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Birds vs planes. Another bird loses and forces an emergency landing.

Birds vs planes. Another bird loses and forces an emergency landing. Jul 1st, 2009 at 1:30PM: The bird strike in the skies above LaGuardia airport yesterday didn't faze the passengers--they didn't know it occurred. When American Airlines Flight 1256 was arriving from Miami, getting ready to land, it met up with some of our feathered friends. Good-bye birds. Also, good- bye nose gear hydraulic system After landing, the pilot discovered that the system wasn't working, thus the 737-800 had...

New York to gas 2,000 geese to prevent another Hudson river incident

New York to gas 2,000 geese to prevent another Hudson river incident Jun 12th, 2009 at 12:30PM: Ah geese... They look so peaceful making their way through your local pond or river, but we all know what can happen when they decide to fly to a different pond or river. After the bird strike of January 15th (really? That long ago?), there has been growing pressure to do something about the large number of Canada Geese around the local airports. The solution is pretty macabre - authorities will...

Woody Harrelson chases zombies through La Guardia - breaks zombie camera

Woody Harrelson chases zombies through La Guardia - breaks zombie camera Apr 11th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Woody Harrelson flew into New York La Guardia airport, and was "greeted" by a photographer from AOL sister site TMZ.com. Now, normally when celebs meet face to face with the paparazzi, they put on a smile, let them take a couple of photos, and get into their car. There are of course celebrities that don't like being photographed, so they take it out on the poor cameraman. In Woody Harrelson's...

The sky is falling!: Nope, it's just plane parts

The sky is falling!: Nope, it's just plane parts Mar 12th, 2009 at 8:30AM: Imagine this. You're going about your busy day without much thought about what's going on above your head and then Bam! There's a bit of an explosion and pieces of metal start falling, some the size of a BlackBerry--others bigger. Not as big as a house, but bigger than a BlackBerry. "Was Chicken Little right?" you might ask yourself and whoever else is close by, providing those people weren't...

March "lion" slams east coast

March Mar 2nd, 2009 at 5:30PM: From New Hampshire to the Carolinas, March came in, as the saying goes, like a lion. Snow, sleet and wind gusts reaching 30 mph have lead to for motor vehicle deaths, school closings and chaos at airports. More than 900 flights have been canceled at New York area airports (JFK, Newark and LaGuardia). Hundreds more at Logan International Airport in Boston never left the ground, where the airport...

Improve your chances of getting a cab

Improve your chances of getting a cab Feb 19th, 2009 at 4:00PM: Sometimes, it's easy to catch a cab. Three or four pass by, and all you have to do is get the attention of one of them. Contrast that, however, with a rainy day in Manhattan at 5:30 PM. You and the rest of the world want 35 blocks of yellow car bliss, and most will be disappointed. Fortunately, there are now a few ways you can take control of your transportational fate. I remember taking the train...

Expect to wait, but not in Japan or Korea

Expect to wait, but not in Japan or Korea Jan 19th, 2009 at 3:00PM: The worst airport delays in the world, of course, are those that affect you. If I'm stranded at LaGuardia's Marine Air terminal for a short hop to Boston, I really don't care what's going on over at JFK, O'Hare or anywhere else. However, some airports are more likely to inspire your anger than others, so it's a pretty good idea to know which are the worst. If you are headed to India or Europe, it...

Lawsuit leaves airline feeling blue

Lawsuit leaves airline feeling blue Jan 18th, 2009 at 1:00PM: Bill Baker was mad. This crotchety blogger was so pissed at JetBlue that he took the airline to small claims court. On January 16, 2009, victory was sweet, to the tune of $494. The money, he says, will be donated to charity. Clearly, one lone nut blogger can make a difference. JetBlue delayed Baker's red-eye flight from Portland, OR to New York for five hours, before announcing the cancellation...

An open letter to US Airways

An open letter to US Airways Jan 8th, 2009 at 10:30AM: I just got back from spending a week visiting a friend in Puerto Rico. Considering I am tan, well-rested and had perfect weather, I guess it was a successful trip. But it was almost derailed from the very beginning when US Airways lost my luggage. You see, I was forced to check my luggage because the overhead compartments were full. When I asked the US Airways representative why people in our...

10 more ideas for traveling cheaper in 2009

10 more ideas for traveling cheaper in 2009 Dec 31st, 2008 at 9:30AM: Even though the economic forecast seems to drone on and on as being gloomy, here are more tips for how to travel cheaply. With the beginning of a new year, start using some of these tips and you might find out that travel in 2009 can be less expensive than you thought it might be. One of my mantras is "Don't assume." That means, don't assume something is expensive until you check out all possible...

Delta adds 7,000 seats to Augusta, GA for Masters

Delta adds 7,000 seats to Augusta, GA for Masters Dec 30th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Every April, golf fanatics descend on Augusta, GA to sneak a peek at the best-manicured lawn in the country. The Masters Tournament fills hotel rooms and keeps local bartenders busy. If you haven't been through the airport down there, then you have no idea why Delta has decided to add 7,000 seats between Augusta and its Atlanta hub, not to mention daily service to LaGuardia and JFK in New York....

Many inexpensive last minute holiday airfares do exist

Many inexpensive last minute holiday airfares do exist Dec 19th, 2008 at 9:30AM: You've probably noticed the stories about how airfares have dropped and air traffic is down. Two weeks ago, I flew from Copenhagen to Columbus on two airplanes that were not full. The Continental flight from Copenhagen to Newark was empty enough that most people had seats between them. The flight from Newark to Columbus was even more roomy. The row in front of my daughter and me was empty, and...

Luggage weighs more than you think it should? Maybe it's the scale if you're at JFK

Luggage weighs more than you think it should? Maybe it's the scale if you're at JFK Nov 24th, 2008 at 4:30PM: Let's say you've weighed that piece of packed luggage at home. You've checked the weight several times. You are satisfied that the weight is not over what the airline will allow for no extra charge. You know that you have a terrific scale that doesn't lie. Feeling confident in the weight that you are now hoisting onto the scale at the airline check-in counter, your eyes bug out because your...

Plane Answers: Kent's 3 favorite and 3 most dreaded runways.

Plane Answers: Kent's 3 favorite and 3 most dreaded runways. Nov 24th, 2008 at 1:30PM: Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Deb asks: Are there any favorite/hated runways by pilots? Pictures and videos of the one in St. Maarten made me wonder. I'm sure every pilot has a few favorite or hated runways, and I'm no...

Southwest moves in on New York City

Southwest moves in on New York City Nov 19th, 2008 at 1:00PM: Southwest Airlines (WN) just announced that they're moving in on New York City's LaGuardia through the purchase of bankrupt ATA's slots. The purchased slots would be enough for seven round trip flights out of New York City per day. Says spokesperson Paula Berg: "Through a stock purchase acquisition, Southwest would get several assets of the reorganized ATA Airlines, including the rights to 14...

LaGuardia TSA lets passenger through without checking ID

LaGuardia TSA lets passenger through without checking ID Jan 18th, 2008 at 10:30AM: My girlfriend hasn't had a valid ID for a few months now. The story has something to do with alcohol, a Jimmy Eat World concert and a giant squid (I think), but it's something I can tell later. In the time before she procures new identification from the great New York department of motor vehicles, she's been using various forms of expired ID to get into bars and onto planes across the country....

Minor relief for those flying out of New York

Minor relief for those flying out of New York Jan 15th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Did I mention the relief will be minor? After months--hell, years--of resistance to a bill of rights for airline passengers, there's been one small step in the right direction. Now if you're flying out of JFK or LaGuardia, you have the right to "fresh air, lights, functioning restrooms and adequate food and drinking water" on the tarmac if your flight is delayed more than three hours. The whole...

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