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Category Archives: Airports

Wag Brigade

Dogs can be seen at many airports. Usually you see them searching for fresh fruit, or drugs, or bombs, etc. Many passengers do not like that, but sometimes they are very pleased when they see a dog.

At several airports across the USA - including Buffalo, NY, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, San Jose - you can meet certified therapy dogs in the terminals, sometimes called the Wag Brigade.

After travelers endure scrutiny at security check points, undergo body scans or pat...

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Airport thefts

At New York's 3 airports there were nearly 600 reports of luggage theft in the last 2 years. But it also happens at other airports.

When El Al started getting complaints from passengers about items missing from their baggage cameras were hidden in the belly of the plane. ABC News Nightline reports stunning results. Seven workers were charged with ripping off valuables, worth thousands of dollars.

ABC obtained a video from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey showing a baggage handler methodically searching a wallet.

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Electronic bag tags and other conveniences

The Future Travel Experience Awards were presented in Las Vegas on September 6, 2013. The winners - 5 airlines and 4 airports - are chosen through consultation with a panel of industry experts, so transparency is a long way off.

Airlines
Iberia received the 'Best Check-in Initiative' award for its MyBagTag to print bag tags at home along with your boarding pass.

British Airways was awarded the 'Best Baggage Initiative' for its permanent electronic bag tags. You can synchronize...

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Recombobulation area

When you come out of the body scanner or the metal detector you may feel discombobulated while you are trying to collect your belongings.

Sometimes you may forget your belt or something else. Like many travelers you may stack your handbag on your laptop as this is a flat surface. After you have put your items in your carry-on bag you rush off to your gate.

When you arrive there, however, you realize you have forgotten your laptop. If you have enough time, you can rush back to the checkpoint and recover...
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The most expensive and cheapest airport transfers

So you bought a low-fare ticket to Tokyo. Great! But on arrival you discover that a taxi ride to the city center (€236 or $208) costs nearly half of the air fare.

A report by the British travel money specialist Moneycorp shows enormous differences between taxi fares around the world.

This is not unexpected given the variance in living standards and distances between airports and city centers.

Below you will find the 5 most expensive and the 5 cheapest taxi

transfers in April 2013 on the basis of both the price...
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How credible are best airport awards?

Air travel awards lost much of their credibility when the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld all complaints about Skytrax's advertising submitted by KwikChex, a company verifying critical information about businesses. ASA told Skytrax among other things not to imply that the reviews on their site are checked, trusted and genuine and not to make claims regarding...
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