In airport news, Los Angeles International opens a new post-security connector to the Bradley International Terminal; some new food & beverage options are coming to San Francisco International; travelers at Chicago O’Hare can brush up on their CPR skills; Dallas/Ft. Worth has a new app for international arrivals; and Atlanta no longer wants to be called the world’s busiest airport.
It’s a couple of months behind schedule, but Los Angeles International has finally opened up a $115 million connector between American Airlines’ Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Since it’s behind the security checkpoints, T4 passengers heading to an international flight in the TBIT will no longer have to go through a new screening, and will save transfer time since the walk between terminals through the new connector is estimated at five minutes or so. The two-year-old project isn’t finished yet; still to come are retail outlets, an outdoor patio, streamlined baggage transfer station and more. Want to see it? A member of the Flyertalk forum posted a video walk-through of the new passageway.
How many times have you seen Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson referred to as “the world’s busiest airport”? It’s true that ATL has the most flights and the most passengers, but according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the airport’s general manager told a city council committee that the “world’s busiest” designation will no longer fly – from now on, ATL will now refer to itself as “the world’s most traveled” airport. Why the change? ATL’s marketing experts decided that “busy” has a negative connotation, implying crowds, long lines and delays. Maybe someone should tell that to the TSA.
San Francisco International’s International Terminal will add some new dining options for travelers in the months ahead. The popular Napa Valley restaurant Mustard’s Grill plans to open an airport location there, serving up classical American food with international twists. Due to open in 2017, it will be connected to a new Napa Farms Market (there’s already one in Terminal 2) that should open later this year; that will replace Andale Mexican Food, located post-security in the G concourse. Also coming in the A (Int’l) concourse is Samovar Tea and Chai Lounge, offering full-service meals and a bar with tea-infused cocktails; it will replace FirewoodPizza.
If you’re in Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 2 and you have some time to kill, you can brush up on your CPR skills at a new kiosk located post-security near the Kids on the Fly play area. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the kiosk has “a specially-designed rubber torso that allows users to practice compressions. In fact, it feels just like it would if performed on a person,” according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. It also provides instant feedback on the effectiveness of your CPR technique.
Dallas/Ft. Worth is the latest international gateway airport to support a Mobile Passport Control app that arriving travelers can use to clear Customs faster. It’s free from the Apple App and Google Play stores. Users can create a profile with their passport information and complete the “new trip” section upon arrival from overseas. They then submit their Customs and Border Protection declaration form through the app and get an electronic receipt with a digital bar code that they show to a CBP officer. In other tech developments, DFW has upgraded its mobile app with news and weather alerts, enhanced flight search, and access to the airport’s social media channels; it has also released an app for the Apple Watch.
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