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Flying the friendly skies just got a lot friendlier

by BusinessLife (writer), The Carolinas, December 02, 2010

Credit: Vincent Ricardel
Airports offer holiday cheer

Airports offer some holiday cheer by pampering travelers for FREE

Holiday travel can often be the worst part of the holidays but New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports are actually adding services for its customers, making flying a bit more friendly. Delta Air Lines and airport restaurant operator OTG Management have found a new way to serve the appetites of its customers. At gates 21 and 22 in JFK Terminal 2 and at gate 15 in JFK Terminal 3, Apple iPad kiosks are stationed near departure gates to order meals from participating airport restaurants. Delivery to your gate is guaranteed within 10 minutes. The iPads are said to offer travelers the ability to check flights and even play games. But don't think New York airports are having all of the fun in serving its customers.

  • Thinking "green," The Seattle-Tacoma Airport has started offering free electricity for plug-in cars.
  • Portland International Airport has set up a bike assembly station for travelers to more easily assemble and disassemble their bikes before and after flights.
  • Paris has upped the ante regarding its free services from free light therapy to free dance lessons. 15 dances offered by the airport's resident trainers from "L'Ecole des Vacances," including Afro Jazz, Disco, Hip Hop, Mambo, Modern Jazz, Rock & Roll, Salsa, Samba, Tango, Cha-Cha and more. Music and trainer instructions are broadcast through cordless headsets so as to minimize the disturbance to other passengers, and lessons last 10 to 15 minutes each.
  • Heinekin is offering travelers a first class lounge available to all at Newark Liberty International Airport. First opened in 2008, Heinekin teamed up with design agency, UXUS to build private conversation nooks, custom white leather sofas, spherical light fixtures and green aluminium tables combine to create a contemporary brand space. In addition to Heineken, a variety of beers are served on tap, alongside a fully-stocked cocktail bar.

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8 comments on Flying the friendly skies just got a lot friendlier

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By BusinessLife on December 02, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Cher: I'm a bit partial to Paris airport's dance lessons. At 10 to 15 minutes, you have a quick fling while keeping your honor in tact!

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By BusinessLife on December 02, 2010 at 02:40 pm

Ah! I knew we ladies couldn't have all of the fun for long. BFriday: I think regulating or MANDATING dance lessons, no matter the ethnicity is a step in the right direction.

All of us need to keep light on our feet. Depending on where you leave/land, the type of dance offered should be relatable.

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By BusinessLife on December 02, 2010 at 03:14 pm

Cheryl and Melody: Seems Bill has once again saved the day. Your cape is a bit overpowering, Bill ;) I dare not say how much TSA workers detest having to pad down folks. They wear gloves for good reason. TSA workers have had to change their dry gloves many times. Talk about an unfriendly job! I am very sure TSA workers would much prefer to dance...with or without gloves!

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By Frank - icare2be on December 02, 2010 at 05:16 pm

Thank you for brightening my day. Because of a shoulder replacement I am one of the privileged who get the thrill of a pat down everytime I fly the friendly skies.

I feel sad for the TSA employees that perform their jobs to the best of their ability to keep us safe. They take a lot of abuse in the media for management decisions they cannot control.

Thank you for info on JFK gate 21 & 22 and Paris. I look forward to a trip home from Paris.

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By BusinessLife on December 02, 2010 at 06:06 pm

Frank: you're most welcome. I am hopeful you will share a great article about your travels to and from Paris! Oui? :)

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By Agit8r on December 02, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I hear that TSA is offering a brisk massage during security check-in

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By BusinessLife on December 03, 2010 at 12:29 pm

TSA workers unfortunately HAVE to pad folks down a few inches higher/lower than before. One TSA manager says her staff HATES the changes and loathes these changes. The worst part are the gloves. The workers are very thankful to wear them. However, when they come back wet, they would rather be anywhere else, doing any other work than facing such a situation. I wouldn't say that it's TSA workers who are excited about these new airline safety regulations.

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By Agit8r on December 04, 2010 at 12:24 am

Yes. common courtesy dictates that travellers should think about dead cats for that few seconds to distract them from those impulses excited by power exchanges

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