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Delta spending $437M for a piece of Air France

Delta Air Lines is acquiring a 10 percent stake in Air France, part of a round of cross-border investments among the airline’s international partners. Atlanta-based Delta will buy the stake, worth about $437 million, in Air France-KLM, and it will gain a seat on the board. Air France will buy a 31 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic from Virgin Group, while another Delta partner, China Eastern...
Large electronics will have to be screened under new TSA carry-on policy

Large electronics will have to be screened under new TSA carry-on policy

Passengers traveling through America’s airports will have to separate large electronics from their carry-on baggage under new screening procedures announced Wednesday by the Transportation Security Administration. Travelers will be required to remove electronics that are larger than a cellphone from carry-on baggage so the electronics can undergo X-ray screening in an effort aimed at upgrading...
Atlanta drivers show no mercy for Ga. 400 flex lane abuser caught on video

Atlanta drivers show no mercy for Ga. 400 flex lane abuser caught on video

A video shared on social media has generated a lot of conversation about how Atlanta drivers are using the Ga. 400 shoulder lanes. The video, posted on You Tube, shows a driver on Ga. 400 just before I-285 using the shoulder lane to cruise past traffic at about 3 p.m. Minutes later, the time lapsed video shows the same driver being pulled over by State Patrol.. [youtube=http...
Atlanta’s ‘aerotropolis’ plan gains some altitude

Atlanta’s ‘aerotropolis’ plan gains some altitude

It’s a slow takeoff roll, but Hapeville Mayor Alan Hallman sees the development of an “aerotropolis” gaining momentum. Porsche stamped its gilded international nameplate on Hapeville’s doorstep last year, putting the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in serious conversation for other headquarters and major logistics firms, Hallman said. Now the four-star...
How to walk your cat on a leash — It may be easier than you think

How to walk your cat on a leash — It may be easier than you think

Laura Moss was volunteering for a cat rescue group when one day she discovered a note and a tiny blue harness dangling beside the cage. The instructions at the local pet store where adoptions were taking place: Take the orange tabby on a walk. Much to her surprise, the skinny ginger seemed comfortable on a leash and knew right where he wanted to go, exploring aisles devoted to cat food, and later...
Go Tennessee: 5 places to get outside and play

Go Tennessee: 5 places to get outside and play

Tennessee is probably best known for music and also for its barbecue and whiskey, among other things. But the Volunteer State’s varied geographic features and sports profile also mean Tennessee offers exceptional opportunities for sports and recreation, as well. Ocoee River It dips and swirls sinuously through the gorgeous forested and rocky Southern Appalachian region of southeastern Tennessee...
Sunday Wellness series at Serenbe connects mind, body and spirit to nature

Sunday Wellness series at Serenbe connects mind, body and spirit to nature

The Inn at Serenbe, located in planned community with 1,000 acres of preserve forestland, now offers a series of day retreats designed to offer a getaway from the pressures of daily life. Related: Free outdoor yoga in Atlanta Sunday Wellness, is a series of retreats led by Zoetic, the local wellness company at Serenbe. During a day filled with health and wellness, ...
Delta’s April meltdown cost $125 million, but company still made $1.2 billion quarterly profit

Delta’s April meltdown cost $125 million, but company still made $1.2 billion quarterly profit

In spite of a $125 million hit due to 4,000 flight cancellations during its April meltdown, Delta Air Lines still made a $1.2 billion quarterly profit. Most of the impact from the April operational meltdown that followed a one-day storm was a $115 million headwind to revenue. Atlanta-based Delta’s profit for the second quarter of the year was down 21 percent from $1.5 billion...
What’s a “Nothing Burger?” An official history of that suddenly popular (and annoying) phrase 

What’s a “Nothing Burger?” An official history of that suddenly popular (and annoying) phrase 

“Nothing Burger.” Some people wince at the oratorical decline it represents while others debate the finer points of punctuation swirling about it (Should it be hyphenated? Capitalized? One word or two?). But there’s no disputing that the phrase is on everyone’s lips these days, especially in Washington D.C. : White House chief of staff Reince Priebus earlier this week dismissed...
Qatar Airways boss sorry for ‘grandmothers’ remark

Qatar Airways boss sorry for ‘grandmothers’ remark

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who has sparred with Delta Air Lines executives over policy issues in recent years, is apologizing for referring to U.S. airline flight attendants as “grandmothers.” “I should like to apologize unreservedly to those offended by my recent remarks which compared Qatar Airways cabin crew with cabin crew on U.S. carriers,” Al Baker said Wednesday...
A peek at the plans for a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta

A peek at the plans for a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta

Although opposition to the idea of a commercial airport in Paulding County continues, airport officials are pressing forward with efforts to bring airline service to their airfield. Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, also known as Silver Comet Field, announced in 2013 its plans to get commercial certification and attract airline service. Since then, the idea has been challenged by some Paulding residents...
FAA: Paulding airport won’t go commercial until lawsuits are resolved

FAA: Paulding airport won’t go commercial until lawsuits are resolved

The question of a second metro Atlanta commercial airport remains on hold in Paulding County. Amid lawsuits challenging efforts to commercialize Paulding’s airport, the Federal Aviation Administration wrote a letter this week saying it will wait until the legal questions are resolved by the courts before making a decision on the airport’s commercial certification. In the two-and-a-half...
Paulding airport authority appoints interim director

Paulding airport authority appoints interim director

The Paulding County airport, which has spent the last few years in an effort to become a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta, has a new interim director. The Paulding County Airport Authority has named Terry Tibbitts as its interim airport director for a three-month period as it searches for a permanent airport director. Airport authority chairman Calvin Thompson said he has started taking...
Fliers’ right to video gets push from recent airline incidents

Fliers’ right to video gets push from recent airline incidents

When things go wrong on an airline flight, a picture is worth a thousand words — and a video can be worth even more. That’s become evident over the last several months, amid a string of viral videos showing passengers getting booted off flights, altercations between crew and passengers and the United Airlines passenger dragged off a plane. With smartphone cameras in the...
From Backstreet Boys to Cher, Las Vegas residencies are flourishing

From Backstreet Boys to Cher, Las Vegas residencies are flourishing

In about 30 minutes, the Backstreet Boys will descend from the ceiling inside The Axis theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, tucked into individual lighted squares as the crisp sounds of “Larger Than Life” boom through the room. But in the lead-up to the arrival of the well-preserved boy banders – Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean and Georgia mainstay...
72 hours in Eleuthera

72 hours in Eleuthera

The idyllic island of Eleuthera is a curious place, free from the crowds, herds of cruise ship passengers, casinos and high-rises that plague many of its more popular Caribbean neighbors. It seems to make sense considering the island’s name is derived from the Greek word “eleutheros,” meaning freedom—something you’ll feel almost instantly as you arrive and begin to take...
Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused, that means more moola to spend on meals. Initially, this...
Easing in to going solo

Easing in to going solo

Since 2012, Kristin Addis has been traveling the world. More often than not, she’s solo. The former investment banker decided to sell her belongings five years ago and hit the road. She since has lived in silence at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, trekked to see gorillas in Uganda and hiked on glaciers in Patagonia. For Addis — who blogs about her experiences at bemytravelmuse.com, and...
Delta, other airlines take in-flight meals upscale

Delta, other airlines take in-flight meals upscale

Airline meals used to be the butt of jokes — at least until they were eliminated on most domestic flights in coach class. Now, carriers including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines are bringing coach meals back on certain long domestic routes, partnering with well-known chefs for international business class dishes and using designer tableware in first class. Some foreign carriers like Singapore...
Chattanooga guitar museum celebrates disappearing art of craftsmanship

Chattanooga guitar museum celebrates disappearing art of craftsmanship

“Call me last.” For decades, that phrase has been the calling card of vintage guitar buyer David Davidson. “It takes years sometimes to buy a guitar,” he explains. “When someone’s not ready to sell for whatever reason — it’s emotional, it’s sentimental, or the money’s not right — ‘call me last’ is a way of saying, &lsquo...
Hartsfield-Jackson expects checkpoint record on Friday

Hartsfield-Jackson expects checkpoint record on Friday

Record crowds are expected at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday as travelers set off for 4th of July trips. The airport expects more than 90,000 passengers to pass through security checkpoints that day, surpassing the previous record set over the Memorial Day holiday travel period. A total of 3.4 million people across the country are expected to fly over Independence Day weekend...
Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

2017 is not a good year to be an airline company, especially if that company’s name is United Airlines.  Passenger and mom Emily France said her baby became overheated recently on a delayed flight as the aircraft waited on the Denver International Airport (DIA) tarmac, reports the Denver Post. The 39-year-old said that passengers waited for more than two hours on the plane despite...
Getaways that are close to home

Getaways that are close to home

If thoughts of airports and security lines or day-long car rides are enough to make you consider skipping a summer vacation, then a staycation might be just the thing you need. Luckily, options abound for staycations close to home that feel (many) miles away—from serene lakeside getaways to action-packed escapes in the country to luxurious city sleepovers.  Tucked away in the foothills...

Someone packed a live 20-pound lobster in their carry-on luggage

TSA agents are pros at sporting scary stuff people try to take through airport security. Like whatever this thing is. In just one week earlier this year, inspectors found 73 guns in carry-on bags (66 of which were loaded and 27 of which had a round chambered). For a while there it seemed people kept trying to get pink guns through airport security. And then there was the time someone even...
Delta lease OK’d, but emotions steal show

Delta lease OK’d, but emotions steal show

It was an airport lease-signing ceremony, but it turned into something more Wednesday for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and departing Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. Both found themselves reflecting on deeper issues than the lease — and fighting back tears — as they inked a 20-year deal that renews the terms of Delta’s massive operation at the city-owned Atlanta airport. Reed, who...
A weekend in Temecula, Calif.

A weekend in Temecula, Calif.

There’s a wine country in Southern California, and Temecula lies at its heart. Set 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the vineyards of over 30 world-class wineries cover the rolling hills. Take in the expansive views reaching to 11,000-foot-high mountains with a picnic or a hike from winery to winery. The Old Town is a step back in time with wooden boardwalks...
Couple gets engaged on Delta flight

Couple gets engaged on Delta flight

A Delta Air Lines plane at 30,000 feet became the scene for a carefully-orchestrated engagement this week. Flights were already part of the couple’s long-distance relationship stretched between Atlanta and Pennsylvania — Deepum Patel works in Atlanta while girlfriend Neha Chakravarti has been in dental school in Pennsylvania. During a Wednesday flight from Atlanta to Boston for a layover...
Record number of travelers expected over July 4th weekend

Record number of travelers expected over July 4th weekend

A record number of people are expected to travel over the 4th of July holiday weekend, according to AAA. A total of 44.2 million Americans are forecast to take trips over the period running from June 30 to July 4. In Georgia, 1.3 million people will travel for the holiday, AAA says. Most of them will be driving. But 3.4 million across the country are expected to fly over Independence Day weekend,...
Report: More Americans will travel this Fourth of July than ever before

Report: More Americans will travel this Fourth of July than ever before

Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July Fourth weekend. Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year's record for the holiday. The vast majority of those revelers will go by car. But airline travel over the holiday is also expected...
Uber, Lyft pickups at Hartsfield-Jackson to move to new location

Uber, Lyft pickups at Hartsfield-Jackson to move to new location

Hartsfield-Jackson International airport plans to move Uber and Lyft pickups from the current curbside areas to a different location in mid-July. Uber and Lyft drivers are currently allowed to pick up passengers anywhere on the curbside, on the upper or lower levels at Terminal South or Terminal North. “We are working to identify locations for Uber and Lyft to pick up their passengers while...
Worried about your flight being cancelled? Delta adding alerts for change fee waivers

Worried about your flight being cancelled? Delta adding alerts for change fee waivers

Delta Air Lines said it will begin sending alerts to customers whose flights may be disrupted by severe weather or other issues, who can reschedule their flights without paying certain change fees. Atlanta-based Delta said it tested a system of sending such alerts recently in the Northeast. Airlines often post change fee waiver notices on their websites when storms threaten to cause flight disruptions...
Delta orders even more airplanes, with expanded Airbus A321 order

Delta orders even more airplanes, with expanded Airbus A321 order

Delta Air Lines announced it is buying another 37 A321 jets from Airbus as it replaces older planes. The 192-seat A321s will be equipped with in-flight wi-fi, live satellite TV on seat-back entertainment screens and power outlets in every row. Also inside the cabin will be “full-spectrum LED ambient lighting” that change depending on the phase of the flight. Based on the current list price...
Delta orders more Airbus A321 jets

Delta orders more Airbus A321 jets

Delta Air Lines is ordering ten more Airbus A321 jets, the carrier announced Tuesday. That brings the total number of A321s Delta has on order to 122. The 192-seat planes have large overhead bins, power outlets in every row of seats, in-flight wi-fi and entertainment. They will replace older narrow-body planes being retired. The average list price for an A321 is $116 million, though airlines...
Delta’s suites in the sky take flight Oct. 30

Delta’s suites in the sky take flight Oct. 30

Delta Air Lines has begun selling tickets for new business class suites in Airbus A350s to begin flying in its fleet this fall. Delta is set to be the first U.S. airline to get an A350. The carrier’s first A350 flight will take off Oct. 30 from Detroit to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Each business class suite called “Delta One” will have a sliding door for privacy, as well as a...
Photography exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson focuses on human trafficking survivors

Photography exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson focuses on human trafficking survivors

A traveling art exhibit with portraits of human trafficking survivors is making a week-long stopover at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s domestic terminal atrium. The portraits by photographer J.Shotti are of 20 women from across the country who are survivors of human trafficking, with a focus on their accomplishments “as an antidote to the stereotypes” of victims, according...
A weekend in Yorktown, Va.

A weekend in Yorktown, Va.

Weekend in Yorktown, Va., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Part of Southeastern Virginia’s Historic Triangle (with Jamestown and Williamsburg), Yorktown hugs the York River with 18th-century homes, quaint boutiques and restaurants along the shores. The 23-mile Colonial Parkway links the three towns and is part of the National Park...
Hartsfield-Jackson preps for Concourse T extension

Hartsfield-Jackson preps for Concourse T extension

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is striking a contract to build five more gates on the north end of Concourse T, with the first phase of work expected to cost $54 million. Airport general manager Roosevelt Council said Hartsfield-Jackson needs more gates to add capacity. The airport’s master plan said more domestic gates are needed by 2021. “Our passenger counts continue to grow...
Fuel gushes from plane, covers New Jersey runway

Fuel gushes from plane, covers New Jersey runway

A flight from Newark to Venice had to be cancelled Tuesday night after passengers in a neighboring plane noticed something gushing out of the wing of United Flight 170. >> Read more trending news  Video and photos posted to social media showed a liquid flowing from the edge of the plane’s wing and spilling across part of the runway, NJ.com reported. United said it was a fuel...
Delta to stop accepting pets as checked baggage

Delta to stop accepting pets as checked baggage

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it will no longer accept pets as checked baggage effective March 1, 2016. The move comes years after Delta faced some criticism for deaths of pets in checked baggage. Since then, Delta has gradually placed more restrictions on shipment of pets. With the latest change, pets can still travel in the passenger cabin, except for in business class known as Delta One. Pets...
TSA tests fingerprinting in PreCheck lane at Hartsfield-Jackson

TSA tests fingerprinting in PreCheck lane at Hartsfield-Jackson

The Transportation Security Administration said it will test the use of fingerprints in a PreCheck lane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in Denver. The testing will match fingerprints to those that TSA PreCheck members provided when they enrolled in the program. The idea is to eventually allow passengers to use their fingerprints as their boarding pass and ID, according to TSA. But...
Delta mauling puts focus on ‘support animal’ rules

Delta mauling puts focus on ‘support animal’ rules

A harrowing dog attack aboard a Delta Air Lines jet in Atlanta has put a spotlight on the federal law requiring airlines to accommodate emotional support animals. After traveler Marlin Jackson was mauled by a fellow passenger’s lab mix during boarding of a June 3 Delta flight to San Diego, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it wants more information on the incident. The agency also...
Delta tests facial recognition technology in Atlanta and New York

Delta tests facial recognition technology in Atlanta and New York

Delta Air Lines is testing facial recognition technology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection exit screening in Atlanta and New York. At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at gates F6 and F9 on international Concourse F, the test is part of an effort Atlanta-based Delta has been working with Customs on for the past year. Last summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it was testing...
Delta ends sponsorship of New York theater over Trump-like Julius Caesar

Delta ends sponsorship of New York theater over Trump-like Julius Caesar

Delta Air Lines said it is withdrawing its sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater over a production of Julius Caesar with allusions to President Donald Trump. The production scheduled to start Monday “depicts the assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler,” according to the New York Times, and sponsors have faced criticism online and from some media outlets. “No matter what...
Access national parks with pass

Access national parks with pass

I remember my first good look at Fort Pulaski, sitting stout and battered just outside Savannah proper on Cockspur Island near the mouth of the Savannah River. The moat; the fort’s thick brick ramparts showing the kind of pock-marked structural damage you’d expect from taking heavy Union cannon fire; the home team’s black cannons pointed outward toward ghostly Union troops from atop...
Explore new world of Pandora

Explore new world of Pandora

Filmmaker James Cameron has described the digital world of Avatar as dreaming with your eyes wide open. At Pandora, The World of Avatar, Walt Disney World’s newest attraction, those dreams come true in fantastical living color. Pandora, inspired by the blockbuster 2009 movie “Avatar,” opened last month just in time for Memorial Day weekend. It took more than five years to bring this...
Airport squeeze: Hartsfield-Jackson expands on limited land

Airport squeeze: Hartsfield-Jackson expands on limited land

As Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport expands, it’s running out of space. So in order to build, the airport must demolish buildings, move critical operations, close parking lots and divert travelers during construction. That complicates the airport’s long-range, $6 billion expansion plan, now in the early stages, and turns parts of it into a giant game of Tetris as planners cram...
Airlines test eye scans, fingerprints, facial recognition to replace boarding passes

Airlines test eye scans, fingerprints, facial recognition to replace boarding passes

The time may be coming when travelers won't need a picture identification or boarding pass to get on an airplane. Some airlines are now testing high-tech ways to identify you, including eye scans, facial recognition and fingerprints. >> Read more trending news  It sounds like science fiction, but if they work, flyers could see them at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Delta said...
Emotional support dog bites passenger on Delta flight

Emotional support dog bites passenger on Delta flight

A passenger on a Delta Air lines flight was bitten by another passenger’s emotional support dog. The incident happened Sunday during boarding of Flight 1430 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, on a Boeing 737-900ER bound for San Diego. MORE WITH PHOTOS: Delta passenger bitten by dog on flight couldn’t escape, says attorney “During the boarding process, a passenger&rsquo...
Trump endorses spinoff of air traffic control

Trump endorses spinoff of air traffic control

President Donald Trump said he’ll push a plan to spin off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration, a proposal backers say would speed modernization but one that has also drawn strong opposition. The administration’s proposal, outlined Monday, includes moving air traffic control functions to a private, non-profit entity and shifting the funding source to user fees instead...
Disney theme park attendance drops as prices rise

Disney theme park attendance drops as prices rise

Could the House of Mouse be faltering? In a rare reversal of attendance growth, a new report says fewer people came to 13 of 14 Disney theme parks worldwide in 2016 than in the year prior. That’s according to independent numbers from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and engineering firm Aecom. Disney does not share official attendance data for the majority of its properties. Here&rsquo...
A food lover’s short list for fueling up in Savannah

A food lover’s short list for fueling up in Savannah

Savannah offers eye candy for architectural aficionados and history buffs alike, but it has the goods to capture the attention of the food crazed, too. Whether you’re planning a vacation in Savannah this summer or just passing through on your way to ocean paradise, here are a few stops that will please gastronomes who swat away the thought of eating at McDonald’s as if it were a pesky...
American Prohibition Museum opens in Savannah

American Prohibition Museum opens in Savannah

Savannah puts an easy smile on the face of imbibers who walk its historic streets with plastic to-go cup in hand. But the newly opened American Prohibition Museum adds a different dimension to the coastal city’s long-standing drink culture. The museum, located among the shops and restaurants of downtown Savannah’s City Market, opened May 29. Exhibits in the 5,500-square-foot space...
Does Amtrak compete with Delta?

Does Amtrak compete with Delta?

A recently filed lawsuit raises a compelling question: Is Amtrak a direct competitor of Delta Air Lines? The lawsuit filed by Amtrak demands that Washington, D.C’s Union Station take down advertising by Atlanta-based Delta. The lawsuit contends that Delta competes with Amtrak. It cites Amtrak’s sublease at the station that says advertising by competing transportation services is not...
Long airport security lines gain national attention

Long airport security lines gain national attention

Long security lines have quickly become a national issue plaguing airports around the country. Lengthy security wait times are plaguing Hartsfield-Jackson International and airports across the nation, including in Denver, Chicago, New York and Seattle. John Spink / AJC A union that represents Transportation Security Administration officers is pushing for emergency funding to hire 6,000 more screeners...
When your vacation is no respite from your food routine

When your vacation is no respite from your food routine

A recent weekend getaway to Savannah reminded me just how much we humans are creatures of habit. Vacations offer the opportunity to break from routines. To sleep late, do nothing, be carefree, live in the moment. Instead, what do we do? The second we lock up the house and hit the road — no, even before then, when we pack our bags — routines guide our actions. Why else would you pack...
Hartsfield-Jackson to revamp retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson to revamp retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is preparing a major revamp of shops in its domestic terminal and concourses. More than 80 retail locations will be up for grabs in contract packages. Food concessions are not included, as many restaurant spaces were re-bid a few years ago. The goal is “to bring more Atlanta into the airport”, Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council...
South Carolina: where to visit to step back in time

South Carolina: where to visit to step back in time

There’s a lot more to South Carolina’s history than Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Here are some of the lesser-trafficked and off-the-tourist-radar historical sites, including some natural and living history, from the Lowcountry to the Upstate and points in between. One of the closest national parks to Atlanta is South Carolina&rsquo...
South Carolina: 5 restaurants to suit a variety of tastes

South Carolina: 5 restaurants to suit a variety of tastes

Don’t let the buses parked out front dissuade you from entering this popular Amish/Mennonite restaurant serving homemade fare on a buffet line; the group tours — which come from as far away as Myrtle Beach — have their own dining room. The fresh-baked bread helps this place in sleepy Blackville stand out. Under $10. 483 Main St., Blackville. 803-284-3117, www.millersbreadbasket...
South Carolina: where to find natural beauty, watch eclipse

South Carolina: where to find natural beauty, watch eclipse

Lake Murray sits within sight of downtown Columbia and all of its amenities. The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (www.riverbanks.org), larger than Atlanta’s zoo, is a don’t-miss attraction that includes a botanical garden with a 3-acre splash park for the younger set. The large lake provides that rare combo of a waterfront vacation with big-city charm close by. Rent lake houses, boats and gear...
South Carolina: Lovers of wine, craft beer will find much to enjoy

South Carolina: Lovers of wine, craft beer will find much to enjoy

Just off the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway in the Upstate region, Victoria Valley Vineyards (1360 S. Saluda Road, Cleveland. 864-878-5307, victoriavalleyvineyards.com) sits cradled in the Blue Ridge foothills. The winery produces real European-style wines on a 47-acre estate that has the look and feel of a French chateau — no muscadine wine here. The tasting room and cafe are open until...
South Carolina: Where can art lovers indulge their senses?

South Carolina: Where can art lovers indulge their senses?

Currently undergoing major renovations, the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St., Columbia. 803-799-2810, www.columbiamuseum.org) remains open to visitors in downtown Columbia. The second-floor galleries are closed until the fall of 2018, but the first floor will feature many exhibitions and items from the permanent collection in the meantime. There’s a giant Chihuly glass sculpture...
Marché-style market envisioned for food court at Hartsfield-Jackson

Marché-style market envisioned for food court at Hartsfield-Jackson

In a revamp of the restaurants on Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s Concourse E, airport officials envision an open market-style eatery as part of the food court. The airport is inviting businesses to submit proposals for restaurant contracts on Concourse E, including two larger contracts to operate multiple eateries. One of the contracts includes an open market location known as a...
Hartsfield-Jackson hikes disadvantaged business contracting goal

Hartsfield-Jackson hikes disadvantaged business contracting goal

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is increasing its disadvantaged business contracting goal for concessions to 41 percent, one of the highest percentages in the country. But Atlanta’s airport doesn’t have the nation’s highest goal for concessions disadvantaged business contracting. That title belongs to Bismarck, N.D.’s tiny airport. The Atlanta airport, where former...
Hartsfield-Jackson plans to offer luggage wrap service

Hartsfield-Jackson plans to offer luggage wrap service

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to offer luggage wrapping service, similar to those offered at other international airports where travelers can have a suitcase wrapped in a giant sheet of plastic. The move is part of an effort to establish Atlanta as a shopping destination, marketing Buckhead and other shopping districts to international travelers. Plastic film wrapped around luggage...
Kempner: Delta dumps peanuts, but Georgia goobers still soar

Kempner: Delta dumps peanuts, but Georgia goobers still soar

Delta Air Lines’ decision to drop peanuts as a regular, free in-flight snack is just the latest indignity for Georgia goobers. Worse still, Delta’s shift to new snack offerings includes almonds, the fancy-pants tree nut primarily grown in California, as opposed to the ground-burrowing peanut, the official state crop of the airline’s home state of Georgia. My colleague Kelly...
The boarding pass of the future: your fingerprints

The boarding pass of the future: your fingerprints

Delta Air Lines is testing a system to replace boarding passes with fingerprints. To start, Delta is testing a system to allow travelers to enter a Sky Club at Washington’s Reagan National Airport using their fingerprints. The vision is for travelers to one day be able to move through the airport without having to pull out their ID and boarding pass as many times as they do today. The test applies...
Delta partnering with Clear for faster security screening for frequent fliers

Delta partnering with Clear for faster security screening for frequent fliers

Delta Air Lines is partnering with biometric identification technology firm Clear to offer discounts on faster screening to its frequent fliers. Atlanta-based Delta plans to give discounts for Clear membership to its SkyMiles frequent fliers and complimentary Clear membership for Diamond-level elite frequent fliers, with access at Delta’s hubs this summer. “With Clear, customers can go...
Universal's Super Nintendo World to likely feature 'Mario Kart' ride, live video game events

Universal's Super Nintendo World to likely feature 'Mario Kart' ride, live video game events

In a recently filed trademark for Universal’s upcoming Super Nintendo World, it appears that the classic Nintendo game "Mario Kart" and video game events may play a large role in the theme park. The trademark filing covers a large number of Nintendo-themed items, including clothing, games, live shows, rides and numerous others. The filing provides for “organization, management...
How to improve air travel: Atlanta teams propose ideas in airport hackathon

How to improve air travel: Atlanta teams propose ideas in airport hackathon

What do travelers need in an airport app? How can Delta Air Lines improve its handling of unaccompanied children and passengers in wheelchairs? And what would it take to get people to do their shopping at the airport? Those are some of the questions that 22 teams of entrepreneurs tackled in a hackathon sponsored by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Delta. The program stretched over several...
Hey, Soul Sister: Want shorter airport security lines?

Hey, Soul Sister: Want shorter airport security lines?

If you’re frustrated with long security lines at the airport and you happen to be a fan of the band Train, you’re in luck. This Friday at the Lakewood Amphitheatre concert of the band known for hits “Hey, Soul Sister” and “Drops of Jupiter”, travelers will be able to enroll in TSA PreCheck, which costs $85 for five years. PreCheck allows travelers the chance to...
Survey: Biggest frustration with airport security measures is shoe removal rule

Survey: Biggest frustration with airport security measures is shoe removal rule

As the busy summer travel season begins, a travel agency company has released a survey of travelers asking what airport security measure they’d most like to eliminate. The top response: Removal of shoes, with 27.3 percent of respondents saying they would most like to eliminate that security measure, according to the survey by Travel Leaders Group. Nearly 20 percent said they&rsquo...
Southeast’s theme parks pack plenty of thrills for 2017

Southeast’s theme parks pack plenty of thrills for 2017

Want to venture off to the world of Pandora from “Avatar” or dive into a new water park that surrounds a 200-foot volcano? This summer, you can do this and more, thanks to new attractions that are opening at amusement and theme parks across the Southeast. Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the amusement park season, and it’s when most places are introducing their...
Thousands of travelers fill Hartsfield-Jackson for Memorial Day trips

Thousands of travelers fill Hartsfield-Jackson for Memorial Day trips

With tens of thousands of travelers heading to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for Memorial Day trips, some security lines were long but moved quickly Friday morning. The Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the busy summer travel season. Friday is expected to be the busiest day of the holiday travel weekend, according to the airport, and may break a record for passengers processed...
Tours, exhibitions for Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th

Tours, exhibitions for Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th

This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the prolific U.S. architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. Born on June 8, 1867, Wright designed more than a thousand structures during a career that shaped the country’s architectural and cultural identity. To commemorate the milestone, historic Wright sites, museums and hotels are celebrating with special events, new exhibitions and anniversary...
Encounter dolphins in Panama City Beach

Encounter dolphins in Panama City Beach

At Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, a pair of dolphins silently swam up behind me, one on each side, and gently lifted me partially out of the water. I hung on tight to their fins for the ride of my life, gliding effortlessly through the pool as though I were a dolphin myself. Whoooooosh! I have been mesmerized by dolphins ever since I was introduced to the playful creatures when...
A weekend in Miami Beach/South Beach, Fla.

A weekend in Miami Beach/South Beach, Fla.

Weekend in Miami Beach/South Beach, Fla., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Miami Beach’s Art Deco District, recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, is home to over 800 art deco structures, built between 1923 and 1943. Most art deco and other historic buildings line Ocean Drive between Fifth Street and 15th...
Airplane seats with potential safety issue ordered removed

Airplane seats with potential safety issue ordered removed

Delta Air Lines and some other carriers have five years to remove a certain model of seats from some planes, to comply with a new Federal Aviation Administration directive aimed at preventing serious injuries during a survivable crash. The seats made by Zodiac Seats California LLC are mainly on smaller airliners, including Boeing 717s and MD-90s flown by Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. According to...
Airport worker screening uncovers weapons

Airport worker screening uncovers weapons

Since Hartsfield-Jackson International earlier this year began screening workers headed to secure areas of the airport, it has already uncovered some weapons, airport officials said. Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Miguel Southwell said the screening of workers has turned up items not allowed in secure areas. “We have found prohibited items,” he said. The items discovered include one...
Crowds expected at airport for Memorial Day travel

Crowds expected at airport for Memorial Day travel

As the busy Memorial Day travel weekend approaches, officials at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport warn that the busiest day is expected to be this Friday, when more than 85,000 travelers are expected to pass through security checkpoints. The airport aims to keep wait times under 20 minutes, but during peak times the lines are longer. Airport and Transportation Security Administration officials...
‘Greenest hotel’ doesn’t skimp on charm

‘Greenest hotel’ doesn’t skimp on charm

In one sense, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., shouts its environmental bona fides from the rooftop. One of the first sights that greet guests as they turn in to an otherwise nondescript office park off Green Valley Road are the 100 solar panels perched atop the handsome hotel, which from afar looks like an old textile warehouse lovingly brought back to life. Visitors with low—emitting...
Atlanta band performs on Southwest flight

Atlanta band performs on Southwest flight

Atlanta band Pony League performed a surprise concert on a Southwest Airlines flight from Atlanta to Dallas as part of a competition of musical artists performing at 35,000 feet. Pony League is one of six artists from different cities that are competing to be the opening act at a free concert by The Fray at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the Denver area on June 26. The band is made up of Jay &ldquo...
Memorial Day: Record crowds expected at Hartsfield-Jackson this weekend

Memorial Day: Record crowds expected at Hartsfield-Jackson this weekend

The Atlanta airport expects a record number of travelers at security checkpoints over Memorial Day weekend, with the busiest days forecast to be this Thursday and Friday. On those days, the Transportation Security Administration expects the number of travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International checkpoints may top the record 85,470 seen on March 31. The airport aims to keep wait times under 20 minutes...
More charges in airport gun smuggling case

More charges in airport gun smuggling case

Several men charged in an airport gun smuggling case that first came to light in December 2014 are now facing upgraded charges. The defendants allegedly trafficked guns from Atlanta to New York on airline flights, conspiring to sell firearms purchased in Georgia — including AK-47 assault weapons — in Brooklyn. A former Delta Air Lines employee allegedly carried backpacks and bags of guns...
Hartsfield-Jackson’s threat of privatizing security prompts talks with TSA

Hartsfield-Jackson’s threat of privatizing security prompts talks with TSA

Hartsfield-Jackson International’s threat that it could privatize security screening of passengers has already prompted conversations with the Transportation Security Administration to address long lines at checkpoints, according to the airport’s general manager. The problem of long security lines has grown over the last year, said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Miguel Southwell. &ldquo...
Hartsfield-Jackson to strike real estate consulting deal with Jones Lang LaSalle

Hartsfield-Jackson to strike real estate consulting deal with Jones Lang LaSalle

Hartsfield-Jackson International plans to strike a real estate consulting deal with Jones Lang LaSalle as it looks for more ways to make money off the land it owns around the airport and in Dawson County. The airport is seeking Atlanta City Council approval for a three-year on-call commercial real estate consultant contract with Jones Lang LaSalle worth up to $1.2 million total. Chicago-based real...
Ant artwork taken down at Hartsfield-Jackson

Ant artwork taken down at Hartsfield-Jackson

The unusual artwork featuring giant sculptures of ants crawling along the ceiling and the wall at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been taken down.   Atlanta airport spokesman Reese McCranie said the ant artwork entitled “Brute Neighbors” came down from the North baggage claim area last week as the airport prepares for a modernization of the terminal. The construction...

New in-flight snacks coming to Delta

Passengers on Delta Air Lines flights will soon have some different snack options. Delta is changing up its in-flight snacks again, adding almonds, different pretzel sticks and coconut granola bars to the choices starting in June.
America’s most authentic dive bars

America’s most authentic dive bars

The dive bar’s obituary probably has been written a thousand times, sometimes with an eloquence that would baffle the average coot who shuffles into these black holes, looking for a shot and a beer before the clock strikes noon. And yet, the ratio of dive-bar listicles to dive-bar obits must be about 10 to 1. Either the dive bar’s demise has been greatly exaggerated or the definition of...
Summer fliers to see changes at Atlanta airport

Summer fliers to see changes at Atlanta airport

A record number of travelers are expected to take to the skies this summer, according to an airline industry group. A total of 234.1 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines from June through August, or more than 2.5 million a day, lobbying group Airlines for America said Thursday. That’s up 4 percent from last summer, amounting to 100,000 additional passengers a day. Driving the growth...
Delta holds marathon Facebook Live to read names of 80,000 employees

Delta holds marathon Facebook Live to read names of 80,000 employees

In an unusual piece of corporate performance art, Delta Air Lines is conducting a 50-hour Facebook Live video to read the names of all of its 80,000 employees. The premise of the stunt by Delta is to say thank you to its employees before the start of the busy summer travel season. The Facebook Live started at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning showing pre-recorded videos of celebrities, athletes and business...
Travelers could face hassles if laptop ban extends to Europe

Travelers could face hassles if laptop ban extends to Europe

As U.S. and European officials discuss a possible expansion of a ban on laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices to flights from Europe to the United States, an airline industry group says such a move could reduce travel. According to International Air Transport Association CEO Alexandre de Juniac, if the ban is expanded, businesses will cancel trips “rather than risk having...
Can I bring a viking helmet? AskTSA is here to help

Can I bring a viking helmet? AskTSA is here to help

The tweet initially stumped Mary Ham. A traveler wanted to know if she could stow a spray-tan extender that resembled an alien blaster in her carry-on bag. The AskTSA specialist rifled through her mental file cabinet filled with agency rules and regulations, searching for an answer. “I’m pretty sure this is fine,” said the Transportation Security Administration employee of nearly...
Parents warn about program that helps children fly alone

Parents warn about program that helps children fly alone

After accusations that a minor was a victim of a crime at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a whistleblower inside American Airlines sent an email to Channel 9 anchor Erica Bryant, raising questions about a company at the airport that helps care for children. The whistleblower claimed that the company has had multiple problems in the past. In a 9 investigation, Bryant uncovered the details...
Delta testing facial recognition technology, self-service bag drop

Delta testing facial recognition technology, self-service bag drop

Delta Air Lines is launching a test of facial recognition technology to match passengers’ faces with their passport photos, which it says is the first such test by a U.S. airline. The facial recognition technology will be part of one of four self-service bag drop stations Atlanta-based Delta is introducing at its hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer. The stations will...
A weekend in Camden, Maine

A weekend in Camden, Maine

Weekend in Camden, Maine, one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Camden is a quintessential New England town within steps to a working harbor. Book a cruise on the harbor cruises or one to spot whales and puffins. The community where the mountains meet the sea offers an incredible number of hiking trails for avid hikers to absolute beginners &mdash...
South Georgia wildfire burns up tourism dollars

South Georgia wildfire burns up tourism dollars

When James Beck and his wife arrived on Amelia Island a week ago, they weren’t thinking about the wildfires burning some 40 miles away in the Okefenokee Swamp. But the sprawling, creeping conflagration has a knack for getting in people’s business, and by the end of the week the Fayetteville couple were dealing with a smell very different than fresh sea air. “It smells like someone...
In Ellijay, you can stay in a tent that's amazing

In Ellijay, you can stay in a tent that's amazing

The Martyn House Retreat & Event Facility near Ellijay is not your traditional B&B. Where else can you spend the night in a luxuriously appointed tent from India and dine on breakfast prepared with freshly picked ingredients from the on-site gardens? Situated on 18 rolling acres in the North Georgia mountains, the property was opened in 2009 by proprietors Rick Lucas and JoAnn Adams. The unique retreat...
Travel: Journey to new experiences, from Georgia to Africa’s east coast

Travel: Journey to new experiences, from Georgia to Africa’s east coast

Our journeys not only provide us with new experiences, but they create memories and Facebook posts that last a lifetime.  It’s no wonder, then, studies confirm that traveling makes us so happy. In fact, the joy of planning a getaway can be just as fun as the trip itself. So where will you go this year? Where will you create your new memories?  We hope our latest issue of our Travel...
Discover Georgia’s Barrier Islands

Discover Georgia’s Barrier Islands

Compared to its neighbors to the north and south, Georgia has a short coastline, measuring just 100 miles from Savannah to St. Marys. And unlike the green and blue ocean waters of its neighbors, Georgia’s water is brown, a result of the nutrient-rich silt and sediment washed down by the mighty Altamaha and other rivers that empty into the ocean here. What really sets Georgia’s coastline...
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