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Expedition Bigfoot explores historic quests for Sasquatch

Cherry Log attraction documents the search for the elusive creature in the ninth and final part of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia Mountains.
Practicing the art of fly fishing

Practicing the art of fly fishing

Twilight is descending on tiny Rock Creek Lake, a pond in the hills above Suches. Pink light hovers in the trees. The crickets trill. Barking frogs send up a serenade that sounds like a smoker’s cough. This mild North Georgia mountain evening should be a perfect night for fly fishing. And we’re in a good place. Rock Creek Lake, in the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest, is warm...
Get your brews in Blue Ridge

Get your brews in Blue Ridge

For beer lovers looking for a getaway in the mountains of Georgia, there’s just one place to go: Brew Ridge. More widely known as Blue Ridge — it’s the only town in the North Georgia mountains where you can get locally crafted beer and cider. Blue Ridge is the gateway to the Appalachians for travelers coming up I-75/I-575 from Atlanta and points farther south.  At one time autumn&rsquo...
‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

Consider the lowly gourd. A member of the Cucurbits family of flowering vines that includes the cucumber and the pumpkin, the gourd is a curious anomaly in the plant world because it produces a large fruit that is inedible due to its tough rind. In the symbiotic world of flora and fauna, where most every plant and critter seem to have a purpose, one can only assume the gourd exists to provide the...
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...
Delta relaunches Atlanta-Shanghai route, key link to China

Delta relaunches Atlanta-Shanghai route, key link to China

Delta Air Lines is reconnecting a key link between the Southeast and China with the resumption of flights from Atlanta to Shanghai this week. It’s the culmination of a years-long effort to bring the service back, after years with no nonstop flights between the world’s busiest airport and China. Delta CEO Ed Bastian said Shanghai, the commercial capital of China, has been the...
Bahamas boating tragedy brings vacation safety to the forefront

Bahamas boating tragedy brings vacation safety to the forefront

When Carl Dukes learned that Maleka Jackson had been killed in a freak boating accident in the Bahamas, a shiver ran through his body. Dukes had never met Jackson, although they lived near each other in Woodstock. But what really got him was how and where Jackson died. Jackson and her husband, Tiran, were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary when their tour boat exploded. Eight days earlier...
Paulding airport says lease still calls for commercialization effort

Paulding airport says lease still calls for commercialization effort

Paulding County’s airport may try again to commercialize and attract airline flights, after its last effort was brought to an end by the Federal Aviation Administration. That’s because a long-term lease with an airport partner could obligate it to do so, according to the Paulding airport director. That company, Silver Comet Terminal Partners, has indicated continued interest in commercializing...
Venerable weight loss retreat isn’t just about shedding pounds anymore

Venerable weight loss retreat isn’t just about shedding pounds anymore

For more than two decades, I’d driven by Hilton Head Health on my visits to the South Carolina barrier island and wondered if it was for me. It was once known primarily as an extended-stay weight loss resort, but several friends had told me it had undergone major changes. With more than a few pounds to drop and in need of a break from my less-than-healthy lifestyle, I had to find out...
Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall

Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall

High fuel costs are translating into higher air fares for Delta Air Lines and other U.S. carriers. Atlanta-based Delta announced Thursday it will trim its flight schedule for this fall as it grapples with the rising price of oil. The airline plans to focus on under-performing routes when making its cuts. That means some flights booked for fall travel could be canceled or shifted to smaller planes...
Fence jumpers highlight security vulnerability at Hartsfield-Jackson

Fence jumpers highlight security vulnerability at Hartsfield-Jackson

Two security breaches in two weeks have highlighted a weak point at Hartsfield-Jackson International: the 29.5 miles of security fencing surrounding the world’s busiest airport. After the second incident in which a trespasser got past a fence to enter off-limits areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International, airport officials faced questioning from Atlanta city council members who are on the transportation...
Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia reopens in Milledgeville

Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia reopens in Milledgeville

Andalusia, the Milledgeville farm where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of her fiction, is welcoming visitors once more. Its new owner, Georgia College and State University, has spent much of the past year painting, sealing and repairing the 200-year-old farmhouse and its outbuildings. It reopened to tours June 19, with extended hours. In the short term, the paint and repairs have stabilized the...
Hartsfield-Jackson parking squeeze causes travel hassles

Hartsfield-Jackson parking squeeze causes travel hassles

Airport parking is becoming one of the biggest hassles at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with travelers often encountering full decks and lots and even some off-airport lots running out of spaces at times. The parking squeeze is caused by an increase in the volume of travelers flying to and from Atlanta and is being exacerbated by airport construction. On top of that, growth of Uber and...
Vibrant neighborhoods beckon visitors to downtown Chattanooga

Vibrant neighborhoods beckon visitors to downtown Chattanooga

Growing up in Alabama, I remember visiting Chattanooga many times on weekend family excursions and Boy Scout outings. We never actually went to Chattanooga proper, but to Lookout Mountain six miles southwest of the city to visit Rock City, see Ruby Falls and ride the Incline Railway. Or we went to the Chickamauga battlefield for camping and history lessons about the Civil War. Except for a visit to...
FAA brings Paulding airport commercialization to a halt

FAA brings Paulding airport commercialization to a halt

A years-long effort to commercialize a second airport in metro Atlanta came to a halt this week as the Federal Aviation Administration closed its file on the Paulding County airport’s application. The move comes more than four years after Paulding County and its airport authority announced an ambitious plan to attract airline service. But that 2013 announcement was followed by legal challenges...
Settlements in air fare collusion suit puts pressure on Delta, United

Settlements in air fare collusion suit puts pressure on Delta, United

Two multi-million dollar settlements paid by American Airlines and Southwest Airlines in an air fare collusion lawsuit leave some questioning what it means for the remaining defendants: United Airlines and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. The proposed class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by airline consumers alleges the airlines colluded to limit airline flying in a conspiracy to fix domestic fares...
Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson fence breach raises security concerns

Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson fence breach raises security concerns

An incident in which a man scaled a fence, ran onto an active taxiway and towards a plane full of passengers exposed a long-standing security vulnerability at the world’s busiest airport: Its miles-long perimeter. “It certainly should be a wake-up call for the airport to review their security procedures and be sure they have all the latest technology,” said Jim Hall, former...
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GEORGIA Young Harris — The first Made in Georgia Festival, through July 1, offers a variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched and inspired by Georgia. www.golakechatuge.com. Valdosta — La Fiesta, July 14-15, is an event featuring authentic food, music and dancing in Wild Adventures amusement park. It celebrates Hispanic and Latin culture. www.wildadventures.com. Hiawassee...
Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests

Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests

As travelers flock to northwest Florida beaches this summer, an unwelcome guest may await them. According to the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards Facebook page, purple warning flags indicating dangerous marine life have been flying along the shore this week thanks to an itch-inducing pest commonly called "sea lice." WEAR-TV reports that the term is a misnomer: The creatures are really thimble...
Five finalists selected in Hartsfield-Jackson general manager search

Five finalists selected in Hartsfield-Jackson general manager search

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is getting closer to naming a permanent general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and said she has five finalists for the job. Bottoms made the comments after remarks at a Rotary Club of Atlanta luncheon on Monday. She said she has not yet interviewed the candidates, and declined to name the finalists. “All of these people are employed...
New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

Just one week after a billboard telling liberals to get out of Texas went viral, a new sign is offering a unifying message. According to KVII, Amarillo resident Roman Leal started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to put up a more welcoming sign after learning of a billboard near Vega that read, "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." (That billboard...
Mayor Kasim Reed aides got late term promotions to Hartsfield-Jackson

Mayor Kasim Reed aides got late term promotions to Hartsfield-Jackson

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration transferred two employees from City Hall to high-paying positions at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the final days of Reed’s term. Both worked closely with Reed, one as an executive assistant to the mayor and the other as a scheduling coordinator, and both were promoted to the positions at the airport as the mayor left office...
Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

New Jersey is honoring native son and award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a “food trail” of his favorite New Jersey restaurants. >> Read more trending news  Although the popular writer, storyteller and host of CNN’s Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” was born in New York, according to his biography, Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and spent...
Delta CEO opposes idea of state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta CEO opposes idea of state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said he opposes a state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as Georgia’s legislature plans a committee to study the idea. “Atlanta is the largest, most successful airport in the world, and anything that would harm that in terms of trying to move it for political gain between the city and state, we’re opposed,” Bastian said after a...
SunTrust aims to spread name with airport branch, ATMs

SunTrust aims to spread name with airport branch, ATMs

By opening a branch and ATMs at the world’s busiest airport, SunTrust hopes to gain national visibility. The Atlanta-based bank has a new contract to operate a branch and 16 ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson International in the first quarter of 2019, replacing Wells Fargo ATMs. And with the Super Bowl headed for Atlanta next February, SunTrust plans to open its branch at the airport before the big...
Delta expands partnership with Roadie for delivery of delayed baggage

Delta expands partnership with Roadie for delivery of delayed baggage

Delta Air Lines has expanded its partnership with Atlanta-based sharing economy delivery service Roadie to get delayed baggage delivered to customers. Atlanta-based Delta has partnered with Roadie since 2015 to deliver delayed bags, and recently expanded its use of Roadie to more than 50 cities, including Atlanta. Roadie is designed to connect deliveries with people already driving in that direction...
State study committee to stir up issue of Hartsfield-Jackson control

State study committee to stir up issue of Hartsfield-Jackson control

A state study committee set to look at the idea of creating an airport authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is raising questions about the best way to operate the world’s busiest airport. The state has raised the possibility of taking over the Atlanta airport periodically over the years. The most recent push came earlier this year when State. Sen. Burt Jones (R-Jackson) ...
Delta makes fixes in response to glitches in new employee uniforms

Delta makes fixes in response to glitches in new employee uniforms

Since Delta Air Lines rolled out new employee uniforms last week, the carrier has been responding to some issues raised with scratchy aprons, buttons falling off and skin sensitivity to some of the fabric. Delta’s response comes after American Airlines encountered issues a couple of years ago with a new uniform rollout that prompted lawsuits and thousands of complaints about physical reactions...
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GEORGIA Blairsville — The Scottish Festival & Highland Games, through June 10, features games, animals, dancing, demonstrations, music and more. blairsvillescottishfestival.com. Young Harris — The first Made in Georgia Festival, June 30-July 1, offers a variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched and inspired by Georgia. www.golakechatuge.com. Valdosta — La Fiesta...
A garden with a message

A garden with a message

When we pulled up, unannounced, in front of the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, the jovial self-taught tree magician and scrap metal sculptor was sitting in his John Deere tractor. The garden around the modest house where he and his wife live — three unfenced acres thick with more than 300 fantastically shaped plants, trees and shrubs — officially closes at 4 p.m. but Pearl, as everyone...
Atlanta ethics probe: Promotion ‘flabbergasted’ former airport manager

Atlanta ethics probe: Promotion ‘flabbergasted’ former airport manager

It was widely known in the industry that an airport executive’s wife was in the concessions business, yet the official was still promoted to a job overseeing that part of commercial operations, the former manager of the airport told an Atlanta ethics officer who investigated the possible conflict of interest. Responding to a open records request from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the ethics...
Hartsfield-Jackson luggage cart contract pressured by industry shifts

Hartsfield-Jackson luggage cart contract pressured by industry shifts

A struggling contract for luggage carts at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the latest example of a shrinking line of business due to technological advancements and shifting consumer patterns. In this case, it’s wheels on luggage and airline baggage fees prompting travelers to pack lighter that are causing consternation for Smarte Carte, the airport’s current contractor...
Atlanta mayor’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport manager search comes with baggage

Atlanta mayor’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport manager search comes with baggage

As Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms searches for a new manager for Hartsfield-Jackson International, she faces unique challenges in selling the world’s busiest airport as great place to work: an ever-widening bribery scandal at City Hall and a revolving door for airport brass. It’s a high-profile position with international visibility, yet comes with the added challenge of leading an...
5 places to visit for a history lesson in the Caribbean

5 places to visit for a history lesson in the Caribbean

Sure, it’s the glorious seaside that initially attracts travelers to the Caribbean, but myriad historic and cultural attractions shine a light on what life was like centuries ago. Military forts, sugar plantation ruins and other sites are remnants of a time when European powers fought for dominance of resource-rich colonies. Fort Zoutman, constructed in 1796 to protect the coastline, is the...
Hartsfield-Jackson bank deal with SunTrust advances

Hartsfield-Jackson bank deal with SunTrust advances

An Atlanta City Council committee voted in favor of a contract for SunTrust Bank to open a branch and ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, replacing Wells Fargo. The council’s transportation committee voted for the deal Wednesday over the objections of the airport’s advertising contractor Clear Channel, which wanted to offer free ATMs subsidized by advertising. But...
3 places to enjoy a summer vacation in Bahamas

3 places to enjoy a summer vacation in Bahamas

Sun, sand and a clear, inviting sea — that’s what beach lovers dream of in a summer getaway, and if the Bahamas is their destination of choice, a sun-kissed, palm-studded paradise is only a short, two-hour flight away. Numerous luxury resorts with different “personalities” cater to a wide range of travelers, so whether they’re seeking cultural immersion, the ultimate...
Delta No. 2 in category for customer satisfaction in J.D. Power study

Delta No. 2 in category for customer satisfaction in J.D. Power study

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines ranks second in its category on airline customer satisfaction, according to an annual J.D. Power study. Overall, customer satisfaction hit a record high due to newer planes and better satisfaction with fares, booking and overhead storage compartments, according to the study. But passengers are still frustrated with in-flight wi-fi connectivity, the study reported. &ldquo...
Delta rolls out new Zac Posen-designed employee uniforms

Delta rolls out new Zac Posen-designed employee uniforms

Delta Air Lines rolled out the new uniforms that employees will wear on flights and at airports around the world with a Tuesday morning fashion show at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new color is a dark purple shade called “Passport Plum,” a combination of the traditional blue and red of major U.S. carriers. Atlanta-based Delta has spent the last three years working...
Delta debuts uniforms in ‘Passport Plum’ with launch Tuesday

Delta debuts uniforms in ‘Passport Plum’ with launch Tuesday

Delta Air Lines is about to debut its new uniforms for flight attendants and other employees with designer Zac Posen. Atlanta-based Delta has been preparing for months for the Tuesday launch of the new uniforms. Posen will make an appearance at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday afternoon, around the same time that the first crew wearing the new uniforms for the debut will take off in Singapore...
Delta warns of flight cancellations due to subtropical storm Alberto

Delta warns of flight cancellations due to subtropical storm Alberto

Delta Air Lines is warning that it expects it will have to cancel flights due to subtropical storm Alberto. The storm is expected to make landfall just west of Panama City on Monday afternoon with heavy rain and strong wind affecting areas in Alberto’s path, according to Delta. Atlanta-based Delta said it expects delays and cancellations as the storm moves through the Gulf Coast this week. Travelers...
Hartsfield-Jackson moving forward on $130 million emergency generators

Hartsfield-Jackson moving forward on $130 million emergency generators

Hartsfield-Jackson International is moving forward with a $130 million plan for emergency generators to prevent the type of massive power outage that halted operations at the world’s busiest airport one day last December. The airport plans to install 20 to 21 generators to enable it to generate about 60 to 65 megawatts of power for full backup, enough to supply roughly 49,000 homes. It is expected...
Former airport executive says Reed’s brother involved in key meeting

Former airport executive says Reed’s brother involved in key meeting

A Hartsfield-Jackson International executive fired earlier this year because of his wife’s ties to a concessionaire says that before he was hired he met with former Mayor Kasim Reed’s brother who, along with the airport manager at the time, knew about the potential conflict. Cortez Carter’s contention — that Tracy Reed was involved in one of his interviews for the job in 2015...
Former Atlanta airport executive says others knew of possible conflict

Former Atlanta airport executive says others knew of possible conflict

A Hartsfield-Jackson International executive fired earlier this year because of his wife’s ties to a concessionaire says that before he was hired he met with former Mayor Kasim Reed’s brother who, along with the airport manager at the time, knew about the potential conflict. Cortez Carter’s contention — that Tracy Reed was involved in one of his interviews for the job in 2015...
Second airport debate gets spotlight in Paulding commission race

Second airport debate gets spotlight in Paulding commission race

A debate over whether Paulding County should develop metro Atlanta’s second commercial airport is roiling an election for three key county commission seats. If new candidates win seats on the county commission, it has the potential to shift the tide toward commercialization and possibly clear a path toward attracting airline flights. “It seems like all roads lead back to the airport,&rdquo...
Hartsfield-Jackson: $130 million generators will provide full backup

Hartsfield-Jackson: $130 million generators will provide full backup

In an effort to avoid a repeat of the massive Atlanta airport power outage that halted travel at the world’s largest airline hub in December, Hartsfield-Jackson International plans to spend $130 million on about 20 generators. The generators will supply enough juice to power the entire airport, according to Hartsfield-Jackson officials. They say the equipment will be paid for...
Festival season is here

Festival season is here

Summer is nearly here and that means festival season is upon us. But we’re not just talking music festivals — there ‘s everything from books, food, beer and family fun to keep you entertained all summer long. Check out these 10 Southeast summer festivals. Head to Manteo in North Carolina’s Outer Banks for the 43rd annual Dare Day Festival, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2. The full-day...
Plan for SunTrust to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson under review

Plan for SunTrust to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson under review

A measure that would allow SunTrust to open a bank branch in the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International and put ATMs around the airport is on hold after a city council committee vote. The city council transportation committee questioned whether the airport should be considering a bank branch, or whether ATMs would suffice. The airport invited banks to compete for the lease...
Delta plans more international flights in wake of U.S.-Emirates deal

Delta plans more international flights in wake of U.S.-Emirates deal

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline is planning to launch more international flights after the U.S. and United Arab Emirates reached a deal to resolve a long-standing dispute over airline competition. “We’re going to have the opportunity to, once again, go back into parts of the world that we’ve been run out of,” Bastian said. Delta had contended some airlines...
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GEORGIA Dahlonega — The Arts & Wine Festival, May 20, features an art raffle, wine garden, live music and more. www.chestateeartists.org/events-and-exhibits.php. Evans — Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que, May 25-26, features Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Infamous Stringdusters and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. banjobque.com. Helen — Bavarianfest, May 26...
Hartsfield-Jackson rebids controversial curbside contract

Hartsfield-Jackson rebids controversial curbside contract

Hartsfield-Jackson International is looking for a company to manage shuttle traffic and dispatch taxis at the airport, a contract that has garnered much attention because of the possibilities for a conflict of interest. Right now, the company that handles ground transportation curbside management is A-National Limousine, a limo operator that also has run shuttles between the airport and the city of...
Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, contracting for new restaurants and shops has been delayed since last year amid political turmoil at Atlanta City Hall. With contracting in a holding pattern, the future of more than 100 of those businesses at the world’s busiest airport is unclear. For passengers, it means a longer wait for new restaurant locations and fewer options for...
Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Imagine leaving all cares behind and climbing on board a ship for a monthslong world cruise. Viking Cruises is offering a new itinerary that the company calls the “longest-ever continuous world cruise.” Those lucky enough to be able to take the time away from responsibilities and afford the trip, will embark on a 245-day trip from London on Aug. 31, 2019. After six continents...
The Florida Keys make a comeback

The Florida Keys make a comeback

Even to new visitors, the damage done to the lush vegetation in the Florida Keys from this past fall’s hurricane season is recognizable. The thick, grown-in landscaping that added to the area’s tropical feel is gone — at least for now. What isn’t gone, however, are the glittering aquamarine waters, sunshine and laid-back vibes. On Sept. 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma ravaged the...
Former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine joins Delta’s jet drag charity event

Former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine joins Delta’s jet drag charity event

Teams of Delta Air Lines employees dragged a Boeing 757 for charity during an annual event at the airline’s headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday. About 107 teams of 20 employees each raised funds for the American Cancer Society to compete to see who could pull the 167,000-pound jet 20 feet the fastest. Also competing was a team of Delta Medallion-level frequent...
5 Florida beach destinations to check out this summer

5 Florida beach destinations to check out this summer

If you’re looking for ideas on where to make your summer vacation memories this year, these five Florida beach destinations should fit the bill. Located a 5 1/2-hour drive from Atlanta, the coastal city of St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Quaint corner cafes, trolley tours, museums and a burgeoning culinary scene make this dreamy city an ideal getaway for history buffs...
Customs’ list of prohibited items at Atlanta airport can snag travelers

Customs’ list of prohibited items at Atlanta airport can snag travelers

For international travelers, bringing a prohibited item into the country can be a costly mistake, as one woman learned after being caught with an apple she was given on a Delta Air Lines flight. There are some surprising items on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s list of prohibited and restricted items, ranging from certain types of absinthe to certain medications. But fruits, vegetables...
Paulding airport developer wants to know if Delta backs opposition

Paulding airport developer wants to know if Delta backs opposition

A company seeking to develop a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta is trying to find out: Was a resolution approved by Paulding County commissioners to halt the commercialization of their tiny airport actually drafted by Delta Air Lines? And is Atlanta-based Delta secretly funding a grassroots organization that organized residents and helped to elect commissioners to fight the airport commercialization?...
Atlanta audit points to city’s awarding of Hartsfield-Jackson contracts

Atlanta audit points to city’s awarding of Hartsfield-Jackson contracts

Contracts for airfield repairs, general contractors and a closed circuit television system at the world’s busiest airport may have been incorrectly awarded, according to documents from a City of Atlanta audit. For the three contracts, the companies’ bids or proposals appeared to be missing documents or information, which could have disqualified them from winning, according to...
Hartsfield-Jackson plans to buy two electric buses for $1.5 million

Hartsfield-Jackson plans to buy two electric buses for $1.5 million

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to buy two electric shuttle buses with a price tag of $750,000 each, and is seeking Atlanta City Council approval for the move. City council members challenged the cost at a transportation committee meeting this week. “I’m not convinced that this is after all the smartest thing to do,” said Councilman Amir Farokhi. The buses made by...
Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

What’s the longest nonstop flight you’ve been on? Maybe a five-hour trip between Los Angeles and Hawaii? Or maybe it’s a flight between New York and London that’s more than 7 hours. Whatever the time is, the trips have nothing on Singapore’s newest flight. Thanks to the Airbus A350-900ULR that’s being produced, the airline is planning on offering a nonstop flight...
Airline customer satisfaction declines

Airline customer satisfaction declines

Satisfaction with airlines has declined 2.7 percent in the past year, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index report. The report, based on a survey of 12,172 people between April 2017 and March 2018, showed the decline after “a year of customer service crises and rising ticket prices,” according to ACSI. Those surveyed said the areas that need improvement are...
Why did free apple cost a woman $500?

Why did free apple cost a woman $500?

A Colorado woman is paying the price for forgetting an apple in her bag when flying internationally. Crystal Tadlock recently was returning to Arvada from Paris when flight attendants on the international flight handed out apples in sealed plastic bags, KDVR reported. She said she didn’t want it at the time, so she tossed it in her bag, intending to eat it on her second flight to Denver...
Delta pushes for anonymity in second airport opposition

Delta pushes for anonymity in second airport opposition

In the protracted fight over creating metro Atlanta’s second commercial airport in Paulding County, supporters of the idea have long alleged that Delta Air Lines is funding lawsuits filed by residents challenging that effort. Delta says it’s no secret that it opposes the commercialization of the Paulding airport, 38 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, because it wants to protect...
Delta adding more inspections of its Boeing 737 engines

Delta adding more inspections of its Boeing 737 engines

In the wake of the Southwest Airlines engine failure that left one woman dead, Delta Air Lines said it is adding more inspections of those engines in its fleet. Atlanta-based Delta’s entire Boeing 737 fleet has the same type of engines that were in the Southwest plane that blew an engine Tuesday. The CFM56-7B engine that blew on the Southwest flight showed evidence of “metal fatigue,&rdquo...
Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines announced Thursday it is making policy changes for passengers who fly with emotional support and psychiatric service animals. Starting May 1, the airline will require passengers traveling with those type of animals to provide animal health and behavioral documents. The airline said a signed document from a medical doctor or mental health professional will also be needed. >> Read...
Commuting brings challenges for Hartsfield-Jackson workers

Commuting brings challenges for Hartsfield-Jackson workers

As the largest job site in the state, some 63,000 people work at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Although these employees help people travel around the world, it’s hard for some airport workers to just make it to to their jobs. Commuting comes with its hassles for workers all over the region. But the Atlanta airport presents some particularly daunting challenges for workers and for...
Alabama: Visits can range from musical fun to civil rights history

Alabama: Visits can range from musical fun to civil rights history

After its inaugural year in 2010, Hangout Music Festival, or simply “Hangout,” as it’s called, grew in popularity at a phenomenal rate. Now it’s one of the more highly anticipated events of the festival season nationwide. Part of the appeal is its Gulf Shores location with stages set up on the beach and the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop, as well as bringing top acts from the...
Alabama: Whether you visit Birmingham or Gulf Coast, where to start

Alabama: Whether you visit Birmingham or Gulf Coast, where to start

If you’re not from Alabama or haven’t traveled extensively in the Yellowhammer State, you’re in for some surprises. From its biggest cities to its more remote natural wonders, there’s plenty to discover. Modern downtown Birmingham has neighborhoods with names like the Loft District and the Theatre District, each containing renovated early-20th-century buildings housing trendy...
Delta takes hit from higher fuel costs, storms

Delta takes hit from higher fuel costs, storms

It could soon become more expensive to fly, with increased fuel costs raising the prospect of higher air fares. Higher fuel costs and storms that drove flight cancellations caused Delta Air Lines’ profit to decline in the first quarter of the year. Atlanta-based Delta reported record revenue for the quarter, with operating revenue at more than $9.9 billion. But that was offset by a 20 percent...
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Travel calendar

GEORGIA Rock City — Fairytale Nights, through April 15, features interactive experiences with fairytale characters, knight training, storytelling and a tea with Alice and friends. www.rockcity.com/fairytale. Darien — Blessing of the Fleet Festival, through April 15, features a parade of shrimp trawlers, a classic car show, a river run, arts and crafts and entertainment. www.blessingofthefleet...
Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

It’s another good day to live in Austin, Texas.  Last year, Austin knocked Denver from the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” And this year, it didn’t budge.  As in years past, the publication ranked the 125 largest cities in the country based on a variety of factors and data. Five indexes...
Fingerprints, facial scans becoming more commonplace at airports

Fingerprints, facial scans becoming more commonplace at airports

Travelers navigating through a busy airport have become accustomed to a hectic juggle of IDs and boarding passes while lugging bags through security checkpoints and boarding. Recently, companies including Atlanta-based Delta Air lines have been gradually adding technology to streamline the process and replace IDs and boarding passes with fingerprints and facial scans. Delta’s latest move along...
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Travel calendar

GEORGIA Rock City — Fairytale Nights, through April 15, features interactive experiences with fairytale characters, knight training, storytelling and a tea with Alice and friends. www.rockcity.com/fairytale. Savannah — The Savannah Music Festival, through April 14, happens in theaters, clubs, event spaces and historic places throughout the city. www.savannahmusicfestival.org. Darien &mdash...
At 300 years old, New Orleans offers mix of majesty and mischief

At 300 years old, New Orleans offers mix of majesty and mischief

I have an eccentric friend who can be as refined as a debutante fresh out of finishing school or as ribald as a sailor on leave, a contradictory nature I learned to embrace long ago. When we’re together, I’m her malleable sidekick, always giving in to her unpredictable moods. One night I’m dancing down the street with smeared lipstick and a merry stream of red hair in my wake, and...
TSA Instagram post: Cool it, Aragorn, you don't need your blade on the plane

TSA Instagram post: Cool it, Aragorn, you don't need your blade on the plane

The Transportation Security Administration is not known for its sense of humor. “I was just joking” is probably the last words heard of many travelers before they are dragged into one of those private rooms at the airport. But it turns out the TSA makes an exception for its Instagram account (did you know the TSA has an Instagram account?). When a traveler at San Antonio International...
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GEORGIA Rock City — Fairytale Nights, through April 15, features interactive experiences with fairytale characters, knight training, storytelling and a tea with Alice and friends. www.rockcity.com/fairytale. Savannah — The Savannah Music Festival,through April 14, happens in theaters, clubs, event spaces and historic places throughout the city. www.savannahmusicfestival.org. Darien &mdash...
You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

When you think of Tiki bars and exotic tropical drinks, you probably don’t think of Pittsburgh. But starting this spring, you’ll be able to cruise the three rivers – Tiki style. >> Read more trending news  Cruisin' Tikis Pittsburgh will offer two-hour sightseeing charters on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers starting in May. Each 16-foot boat fits six...
Hartsfield-Jackson job fair draws thousands

Hartsfield-Jackson job fair draws thousands

A Hartsfield-Jackson International job fair attracted more than 2,200 job seekers Tuesday, with more than 60 employers at the airport hiring. Brentavious Carreker, of College Park, works as a chef but went to the job fair at the Georgia International Convention Center near the airport in search of “better opportunities and getting more money.” Joyce Simpson, a retired postal worker who...
Earth Hour 2018: Landmarks around the world go dark for climate change awareness

Earth Hour 2018: Landmarks around the world go dark for climate change awareness

From the Sydney Opera House to Paris' Eiffel Tower, landmarks around the world went dark Saturday night for Earth Hour. >> Read more trending news  The "symbolic lights-out event," which began in Sydney in 2007, is designed to raise awareness about climate change, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 
Delta launches A350 flights from Atlanta to Seoul

Delta launches A350 flights from Atlanta to Seoul

Delta Air Lines is launching flights from Atlanta on what it calls its new flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350. Starting Saturday, Delta will fly its Atlanta-Seoul flights with the A350. The new Airbus jet replaces the Boeing 777 on the route launched last June. Atlanta-based Delta is the first airline in North America to operate the Airbus A350. The airline said it adjusted the schedule...
Delta cancels 850 flights amid Nor’easter

Delta cancels 850 flights amid Nor’easter

Delta Air Lines said Wednesday afternoon it has canceled about 850 flights due to a Nor‘easter bringing inclement weather to its hubs in New York and other airports including Boston. The storm is causing dozens of cancellations of flights between Atlanta and cities in the storm’s path. Atlanta-based Delta is waiving certain change fees for passengers scheduled to fly to, from or through...
Going coastal with art that’s Southern-made

Going coastal with art that’s Southern-made

New Orleans painter Michael Guidry has been called a “Punk Rock Audubon.” It’s a label he likes. The artist: Guidry grew up in Metairie, La., near New Orleans, and close to Lake Pontchartrain, where he loved spending time on the water and bird watching. He started to study sculpture and painting while at Louisiana State, where he earned a degree in journalism. After graduation, Guidry...
Two Atlanta designers stage ultimate destination wedding in Antarctica

Two Atlanta designers stage ultimate destination wedding in Antarctica

Every interior designer lives on the edge to some extent: crazy budgets, insane deadlines, demanding clients, Excel spreadsheets until the end of time. But how many can say they’ve actually been to the edge of the Earth? Longtime Atlanta-based HGTV Dream Home and Urban Oasis designer Brian Patrick Flynn can say he has. In December, Flynn married his partner of 12 years, TV and film costume designer...
United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines is under fire again after a family said the carrier accidentally sent their dog to Japan instead of Kansas City. According to KCTV, Kara Swindle and her family, who are moving from Oregon to Kansas, took a United flight to Kansas City. Their dog, a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo, was supposed to be waiting in a United cargo facility when they arrived.  But that wasn't...
E-mails describe rush to respond to Hartsfield-Jackson power outage

E-mails describe rush to respond to Hartsfield-Jackson power outage

At 12:49 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon last December, an e-mail alert to management at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport indicated a suspicious burning smell at the world’s busiest airport was not a concern. “UPDATED -Incident Detail: The burning smell incident has cleared. AFD [Atlanta Fire Department] advised no sign of smoke or fire. Normal operations have resumed.” But it...
Hartsfield-Jackson exec terminated after conflict of interest concerns

Hartsfield-Jackson exec terminated after conflict of interest concerns

After revelations about a possible conflict of interest involving a high-ranking official at Hartsfield-Jackson International, the executive has been terminated from the airport. Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council sent a termination letter dated March 6 to Cortez Carter, who was assistant general manager of commercial development and business ventures at Hartsfield-Jackson. The AJC...
Hartsfield-Jackson may not build planned Concourse G

Hartsfield-Jackson may not build planned Concourse G

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport may not build a new Concourse G as it had planned as part of its $6 billion expansion and modernization plan. The plan to build a 10-gate Concourse G that would connect to the international terminal is turning out to be more expensive than the $983 million original cost estimate — though airport officials are not saying how much more. The new...
WATCH: Florida fishermen come within feet of 14-foot white shark

WATCH: Florida fishermen come within feet of 14-foot white shark

A day on the water in Amelia Island, Florida, turned into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a group of fishermen. Capt. Tony Peeples with Southern Style Charters said he and a group of four men were off the coast of Fernandina Beach north of the jetties when they came within feet of a 14-foot white shark. Peeples said he was leaning over the side of the boat with his hands in the...
JetBlue expands in Atlanta with routes to New York and Florida

JetBlue expands in Atlanta with routes to New York and Florida

JetBlue Airways on Thursday launched an expansion of its Atlanta presence, adding three routes to New York, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. New York-based JetBlue has been flying to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport since March 2017, when it began flying from Atlanta to Boston. The expansion more than doubles the number of daily flights JetBlue operates from Atlanta. The airline now flies two...
Travel sites push for easier air fare comparison, airlines oppose move

Travel sites push for easier air fare comparison, airlines oppose move

As airlines charge extra for baggage while adding more fee-based amenities like premium seating and in-flight wi-fi, it’s getting more difficult for travelers to compare the cost of a flight on different carriers. A push for federal regulations aimed at making comparison shopping easier for travelers could require airlines to share data on fares and fees with online travel agencies like Expedia...
Delta selling bare bones ‘basic economy’ fares on more Mexico flights

Delta selling bare bones ‘basic economy’ fares on more Mexico flights

Delta Air Lines has been selling “basic economy” fares” on many of its flights for several years, and is adding the bare bones fares to more of its Mexico routes. Atlanta-based Delta said it now sells the basic economy fares on more than half of its flights between the United States and Mexico — including to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel and Mexico City &mdash...
Atlanta airport news: Hartsfield-Jackson restricts overnight access

Atlanta airport news: Hartsfield-Jackson restricts overnight access

Hartsfield-Jackson International on Friday night began restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. The world’s busiest airport said under the new policy effective March 2, access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center is restricted during that overnight period. Ticketed airline passengers; people meeting, accompanying or assisting passengers...
Hartsfield-Jackson says backup power generators will take up to six months

Hartsfield-Jackson says backup power generators will take up to six months

In the wake of the massive December power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International, airport officials are working on plans for backup power generators and are considering smoke detection cameras. Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council said it may take up to six months to get temporary portable backup generators. He said the airport could start loading backup power for Concourses...
Spring breakers, watch out: The Portuguese man o' war is back

Spring breakers, watch out: The Portuguese man o' war is back

No, we’re not talking about sharks, but there’s another sea creature that spring breakers might have to worry about. Park rangers at Texas' Padre Island National Seashore this week posted a photo of some of the first Portuguese man o’ war to hit the shore this season. Similar sightings have been reported at Florida beaches in Palm Beach County and St. Augustine...
City council members call for reforms in Atlanta airport contracting

City council members call for reforms in Atlanta airport contracting

After a scathing city audit found red flags in Atlanta airport construction contracting, city council members called the findings concerning and called for reforms. The Atlanta city council transportation committee, which oversees Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, listened to a summary of the findings by city auditor Amanda Noble at a meeting Wednesday morning. “The city’s procurement...
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