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Where to Purchase a Thanksgiving Pie on Your Next Airport Layover

November 27, 2013 at 8:28 AM | by | ()

If you’re already on your way to visit the family for Thanksgiving we understand if you forgot to bring a pie or some dessert. Unfortunately, your Great Aunt Mildred won’t understand, so you might as well pick something up at the airport. We can’t guarantee that you’ll find the world’s best pumpkin pie, but at least there’s a few options at the airport.

For those connecting through–or heading to—Minneapolis-St. Paul there’s a solid option within Terminal 1, as French Meadow Bakery Café calls Concourse F home in its location near Gate 3. They’ve got cookies, pastries, and other organic bakery goodies, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they had something special just for the Thanksgiving. If you’re only looking for yourself it appears that they’re cooking up a warm seasonal fruit crisp, so go for that if you’re looking to sneak in an early dessert before Thursday.

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Tan Mom Has an Airport Meltdown, Gets Shipped Off to Detox

June 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

We're not sure whether it's OK to file this story under celebrity travel, since the celebrity in question is quite rightly and quite accurately described by local news outlets as a "social media pariah"? We're very sure that it counts as alcohol travel, so it's not as if we're going to pass on the story. But just for accuracy's sake, what do you guys think? Yes or no on the celebrity travel part?

"Tan Mom" Patricia Krentcil - this is the one who took her daughter to a tanning facility and then was evicerated for weeks by the Internet - had a layover at MSP. She decided to leave the airport so she could have a cigarette, because of course she did. For some reason when she came back in she had trouble getting past security. Cue total melt down at TSA agents.

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Airport iPads are Getting Smarter

February 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM | by | ()

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.

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Limited-Edition Gourmet Meals at Airports. We've Now Heard of Everything.

January 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

HMSHost—you know them from airport restaurants everywhere—is teaming up some new up and coming chefs, as they just tapped the Culinary Institute of America for some new menu ideas. They held a little contest for some new and tasty recipes, and two students—Jessica Hargrove and Lauren Fury—came out on top. Among some other stuff their culinary creations will now be featured at airports across the country, so it’s time to dig in during your next layover.

The winning dishes are Toasted Flatbread Mac n’ Cheese and Chicken and Waffles, and will be available at select restaurants through the end of February. For those looking to indulge in the macaroni and cheese dish, you can expect the usually stuff piled onto a whole-wheat flatbread topped with candied bacon—nice. As for the chicken and waffles it’s pretty much what it sounds like, but there’s also white gravy, maple syrup, and green onions to top things off.

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Farm-fresh Food Market Meets Food Court at Minneapolis-St. Paul

January 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | ()

It seems like every time we hear from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport the place is getting better and better. Some of the last news we caught was that they were finally opening up the WiFi waves free to one and all, and now they’re going all in with some tasty new options. It’s not quite a farmer’s market live from the airport, but some food stalls and a fresh take on the food court make it worth checking out.

OTG Management is the group behind the new concept, as they bring this idea of a sort of food hall thing to a US airport for the first time. If you’re looking for it it’s over in the G Concourse at the airport—that’s in Terminal 1 with all those Delta flights. The whole area kind of connects several gates, and as you make your way toward your flight you can take a pit stop for a snack, beverage, or just a magazine. There’s even plenty of iPad ordering capabilities, so it makes spending your hard earned cash that much more enjoyable.

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Inside Delta's SkyClub at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

November 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM | by | ()

US airlines are surely not known for stunning domestic lounges with great design, nice (enough) food, and comfy areas to sit and relax before squeezing into airplanes for a flight. That's why it comes as a surprise we actually enjoyed ourselves when we stepped foot inside the Delta SkyClub at Minneapolis/St. Paul. It boasts tons of space, thoughtful design and free Wifi, just what we wanted.

Upon first entry, we noted the sleek entrance highlighted by the clean blue glass that makes the space bright and fresh. After a little hang-up flashing our Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer gold card, we were pointed in the right direction to sit back and relax (and eat Biscoff). With MSP being a major hub for Delta, the airport offers two SkyClubs (one near Gate C12 and one near the entrances to Concourses F & G; this is the latter).

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Surviving a Cancelled Flight 101: How to Pass the Time at Five Major US Airports

October 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM | by | ()

Space out in front of the fountain: just one thing to do at DTW

Now that Hurricane Sandy is upon the East Coast and canceling flights in droves, we're dedicating today to using all our travel know-how (and some on-the-fly advice, as half the Jaunted team is stuck at airports as well) to help you ride out the storm despite delayed travel. Stay tuned and stay safe!

There's all of this focus on New York City and travelers stuck in their airports, which is understandable considering it's the city at the center of the world and happens to lie in the center of the Hurricane's path, but let's not forget the scores of tired and cranky folks trapped at other airports around the country, trying to make it to and not away from the East Coast as a whole.

In the past here at Jaunted, we've used our knowledge gained from previous frustrating layover escapades to develop a small series on Five Things to Do on Your Layover at...whichever major airport you're at.

Here, we focus on five major US airports outside the East Coast splosh zone:

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Over 7,000 iPads Coming to an Airport Restaurant Near You

June 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM | by | ()

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.

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Another Airport Will Now Deliver Your Food Straight to the Gate

May 3, 2012 at 8:50 AM | by | ()

Total laziness—we mean convenience—is on its way over to Sacramento International Airport, as HMSHost introduces their tasty travel app to hungry travelers. We’ve already mentioned how ordering up lunch, dinner, or just a snack is an option at airports like MSP, JFK, and ORD, but now the fun has arrived at SMF.

Esquire Grill or Burgers & Brew are the two initial offerings available through the B4 YOU BOARD app. Salads, cheeseburgers, and even macaroni and cheese are available at your fingertips, and then things will be delivered right to your where you’ve parked yourself near the gate. It sounds like the serving hours are scheduled between 10:30am and 6:30pm each and every day, so you might just have to order the old fashioned way if you’re looking for some breakfast.

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Digiboo is Definitely Onto Something with Their Airport Kiosk Movie Rentals

March 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM | by | ()

The next big thing to hit in-flight entertainment might just be yours to watch before you even reach cruising altitude, as Digiboo wants to bring you movies and more right from the terminal. Think of them as a sort of next generation RedBox—those are the guys with the DVD rental kiosks—except that with Digiboo, you’re getting a file rather than a disc, and it’s all just downloaded to your handy dandy USB device.

Sure there’s a lot of flights with live television or in-flight WiFi, but unfortunately there are still way too many flights without either one of these awesome options. That’s where Digiboo comes in, as they want to hook you up with something to watch and enjoy while you’re still connected within the terminal. Basically all you do is browse from their hundreds of movie choices, download your pick onto your storage device, and then you’re free to watch your selection on your computer.

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Yes! Chick-fil-A is Scheduled to Arrive at MSP Later This Spring

February 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

All right this might not be the biggest announcement in airport restaurant dining, but we can hardly contain our excitement about the scheduled arrival of waffle fries at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Chick-fil-A is joining the dining lineup at the airport later this year, and all the crispy chicken sandwiches you can eat will be found within Concourse C of Terminal 1.

That’s the terminal—also know as Lindbergh—where Delta does their thing, so we’re curious of they had any kind of influence on bringing the Southern restaurant chain all the way to Minnesota.

The Chick-fil-A at MSP will be the first location for the chain within the state of Minnesota, so maybe if all goes well we’ll see some locations outside of the airport before too long. The fast food fried chicken will be moving into a location that used to be home to Godfather's Pizza and A&W, and we’ve got to say that airport officials have made a great decision. We’re already looking forward to some thirst-quenching lemonade, the aforementioned waffle fries, and of course plenty of chicken sandwiches.

Our only recommendation is to not include one of those fancy pants Coke machines, as no one seems to be able to operate the one outside the Chick-fil-A location in ATL.

[Photo: chief_huddleston]

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TSA's PreCheck Security Program Gains New Airport Ground

February 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

TSA agents recently caught someone trying to smuggle a dagger disguised as a hairbrush through security, part of a trend in "artfully concealed weapons" that the agency has detected. They also found a grenade in one passenger's carry-on, though it didn't have a detonator or explosive, and a gun in another's.

However, they totally missed a gun elsewhere, botched a pipe bomb scare in a wince-inducingly stupid way, and have had multiple bag screeners fall asleep. All of which is to say, anything that lightens the screening load on TSA employees is all for the good.

Ergo the PreCheck rollout that we've been following for you since last January (basic backgrounder here; update plus context on TSA's "one-size-fits-all" pushback here). The program gives travelers the option of exchanging a lot of privacy—giving up personal information, submitting to background checks, etc—for a little bit of convenience, including not having to remove shoes and light jackets during security checks.

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