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It’s been a little bit of time since we ran through the country’s airports to check out what’s new in the world of airport dining. Sbarros are closing and Starbucks are opening all the time, so we want to keep you up-to-speed regarding your opportunities for airport eats.
New York City's LaGuardia Airport has been pretty busy for the last few months (really, years), as the airport continues to upgrade and improve their offerings.
One of their most recent openings is that of the airport’s beer garden. Over the summer the airport debuted an almost 3,000-square foot spot simply known as Biergarten. Local brewers are the stars here with options chosen by the master brewer—Garrett Oliver—from Brooklyn Brewery. Expect lots of local options from breweries like Blue Point and Ommegang. Sausages are a plenty when it comes to their non-beverage options, and there’s a bunch of small plates to nibble on while you kick one back.
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Traveling solo or with a partner or even a group of friends is easy compared to traveling with little kids (or pets!). This week we'll be posting some insights and tips from the family travelers of the Jaunted crew. Today, Cynthia, editor of Jaunted shares her experience of flying with a pet cat.
Dogs on planes. So over it. They're seemingly everywhere, from First Class on a transcontinental to the last row of economy on a puddle jumper. Where are all the kitties?! If you enjoy travel, then perhaps your pets will as well. We recently put this theory to the test and picked up new tips by traveling with our own cat on flights from New York to Detroit and back.
About our travel cat: "Jetson" is a one-year-old mackerel tabby cat, who is very social and very curious. We rescued him as a tiny kitten, and he's been on short road trips, in the NY subway, and on one previous flight. He doesn't require any medication to be calm on flights, but will occasionally meow.
Flight price: $248 from New York to Detroit and back for one person, booked by calling Delta reservations (a requirement when traveling with pets). Plus $125 each way for the cat. Total: $498.
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There’s some good news this week for those who love to over pack and feel the need to lug along one of those baggage scales. Officials just did a sweep of luggage scales in and around the airports in New York City, and it looks like the scores are worthy of hanging on the refrigerator.
The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has been driving around checking things out, and they’ve found that 96 percent of scales are accurate. They didn’t just check one or two either, as they claim they checked out each and every scale at both JFK and LaGuardia airports.
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[Update 07/23] The runways at LGA are open again and flights are progressing normally as possibly, although keep an eye out for the plane if you're flying in, as it's still sitting where the nose collapsed.
[Update 7:30pm] Southwest has issued an updated statement regarding the incident. View it on their site (if the site is down, view screenshot). It reports there are five minor passengers and three flight attendants with injuries currently being treated. All passengers are safely in the terminal.
[Update 7:00pm] Flights departing for LaGuardia this evening will be held at their origin until 8pm at the earliest. Double-check the status of your flights and those for anyone you're due to pick up from LGA.
Around 5:45pm EST this evening, a Southwest Air Boeing 737 landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport and suffered a landing gear failure at the nose. The plane tipped forward, and the crew and passengers evacuated via the emergency slides. There were 150 people total onboard.
There was no fire or explosion.
The jet is tail number N753SW, operating as Southwest flight 345, originating in Nashville, TN. The individual plane was first delivered from Boeing to Southwest on June 10, 1999, which makes it just over 14 years old.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Watch a little TCM or just Netflix some older movies and, inevitably, a TWA plane will fly through the screen.
TWA, or Trans World Airlines, flew for the final time in 2001 when it was bought and merged into American Airlines. Before times were tough, however, the carriera pioneer of coast-to-coast flyinglived large as "the airline to the stars." Howard Hughes made sure of this, lending his Hollywood influence to his controlling interest in the company while shiny new Lockheed Constellations turned heads on the tarmac.
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It wasn’t that long ago that iPads invaded the airport, and we’re not just talking about the personal ones used by travelers. Restaurants have embraced the new technology, as they’ve been quick to add ordering abilities to the tablets as well as stuff like nutrition information and wine lists. Well now it looks like the iPads might just be doing a little more than taking orders. Be sure to say please and thank you, as the iPads are now talking back.
OTG Management—they’re responsible for airport restaurants all over the place—is upgrading their iPad offerings, as they claim to be the first to introduce multi-language support to their airport systems. Things are starting off at a couple restaurants up in Toronto, as it looks like Fetta Panini Bar and Heirloom Bakery Café inside Toronto Pearson International Airport are the first to graduate from the foreign language program.
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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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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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Photo source: shared by Jaunted tipster
Doubtless by now, you've seen every photo of major flooding in New York City that've gone from Instagram to Twitter, to the TV news networks. But we have another.
Above is a new photo of LaGuardia Airport, submitted by a Jaunted tipster. Taken by Blackberry this morning, the photo shows water levels nearly breaching the jetbridges of Terminal C (which used to be all US Airways and is now mostly Delta). There is flooding in the baggage rooms and other first-level areas. Though the water has receded, we're not sure how far; regardless the airports are going to have much larger problems than just worrying about how their employees will get to work without public transportation, some bridges and tunnels.
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LaGuardia Airport (LGA) mid-day today:
LaGuardia airport runways are being flooded from flushing bay
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Sbarro. Starbucks. Cheeburger Cheeburger. These are the words we now associate with airport dining, if "dining" is even the word you can use for a $5 slice of reheated pepperoni pizza.
It wasn't always like this, of course; proof comes from this 1941 menu from New York-LaGuardia's Coffee Shop which, amongst yumminess like roast chicken with currant jelly and pear tarte bourdaloue (whatever that is), features a $1 steak dinner. For $1.25 you could even add an appetizer, salad and dessert.