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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


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


Science |Calculating Carbon Footprints

Under the climate treaty approved in Paris this month., almost every nation has agreed to limit its greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, the average carbon footprint per capita is one of the highest in the world, at about 17 metric tons, according to The World Bank.
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Top 10 longest non-stop commercial flights

As the demand for international airline travel continues to increase, airlines are looking for ways to fly more passengers to more places in less time. Emirates recently announced they would begin operating non-stop flights between Dubai and Panama City on 1 February 2016. The flight will cover a distance read more


The Bee Gees and a few noise-avoidance tricks & harmonic tweaking

One day in 1968, members of the BeeGees were flying aboard a British Airways Vickers Viscount plane, listening closely to the aircraft noise inside the cabin. “It was one of those old four-engine ‘prop’ jobs’ that seemed to drone the passenger into a sort of hypnotic trance, only with this it was different,” the late singer Robin Gibb once said in a BeeGees anthology. “The droning, after a while, appeared to take the form of a tune, which mysteriously sounded like a church choir.” According to Gibb, it inspired one of the band’s most famous songs, I Started A Joke. read more


A Caribbean Rum Trail

“Care to kiss the ground?” The question came, with a slightly patronizing grin, from Norman Murray, local sage and tour guide in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. “Our visitors from Europe, America — this is a holy pilgrimage for them. So, really,” he egged me on, “feel free.” Confession: I nearly knelt. After years of visiting Jamaica, I had at last landed in Appleton Estate, a centuries-old temple of sorts, teeming with spirits and nestled in the lush Nassau Valley. read more


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