The Food Network Kitchen at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida serves up locally inspired classics. "The core is really classic fare, local flavor," said Michael Baru, the network's director of new business development.
Airlines have continually raised fares since the start of the year, and industry experts expect airfares this summer will soar 15% above those of a year earlier. Airline representatives explain that fare increases are needed to adjust to the spike in jet-fuel prices. But the higher fares may cause casual travelers, who base their plans on price, to stay at home.
New Jersey officials said authorities have arrested 18 individuals who were connected with an international drug smuggling ring. They said that the suspects smuggled liquid cocaine through airport security checkpoints in lotion bottles. "It's a scientific process, obviously, that is not familiar to us," Hudson County Prosecutor Edward De Fazio said. "It is a very unique situation."
A $1.5 billion modernization of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport is starting to take shape. The Bradley West project, which is expected to be completed in 2012, will double the amount of space and includes new concourses, 18 new gates, more dining and shops and a utility plant. "You see more digging, more tunnels and lots of expansion every day, so everyone expects it to be done on time," said Qantas Airlines' Wally Mariani.
Newspaper columnist Mike Kelly of the Bergen County Record suggests the debate over slot auctions could contain "the same kind of reckless economic logic over deregulation and market-driven forces that have rocked Wall Street and the retirement accounts of millions of hard-working people." Auctions will result in higher fares and more crowded planes, Kelly argues, while doing nothing to reduce congestion.