If you’re a regular reader of Boarding Area, you probably saw a lot of bloggers write in the past week or so that, at long last, Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) finally has an opening date: October 31, 2020. This after a nearly nine-year delay, and with a budget that ballooned to over three times what was originally planned.
How and why a modern, $8.5 billion dollar airport took so long to finally open (if it actually opens – there are still months between now and then) is a story of bad planning, bad work, bad luck, and a whole lot more badness. Take a look…
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There’s no way when flying into Orlando International Airport (MCO) that you’re not going to know that you’ve entered the center of the theme park universe. There are souvenir shops for all of the major parks (Disney has two stores, one for each side of the terminal and you’ll also find stores for Universal Studios, SeaWorld and the Kennedy Space Center). The airport also does a good job decorating for the holidays, with a huge tree in the atrium and holiday entertainment by local performers.
However, when I say they’re getting into the spirit of the season, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about Star Wars.
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been the source of annoyance for many, and the butt of jokes for probably even more. Fortunately, despite the individual TSA workers who sometimes act as if their career goal is to make travelers miserable, from a corporate point of view, they actually seem to have a sense of humor.
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Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what’s gone on at YMMV this week. From what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!
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When Joe went to NY for a business trip for 2 weeks a while back, I went up and stayed with him for a few days in the middle of the trip, so we could be together during the time when he had a few days off in the middle of a 4 or 5-day visit.
We planned my arrival at JFK so Joe could come to pick me up after his shift. That way he could show me where the shuttle was for his hotel, for when I wanted to go into the city [sorry…locals call Manhattan “the city”] by myself during a couple of days he was working during my visit. But while we were already at JFK, he suggested we visit the TWA hotel. We already had an upcoming reservation there, and Joe had already explored it the day before, but I never had and he knew I was really looking forward to seeing it in person.
Neither of us had eaten dinner, so we agreed to eat at the TWA Hotel’s one sit-down restaurant, Paris Café. While we were eating, I noticed something, shall I call it, interestingly disturbing?
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