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Believe it or not, but as of a few weeks ago there were absolutely no Jack in the Box locations within airports. We say "as of a few weeks ago," because the first has just barely opened, and you'll find it at San Diego International Airport.
Head to SAN's Terminal 1 to order a Jumbo Jack, but it's not a problem if you’re arriving or departing from Terminal 2 East. That terminal gets a location as well, as the fast food chain focuses on some of the best sellers and essentials at the airport—as in don’t expect the full menu.
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The holiday travel season is in full swing, and that means the uncertainty of a layover, an inconvenience, or just some generalized airport anxiety. That’s where alcohol comes into the picture! We’re kidding of course, but a nice glass of wine at the airport never seems to make things worse.
Better than a dingy airport bar is a classy and clean wine bar, and you can’t get much better than Vino Volo. It also certainly doesn’t hurt that they have plenty of locations at airports around the globe, and that they offer up free WiFi along with some light bites to eat. So whether it’s a chardonnay or some merlot to go – here’s where to find each and every airport location of Vino Volo:
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Wander through an average US airport and you'll notice the options for a pre-flight nosh are usually disappointing. Fast food before sitting on a plane for hours? Even if your tastebuds say yes, your body will later have you regretting that decision.
Just last week, Baltimore Washington International Airport was named the top pick for healthy airport food. The award wasn't just bestowed by a group of frequent flyers, but backed by the brains behind the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine who annually rank the airports with the healthiest options.
An incredible 92% of BWI's food concessions have at least one healthy option on their menus.
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Travelers love to gripe; it's part of the de-stressing regiment when it comes to traveling in a flying tin can, shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers. After all, there's so much to complain about, from security theater to bathroom hygiene, to crying babies before 6am flights. Still, one area in which airports have been considerably improving is the food court. It's not just Sbarro and Cinnabon any longer, and frowns are turning upside-down.
Our friends at the many Eater sites have cleverly rated and recommended eateries via their Airport Dining Guides for the major US (and 1 Canadian) airports, so you don't miss out on great BBQ or a better cup of coffee just because it's not next to your gate.
These guides, first introduced earlier this year, were just updated before Thanksgiving with the harried and hungry traveler in mind. We recommend bookmarking your favorite airport now, before you're flying home for the holidays with a grumble in your stomach:
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Something the everyday traveler wouldn't notice is now the focus of security action by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
That thing? A steak knife, as served with meals delivered to customers at airport restaurants, after passing through TSA security.
An investigation by Newsday, published last week just in time for the busy holiday travel season, highlighted that at least two JFK eateries (The Palm in Terminal 4 and Bobby Van's in Terminal 8) were essentially violating airside weapons bans:
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When the airport looks like thisaircraft being de-iced and a departure board of yellow and red delays and cancellationsthen it's time to explore your options.
An extended delay may result in a gate agent handing you vouchers for services you wouldn't have otherwise needed had your flight flown on time. There are vouchers for a night at an airport hotel (a specific hotel, not your choice), vouchers for transportation, vouchers for future flights, and vouchers for meals at the airport. What vouchers you receive will depend on the nature of the delay, and anything that's the airline's fault (for example: crew scheduling, equipment issues) naturally yields more.
The most flexible vouchers are actually those for meals, but don't make a bee-line for the nearest McDonalds or $10 sandwich!
Typical meal vouchers allot $7 for breakfast, and $12 each for lunch and dinner, per person. That's not very much considering the current costs of airport foodLAX sells $19 salads, after allbut a little creativity and some basic math will get your tummy full of healthy options.
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We’re not going to say that we called it, but we’re hardly surprised over the latest addition to the dining options over at Portland International Airport. In a city known for its food trucks and on-the-go eats it only makes sense to bring some of these offerings to the airport, so that’s exactly what airport officials are doing.
Just last week spots like Koi Fusion and Pok Pok opened up food carts at the airport, and it sounds like a few more options are headed into the terminals and concourses before the end of the year. Instead of the usual french fries and a burger, you'll be able to score options like spicy tofu and kalbi short rib tacos along with a side of kimchi—at least that’s just some of what Koi Fusion has to offer.
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Here’s something we can certainly get behind, and if you’re headed out of town this month—you’ll probably enjoy it too. Establishments across the United States and Canada are offering up fixed menus for a fixed cost, as it’s time to celebrate Airport Restaurant Month.
HMSHost—they’re the ones behind loads and loads of dining spots at the airport—are the ones running the show this time. They’re modeling things just like a restaurant week near you, but things run all month long—and there’s usually one option per airport.
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Making the "beef or chicken?" choice on is hardly a highlight of the trip. But could we tempt you to get a little more excited over Gordon Ramsay's roasted Hereford rump of beef with green salad and mustard or perhaps slow spit-roasted chicken with fries, salad, bread sauce and roasting juices from Heston Blumenthal? Yeah, we thought so.
London-Heathrow likes to push the envelop when it comes to innovation and has a great idea for doing away with the typical in-flight fare. The airport will deliver full menu items from any one of the terminal's 118 restaurants right to your gate, all wrapped up in a cool bag for chilled items, or a thermal bag for hot items. Each meal is completely prepared and ready to be noshed at any time after take-off.
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When it comes to grabbing a cup of coffee at the airport, there's typically okay options and then there are great options. Sometimes a craving goes beyond just caffeine; travelers are increasingly requesting specially sourced beans and freshly roasted offerings and, luckily, airports are listening.
Here’s some of our picks for the best coffee shops alternatives—independent and otherwise—at airports across the country:
Kofe by Intelligentsia: ORD Terminal 5
This spot from the Intelligentsia folks has regular roasts, monthly specials, and it’s all done in a European-style stand-up coffee shop. Find it past security in International Terminal 5 at Chicago-O’Hare.
Klatch Coffee: LAX Terminal 7
Thanks to a reader for mentioning this one. The newest location of this LAX option can be found within Terminal 7, and they have some great goodies to go along with their award winning beans and brews—think freshly baked scones, cookies, and cappuccino muffins.
Abica Coffee: ATL
Okay this place might not have the same pedigree as some of the other independent options, but it’s a nice alternative to Starbucks—grab a cup at Atlanta’s Airport over in Concourse A near Gate 27.
A few years ago the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—the ones responsible for running the big airports like JFK and Newark—gobbled up operations at Stewart International. The airport in the Hudson Valley has gained some new flights since then, plus a greater presence on the airport map, but the one thing they've been missing all these years is alcohol.
We never even noticed it before, but this airport has been dry—no beer, no wine, and no liquor. Thankfully this is changing, and now nervous flyers everywhere can score a little bit of pre-flight medicine—or confidence—before heading to the boarding door.
Be sure to bring your appetite if you’re heading to or through Copenhagen anytime soon, as the airport is bringing in some fine concourse cuisine.
As part of the Copenhagen Cooking Food Festival the airport has opened up a pop-up restaurant called Hallo Hello. Of course the food here is the focus, but the folks behind the idea—Lasse Askov and Bo Lindegaard—have real life social networks on the mind as well.
They’re encouraging diners to share three course meals with strangers, as they’re trying their best to offer up a little bit of relationship and friendship as a side dish.