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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.
December 20, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal officials said Thursday that all major Los Angeles area airports will meet a New Year's Eve deadline to screen all checked baggage for explosives. Luggage checked at Los Angeles International, John Wayne, Burbank, Long Beach and Ontario airports will be screened by a variety of means, ranging from sophisticated machines to hand searches.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
October 10, 2001
"Troops Posted at LAX, S.F. Airport" (Oct. 6) left me with just a few questions. First, my hat's off to the men and women called up to serve. I pray for their safety. And I hope everyone else does too. Their M-16s are not loaded. At least that's what your story said. What are they supposed to do if they encounter a suspected terrorist threat? Yell "Bang!"? Why have them there at all if they can't defend themselves, let alone the traveling public? If we're going to train them to do what they do and then call them up in a time of crisis or tragedy, we ought to at least make sure they have all the tools to do the job. One more thing.
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.
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