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We’re not quite ready to start handing out a Jaunty award just yet, but it does look like do-it-yourself bag tagging is becoming a travel trend. We’ve seen carriers like Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines test things out in the past, and now it looks like American Airlines is expanding their offerings as well.
The last we checked they were trying things out in Austin, and now it looks like they’re on the move to one of their hubs—this time it’s Miami. In theory this should save you some time, and you might even be able to skip a longer line in favor of a shorter one.
Have you had the chance to check out the latest and greatest in airport reality shows—"Airport 24/7: Miami?" The program on Travel Channel details the ins and outs of airport security, the boarding process, check in, and pretty much everything else through a behind-the-scenes look at the terminals and its employees. One thing they haven’t dug into too much are the airport restaurants, and that's a good thing given the recent news out of MIA.
If you’ve just cracked open your lunch box you might want to put that PB&J aside for a moment, as the following is far from tasty. Two restaurants at Miami International Airport were recently shut down as there were apparently quite a number of creepy crawlies where it should have only been nummy yummies.
Set your DVRs or create an iCal alarm as TONIGHT at 9pm EST The Travel Channel debuts their newest show, "Airport 24/7: Miami." It's only scheduled to run for 6 episodes, but the press release promises that viewers will see behind-the-scenes how airport personnel "fight terrorism, intercept drug smugglers, secure a presidential landing, manage severe weather and much more."
In case you need a little nudge over whether or not it's worth a watch, here's the details on the main people profiled:
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YES. Excellent news! It is actually happening, and by "it" we mean that TV show that's supposedly spent the last few months filming within Miami International Airport.
We first heard of it all the way back in December, then warned that you could appear as an extra, but it looks like the project has been completed and stuck to a premiere date: October 2, 9pm EST on Travel Channel.
The seriescalled "Airport 24/7: Miami"will only run for 6 episodes and the official press release describes it thus:
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We've talked about this before, but TSA officials routinely complain that they just can't catch a PR break. This week TSA agents identified and stopped an actual real-life kidnapping in Miami, where the kidnappers were trying to smuggle the victim through the airport like something out of a movie, in addition to intercepting the usual bevy of hidden weapons.
But when Congress held a hearing this week about the airport security agency, the discussion focused on how agents keep committing crimes, how airports keep privatizing their screeners, and how the new TSA union is going to be a disaster. Of course in fairness to Congress - and there's a phrase we don't usually bust out - all of those things are totally true.
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If you’ve ever flown into Miami you probably noticed that there’s kind of a lack of decent public transportation to and from the city’s core. Sure there’s those Deco Bikes, but that’s probably not a realistic option—not to mention they’re not even offered at the airport. There are some bus possibilities, but let’s be honest, that’s kind of lacking when compared to other cities around the country and the world.
However, it’s all about to change as of next week, because on July 28 a new public transportation link is finally arriving at the airport. The construction cones and jersey barriers are coming down, because Orange Line Metrorail service to the Miami International Airport Metrorail Station is almost complete. Basically this means that passengers can now be whisked right into downtown Miami without the need for rental cars, shuttle busses, or taxis. Best of all, it should only take you 15 to 20 minutes, and it’s only $2 per person per way. That’s definitely a deal when compared to other cities.
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This one's called The Roaring Twenties and Thirties in Miami Beach (they had us at roaring) and it's a collection of vintage photographs by Claude Matlack, who worked in Miami and Miami Beach between 1918 and 1942. During the twenties, his lens was focused on the beauties of the beach, and the gents who hung around them in matching dorky bathing suits.
The series on display, which comes from the Historical Museum of South Florida, is located at MIA's Central Terminal E, level 2, just before and just past the security checkpoint.
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Outside of the times Miami is hosting the buzzy Art Basel fair each December, we don't usually think of the city as particularly artsy. And we certainly don't have art galleries on our mind when we're rushing through the hordes at Miami International Airport to reach our gate.
On a recent spin from Terminal E to Terminal D, however, we were stopped in our tracks--by art.
As you can see, it wasn't the predictable kind either--no vintage black-and-white aviation photos or homespun pieces done by local kids (not that there's anything wrong with either of those...).
No, this was a series of paintings that placed dogs in the context of familiar and famous artworks.
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If you think the above photo is beautifulit's our Andes sunrise view from LAN Airlines flight 533 from JFK to SCLthen get ready to have your mind blown.
South America is a land of such staggering terrain, from desert to glaciers and rainforest to snow-capped peaks, that flying over it without requesting a window seat is a grave mistake.
For Marcelo Grether, Global Tourism Director at LAN and possessor of maybe the best job ever, the important thing is not so much getting passengers to want to fly LAN, but getting travelers to want to experience South America. And when you make that decision... "You want to go to South America? There is LAN."
Now, which route? Using Marcelo's knowledge and a passion to experience the extremes, we've figured out The Five Most Scenic LAN Flight Routes in South America:
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First it was Crocs, now it's crabs. Yep, if we were playing Jeopardy, the answer is: What are last-minute purchases you can make at Miami International Airport?
Crabs is no euphemism either, folks. We're talking stone crabs. Those delicious big claws that you can only get in South Florida between October and May. Only now you don't have to hit up the famous joints like Joe's Stone Crab in South Beach to get your claw on. The opening of The Shoppes at Ocean Drive in Terminal D means you can now grab a crab on the way to your gate.
This sprawling, all-purpose storeessentially a glorified NewsLink outletsells claws from George Stone Crab, which also takes online orders and ships its crabs all over the U.S. and Canada.
We already hinted at it, but now there's a few additional details. Fly through MIA this month and you may just wind up on a new show being filmed at the terminal for the Travel Channel. It doesn't have a title yet, but the show will take viewers behind the scenes of the airport, one of the country's biggest. Producers claim that the show will: "...feature an unprecedented cross section of an exciting airport staff as they deal with the stresses of getting over 100,000 strangers through its airport safely, every day."
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Korean Air and Lufthansa A380s snuggle up at JFK Terminal 1
Look, if you're an airport and you want to have the superjumbo Airbus A380 flying in and out, you can't just be like "hey, airlines, bring that big thang on over." Nope. Instead certain preparations must be made to accommodate an airliner of the A380's size and heft. To effectively manage each plane's 500+ passenger load, more jetways are needed, plus support vehicles to reach the upper deck. In some cases, airport runway indicator lights may need to be moved and the tarmac reinforced.
In other words, A380s can't just fly anywhere and, although the massive planes have been in the air since Singapore Airlines took delivery of the very first in 2007, not all that many airports around the world are treated to them. At least some of those are the United States...
US airports where you'll find A380s: