Tagged With "Airport"

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Re: Wrong Airport: Help, I've landed and I can't get up!

DrFumblefinger ·
There are few stories more embarrassing for a pilot than the old "landed at the wrong airport one". Wonder how often this happens? This particular story is news because it couldn't take off easily without special clearance. In this era of modern flight navigation, one has to wonder how it could happen at all.
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Re: Wrong Airport: Help, I've landed and I can't get up!

PortMoresby ·
Years ago, flying with a friend into Montreal in a private plane and later than expected, after dark, we'd have been happy to see ANY airport. After a chat with controllers they flashed the runway lights for us and we made it in, safe & sound. Maybe that's the solution for everyone, there needs to be more light flashing for the confused at the right airport.
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Re: Wrong Airport: Help, I've landed and I can't get up!

DrFumblefinger ·
If there are confusing runways nearby, PortMoresby's idea of flashing lights is good. Different airports could have different colored lights. Today I land at the green light airport. Tomorrow it is the red light airport (to be distinguished form the red light areas in different cities).
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Re: Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

DrFumblefinger ·
No question that the quality and variety of airport foods has increased tremendously these past 10-15 years. The more choice, the better.
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Re: Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

GarryRF ·
Serious question. Bread. In the US a "store bought" loaf of bread has no "Sell By" date. And it never ages like European Bread. We get 7 days on the date tag before bread starts breeding Penicillin and goes in the trash. We're not fans of Preservative in food - is that the only difference ? Just wondering!
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Re: Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

DrFumblefinger ·
GarryRF, if you leave that bread outside of a plastic bag, it will never grow mold. It will be hard as a rock, but you don't need to worry about the penicillin. I figure consumption of preservatives is good! If it keeps the food lasting longer, it should do the same for those of us who eat it, right? A way to prolong our time on this planet?!
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Re: Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

GarryRF ·
Years ago a friend worked in a Flour Mill. There was a big advertising campaign on about "Our New White Unbleached Flour" from Millers. Sounded much nicer ! The new method of whitening flour was spraying during the milling process with a gas. Not a bleach but it did melt the metal blades! I don't trust any food now until I've read the contents !
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

DrFumblefinger ·
Estimated construction costs of $3.6 billion.... Shall we start a pool on what the real costs will end up being? I'd guess double that.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

PHeymont ·
So you're taking the low end of the pool? LOL! Actually, there is a smallish incentive to keep the cost low as possible, because the consortium's $2.5 billion share is meant to be made back out of operating profits once the terminal is open. So, if they run the cost up, it will take them longer to get their money back. On the other hand, my guess at the scenario is that they'll have arranged for most of any overrun to come from PA or state funds...
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Re: Just how much tax is in your ticket?

Ron B. ·
My recent, free Air France ticket - LA to Paris to Barcelona and then Venice to Paris to LA the tax was $577.97.
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Re: Just how much tax is in your ticket?

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Ron B.: My recent, free Air France ticket - LA to Paris to Barcelona and then Venice to Paris to LA the tax was $577.97. That's a lot of travel, Ron, but it certainly makes one relook at the definition of "free".
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Re: Paris to set flat-rate airport cab fares

DrFumblefinger ·
I like these set taxi prices because there are so many dishonest cabbies in the world. I don't mind taking train or bus if I'm not to tired, but sometimes at the end of a long journey I like to splurge on a cab to get us directly to our hotel. Much more pleasant that way and to me often worth the extra few Euros.
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Re: U.S. taxes on flying among world's highest

PortMoresby ·
Oh, darn. I thought this was about paying a fee to sit in a section with our fellow stoned passengers.
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Re: U.S. taxes on flying among world's highest

PHeymont ·
That comes free with a stopover in Denver...
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Re: Is bad PreCheck planning responsible for TSA delays?

Travel Rob ·
I don't like the whole concept of PreCheck because when they started this added security at airports, they insisted terrorists could be anyone and that's why we need to check everyone. We enter trains, buses and metros without a PreCheck, and it doesn't take forever. There is a history of attacks on those means of transportation too. And now attacks could just as easily happen at the ticket counter at the airport as on the plane.
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

DrFumblefinger ·
What a mess. The very agency that is to protect citizens from terrorist activity is creating an environment wherein "tent communities" are springing up at America's airports. How embarrassing is that. Talk about a target rich environment for the bad guys. The TSA's funding, even with "cuts", is about US$ 7.3 billion for 2016. In contrast, Canada, which has 1/10th the population of the USA, has an airport screening budget of about CDN $0.56 billion, and Transport Canada acknowledges it has...
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

GarryRF ·
Most countries around the world exchange ideas and processes to fulfil the common good. But some countries refuse to enter into a dialogue and share ideas. Russia is another one.
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

PHeymont ·
To be fair to the TSA (which I find hard to do), the $7.3 billion is not all for screening, only about half is. That said, while airports are looking to outsource the screening, maybe they should hire Transport Canada! As for the PreCheck point: TSA can't seem to make up its mind. When it started, they semi-randomly selected 'extra' people to go through it, on the theory that they would like it enough to buy it—and some did, but not enough. Then the people who had paid for it started to...
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

Travel Rob ·
The few US airports that have private security companies handling the screening are reporting good results and I think that's a good option for the airports. My guess is for liability reasons, airports are scared to dump the TSA. After seeing the comments by DrFumblinger and PHeymont, I do think we can learn from Canada on this. I did a little more reading on Canada's airport security. It seems all major airports in Canada have private screening. The airports give out three year contracts.
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Re: Denver airport leads the charge for your phones

DrFumblefinger ·
Having traveled to Denver in the past month, I'll vouch for that fact there a lot of places to charge your devices. And there are still lots of gates that completely lack chargers, so they still have a long way to go. The free wifi at Denver is quite fast and widely available. Much appreciate! I think this should be a top priority for all airlines -- places to charge that phone and iPad before you fly. It would be good if the consumer organizations provided comparative scores.
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Re: "Doggie-Door" makes lockers easier to use

DrFumblefinger ·
It is a good and useful idea. Kudos to the Doggy Travel locker door.
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Re: "Doggie-Door" makes lockers easier to use

Travel Rob ·
Great idea!
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Re: TSA, American testing automated security screens

DrFumblefinger ·
This sounds like a nice idea. A modernization of a tedious process. Hope it works!
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Re: Look both ways...

DrFumblefinger ·
Classic sign!
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Re: World's best airport? You have to leave home to find it!

Travel Rob ·
They are looking at different criteria than I am for sure. I want an airport that's easy to get into and out of and where customs is friendly. Maybe an airport I can sleep in if I have to. I am a fan of John Lennon Airport in Liverpool for those above reasons. Marseille Provence Airport is also a good one for Europe . Florida has some great airports too like Jacksonville and Sanford. In Asia, Haneda Airport in Tokyo is a good airport ,much closer to Tokyo than Narita and plenty of places to...
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Re: World's best airport? You have to leave home to find it!

DrFumblefinger ·
To me a good airport is one that moves it's lines quickly (or avoids them all together) and has lots of places to sit, and outlets to charge your electronic gadgets. I'd probably add free wi-fi as well. And a few places I can get good quality food for a reasonable price to that list, too. I don't care about shopping, fancy dining, executive lounges or things "professional" travelers might be interested in.
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

GarryRF ·
It will probably come as a shock to Americans to see babies being breast fed in public in the UK. What's acceptable - or not - varies throughout Europe. But in the UK, breast fed babies are getting the best from their Mother. And don't even think about airing your opinion if you don't like it ! The Equality Act 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place.
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

PHeymont ·
Actually, we have laws like that, too. What I thought significant here is not just privacy if the family prefers, but also the facility for pumping.
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

TravelGirlJenn ·
Yes, we have such laws; but more often than not women are being asked to go to the ladies restroom (not always sanitary) or elsewhere if she does breastfeed in public. There was a story just last week about a women being asked to "cover up" with a blanket on an airline: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/10/...-incident/index.html This of course is just one example of many in the news lately.
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

PortMoresby ·
In general, I think this is a non-issue. As with any public behavior, it can be accomplished in a way so as not to offend even the most delicate of sensibilities, if that's what the parties on both sides want. When I was an infant, my mother traveled from California to Louisiana with a newborn on a troop train and gave me some very good advice for maintaining privacy in public. I was also on the road with a new baby for the first few months of his life and with the aid of a light blanket...
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

PHeymont ·
There's a real problem, and it has a number of parts. First, there are some who need reminding that nursing is normal...and some of those complain loudly (happened in my presence on a bus last week) even though nothing was exposed. But the point of the lactation station, I think, touches the other horn of the dilemma. Some families feel that, even covered by a blanket, that they are the object of unwanted attention, and prefer some privacy...and the lactation station is a lot better solution...
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

PortMoresby ·
I wasn't saying the stations are a bad idea. But simply commenting on the ensuing mention of laws. I maintain my position that they're legislating common sense. Some people will complain about free ice cream, given the opportunity.
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

GarryRF ·
After reading the CNN article TravelGirlJenn has brought to our attention then the Nursing Pod must be given the praise it deserves. The majority of passengers on that flight were in support of that poor mother - just the few causing distress. Maybe we do need legislation to stop dinosaurs. They aren't offended. They just choose to complain.
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

TravelGirlJenn ·
I do think it *should* be a non-issue. It does frustrate me that it is an issue--both sides are sometimes at fault, as you indicate PortMoresby. Often, I think many cry fowl even when nothing is exposed. I think I saw more exposure at the Oscars this year than the average breast feeding woman. Those pods are definitely a good idea and hopefully they will provide the privacy and bonding time mothers and her infant(s) need. With that being said, if there is a long flight, mom or the baby(s)...
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

PHeymont ·
Ah, yes...the Oscars. Might have been better to put most of the guests and presenters in pods...so many of the costumes just begged the question: Haven't any of them read "The Emperor's New Clothes?" Does no one dare to tell a dressmaker/designer "No, not on me!" Uh, oh...looks like someone woke up grouchy! And will also complain that the presenters, skilled actors all, and used to crafting affecting and convincing performances...seem not to have rehearsed and to be unable to read lines well...
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Re: "Lactation Station" joining airport amenities

DrFumblefinger ·
I haven't watched the Oscar in years. Was there breast-feeding on them this year? Might have to tune in next year Understand all points on this issue. Breast feeding is important and should be encouraged. And it can be done with discretion.
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Re: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto. Where Gumbo was #77

Roderick Simpson ·
Thank you very much for the informative post. I have only been to Toronto once. I went up the CN Tower and took this picture of the Billy Bishop Airport.
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Re: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto. Where Gumbo was #77

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a great and very orienting photo, Roderick! Thanks for sharing it.
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Re: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto. Where Gumbo was #77

DrFumblefinger ·
In case you were curious, the pedestrian tunnel between Toronto and the island airport has been completed and is now open. It eliminates the waits for the ferry services for passengers who want to get to their departure gates. More on that story from Frequent Business Traveler at this link .
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Re: Europe's busiest runway gets busier...

DrFumblefinger ·
That is a lot of flights in an hour! I thought planes like to wait 90 -120 seconds between takeoffs to allow air turbulence to settle and reduce chances of an accident. I wonder how they got around that?
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Re: If you're happy and you know it...press here, please!

GarryRF ·
The reason most airports don't ask is because they don't care ! JFK and Heathrow continue to increase their passenger numbers without the need for customer satisfaction. So by some misguided indicator they presume all is well down on the farm. A captive audience doesn't attract an acceptable service level. A penny saved is a penny earned.
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Re: If you're happy and you know it...press here, please!

PHeymont ·
It certainly has seemed to me that Heathrow doesn't care (it's probably true for JFK, too, but I'm not a stranger there). In fact, I go out of my way to avoid Heathrow. Between the airport experience itself (especially with a T3-T5 transfer) and BA's high surcharges, I've taken to trying to make all my transfers through Madrid or Barcelona. In fact, on my trip this month, I save a good bit by taking American on award tickets to Barcelona and paying my way on Vueling to Marseille. I could...
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Re: October 12, 2016: Randy's Donuts

DrFumblefinger ·
Yummmmm. Randy's donuts are great!
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Re: Robots and Therapy Dogs: the latest airport amenities

DrFumblefinger ·
Dogs are the best! I'd never trade a friendly dog for a robot.
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Re: Best and Worst U.S. airports: No surprises

GarryRF ·
I believe Airports should be judged solely on whether you had a pleasant experience. There is no way Orlando isn't in the Top10. New York is a disgrace. But I pass through as an alien - US residents see no problem. Philadelphia is a dream. Excellent Airport.
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The "Noah's Ark" airport

DrFumblefinger ·
We normally think of airports as people places, but Frankfurt's airport handles twice as many animals as people each year, and it's a very busy people airport!  Everything from horses to fish to rare exotic creatures.  An interesting piece...
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World's most dangerous airport? Would you land here? Lukla, Nepal

DrFumblefinger ·
 I've had some gut-wrenching plane landings (and take-offs) in my days.  The first as a young medical student flying with a bush pilot to remote First Nation (American Indian) villages in Western Ontario.  The plane was outfitted with...
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Wrong Airport: Help, I've landed and I can't get up!

PHeymont ·
In probably the biggest embarrassment a pilot could have, the world's largest cargo plane, a modified 747-400, landed at Wichita's civil airport instead of a nearby Air Force base. The problem? Airport runway is too short for take-off....
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Holiday Flying: How to Beat the Wrap

PHeymont ·
Traveling for Christmas? With presents? You’ll want to read on for some good advice. A couple of weeks ago, TravelGumbo offered advice on “flying through the airport.” We weren’t referring to the old Hertz commercials with...
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U.S. plans big increase in "pre-clearance" sites

PHeymont ·
If you've ever flown into the U.S. from overseas and missed a connection because of a long line at Customs, or had to collect and re-check your bags, you'll be cheering at the announcement that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is negotiating to add...
 
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