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LaGuardia Airport (LGA) mid-day today:
LaGuardia airport runways are being flooded from flushing bay
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Now that Hurricane Sandy is upon the East Coast and canceling flights in droves, we're dedicating today to using all our travel know-how (and some on-the-fly advice, as half the Jaunted team is stuck at airports as well) to help you ride out the storm despite delayed travel. Stay tuned and stay safe!
You're stuck. You're cranky. You're uncomfortable. If you're lucky, your home (until you can fly out) will be a hotel or the living room of a friend, but many will find themselves sleeping at the airport and that's just no fun. Here, however, are Five items you can buy at the airport to survive the next couple days:
· Beach Towel: Not only does it soften a sleep on the floor or hard chairs, but it's also effective as a dirt barrier between you and whatever is on that floor/soaked into the waiting area chairs. Spread it out on a blanket to curl up on, roll it up to use as a pillow or cover yourself with it like a blanket for privacy or warmth. There are many uses for something so simple, and luckily it should be cheap enough to throw out once your flight does board and depart.
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If you’re hanging out in the Maldives then you are probably already somewhat of a high roller—or you are just really good at collecting those frequent flyer miles. That’s why it doesn’t really surprise us that travelers heading to and through the country’s main airport are faced with big-ticket items in the duty-free shop.
Just like plenty of other airports across the globe there’s a decent selection of luxury goodies at Malé International Airport. One thing that sets this airport apart is the price tags, and they have a bottle of The Balvenie Fifty—a fancy whisky—that sells for roughly $39,000.
Well, we guess we should say they did have this in stock, as apparently a passenger heading to China threw down some cash to take it home only a few days after the bottle of booze hit the shelves. We don’t know if there’s a world record for most expensive duty-free purchase, but this has got to be in the running. We could probably buy this whole machine—cigarettes included—for less than this single bottle.
[Photo of a different whisky: Ethan Prater]
[Photo of a different whisky: Ethan Prater]
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No, this airplane-shaped Duty Free kiosk isn't in Hong Kong airport or even Seoul-Incheon (though its adorableness would suggest that). We spotted it just yesterday at New York-JFK before heading out on Lufthansa flight 401, an A380 which would give even this tubby jet a run for its money.
We would dare you not to be tempted into buying something from it, but alas it's completely filled with cigarette cartons.
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There are some 60 airlines flying into and out of New York-JFK Airport. Competition is fierce, but New York's always game for a little of that. Passengers are looking for the cheapest tickets (of course), shiniest planes, most routes and newest facilities. Come next spring,
The entire project cost is in the billions, so it's no fresh paint fixer-upper or anything; every month construction workers build $26 million worth of new stuff into Terminal 4 (that's over $1 million every workday!). Why should you care? Because Delta wants you in it, loving it and flying out of it...and soon. They are on schedule and under budget (whoa) for an opening in May 2013. Arrive early for your late spring Delta flight, because this place will warrant some checking out.
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The length of Terminal 3 as viewed from its replacement: the extension of Terminal 4
Since early 2010 we've known the end was nigh. Delta plans to demolish the building after moving into their massive expansion of the neighboring Terminal 4, which will all go down in May 2013 and which we'll tell you all about tomorrow.
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Much has been made lately of the newest tech-y addition to airport arrivals halls, those hologram helpers, but up until this weekend we hadn't seen one for ourselves. The entire machine, a sizeable thing, can be found at the transportation help centers, where you may go to ask a question about taxi fares or how to get a bus versus a taxi.
Hologram girl's purpose is to answer the most basic of questions so you no longer have to wait to speak with a human. Except she's not exactly a hologram. A hologram projects an image into open space, a la Princess Leia's "help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" message beamed out of R2-D2 in Star Wars. Instead, airport hologram girl is a projection onto a person-shaped piece of plexi, which stands a respectable distance out into the baggage claim area as if she is indeed able to help and answer questions.
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Terminal 7 -- British Airways, with a single Concorde
Okay okay. We'll admit that we've been having a bit of a love affair with the history of JFK Airport lately. In all fairness, we've also had spells with Singapore-Changi and Amsterdam-Schiphol, but there's just something about JFK...
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Off limits. That's sadly how we know the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport today. No flights fly from it, no passengers check in beneath its departures board, and no cocktails are pushed across the bar of the Lisbon Lounge...any longer.
Unless you're renting out the entire space for a big-budget event or photoshoot (as Banana Republic recently did for their fall/winter 2012 ads), there's no way inside...with the exception of one day when the Flight Center is opened, for free, to the public during the openhousenewyork (OHNY) festival.
This last weekend may have been the 10th anniversary of OHNY, but it's only the second year the TWA Flight Center has participated. The first year obviously went well enough as they extended the hours for 2012, which nicely thinned the crowd to make for ideal photography and a mood that approached conviviality. To put it simply, it just seemed like everyone was truly enjoying being there.
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It's been an entire year since the demolition of the old I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 at New York's JFK Airport. Not only was it the former "Sundrome" home of the now-defunct National Airlines, but it served as the first real home of JetBlue; it was their training wheels terminal before building Terminal 5, if you will.
The building may be gone but Terminal 6 lives on...as what's soon to be an extension of JetBlue's massive T5. Just this morning the airline's head honchos broke out the shiny silver shovels with Port Authority officials to break ground on "T5i," an annex specifically for JetBlue's international flights.
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It really seems as though traveling with pets has been quite the hot topic of the last couple months, as we experimented with it, then JetBlue launched a Pet Pass, then model Maggie Rizer suffered a tragedy with her dog. And it looks as though pet travel won't be excused from the news anytime soon, as JFK Airport announces the development of the $32 million animal care facility.
From tiny kittens to massive racehorses, the building will be able to care for all sorts of jetsetting pets, but services will stretch beyond just kenneling to include grooming, quarantine, a vet hospital, a rehabilitation center, lawn space and an aviary.
Why this and why now? The AP/WSJ reports:
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The AirTrain to New York City's JFK Airport is an awesome thing. For $5 (after exiting the subway and paying that $2.25 fare), you get a straight shot to JFK's terminals from Jamaica Station in Queens. The airport is lucky to have such a system, since most international airports leave tourists to fend for themselves with cabbies or bus networks. Still, something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
The JFK AirTrain has fallen victim to a scam involved unlimited-ride Metrocards. Here's what happens: tourists take the subway out to transfer to the AirTrain at Jamaica Station. They exit the subway and head for the AirTrain turnstiles, Metrocard in hand and ready to pay the $5 fare. Whoopsiesthe MTA's so-called "unlimited" ride cards can't be used for the AirTrain. Locals know this and, seeing a quick way to make a buck, they swoop in to smooth-talk those tourists into giving them the cards, for free, because they are essentially useless to travelers departing NYC. If they get a few regular cards with leftover value, then ever better; they've conned people out of money they could've used to pay the AirTrain fare.
Confused? It's a confusing system being exploited by a conniving, widening circle.
Now here's the big problem: