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Hidden figures: Unsung sites for art in D.C.

Going to museums isn’t always easy in Washington. If you want to visit the African American Museum or find out what all the hype is about at the Hirshhorn’s Yayoi Kusama exhibition, you have to score tickets well in advance and prepare for crowds. It isn’t unusual to find lines in front of the Air and Space Museum or the Natural History Museum. Where should art lovers go for something...
Air fares declined in 2016, according to federal data

Air fares declined in 2016, according to federal data

Average air fares at the end of 2016 hit their lowest levels since 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Nationally, the average fares purchased were $347 in the fourth quarter, according to the federal data released Tuesday. That’s down 6.1 percent from a year ago. While average fares have declined, airlines collect revenue from more sources, such as baggage...
Atlanta airport spends nearly $170k to store useless furniture

Atlanta airport spends nearly $170k to store useless furniture

Atlanta airport officials plan to spend up to $168,850 on back payments for storage of old airport furniture that has turned out to be worthless — and another $10,000 to get rid of it. The furniture had long been kept in a basement of the old Georgia International Convention Center near the airport. The city-owned convention center is now used by the film industry. In recent years a ...
Southwest No. 2, Delta No. 5 in latest airline ranking

Southwest No. 2, Delta No. 5 in latest airline ranking

JetBlue Airways ranks No. 1 in a new airline ranking from the American Customer Satisfaction Index, while Spirit Airlines ranks last. In second place in the ranking released Tuesday is Southwest Airlines. Delta Air Lines is in the middle, improving its score by 7 percent from last year. United, Frontier and Spirit are in the bottom three positions. Delta is the largest airline in Atlanta, controlling...
Police who dragged passenger from United flight stand by use of force

Police who dragged passenger from United flight stand by use of force

The police report from the aviation security officers who were recorded on video dragging a passenger off an United Airlines flight earlier this month has been released. >> Read more trending news The officers said David Dao was aggressive and said they used “minimal but necessary force to remove the subject,” WGN reported. United had randomly selected Dao to leave the flight...
Frontier Airlines resuming seasonal routes from Atlanta with fare sale

Frontier Airlines resuming seasonal routes from Atlanta with fare sale

Ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is resuming eight seasonal routes from Atlanta for the summer. Denver-based Frontier is bringing back summer flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Austin, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston’s Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City, Miami, St. Louis and San Antonio. The airline held a sale Monday including fares for flights through May 30 starting...
Rough air tests Delta CEO in first year

Rough air tests Delta CEO in first year

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian’s first year on the job is testing his mettle, with two computer outages that led to mass flight cancellations and the recent five-day operational meltdown after one day of thunderstorms. And those are just the obvious challenges. Amid increased competition from ultra low-cost carriers, Delta and other legacy airlines have also been struggling through declining...

Hartsfield-Jackson re-phrasing “world’s busiest” moniker

In the city that was once too busy to hate, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is now trying to downplay how busy it is — after years of bragging about it. According to Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Miguel Southwell, the Atlanta airport, formerly called the world’s busiest airport, shall henceforth be known as the “world’s most traveled airport.” During a presentation...
Hartsfield-Jackson maintains “world’s busiest” status

Hartsfield-Jackson maintains “world’s busiest” status

After handling a record 101.5 million passengers last year, Hartsfield-Jackson International remains the world’s busiest airport, according to an industry group’s annual ranking. Preliminary results released Monday by industry group Airports Council International confirm the Atlanta airport held the No. 1 spot in the world for traffic and flight counts for 2015. Hartsfield-Jackson has...
POLL: What consumer protections should be added for airline travelers?

POLL: What consumer protections should be added for airline travelers?

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new page on its website with information on consumer protections for airline travelers. The page includes links to information on travelers’ rights during tarmac delays, requirements for flight delay notifications, regulations prohibiting air fare increases after purchase, the 24-hour grace period after ticket reservations, and compensation...
Air Canada accused of bumping 10-year-old from overbooked flight

Air Canada accused of bumping 10-year-old from overbooked flight

Air Canada is the latest airline coming under fire for bumping a passenger on an overbooked flight. But this time, according to the Vancouver Sun, the passenger in question was 10 years old and the only member of his family barred from the trip. >> Read more trending news Brett Doyle had purchased tickets for him and his three family members months ago for a trip from Charlottetown, Prince Edward...
Body odor just one reason airlines might boot you from flight

Body odor just one reason airlines might boot you from flight

From bad body odor to being barefoot, U.S. airlines spell out reasons why passengers can be booted off flights they paid to be on. The rules have fresh relevance in the wake of the firestorm over how a United Airlines passenger was dragged off a flight because the airline wanted to put a relocating crew member in his seat. Airline contracts of carriage, which few passengers probably read, vary by...
North Georgia vineyards are ripe with promise

North Georgia vineyards are ripe with promise

TIGER — Coming into this tiny Blue Ridge Mountain community of 350, you know exactly where you are. From the cool breeze that blows sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines in the surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest to the UGA Dawgs signage hanging off seemingly every other car or storefront, it looks and feels unmistakably like Georgia here. Tastes like it, too. Much to many people&rsquo...
10 best budget destinations for 2013

10 best budget destinations for 2013

We did the homework, now all you have to do is pack your bags. Here, next year's affordable hotspots—where world-class hotels, restaurants, and shops will (almost) make you forget you're traveling on a budget. Year after year, friends and family of the Budget Travel staff inevitably ask us the same question: "Where's the coolest and most affordable place to go next?" Luckily...
Disney's Fantasyland debuts a whole new world of attractions

Disney's Fantasyland debuts a whole new world of attractions

Thursday was a very big day for Disney's Magic Kingdom with the grand opening of Fantasyland. The massive expansion includes nearly a dozen new attractions and rides. Guests said the new Fantasyland the characters come to life. They described it as being in a Disney movie. The new attraction is double the size of the old Fantasyland and adds the iconic castle from "Beauty and the Beast"...
Hartsfield-Jackson helps those with autism prepare to travel

Hartsfield-Jackson helps those with autism prepare to travel

Dozens of people on the autism spectrum participated in a travel “rehearsal” at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this week to practice making their way through the airport and onto a plane. “The air travel experience can be particularly challenging for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders… We recognize the world’s busiest airport can be a bit intimidating...
United dragging incident: Delta CEO defends overbookings

United dragging incident: Delta CEO defends overbookings

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calls for airline overbooking to be suspended in the wake of a disturbing video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged off a flight, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he doesn’t believe more legislation is needed and said Delta has done a better job of managing overbookings. “I don’t think we need additional legislation to try to control...
Plenty of great places to eat

Plenty of great places to eat

Tucked onto the 34th floor of the Trustmark Building, this elegant eatery offers sweeping views of Mobile bay and the city’s skyline, earning it a nod from Open Table as one of the country’s most scenic dining spots. The menu reflects a blend of local, Creole and Caribbean influences with dishes such as tuna from Ono Island on the Gulf, chops topped with crab meat and shrimp and grits...
What do airline passengers complain about the most?

What do airline passengers complain about the most?

As the backlash continues after a passenger was dragged off of a United Airlines flight, we’re looking into federal records to see the top issues travelers have with airlines.  Nearly 18,000 people called or went online to file official complaints with the Department of Transportation last year.  Digging through complaints, we found out being bumped off of flights is not one of the...
In Birmingham area, admire an old bike or train, or just bounce

In Birmingham area, admire an old bike or train, or just bounce

What kid doesn’t love bikes? It’s often an obsession no matter what age they are – the “bikes” just get bigger. At this museum, about 20 miles east of Birmingham in Leeds, visitors will find five floors packed with more than 1,400 motorcycles, giving the museum a spot in the Guinness book for having the world’s biggest collection. More than 200 brands are on display...
Kempner: Hey, United, paying passengers is better than dragging them

Kempner: Hey, United, paying passengers is better than dragging them

How much do you think it would have cost United Airlines to have avoided the latest viral video debacle that has enraged consumers (at least those who didn’t scoff at a forcibly bumped passenger’s screams)? My guess is $1,000. But, heck, maybe United could have sweetened the pot by just a couple hundred bucks to try to convince one more passenger to give up their seat and take a later...
Music sites include retro rock studio, room full of replica rockets

Music sites include retro rock studio, room full of replica rockets

A $1 million gift from rapper Dr. Dre went a long way to bringing back that old time rock ‘n roll. The money helped restore this classic sound studio in Sheffield where the Rolling Stones belted out “Brown Sugar” and the Staple Singers crooned “I’ll Take You There” for posterity. The work wrapped up January, and today the space is one of the state’s chief...
In Alabama trip, find adventure, tranquility, history or all of it

In Alabama trip, find adventure, tranquility, history or all of it

The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico surround this 14-mile barrier island about 40 miles south of Mobile, considered one of the best places around to watch the sun sink below the horizon. The island capitalizes on that view, hosting events such as classic car cruise-ins and concerts in the fading light. Pile onto a ferryboat in Mobile for the 40-minute trip across the bay, or drive over the 3-mile...
Cruise lines offer tours beyond the sea

Cruise lines offer tours beyond the sea

Over the past decade, cruise lines have been offering more opportunities to spend time on land. Now one is starting its own land-only tour company. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has just begun a subsidiary, GoBe.com, a global tour operator and the first noncruise venture for the company. Through the website, travelers can book day trips in 97 countries and nearly 900 cities. Management intends to triple...
A weekend in Columbia, S.C.

A weekend in Columbia, S.C.

Columbia’s streets are etched in civil rights and Civil War history. Visit the South Carolina State House or the area’s antebellum homes. The small yet impressive South Carolina Military Museum exhibits items from the Revolutionary War to present day. scmilitarymuseum.net Young visitors will love the EdVenture, the largest children’s museum in the South. The nationally acclaimed...
Delta changes gun policy

Delta changes gun policy

Delta Air Lines has changed its policy for guns in checked bags. The Atlanta-based airline has a new requirement that guns checked as baggage be picked up at the baggage service office upon arrival. “Delta is committed to the safety of our customers and employees,” Delta said in a written statement. “Every day we look for ways to refine processes and procedures with the...
Bumping goes viral after man dragged off United flight

Bumping goes viral after man dragged off United flight

A viral video of a man forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight when he refused to give up his seat on a flight has left many fliers wondering what rights they have in such situations. Here’s a rundown of rules on bumping, from a 2011 article in the AJC when the U.S. Transporation Department boosted compensation for passengers who were involuntarily bumped. (It’s updated with the...
United passenger dragged from flight raises questions on airline bumping

United passenger dragged from flight raises questions on airline bumping

After a man was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight when he refused to give up his seat on a flight, many have been wondering what other airlines’ policies are and what rights passengers have. Here’s a rundown of what the rules are on bumping, from a 2011 article in the AJC when the DOT increased compensation for passengers involuntarily bumped. We’ve updated it with the...
Delta ranks No. 2 in airline ranking for 2016 performance

Delta ranks No. 2 in airline ranking for 2016 performance

As Delta Air Lines emerges from thousands of flight cancellations over five days following a thunderstorm, its 2016 performance gained it a No. 2 ranking in a new airline study released Monday. The Airline Quality Rating put Delta in second place behind Alaska Airlines in the lead position. Atlanta-based Delta inched up one place from a year ago in the ranking by researchers at Wichita State...
Man forcibly removed from flight after not voluntarily giving up seat on flight

Man forcibly removed from flight after not voluntarily giving up seat on flight

Another black eye for the airline industry after a flight crew had police remove a man who refused to voluntarily give up his seat on a flight. United Airlines had overbooked the flight and had asked for four volunteers to give up their seats so other people could fly from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday, WHAS reported. According to passengers, the seats were needed for airline personnel who...
Delta says some flight cancellations likely Sunday, as passengers question airline

Delta says some flight cancellations likely Sunday, as passengers question airline

Delta Air Lines said some additional flight cancellations are “likely” Sunday but it is in “recovery mode” for weather and operational problems that scrambled the heart of spring break for many travelers. The continuing troubles amid sunny skies in Atlanta Saturday had some passengers questioning why Delta still hadn’t fully regained its footing since Wednesday when...
JetBlue raises concerns about challenges cracking into Atlanta market

JetBlue raises concerns about challenges cracking into Atlanta market

As a prominent new airline enters Atlanta, its executives are raising issues about challenges for new competitors flying into Delta Air Lines’ home turf. New York-based JetBlue Airways says it has struggled for weeks to get the gate space it wants to grow in Atlanta, and contends that the lease terms at the world’s busiest airport hinder competition and favor Delta and other incumbents...
New Renaissance hotel to open near Atlanta airport

New Renaissance hotel to open near Atlanta airport

A new Renaissance hotel will soon open near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, adding a modern option for travelers staying in the airport area. The Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway, under construction since October 2015 and set to open in early May, will join a Marriott and SpringHill Suites in the Gateway development next to the Georgia International Convention Center. It will be...
Kempner: Delta gives passengers a new reason to squirm

Kempner: Delta gives passengers a new reason to squirm

A lot of airports are getting better at pampering travelers – or at least treating them with less indifference — once they make it through TSA security. But at the world’s busiest airport, two big airlines that control the most gate space are taking two very different approaches to our true bottom line. Southwest has a number of soft seats at its gates at the Atlanta airport. Delta...
Delta No. 5 in latest airline ranking

Delta No. 5 in latest airline ranking

Delta Air Lines ranks fifth out of 12 carriers in a new airline ranking by credit score website WalletHub. That’s on par with Delta’s ranking a year ago. Atlanta-based Delta is the largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This year, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines came in sixth in the ranking, which looks at everything from delays, cancellations, mishandled...
Delta cancels 300 flights due to thunderstorm

Delta cancels 300 flights due to thunderstorm

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has cancelled about 300 flights in the Southeast due to the thunderstorm hitting the area Wednesday. Delta typically has roughly 1,000 peak-day departures a day from Atlanta. Flights at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were significantly delayed due to the thunderstorms, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A ground delay program was in...
Disney gets permit to add gondola rides at theme park

Disney gets permit to add gondola rides at theme park

Disney World appears ready to begin construction on a gondola system that will connect several Disney hotels with Epcot and Hollywood Studios, according to documents obtained by WFTV’S Jamie Holmes. WFTV first reported about plans for the gondola system in February and since then has found how tourists will get to the parks and hotels without using a bus. "It's not a four-seater. It's...
Delta says its pay for men and women is close to equal

Delta says its pay for men and women is close to equal

Delta Air lines says its employee pay is close to equal between men and women. While women are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men in the United States, Atlanta-based Delta says it is at 99 percent for merit jobs. Delta said it signed the White House equal pay pledge in 2016 under President Barack Obama and committed to doing an annual gender pay analysis and reviewing hiring and promotions ...
UPDATED: Thunderstorm caused flight delays at Hartsfield-Jackson

UPDATED: Thunderstorm caused flight delays at Hartsfield-Jackson

A thunderstorm hitting Atlanta caused delays at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Departing flights in Atlanta were affected by a gate hold and delays of 46 minutes to 1 hour, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Hartsfield-Jackson also said on Twitter that the FAA had issued a temporary ground stop on all aircraft movement due to severe weather. The ground stop was lifted...
Feed, interact with exotic wildlife at Wild Animal Safari

Feed, interact with exotic wildlife at Wild Animal Safari

Ever had a giraffe head in your car? How about a zebra at your window? Has a wildebeest ever slobbered on your front seat? Nelson's News on wsbtv.com experienced all that and then some on an animal safari. Safaris offer participants a chance to witness exotic wildlife like very few experiences can. The good news is, participants don't have to travel all the way to Africa to take part in one. There's...
JetBlue launches flights at Hartsfield-Jackson

JetBlue launches flights at Hartsfield-Jackson

JetBlue launched Atlanta-Boston flights on Thursday as a squabble over gate space at the world’s busiest airport continues. The first JetBlue flight taxied to a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in between two fire trucks, but without the customary arcs of water sprayed in celebration for inaugural flights. An airport spokesman cited the region’s recent drought for the lack...
Those pesky airline fees and how to avoid them

Those pesky airline fees and how to avoid them

What’s a blanket on a cold airplane worth? Not $12, at least not for one passenger on a recent Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Hawaii. A 66-year-old man was charged $12 for the blanket, but not with anything else, despite causing the flight to be diverted to Los Angeles. According to news reports, the passenger was deemed “unruly” by airport police after saying he &ldquo...
Towns in Smokies beckon visitors again

Towns in Smokies beckon visitors again

It’s a spectacular drive northward along Highway 441 from small town of Cherokee on the North Carolina side of Smoky Mountains National Park to Gatlinburg on the Tennessee side. In the lower elevations, the spring wildflowers of mid-March — mostly trillium — pop from the ground, offering bits of color that soon disappear the higher we climb toward 5,046-foot Newfound Gap at the center...
Snag off-season discounts on trips to India

Snag off-season discounts on trips to India

Travelers can take advantage of extra savings by booking tours during India’s offseason, and some deals extend to travel beyond summer. Safari parks offer peak wildlife viewing in April and May, while mountainous regions provide respite from the heat in June. On the Go Tours (1-866-377-6147) is offering two India tours for the price of one on bookings made by April 15. The discount applies to...
JetBlue starts new service at Hartsfield-Jackson

JetBlue starts new service at Hartsfield-Jackson

More than 13 years after a brief and bruising experience with the Atlanta market, JetBlue Airways is returning to Hartsfield-Jackson International to make another run at carving out a presence at the world’s busiest airport. JetBlue launches service Thursday with one route — Atlanta-Boston with five flights a day. “This is by far our most requested route,” said Dave Clark,...
JetBlue launching flights to Atlanta

JetBlue launching flights to Atlanta

JetBlue launches service at Hartsfield-Jackson International today, initially with only a single route but with hopes to add more. The New York-based carrier will start with five daily flights between Atlanta and Boston. Flights to New York-Kennedy, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are planned in the future, though the airline has struggled to get its desired gate space at Hartsfield-Jackson. JetBlue started...
Celebrity Cruises’ new ship has ‘infinity’ cabins

Celebrity Cruises’ new ship has ‘infinity’ cabins

Inside Royal Caribbean Cruises’ new Innovation Center called “The Cave,” executives, designers and architects can walk through a virtual cruise ship, granted their 3D goggles are on of course. The VR technology allows them to fine tune new features as simple as where to place tables in the rooftop garden and as radical as redefining the skeletal structure on the 2,900-passenger Celebrity...
Now boarding: Delta’s ‘747 Experience’ in Atlanta

Now boarding: Delta’s ‘747 Experience’ in Atlanta

As the Boeing 747 begins its descent into history at Delta Air Lines, the company opened a jumbo jet-sized exhibit at its museum near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta-based Delta plans to retire the 747 from its fleet in December. With United also retiring its 747s this year, that will mark the end of the jumbo jet’s run at U.S. passenger airlines. But Delta has preserved one...
Hartsfield-Jackson strikes $181.5 million deal to build new parking deck

Hartsfield-Jackson strikes $181.5 million deal to build new parking deck

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has struck a $181.5 million deal to build a new parking deck that will be reachable via the airport SkyTrain. The Atlanta airport is building the parking deck to replace parking being displaced during construction of various airport projects including in the West economy lot where a new InterContinental hotel will be built, the park-ride reserve lot that...
Leggings on a plane: Delta says it has no “item-specific” policy for pass travel

Leggings on a plane: Delta says it has no “item-specific” policy for pass travel

It was the leggings policy heard ’round the world. After United Airlines declined to allow several girls who were wearing leggings to board a flight on pass travel, then another passenger tweeted about it, the question of airline dress policies went viral. But some have also pointed out that airlines often have more stringent policies for employees’ friends or family who are traveling...
How Delta aims to make boarding more bearable

How Delta aims to make boarding more bearable

One of the thorniest issues for any airline is how to get people onto planes in a quick and orderly way while also giving privileged status to those who spend the most. It doesn’t help that flights on popular routes are often full these days, or that many passengers are schlepping carry-ons built to maximum dimensions. The tension between crowd-handling efficiency and tiered service is one reason...
Atlanta airport hotel project gets FAA approval

Atlanta airport hotel project gets FAA approval

A proposed InterContinental hotel at Hartsfield-Jackson International has gained clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration, which concluded it will not interfere with radar or airspace safety at the world’s busiest airport. FAA approval was a key hurdle to overcome for the hotel project, which has been in the works for the past three years. Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie...
A weekend in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colo.

A weekend in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colo.

Weekend in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colo., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: The Great Sand Dunes National Park is a secret spot in south central Colorado to play among the highest sand dunes in North America (30 square miles of dunes). It’s a photographers paradise of shadows and stunning sunsets. Sands in spring...
Retracing Cuban heritage in Old Havana

Retracing Cuban heritage in Old Havana

In her café-con-leche-flavored memories, she knew she was of Cuban heritage, but she knew nothing of Cuba. My wife, Eileen Santa Cruz Osinski, grew up in Ybor City, the Cuban-American enclave of Tampa, Florida. Her ethnic identity had none of the bitterness of ideology or revolution, just the sweet, milky mixture of family, food, music and faith. To her, being Cuban meant eating Tio Roque&rsquo...
More airline pilots testing positive for drug use

More airline pilots testing positive for drug use

The number of pilots testing positive for one or more drugs increased in 2015 over the prior five years, though federal officials said the overall number of airline employees testing positive is low. The newspaper’s reporting comes following the March 16 death of Spirit Airlines pilot Brian Halye, who is suspected of overdosing on fentanyl, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s...
After emergency landing at Hartsfield-Jackson, air traffic controllers who helped get medal

After emergency landing at Hartsfield-Jackson, air traffic controllers who helped get medal

Five Atlanta air traffic controllers who skillfully assisted a pilot of a small plane that had to make an emergency landing at the world’s busiest airport will accept a medal of safety award Wednesday evening. On Feb. 14, 2016, pilot Cathy Lewan was flying a single-engine Cessna 172S to take aerial photos about 10 miles southwest of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Her plane’s...
Kempner: Evicting spring break was the easy part for Panama City Beach

Kempner: Evicting spring break was the easy part for Panama City Beach

One of Florida’s most popular beach hot spots is learning how hard it is to kill its reputation as a college and high school spring break guzzle-a-thon and replace it with something safer. Panama City Beach locals this year thought they found a fresh way to woo Atlantans and others from around the nation to the amazing powdery white sand: three weekends packed with Christian music concerts...
Uber, Lyft pick up twice as many Atlanta airport passengers as taxis

Uber, Lyft pick up twice as many Atlanta airport passengers as taxis

Uber and Lyft are having a big impact on transportation options at Hartsfield-Jackson International in their first couple of months of legal pickups at the airport. The ride-share services already pick up twice as many customers at the airport as taxis, according to city of Atlanta figures. The city legalized Uber and Lyft pick-ups at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport effective Jan...

Hartsfield-Jackson to host job fair

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will host a job fair March 30, with airport employers hiring for more than 1,000 jobs. The job fair will be held next Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center. Those interested can register online. More than 60 employers will be at the job fair, hiring for positions such as barista, bartender, driver, cook, host, cashier...
Maps show exposure to airport, highway noise

Maps show exposure to airport, highway noise

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released new maps showing areas affected by airport and highway noise. >>CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE NOISE MAP>> The maps show the noise impact in a large swath around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as well as areas around DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Cobb’s McCollum Field, Charlie Brown...
Spring break travelers may notice new TSA pat-downs and policies

Spring break travelers may notice new TSA pat-downs and policies

More than 145 million passengers are expected to take to the skies this spring, a record high, according to an airline industry group. Airlines for America said Monday it expects a 4 percent increase in travelers in March and April compared with a year ago. As spring break travelers head to the airport for trips, they may encounter some new airport security policies started this year...

747 jumbo jet exhibit coming to Delta museum

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet, one of the most recognizable planes in aviation, will soon be the focus of a new exhibit at the Delta Flight Museum near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The “747 Experience” exhibit opens March 28 at the museum that sits on Delta’s headquarters campus on the north side of the world’s busiest airport. The exhibit is inside a retired 747-400...
Delta’s ‘747 Experience’ to take off March 28

Delta’s ‘747 Experience’ to take off March 28

The iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet is the focus of a new exhibit opening later this month at the Delta Flight Museum. When the $5 million “747 Experience” exhibit opens March 28 at the museum near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, visitors will have a chance to walk out onto the wing of a 747, see the cockpit and learn about the inner workings of the plane. The 747 is &ldquo...
Birmingham: 13 places to go

Birmingham: 13 places to go

On my first trip to Birmingham, I spent the entire visit pursuing Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, the local songbirds who won “American Idol” in 2002 and 2006, respectively. On my second trip, nearly a dozen years later, I was too busy following the rising star of the Magic City to obsess over fallen reality stars. Since Jefferson County crawled out of bankruptcy, Alabama’s largest...
Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii as a vacation destination; the fifth Hawaii boycott since 2010

Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii as a vacation destination; the fifth Hawaii boycott since 2010

Hawaii is taking a hit once again, but they have certainly been down this road before. In the past seven years, Americans have called for no fewer than five boycotts on the 50th state in the country. This time, supporters of President Trump’s travel ban began calling for fellow Americans to boycott Hawaii as a vacation destination after the actions of a federal judge. On Wednesday, Hawaii Federal...
Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. This time, the ruling came from a judge in Hawaii who rejected the government's claims that the travel ban is about national security...
Checkpoint changes await spring fliers

Checkpoint changes await spring fliers

As spring travelers head to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in coming weeks, they may notice an expanded main security checkpoint and encounter some new screening procedures. The widened switchback area at the domestic terminal’s main checkpoint is expected to help reduce back-ups into the atrium and the rest of the terminal, and to make room for future growth. Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman...
Flight cancellations continue into Wednesday due to Northeast storm

Flight cancellations continue into Wednesday due to Northeast storm

Delta Air Lines canceled another 40 flights Wednesday morning as it recovers from the massive blizzard that hit the Northeast, causing the carrier to suspend operations in New York on Tuesday. Atlanta-based Delta canceled more than 900 flights Monday night and Tuesday in New York, Washington D.C., Boston and other airports in the Northeast. Hartsfield-Jackson International spokesman Andrew Gobeil...
UPDATE: More flight cancellations coming Wednesday due to Northeast storm

UPDATE: More flight cancellations coming Wednesday due to Northeast storm

Delta Air Lines plans to cancel another 40 flights Wednesday morning as it works to recover from a massive blizzard hitting the Northeast that caused it to suspend operations in New York on Tuesday. Atlanta-based Delta canceled more than 900 flights Monday night and Tuesday in New York, Washington D.C., Boston and other airports in the Northeast. The airline resumed some flights...
A weekend in Brunswick Islands, N.C.

A weekend in Brunswick Islands, N.C.

Weekend in Brunswick Islands, N.C., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Six island towns on five narrow barrier islands make up the Brunswick Islands in southeastern North Carolina. There are 45 miles of south-facing beaches on Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, and Bald Head Island. The area...
Delta cancels more than 900 flights due to storm

Delta cancels more than 900 flights due to storm

Delta Air Lines has cancelled more than 900 flights due to the storm to hit the Northeast, including its two hubs in New York. Atlanta-based Delta said snow and high winds are expected to disrupt operations. The airline has a hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport. The airline cancelled 130 flights Monday evening as it re-positions...
Expanded security queuing area to handle crowds at Hartsfield-Jackson

Expanded security queuing area to handle crowds at Hartsfield-Jackson

When spring break travelers head to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, they may notice an expanded main security checkpoint designed to better handle lines during busy periods. The widened switchback queuing area at the domestic terminal’s main security checkpoint is expected to help reduce how much the lines back up into the atrium and the rest of the terminal, and  make room for...
Drones and planes share the skies at the world’s busiest airport

Drones and planes share the skies at the world’s busiest airport

The first federally-approved drone flights have begun at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Drones are generally not allowed in Class B airspace — the type of airspace that surrounds Hartsfield-Jackson and other busy commercial airports — without special permission.
Delta fined $90,000 for inadequate food service during tarmac delays

Delta fined $90,000 for inadequate food service during tarmac delays

The federal government is fining Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines $90,000 for not offering passengers adequate food during long tarmac delays in Atlanta and New York. A consent order issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation says that during lengthy tarmac delays last July on two flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and two flights from Hartsfield-Jackson...
JetBlue jockeys for prime gates at Hartsfield-Jackson

JetBlue jockeys for prime gates at Hartsfield-Jackson

JetBlue Airways is pushing for prime gate space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as it prepare to launches flights in Atlanta at the end of this month. New York-based JetBlue plans to start flights from Atlanta to Boston on March 30, but says in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it had expected to be able to operate out of...
Atlanta airport prepares for massive parking deck project

Atlanta airport prepares for massive parking deck project

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is starting a massive project to double the size of its parking decks, an effort expected to take at least eight years and hundreds of millions of dollars. Parking is an important service that can cause frustration for travelers when they can’t find a spot and are rushing to catch a flight. But it’s also one of the biggest sources of revenue for...
Georgia expects drone industry growth with new federal rules

Georgia expects drone industry growth with new federal rules

Georgia’s drone industry is expected to grow with the creation of a new category of rules for commercial use of small drones, according to the state Center of Innovation for Aerospace. The Federal Aviation Administration this week finalized rules to allow commercial drone operators to fly without going through a special approval process. That’s a shift from the current system that requires...
New Delta seats at Hartsfield-Jackson raise hard questions

New Delta seats at Hartsfield-Jackson raise hard questions

As Delta Air Lines renovates its gate areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one feature is gaining unexpected attention: Seats that some passengers say are too hard and uncomfortable. The new seats are made of a solid black polyurethane material, making them durable and easy to clean. Some travelers say the collateral damage is their behinds. “I was sitting there for like half...
Gate skirmish: Qatar Airways super jumbo jet will require manuevering to gate

Gate skirmish: Qatar Airways super jumbo jet will require manuevering to gate

When Qatar Airways brings in a super-jumbo jet to Atlanta to celebrate its launch of flights Wednesday to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the arrival will require some unusual maneuvering to get passengers on and off the plane. Behind the atypical debut are flight scheduling issues and some unresolved friction between two competing airlines. The Middle East carrier will operate its new daily...
Qatar Airways CEO blasts Delta for gate kerfluffle

Qatar Airways CEO blasts Delta for gate kerfluffle

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has called out Delta Air Lines for its role in a clash that left Qatar’s super-jumbo jet without a gate to pull up to for its inaugural flight at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Wednesday, Qatar Airways’ first flight from Doha into Atlanta had to park on the tarmac with passengers disembarking...
In Miami, lap of luxury and heart of the arts

In Miami, lap of luxury and heart of the arts

The problem with staying at the luxurious St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami Beach is it’s easy to forget there is a vibrant metropolis beyond the oceanfront resort, a hub of arts and culture just waiting to be discovered. Who cares about all that artsy stuff when you can chill in a private beachfront cabana all day? One that’s air conditioned, has a bed, a bathroom, a TV and could pass as...
Travel industry to monitor effects of Trump’s new travel ban

Travel industry to monitor effects of Trump’s new travel ban

Travel industry groups say they will monitor the roll-out of President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, looking to minimize disruptions and avoid a drop in overall international travel to the U.S. Travel demand measured by flight searches from international origins declined 17 percent shortly after the first travel ban in late January, according to travel app Hopper. Flight search demand to the...
Delta launches new boarding process at Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta launches new boarding process at Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta Air Lines is launching a new boarding process at five gates at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. At the handful of gates on Concourse B, Delta passengers will line up in four parallel lanes at marked pillars. They will continue to board by zone. That will help with “keeping customers out of the walkway” and create a separate area for premium customers to line up, as...
New Trump travel ban has broad implications for Atlanta region

New Trump travel ban has broad implications for Atlanta region

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a revised travel ban for visitors from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as refugees from around the world. The Trump administration is hoping the new ban will withstand court scrutiny after the president’s original executive order sowed widespread confusion, triggered angry demonstrations in Atlanta and across the nation and ultimately stalled amid...
SuperShuttle shutdown in Atlanta comes as travelers change habits, say hotel managers

SuperShuttle shutdown in Atlanta comes as travelers change habits, say hotel managers

With airport shuttle company SuperShuttle abruptly shutting down its operations in Atlanta this week, downtown Atlanta hotel managers say they liked having the service as an option, but the way travelers get around the city is changing. “If this was five years ago, I believe that our industry would have a lot more anxiety about not having that type of [shuttle] service available,&rdquo...
Study suggests Airbnb hosts in black neighborhoods are mostly white

Study suggests Airbnb hosts in black neighborhoods are mostly white

A controversial new survey on Airbnb rentals in New York City suggests the short-term rental start up is creating some racial and economic disparities in predominantly black communities. Airbnb has tried to position itself as an economic equalizer that allows middle class residents to make money by renting their properties short-term, but a new study from an Airbnb watchdog suggests that...
Calling a cruise ship home

Calling a cruise ship home

The round-the-world cruise has long been one of those brass rings of retirement: the ultimate reward for a life well-lived (and planned). Now, some are choosing to embark on such long-haul cruises permanently. “I decided I had enough of the corporate world, and I wanted to spend the rest of my life traveling the world,” said Mario Salcedo. He was speaking by cellphone from Royal Caribbean&rsquo...
Kempner: Beat it! Vacation rentals curbed on pricey N. Ga. lakes

Kempner: Beat it! Vacation rentals curbed on pricey N. Ga. lakes

If you want to rent a vacation home on some of Georgia’s priciest and most tranquil lakes this spring and summer, better move along bub. A bunch of them are no longer available. And they may never be again. That’s because homeowners are being told to stop renting to visiting vacationers at least on land owned by Georgia Power at Lake Burton, Lake Rabun, Lake Seed and more than a dozen...
Hartsfield-Jackson curbside canopies to cost millions more

Hartsfield-Jackson curbside canopies to cost millions more

The price tag for adding massive canopies and making other improvements to the curbside at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is heftier than first expected, with airport officials seeking approval for another $102.5 million in costs. The original amount for a contract with New South-McCarthy for terminal modernization work including the canopies was $163 million, approved in late 2015. But...
Hartsfield-Jackson a constant draw for homeless overnight

Hartsfield-Jackson a constant draw for homeless overnight

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, at the end of a MARTA line and open 24 hours a day, has for years been a draw for homeless people looking for a place to sleep. That’s particularly true during cold snaps, and airport officials have taken various approaches over the years. “Homeless people routinely will come out to the airport,” said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt...
SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

After facing stiff competition from ride-share services Uber and Lyft, airport shuttle operator SuperShuttle is pulling out of Atlanta. The last day of SuperShuttle operations in Atlanta is Feb. 28. The company, which operates in more than 40 airports using its hallmark blue vans, lasted just over two years in Atlanta after launching services in November 2014. “Essentially, there just wasn&rsquo...
SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

Shared-ride airport shuttle operator SuperShuttle is pulling out of Atlanta, after facing stiff competition from ride-share services Uber and Lyft. The last day of SuperShuttle operations in Atlanta is Feb. 28. The company, which operates in dozens of airports across the country using its hallmark blue vans, lasted just over two years in Atlanta after launching services in November 2014...
Go Georgia: Where to enjoy unique, delicious food in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to enjoy unique, delicious food in Georgia

Jazz’d Tapas Bar, Savannah At Jazz’d Tapas Bar in Savannah, an old Spanish culinary tradition is served with a modern American twist. This chic little spot is in the historic district, but it’s the epitome of 21st-century elegance. The beauty of tapas is the opportunity to sample the unfamiliar without being fully being committed to any one dish. Numerous small plates are meant to...
Go Georgia: Places to enjoy music across Georgia

Go Georgia: Places to enjoy music across Georgia

Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair and head to Matilda’s Under the Pines for an evening of live music. The outdoor music venue hosts Music Under the Tent, a spring and summer concert series that features artists from all over the Southeast, including many from Georgia. Everything — from southern rock, delta blues, funk and folk — is played here.  The hills are alive with the sound...
Go Georgia: Memorable historical sites to visit in Georgia

Go Georgia: Memorable historical sites to visit in Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is a 2,965-acre historic site that marks a Civil War battlefield of a crucial Confederate victory during the Atlanta campaign of 1864. A 20-minute film shown at the visitor center explains how rebels took cover from rifle and cannon fire in entrenchments dug deep into the slopes of Kennesaw Mountain. Many well-preserved artifacts and memorabilia are on view,...
Go Georgia: Where to enjoy sports, outdoors, and adventure in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to enjoy sports, outdoors, and adventure in Georgia

From the mountains in the north to the beaches in the southeast, Georgia features diverse landscapes with stunning natural beauty — scenery that’s ideal for sports lovers and adventure seekers.  Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast, pummels boulders 792 feet below, its thunderous roar echoing throughout Amicalola Falls State Park. Visitors can stay the...
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