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US Limits Potential Ebola Travel to Just Five Airports

October 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've made a sustained effort to calm you down over Ebola. As the Internet will be more than happy to explain, more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died of Ebola. So as we move forward in this post, let's keep eventhing in perspective.

Have you heard, though, that all of the TSA stations in Cleveland International had to be disinfected inch by inch because an Ebola patient passed through just one of them on the way to Texas? It was simply a precaution of course - the literal actual quote from the agency's spokesman was that "it's nothing official" but rather just "something that our folks wanted to do" - but it happened and it brings up a good point. Ebola is spreading beyond West Africa partly because of air travel, and even the suggestion of Ebola is enough to bring anything its associated with to a grinding halt. So isn't Ebola eventually going to grind air travel to a halt?

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US Airports Begin Extra Health Checks for Ebola

October 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you realize it or not, international airports are screening for health issues of incoming passengers. Typically it's just trained officials eyeballing the stream of arriving passengers, sometimes with the help of temperature sensors, looking for any telling signs of deteriorating health before an unwell person passes through customs and out into the public.

Owing to the recent threat of Ebola, however, those checks are about to become more obvious, and more specialized, at least temporarily.

According to the NYT, five US airports will begin screening passengers arriving from West Africa with new procedures, including a contactless thermometer to test for fever, and a questionnaire to determine a person's risk.

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Plug In at Fresh Charging Stations, from JFK to LAX

August 29, 2014 at 7:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

On your next trip out of town keep an eye out for some charging stations at a few major airports. Sure it’s not worth scoring some airfare just to check them out, but we can’t complain when someone is doing something to make the travel experience that much better.

In total there’s 169 brand new charging stations doing their thing, as they’ve been installed over the last couple weeks at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Miami International Airport. Look for them in areas where plenty of travelers are coming and going—think spots like the gate areas, the restaurants, and the shops.

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Think Fast for 30 Free Minutes of WiFi at New York City's Airports

July 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay—so it’s better than nothing, as we’re making some concourse connectivity progress when it comes to the technology offerings at airports in and around New York City.

JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are now flipping the switch on complimentary WiFi; however, just note that usage will be limited to 30 minutes. That’s plenty of time to check-in on social media, or to update the boss to let her know that you’ve come down with a cold and won’t be into the office—perhaps because you're actually on the way to a long weekend away.

The new deal is all part of a plan by those folks in charge of the airports—the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. They also oversee things a little bit up the Hudson River as well, so the WiFi will also be an option at Stewart International Airport.

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Automated Passport Kiosks Are So Hot Right Now

June 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to travelers who've shelled out for Global Entry, but a better option is quickly gaining popularity at major US airports...and it's free to use.

The automated passport kiosk allows travelers arriving from international lights to quickly enter their details, snap a photo, receive a stamp, and continue on their merry way into baggage claim; this is as opposed to waiting in a long line to see an agent for the usual passport review and stamp.

We first experienced the smooth and snappy process back in October, and fell in love with it. It seems that airports and fellow flyers echo our feelings, as over 10 airports have added the machines, with more to come:

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Why You'll Want to Avoid Newark Airport for 75 Days This Summer

April 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Granted, our usual NYC travel advice is to avoid Newark Airport whenever possible, but take it doubly serious this summer as public transportation to/from the airport is going to be the worst.

FlyerTalk alerted travelers to the situation, confirmed by the Port Authority and local news reports.

The Newark Airport AirTrain will be closed for necessary repairs for 75 days during summer's peak travel season: May 1 - July 15. Rubbing salt into the wound, not even Amtrak will be stopping at Newark Airport's train station, meaning the only option for public transportation is a replacement shuttle bus leaving from downtown Newark.

Additionally, with no AirTrain, travelers making transfers between terminals or heading out to the parking or rental car lots will also need to pile in the shuttle buses. Yuck.

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Flight Review: Cheap and Easy from Newark to Munich on United

Where: Munich, Germany
January 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

The flight: United 106 from Newark to Munich, Germany.

We're not huge United flyers and usually prefer to hop the later Lufthansa flight out to Munich, but the price for United was too good (under $500!) to pass up in this instance.

Seated all the way in the back—seat 38K—isn't bad at all for a tad over 7 hours to Europe. Heck, we've endured a less comfortable seat for non-stops to Asia, so we boarded the plane already with a sense of "this won't be bad at all." This is regular Economy, not even "Economy Plus," as United calls their premium economy option, offering a few inches more legroom for a hundred dollars or more.

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There's a New 'Longest Flight in the World' and It's a Doozy

November 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM | by | Comment (1)

The king is dead, long live the king!

Just before dawn across the world at Singapore-Changi Airport, an Airbus A340-500 touched down and taxied to its gate. The passengers filed off, followed by the flight crew, and there was no fanfare for this last arrival of the longest flight in the world.

At nearly 18 hours and 9,500 miles, Singapore Airlines' SQ 21/22 between Newark and Singapore was a monster of a nonstop which only accommodated 100 travelers in all-Business Class comfort. All good things must come to an end, however, and Singapore dropped the route in order to trade in the old, gas-guzzling, four-engine A345s for some shiny and efficient A350s to come.

It's a smart move, but a sad one regardless. Singapore 21/22 will live on through the stories of those who flew it, and we're proud to add our hour-by-hour account to the aviation history books.

Moving on, another flight route must now ascend to the throne and claim the title of "longest flight in the world." For that, look no further than Texas.

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The Best Seats on the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Plus 40 Photos!)

October 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flights from New York to London are almost as frequent as a bus service; there's nearly one every hour. The majority fly between New York's JFK Airport and London-Heathrow, but switching it up and choosing the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner departure from Newark's Liberty International Airport means picking the plane with most pizzazz.

With 35 seats in Club World (business), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World Traveller (economy), the 787 is no jumbo jet. Instead, we'd say it's more of a boutique experience, a specialty service of sorts which brings all the fun new stuff of the Dreamliner to the transatlantic routes typically served by the same ol' same ol'.

We've already detailed what the BA 787 has that other airplanes don't, and now it's time to go inside.

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What the British Airways 787 Dreamliner Has That Other Airplanes Don't

October 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

An average day sees 12 British Airways planes soaring up into the skies on their way from New York to London. Only one is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Perhaps you've already heard about the advantages of the new 787—the quieter cabin, lower interior pressure, larger windows, improved fuel efficiency, automatic toilets, and general spaciousness—but since each airline can do what they want with their 787s, this often means further improvements beyond the standard.

So why is this 787 so special, and why should you pony up to enjoy it in BA's version of Business Class, "Club World?" Here's just a few reasons to book it and make the trek to Newark:

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What It's Like to Fly for 18 Hours on the Longest Flight in the World

Where: Singapore
September 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

9,500 miles on one fell swoop. Welcome to the longest commercial flight in the world, Singapore Airlines non-stop between Singapore and Newark. As much as we hate the word "bucketlist," that's what this is—a superlative experience with an entry in the history books and, sadly, an expiration date.

The planned distance of flight number SQ 22 is 9,525 miles with a scheduled flight time of 18:55h. The return, SQ 21 from Newark to Singapore, is a tad longer depending on winds, but we count them together. Even the aircraft is special; it's an Airbus A340-500 arranged with only 100 seats, all Business Class. The 1-2-1 configuration means comfort and relative privacy for both solo travelers and couples.

November 23, 2013 is the final flight of SQ 22, and Singapore's route from Los Angeles (the second longest flight in the world) is also due to end, on October 20, 2013. You have been warned. This season is the last chance to get onboard the world's longest flights, but a white glove experience comes with a premium price; a roundtrip starts from $7,500 during these finale months (but they do accept Star Alliance miles for award bookings).

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Airfare Deal: $759 Nonstop from New York to Hong Kong for Spring 2014

Where: Hong Kong
September 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong may be clear on the other side of the world from New York, but Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER airplanes can make the journey in one swift hop over the North Pole. Come next spring, they'll even be doing so often with a new nonstop route from Newark-Liberty International Airport to Hong Kong.

To celebrate, and to fill up their first month of flights with smiling faces, they've launched a deep discount airfare sale on the new route, with roundtrip tickets going for a total of $758.37 (or even $742.90, on some dates).

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