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Sewage Leak Splashes Hundreds Of Checked Bags At Nashville Airport

Yesterday morning, water from a restroom directly above the baggage handling area at Nashville’s airport leaked through the floor and onto hundreds of bags below. While the water came from a plugged toilet, officials treated it as sewage, and removed 380 bags from Southwest flights that were on the carousel to check for, um, dampness. [More]

Travelin’ Librarian

American Airlines Strands Reporter At Airport For 24 Hours, Forcing Her To Subsist On Soft Pretzels & Licorice

In what sounds like a terrible idea for a Chopped spinoff, a reporter says she’s had to subsist on a diet consisting solely of snack food after various American Airlines delays trapped her at the airport for more than 24 hours. [More]

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Airport Employee Punches Passenger Holding Baby Because We Live In A Cruel And Absurd Universe

As Dostoyevsky wrote, a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel, so it’s of little surprise that a random airport worker lashed out with his fist at a passenger — a traveler who was not only holding an infant in his arms at the time, but who had languished for some 13 hours while waiting for his repeatedly delayed flight. [More]

Delta

Delta Enters Next Phase Of Testing Fingerprints As Boarding Passes

Back in May, Delta announced that it would test allowing a subgroup of passengers to access its Sky Club lounge at Reagan National Airport using only a fingerprint. That test was apparently successful, and now the airline will begin allowing that same group of passengers to actually board the aircraft using their fingerprint instead of a boarding pass. [More]

Don Buciak II

Flying From Mexico To The U.S.? Here’s What You Need To Know About New Laptop Rules

Although the U.S. has lifted the laptop ban on all foreign airlines it put in place in March, travelers flying here from Mexico with such large electronic devices will get their chance to grumble over new, longer security checks. [More]

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Italian Airport Makes Exception To Liquid Limits For Pesto Sauce

It may come as no surprise that deep in the heart of pasta country, officials at the airport in Genoa, Italy, are offering a special culinary dispensation to anyone traveling with the city’s famed pesto sauce. [More]

JetBlue Hopes Facial Recognition Tech Can Speed Up Boarding At The Gate

JetBlue Hopes Facial Recognition Tech Can Speed Up Boarding At The Gate

For some flights, you’ll spend more time in line at the airport than you will in the air. Checking your bags, going through security, then boarding at the gate (not to mention the idle time spent in the jet’s aisle while the people in front of you invariably stow their over-large rolling suitcases improperly in the overhead bins and then remember they have to get something from that bag). JetBlue is hoping that using facial recognition technology can speed up at least one portion of this process. [More]

United Airlines

United Airlines Opening Fully Automated Airport Screening Lanes

In an effort to ease congestion at security checkpoints — like last year’s unholy traffic jams during the busiest season for travel — United Airlines has outfitted an entire airport terminal in New Jersey with automated screening lanes. [More]

Airport Hopes A Continuous Stream of G-Rated Short Films Will Soothe Your Existential Dread

Airport Hopes A Continuous Stream of G-Rated Short Films Will Soothe Your Existential Dread

Sometimes you don’t have the energy or the funds to saddle up to an airport bar during your layover or flight delay. If you’re traveling through Oregon’s Portland International Airport you now have another option: hitting the mini-movie theater. [More]

Inha Leex Hale

TSA Introducing New, More Invasive Pat-Down Method

The next time you go through a pat-down at airport security, things might be a bit different: The Transportation Security Administration has a new, more invasive pat-down procedure that some travelers might find unusual. To that end, the agency is warning local police departments that they may see an uptick in reports related to these up close and personal examinations. [More]

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Airport Worker Accused Of Stealing Guns From Travelers, Trading Them For Pot

Whenever you check your bag before a flight, you’re putting a high degree of trust in airport staff that they won’t help themselves to the things inside. Yet another baggage handler has been accused of violating that trust, allegedly stealing guns out of travelers’ bags to trade for drugs. [More]

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China Now Taking Fingerprints Of All Foreign Visitors

Heading to China soon? Be prepared to have your fingerprints taken when you arrive, as part of the country’s efforts to boost security at its borders. [More]

Why Your Social Media Feed May Be Filled With Pledges To #DeleteUber

Why Your Social Media Feed May Be Filled With Pledges To #DeleteUber

Over the weekend and this morning, your social media feed may be filled with friends urging others to #DeleteUber and stop using the ride-hailing service. How does a popular app go from top of the heap to boycott target in just a few days? [More]

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Computer Outage Leaves Thousands Of Travelers Waiting Hours To Go Through Customs

We are barely a few days into the new year and already a computer glitch has disrupted travel plans for thousands of people: a nationwide outage in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection system on Monday night resulted in travelers waiting for hours to enter the country on one of the busiest travel days of the year.. [More]

Adam Fagen

Frontier Probably Should Have Canceled More Flights Before Snow Storm

Frontier Airlines is a discount carrier, and it’s a small carrier. That was a bad combination this weekend when heavier snow than anticipated grounded planes and left travelers, planes, suitcases, and crews stranded in the wrong cities. As of today, most of Frontier’s flights are making it to their destinations, but people who missed their trips and who are separated from their bags are still very unhappy. [More]

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Chicago O’Hare Airport Workers’ Strike Won’t Happen Over Thanksgiving

If you were worried that strike at one of the nation’s busiest hub airports would complicate complicate your holiday travel plans, you’ll likely be relieved to know that the employees’ walkout won’t happen until after the Thanksgiving travel period. [More]

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Hundreds Of O’Hare Airport Workers Vote To Strike Just In Time For Thanksgiving

Planning on flying into, out of, or through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday? You should be prepared for some disruptions in travel, after hundreds of airport workers voted to go on strike over wages. [More]

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Samsung Setting Up Note 7 Exchange Booths At Airports Around The World

You’re walking toward airport security when suddenly, you remember that you haven’t exchanged your recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — and you aren’t allowed to bring it on your flight due to a new federal ban prohibiting the devices on all planes, lest they catch fire. What’s a traveler to do? [More]