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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...
Delta to begin massive relocation effort at Los Angeles hub

Delta to begin massive relocation effort at Los Angeles hub

Travelers beware: Delta Air Lines is about to begin a massive move of its operations at its Los Angeles hub. It’s a gargantuan effort that will cause hassles for travelers and will require 20 other airlines to relocate at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Delta “will set off a move of airlines never before seen at a major U.S. airport,” said LAX operator Los Angeles World...
Tourists swap Bourbon Street for Spanish moss on bayou tours

Tourists swap Bourbon Street for Spanish moss on bayou tours

Three years after New Orleans resident Jared Sternberg formed Gondwana Ecotours, a travel company that organizes cultural and environmental excursions to such far-flung places as Ecuador and Rwanda, he decided to start a similar business in Louisiana. Late last year, the 31-year-old graduate of Tulane University Law School opened Beyond the Bayou, which bridges a gap between the Big Easy and the less-visited...
Museum of the Bible meant to appeal to all religions

Museum of the Bible meant to appeal to all religions

With a subject sacred and central to diverse faiths, the Museum of the Bible aims to appeal to religions of all kinds, and to those who don’t believe in any. Washington’s newest museum — set to open Nov. 17 in a 430,000-square-foot building a few blocks south of the National Mall — will be chock-full of artifacts and exhibitions focused on the Bible’s long history and...
Pinball wizards have a home in Delray Beach

Pinball wizards have a home in Delray Beach

Forty years ago, a person could go into a serious quarter deficit in a place like the Silverball Museum in Delray Beach. With 88 pinball machines as well as two dozen arcade games, the attraction has been attracting the flipper-obsessed since it opened in 2016. Nowadays, though, you just pay a flat fee and it’s free play. For $25, you could pull back and let her rip all day long, or just play...
Delta, preparing to end Fox Theatre sponsorship over rival carrier’s event, also has message regarding other partners

Delta, preparing to end Fox Theatre sponsorship over rival carrier’s event, also has message regarding other partners

Delta Air Lines, which pointedly said it would not renew its sponsorship of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre due to an event hosted by a key rival at the venue, also had a message regarding other companies and organizations it counts as partners. The event that caused the falling out with the Fox was a dinner hosted by Qatar Airways on Tuesday night featuring a private concert by singer Jennifer Lopez...
Passengers fight after Spirit Airlines cancels flights

Passengers fight after Spirit Airlines cancels flights

A fight broke out Monday night at a ticket counter at Fort Lauderdale’s airport after passengers argued with Spirit Airlines employees and police. Spirit passengers have been dealing with delays or cancellations. Passengers left a plane Monday night after their flight was canceled and went to a ticket counter where they found a line, WFOR reported.  Video of the fight has been cropping...
Craft brewery opens in Mayberry-like Greensboro, Georgia 

Craft brewery opens in Mayberry-like Greensboro, Georgia 

It’s a mid-April afternoon in Greensboro, Georgia, and master brewer Taylor Lamm stands on the patio outside Oconee Brewing Company breathing the fresh spring air. A minivan pulls up and the passenger window rolls down. “Are y’all open yet?” comes a voice from inside. “Not yet,” answers Lamm, “We’re opening on May sixth.” “We’re so...
Passenger requests gluten-free meal. Wait until you see what he received

Passenger requests gluten-free meal. Wait until you see what he received

Many companies make adjustments and offer substitutes when someone has a food intolerance or food allergy. Imagine the surprise, and even disappointment, when one passenger who requested a gluten-free breakfast received a banana.  >> Read more trending news  Martin Pavelka said he requested a gluten-free breakfast on his All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo to Sydney because he suffers...
Air passenger incidents: Congress ponders new rules on airline service

Air passenger incidents: Congress ponders new rules on airline service

In the wake of painful airline passenger incidents caught on video, some members of Congress want new regulation of airline practices. Proposals include requirements for minimum seat sizes, caps on baggage fees and a guarantee that boarded passengers have the right to fly. Legislation related to airlines could tie into upcoming debates over Federal Aviation Administration funding reauthorization...
Airline passenger posts video of family booted off flight, Delta apologizes

Airline passenger posts video of family booted off flight, Delta apologizes

A Delta Air Lines passenger has posted a video of his family being booted off a flight over a dispute regarding the use of a seat. UPDATE — Delta released a statement Thursday afternoon saying: “We are sorry for the unfortunate experience our customers had with Delta, and we’ve reached out to them to refund their travel and provide additional compensation. Delta’s...
Airport workers to be trained to spot human trafficking

Airport workers to be trained to spot human trafficking

Airport and airline employees are being enlisted in an effort to spot signs of human trafficking. As home to the world’s busiest airport and host of large conventions and professional sporting events, Atlanta is a hotspot for sex trafficking of children, according to the FBI. Atlanta’s underground sex economy generates an estimated $290 million a year, the largest of the U.S. cities...
Delta funding Georgia Tech research facility for airline projects

Delta funding Georgia Tech research facility for airline projects

Delta Air Lines said it is partnering with Georgia Tech on a research facility in Midtown Atlanta to fund projects to help improve its operations and the customer experience. Altanta-based Delta is funding the project with a $2 million grant. The airline already has a five-year lease on a 6,500-square-foot space in the Centergy building in Georgia Tech’s Technology Square, to launch the new...
Air passenger woes: Congress raises threat of new airline regulations as fix

Air passenger woes: Congress raises threat of new airline regulations as fix

A Congressional committee grilled airline CEOs at a hearing Tuesday over high-profile customer incidents that raised concerns about the treatment of airline passengers. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House transportation committee, raised the specter of increased regulation of airlines to address the issues, if airlines can’t fix the problems on their own. Some say limited competition...
Delta investigates pilot’s actions during altercation between passengers, pilot returns to duty

Delta investigates pilot’s actions during altercation between passengers, pilot returns to duty

Delta Air Lines said it has returned a pilot to duty after investigating his actions during an altercation between passengers on a jetway after a flight. The video was posted on entertainment website TMZ.com showing a pilot trying to break up a fight between two passengers on a jetway, grabbing one by the arm and appearing to slap his hand down on the person’s arm. According to Delta, he...
Airline incidents spark debate over passenger rights

Airline incidents spark debate over passenger rights

Sparked by an explosive video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from a plane, a series of incidents captured on cellphone video showing passenger conflicts with airline staff are raising concerns about travelers’ rights and airline safety practices. The incidents are often a clash of passengers’ rights, airline regulations and the high-pressure world of airline operations. Last...
Now made in Alabama: Airbus jets

Now made in Alabama: Airbus jets

MOBILE, Ala. — From Delta Air Lines headquarters in Atlanta, the Airbus facility that opened in Mobile in 2015 is about 330 miles away — a roughly 4.5 hour drive or a 1 hour and 20 minute flight. That’s much closer than Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, France, in both distance and political je ne sais quoi. Airbus said the vast majority of airliners assembled in...
The best day to buy gas in metro Atlanta

The best day to buy gas in metro Atlanta

Gas prices in metro Atlanta are on the rise. Read More: Atlanta gas prices up — just when drivers are using more, thanks to the I-85 collapse Across the country, gas prices are the highest they’ve been in more than 19 months. The price of gas is highest in San Francisco at an average of $3.04 per gallon this past week. It was the lowest in Jackson, Mississippi, at $2.09 per gallon...
Florida: ‘Avatar,’ space thrills, animals, beaches lead to family fun

Florida: ‘Avatar,’ space thrills, animals, beaches lead to family fun

Family vacations and Florida remain synonymous, from its top tier theme parks to its natural wonders. Parents can head south with ease, knowing the Sunshine State always perpetually shines bright with options for the whole clan. Although most of its emphasis is on real-world critters, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks, is dedicating some serious real...
Florida: where to eat on your vacation

Florida: where to eat on your vacation

Zak Stern’s DIY bakery gets high marks for its Nova salmon sandwich, the spiced-up shakshuka, avocado toast and more. 405 N.W. 26th St., Miami. 786-347-7100, zakthebaker.com. Locals love the locally caught seafood, and tourists follow suit. Oysters, grouper, fried shrimp and crabcakes rise to the top. 15 Avenue D, Apalachicola. 850-653-9888, owlcafeflorida.com. This foodie find sits...
Delta passenger uses restroom before takeoff, gets bumped from flight

Delta passenger uses restroom before takeoff, gets bumped from flight

A Delta Air Lines passenger was asked to exit the plane after he urgently had to use the lavatory when the plane was getting ready for takeoff, and a fellow passenger recorded the incident on video, according to an account in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. According to an article by columnist Jim Stingl, the flight was getting ready to depart from Atlanta to Milwaukee...
Florida: Whether you love NASCAR or fishing, there’s a place for you

Florida: Whether you love NASCAR or fishing, there’s a place for you

The home of NASCAR’s most lauded race, the Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway provides a pit stop for fans who want a glimpse behind the action. The facility offers three different peeks underneath the hood with tours ranging from 30 minutes to three hours. Depending on the tour, guests have the opportunity to hop aboard a tram and cruise along the track; climb atop the winner&rsquo...
Florida: Play like Hemingway or indulge in Salvador Dali’s vision

Florida: Play like Hemingway or indulge in Salvador Dali’s vision

Each year, Key West celebrates one of its most legendary former residents, the late author Ernest Hemingway. Throughout the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe penned novels while holed up in his Whitehead Street studio. Hemingway Days honors Hemingway with a look-alike contest at Sloppy Joe’s on Duval Street, readings and book signings, a three-day marlin tournament and more. One of the...
Florida: An appreciation of history comes naturally

Florida: An appreciation of history comes naturally

Get a taste of both history and natural beauty with a visit to Dry Tortugas National Park. It’s located nearly 70 miles west of Key West, and the only way to get there is by boat or seaplane. Yet it’s worth the trouble. The 100-square-mile park features seven small islands surrounded by crystal-blue waters, coral reefs and abundant marine life. The centerpiece is Fort Jefferson, and guests...
Hidden figures: Unsung sites for art in D.C.

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

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

Air fares declined in 2016, according to federal data

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

Atlanta airport spends nearly $170k to store useless furniture

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

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

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

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

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

Frontier Airlines resuming seasonal routes from Atlanta with fare sale

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

Exploring offbeat Austin

With a Texas-size shiny, red boot kicking up its heel on the roof, Allens Boots was hard to miss. Inside were more than 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots, silver belt buckles ranging from merely shiny to massive statement and stack after stack of Stetson hats. Not to be outdone, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, a few doors down on South Congress Avenue, was crowned with an outsize statue of its own: a 12-foot-tall...
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