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Helsinki Airport Opens Free Lounge With Real Beds

Helsinki Airport Opens Free Lounge With Real Beds Photo: Juho Suoperä If you've ever tried to sleep on one of those hard airport terminal chairs as announcements blare over the PA system and passengers jostle into you with their luggage, you know how hard it is to get any decent rest while waiting for your flight. ...

Yawning Travelers Rewarded With Free Coffee In Airport Ad Campaign

Goodness knows the number of times we've walked through endless airport terminals feeling like a zombie – jet lagged, disoriented, and in need of a serious caffeine fix. Well, a new airport advertising campaign is rewarding bleary-eyed passengers with a free cup of...

9 Out Of 10 Passengers Would Like To See Reclining Airplane Seats Banned

There was that time the person in front of me reclined their seat suddenly and deeply, sending the red wine I'd just purchased all over my face and clothing. Then there was that other time someone in front of me did the same thing, causing my laptop to slide off of my...

3 Ways The FAA's Relaxed Regulations Will Make You More Productive

The New York Times recently reported that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially ruled that regulations regarding the use of electronic devices on planes when flying below 10,000 feet can be relaxed. This will prove to be a convenience for all...

Man Steals Bus, Drives Around Airport Tarmac

Man Steals Bus, Drives Around Airport Tarmac Flickr user caribb Perhaps wanting to relive one of the most climatic moments from the movie "Speed," a Texas man allegedly stole an airport bus and drove it around the tarmac this weekend. Police say David Cooper Thurmond snuck onto the Easterwood Airport runway early...

Whoops: Glitch in Apple Maps Keeps Telling Drivers to Cross an Airport Runway

Whoops: Glitch in Apple Maps Keeps Telling Drivers to Cross an Airport Runway Bill Abbott, Flickr Since the advent of GPS and the access to it on our smartphones, many of us have completely given up on doing any navigating ourselves. We set our destination, we press "route" and we sit back and do whatever the nice voice tells us to do. No matter...

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual...

Vegetarian Food On Flights: Doesn't It Just Make Sense?

Vegetarian Food On Flights: Doesn't It Just Make Sense? It's certainly not impossible to travel as a vegetarian, but it's not always easy. Not only do I not eat meat, but I usually try my best to refrain from animal products of any sort. Navigating this kind of diet abroad can be tricky, but airlines could do their part to make...

We May Soon Be Able To Use Electronic Devices On Planes

While having dinner with a pilot once in Los Cabos, he leaned across the table and told our fellow diners and me, "You know you can actually use your electronics in flights, right? It doesn't affect the plane at all." I believed him not only because he was a pilot,...

Snakes On A Plane... Again

Snakes on a plane is a ridiculous movie concept, but the release of the movie has certainly helped us all to pay a bit more attention to real-life snakes on a plane scenarios. A Qantas flight from Australia to Japan was delayed for a full day recently when a Mandarin rat...

How Did So Much Cocaine Wind Up On This Flight?

A couple of passengers departing Caracas, Venezuela for Paris, France checked 31 articles of luggage on the flight, all of which were tagged under false names. Upon investigation, authorities discovered that the bags were filled with 2,866 pounds of pure cocaine....

Long Lines At Airports Have Got To Go, Says Travel Association

Long Lines At Airports Have Got To Go, Says Travel Association Photo - Chris Owen The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been working on addressing long lines at airport security screening areas for quite some time. TSA Precheck lanes are being expanded to more airports every year and Global Entry lets frequent,...

Would You Book A Flight To An Unknown Destination?

Would You Book A Flight To An Unknown Destination? Flickr, Nico Hogg Earlier this year, new booking engine GetGoing began offering deep discounts to travelers with flexibility and a sense of spontaneity. You tell the site what type of trip or region you want, and it will give you two destinations and the airfare you'll pay,...

World's Highest Airport Opens

World's Highest Airport Opens Flickr, Erik Tomer China claimed a new record for world's highest airport when Daocheng Yading Airport opened this week in the Tibetan province of Sichuan, taking the title from Changdu Bangda Airport, also in Tibet. The new airport is at an elevation of 14,472 feet above...

Fuel Costs Aren't Making Airlines Eco-Friendly

As discussed in an article in The Economist today, airlines should theoretically be becoming more and more "green." Fuel costs are normally the largest single cost for airlines and rising fuel costs aren't good for the airline or the customer. One might assume that...

Southwest Airlines Now Has A 'No-Show' Policy

Southwest Airlines' leniency with "no-shows" has been a popular attractor for many customers. The airline has long boasted that their customers get to keep the total value of their flight purchase, even when they simply don't show up. While the idea of not losing...

Spirit's Eyebrow-Raising Ads Seem To Be Working

If nothing else, Spirit Airlines is original. The company has created MILF ads, a campaign timed with the Anthony Weiner scandal called "The Weiner Sale," ads that referenced the BP oil spill of 2010 (one of the slogans was, "Check out the oil on our beaches"), and more....

Rampant Airport Delays Lead to Violence in China

Rampant Airport Delays Lead to Violence in China Flickr user gomattolson Although the number of airline passengers has skyrocketed over the past decade, China's infrastructure has been unable to keep the pace. And as the number of delayed flights have risen, so too have the accounts of passenger brawls and acts of civil...

Ban the Burqa? Religious Freedom Battles Airport Security

Ban the Burqa? Religious Freedom Battles Airport Security Charles Roffey Should Muslim women be allowed to wear a full-face veil through airport security? At least one prominent British politician believes the answer is no. During a larger debate about the appropriateness of the burqa, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg...

Airport Screening To Be Faster Thanks To New TSA Program

Airport Screening To Be Faster Thanks To New TSA Program Photo- Chris Owen It's taken a long time but a quicker, more efficient screening process at the nation's airports looks to be coming into focus. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is planning a new three-tier system for passenger and baggage screening that taps...

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