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NEWS
November 19, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Seven of the country’s largest airports could take a cue from Thursday’s nationwide smoke-out and just quit –- instead of letting cigarette smokers light up inside their facilities and exposing travelers to secondhand smoke. That’s the tack taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a new study about airports and smoking policies released Friday. The study warns of the health dangers of secondhand smoke, which has been found to increase the risk of heart attacks, lung cancer, asthma attacks and other diseases.
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NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Burbank's Bob Hope Airport has begun offering PreCheck, the airport screening program that lets pre-approved travelers get through security faster. The Transportation Security Administration program is now in place at 103 airports across the U.S.; there are more than 450 commercial airports. In the Los Angeles area, LAX , Ontario , Long Beach , John Wayne/Orange County already have the program. That means travelers at those airports, if they are members of PreCheck, do not have to remove shoes, belts or jackets and can keep their liquids (still no more than 3 ounces)
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Internet communications company Skype is offering an hour of free Wi-Fi for travelers at New York's JFK and La Guardia airports and Chicago O'Hare. Los Angeles and John Wayne airports are not available for free Wi-Fi from Skype (prices start at $6 for the first hour), but Bob Hope Airport in Burbank as well as San Francisco and Sacramento airports will be eligible this holiday season. The deal: If you aren't Skype savvy, here's a quick tutorial that explains how you can talk over the Internet to anyone for free or at a low cost.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
President Obama recently groused that no U.S. airport ranked among the world's top 25 airports. If you're a regular traveler to Los Angeles, you may be even more disappointed to learn that Los Angeles International Airport didn't even make the top 100. Obama was referring to a ranking released in April - the Skytrax World Airport Awards - that is based on a survey of 12.1 million travelers around the world. Out of 395 airports worldwide, LAX ranked 109th overall and 24th among 50 airports in North America.
TRAVEL
February 16, 1986
I always read with great interest the Travel Section and I sincerely appreciate your reporting about Switzerland. I went through the article by Peter Greenberg about the ups and downs of airports. I could not find anything on Switzerland's two international airports, Zurich and Geneva. Please do not take my letter as criticism of the article. The fact that Switzerland's airports have not been mentioned means, in my opinion, that nothing negative had to be reported. L. RENGGLI consul general of Switzerland, Los Angeles
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Transportation and Security Administration plans to roll out its PreCheck faster screening program to 60 more airports, including those in Burbank, Ontario and Long Beach, by the end of 2013, according to a TSA statement. Other California airports in line for PreCheck include Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose. The agency also will increase the number of security lanes at the 40 airports already using PreCheck, including at LAX and John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
TRAVEL
February 3, 2008
A guide to parking and locating airlines at the region's five commercial hubs. -- Sources: Los Angeles International, Bob Hope, John Wayne, Long Beach and Ontario International airports, individual parking lots and hotels. Researched by Jessica Gelt and Avital Binshtock
TRAVEL
February 27, 2011
Here's an app that helps you find a post-flight ride on the ground by taxi, shuttle, train, rental car or even helicopter. Name: Airport Transit Guide, by Salk International Available for: iPhone and iPad. Blackberry and Android versions are planned later this year. What it does: Provides up-to-date ground-transport information for 460 airports around the world. This app replaces the well-respected print edition that has been in publication since 1982.
WORLD
December 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
One of the country's busiest airports was closed indefinitely after a fire razed the domestic passenger terminal, a top airport administrator said. Polonia Airport is in Indonesia's third-largest city, Medan, the regional capital of Sumatra island. It handles about 4.5 million passengers a year.
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