Mom and Baby Booted Off Frontier Flight For “Rudeness”

Crawling right behind Air Asia’s “Hot Watergate” and the Korean Air “‘nutroversy,” Tennessee mom Nicki Gazlay and her baby were kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight yesterday for arguing with a flight attendant. Gazlay and her five-month-old son were boarding their connecting flight from Denver (DEN) to Memphis (MEM) when a flight attendant demanded Gazlay take her son out of…

Now Boarding: An Aviation-Themed Bar in L.A.

An exciting new cocktail bar has landed in Los Angeles, not too far from TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne. For all you fans of aviation history (and booze), here is her review.  Several miles north of LAX, Los Angeles now has a fun version of a first-class airport lounge that costs nothing to enter. Now Boarding, a new cocktail bar…

Passenger Sues Southwest for $49,000 After Getting Hit With Bag

Upon landing, plane passengers have come to expect a flight attendant warning them to open overhead bins carefully in case luggage has shifted during the journey. But what about before the flight? A man named Jeffery Reinhardt claims that during the boarding process on his recent Southwest Airlines flight from Portland (PDX) to Las Vegas (LAS),  he…

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…