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Our 7 Best Airports In The U.S. For 2017

Best Airports in the USA It’s no secret that U.S. Airports pale in comparison to their international counterparts, but these select few rise above the rest. An increasingly crumbling infrastructure and increased demand has put some serious stress on most of our airports. Skytrax, a leading aviation consumer reviewer has released its results of their […]

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Best Airports in the USA

It’s no secret that U.S. Airports pale in comparison to their international counterparts, but these select few rise above the rest. An increasingly crumbling infrastructure and increased demand has put some serious stress on most of our airports.

Skytrax, a leading aviation consumer reviewer has released its results of their yearly review, and I have the top airports ranked here. A survey was presented to over 13 million flyers and the rankings included over 500 airports. I’ve trusted their legwork before and they always do good work.

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JFK- New York, John F Kennedy Airport

JFK services the biggest city in the United States and after years of being ranked near the bottom, vast improvements have corrected many of its shortcomings.   The dated 1960’s terminals are long gone and have been replaced by more modern aesthetics. Governor Cuomo has recently committed almost 10 billion in future renovations and improvements, so hopefully it flies up this list. The new AirTrain connects the New York MTA subway system with the ever busy airport, making it ultra convenient to access JFK.

Others have ranked this airport near the bottom, but our research shows that the passengers like JFK much better than any other regional airport. Since New York is the largest market in the US, it makes sense to include one of their airports.

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DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

DFW is one of America’s busiest airports, funneling 64 million people through its gates yearly. The airport is a favorite among many passengers because of their local food selection, varied entertainment and leisure activities. DFW’s circular design makes it easy and convenient for transfers to make their flights. The intra-airport transportation also makes it easier for weary travelers to get to their destinations. 

As an American Airlines hub and suitable access to Latin America, many flyers make stops at DFW and appreciate everything it has to offer. The barbeque is especially strong at this airport, and the smell may permeate your flights cabin.

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SEA – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

SEA is the Pacific Northwest’s busiest airport and Hub to Alaska Airlines. Acting as a gateway for Delta and all of their Far East fights, the international aspect of this airport are on full display. SeaTac is noted by passengers for having a myriad of dinning options and in general being one of the cleanest airports in the United States.

Large investments have shown marked improvements in the overall experience of the Sea-Tac airport. An interesting initiative applied here is their Sea-Tac Music Experience, which is a free music streaming service featuring local artists and community flavor.

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ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

ATL is the busiest airport in the world, according to Skytrax, with over 101 million annual passengers. Hartsfield is huge, covering almost 7 million square feet with 207 gates in both their domestic and international terminals. A hub for Delta and their 800 plus airplane fleet, the addition of a fifth runway has alleviated much of their delays.

Southern food galore can be found at this airport, while passengers enjoy regional food they can take in an expansive African art collection.   Free Wi-Fi and a very convenient inter-terminal transit system have helped rank this airport near the top for years. Not to mention the incredible spas and shops that line the concourses. ATL may be busy but they are efficient and have an excellent delay record.

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SFO – San Francisco International Airport

Situated right on the San Francisco Bay and servicing one of America’s most densely populated regions, SFO is a top airport in form and function. The very “coastal elite” airport is unabashedly Californian with free yoga rooms, local artisan eateries and upscale shops. The terminals may feel cramped but they’re extremely easy to navigate and use their limited space efficiently.

SFO is a busy airport that serves as a hub for Virgin America and United Airlines.   Make sure your window is up on your decent into the airport as you should have amazing views of San Francisco and the entire Bay area. Traveling with kids, check out the awesome aviation museum and interactive flight deck.

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DEN – Denver International Airport

Den may be the most aesthetically pleasing airport on the list with its stunning architecture and roofline that resembles native teepees. The Mile High airport stays near the top of the list for busiest US airports. Passengers rave about the interesting and unique art program throughout the airport. There are plenty of places to eat and shop as DEN boasts over 140 stores and eateries.

DEN has been ranked as one of the cleanest airports and has a very polite and friendly atmosphere. Fun fact: DEN is one of only two airports (ABQ) where you can buy some amazing local green chili.

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CVG – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport 

By far the smallest airport on out list, CVG beats all other challengers with their effective and efficient website. The website alerts passengers of security wait times and parking spaces available. Passengers rave about the airports short lines and modern conveniences. With only 6 million yearly passengers, CVG may be small but its efficiency should be replicated though out the country.

Travelers love the airfields collection of industrial murals and overall ease of movement. The open design makes the small airport seem massive and make layovers tolerable. Showing all other airports how technology and innovations combined with thoughtful design can create a winning formula.  

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The Most Improper Etiquette Practiced In-Flight

Packed in like sardines, airplane travelers are subject to their neighbors unruly behavior. Let’s face it some people just don’t seem to understand simple airplane etiquette. We all have our particular pet peeves when it comes to traveling and according to Expedia’s most recent etiquette survey the biggest annoyance is the rear seat kicker.  Surveying […]

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Packed in like sardines, airplane travelers are subject to their neighbors unruly behavior. Let’s face it some people just don’t seem to understand simple airplane etiquette. We all have our particular pet peeves when it comes to traveling and according to Expedia’s most recent etiquette survey the biggest annoyance is the rear seat kicker. 

Surveying over 1000 people Expedia found the biggest in-flight pet peeves that every traveler can relate to. Here are the results:

  1. The rear seat kicker
  2. Inattentive parents
  3. The aromatic passenger
  4. The audio insensitive
  5. The boozer
  6. Chatty Cathy
  7. The queue jumper
  8. Seat-back guy
  9. The armrest hog
  10. Pungent foodies
  11. The undersser
  12. The amorous
  13. The mad bladder
  14. The single and ready to mingle

 

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Things You Should Never Say To A Flight Attendant

Traveling can be a troublesome experience so we need to do everything we can to help make the trip more pleasant and comfortable for ourselves. On a long plane trip the Flight Attendant can be your ally in this endeavor. Flight Attendants are generally helpful and pleasant but if treated with disrespect may be disinclined to […]

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Traveling can be a troublesome experience so we need to do everything we can to help make the trip more pleasant and comfortable for ourselves. On a long plane trip the Flight Attendant can be your ally in this endeavor. Flight Attendants are generally helpful and pleasant but if treated with disrespect may be disinclined to help. 

The job of a Flight Attendant is to keep you safe and comfortable and can be stressful on the best of days, but unruly and rude passengers just make the job so much harder.  From rude statements to questions that they have no way of knowing the answer to, here are some things that you never want to say to a Flight Attendant.

“I need to use the toilet before we take off.” This is against regulations, once the seatbelt light is on you must stay put. 

“Can you lift my bag for me?” This is not the Flight Attendant’s job, when packing you should make sure your bag is not too heavy for you to lift. 

“I’ll put my phone on airplane mode in a minute.” This is a requirement and Flight Attendants must ask you to do this. Be nice and comply

“They let me the last time I flew.” Whether or not this is true your Flight Attendant won’t appreciate this ploy. Their job is to enforce the rules, and most do.

“Can you watch my kids for me?” Flight Attendants are not babysitters and you shouldn’t expect them to be. 

“Why are we delayed?” “Will I make my connection?” These are the types of questions that the Flight Attendant has no way of having the answer to. If you have a cell phone you can find those answers yourself with a handy app.

A few more handy tips on the proper treatment of your Flight Attendant. Don’t treat her like a waitress because she isn’t. Her job is to keep you safe, not to cater to your needs. And don’t call your Flight Attendant a “Stewardess”, this term is outdated and sexist. And don’t hit on her, you aren’t in a bar.

 

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Ecotourism is NOT Environmentally Friendly

There is a trend in travel that has picked up a lot of steam over the last few years. That trend is called Eco-Tourism. As the environment has become more important to people over the last decade – and especially so in the last couple…

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Ecotourism is a new term; something created in the last 10 years, so what does it really mean? Eco-tourism is basically capitalism’s answer to the environment and people’s growing concerns. Companies are cashing in and its becoming big business. Although the initial intent was probably good-natured, the results are usually less than favorable. The costs don’t always outweigh the means, so is ecotourism actually a good thing? Let’s find out.

Time to investigate what companies are actually trying to accomplish with their eco-tourism. The term greenwashing keeps coming up in my research and it’s a pretty interesting phenomenon. Apparently, greenwashing is an attempt to appear as being eco friendly. Seems like a pretty lame thing to be involved with, but you’d be surprised at how many large corporations actually are involved in greenwashing.

Many if not all of the major hotel chains are now putting placards in their rooms that inform guests that they respect mother nature and because of this they don’t wash the linens every night. This comes off as a great thing that a large corporation is doing. But in reality they are greenwashing us all by using the environment to service their own needs. It’s obvious to me that these companies are only doing this because it saves them an enormous amount of money and they look good in the process.

Cultures are destroyed by tourism and they can’t even profit because the major corporations suck all the money from them. Tourism only feeds off the stereotypes of a culture and the actual culture suffers and often slowly disappears. What’s left is a washed out shell of the culture and the true spirit is lost forever.  

Eco-tours are usually an environmental nightmare, by bringing in people by the busload or boatload; these eco-tours are actually harming the local surroundings.   These tourists don’t come alone, they eat, drink and consume anything in their way and what’s left is the garbage and used up Mother Nature.

Eco-tours profit from large disasters, allowing the general public to feel like they helped, when in reality all they do is scratch the surface. The tourists come to a disaster for a few days, pick up some garbage, help with some injured and then go home feeling like they made a difference. The problem is that if they really wanted to help, they would’ve just sent aid in the form of money, food or medicine,

If a company truly wanted to be involved in eco tourism responsibly, they would do these things.

Only using local products would actually benefit the environment and would help the community profit.   If ecotourism companies cared, they would limit the number of visitors to limit the impact on the environment. Educating tourists on their impact on the environment would help the cause. Allowing the local culture to be in charge and to protect their interests is the best way to help the environment.

 

Hopefully by educating people about ecotourism eventually leads to more conscious travelers and compassionate people in general.

 

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Photos courtesy of HoiAnEcoTour and GetYourGuide

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