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You know that we love us some airports. From terminal design and ticket counters to restaurants and lounges—we’re all about it. That’s why we’ve been wasting a few minutes of our day checking out some awesome aerial airport photographs from Jeffrey Milstein.
The photographer’s series Flying illustrates the twists, turns, and everything else from high above the airport. These photographs are taken just high enough above the ground to get a great view of the scene, but some of the little details are just out of sight—no matter how hard we look for the baggage handlers down on the ground.
Dessert Travel / Cupcakes / Cory Booker / EWR / Airport Restaurants / Airports / Newark Travel / → All Tags
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a bit of a social media celebrity. In addition to running a difficult city, starting a campaign run for a 2014 Senate seat and lending his support to the state after Hurricane Sandy, he manages to keep up with his followers on Twitter. Spotted a pothole in Newark? Tweet him and he'll take care of it. Witnessed a crime? Call 911 first, but tweeting at Cory to follow-up seems to yield results. It's also pretty clear he loves his airport, Newark-Liberty International.
Last night, Mayor Booker tweeted that though the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey run EWR and he has no say on what goes down there, he does know where to get a good cupcake. We asked for details, and this morning he answered:
Terminal C: Crumbs. RT @jetsetcd: omg Newark Airport cupcakes! Where exactly?!— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 16, 2013
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When it comes to delicious and nutritious the airport usually isn’t the place to look for food; however, we realize that sometimes the terminal is your only option. The good news is that one group has kind of gone through the options available in the concourse, and they’ve ranked the best—and worst—options available at airports throughout the nifty fifty.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is the group behind the latest list, as they crunched the numbers—and menus—at some of the busiest airports in the land. They’ve been doing this since 2001, and since then the average scores have jumped a good 19 points or so. That’s good for the airport restaurants and good for our waistlines—it’s win-win.
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"I just stepped off United's 787 Dreamliner and, boy, let me tell you about its awesomeness."
That's the sentence I had hoped to type to you today.
Instead, my story, typed from a hotel lobby across the country from home, goes a little something like this: "I flew to California and have nothing but disappointment." I only wanted to fly the United Dreamliner and had sought out an affordable route that included the 787 on one leg, from Newark (EWR) to Houston-George Bush (IAH). That routing just happened to go to Ontario, California. Whatever, so long as I get my 787 action. I booked it in October and also paid to upgrade to EconomyPlus. 24 hours before my flight, still seeing the 787 listed as my aircraft, I went ahead and booked a hotel night.
In case you aren't up on your Dreamliner news, the planes have had some electrical issues (resulting in non-life-threatening emergency landings) and United's been taking them off and on their routes. Reuters & WSJ have the latest updates. Knowing this, I had obsessively checked my travel details daily, fingers crossed that the 787 would stick. It did. Until it didn't.
Now I've wasted hundreds of dollars and have no United 787 photo galleries or stories to share with you, other than this sad one of lack of communication from United and a dreaded equipment change.
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Yes, the new Travel + Leisure survey of "Most Annoying Airport Security Checkpoints" is sort of kind of egregiously shameless link bait. Publishing top 10 lists on the Internet (or in this case top-14 lists) is basically cheating, up there with posting pictures of boobs and cats.
The only thing that's less subtle is putting in something that doesn't quite fit, so that people will argue about the list. Theoretically that's impossible to do on surveys, but that doesn't mean we can't still complain about the rankings. Can you believe they put Dulles TSA checkpoints as more annoying than the ones in Logan? Whoever thinks that's right has either never been to the airports or is an idiot or is a troll.
Also: well played, T+L.
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"Oh man, ugh whatever." - the typical feeling upon discovering your flight is departing from Newark-Liberty International Airport
It's true. Newark isn't exactly the most convenient airport, nor will it be winning any airport beauty pageants, but airlines have ways of turning your frown upside-down real quick. A grand example is the newly revamped, just-debuted-this-week Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Clubhouse.
At 5,000 square feet, it's half the size of their also recently reopened JFK Clubhouse, but that's partly due to the fact this one doesn't have the Cowshed Spa. Going for a downtown feel (JFK's aims for uptown style), it instead focuses around the architectural central bar (most popular cocktail? Mojito!) and chill-out lounge nooks (see the "Passion Pit" in our gallery below).
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Have you ever been inside a Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse? They're awesome, right? Totally. And don't the passengers know it. In fact, snapping photos inside the chic Clubhouses and uploading them to Instagram is such a common occurrence that Virgin Atlantic has decided to embrace it with an Instagram contest all their own.
Next month Virgin will unveil a renovated Clubhouse at Newark-Liberty International. It'll have the usual design flair (with a downtown theme), a dining area, a sleek bar and plenty of chill-out space. OHand an Instagram art gallery, which is where your images come into play.
Upload photos to Instagram or Twitter showing you in a Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, any of the Clubhouses. Do so before November 28, include the hashtag "#howiclubhouse," and they'll be considered for a feature in the Newark gallery.
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A facade collapse from high winds in the middle of Sandy
The airports have reopened most traveler's unexpected "Hurrications" have thankfully ended, but that hardly means it's time for "business as usual."
Hurricane Sandy relief is desperately in need in many areas of New York City followin a variety of factors that put entire communities out, from fires that leveled homes to floodwaters that ruined entire neighborhoods, to power outages that leave residents hungry...the metropolis known as the capital of the world is in dire need of your dollars. We write this from one part of the city, poised to go help any way possible the moment the business day closes.
Airlines with a significant NYC presence are naturally doing their part and offering bonus miles for anything you can give. Here's a round-up:
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We have good news and bad news. The bad news first: airport operations are limited at all airports in the immediate NYC area, including the big three (JFK, LGA and EWR), but also Stewart and Teterboro. The good news: the airports are OPEN. YEEEHAWWW. Let's take a moment to recognize what airlines and flights got their sh*t together fastest and were first ones in, in a step towards resuming normal operations:
LaGuardia Airport: The last of the three major airports to reopen, LGA sustained the most overall flooding and resulting damage. Limited services began this morning, November 1, with a Delta flight from Syracuse. Even NY Governor Cuomo announced the arrival on his official Twitter, complete with the above Instagram.
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Air travel for pets is often a precarious situation. Some airlines let Fido and Fluffy ride with their owners in the cabin, while others insist that animals go in the cargo hold. And, even if airlines are super permissive (like Pet Airways), it doesn't change the fact that animals often face health risks in the air. Take the sad story of Maggie Rizer's dog, for example.
Rizer, a well-known model and Vogue mainstay, had a golden retriever named Bea. Rizer often brought Bea around the world with her, most recently on a United Airlines flight from Newark to San Francisco. She took to her blog (heartbreakingly titled "And Bea Makes Three") to write about the pooch's death. Here is an excerpt:
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If you’re aren’t familiar with Porter Airlines and their lounges, you just roll your suitcase—and yourself—right inside as lounge access is a complimentary amenity available to each and every passenger. No credit card, membership, or other paperwork needed to swing in for a drink, a comfortable seat, and a personal power outlet.
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Because we live in the future, airport officials at LGA, JFK, and EWR have installed customer service holograms, one per airport. Called Airport Virtual Assistants (AVA's in the politically correct parlance, these kinds of holograms have already been present in airports for at least two purposes.
Use #1 is to get people's attention with something moving and talkingwhich is to say, something that's shinyrather than by putting an announcement on a sign. When Manchester Airport was having problems with travelers ignoring Europe's equivalent of 3-1-1 liquid rules, they installed holograms to announce the restrictions. We wrote up the effort in 2011 but never really followed up, if only because it made us a little sad to think that adults were now getting basic airline security instructions from flickering lights.