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TSA Lines Mostly Faster over Memorial Day Weekend, But 0 Wait Time for PreCheck Trumps Other Options


If you found yourself waiting on line at an airport security checkpoint over Memorial Day weekend, you probably don’t have PreCheck, the Transportation Security Administration’s trusted traveler program.
While the TSA and U.S. airports were bracing for long lines, those enrolled in PreCheck and the Department of Homeland Security’s Global Entry program, which includes access to PreCheck lanes, found little if any wait time.
FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira reported that thought …

Brussels Airlines Business Class New York-Brussels – Flight Review

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Brussels Airlines is the Belgian flag carrier and successor to what was one of the world’s oldest airlines, Sabena, which operated from 1923 through 2001. The company’s IATA code, SN, was inherited from Sabena as well.
The city of Brussels has, of course, been in the news after the deadly March 2016 terrorist attacks both at Brussels Airport and the Maalbeek metro station in the city, in which 32 persons were …

Photo Essay and Virtual Tour: Qatar Airways A350

Qatar Airways' new Airbus A350 visiting JFK

While Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been the stuff of which headline writers dream about, Airbus’ new A350 XWB has quietly taken flight over the past year.
There are currently 21 in service, and the launch customer for the A350 was Qatar Airways, which currently flies the new plane from Doha to three cities in the United States, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia . Other operators (in order of appearance) include Vietnam …

What Are Your Biggest Pre-Flight Air Travel Pet Peeves?


Although flying may be considered the most efficient means of travel, there are myriad things that can happen prior to boarding that can make a passenger’s experience less enjoyable.
We want you to tell us what truly bugs you about the pre-flight experience.
Once again, Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, in partnership with ExpertFlyer, a leading air travel information tool, are teaming up to compile a …

Catching a Flight? How to Get from Curbside to Your Seat in Mere Minutes

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As summer approaches, security checkpoint and passport control lines at airports are getting longer and travelers at many airports are seeing wait times that exceed the norm, with conditions expected to only get worse.
In February, the manager of the world’s largest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Miguel Southwell, threatened to replace the TSA with a private contractor because the wait times were so bad.
While federal security officials say they are …

American, World’s Largest Airline, Turns 90


Cue Miss Sophie and her butler, James: American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, turned 90 Friday.
Robertson Aircraft Corporation of Missouri, a predecessor airline, took to the air on April 15, 1926, with pilot Charles A. Lindbergh at the controls of a DH-4 biplane.
While American was not the first to operate a scheduled flight (that honor belongs to competitor United Airlines), it was first in many innovations including the introduction of …

British Airways Club World Business Class London Heathrow – Seattle-Tacoma – Flight Review

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Following an enjoyable weekend in London, it was time to return to Seattle. A friend dropped me off curbside at Heathrow’s expansive and impressive Terminal 5, and I quickly found an empty check-in kiosk. Security was a quick and uneventful affair, before striking out for British Airway’s sprawling main lounge.
The southern lounge, located in the main terminal, is several stories high and perhaps the largest in the airline’s system. The …