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Genius Air Traveler Hid Marijuana In 'Mary Jane' Candy Wrappers, Because Of Course

June 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

Forty-nine year old Gregory Murphy of Toms River, New Jersey was just chilling in Newark International last Friday, hanging around Gate 85 and waiting to board a 5:00pm flight. Then someone called out his name over the loudspeaker, and that someone soon turned out to be a member of the local Port Authority police. The police wanted to know whether the pot that airport security had found in his checked luggage was indeed his.

The answer to that question was yes, and so Mr. Murphy is going to be involved in several legal proceedings in the near future. It won't be that bad - he didn't have more than 50 grams on him - but he'll have spend some time in a court room. Normally a drugs-at-the-airport story would end here.

What makes this story particularly entertaining is that he had wrapped the drug in candy wrappers labeled "Mary Jane." Come on. That's not even trying.

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More Mint for JFK as JetBlue Picks Up What United's Dropping

June 18, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | ()

While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airport—moving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hub—another airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.

This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.

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La Compagnie's Intro Pond-Hopping Offer is Just $1,007 Round-Trip

February 3, 2015 at 5:34 PM | by | ()

Last week we told you there was a French way to get from London to New York and now today, you can actually make your reservations.

Flights are now open for La Compagnie, the French all-business class airline, for their new London Luton (LTN)-Newark International Airport (EWR) route. The first flight will leave Newark on April 24. Right now, there are only three flights a week available--on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays--although a rep for La Compagnie assures us there will be four flights a week with a Wednesday departure. La Compagnie hopes to have daily flights by the end of 2015.

And we hope so too, if rates can stay as good as the intro fare which is being publicized at $1,007 round-trip. (Yes, US Dollars. Yes, taxes and fees included.) The deal is valid through April 24 for travel from April 24 to June 30.

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Take Yourself from London to New York, the French Way, on La Compagnie

January 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Last June, we learned that a new all-business class jet would by flying in the skies from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Newark.

Its name? La Compagnie. Its philosophy? To be a "French boutique airline for people who like the freedom of business class travel without the business class price tag." We like French things, biz class and non-biz classes prices, so we're thinking we could be down to try it out, especially now that the airline is adding another route--London Luton to Newark-- on March 29.

But the all-important question remains--what are the seats like?

The Boeing 757-200 plane flown by La Compagnie has 19 rows and 74 all-business class seats. Here are the specifics on the seats and the amenities that the biz class travelers will get:

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5 Ways to Spend United MileagePlus Miles and Get More Than a Glass of Wine

December 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

A few weeks ago, United began trialing a program at Newark Airport. It essentially allowed frequent flyers to redeem those hard-earned MileagePlus miles for food in some restaurants in the terminal. While it might be cool to just swipe your boarding pass and pay from your account, at about 1,000 miles for a glass of wine, the conversion rates aren't the most favorable.

This got us thinking that there are plenty of other United products better worth the miles than an overpriced meal in an overpriced airport restaurant...

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United Airlines Adding iPads to Each and Every Seat at EWR

November 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM | by | ()

United Airlines is offering some upgrades and improvements over at Newark Airport, but unfortunately it has nothing to do with the terminal—it’s all about the technology.

The folks over at the airline have just made a pretty big order over at the Apple Store, as they’re spending $120 million on new iPads and other gadgets to modernize bits and pieces of the airport experience. It sounds like the focus will be within Terminal C, as airline officials certainly recognize that their home at the airport is a little tired and certainly less than welcoming. We’re not so sure that travelers can be tricked by a little touch screen trendiness, but we shall see.

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US Limits Potential Ebola Travel to Just Five Airports

October 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM | by | ()

We've made a sustained effort to calm you down over Ebola. As the Internet will be more than happy to explain, more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died of Ebola. So as we move forward in this post, let's keep eventhing in perspective.

Have you heard, though, that all of the TSA stations in Cleveland International had to be disinfected inch by inch because an Ebola patient passed through just one of them on the way to Texas? It was simply a precaution of course - the literal actual quote from the agency's spokesman was that "it's nothing official" but rather just "something that our folks wanted to do" - but it happened and it brings up a good point. Ebola is spreading beyond West Africa partly because of air travel, and even the suggestion of Ebola is enough to bring anything its associated with to a grinding halt. So isn't Ebola eventually going to grind air travel to a halt?

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US Airports Begin Extra Health Checks for Ebola

October 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM | by | ()

Whether you realize it or not, international airports are screening for health issues of incoming passengers. Typically it's just trained officials eyeballing the stream of arriving passengers, sometimes with the help of temperature sensors, looking for any telling signs of deteriorating health before an unwell person passes through customs and out into the public.

Owing to the recent threat of Ebola, however, those checks are about to become more obvious, and more specialized, at least temporarily.

According to the NYT, five US airports will begin screening passengers arriving from West Africa with new procedures, including a contactless thermometer to test for fever, and a questionnaire to determine a person's risk.

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Plug In at Fresh Charging Stations, from JFK to LAX

August 29, 2014 at 7:30 AM | by | ()

On your next trip out of town keep an eye out for some charging stations at a few major airports. Sure it’s not worth scoring some airfare just to check them out, but we can’t complain when someone is doing something to make the travel experience that much better.

In total there’s 169 brand new charging stations doing their thing, as they’ve been installed over the last couple weeks at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Miami International Airport. Look for them in areas where plenty of travelers are coming and going—think spots like the gate areas, the restaurants, and the shops.

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Think Fast for 30 Free Minutes of WiFi at New York City's Airports

July 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM | by | ()

Okay—so it’s better than nothing, as we’re making some concourse connectivity progress when it comes to the technology offerings at airports in and around New York City.

JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are now flipping the switch on complimentary WiFi; however, just note that usage will be limited to 30 minutes. That’s plenty of time to check-in on social media, or to update the boss to let her know that you’ve come down with a cold and won’t be into the office—perhaps because you're actually on the way to a long weekend away.

The new deal is all part of a plan by those folks in charge of the airports—the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. They also oversee things a little bit up the Hudson River as well, so the WiFi will also be an option at Stewart International Airport.

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Automated Passport Kiosks Are So Hot Right Now

June 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM | by | ()

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to travelers who've shelled out for Global Entry, but a better option is quickly gaining popularity at major US airports...and it's free to use.

The automated passport kiosk allows travelers arriving from international lights to quickly enter their details, snap a photo, receive a stamp, and continue on their merry way into baggage claim; this is as opposed to waiting in a long line to see an agent for the usual passport review and stamp.

We first experienced the smooth and snappy process back in October, and fell in love with it. It seems that airports and fellow flyers echo our feelings, as over 10 airports have added the machines, with more to come:

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Why You'll Want to Avoid Newark Airport for 75 Days This Summer

April 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM | by | ()

Granted, our usual NYC travel advice is to avoid Newark Airport whenever possible, but take it doubly serious this summer as public transportation to/from the airport is going to be the worst.

FlyerTalk alerted travelers to the situation, confirmed by the Port Authority and local news reports.

The Newark Airport AirTrain will be closed for necessary repairs for 75 days during summer's peak travel season: May 1 - July 15. Rubbing salt into the wound, not even Amtrak will be stopping at Newark Airport's train station, meaning the only option for public transportation is a replacement shuttle bus leaving from downtown Newark.

Additionally, with no AirTrain, travelers making transfers between terminals or heading out to the parking or rental car lots will also need to pile in the shuttle buses. Yuck.

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