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Everything Old is New Again as Eastern Air Lines Continues Path to Relaunch

March 31, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

The airplanes aren't yet up in the air, but a relaunch of the classic Eastern Air Lines is moving full speed ahead.

According to Bloomberg, Eastern Air Lines Group is busy looking around for the best deal on up to ten used airplanes. Both Boeing and Airbus aircraft have a chance, as the company focuses on narrow-body planes for the venture.

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It Seems Crazy, But Sometimes a Genuinely Nice Person Does a Nice Thing at an Airport

March 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let’s face it. When you’re at an airport you hate and are annoyed by everyone else. In such a tense environment, it's rare for someone to be courteous, even if that means a simple smile.

Personally, we love being at airports. Everyone is coming and going all over the world and they rarely come together and interact during this transition. It's all so serendipitous, if it weren't for the stress.

Recently while flying American Airlines from New York-JFK to Miami, our first plane suffered from some Navigational Equipment problems, so we were held an additional 50 minutes which inevitably got us there in time to watch our connecting flight push back from the gate with no representatives in sight. The next flight (from MIA to EYW) was 3 hours later. That meant 3 hours stolen from our Key West beach time. AA did end up compensating me 500 miles and a food voucher.

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Believe It or Not, Eastern Air Lines Wants to Fly Again

January 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every once in a while there’s a former airline that tries to make a go of it once again, and this year it looks like it's Eastern Air Lines. Technically they have nothing to do with the former carrier that folded in the early 1990s, but a new group has the rights to the name, intellectual property, and they’re even moving into part of the former headquarters down in Miami.

They have a website, they have some pictures, and they’re even eager to promote that they have an Airbus A319—we guess at least one of them—on order for delivery as soon of this year. So far the only real news out of the airline is their latest press release, as they revealed that they’ve gone ahead and filed some necessary paperwork with the Department of Transportation.

Next up is starting the needed certification and scoring the other credentials from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Travel Contest Alert: Last Chance to Win American Airlines Tickets to Milan

Where: Italy
December 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Milan is quite the hotspot lately, but then when hasn't that been the case?

Joining the aircraft on Malpensa Airport's tarmac is another American Airlines plane, as AA has just begun a new nonstop route from Miami to Milan. To properly celebrate the launch for these two capitals of style, American is asking travelers to tweet a quick video showing off a short runway walk.

Granted, you won't have the same backdrop as the video above, but it doesn't matter how well you sashay so long as you enter the contest. One winner will be chosen by random drawing to claim two roundtrip tickets from any US city served by American Airlines, to Milan.

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Four US Airports are Already Rocking Awesome New Automatic Passport Kiosks

November 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Word to the wise: automated immigration kiosks are the new hotness. These machines process the passports of US & Canadian citizens in a matter of seconds (minutes, if there's a line), and we foresee it one day pushing the Global Entry program to the curb. Oh, and it's free.

How to use the kiosks:

Simply roll up to one, scan your passport page, confirm that the screen has your ID and arriving flight info correct, tap to answer "no" to the usual "are you bringing anything weird into our country?" questions, and a camera snaps your photo and prints a receipt of the transaction. Show that receipt to a man in a booth (no waiting!), he'll stamp your passport, and you're free to enter baggage claim. You'll finally yield that receipt to the customs inspection officers after baggage claim, with minimal bother and no queuing.

Who's got them:

As far as we know, there are four US airports with immigration kiosks up and running for holders of US passports. They are:

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The 6 Most Scenic Flights in South America

Where: Chile
October 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you think the above photo is beautiful—it's our Andes view from LAN Airlines flight 158 from Santiago to Calama—then get ready to have your mind blown and your bucketlist overflowing.

South America is a land of such staggeringly varied terrain, from desert to glaciers and rainforest to snow-capped peaks, that flying over it without requesting a window seat is one of the biggest travel mistakes one can make.

Now, which route? Get your camera ready because, using our own past travel knowledge and a passion for experiencing the extremes, we've laid out the Six Scenic South America Routes to Fly Before You Die:

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DIY Baggage Tagging Spreads to South Beach on American

May 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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If You're Not Looking for a Side of Roaches, Avoid These Miami Airport Restaurants

October 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Miami Airport Scores Its Own Travel Channel Show (Which Debuts Tonight)

October 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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And the Newest Star Coming to Travel Channel is...Miami Airport?!

August 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 series—called "Airport 24/7: Miami"—will only run for 6 episodes and the official press release describes it thus:

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Will TSA's New Union Supercharge Push for Private Airport Screeners?

August 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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Rapid Transit Finally Goes All the Way to MIA

July 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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