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Poll: 87% of Flyers Give TSA Airport Security Fair or Poor Rating

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The number of frequent flyers voicing dissatisfaction with security screenings at the nation’s airports in 2015 continues to rise. Roughly 9 out of 10 surveyed said that the Transportation Security Administration is doing a fair or poor job. That figure, 87%, is one percentage point higher than last year’s and two percentage points higher than the year before.
The findings are from a survey conducted by Frequent Business Traveler from August …

Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes at Icelandair’s Global Transit Hub at Keflavik

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Hunched over massive computer screens in Icelandair’s operations unit, controllers prepare for the second wave of arrivals and departures, all to take place in a two-hour period.
Meanwhile, in the airline’s huge (but never big enough) flight kitchen, the carrots are just about chopped as the airline prepares meals and snacks for thousands of departing passengers.
Keflavik International Airport, located 31 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Reykjavík, the nation’s capital, is the …

American Express Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport – Review


Since American Express cards are now able to unlock the gates at a shrinking universe of airline lounges, to compensate, the company has started opening its own network of lounges at various U.S. airports.
The shiny new American Express Centurion Lounge opened in early June in the North Terminal of Miami International Airport near Gate D-12.
Miami is the fifth Centurion Lounge, after Las Vegas, Dallas, New York (LaGuardia), and San Francisco. …

American Airlines Airbus A321s First Class Seattle-Dallas – Review


It is no secret to frequent fliers that Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines is deep in the process of major fleet renewal. Starting several years ago with the Boeing 777-300, the carrier has added hundreds of new airplanes.
Many have received their share of positive press, but one that has flown under the radar is the Airbus A321s. Overshadowed by its impressively outfitted three-class A321 Transcontinental sibling, the more modest two-class …

Poll: How Effective is the TSA?

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The only thing certain in life, to borrow from Benjamin Franklin, is life, death, and – for travelers – TSA checkpoints.
Over the past couple of years, the TSA has been implementing numerous changes aimed at improving the airport screening process for passengers, such as expanding the PreCheck trusted traveler program to international flights and airlines, as well as to more airports within the United States.  However, even with these changes, …

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner Upper Class London-Washington, D.C. – Flight Review

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LONDON AND NEW YORK — A few days after my first flight on a Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner, it was time for my second. The first was on the airline’s second 787-9 Dreamliner, Dream Girl, which was used as the launch aircraft for the London-based carrier’s London-Washington, D.C. route. This flight was on Birthday Girl, the airline’s first Dreamliner and it was my third flight on the larger 787-9 variant of …

Photo Essay: Airbus A350, The New Kid on the Block

The A350-900 makes a sweeping turn during a demonstration flight over the Farnborough Airshow in 2014

While Airbus’ new A350 XWB has been out for the better part of a year, it remains an elusive sight in the wild.
The A350 is the first all-new Airbus model since the double-decker A380 jumbo jet made its debut back in 2005. It is longer and wider than the existing A330 and A340 models and, through design advancements, significant use of composite materials, and all-new Rolls Royce turbofans, is 25% …