Check out the news and resources below to make travel easier.
No need to rush to the nearest airport restaurant for a decent bite before your next flight. Major airlines are stepping up with new gourmet food options. American Airlines has tapped celebrity chefs like Chopped judge and Nashville-based chef Maneet Chauhan, Hawaii-based chef Sam Choy and Dallas-based chef Julian Barsotti to consult on business- and first-class dining. United Airlines is also working with celebrity chefs for its in-flight menus, and serving complimentary snacks like stroopwafels, sesame sticks and wasabi peas.
Finish your in-flight entertainment uninterrupted during landing, as lengthy connecting gate information is now a thing of the past on American Airlines. Travelers can find gate information on individual flier screens on many newer planes or use their mobile devices to connect to Wi-Fi during the flight for updates. GateGuru, a free app for iOS and Android devices, can keep you in the loop with real-time wait times, gate changes and flight delays. For more information, check out gateguru.com.
Say “Aloha” to direct flights between Tokyo and Kona, Hawaii. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently approved Hawaiian Airlines’ application for three flights a week between Haneda International Airport and Kona International Airport, the Big Island’s first new regularly scheduled international flight since 2010. Flights are expected to begin before January 2017.
Sigh of Relief
Travelers can give their pets, service dogs and emotional support animals a break at the new pet-relief facilities inside Terminal 4 at New York City’s JFK International Airport. The 70-square-foot pet restroom features fake grass with an ornamental fire hydrant, plus disposable waste bags and a sink for owners to clean up.
Everyone loves a good flight freebie. Delta now offers all passengers complimentary in-flight entertainment on seat-back screens or through streaming on laptops, smartphones and tablets. And yes, that includes premium channels like Showtime and HBO and still-in-theaters movies.