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Saving a Family with His Own Two Feet

Recently, I went on another outing with City Running Tours, this time in Chicago. After the great run I had in New York, I was looking forward to seeing another city on foot with the guided expertise of CRT. This time things were a bit different, to be sure. We started the run at Millennium Park, running past Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion, and on towards Grant Park. As we ran with our guide, Marlin Keesler, he asked about my then-recent marathon, and how many I’d done. “Three,” I replied, trying not to sound too proud. Likewise, I asked him if he was a marathoner and how many he’d run. He sort of grinned. “Sixty,” he said. I damn near fell off BP Bridge. Here was a stocky guy who claimed to be out of shape and to hate running—a mantra I adopt, particularly when running in the morning—yet made marathoning a habit. As I would find out, it was far more than that.

LGA – Clear Skies

Editor’s Note: For the eighth consecutive year, Travelocity’s Thanksgiving Task Force is stationed at 10 of the nation’s top airports, relaying important travel information to holiday road warriors on Nov. 25-26, two of the busiest travel days of the year.

Things have finally started picking up here at LGA, though it’s all relative. It’s still pretty quiet.

I got a call from someone I know who was flying out of LaGuardia and who happened to be checking the Window Seat (a smart traveler!) and saw that I was stationed here. I met her at the Delta terminal where the security line was certainly longer than before. She actually hopped on and off the line to see how long it would take. Despite the surging numbers, the lines were moving well. She finally got into the ‘Expert Traveler’ line but was relegated to ‘Casual Traveler.’ Make sure you get in the right security lane to expedite everyone’s travel. (Thanks for the trial run, Lee! I believe you that you’re actually an Expert. Have a great flight.)

Security: Lines are getting longer but really aren’t slow. Make sure you use the right lane as you enter.

Check-in: Still pretty quick. Check-in online from home and make sure you check your carrier’s website for baggage fees. We’ll keep repeating it until it hits home.

Parking: Lot 3 is still full. The rest are still OK.

Delays: Nothing major at the moment. That American delay was just a few minutes heading to Miami. There are no serious delays on the boards at any of the terminals.

Well, I’m heading back home into the city. Safe travels, everyone, and remember to breathe and try to relax. Tomorrow, when the trytophan kicks in and you’re dozing, any travel woes will be a distant memory.

Happy Birthday! To celebrate turning 2-years-old, The Window Seat is getting a makeover! Please send Jenn an email to sign up to receive an update when we launch our new design.

LGA – Like Buttah!

Editor’s Note: For the eighth consecutive year, Travelocity’s Thanksgiving Task Force is stationed at 10 of the nation’s top airports, relaying important travel information to holiday road warriors on Nov. 25-26, two of the busiest travel days of the year.

Not too much to report. Life here at LGA continues as normal. There are very few delays, mostly with American flights heading to other big cities (I saw one delay for Miami). The mood seems to be pretty good all around. The food court is not full of screaming children and the shuttle buses are not featuring flustered flyers looking for their connections.

Security: Lines are moving a little slower than normal due to families, so use the appropriate lane as you head through! Expect about 15-minute lines.

Check-in: This is pretty seamless. Online check-in, self-service kiosks, and being aware of baggage fees go a long way to making everyone’s day easier—including your own.

Parking: Lot 3 is full. The rest are OK.

Delays: Nothing major at the moment. American has some short delays heading to other larger cities. Nonetheless, plan to be here two hours ahead since anything can happen and traffic will only worsen as rush hour arrives.

Happy Birthday! To celebrate turning 2-years-old, The Window Seat is getting a makeover! Please send Jenn an email to sign up to receive an update when we launch our new design.

LGA – Still No Panic

Editor’s Note: For the eighth consecutive year, Travelocity’s Thanksgiving Task Force is stationed at 10 of the nation’s top airports, relaying important travel information to holiday road warriors on Nov. 25-26, two of the busiest travel days of the year.

Here I am, LGA. It’s always odd to be at the airport when you’re not flying anywhere, but it gives a unique look at the place. Since I just arrived, I don’t have a whole lot to report. However, I took the M60 bus here from Manhattan and it took about 40 minutes so be forewarned that New York’s traffic is living up to its reputation. This will undoubtedly worsen as the day wears on.

As Genevieve mentioned, the long-term lot is full but the vouchers are still being handed out so you can get a discounted rate by stopping by the lot.

On my way in, I noticed that United flights are departing on time. For now.

And, like last year, Cuddles the Clown is making balloon animals for kids waiting around in the Concourse D food court. Michelle, I’ll get you a giraffe.

Safe travels everyone, I’ll report back at 3:30 EST so check in then.

Happy Birthday! To celebrate turning 2-years-old, The Window Seat is getting a makeover! Please send Jenn an email to sign up to receive an update when we launch our new design.

Down and Going Under

Apparently, we are losing a country. A warming planet and rising waters are slowly but steadily erasing the footprint of the Maldives, the archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean. This may not be news to many, but the Maldivian government has discussed plans to relocate the entire population of around 300,000 people. Since I first saw photos of the white sand, blue waters, and private bungalows, it has been one of my top destinations to visit. It looks like I may need to cross it off my list for another reason, or book a trip soon.