More Posts On: Airports

Is Airport Lounge Access Upon Arrival Really Necessary?

“I wish there was room for everyone, but many cardholders have a legitimate reason to use the lounge upon arrival”, according to this article written by Matthew Klint of Live and Let’s Fly. “If AMEX wants to limit ‘camping’ in its lounges, fine. But don’t totally take away arrival access. How about for 1-2 hours after arrival? That seems like a fair compromise that limits ‘abuse’ by cardholders.”

The aforementioned statements from Matthew Klint refer to the new policies announced from American Express for access to its Centurion Lounges for holders of certain American Express Platinum cards, which become effective as of…

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Seattle–Tacoma International Airport Now Open to Public Access With Pilot Program

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport — in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration — now allows the public to access shops and restaurants beyond the security checkpoint of the terminal without requiring the purchase of an airline ticket from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:00 in the morning through 9:00 in the evening with the new SEA Visitor Pass.

The policy change is temporarily and expected to only be available through…

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Save Up to 40 Percent on Priority Pass Membership 2018 For the First Year

If you are tired of dealing with the hustle and bustle of waiting in a public space at an airport prior to boarding the airplane for your flight, you are in luck: you can save up to 40 percent on Priority Pass off of your first year of membership — depending on which of three plans you choose — to enjoy access to the sanctuary of greater than 1,200 lounges and restaurants at airports around the world regardless of airline flown or class of ticket…

…but you must…

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Delta Sky Club Access Change Coming in 2019

Due to a significant change in the access policy which will be in effect in 2019, a reader of The Gate is so outraged at Delta Air Lines and its network of Sky Club lounges that he sent to me an e-mail message to please call it to your attention.

The following announcement pertains not only to…

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Schiphol Airport Still Has a Mouse Problem Four Years Later

“I actually found one of these fire extinguisher things with seats nearby in a quiet area near a food concession area; but as I approached it, a mouse scurried across the floor and into a hole at the base of it. Great. Now I have someone to keep me company.”

That paragraph you just read was originally written in this article on…

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Travel Alert: Kansai International Airport Closed Until Further Notice September 2018 Because of Typhoon Jebi

Approximately 5,000 people were stranded at Kansai International Airport — which serves the greater Osaka metropolitan area in Japan — because of its closure at noon on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 due to significant damage and flooding as a result of the impact of Typhoon Jebi.

According to this notice which was posted at the official Internet web site of Kansai International Airport,…

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TSA Agents Immune From Being Sued Regarding Allegations of Abuse

When Nadine Pellegrino was arrested in 2006 after a physical confrontation with agents of the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport, she probably had no idea that the outcome of her situation would result in a divided panel of three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruling on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 that agents of the Transportation Security Administration who operate security checkpoints at airports nationwide cannot be sued over allegations of abuse by passengers.

Pellegrino and her husband Harry Waldman were on their way traveling home to Florida with…

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One Reason I Do Not Like the Branded Pillar Boarding Process

Originally primarily the domain of low-cost carriers such as Southwest Airlines and ValuJet Airlines, what is known as the branded pillar boarding process has now also been adopted by legacy carriers such as United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

The branded pillar boarding process incorporates pillars which are branded with the groups or zones to which passengers have been assigned in order to expedite the boarding process in general.

One reason why I do not like the branded pillar boarding process is because…

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