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Of course we all know about the phenomenon that is the carpet over at Portland International Airport, but now there’s another airport getting in on the flooring craze. This time it’s Pittsburgh International Airport, as the PIT people are in the middle of making their flooring into a bit of an art installation.
Airport officials are calling on nearby Carnegie Mellon University for a little bit of inspiration, as they’re utilizing the school—and professor and artist Clayton Merrell—for design assistance for the 169,000 square-foot project.
According to Action News 4, it’s all Terrazzo tiling, and the final airport masterpiece will reveal blue skies and puffy clouds—a pretty safe design for an airport terminal if you ask us. It sounds like they’re hopeful that travelers will feel as if they are walking across the sky.
We’re not saying hunting is cool and we’re not saying that it’s not, but we are passing along new about the rare opportunity to do it at the airport. The Pittsburgh International Airport is looking to control the wildlife in and around the airport grounds, and they’re holding a little bit of a lottery to offer up the chance to thin the population.
It’s not really at the airport in the traditional sense, but it is on land owned by the count airport authority. It’s archery only, and this year things will be limited to less than 1,000 acres or so. They’ve done this in the past as well, but this year due to development and other airport awesomeness—there's less land available, and we guess that's good for the deer!
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At this point we’re pretty familiar with what’s allowed—and what’s not allowed—when it comes to stuff that you can bring to the airport. Swords, nunchucks, and other weaponry utilized by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all bad ideas, and of course things like guns are always frowned upon. You’d assume that bows and arrows would also be on the do not bring list, but apparently at one airport it’s totally fine to bring them in and around airport property.
Okay—we’ll admit we’re arguing semantics a little bit here, but yes bows, arrows, and associated archery items are allowed on the grounds of Pittsburgh International Airport. That’s because the land surrounding the airport is apparently a darn good spot to hunt for deer.
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New airport restaurant announcements might not be as frequent as new route news, but with so many dining locations coming and going we figured it was a good idea to mention some of the latest options to hit the concourses and terminals.
· Up first this week is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, as the smoked this and sauced that is scheduled to arrive at Terminal C within in Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Hopefully this will give those arriving into the nifty fifty—or heading out—a true taste of Texas barbeque. Obviously there’s probably more authentic options outside of the airport, but we can’t complain about having the option to pick up a bottle of sauce or rub on the way to our gate. For now you don’t have to wait, as there’s already three of the restaurants at DFW—they’re near gates A18, C6, and E12.
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If you’re heading to or through the airport anytime soon you might just want to add a little bit of a layover in order to score a decent meal. Of course we’re always partial to the fast food finds we can’t get at home, but if you’re looking for something more substantial there’s a couple of celebrity chefs looking to earn your hard-earned travel money.
Up first is Jamie Oliver, as the ribbon has been cut on his new restaurant at London-Gatwick just in time to welcome and feed the first Olympic visitors. They'll call the North Terminal of the airport home, and the places will feature both a place to grab an entrée as well as a pre-departure beverage. All in all there’s three different places from which to choose, as Jamie's Italian Bakery, Jamie’s Italian, and Union Jacks Bar are all taking up valuable airport terminal real estate.
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If you’re an Iron Chef it’s clear that you are more than half-way decent at cooking, but it also means that you have a passion for restaurants—especially those at the airport. Cat Cora is already slinging stuff in San Francisco and Houston, and now Michael Symon is planning to do something similar.
Bar Symon is headed to Pittsburgh International Airport as soon as this May, and the plan is to ensure that hungry travelers are well fed and are provided with something a little more substantial than a bag of pretzels and a Diet Coke. We’re most looking forward to taking a crack at the restaurant’s "Lola Burger," which will be topped with a fried egg and pickled red onions.
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We know it’s surprising, but we actually have a little bit of good airport security news to share. It looks like the brave men and women in blue—the TSA—have launched a new express lane at Pittsburgh International Airport. Obviously anything to get us through the gingerbread scanners and metal detectors faster is a positive, so we’re curious to check things out in person next time we’re in town.
The Express Security Line isn’t just for frequent flyers or airline personnel, but it is only for those with just one bag. The TSA will be on the lookout for approved carry-on baggage only, so those who push the limit—us included sometimes—need to review the rules.
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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.
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The scanners at Pittsburgh
After we felt a little bit violated by our full-body scan at Buffalo, we vowed that the next time we came across one of them, we’d refuse it.
Two days later (it was AYCJ time, you see) we were up against the blighters again in Pittsburgh, and we decided to make our stand.
There were no warning pictures that we were approaching the scan, so as it got close to our turn, and we’d laid out our stuff on the conveyor belt, we told the TSA man we’d like a patdown instead. His response? A loud groan and an epic eye roll. He told us they were busy, we apologized and said we just didn’t want the scan. So he turned round and yelled at the female TSA agent who was checking people at the other end of the scan: “We need a patdown here”.
He then let us through a little gate to the other side of the machine and made us wait there. And wait. And wait.
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Since you’ll probably be spending some time in an airport hub during your holiday travels, we thought we’d share a little story about one in particular. Unfortunately for the airport and the city, it’s just not as important as it once was. We’re talking about the Pittsburgh International Airport, and after US Airways shifted their planes and people elsewhere, the place has become a little empty.
Most of the additions were built at the airport to please US Airways, because after all, they were the one bringing in all the jobs and jets into the area. It cost about $1 billion to get the Pittsburgh airport to where it needed to be at the time, but now it seems that the construction and cash was all for naught. The place was supposed to hold over 30 million passengers a year without a problem, but now it only sees about 8 million passengers wheeling their suitcases through the terminals.
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Our well-traveled tipsters have been sending us notes the past few weeks with reports of free WiFi from Sacramento to Jacksonville.
We're always happy to add airports with free wireless to our Airport WiFi Map, which makes it easy to determine if your destination is still in the Stone Age or not.
If you've got an airport we still haven't heard about, let us know. And if you have any cool tips about getting online--lots of power plugs in T3, cool desks across from the Delta gates, whatever--be sure to include those!
To check out all of our previous airport WiFi coverage, click here.
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