NY Jets football fans can sign up for TSA Precheck at home games

Football fans take note:  If you keep meaning to sign up for TSA Precheck but can’t make the time to go to the airport for the in-person interview part of the application, you now have the option of taking care of that task at NY Jets home games at MetLife Stadium.

An IdentoGO processing station will be set up between lots E and F outside of the MetLife gate during home games throughout the 2017 season.

More details here.

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Airlines have soccer & football fever

Football & soccer season is in full swing and airlines are offering football-themed contests and flight discounts.

Who Dey

To celebrate the launch of Allegiant service to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on Thursday, October 9. the airline is hosting a Best Dressed Bengals Fan Contest at the airport. The winner will get two round trip tickets on the first flight to FLL and a hotel stay at the Comfort Suites Airport & Cruise Port from October 10 – October 13, 2014. Entry details here.

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Both Delta Air Line and Alaska Airlines are offering sports fans discounts on airfare to cities where away games are being played.

Delta Air Lines just announced up to 10 percent off fares to away games for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders (soccer). To get the discount, enter NMK7V in the “Meeting Event Code” field when booking on

Alaska Airlines continues to offer early boarding to Seattle Seahawks fans wearing NFL quarterback Russell Wilson’s No. 3 jersey on flights departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The airline is also offering a 10 percent discount on flights to certain away games. Details here.

Alaska Airlines give some Seahawks fans extra perk


Alaska Airlines, Seattle’s hometown carrier, is charged up about the fact that the Seattle Seahawks are the reigning Super Bowl champions.

So charged up that the airline is offering early boarding privileges on its Seattle-departing flights to anyone wearing a No. 3 jersey – the number worn by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Alaska football

Photo courtesy Angela Wagner – and her brother, Jon

The promotion will continue through the team’s 2014 NFL football season.

The perk began being offered during the Seahawks’ playoff run last year.

“Then the Seahawks fever caught on and was out of control for both customers and our Seattle-Tacoma International Airport employees,” said Alaska Airlines Seattle customer service manager Michelle King. “We’re excited to extend the promotion again to support our hometown team.”

While fans will certainly be seen wearing the jerseys of other popular players, Alaska Airlines has a multiyear promotional partnership with the Seahawks’ star quarterback and last December named Russell Wilson the airline’s “Chief Football Officer,” featuring him in a series of cute commercials and dedicating a plane in his honor.

In addition to the early-boarding perk for jersey-wearing fans in Seattle, the airline is offering promotional fares – for everyone – for flights to away games in San Diego, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo. and Philadelphia.

(My story about Alaska Airlines giving early boarding perks to some Seattle Seahawks fans first appeared on USA TODAY in a slightly different form.)

Super Bowl XLIX? Phoenix Sky Harbor is ready

Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 – about six months from now – but Sky Harbor International Airport is already planning how it will welcome all the football fans that will be coming to town.

To remind everyone that the countdown is underway, the airport has installed two giant digital clocks in the baggage claim area of Terminal 4 to mark the days, hours and minutes until the big game.

PHX SuperBowl Clock

Courtesy Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

In the month surrounding the big game, Phoenix Sky Harbor expects to serve about 4 million passengers. Many will be attending the game, of course, but plenty of people will be coming to town to party in the 12 downtown city blocks that will be turned into Super Bowl Central for the four days leading up to the game.

Football fun at Newark Liberty Airport


Newark Liberty International is pretty excited about all the people who will be passing through for the Super Bowl and has lined up a full schedule of special events in the terminals and discount offers in the shops.

Here are some of the highlights:

Terminal A

Live Music on Level 1 & Food Court 9am – 7pm from January 27 – February 3rd by various local New Jersey musicians.

Fan Zone on Level 3 with Football Toss, Foosball Tables, Massage Chairs, Hi Boy Table & Interactive games

Beer Gardens Gates A10-18, A 20-28 & A 30-39

Terminal B

Live Music on Level 2, 3 & in the Food Court 9am – 7pm from January 27- February 3rd, by various local New Jersey musicians from NJPAC

Fan Zone on Level 3 with Football Toss, Foosball Tables, Massage Chairs, Hi Boy Table, Charging Stations & interactive game

There will be also pop-up shops with official Super Bowl licensed merchandise and many shops will be offering discounts for those wearing football jerseys.  For hungry fans, the food courts in both the A and B Terminals will be open for 24 hours on Sunday Feb 2 into Monday Feb 3.

In Terminal C, there’s a full schedule of food sampling, entertainment and events as well as a Football Frenzy photo booth in C1 food court on the 31st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a green screen so passengers can choose from one of three football related backgrounds. Here’s a link to the Terminal C events.