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While the political and pop culture world is fixated on the latest Donald Trump sound bite or Gawker-related gaffe, travel nerds have their own big news story to sink their teeth into — and it comes courtesy of our sibling publication, Conde Naste Traveler, and Jaunted contributing editor Cynthia Drescher.
Yesterday New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that LaGuardia Airport (LGA) will be on the receiving end of a $4 billion makeover. (Cue the meme of Dr. Evil pointing his pinkie finger at his lip. "Four beeeeeeelion dollars.") Cuomo was joined for the announcement by VP Joe Biden, who famously sneered at LGA last year, and as Drescher reports the duo laid out an interesting and inspiring vision for the future: including a "single, structurally unified main terminal" to replace the "current, fragmented layout," increased taxiway space, ferry terminal AirTran rail extension, "enhanced road configuration to reduce traffic congestion," an airport hotel and the creation of a cell phone lot, among other plans.
Head here to check out the full story, but tell us in the comments: Now that we're going to see some big bucks committed to improving the experience at LGA, what are your recs? What would you like to see prorated as part of the makeover?
[Image: NY.gov via cntraveler.com]
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We assume that you've already read our coverage of last werk's runway-skidding Delta flight at LaGuardia Airport, unless you're likely to fly into LGA some time in the near future, in which case we hope you avoided that post (we love clicks as much as the next travel news site, but those are some genuinely hair-raising images; we're more than willing to sacrifice a couple pageviews for your mental well-being).
But at least one humorous moment did come out of the near-disaster.
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If you're next trip involves landing at LaGuardia Airport, we suggest you look away now.
A Delta passenger plane originating in Atlanta (Flight 1086) skidded off the runway at LGA this morning. But the plane didn't just go off to the side of the runway a little. Instead it rammed into a seawall fence, leaving its nose hovering above the choppy sea. Eeep.
The good news is that there are no fatalities. The AP reports that all 125 passengers (including Giants tight end Larry Donnell) and five crew members evacuated on inflated safety chutes. Six people are reported to be injured, but not seriously, and the plane lost a wing but otherwise, everyone is good.
And as is the norm these days, many passengers have been posting on social media about the shaking landing. Here's a video posted during the evacuation, in which you can see people shuffling on their butts down the chutes:
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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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Just posted online: part 3 of the Washington Post's "Hazard Above" investigative series on drones. Based on the premise that drones are "set to become a widespread reality in American skies," the Post spent a year investigating whether pilotless plane thingys will accidentally kill everybody. Over 50,000 pages of accident and other records were apparently examined and, indeed, it does turn out that we're all going to die.
We're paraphrasing and exaggerating for effect, of course, but not really.
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Yesterday we filled you in on how Nashville's Airport is becoming the place to go if you’re looking to enjoy a beer before your flight. Even though downing a cold one anywhere within the terminal is a plus, nothing truly beats a biergarten. Thankfully, a few airports have taken the hint and installed actual biergartens into their terminals.
· LaGuardia Airport.
It might not be situated in the great outdoors, but LaGuardia's Biergarten does its thing within Delta's Terminal C. It’s more of a restaurant than a full-fledged beer garden, but it does call itself Biergarten—so we kind of have to include it. Both foreign and local brews are on tap, and the menu has an emphasis on German cuisine—think knockwurst, bratwurst, and other sausage selections.
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When you awoke this morning, you probably didn't think you'd spend today considering buying flights in bulk. Alas, that's what you're about to do, as JetBlue announces that they're bringing back the GoPack concept to offer travelers discounts on tickets through buying many flights, all at once.
Options begin at $739 and range from 6- or 10-trip GoPacks between as near as Boston to DC, or as far as New York to Fort Lauderdale. Don't worry, California; JetBlue has you more than covered with your own GoPacks as well!
The GoPacks go on sale starting today through March 31 ("while supplies last") and here's how they work:
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This was a very rude thing to say, and Vice President Biden should absolutely apologize. Say what you will about Third World airports, at least most of them have people who are trying to build and grow things. Newark, on the other hand - well, Jaunted has been writing about how much that airport sucks for almost our entire existence. At one point last year United dropped a bunch of money to make it better, and they inevitably failed, on account of how it sucks.
It's not just LaGuardia either. All of New York's airports are awful. JFK has birds flying through the terminals, and so of course some of the seats and certain spots on the carpet get covered in - excuse the vulgarity - actual bird shit. At night the people to birds ratio approaches that of an aviary, and you've got birds picking at the trash. That can't be hygienic. Why won't somebody do something about that?
Can we just say that it’s about time?
If you have ever had the pleasure of flying to or through New York’s LaGuardia Airport, you probably have a pretty strong opinion about the disrepair and dysfunction that can be found in and around it. Now it looks like someone is finally getting ready to do something about it, as the State of New York will be throwing money at the problem—like $3.6 billion worth.
The state’s governor—Andrew Cuomo—seems sick and tired of what the place looks like, and as part of the upgrades and improvements the airport will be scoring all kinds of new stuff. All the details are still forthcoming, so we’re not sure if it will be Starbucks or Sbarro making their appearance at the new LaGuardia. However, a new central terminal will be a big feature, and that will go nicely with new restaurants, shopping spots, and brand new parking garages. Free WiFi is also set to arrive, so that you can share your opinions of the new place on Instagram—your friends will probably need to see it to believe it.
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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.