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Free meals at airports for military

Armed Forces

The Paradies shops at airports are offering free meals to the country’s military personnel through its Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program.

Between Memorial Day and Independence Day, active or retired military need only show their military identification when ordering or checking out and Paradies will donate one menu item – such as an entrée, sandwich, appetizer or salad, and a non-alcoholic beverage – from May 25 to July 4.

Participating restaurants and airports include:

· Sweet Auburn Market – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

· Blue Ridge Tavern – Asheville (NC) Regional Airport

· 4th Street Vine, McKenna’s on the Fly and the Long Beach Marche – Long Beach (CA) Airport

· Bar Symon – Pittsburgh International Airport

· Big Bowl, Magic Pan and Say Si Bon! – Denver International Airport

· Jammin’ Java, Smokewood American Grill, Say Si Bon! – all at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

· Say Si Bon! – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

In addition through July 4 the Hudson Group is offering free coffee to all active military from the US and Canada.

The weather outside is… still frightful

bentley snowflake

This winter is just not letting go!

Late Sunday evening, FlightAware reported more than 1,100 flights canceled for the day and almost as many canceled for Monday.

The big problem for air travelers today will be in and out of DFW Airport, where airlines have proactively cancelled about half of the scheduled flights – which is
over 500 departures and almost as many arrivals – mostly on American Airlines.

Airlines are waiving change fees for passengers caught in this storm and, in anticipation of freezing rain, ice and sleet, DFW officials say the airport has its aircraft de-icing facilities “in a state of readiness.”

DOT tunes up ruling on carrying instruments on flights

Austin Giant Guitars

Thanks to a new ruling by the US Department of Transportation (DOT), airlines are now required to allow small musical instruments, such as a violin or guitar, to be carried into the cabin and stowed in approved stowage spaces, if available, and/or under the seat.

“Under the rule, musical instruments as carry-on items are treated no differently from other carry-on items and the stowage space should be made available for all carry-on items on a “first come, first served” basis,” reads the new ruling. “Carriers are not required to give musical instruments priority over other carry-on baggage, therefore passengers traveling with musical instruments may want to buy the pre-boarding option offered by many carriers to ensure that space will be available for them to safely stow their instruments in the cabin.”

The rule goes into effect in 60 days.

For many years people traveling with instruments have been subject to arbitrary and contradictory size and weight requirements imposed by each airline for musical instruments carried on or checked as baggage, “[a]irlines will now follow a consistent policy for all musicians traveling with instruments, said Ray Hair, president of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

Airlines are now required to train air crews, gate agents, counter agents, and baggage personnel concerning appropriate procedures necessary to comply with all FAA musical instrument transportation policies and, hopefully there won’t a repeat of the incident that prompted the viral hit, United Breaks Guitars.

To help explain the new ruling, the DOT has created a webpage with helpful tips on traveling with musical instruments – and advice on what to do if you have a problem getting your instrument on a flight.


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