Tag: lgaView All Tags
Airport News / YYZ / MSP / LGA / iPads / Tech Travel / Travel Tech / Airport Dining / Airport Restaurants / → All Tags
It wasn’t that long ago that iPads invaded the airport, and we’re not just talking about the personal ones used by travelers. Restaurants have embraced the new technology, as they’ve been quick to add ordering abilities to the tablets as well as stuff like nutrition information and wine lists. Well now it looks like the iPads might just be doing a little more than taking orders. Be sure to say please and thank you, as the iPads are now talking back.
OTG Management—they’re responsible for airport restaurants all over the place—is upgrading their iPad offerings, as they claim to be the first to introduce multi-language support to their airport systems. Things are starting off at a couple restaurants up in Toronto, as it looks like Fetta Panini Bar and Heirloom Bakery Café inside Toronto Pearson International Airport are the first to graduate from the foreign language program.
TSA / BOS / PHL / IAD / LAX / EWR / LGA / Full-Body Scanners / Airport Security / → All Tags
Yes, the new Travel + Leisure survey of "Most Annoying Airport Security Checkpoints" is sort of kind of egregiously shameless link bait. Publishing top 10 lists on the Internet (or in this case top-14 lists) is basically cheating, up there with posting pictures of boobs and cats.
The only thing that's less subtle is putting in something that doesn't quite fit, so that people will argue about the list. Theoretically that's impossible to do on surveys, but that doesn't mean we can't still complain about the rankings. Can you believe they put Dulles TSA checkpoints as more annoying than the ones in Logan? Whoever thinks that's right has either never been to the airports or is an idiot or is a troll.
Also: well played, T+L.
Hurricane Sandy / Airlines / Airline News / Charity Travel / JetBlue / American Airlines / United / Delta / LGA / JFK / EWR / Frequent Flyer Miles / Airline Loyalty Programs / Travel News / → All Tags
A facade collapse from high winds in the middle of Sandy
The airports have reopened most traveler's unexpected "Hurrications" have thankfully ended, but that hardly means it's time for "business as usual."
Hurricane Sandy relief is desperately in need in many areas of New York City followin a variety of factors that put entire communities out, from fires that leveled homes to floodwaters that ruined entire neighborhoods, to power outages that leave residents hungry...the metropolis known as the capital of the world is in dire need of your dollars. We write this from one part of the city, poised to go help any way possible the moment the business day closes.
Airlines with a significant NYC presence are naturally doing their part and offering bonus miles for anything you can give. Here's a round-up:
Hurricane Sandy / Frankenstorm 2012 / Hurricanes / Delays / Weather / Airports / Airport News / LGA / JFK / EWR / → All Tags
We have good news and bad news. The bad news first: airport operations are limited at all airports in the immediate NYC area, including the big three (JFK, LGA and EWR), but also Stewart and Teterboro. The good news: the airports are OPEN. YEEEHAWWW. Let's take a moment to recognize what airlines and flights got their sh*t together fastest and were first ones in, in a step towards resuming normal operations:
LaGuardia Airport: The last of the three major airports to reopen, LGA sustained the most overall flooding and resulting damage. Limited services began this morning, November 1, with a Delta flight from Syracuse. Even NY Governor Cuomo announced the arrival on his official Twitter, complete with the above Instagram.
Hurricane Sandy / Frankenstorm 2012 / Hurricanes / Delays / Weather / Airports / Airport News / Expedia / LGA / → All Tags
Photo source: shared by Jaunted tipster
Doubtless by now, you've seen every photo of major flooding in New York City that've gone from Instagram to Twitter, to the TV news networks. But we have another.
Above is a new photo of LaGuardia Airport, submitted by a Jaunted tipster. Taken by Blackberry this morning, the photo shows water levels nearly breaching the jetbridges of Terminal C (which used to be all US Airways and is now mostly Delta). There is flooding in the baggage rooms and other first-level areas. Though the water has receded, we're not sure how far; regardless the airports are going to have much larger problems than just worrying about how their employees will get to work without public transportation, some bridges and tunnels.
Hurricane Sandy / Frankenstorm 2012 / Hurricanes / Delays / Weather / Airports / Airport News / Floods / JFK / LGA / New York City / → All Tags
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) mid-day today:
LaGuardia airport runways are being flooded from flushing bay
- FDNY Incidents, on Facebook
Food Travel / Budget Travel / Airports / Cheap NYC / LGA / Historical Travel / → All Tags
Sbarro. Starbucks. Cheeburger Cheeburger. These are the words we now associate with airport dining, if "dining" is even the word you can use for a $5 slice of reheated pepperoni pizza.
It wasn't always like this, of course; proof comes from this 1941 menu from New York-LaGuardia's Coffee Shop which, amongst yumminess like roast chicken with currant jelly and pear tarte bourdaloue (whatever that is), features a $1 steak dinner. For $1.25 you could even add an appetizer, salad and dessert.
Charity Travel / Active Travel / Airports / Running / Marathon Travel / LGA / New York City / September 11 / Events / Cheap NYC / → All Tags
Yeah, it's an old photo, as the NWA jet gives away
It may be September 11 and you've likely read your share of negative and depressing news articles by this late in the day, but we have something a little more up beat to share, in a way that still allows you to contribute and display your allegiance at the same time: The LaGuardia Airport Runway Run.
You see, on Sunday, October 14, New York's LGA Airport will gather a slew of runners (and joggers, and walkers) at Hangar 7, for a 5k run down an actual runway. That's the fun part. The charitable part comes in when you register and pay the entrance fee for the race ($20 before Sept 21, $25 after Sept 21, $30 on-site day of), as all proceeds go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Travel Tech / New York City / EWR / LGA / JFK / Technology / Airport News / Airports / → All Tags
Because we live in the future, airport officials at LGA, JFK, and EWR have installed customer service holograms, one per airport. Called Airport Virtual Assistants (AVA's in the politically correct parlance, these kinds of holograms have already been present in airports for at least two purposes.
Use #1 is to get people's attention with something moving and talkingwhich is to say, something that's shinyrather than by putting an announcement on a sign. When Manchester Airport was having problems with travelers ignoring Europe's equivalent of 3-1-1 liquid rules, they installed holograms to announce the restrictions. We wrote up the effort in 2011 but never really followed up, if only because it made us a little sad to think that adults were now getting basic airline security instructions from flickering lights.
Airport News / LGA / New York City / US AIrways / Delta / Beer Travel / Airport Restaurants / → All Tags
LaGuardia will never be anywhere on the level of Seoul-Inchean, Hong Kong or Singapore-Changi, but for an American airport...it's shaping up. The reason? Huge investment and renovation done by Delta. Recently we flew US Airways through Terminal C and noticed the "in-progress" works were coming along. The new Delta SkyClub hasn't opened yet, but we're far more excited about the Biergarten coming to the Terminal C food court.
Run by OTG Management, the new biergarten is due to have 24 taps with seasonal rotations, craft offerings, local favorites and some international imports to get you in the mood to get traveling. The selection of beers will be developed by Brooklyn Brewery man Garrett Oliver. Winos need not worry; it'll also have cocktails and 16 wines available by glass.
Opening date: Soonish? No idea, but we'll let you know when we know.
Travel News / Airport Security / Airports / Airport News / LGA / JFK / New York City / Terrorism / Bird Strikes / → All Tags
This was quite the eventful weekend for air travel in the Northeast. First, severe thunderstorms struck their lightning bolts for a few hours on Friday, delaying and diverting flights. This was immediately followed by a damaging fire at an FAA air traffic facility in New Jersey that caused airport, aircraft and ATC communication issues.
It only got worse on Saturday when a West Palm Beach-bound JetBlue flight had a bird strike on one engine and returned (safely) to Westchester County Airport. Finally, to cap off the weekend, an x-ray machine started smoking at the security check at one of the terminals of LaGuardia Airport, forcing the evacuation of all passengers for a few hours and further delaying and mixing up flights.
WHEW. Welcome to summer travel, eh?
Amidst all that breathless breaking news, the local broadcasting stations briefly glazed over what we thought was really the most intriguing story of allthat of a massive terror drill at JFK Airport.
Airport News / Tech Travel / Airports / iPads / iPad / LGA / MSP / YYZ / Airport Restaurants / Food Travel / → All Tags
There are plenty of iPads heading to an airport near you, and the tablets are ready for your poking, swiping, and playing pleasure. The company behind plenty of airport restaurants and dining establishments—OTG Management—has just placed a pretty big iPad order, and they’re bringing around 7,000 of the devices to their restaurants just to keep you a little more entertained.
Of course you’ll be able to order up an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, but when you’re done spending money the iPads will also be yours for surfing the web, playing games, and generally screwing around on the Internet. Company officials are claiming that this is one of the biggest rollouts of iPads outside of Apple utilizing them in their own stores—impressive.
We’re already familiar with some of these options that are already doing their thing at New York-LaGuardia, and it sounds like the airport is lined up to receive another 2,000 or so. Minneapolis-St. Paul—one of our favorites—is next in line to get the iPads as well as Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The plan is to update the iPads every year or so, as OTG Management wants things to be the latest and greatest version.