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Philadelphia airport's $45 million makeover unveils today

Philadelphia airport's $45 million makeover unveils today Feb 16th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Philadelphia airport's Terminal E got a little makeover and it's debuting the new look today. The $45 million expansion in Philly Phili includes seven new gates for aircraft, a 500-seat passenger waiting area, a mini food court with new restaurant chains, and a 350-foot curved-glass wall. Coming soon, a new baggage-claim building with nine carousels and new ticket counters. Behind the scenes,...

New York, Miami and Los Angeles most popular ports of entry

New York, Miami and Los Angeles most popular ports of entry Jan 16th, 2010 at 8:00AM: As usual, 15 ports of entry were responsible for 84 percent of overseas entries to the United States last October. This is an increase of two percentage points from October 2008, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The top three ports were New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles, together accounting for 39 percent of all arrivals from overseas. These three ports gained one...

New York remains top U.S. port of entry

New York remains top U.S. port of entry Dec 12th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Through the first nine months of this year, overseas visitors passed mostly through only 15 ports of entry. These spots, according to the Department of Commerce accounted for 84 percent of entry traffic into the United States, gaining two percentage points over the first nine months of 2008. New York's JFK airport, Miami and Los Angeles dominated, pulling in 39 percent of all arrivals, up a...

Survey shows best airports for making your (love) connection

Survey shows best airports for making your (love) connection Dec 11th, 2009 at 11:00AM: If you think about it, all of the stars are aligned at an airport. Get a group of people together with a) a common interest in travel, b) extra time on their hands, and c) good ol' human chemistry, and you've got a petri dish with love connections in the making. But a new survey argues that not every airport is equal in opportunity. Oh no. The top three airports are Newark, JFK, and...

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year?

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year? Nov 21st, 2009 at 9:00AM: If you visited the United States from overseas, you probably hit the ground in one of 15 ports of entry. These top first stops accounted for 84 percent of all entries from overseas in the first eight months of 2009-- up almost 2 percentage points from the same period in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Traffic through the major ports is becoming slightly more concentrated. This...

Philadelphia's oldest tavern toasts 150 years

Philadelphia's oldest tavern toasts 150 years Aug 6th, 2009 at 2:30PM: The oldest continuously operated bar in Philadelphia (and one of the oldest in the country) began celebrating its sesquicentennial this week. McGillin's Old Ale House opened in 1860, the year President Lincoln was elected, making it almost 150 years old. While the anniversary isn't technically until 2010, McGillin's decided to start the party 150 days in advance, so if you find yourself in...

NYC best city for singles (if you own a computer)

NYC best city for singles (if you own a computer) Aug 2nd, 2009 at 2:00PM: Looking for love lust on your next vacation? Your next trip should be to New York, which has knocked Atlanta out of the top spot as the best city in the country for singles. And, why wouldn't it? You have more than 8 million people chasing their dreams, so the choices are endless. There's one of everything, so in one night, you could meet every flavor of scumbag available. But, there's an upside...

Top U.S. ports of entry

Top U.S. ports of entry Aug 2nd, 2009 at 12:00PM: Eighty-six percent of international arrivals to the United States come through only 15 ports of entry, according to data from the Department of Transportation. This represents an increase of one percentage point over last year (measuring the first five months of 2008 to the first five months of 2009. The top three ports of entry are hardly surprising: New York (specifically JFK), Miami and Los...

Airline employee helps roommate get on plane strapped

Airline employee helps roommate get on plane strapped Jun 5th, 2009 at 3:00PM: A US Airways employee had the brilliant idea of helping his roommate bring a concealed semiautomatic handgun onto a plane yesterday. On the bright side, this would have meant one less gun on the streets of Philly. Now, both have been charged by the FBI. Roshid Milledge, a customer service agent, switched bags with passenger Damien Young at the gate, so Young could bring his unloaded weapon on...

$50bn needed to keep train system from going off the rails

$50bn needed to keep train system from going off the rails May 1st, 2009 at 4:00PM: The Federal Transportation Administration believes that $50 billion is needed to repair major metropolitan train systems ... and another $5.9 billion a year to maintain them. Railways that need the money, it continues, are in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Together, they carry more than 80 percent of the train passengers in the country...

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S.

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S. Apr 18th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Who thought that Tennessee and New Hampshire would be some of the top towns in the country for art lovers. AmericanStyle magazine just issued the results of its twelfth annual arts destinations poll. Some spots are predictable. Others, like Chattanooga, will just blow your mind. This is the first year Chattanooga made the list, shooting all the way up to second in the mid-sized city category. If...

More airline employees with sticky fingers

More airline employees with sticky fingers Apr 8th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Did you lose a bag at Philadelphia International Airport? Well, there may be a reason. An American Airlines baggage crew chief was arrested and charged with stealing clothes from the luggage he handled. The game appears to have been: (1) steal the clothes, (2) return them to a department store and (3) don't get caught. That last one's the hard part. A passenger on Flight 892 from Dallas to Philly...

Monumental "mixup" - US Airways delivers casket instead of tropical fish

Monumental Mar 11th, 2009 at 11:30AM: Sooner or later every passenger on an airline will run into some kind of issue with their luggage. But a recent blunder by US Airways makes everything I've ever endured look like a walk in the park. When Northeast Philadelphia pet store owner Mark Arabia received a shipment of tropical fish, he knew something was wrong - instead of 3 boxes containing his shipment, the driver had been given a...

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...

Recession vacations: do more with less

Recession vacations: do more with less Feb 23rd, 2009 at 4:00PM: Vacation plans are changing. This isn't exactly a surprise. With layoffs mounting and a careful eye trained on every expense, long vacations are becoming short, and short trips aren't straying as far from home. For some destinations, this is actually paying off. A handful of smaller cities are pulling in visitors that normally would set off for grander locales. Charleston, SC and Fort Meyers, FL,...

Cheesesteak or Hoagie: Which sandwich rules in Philadelphia?

Cheesesteak or Hoagie: Which sandwich rules in Philadelphia? Feb 13th, 2009 at 1:00PM: I'm writing this from Philadelphia, where I've been thinking a lot lately about sandwiches. In the City of Brotherly Love, you can't help it, really. Any city with one signature sandwich can count itself pretty lucky. There's Boston and the lobster roll, New Orleans and the po' boy, Baltimore and the crab cake sandwich, San Francisco and pretty much anything pressed between two thick...

Plan for sin, seven ideas

Plan for sin, seven ideas Jan 8th, 2009 at 3:00PM: You may not remember the "seven deadly sins," but you've probably lived a healthy portion of them. Well, I have, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Jean Tang over at CNN.com has come up with a few ideas to help you live your forbidden fantasy. So, if you're into envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth or wrath, there's a destination that will cater to your basest of desires. Crave a step up in...

Cockpit Chronicles: Flying around Hanna and Ike

Cockpit Chronicles: Flying around Hanna and Ike Sep 25th, 2008 at 2:00PM: I couldn't believe my timing. A four-day trip to the Caribbean with Hurricanes Hanna and Ike scheduled to be right in our way for almost every leg. Would some of the flights get canceled? And if not, how far out of the way would we be flight planned to stay away from these storms? This job tends to stay interesting if only because no two trips are alike, even if they take you to the same...

American city with the ugliest locals? Philadelphia

American city with the ugliest locals? Philadelphia Sep 15th, 2008 at 12:30PM: Travel + Leisure magazine has just published its annual "America's Favorite Cities" survey, which ranks U.S. metropolises in a variety of a categories, from food, nightlife and public transportation to quality of life, shopping and, yes, the attractiveness of the local population. Of course, of the 25 cities surveyed, somebody has to come in last in the categories, and in the "attractiveness"...

Ten top cities in the U.S. for making a living. Tourist spot in each

Ten top cities in the U.S. for making a living. Tourist spot in each Aug 27th, 2008 at 5:00PM: There is a newly published Forbes.com article on the top 10 cities for making a living in the United States. Each has something to offer travelers as well. Here are the top cities and one place to go to in each. These are the first places that immediately came to mind. It's an odd assortment. 1. Houston, Texas. I've been to the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles and found it incredibly worthwhile...

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