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Just for the record: yes, we know that quirky airport security stories about weapons confiscations are often a result of TSA's press outreach strategy. We've actually written about how it works. TSA officials want Americans to think that people are trying to bring weapons on board airplanes - because how else are they going to justify their existence - and it's hard to get national reporters interested in one-off stories. So you end up with a bunch of articles in city and state-based outlets that describe city and state-based incidents.
But that doesn't mean that some of the stories aren't genuinely fun. Take this local Baltimore story about BWI workers discovering that a woman was trying to smuggle a pink stun gun on an airplane. Just the visual is kind of giggle-worthy, which is probably how it ended up jumping into national blogs. Well done, TSA PR.
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New restaurants seem to be popping up at airports across the country faster than we can keep track of them, so we took some time to check out some of the newest options. Here’s just a few of the latest establishments competing with Sbarro for your airport restaurant dollars:
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
All the good stuff is usually going down over at Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s Terminal 2, but this week it sounds like some goodies are heading into Terminal 1. Local basketball fans—and travelers heading through RDU—will be able to participate in March Madness all year round, as an officially licensed restaurant from the Atlantic Coast Conference will be arriving sooner than later.
Joining the airport dining scene will be local burger place Char-Grill, as well as spots like Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina and La Tapenade Mediterranean Café. The new stuff should be arriving at the airport by spring of next year, and they’ve even got a new Starbucks on the constriction schedule as well.
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Hot breakfast sandwiches. Free WiFi. A power outlet for each comfy chair. A slick bar stocking all the good stuff for complimentary cocktails. Cheese plates. Private restrooms with showers. Macbooks.
Hello, this is airport heaven.
Though it kinda sounds like we've been describing an ultra-premium airline lounge for elite flyers at some exotic international airport, all this is in fact coming to a new lounge within Terminal 5 at New York-JFK, aka the home of JetBlue. It's to be called Airspace, and travelers will find it come May 2013 after security, near Gate 24.
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True frequent flyers may believe they've seen everything on planes, but travelers at three different airports on Tuesday were treated to something really rarea service animal boarding a Southwest Air flight. This wasn't just any service animal, however; this was a mini-horse named "Cali," being filmed for a documentary.
Cali's story isn't so different from that of a seeing-eye dog in that she was trained (in Saratoga Springs, NY) and now finds a home helping a blind girl through life. Her owner, Mona Ramouni, is a grad student at MSU in Lansing, Michigan. So, when the Australian show "Sunday Night" decided to focus on Mona and Cali's story, it was only natural to return to where it all began, in Saratoga Springs. For this, the horsey would have to fly.
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Tax day has come and gone, and you're probably excited to get the direct deposit of your big fat tax refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip.
Now that the stress and worry of tax day is over, you can focus on more important things, like where to go with that tax refund. Ultimately, the government returned your money, and it might be patriotic to spend that money in our nation's capital. Washington DC isn't all stuffy politicians, but it can require some stuffed pockets.
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Buying flights in bulkis this the next new thing? Virgin America tried it out last year with a Gilt City deal that saw a pack of 3 roundtrip short-haul flights going for $427, all the way on up to 10 long-haul roundtrips for $3,585. Well, the originators of the All-You-Can-Jet ideaJetBlueare kicking off spring travel with a bulk deal of their very own. The only catch? You have to really love flying between Boston and Washington DC.
The deal is quite simple:
· Buy a "Go Pack" of 10 one-way flights between Boston (BOS) and all Washington, DC airports—Washington-Reagan (DCA), Washington-Dulles (IAD), Baltimore (BWI).
· Pay $699, plus $7 in taxes for each flight (so it's $776 total).
· Fly your 10 flights between April 23 through June 27, 2012.
· Earn a lump sum 4,200 TrueBlue miles
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If you're passing through concourse A or B at Baltimore/Washington International Airport this week, you may find yourself in front of a camera crew.
TLC is expected to begin filming a new untitled TV show about the inner workings of BWI's largest carrier, Southwest, today. The new series will follow BWI's expansion and the day-to-day drama that happens behind the scenes at Southwest.
"It's a good opportunity to showcase BWI and the region," said Jonathan Dean, airport spokesman. "With BWI as one of Southwest's largest markets, it makes sense to shoot it here," he added.
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Your next trip through or to Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport might just be a little more enjoyable, as airport officials are headed to the ATM to withdraw some cash for a major airport upgrade. In total, the plan is to spend like $100 million on renovations and updates, as the airport continues to gain passengers each and every month.
With all the travelers passing through the airport there’s a need to get bigger and better before it’s too late. Expansions will take place over the next 18 months—at least that’s the plan. New stuff includes moveable walkways connecting Concourse B and Concourse C, so you’ll never have to hustle off to your gate again. There’ll be more bathrooms, better gate areas, and they’re promising around 8,500 square feet of new shops and restaurants.
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TSA has finally begun deploying the Gingerbread Man scanners that we started telling you about last February. The scanners detect suspicious objects and project them onto androgynous, human-shaped cutouts, the upshot being that they're as effective as current full-body scanners but without all the "having people see you naked" discomfort.
The same rules apply to these scanners as to previous full-body scanners, which is to say that you get pulled aside if the machines detect a suspicious object or you refuse screening. But we expect, at the very least, that less people will opt out of scanning now that their actual images aren't being viewed by some unknown agent in some locked room.
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Sure you might need to pound the pavement a little more this week or crank up the treadmill, but it’s all worth it for a chance to run loose at another airport. This time, the people act like airplanes at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on September 25. That’s plenty of warning to adhere to that running and exercise regimen that you promised yourself that you’d stick to back in like January.
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This last Saturday, travelers going through Baltimore Washington International Airport may have spotted something a little different in the terminal; the pay-access Airspace lounge opened, giving everyone an opportunity to hang out in a posher environment than the basic gate area, plus extras like free WiFi and workspace areas.
Airspace, which costs $17.50 per person per day, is located in Concourse D at BWI. That means if you're flying AirTran, Cape Air, Continental, United or US Airways, that you've got another option besides sitting on uncomfortable seats amongst crying babies and teenagers in Juicy Couture sweatpants and Uggs while hugging your Sbarro sandwich.
Of course, if you're carrying an American Express Platinum Card, you and your guests get access to Airspace for free.
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We've popped a squat in many, many airport lounges (see photo galleries of alot of them here), but it's simply impossible to be a frequent flyer with elite status on every airline and alliance so that you've never left outside the lounge. Thus, we're not above paying our way into airline lounges; want to use a Delta SkyClub or American Airlines Admirals Club? That'll be $50.
International airports have long known the value of allowing regular (economyshhh) passengers pay to gain access to lounge benefits; Hong Kong has an excellent pay lounge within a stone's throw of the swish Air France and Virgin Atlantic lounges. Tokyo-Haneda just opened a pay lounge so fine that we'd definitely rate it higher than any Delta or American lounge, and it costs only $12.25 for access. Just look at it! It's beautiful
Anyways, what we're getting around to saying is that US airports are finally realizing the potential for such lounges, and a promising concept called Airspace is due to open at Baltimore-Washington Airport as soon as this May.