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While you were out shopping on Black Friday about a week ago, airports around the country were plenty busy shuttling passengers to here and there—despite the sales. One such airport was San Diego International where rush hour for air traffic fell between 10:30am and 3pmsignificantly more than an hour. It was busy business as usual, but what sets SAN apart is that one photographer decided to get a little creative while planespotting.
Check out the resulting video above, which is a pretty unique look at the comings and goings of traffic at the airport, all condensed into about 30 seconds. Definitely worth a second—or third—look as you're trying to warm up to the workweek.
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Gravy boat, gravy train, gravy...PLANE!
Happy Thanksgiving or, if you're not in the US, happy Thursday! We're celebrating not with a full family-style meal around a table, but with a buy-on-board roast beef sandwich on an airplane, flying nonstop from SFO to JFK. Thanks to the magic of Gogo in-flight internet, we can tell you it's a beautiful day up here, somewhere over Utah.
As we'll all inevitably be thinking, talking, and dreaming about food this weekend, take an opportunity to plan some travel...or even just openly fantasize about a trip in the "you know where we should go?" style. For inspiration, here's a variety of Food Travel stories from our recent wanderings:
While many of you are making plans to head out of town for a long holiday weekend, filling up on turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie, there are some who will try to recreate the feast on the shores of a different country, thousands of miles away from home. Sometimes it's not much different than previous Thanksgivings in the US, but some things just have to change due to location and availability of traditional fare.
I am American expat living in Australia and, for the past 2 years I have tried to recreate the Thanksgivings I remember. The flavors and feelings are based on holidays I spent growing up just outside Chicago, with a great chill in the air and the smell of leaf decay wafting inside every time the door opened. As you can imagine, Australia is a long way off from the frozen tundra of the Midwest.
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Ah yes, another entry for one of our favorite story categories here at Jaunted, that of Dessert Travel. Not desert, but dessert. This holiday season, the facts of dessert travel are more important than ever, as TSA agents never seem to have a solid grasp on what is and is not allowed in your carry-on luggage.
Luckily for us, the TSA does have official positions on certain holiday foods, like cranberry sauce and pies. Hint: cranberry sauce is not allowed. Pies and cakes are allowed, but may be "subject to additional screening" (taste test?). We highly recommend bookmarking the TSA's webpage in case your pie is turned away, but here's the Cliffs Notes:
TODAY, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, is the hottest day for all modes of travel pre-Turkey Day. As such, we're a little worried about you out there. If you're traveling today, tomorrow, after Thanksgiving or not even until December, it's still time to take care of some things right now. Like, this very second.
· Double-check double-check double-check! Whether you're flying or driving or taking a train or hitchhiking, there are always a few tiny details easily overlooked. Like, have you chosen your seat on your flight and checked in online 24 hours ahead to make sure you still have that coveted aisle/window? Have you read our guide to surviving budget bus travel? What about what to look for in your car before setting out on a road trip? As for hitchhiking, we have no tips other than don't do it.
It's that time of the year, where we cheerfully remind you that, if you're choosing between Thanksgiving travel and hanging yourself in a closet, rope is available at every hardware store and even on Amazon. We'd never, ever, ever actually advocate suicide (seriously). But as holiday travel completionistscheck out the survival list we published last yearwe think it's our duty to make sure you at least know your options.
Speaking of options, Orbitz has released its list of busiest airports for the holiday weekend. We'd advise you to avoid them over the holiday break, but many travelers don't even have that option. Not to get all mathematical, but the reason those airports are so miserable and crowded is because that's where all the people areincluding, statistically, you!
So if you're among the more than 24 million people traveling next weekend, enjoy that:
TSA has expressed itself pretty darned proud about how passenger complaints reached an all-time low last month. Apparently "consumer complaints about the TSA were down 59% from a May 2004 peak," whichdepending on how you interpret the numbersis evidence either that TSA agents are doing a better job or that people are so numb they've stopped protesting.
In either case the holidays are coming up, and with them will arrive the annual stories about TSA opening presents and confiscating cakes. Ruining Christmas tends to generate more complaints rather than less, so let's not bust out the party hats and noisemakers quite yet.
A long holiday security line at Delta's LGA Terminal
We don't have to tell you that today through the weekend will be some of the busiest travel days of the year; if you're out there in it all, you'll see for yourself. Already SFO, EWR, LGA and PHL are experiencing weather-related delays, and odds are this is only the beginning of yet another hectic Thanksgiving travel period.
To prepare for you own flights and road trips, or to survive the ones you're currently stuck in, check out some of our most popular travel tips:
· Stay healthy despite being surrounded by sick travelers
· Bribe a flight attendant
· See what airports have free WiFi
· Five items to buy at the airport to survive massive delays
· Drink up at these 5 great bars at 5 major US airports
· Dealing with airline delays and cancellations
· Stretch out in a bulkhead row on your flight
· What to do if you're stuck at ORD, MSP, DTW or ATL
· Keeping your rental car fuel costs down
· Know your airline, train or bus' website and Twitter
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Okay, this is awesome. Go to WolframAlpha.com (a site that's like Google if Google was a huge science dork), and search "flights overhead." Yes, just those words. Now sit back for a millisecond until WolframAlpha returns with a list of the flights currently overheard you at that very moment.
This is the hottest little time waster on the internet today, and we may just stay addicted to it throughout the holidays. There's no need to live near an airport, either, as WolframAlpha picks up on planes cruising up above as well as ones coming in for a landing.
Our resultsas we're currently in the triangle formed by JFK, LGA and EWRreturned an AirBerlin flight en route from Düsseldorf to Fort Myers, FL. It's crazy to think that a website can let us know that there's a couple hundred Germans directly overheard, each of them dreaming of the Florida sunshine they'll enjoy in under three hours.
Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck and Alan Alda hit the big screen today in Tower Heist, about employees at a luxury residence tower in NYC, owned by a Madoffesque kingpin, who decide to steal $20 million dollars from their boss after finding out he embezzled their pension funds.
The building in the movie is based on the Trump International Hotel and Tower, located at One Central Park West in New York City. They even filmed most of the movie's exterior shots at Trump Tower, including one of the movie's biggest scenes which takes place during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Now that we've already warned that Thanksgiving weekend flight prices are rising and the TV news channels are freaking out over it, it's time for the airfare search engines themselves to have a say.
Hipmunk is up to their old tricks of putting together brilliant infographics, and if you know us at all, you know that one of the things we love almost as much as time-lapse videos are colorful infographics. The chipmunk dressed as a pilgrim is just a bonus.
The graphic above is only a small sample of the numbers crunched; you can view the entire masterpiece right here.
Holiday rush security line crowding at Delta's LaGuardia terminal
It's widely said that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, but really some summer days can be just as hectic. Still, with Americans scrambling to get home to eat a feast of turkey/tofurkey and stuffing, the airports aren't exactly a picnic in late November.
Curious to see exactly how high roundtrip prices for Thanksgiving flights have gotten, we headed over to place some sample trips into Hipmunk.
Here's the cheapest fares we found: