More Posts On: Airports

Is Changing Into Your Pajamas in an Airport Lounge Prior to Boarding the Airplane Okay?

While flying as a passenger in the business class cabin from London to South America via New York, “What I really feel like doing is having a shower in the Flagship Lounge at JFK, change into my Lufthansa pyjamas (I’d much rather change in a spacious shower room than in an airplane toilet), and walk down to the gate in that and slippers, with a view toward drifting into sleep soon after takeoff”…

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Airport Tax to Almost Double?

The Passenger Facility Charge is a tax with which up to $4.50 per flight segment can be charged by airports to passengers to help finance infrastructure projects — including the expansion of terminals; the improvement of security checkpoints; the reduction of airport noise; and the renovation and upgrading of washrooms and toilets — which are funded by the federal government of the United States…

…but if the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee has its way, that tax will almost double to…

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Atlanta Files Lawsuit Against the Little Airport That Couldn’t

Paulding County breached the sales contract of 163 acres of land which the city of Atlanta sold to the County in western Georgia back in 2007 for construction of Silver Comet Field of Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport — according to this lawsuit filed by the city in Paulding Superior Court in late June — because the board of directors of the airport authority of Paulding County have been attempting to recruit a commercial passenger airline to use the small airport for five years instead of keeping to a verbal promise that the airport would only serve general aviation uses and not compete for passenger service with the international airport that serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

On his last day in office as the commission chairman of Paulding County…

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New Airport to Be the Largest in the World?

The first phase of an expansive new airport — whose cost is estimated at approximately $12 billion — will be completed by the year 2019; and it could eventually become the largest airport in the world once the combination of the first phase and two future phases are completed.

“Representatives of the…

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Cash Stolen From Passenger By Transportation Security Administration Agent?

“Whether I’ll proactively remove my wallet from my pocket is another matter. It’s absurd that one would ever be forced to part with one’s money. There are airports in the world where I wouldn’t trust all the contents to reemerge. And putting them in a locked bag pocket isn’t much help, since there are agents who have a problem with my keeping my eye on my bag at all times.”

Seth — who is a reader of The Gate — posted this comment in response to this article pertaining to…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Take Every Questionable Item Out at Airport Security Checkpoints

Going through the usual procedure at an airport security checkpoint, the agent of the Transportation Security Administration is suddenly alarmed by the machine — and you find out that the belt buckle or the watch or a coin is the culprit when walking through the body scanner.

“I have been through hundreds of airport security checkpoints; and this item has never alarmed before,” you might say to the agent — but that statement is of no use at that moment, which is already too late. Now you get a “free pat-down” and endure an invasive search which…

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How to Rent Out Your Own Car — and Possibly Park for Free at the Airport — Revisited

Although it had issues with internal turmoil and being significantly restructured, FlightCar was listed at number 12 of the 14 hottest on-demand startup companies of Forbes for 2015 with a valuation of $103 million — only to close not long after that on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

FlightCar “sold its technology platform to Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, after a surprise announcement to staff”, according to this article written by…

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Why Bother With a Touchless Faucet When…

Touchless faucets — the type where all you need to do is wave your hand to activate it so that you do not have to touch it while washing your hands — have found their way in washrooms in airports all around the world…

……but what is the point of having one available when…

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Hazing on Rape Table By Customs and Border Agents at Newark Airport

Allegations of years of extreme hazing rituals by veteran agents of the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency of fellow agents with a lesser tenure — who were subjected to being sexually abused and included being restrained by duct tape to what is being called a “rape table” in a secure room in Terminal C at Newark International Airport — are being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security of the United States.

The “rape table” is…

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