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Inside the American Airlines Admirals Club at San Diego Airport

August 19, 2011 at 10:22 AM | by | ()

It’s been a long time coming, but British Airways has recently added to its American destinations with its Heathrow-San Diego route which started June 1. When we flew it recently, what we were most interested in was what they were using as a lounge because, for all its faults, BA usually does lounges pretty well.

Turns out they’re using the American Airlines Admiral’s Club at SAN. Would it live up to its BA step-siblings? Only one way to find out.

The lounge is just through security in Terminal 2; as in, tucked away discreetly to the side behind security, so it’s a little confusing to find. Discreet is also the word for the doorway; there’s just a tiny plaque announcing its presence under the bell, and advising you that “proper dress” is required for access.

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New Dining Options Are En Route to San Diego's Airport

August 10, 2011 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

It seems like this summer has been all about new airport dining options, as airports continue to say sayonara to Sbarro and hello to more local spots. The latest changes are scheduled to hit San Diego International Airport, and we already have our napkins ready.

Airport officials are doing their thing as different groups and companies vie for the highly sought after lease space at the airport, so who's going where isn't totally official just yet. However, even if half of these new places arrive on schedule then a tasty layover might just be in your future.

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The TSA Takes On A New Security Threat: Updo Hairdos

August 1, 2011 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

Last month there was yet another brouhaha surrounding the TSA's security policies when a women accused them of being racist for pulling her out of the security line, after she had already gone through the full body scanner, simply so they could check her hair.

Laura Adiele felt she was being discriminated against after seeing women of other races with their hair pulled up passing through security with ease, while as a black woman with an afro tucked up into a curly bun, she was being being pulled aside.

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Four U.S. Airports Will Wrap Your Holiday Gifts for You

December 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM | by | ()

When you go holiday shopping, it's a drag to have to turn down the services of the fantastic wrappers at the store. You decline because when you lug those perfectly wrapped presents to the airport, the TSA will just tear it to shreds. Here's an incentive to bring your gifts sans festive paper and bows: A number of airports will wrap them for free once you clear security. It doesn't make up for the full-body scanning, but it's a start.

San Diego International Airport kicks off its free wrapping December 21 to 24 in terminals 1 and 2 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The airport will use wrapping paper designed by students in the New Children's Museum's After School Program.

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Rocking and Plane-Watching at San Diego Airport

October 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM | by | ()

After taking forever to get through airport security, all we want to do is plunk down and wait sleepily for our early morning flight, but nabbing a chair near our gate can be almost next to impossible. So imagine how happy we were to stumble upon this small seating area at San Diego Airport's Terminal 2.

Not only was there plentiful seating, but it had the perfect location; it was next to Starbucks. That means we were able to order our tea and oatmeal and then enjoy breakfast while sitting in one of the big rocking chairs and watching the planes go by.

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San Diego Airport Offers a Spot to Sleep and Plug In Your Computer

June 11, 2010 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

When we are at the airport waiting for our flight, we like to grab a seat with a view of the planes. But at the San Diego International Airport, we don't mind plopping down on one of these comfy rocking chairs outside of the security check and baggage claim in Terminal 1.

The seats are always full, and as you can tell from the photo, travelers plunker down to do everything to rock themselves to sleep to relax with a magazine. But we think it's the perfect place to sit with our computer. There's a bunch of outlets and the airport offers free WiFi, which means we could rock there forever.

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Dancing at the Airport? Only in San Diego.

March 19, 2010 at 10:37 AM | by | ()

If you see people breaking into dance at the Terminal 2 baggage claim at San Diego International Airport, it's because they are overjoyed at getting their luggage back. The baggage-claim boogieing is part of the airport's à Breve arts program.

The airport's been doing arts programming since 2003, but dance shows appeared only sporadically until around 2006. Now there's a dance performance by a local company once a quarter. On Tuesday, modern dance troupe Eveoke Dance Theatre took over the space, the first time the group performed in an airport.

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Hijacking Was Feared In The Case Of The Northwest Plane That Flew Too Far

October 23, 2009 at 9:38 AM | by | ()

Have you ever been so engaged in a heated discussion while driving that you completely drive past your destination without noticing, although you've got the GPS on? It's hard to imagine, but that's exactly what two Northwest Airlines pilots are claiming happened to them on Wednesday, when they overshot their destination of Minneapolis by 150 miles, claiming they were distracted by their "heated discussion over airline policy and lost track of their location."

No one was hurt, and the plane eventually did turn back around and safely land in Minneapolis, although behind schedule and with some majorly freaked out air traffic controllers. You see, after the airport tower couldn't get contact with the pilots for over an hour, and then when they did they received vague answers, the controllers feared that the flight had been hijacked. Fighter jets in the area were scrambled and ready to fly, but weren't deployed once the NWA pilots finally got their heads on straight and completed maneuvers to prove that they were indeed in control of their own plane.

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Plane-Spotting In San Diego Could Become A Literal Kiss-And-Fly

Where: 2548 Kettner Blvd [map], San Diego, CA, United States
October 1, 2009 at 4:18 PM | by | ()

Plane spotting everything from legacy carriers to LCCs isn't all that difficult outside of San Diego International Airport with the hilly terrain, but there's one specific spot that lines up so well with the end of one of the runways that we simply must tell you about it. It's a parking garage.

Specifically, it's Aladdin's Parking Garage, at Kettner Boulevard and West Laurel Street, and it's a multi-level airport parking structure situated so perfectly for watching the activity on the runways at the airport. That said, the parking garage doesn't particularly like their reputation as a prime plane spotting location, and there are signs warning of "no loitering." But until they put up signs that warn "no making out," we'll keep coming back for a little literal Kiss-and-Fly.

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Airport Photo Shoot: What? Is There a Plane Here?

June 9, 2008 at 8:45 AM | by | ()

Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo look about as discombobulated as we do as they stumbled off a plane in San Diego recently. Jessica's lucky one of this season's in maxidresses is long enough to keep her warm on the coldest plane.

The heat's been off Simpson the Elder since Ashlee was married to Fall Out Boy singer Pete Wentz and announced her "surprise" pregnancy, but she's been re-establishing herself as a country music singer at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

No word yet on whether Mr. Romo joined her at the four-day summer fest or even likes country music.

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[Photo: Dr. Funkenberry's Celeb News]

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Airport WiFi: Surfing East Coast and West

February 19, 2008 at 3:50 PM | by | ()

Contribute your airport wireless report by leaving it in comments, uploading your airport photo to Jaunted Flickr Photo Pool, or via email, and we will add it to our U.S. Airport Wireless map.

We'd hate for you to forget about our Airport WiFi Guide, our up-to-date map of spots with free Internet access.

Reader Bruce wrote in to tell us about the situation at Charlotte-Douglas International, which sounds pretty cushy:

Charlotte-Douglas offers *free* wi-fi in all concourses, lounges and restaurants, even on the land side. There are comfy rocking chairs and accessible power outlets everywhere, too. And yes, this is full access, not just a jump to the paid service vendors.

We also hear that San Diego, Virgin America's latest destination, has free internet access. Further north, Sacramento International has a free signal throughout its facilities.

Keep sending in those tips, WiFi fans!

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· Best US Airports for WiFi [Jaunted]
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Zoom Airlines Coming to Florida, California

December 19, 2007 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

Zoom Airlines, which already flies between London and JFK, is expanding its low-cost transatlantic flights to the United States. Service between London Gatwick and Fort Lauderdale begins May 22, 2008, and flights between San Diego and Gatwick start June 20.

While Zoom offers super-low one-way fares like many of the UK's LCCs, the company also has the nasty habit of tacking on vague surcharges. A round trip between Fort Lauderdale and Gatwick, for example, is listed at $398, until "departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges" bring the price up to $750. Still a good deal, to be sure, but a little transparency in the booking process wouldn't hurt.

The Fort Lauderdale flights are also interesting in that some of them stop over in Bermuda, making the Atlantic island easier to reach for flyers leaving London. We're not sure about traffic the other way, though. Are Floridians really clamoring for a chillier golf environment?

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[Photo: Wikipedia]