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'Dallas Cowboys Club' Now a Thing Over at DFW Airport

July 30, 2015 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Football fans, or more specifically Dallas Cowboys fans, have a new favorite watering hole to call home when to or through Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.

The latest addition to DFW's dining scene is the Dallas Cowboys Club, a full service restaurant now serving sports lovers in Terminal A.

The space, outfitted with plenty of football fan flourishes, has room for 80 hungry and thirsty fans — plus, of course, plenty of television screens to catch the game. The restaurant features a stadium shaped bar, and when it comes to food expect plenty of Texas-inspired grub: regional specialties, a little Tex-Mex, and of course plenty of wine, beer, and cocktails. How 'bout them Cowboys?!

[Photo: Official Site]

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AirGrub Is A Handy Ordering App For The Terminally Hungry

July 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you're hungry at the airport, having to wait in line at Sbarro or Starbucks is a drag. Your airport time is valuable; you have things to do, commitments to keep, loops of CNN to watch and the latest issue of US Weekly to read. Thankfully one company values your worth, and they’re helping you out with an airport meal-based ordering app, now live in San Francisco and Boston.

Travelers going through SFO and BOS are the first to have access to AirGrub, an app that lets you enter your flight info, browse menus from restaurants within your terminal, place an order, schedule when you want to pick it up, and — with the quick flash of a boarding pass once you clear security — cut the line to grab your meal to eat in the airport or take on the plane.

So far the the folks behind the app have made dining mates with spots like Perry’s in SFO's Terminal 1, Napa Farms Market in Terminal 2, and Yankee Pier in Terminal 3. But with Boston just added and New York on the horizon, we're sure in due time you'll be scheduling caramel macchiato pick-ups from coast to caffeinated coast.

[Photo: Official Site]

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Getting Picked Up By Uber at LAX May Soon Be a Reality

July 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

Nearly two years ago, this editor was waiting to be picked up by a family member after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. I was standing near the curb at Terminal 1, which like most areas of LAX was a madhouse.

Some passengers (we suspected International fliers from nearby Terminal 2) had their luggage stacked up impossibly high on those SmartCarts, and were blindly pushing them through a crowded sidewalk filled with other passengers — mainly those from Southwest, who were simultaneously rolling their luggage while looking for rides from family, friends or the taxi line.

Suddenly, I noticed a small silver Prius pull-up. A young-ish man hopped out of the driver's side, went to the curb where another young-ish man was standing, and grabbed his luggage. The second young man then took a seat in the back while the driver was putting his luggage in the backseat.

But before the driver could return to the wheel, he was busted by LA Airport Police. The driver was an Uber driver; the young man was his passenger who had called up the ride via the Uber app, which was apparently illegal. Here's my tweet from that incident:

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Tokyo Airport Introducing Robot Workers And Hopefully This All Goes Well

Where: Japan
July 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Expect a warm, pre-programmed welcome on your next trip through Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, which recently acquired some futuristic new workers to pitch in with airport operations.

As Airport-Technology.com reports, airport officials are about to release robots into the terminals and concourse. Don’t worry, they’re friendly. (Or at least, that's the plan — until their laser-shooting eyes are installed. Kidding.) Japan Airport Terminal, which manages operations in the country's airports, will introduce 11 robots that will be utilized to carry baggage, clean up messes and, most likely, generally freak out passengers.

Some of the robot magic — provided in part by developer Cyberdyne (no, not that Cyberdyne) —will even be used to enhance, um, human workers. Certain employees will be equipped with special robot-like suits boasting so-called Hybrid Assistive Limbs, which imbue the ability to carry heavier loads.

Right now this is all just a test, but there are plans to increase the robot ranks if things go well. We can’t wait to see these out in the airport wild, we just hope that they remain friendly. We’ll definitely be tipping them well, just in case.

[Photo: Cyberdyne]

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Heads Up: Denver International Airport Launches Its Own TV Channel

July 8, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new distraction has arrived at Denver International Airport, so if you find yourself waiting for a flight with a dead smartphone battery, cheer up: Here's something that will occupy your interest while you're in a social media blackout. (Shudder.)

The folks over at Airport World report that DEN just debuted this week one of the world’s newest television channels — its very own. The airport now has 30 screens dedicated to its own TV channel, which beams programming chockfull of Colorado-related news and information across the terminals and concourses. (Plus it includes some programming from the major networks too.)

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This Is the World's First Airport to Use Apple Watch Behind the Scenes

June 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once the Apple Watch made its debut on the wrists of travelers, it was inevitable that things like gate information, flight updates, and other flight-related frills would all make an appearance via one airline app or another. But now it’s an airport that is going all-in with Apple's latest tech toy.

Per Airport World, this month Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) became the first airport in the world to start using the Apple Watch behind the scenes. The airport has connected the watch to its existing operations and information system, so now the watch can immediately offer duty managers real-time updates . Push notifications and alerts to staff are designed to keep everything on schedule and running according to plan: whether it comes to flight delays or airplanes fighting over a gate, every need-to-know issue will be delivered to a wrist so that it can be dealt with. Hopefully this will keep decision-makers in the know — and benefit all travelers as a result.

SITA, the airport management system that pushes these updates through an app it developed specially for YQB, is also in use at 150 airports in almost 50 countries. So it might not be long before other staffers in other airports are using Apple Watch like walkie-talkies. The next time you see an airport worker bee busily checking his or her wrist, know that they might be sending instructions — not emojis.

[Photo: Apple]

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This Groove-y Green Park Reduces Airplane Noise Outside AMS

June 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen our share of airport art installations, and it’s fair to say that some are great and some are — well, less than great. Here's one that falls in the extremely rare greater-than-great category. Although what makes this art unique — besides that it actually covers acres and acres of property outside of the airport — is that it also serves a surprising function.

Amsterdam artist — and, we can only, assume awesome gardener — Paul de Kort has designed a pretty good looking 81-acre park next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. But you won't find picnic tables or park benches here. The folks at Gizmodo have the full scoop (and plenty of pictures), but basically de Kort created green space that greatly reduced the noise of all those planes coming and going. Ridges in the ground, set a certain distance apart, mimic the wavelength of airport noise — and as a result, they've cut the noise pollution basically in half.

So the next time you’re coming or going through AMS and look out the window you’ll know the importance of all those ridges on the ground. Not only do they look cool, but they're a fix for (noise) pollution. Talk about going green.

[Photo: Paul de Kort via Gizmodo]

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Airports Offering Free Coffee to Soldiers

May 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Memorial Day might be over, but we should still make a point to stop and remember — and thank — our brave military men and women. And thanks to the folks behind Hudson Group, American airports are places where uniformed service members will continue to find some tokens of gratitude.

According to USA Today, Hudson-operated airport retailers will offer free small coffees to American and Canadian military members through July Fourth. The weeks-long giveaway applies to more than 50 cafes, shops, and kiosks in terminals and concourses across the country, including spots like Dunkin’ Donuts, Aeromart and Euro Café, among others.

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Wi-Fi Addicts, Stay Sane in Spain: Free Airport Service Is Coming Mostly Everywhere Soon

Where: Spain
May 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news, if you're looking to save some digital dollars — or is that, electronic euros? — during your next trip to Spain. Soon you won't be paying anything at all to access airport Wi-Fi.

According to an article over at Salon, Spain's airport authority is about to flip the switch on for free Wi-Fi. By the end of 2015, they'll grant the magic of free and unlimited Wi-Fi at 46 airports across the country.

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Move Over PDX, As PIT Is Proud Of Their New Airport Floor

May 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Inside The Newest, Largest Airline Lounge in South America: LAN and TAM Salon VIP

Where: Santiago, Chile
April 29, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's hard to believe that it was only last month we declared the LAN Airlines lounge at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Airport the "best in South America." That may have been true at the time but, as of this week, the tides have changed and LAN's home airport in Santiago, Chile now not only claims the best lounge in South America, but the largest.

The brand new Salon VIP opened at SCL yesterday, and it borrows much of the look and South American design influence of that Buenos Aires lounge, albeit on a grander scale.

As the largest lounge in South America, it naturally boasts some impressive numbers, like the facts that it's 23,000 square feet, with 28 restrooms, 10 showers, a 180-foot-long buffet, 46 employees, and the capacity for 460 travelers. It's nearly 24 hours, with operating hours from 3am to 1am daily.

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South Florida's Tri-Rail Now Finally Doing Its Thing To MIA

April 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (3)

Good news for those looking to head into or head out of Miami, as another of the area’s commuter trains has finally linked itself up with the airport.

Earlier this month a new Tri-Rail station opened up at Miami International Airport’s transit hub, and that means passengers are now just a short people mover ride away from the terminals and concourses.

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