itself up for failure, then fails, then insists that everything's going according to plan? Seriously.
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We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.
Five picks for spending a few extra hours within the terminals of DFW Airport:
· Hit The Club:
For the extended layover it might just be worth it to plop down a few bucks to gain access to the airport’s very own club. The Club at DFW doesn’t require a pricey annual membership or elite frequent flier credentials, because as long as you’re willing to pay the entry fee you’re welcomed like a VIP.
Just $35 will get you access to the lounge, and you’ll be living the comfy life of a white collar corporate drone. Expect a lot of the usual airline lounge offerings here, including free drinks—both soft and hard—as well as snacks, newspapers, televisions, WiFi, and computers. There are even some shower facilities if you’re hanging out before or after a long-haul transatlantic flight. There’s even a separate smoking section within the lounge, which might be worth the price of admission if you’re dying for a smoke.
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Airline delays are always a bummer, and there are certain aiports that seem more prone to issues than others. We're talking about airports with problems bigger than weather delays. Cockroaches and leaky ceilings? Check.
Here are our picks for airports with problems greater than just flight delays:
Here are our picks for airports with problems greater than just flight delays:
· Roaches and Filth at DEN:
We’ve got a strange fascination with airline meals, and if a flight attendant tosses one onto our tray table we feel obligated to dig in; however, we might want to stay clear of the options at Denver International Airport. An FDA report told LSG Sky Chefs that they operated gross kitchens, complete with details about dead roaches, bacteria, and possible homes for rodents. Now that things have been revealed, we’ll assume the areas have been somewhat cleaned up, but Just in case we might stick to prepackaged Snickers and Doritos—so healthy.
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There’s plenty of airline lounges at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, but most require some kind of costly annual membership dues or a high priced ticket. However, there’s another option and it’s located within Terminal D along with some of the better known lounges from Korean Air and Lufthansa.
The Club at DFW is open to any and all travelers as long as they are willing to part with $35—or at least expense it to corporate. Since most traditional airline lounges cost at least $50 per day, this seems like a solid option especially since free adult beverages are included. Along with everybody in the club getting tipsy, there’s complimentary WiFi access, snacks, showers, and even a smoking section. You’re also welcome to bring in food from outside the terminal to enjoy it away from the crowds—something that’s frowned upon at some of the stuffier airline lounges.
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At this point you should be an expert on the perks kids receive when flying the friendly skies, but there’s also some cool stuff for the little ones to do when they are stuck on the ground. We’ve seen a lot of plastic slides and toy airplanes while racing to our gates, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite kid friendly play places across the country. Check them out!
· Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
American Airlines flights usually make a stop at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and that’s totally cool if kids are part of your carry-on luggage. Terminal D—that’s the new one with high ceilings and international departures—has a McDonald’s Play Area right by Gate 33. If you find yourself in Terminal E, there’s another play place with padded floor mats, toys, and plastic things to jump on. Terminal B has the best to offer with its Pepsi Junior Flyer’s Club. It features an air traffic control tower, runway, and airplanes for your little captain.
More plastic planes after the jump...
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It's crunch time for your flight and you're desperate to pick up your prescription or some nasal spray or just some St. John's Wort *wink*, but you know the airport is notorious for having lots of only one thing: a greasy, overpriced food court. Thankfully, this is no longer the case as some airports welcome Harmony Pharmacies, regular pharmacies stocking necessities and more when you don't have the time to hook yourself up with some last-minute NyQuil.
Back in 2007, Newark International was the first United States airport to welcome a functioning pharmancy with on-site nurse practitioner and prescription service, all of which is still located in Terminal C1, near Gate 91.
Then, during last fall when T5 at JFK opened, another Harmony moved in near Gate 7. And now the health has spread to San Francisco Intl Airport and it won't stop there; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Cleveland-Hopkins, and Baltimore-Washington Intl should all have their own Harmony airport pharmacies by the end of next year.
Until then, feel free to fill your
Viagra Clarinex prescriptions with the full-time pharmacist or check your blood pressure; SFO's Harmony Pharmacy is located in the "F" hub of Terminal 3.
· SFO Welcomes Airport Pharmacy [SFO Press Release]
· Harmony Pharmacy [Official Site]
· On the fly and forgot to pack your meds? San Francisco Airport's new on-site pharmacy [Examiner]
· Airport News Coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Harmony Pharmacy]