FCC Spanks Marriott for Blocking WiFi

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has chastised Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) for its August 2014 petition seeking the FCC’s permission to block guests’ use of outside WiFi networks at Marriott properties. The petition specifically mentions that Wi-Fi blocking at meetings and conventions—where WiFi is rarely offered for free by the hotel chain—would be required to protect…

SkyMall Catalog Files for Bankruptcy: A Sad Day in Travel

Fellow Americans and travelers, it appears that a dark day has arrived, bringing the demise of the SkyMall catalog, whose quirky, silly and over-the-top products have kept us all chuckling and/or puzzled on many a domestic flight. To mark this mournful occasion, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne takes a look back at SkyMall’s highs and lows—and offers some…

New Gotham Air Helicopter Service Plus Other Chopper Transfers

As anyone who’s flown into or out of an airport that’s way out of town, that limbo between deplaning and hotel check-in can be a travel buzz-crushing drag—especially after an already long flight. If you’ve got the cash (or in some cases, the points), you can have a helicopter whisk you directly to your destination, then back to…

Most Exciting New Airline Routes To Fly In 2015

As 2015 is only a few days away, a new year means new airline routes to fly, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look into upcoming airline schedules and round up a few of the most exciting. Airline routes and frequencies change all the time, and while that can be…

Delta Baggage Handler Arrested for Gun Smuggling on Planes

The TSA has a long list of items you can’t bring aboard a plane, such as sharp objects, explosives and firearms, but apparently, a Delta baggage handler and a former co-worker at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) didn’t get the last part of this message. According to an affidavit released December 19, 2014, both men have been arrested by federal agents on allegations…

Skip the Customs Line with New Mobile Passport App

A new mobile app allowing passengers to breeze through customs has hit the market, and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne gives us the scoop. The first mobile app of its kind, Mobile Passport could eventually serve as a customs-only alternative to Global Entry expedited airport security status. Authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and sponsored…

Obama Eases Some US Travel Restrictions to Cuba

The island of Cuba is only 90 miles from Key West, Florida, but it has been 54 years since most U.S. citizens could legally travel there. Yesterday, however, President Obama announced that in light of Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s agreement to release two Cuban-detained Americans (one an intelligence operative) in exchange for three Cubans jailed in America, the U.S. plans to re-establish…

AirAsia Drama Lands Unruly Chinese Passengers in Hot Water

Korean Air’s “nutroversy” can take a back seat this week, as it’s AirAsia’s turn to make infamous headlines. In an incident that CNN termed “hot watergate,” the combative behavior of a few Chinese passengers aboard a China-bound AirAsia flight forced the captain to return the plane to Bangkok, infuriating not only the 174 passengers and six crew members on…

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service at North American Airports

With news earlier this week that Royal Jordanian would begin operating its 787 Dreamliners from Amman to Montreal and Detroit, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at which North American airports are currently being served by Boeing’s next-generation aircraft, and by which airlines. Note: The information here is current as of publication, but airline…

Korean Air Flight Delayed Due To Macadamia Nuts

Last Friday at New York’s JFK Airport, Korean Air’s vice president of in-flight services, Heather Cho, delayed a Korean Air flight in order to boot off the supervisor of a steward who improperly served Cho’s pre-flight macadamia nuts. This action, which caused the Seoul-bound Airbus 380’s 250 passengers to arrive at Incheon Airport (ICN) 11 minutes late, has proved so unpopular…