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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   The dated 1960’s terminals are long gone and have been replaced by more modern aesthetics.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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Tim Duncan Steps Up When The Virgin Islands Needs Him Most

NBA great Tim Duncan is really putting his money where his mouth is, as he returns to his homeland of the Virgin Islands to help in hurricane relief. 

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NBA great Tim Duncan is really putting his money where his mouth is, as he returns to his homeland of the Virgin Islands to help in hurricane relief. This is Duncan’s third trip back to the U.S. Birgin Islands since September when two category 5 hurricanes decimated the island. Back to back storms Irma and Maria ravaged the small island nation with heavy rain, 150 mph winds and devastating storm surges. Now Tim has dedicated his time, money and resources to rebuild his home islands.

 

Immediately following the first hurricane, Duncan started an online crowdsourcing campaign aimed at reaching a million dollars and he even pledged to match the first million. What a bold and thoughtful move, especially since no nations were stepping up.
Duncan was 13 when hurricane Hugo ravaged his island nation, so he knows first hand how difficult it is to rebuild after this sort of tragedy. He vowed to help his former home and he actually is doing it. Many times when celebrities offer their help, its all show, not with Tim, he’s the real deal.

 

16 months after he retired from the NBA, Tim is surrounded by fellow volunteers as he sets up tables for food distribution. SOme of the people ask for pictures and autographs, but that doesn’t bother him, as long as the line keeps moving and the people get fed.
This trip Duncan personally delivered an entire plane full of supplies, food, and medicine. The kind of stuff these people need the most, so he knows just how important this really is.

 

 

On this day, they originally planned to feed 500 people but ended up feeding 2200.
Duncan grew angry over the US government’s lack of urgency with relief efforts, even though the Virgin Islands are an American territory. That’s why he started the crowdsourcing fund which to date has raised over $2.6 million.

 

Duncan said, “I don’t have a Facebook or a Twitter or anything, but holy s–t if social media isn’t the way to go.” None of this incredible relief effort would’ve even happened without Tim’s initial push.
Duncan didn’t just rush into this because he wanted to do it right. We have all heard horror stories about charities trying to help but end up failing miserably. He wouldn’t let this happen so he got help from his trusted advisor Wendy Kowalik.

 

Wendy interviewed San Antonio food banks to figure out the best ways to get bulk food and she researched airplane charters to get the food and supplies to the Virgin Islands.
So far Duncan alone has helped feed 10,000 of the islands’ 50,000 inhabitants and he has only gotten started. He said, “Sh*t happens, and you fix it…”

 

Duncan went on to say, “It’s only been a month and already people are forgetting about Harvey and what happened to Houston.” He continued, “Six months from now, people will forget about what happened here, even if there’s still no power on the islands. People have lost their homes and they’ve lost their shops. They’ve lost everything. Buildings are damaged and roads are ruined. I don’t know how to fix those things, but I didn’t know how to raise money or do food distribution or charter jets, and we figured all that out. We’ll figure this out, too. We’ll figure out how to rebuild the islands.”

 

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The Viral Photo Of This Rescued Baby Will Melt Your Heart

This police officer worked hard to have this baby rescued but it was all worth it once he was hit with the adorable baby’s beaming smile.

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There is nothing better than a smiling baby. Everyone starts smiling once they see a baby smile. They are still learning how to control their muscles and figuring out the entire world, so when a smile washes over their face then it must be worth it. A policeman was recently the recipient of a much-deserved baby smile and it left him absolutely rocked. This police officer worked hard to have this baby rescued but it was all worth it once he was hit with the adorable baby’s beaming smile.

 

A mother had the unthinkable happen, she lost her child. She laid down to go to sleep on the pavement in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern India’s Telangana state. Quickly, the mother fell asleep with her 4-month old child next to her. She woke up at 4 a.m. to her worst nightmare, her baby was gone. Faizan Khan was the name of her child and he was nowhere to be found. This mom was now on a desperate search for her beautiful baby.
The mom searched high and low for Faizan but ended up getting nowhere. Eventually, she had to go to the Hyderabad City Police for help. The police jumped into the search and were quickly able to find the poor baby and even arrest the alleged kidnapper’s thanks to the help of some CCTV footage.

 


The men they arrested were supposedly going to sell Faizan to a man who wanted a baby for his relative to adopt. The man looking for a baby, named Mohammed Ghouse, was excited to finally find a child for his family member to adopt but was told that the two kidnappers would go about obtaining a baby legally. They decided not to do it the right way and went to the street in search of a baby they could steal. In their search, they found a mother who was asleep next to her child and snapped up the baby and ran off.
After the men brought the baby to Mohammed Ghouse’s house he knew something was wrong. Gouse immediately could tell that this baby was not attained legally and told the two men, 42-year-old Mohammed Mustaq and 25-year-old Mohammed Yousuf, to bring the baby back to wherever they had found it in the first place.

 

Shortly thereafter the cops rescued the baby and arrested these two men. The baby had been rescued and the police, as well as the mother, were ecstatic. The baby was still pretty traumatized from the scary adventure it had been on and was crying its eyes out, even handing the baby to his mom didn’t stop him from crying. That is when the police inspector decided that he would take the baby into his arms. He is the one that cracked the case and I guess the baby knew that. Once the baby was laid in Inspector Sanjay Kumar’s arms the baby stopped crying and started beaming.
The picture ended up going viral and has been shared and liked all over the internet thousands of times. Great work Sanjay, you truly are a hero.

 

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A Quiet Bethlehem This 2020 Christmas Celebration

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Sans the influx of tourists in the historical birthplace of Christ, a quiet Bethlehem community gets to experience a renewal in faith over a boom in business.

Prior to the pandemic, the Palestinian city located in occupied West Bank was always filled with visiting tourists who wanted to experience walking in the land of Jesus Christ’s official birthplace. In the past, those who wanted to visit the Church of the Nativity were forced to maneuver through the crowds teeming the streets of Bethlehem. This year, however, a quiet Bethlehem becomes largely part of the massive lockdown and quarantine restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Nevertheless, the absence of tourists is an opportunity for renewal, says Father Rami Asakrieh, the parish priest of Bethlehem. “Sometimes there are more than half million people who arrive in this period to visit the Nativity Church,” he recounts.

During the days leading to Christmas, however, the Church of the Nativity has been so silent, devoid of the yearly visiting faithful who traditionally visited Bethlehem from all over the world. A quiet Bethlehem, then, is a new thing for the community as locals are used to the noisy throng of commuters and visitors who annually arrived during the holiday season.

Armenian prayers are recited by four (4) monks below the Grotto of the Nativity, echoing through the typically crowded vicinity. Even during this year’s Christmas Eve, the most essential part of the celebration, the church was closed to the public. The lack of yearly visits from Palestinian authority representatives starkly reiterated the difference of this year’s celebration, as well.

“It has never happened before,” contemplates Asakrieh, as he mentions that the only times that the church was forced to close its doors were during periods of uprisings and Palestinian intifadas that were done in protest against Israel’s continued occupation.

“I think that this Christmas is different because people are not busy with the external manifestations of the feast,” the priest shares, referring to the customary purchasing of gifts and the conduct of extravagant get-togethers that have long been linked to Christmas celebrations.  “Now (people) have the time, and they are obligated, to concentrate on the essential… the theological spirit of Christmas,” he expressed. “Less business, but more religion,” Asakrieh continues.

During the days leading up to Christmas, the chapel of Saint Catherine, a small one that is next to the Church of the Nativity was made open to the local Bethlehem public. Amid a distinctively quiet Bethlehem atmosphere, many of the local faithful turned up as they donned their Sunday’s best.

One of them was Nicolas al-Zoghbi who mentions that the usual joy of the Christmas season was replaced by the overall feeling of depression. He shares that his son is among those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. “We hope the Lord will destroy corona, just get rid of it so we can return to our previous life,” states al-Zoghbi who is now in his 70s.

The city’s economy is hugely reliant on the annual influx of visitors who purchase items like rosaries and other Nativity-based trinkets from the shops and stands that pepper the place. Thus, a quiet Bethlehem during this holiday season signifies a highly decreased income for those who rely on the earnings that used to be generated from these yearly tourist visits.

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