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Last Friday a lunatic - we think it's fair to call him a lunatic - walked into Louis Armstrong International in New Orleans and began trying to hack up the place with a machete.
He used anti-wasp spray to keep security officers at bay, and it would later be discovered that the bag he was carrying was filled with Molotov cocktails. The attacker managed to badly injure a TSA worker before finally being brought down by a sheriff who was in the area.
And therein lies the debate that started on Monday: what would have happened had the armed officer not been there? TSA personnel are trained to handle rampages, and this article describes some of the tactics they used (one guy blocked the machete with a piece of luggage while travelers fled the area). But the only thing that stops an attack like this in its tracks is a well-aimed shot, and TSA agents aren't armed.
Plenty of travelers head and to and through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport each and every year, and that’s especially the case when events like the Super Bowl and Final Four take place in town. Airport officials realize that the place could use even more upgrades and improvements, so they’re thinking about throwing down $650 million to spruce things up.
The plans aren’t just for new restaurants and shops—the airport just got those—as this new plan calls from an entirely new terminal built on the north side of the existing airport.
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When it comes to cool airport names, we’ve got to say that Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has to be one of the best. Starting this week the airport is going to be the gateway to this year’s Super Bowl, as visitors—and media—from around the globe head to the city to check out the pregame festivities, which probably have already begun. Thankfully the airport is more than prepared for the influx of visitors, as they just cut the ribbon on a bunch of new restaurants and shops over at MSY.
In total there’s around eight new restaurants and other spots to grab a bite to eat in the recently renovated airport, and that’s good news for hungry travelers heading to town. New Orleans has invested around a billion bucks on upgrades and improvements in advance of this year’s big game coming to town, and the airport advancements are just one piece of the spending.
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If you’ve ever wanted to tell your favorite airport that it could really use one less Sbarro, now’s the time to speak your mind. Louis Armstrong International Airport—that’s the airport in New Orleans—is asking for input on what types of concessions and services travelers are really looking for.
The airport is under a time crunch as it looks to renovate and streamline some stuff in advance of hosting the Super Bowl in 2013. At the same time they’re looking to upgrade their food offerings—more beignets and po’ boys please—and they need your help.
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Oh wow. Steps towards the re-opening of Cuba are coming quicker and quicker now, and the latest advance is a huge one: Eight new US airports have been given permission to operate charter flights to Cuba. It was only back in January that Obama and Congress re-allowed educational and religious groups to travel to Castro's island, but their departure points were limited to NYC, Miami and Los Angeles.
With the news that eight more airportsdeemed to have sufficient customs and immigration facilitiescan now begin their own travel agency-arranged flights, you can expect to see many more "My Cuba Trip" photo slideshows from your neighbors. The new airports are: Chicago-O'Hare, Baltimore, Dallas-Fort Worth, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Atlanta and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Southwest Airlines may be the only airline without a PR problem right now. So why are they additionally showering their passengers with cash -- literally?
Southwest rented a cash cube for a party last week at New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport, celebrating 30 years of service at the Big Easy. And they announced it in a tantalizingly 2.0 way -- by live-blogging and tweeting the cube's arrival (with a picture too!)
Sadly, we think the Cash Cube was just in place for the day. Although, in this economy it would be great to keep it running for the whole year. Besides, this could benefit Southwest tremendously. If people win money from the Southwest cash cube, they might spend their winnings on another Southwest flight. It could be like a mini-Las Vegas operation going on. Think about it S-dubs.
The airport WiFi news around here just won't stop--and we love it. Today, kudos go out to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, which has seriously stepped up its wireless game with new, airport-wide service.
Previously, there were a couple hotspots in the airport available for a fee, and the only free access was outside the secure area. With the new $400,000 system, you can get online anywhere except at the ticket counters and in the baggage claim area.
MSY may decide to charge for internet access in the future, but for now the network is wide open. You'll find the best signal strength in the seating area across from the House of Blues and Creole Kitchen stores, near Sonic and Popeye's restaurants and in Concourse D.
Have an airport WiFi experience to share? Let's hear it.
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