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Strange Smells And Lasers Cause Emergency Landings

Strange Smells And Lasers Cause Emergency Landings Sep 12th, 2013 at 4:20PM: Flickr, Tim Hagen Two flights recently had to make emergency landings for unusual reasons. "Strong odors" caused a Lufthansa Stockholm-to-Frankfurt flight to stop in Copenhagen, where 129 passengers were rebooked onto alternate flights. The reason for the smell? A new carpet installed in the airplane. Staff aboard a Sun Country Airlines flight from Minneapolis smelled smoke and made an...

Delta Speeds Passengers To Their Flight In Sports Cars

Delta Speeds Passengers To Their Flight In Sports Cars Sep 11th, 2013 at 1:45PM: Automotive Rhythms, Flickr We've all seen (or been) those passengers running through the airport, suitcase flying behind them, as they desperately try to make their connecting flight. Now, Delta Airlines has come up with a solution to get connecting passengers to their aircraft as quickly as possible -- whiz them there in a Porsche. Passengers that are running late for their next flight have...

Call An Ice Cream Truck On Demand Today With Uber

Jul 19th, 2013 at 11:33AM: Today is the hottest day yet in New York City's latest heat wave, and the summer weather is no less forgiving in many other cities in the western hemisphere. To help beat the heat, car service app Uber is offering ice cream trucks on demand, today only from 11-5 p.m. in 33 cities worldwide. The stunt is to help promote the app's expansion to new cities in the United States and in Australia,...

'The Perennial Plate' Partners With Intrepid Travel For Online Food Documentary Series

'The Perennial Plate' Partners With Intrepid Travel For Online Food Documentary Series Aug 31st, 2012 at 1:00PM: I'll be the first to raise my hand and say I despise most of the food shows currently on television and online. That's why I got so excited when I heard about "The Perennial Plate," a weekly online documentary series, "dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating." That angle by virtue does not a good show make. But Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, the team behind the show, have the...

Cockpit Chronicles: Getting More Out Of Layovers

Cockpit Chronicles: Getting More Out Of Layovers Apr 19th, 2012 at 9:00AM: For some, life couldn't be any more perfect than if they were paid to travel. I've run across three airline crew members who have discovered ways to keep their jobs fresh and exciting by embracing what is for them the biggest benefit that comes with working for an airline: travel. You hear about the turbulence in the airline industry nearly every week – layoffs, pay cuts, pensions lost...

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

TSA PreCheck program to be expanded, details sketchy

TSA PreCheck program to be expanded, details sketchy Feb 9th, 2012 at 3:30PM: The TSA PreCheck program being piloted by The Transportation Security Administration is expanding and will allow some passengers to go through pre-screening then make it through security checkpoints faster at many more airports in 2012. The exact benefits of the program, however, are difficult to define. "We are pleased to expand this important effort, in collaboration with our airline...

Interesting indoor spaces around the world

Interesting indoor spaces around the world Oct 4th, 2011 at 5:00PM: I love the outdoors, to the extent that I tend to bypass or overlook exceptional indoor spaces when I'm traveling or recounting a great trip. Fortunately, Lonely Planet author/former Gadling contributor Leif Pettersen's recent list on LP's website has reminded me that---as many a grandmother has said---beauty is on the inside. Pettersen says only in recent years has he developed a special...

Labor Day island getaways from Wanderfly

Labor Day island getaways from Wanderfly Aug 24th, 2011 at 3:30PM: Labor Day is fast approaching along with the official end of summer. If you haven't had enough sun yet, maybe it's time for one more weekend of lying on the beach, fruity cocktail and fun book in hand? We asked our friends at Wanderfly.com, a web travel tool that helps you choose a vacation spot, for some Labor Day island getaways offering deals for the long weekend. Domestic: Hilton Head...

Sesame Street helps kick off summer travel season

Sesame Street helps kick off summer travel season May 2nd, 2011 at 12:30PM: Does Cookie Monster have to buy two seats? Does Elmo travel carry-on only? You can ask them yourself this week as several Sesame Street characters appear at US airports this week to kick off summer travel with Delta Airlines. Today, Elmo and Cookie Monster will be making gate announcements and welcoming travelers to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, before meeting up with Grover at La Guardia on...

Photo of the Day (1.1.2011)

Photo of the Day (1.1.2011) Jan 1st, 2011 at 3:00PM: Happy New Year! We hope today finds you merry and optimistic about the year ahead, rather than remorseful about last night.... This photo of an empty waiting room seems appropriate for two reasons. First, I always associate an airport waiting room - or airports in general - with anticipation. I'm not usually inside an airport unless I'm going somewhere, or just returning. We can think about...

Photo of the Day (12.30.10)

Photo of the Day (12.30.10) Dec 30th, 2010 at 5:30PM: Given the past weeks of difficult weather-related travel delays in Europe and North America, it seems appropriate to bring the theme of travel realism to today's Photo of the Day. Today's image comes courtesy of Flickr user jwannie: a somewhat blurry waiting area of the Minneapolis St. Paul airport at 5 am. At the hallowed hour of 5 am, airports are full of hardcore business travelers and a...

The ultimate Minnesota Twins fan getaway package

The ultimate Minnesota Twins fan getaway package Aug 18th, 2010 at 6:00PM: The Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, which is walkable to Target Field, has unveiled a Baseball Fever Package for die-hard Twins fans who want to stay downtown (even if they just live over in Wayzata). The package, which includes: Standard accommodations for two Convenient complimentary parking in the hotel's attached parking ramp 2 Minnesota Twins t-shirts, 2 Minnesota Twins...

Toyota's Farm to Table Tour takes sustainable eating on the road

Toyota's Farm to Table Tour takes sustainable eating on the road Jul 20th, 2010 at 2:30PM: I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Yeah, right. Toyota just needs damage control. As if feel-good, treehugging road trips make up for all those recalls." But before you judge, let us separate the issue from the mission. This is Toyota's second annual Farm to Table Tour, in which 11 farmers markets nationwide participate with the automotive giant to visit "farmers markets across the...

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay Apr 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Spring's upon us, and those summer months you've been desperately waiting for are nearly here (in this hemisphere, anyway). We can't help but say that anytime is a perfect time for a road trip, but the prime months for hitting the highway are just ahead, and that leaves you precious little time to prepare. In haste, many road trippers tend to overlook, or simply brush aside, one critical aspect...

Hilton Minneapolis orgy lawsuit settled

Hilton Minneapolis orgy lawsuit settled Feb 23rd, 2010 at 3:30PM: There's a reason hotels have "do not disturb" signs and locks on the doors. Aside from safety reasons, utilizing the lock is a good way to ensure no one walks in while you're enjoying the company of your travel companion. Unfortunately, some hotel employees at the Hilton Minneapolis didn't make use of their own amenities and opted to do the deed in the hotel's ballroom, causing a little concern...

Christmas in Minnesota

Christmas in Minnesota Dec 24th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Location: Minnesota, in the icy northern central USA Temp: 23°F in Minneapolis as I write, and the 25th has a projected low of 19°F Snow: Lots of it! Percentage of population who celebrates Christmas: 64.2 percent here are Christian "adherents" Are you there right now: Yes. All's quiet on the northern front. What I love about Minneapolis at Christmastime is that we almost always...

DoT gives airlines $175,000 reminder ahead of Thanksgiving

DoT gives airlines $175,000 reminder ahead of Thanksgiving Nov 25th, 2009 at 1:00PM: Three airlines just scored a first with the U.S. government: they were fined for leaving passengers in the lurch. Continental Airlines, ExpressJet (a Continental affiliate) and Mesaba (part of Delta) racked up a total punishment of $175,000 when their combined efforts left fliers on a plane in Minnesota for six hours. Continental and ExpressJet were slapped with a fine of $100,000, while Mesaba...

Only approved electronic devices allowed in the cockpit?

Only approved electronic devices allowed in the cockpit? Nov 22nd, 2009 at 8:00AM: Maybe the flight attendants should start talking to the cockpit, too. When a plane overshot Minneapolis last month because the crew was playing around with personal laptops, national attention turned to what actually goes on in the front of the plane. Congress is kicking around the idea of a new bill that would kick personal electronic devices from the cockpit. Unsurprisingly, the pilots and...

Irony: NWA pilots land late because of scheduling discussion

Irony: NWA pilots land late because of scheduling discussion Oct 27th, 2009 at 4:00PM: The investigation into the overshooting Northwest Airlines flight continues. The National Transportation Safety Board has found that the pilots were distracted by conversations and the use of personal laptops when flying 150 miles past Minneapolis. One of the topics being bandied about was scheduling, though I suspect it didn't involve the impact of a late arrival because of a missed airport....

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