Off to Gatwick. But first, bumper car rides at JFK

Airport Search is heading to London nowadays for every week-lengthy adventure prepared by using airport mascot Gary Gatwick and his friends at Gatwick Airport (LGW), who suspect that not that many Americans don’t recognise the airport is simply half an hour from downtown London by specific teach. Or that gin is distilled at the airport. (Stay tuned for that…)

Our adventure to London starts in Seattle with an immediate flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on JetBlue and an overnight on the very hip, super retro, landmark TWA Hotel.

We’re looking forward to placing out inside the Sunken Lounge, taking a dip inside the rooftop infinity pool with runway views, traveling the Twister Room, and visiting the onsite museum approximately TWA’s records and the Jet Age.

And, of route, we’ll have a cocktail or inside the Lockheed Constellation “Connie” that has been converted right into a cocktail lounge.

We ignored out at the roller skating rink the motel had on its tarmac, but we're pleased to peer that bumper car rides are actually provided alternatively on a race path near the Connie cocktail lounge.

Cars have names like Hammer Time, The Bumpty Dance, Nervous Wrecker, and One Hit Wonder. And operate Fridays from 4 to eight pm and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 8 pm. Which is ideal for our day-long layover.

Ride sessions are $20 for adults and $sixteen for kids under age 12. No reservations are available; it’s first come, first served until November 2022.

Maybe we’ll come across you there.

JetBlue inks deal to buy Spirit Airlines

Big information inside the airline global. JetBlue is shopping for Spirit Airlines. Price tag: $3.eight billion.

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More robots to help hold travelers safe and cleand

We adore the rolling little “Ask me!” robots a few airports have employed to reply questions and assist passengers discover their way round.

But they seem greater enjoyment than vital.

But way to the pandemic, robots are getting a promotion at many airfields – as exceptional cleaners.

Robots easy up before we fly

Airports and airlines are scrambling to get the today's generation in vicinity to maintain terminal areas and airline cabins disinfected and cleand.

And robots are doing their component.

In May, Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Pittsburgh-primarily based Carnegie Robotics positioned a pair of self-driving, robotic ground scrubbers on duty.

In July, JetBlue kicked off a ninety-day pilot program at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to assess Honeywell’s UV Cabin System.

These robots use ultraviolet mild to easy an plane cabin in approximately 10 minutes.

Other airports and airlines have deployed robot-like equipment as well.

And now San Antonio International Airport (SAT) enters the image with its shiny new purchase: the Xenex LightStrike robotic.

This robotic is billed as “the best ultraviolet (UV) room disinfection generation demonstrated to deactivate SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19.”

SAT says the LightStrike uses environmentally-friendly pulsed xenon and may disinfect an area in less than 10-15 mins without heat-up or cool-down time. They plan to apply it quite a good deal everywhere inside the airport, which includes jet bridges, gate areas, ticketing counters, baggage declare, concessions, elevators, and restrooms.

And it looks as if the LightStrike robotic is here to live. SAT airport plans to have a competition to offer the robot a name.

Travel Tidbits from JetBlue, BWI and Dane County airports

JetBlue goes all-in on carbon offsets

Feeling responsible approximately flying?

Here’s some thing that can assist.

JetBlue will start offsetting carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from jet gas for all of its home flights starting in July 2020.

The airline has been covering carbon offsets for flyers in the course of unique promotions.

But with this new assertion JetBlue says it turns into the primary main U.S. airline to transport closer to covering carbon offsets fulltime.

JetBlue presently works with, a U.S. based totally nonprofit carbon discount and weather answers organization, on offsets. And with this growth, JetBlue expects to offset an extra 15-17 billion pounds (7 to eight million metric heaps) of emissions in keeping with 12 months.

That, says JetBlue, is the yearly equal of eliminating greater than 1.5 million passenger motors from the street.

There’s extra.

JetBlue additionally announced plans to start flying with sustainable aviation gasoline in mid-2020 on flights from San Francisco International Airport.

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Great airport amenity: loaner books!

And test out this first-rate amenity from Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI.

The airport now not only has quick tale dispensers in the terminal, it has loaner books for children.

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Singapore Airlines joins farm-to-flight fashion


Where is the food and produce you consume on a plane grown?

Starting in September, the answer for passengers on Singapore Airlines’ passengers leaving Newark for Singapore might be “indoors, nearby.”

Singapore Airlines is running with indoor vertical farming corporation AeroFarms, which has reclaimed an deserted metal mill in an business location close to Newark International Airport and transformed it into a 1-acre, indoor vertical farm.

The farm, which grows produce ‘aeroponically’ without soil, insecticides or sunlight, can produce the equal of 390 acres of locally grown produce with as much as 30 harvests each yr and will develop a custom designed mixture of clean produce for SIA’s Newark-to-Singapore flights beginning in September 2019.

“Imagine boarding a aircraft and taking part in a salad harvested best a few hours earlier than takeoff — literally the sector’s freshest airline food,” said Antony McNeil, director of food and beverage for Singapore Airlines.  “The only manner to get fresher greens inflight is to pick out them from your very own lawn.”

Singapore Airlines shared examples of farm-to-flight dished commercial enterprise class and top class economy magnificence passengers might be able to choose from on Newark to Singapore flights:  

Soy Poached Chicken:Pickled Ginger Vinaigrette, Zucchini Ribbons, with Sweet Potato Roesti, Soy Beans and AeroFarms Baby Pac Choi

The Garden Green: Poached Asparagus, Broccolini, Avocado with Shaved Fennel & Flaked Hot Smoked Salmon, with AeroFarms medley of Baby Ruby Streaks, Watercress and Arugula, with Lemon Vinaigrette

As I pronounced ultimate year in a farm-to-flight characteristic for USA TODAY, Singapore Airlines’ joins numerous other airways in being incredible innovative and eco about the food served on its flights.

Korean Air has its personal organization farm.

Jedong Ranch sits on 3,seven hundred acres of South Korea’s lush Jeju Island and has been running considering that 1972, while it become bought by way of the previous chairman of the airline’s determine corporation, the Hanjin Group.

Back then, South Korea had a red meat shortage, so breeding livestock became the first order of business. Early on, the herd changed into made up solely of imported Angus farm animals. Today the ranch is home to extra than 2,two hundred head of prized, grass-fed Korean native cattle referred to as Hanwoo.

The natural, antibiotic-unfastened meat from those animals, and from the farm’s flock of approximately 6000 loose-variety chickens, is despatched to Korean Air’s flight catering kitchens in Seoul to be used in food served to first and commercial enterprise-magnificence passengers. Some of the meat and eggs from the farm also are to be had, at top rate costs, for buy regionally.

In addition to raising cows and chickens, the ranch’s hydroponic greenhouse also produces extra than 210 lots of fruit and vegetables, including red peppers, cherry tomatoes and blueberries for   first and commercial enterprise elegance in-flight food.

JetBlue’s garden at JFK

In 2015 JetBlue created a 24,000 rectangular-foot milk-crate garden outdoor Terminal five at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. Designed to both create a welcoming inexperienced area and sell neighborhood agriculture, the lawn generates greater than 2,000 kilos of blue potatoes, kale, carrots, leeks, arugula, garlic, mint, basic and different herbs for nearby meals banks. 

Japan Air Lines agritourism attraction

In 2010, Japan Air Lines is scheduled to open an agritourism appeal on land near Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. The ‘JAL Agriport’ will offer traffic a danger to choose strawberries, harvest candy potatoes, picnic, or purchase clean produce grown inside the location. JAL says it additionally plans to use a few agriport produce in living room menus and in-flight meals.

And Emirates announced ultimate 12 months that it turned into becoming a member of with Crop One to construct the sector’s largest vertical farming facility close to the airport in Dubai to help create a deliver chain of “high pleasant and regionally-sourced sparkling veggies, even as substantially reducing our environmental footprint,”the airline stated in a statement.  

A tasty trend for positive.