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Portland Airport Hires 40 Goats And One Llama To Do Some Landscaping Work

You know what’s not fun for a human? Pulling scratchy thistles other invasive plants. You know what’s totally awesome for a goat? Eating scratchy thistles and other invasive plants. The Portland Airport has caught on to the obvious solution to its airfield landscaping needs, hiring 40 goats and a lone llama to munch away at the plants encroaching on runway space. [More]

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Two TSA Screeners Fired For Allegedly Working Out System To Grope Attractive Male Passengers

When travelers are going through any airport security checkpoint, there’s an expectation that yes, the experience might be annoying, but that at least Transportation Security Administration screeners are going to behave professionally. A new report out of Denver says that expectation was not upheld by two screeners accused of working out how to tweak the system so that one worker could grope the genitals of attractive male travelers. [More]

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Airports Propose Increasing Facility Fees To Pay For Infrastructure Improvements

With airlines introducing new fees for just about everything from reserved seats, carry on bags and even water, it appears that the actual airports are looking to get a piece of the action with a proposed increase to the passenger facility fee. [More]

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TSA Busts Passenger Allegedly Trying To Fly With Bear Paws In His Luggage

We’ve heard many a tale of travelers accused of trying to move things they shouldn’t through the air in their luggage, attempts that are often thwarted by the Transportation Security Administration’s airport checkpoints. But while we’re used to hearing about concealed weapons or live wildlife, officials say one traveler allegedly upped the “what not to pack” ante by toting bear paws and other parts in his bags. [More]

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NYC Officials: Unlicensed Driver Posed As Super Shuttle Worker At Airport, Charged Travelers Wildly Inflated Fares

In an example of exactly how important it is to research new cities and how transportation works there before you travel, officials in New York say a man without a livery cab license posed as a Super Shuttle driver and lured travelers going through the John F. Kennedy International Airport hugely inflated fares. [More]

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Man Accused Of Pointing Laser Beam Into Cockpits Of Several Planes At LaGuardia Airport, Injuring Pilots

Because there isn’t already enough to worry about when piloting a giant piece of metal flying in the sky, law enforcement in New York say they busted a man accused of shining a powerful laser beam into the cockpits of several aircraft at LaGuardia Airport, injuring the eyes of three pilots. [More]

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U.S. Airports Ditching Customs Forms For Travelers To Speed Things Up

The millions of passengers flying into U.S. airports will have one fewer hassle to deal with after those often long flights, as the White House said it’s doing away with customs forms by the end of 2016. [More]

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Allegedly Terrible Person Accused Of Drowning Puppy In Airport Bathroom In Order To Board A Flight

Are you having a good day so far? Then you might not want to ruin it by reading on, because holy crap, there are some really awful, terrible people in the world. Allegedly: Police in Nebraska say a woman drowned a three-week-old puppy in an airport bathroom after being told she couldn’t board her flight with the dog. Deep breaths. Must take deep breaths. [More]

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Donald Trump’s $100M Lawsuit Claims Airport Intentionally Routes Planes Over His Florida Estate

We’re sure it’s probably very annoying to have a massive, sprawling estate in Florida, only to find that planes are daring to fly over it, like some kind of winged pest intent on disturbing your peace. At least, we’re sure that’s probably very annoying if you’re Donald Trump, who is suing Palm Beach County for $100 million, partly over those flights soaring above his sprawling Mar-a-Lago estate. [More]

Boston TSA Agents Find Dozens Of Credit Cards Under Different Names Stuffed Inside Teddy Bear

Boston TSA Agents Find Dozens Of Credit Cards Under Different Names Stuffed Inside Teddy Bear

Stuffed animals serve a simple purpose: To be cute and cuddly. As such, they’re imbued with a sort of innocence, so far as inanimate object can be, which is perhaps why someone thought no one would notice if a sweet little teddy bear was stuffed chock full of what could be stolen credit cards. [More]

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Group Representing U.S. Airlines Sues To Block Planned Seattle Airport Workers’ Wage Increases

An airline group, representing six major airlines and parcel services, filed a lawsuit aiming to block the Port of Seattle from implementing a pay increase that would make Seattle-Tacoma airport workers some of the highest paid in the country. [More]

One of the suspects caught on camera allegedly stealing a bag from the Sea-Tac baggage claim.

Couple Accused Of Stealing $45K Worth Of Luggage From Airport

Did you have a bag go missing at the airport last spring? If the airport was Sea-Tac International in Washington, we have a pretty good idea what might have happened to it. [More]

Family Annoyed That Southwest Misplaced 85-Year-Old Woman

Family Annoyed That Southwest Misplaced 85-Year-Old Woman

We recently published a post about a 7-year-old traveling as an unaccompanied minor who Delta handed over to the wrong relative. Families pay for extra supervision when kids fly unaccompanied, but what about unaccompanied seniors? A family in Colorado says that instead of escorting her to her Southwest Airlines flight, airport staff parked her wheelchair out of the way for hours instead of putting her on the plane. [More]

Pianist Serenades Travelers At Prague Airport With Impromptu Concert

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You show me someone who’s enjoying sitting at an airport and I will show you a liar. Bearable at most, the experience of traveling is never fun, unless you’ve got something to take your mind off the dreariness of waiting. Travelers passing through Prague’s airport recently had quite the opposite experience, after a pianist connected with an airport piano. [More]

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Woman Climbs Airport Fence To Try To Stop Her Cheating Husband From Flying Away

A word to those hurting hearts out there: We feel your pain, but if you think your husband is flying off to see another woman, there are other ways to go about mending that broken heart other than climbing a 10-foot high barbed wire fence at an airport to try and stop his plane from taking off. [More]

Soon PreCheck Lanes Will Only Be For Those Who Actually Paid For The Perks

Soon PreCheck Lanes Will Only Be For Those Who Actually Paid For The Perks

If you’ve ever been randomly plucked out of the ordinary Transportation Security Administration screening line at the airport and ushered through the magical line where you don’t have to take off your shoes or rifle through your bag to pull out laptops and small bottles of liquid, then you know the joy of the PreCheck lane. I hope you enjoyed the free ride while it lasted, because the popularity of the supposed no-hassle line means only paying customers will be admitted from now on. [More]

FlightCar Loses All The Stuff In My Glove Box, Isn’t Answering The Phone

FlightCar Loses All The Stuff In My Glove Box, Isn’t Answering The Phone

What if there were an AirBNB for cars? FlightCar is a startup that aims to connect lonely cars in long-term airport parking with travelers in need of short-term wheels. This seems like a great idea….except, like many “sharing economy” businesses, it’s a great idea until something goes wrong. Just ask reader Evan. [More]

Airport Officials In L.A. Seize 67 Live Giant African Snails Meant For Human Consumption

That there snail is mighty big. (USDA)

Diners with an appetite for giant African snails in California will have to find another batch of the prohibited animals to snack on, after U.S. Customs and Border protection inspectors at the Los Angeles International Airport seized 67 of the live guys, which were destined for someone in San Dimas (otherwise known as the home of Bill and Ted). [More]