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Vice President Joe Biden : “LaGuardia a third-world country”

That long-awaited makeover can’t come quickly enough.
New York City’s three main airports are regularly ranked on lists of airports travelers try hardest to avoid, but it’s LaGuardia that nearly always lands the dubious honor of being named the worst of the worst. (Its detractors include no less than Vice President Joe Biden, who once famously likened LaGuardia to “a third-world country.”) read more


TSA Lines: Trying to Get Past Airport Security Faster? Get in Line #IHateTheWait

Officials at the Transportation Security Administration thought they had the solution for long lines at airports: “PreCheck” – It has not worked as planned.

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It has not worked as planned.

Customers who apply for the program, which requires a fee of $85 and a background check, say they continue to face long waits to obtain the PreCheck clearance. Such delays could grow worse because the number of people signing up for PreCheck has more than tripled in the last few months, climbing to 16,000 a day on average in May, agency officials said.

That surge has led to long delays in processing applications. Dozens of passengers who have recently tried to sign up for PreCheck say they have been given appointments for the in-person interviews needed to complete the process that are weeks or even months away.


TSA Lines: Why They’re So Long, and What You Can Do About It #IHateTheWait

TSA Lines: Why They’re So Long, and What You Can Do About It

With travelers increasingly frustrated, the Transportation Security Administration has finally spoken.

Long lines at airports are nothing new. Yet in recent weeks, understaffing, heightened periods of travel, and stricter security measures have created a perfect storm and brought the issue to a boiling point: Port Authority has threatened to replace the TSA with private contractors, and airlines have spoken out on behalf of the traveler. There’s even a designated hashtag—#IHateTheWait—and viral videos of passengers stuck in long lines, and at airports overnight. Now, the TSA is finally addressing the issue read more


Travel Tips: How to Travel With an Engagement Ring

How to Travel With an Engagement Ring

You’ve picked a proposal location—now how do you get the ring there without ruining the surprise?
There are all kinds of reasons to propose while you’re on a trip—perhaps it’s a place that has sentimental meaning for you and your significant other, or it’s when he or she will least expect it. Or maybe you just want a spectacular backdrop for the big moment. Regardless, additional complications come up when you’re surreptitiously traveling with a ring—what happens if TSA rifles through your baggage? Or if you set off a metal detector? Where in the hotel room do you hide an engagement ring? We lay out the logistics of traveling with a ring—so you can focus on the rest of the proposal. read more


Bordeaux | A great fusion of big city life but contained in a village-like atmosphere – Gordon Ramsay

Bordeaux is the wine capital of the world, renowned for its rich history, generated by 800 years of viticulture, commerce and trade. But these days, there’s much more to this city than lush vineyards and delicious grapes.

It’s a great fusion of big city life but contained in a village-like atmosphere – Gordon Ramsay read more


Senator calls for FAA investigation of runaway fees that can double passenger fares despite plummeting fuel costs.

Consumer Traveler Today: Senator calls for FAA investigation of runaway fees

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) late last month, called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate hidden, runaway fuel surcharges and airline fees that can double passenger fares despite plummeting fuel costs.

This is a part of the long-running effort to have airlines be more transparent read more


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Spring Break Travel Will Hit an All-Time High This Year 2016

Spring Break Travel Will Hit an All-Time High This Year

For airlines that means 140 million passengers, all looking for fun in the sun. read more


Delta Airlines | Just as good as the food set on the table.

It is no secret that airlines are waging an increasingly pitched battle for the biggest-spending passengers who fly in premium classes: The carriers have deployed amenities like fluffy feather duvets and spa treatments.
Now, Delta Air Lines is trying to gain an edge with its food — a decidedly tall order. read more


$120,000 Vacation on a Four Seasons Jet

For a small fortune, passengers can travel the globe aboard the Four Seasons’ spacious Boeing 757..

Thanks to the Four Seasons’ new 24-day, round-the-world fantasy trip, you get all the indulgences of travel without any of its hassles. But like all fantasies, is this too much of a good thing? read more


American Airlines Lets Passengers Track Checked Bags In Real Time

AMERICAN AIRLINES ADDS ONLINE TRACKING FOR CHECKED BAGS—SO YOU CAN WATCH YOUR SUITCASE FROM START TO FINISH.

Frequent fliers of American Airlines can bid adieu to hour-long waits at baggage claim: The airline recently introduced a tracking service on its website, through which customers can track their bag as it makes its way from check-in counter all the way to baggage carousel. read more


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