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Severe Weather Shuts Down British Airports

While President Obama scoffed at Washington area schools closing because of snow last week, nearly all of Great Britain took a snow day on Monday after the biggest snowstorm in decades. Men create a giant snowball in Kensington Gardens in London. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Even London's famed Underground had problems...

By Christina Talcott | February 2, 2009; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Thursday News Round-Up

Two major stories about discrimination on airlines: You probably heard about the nine Muslim passengers who were pulled off their AirTran flight from DCA to Orlando, subsequently denied re-boarding, then offered an apology by AirTran on New Year's Day. And how about the $240,000 T-shirt? Jet Blue settled with Iraqi-born...

By Christina Talcott | January 8, 2009; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (6)

A Few for the Road (and Air): Holiday Travel Tips

Worried about upcoming holiday travel plans? We have some tips to help ease your mind. Air travel can be dicey when the weather outside is frightful, so heed these tips from Fare Compare CEO Rick Seaney if you think you might be affected by bad weather: * Before heading to...

By Christina Talcott | December 23, 2008; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (5)

Airport Security Explained

Are you one of those airport security line grumblers? You know the type. "I can't believe we still have to take off our shoes. The floor is filthy. My feet are cold." Or "You've got to be kidding me about the size of my shampoo bottle. I paid $24 for...

By Carol Sottili | December 16, 2008; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Monday News Roundup

In the news this afternoon: New WiFi service on planes: USA Today reported this morning that Delta is rolling out its new on-board Internet service on Washington-New York and New York-Boston flights. For the next two weeks, the service (called GoGo) will be free. Eventually, the airline plans to offer...

By Christina Talcott | December 15, 2008; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

What U.S. Cities Have the Healthiest Airports?

Two of our region's airports -- BWI Marshall and Reagan National -- have placed in the top 10 of the nation's healthiest. The rankings by Health Magazine gave BWI the number two spot, behind Phoenix Sky Harbor. BWI "features soft music and comfortable lighting at one of its key security...

By Carol Sottili | December 2, 2008; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (4)

Kids Deck the Airports' Halls

This month, two Washington area airports will bring in Santa's little helpers to assist with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's second-annual tree trimming celebration. (Courtney Prebich/ MWAA) Today at Reagan National, between 10:30 and 11:15 a.m., about 100 children from nine District, Maryland and Virginia elementary and middle schools will...

By Andrea Sachs | December 2, 2008; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bangkok Airport Update

The situation in Thailand has taken a turn for the worse: Yesterday, protesters stormed Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport, shutting down the international hub that opened in 2006. Airport officials canceled flights as a result of the protest by members of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who oppose Prime Minister Somchai...

By Christina Talcott | November 26, 2008; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (3)

Are Restrictions on Liquids Coming to an End?

Tired of the 3-1-1 rule? Frustrated by paper boarding passes? Relief may be around the corner. The Transportation Security Administration announced in its blog on Friday its plans to ultimately do away with the restrictions on liquids in carry-on luggage. With new X-ray machines, it hopes to eliminate the size...

By Christina Talcott | October 28, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

It Came From the Chat: Summer Savings Tips, Part 2

You know what I love about our Monday chats? Every week, the participants share travel tips and information with each other. There are usually four or more Travel staffers answering questions, and we can usually answer questions authoritatively and at a rapid-fire pace. But sometimes what the chatters themselves advise...

By Christina Talcott | May 13, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

Travel Alert: Heading to Reagan National?

Garage construction at Reagan National will likely cause traffic backups, especially during peak times, as of Monday. The left lane of the airport entrance road will be closed for the duration of the two-year, $54 million project. Motorists coming from Washington on the southbound George Washington Parkway are advised to...

By Cindy Loose | May 2, 2008; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: The Dulles Rail Extension and You

In an unexpected reverse move, the Feds announced today that they're funding the Dulles rail extension, which we all but left for dead a few months back. Now that things are back on track (so to speak), it's looking up for Dulles, which is considered Washington's international hub (never mind...

By Christina Talcott | April 30, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Heathrow's New Terminal Woes

Last summer, when CoGo was inundated with complaints from travelers whose bags had been lost during transfers at Heathrow, British Airways said: Never fear, just wait until the new Terminal 5 opens and all will be well. Well, Terminal 5 at Heathrow opened last Thursday, and all hell broke loose....

By Cindy Loose | April 1, 2008; 06:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Clear Lane: A Clarification (and Apology)

We published a contribution from a reader last week complaining about inefficiency and bad signage at the new Clear security lanes at Dulles Airport -- a contribution that we've since learned was in error. The reader implied that he tried to use the Clear lane the weekend after it opened...

By K.C. Summers | March 31, 2008; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Look: The Clear Lexus Lane? Not So Much

Last week we reported on the new Clear security lanes debuting at National and Dulles airports, and how officials touted them as time-saving boons to humanity. For $128 a year, frequent travelers can bypass the regular security lanes, enjoying the services of special "concierges" who help them with bins and...

By K.C. Summers | March 26, 2008; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (7)

Insta-CoGo: Clear Security Lanes Debut at DCA

When did being special get ... special-er? First there were HOV lanes on the highway, then came EZPass for tolls. Denver and Salt Lake City airports just got separate security lanes for casual, family and "expert" travelers. And as of today, Reagan National has Clear lanes for registered travelers, courtesy...

By Christina Talcott | March 19, 2008; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Heathrow's New Panacea, er, Terminal

London Heathrow's $8.6 billion Terminal 5 is set to be unveiled March 27. Talk about much-anticipated! Heathrow, of course, is legendary for its sprawling layout, excessive delays and security problems, and the luggage fiasco of last summer -- when 6,000 bags were lost in one weekend -- left many travelers...

By K.C. Summers | March 13, 2008; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (11)

The Monday Rant: Dulles, Metro . . . and Me

A sampling of this week's sales: United, $213 to San Juan. Jet Blue, $199 to Vegas. Air France, $552 to Madrid. You know what all those fare have in common? They leave from Dulles. And you know what that means? If you're without a car, you'd have to beg a...

By Christina Talcott | January 28, 2008; 07:32 AM ET | Comments (45)

The Latest on JFK Int'l: Change Is Coming

It's a done deal: To improve the terrible delay problems, airlines will bring no more than 81 to 83 flights an hour into New York's JFK International, down from 100 or more at peak times, according to an announcement today by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Even if you never...

By Cindy Loose | December 19, 2007; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Unclogging New York Airports

What's the U.S. Department of Transportation going to do to solve the congestion problem at New York City airports -- a clog that backs up flights and causes delays nationwide? Although the official word hasn't been decreed yet, insiders say they know. First, the DOT won't carry out its threat...

By Cindy Loose | December 12, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Park and Cry

Hourly: "Closed" Express: "Closed" Long Term: "Closed" Overflow: "Closed" (Okay, so Overflow is never open, but it still freaked me out.) This was the Thanksgiving greeting I received when I drove to BWI last Thursday at noon, looking for a cozy spot for my car. I felt fairly confident that...

By Andrea Sachs | November 26, 2007; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (8)

The Local Airports: Zagat Weighs In

Is Dulles the new BWI? Just a few years ago, ranting about BWI was a common practice, but since it's multi-quadrillion-dollar makeover, many of the complaints have gone away. And now comes the 2007 Zagat Survey on airports, in which BWI and Reagan National are clear favorites over Dulles. According...

By John Deiner | November 23, 2007; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (22)

Security Lines for Early Flights: A Rude Awakening

When I have a 6 a.m. international flight from Dulles, I expect: 1. No traffic. 2. Easy parking in the airport lot. 3. No security lines. 4. Hot coffee at the concession stand. I was right on three of four accounts; I totally miscalculated on No. 3. Last Friday, I...

By Andrea Sachs | October 11, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (7)

BWI: Oh, That Drive

The folks at Aviation.com must have been warned not to poll me for their "Top 10 Easiest U.S. Airports to Get to" survey. In the study, the company ranked Boston's Logan airport at the top (I concur: the subway-shuttle combo, Logan Express and water taxis are easy and almost enjoyable),...

By Andrea Sachs | August 16, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (23)

Dulles to Conduct Test

Don't be alarmed if you approach Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday, May 5, and see smoke rising from the airport, and numerous emergency vehicles in the area. It's only a test. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will be conducting an emergency exercise from 9 a.m. to approximately noon. A...

By Cindy Loose | May 1, 2007; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dulles Detour

Airport alert: Construction will close the exit lane to Route 28N (Sterling) from Dulles International Airport from 10 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) until 5 a.m. Friday, April 20. For details, click here. (PDF)...

By Cindy Loose | April 18, 2007; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's New at U.S. Airports

Airport tidbits: * Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is apparently now the country's first "Model Port," as designated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The idea is to combine continued safety measures with some welcoming features, such as multilingual signage and videos in an effort to increase the...

By Anne McDonough | April 10, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Missing Your Liquids?

The Hong Kong International Airport joined the Liquid Ban Club the other day: The rules state . . . oh, you know the drill. Carry-on liquids, gels and their kin must be stored in containers no larger than three ounces, then placed in a clear, resealable quart-size bag. Separate the...

By Andrea Sachs | March 23, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (29)

Dulles Delay Alert

Dulles Airport officials warned that passengers should allow extra time when driving to the airport, due to intermittent delays and an overnight closure on the Route 28 North Ramp to Dulles. Delays are expected today and tomorrow (March 20 and 21) from 10 a.m. to noon, and on Friday the...

By Cindy Loose | March 20, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Favorite Airport: The Results Are In!

And the winner is . . . DCA! Yep, Washington's Ronald Reagan National got the most votes from Post Travel Log readers over the last couple of weeks as the best airport they'd like be stuck in. If you missed the original item, we wrote about the sometimes odd choices...

By K.C. Summers | March 12, 2007; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favorite Airports: Vote Here

Being slightly paranoid eminently practical, I recently scheduled a connecting flight from Washington to Paris with a six-hour layover in Philadelphia. In fact, there were plenty of earlier options for the Philly-to-Paris leg of the trip, but this was in late February and I didn't want to take a chance...

By K.C. Summers | March 5, 2007; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (63)

 

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