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Holiday Flight Delay? Airports Offer Flu Shots, Workouts and More

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the holiday travel season kicks off this week, airline passengers can expect to see higher prices, crowded airports and longer lines.

So long as Mother Nature cooperates and the weather remains pleasant, air travel should go farely smoothly.  Airports and airlines are prepared for the increase in crowds and will staff up in anticipation.

But if there are stormy skies in the Northeast or Chicago the Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Sunday following it, passengers can expect mass chaos.  And of course, flight delays.

Not all airports though are created equal when it comes to passing the time.  Here are six ways to whittle away the hours, depending on the airport you're flying out of or connecting through:

Get a Flu Shot

At Chicago O'Hare, one of the nation's busiest airports, the O'Hare Medical Clinic in Terminal 2 offers flu shots, immunizations, diabetes and cholesterol screening and more.  No appointments are necessary.

In Atlanta, flu shots are available in Hartsfield-Jackson's AeroClinic in the main terminal.  AeroClinic also has kiosk locations at Charlotte and Philadelphia airports, where flu shots are available.  No appointments necessary.

At San Francisco's SFO, flu shots are available at the SFO Medical Clinic located before security on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal Main Hall, on the A side.  Appointments are required.


New this year, both Dallas-Fort Worth and San Francisco International airports have free yoga rooms.  In Dallas, the yoga center is in Terminal D, and the airport supplies free mats.  At SFO, the yoga room is in Terminal 2.  Light levels are set low in juxtaposition to the bright, light-filled concourse.  Mats are available.

Break a Sweat

Dan Gellert, co-founder and CEO of Gate Guru, said most travelers don't know they can squeeze in a workout at an airport hotel's gym on a layover.  He cited the Hilton gym at Chicago O'Hare as being "really nice" but said most airport hotels will sell travelers a day pass to its gym for about $20.

Sample the Local Cuisine

Gellert said airports have really stepped up their food offerings in recent years, with a focus on local ingredients and partnering with local chefs.  He cited Seattle's SeaTac, O'Hare, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale airports as recently adding more local food options.  And while it may not focus solely on local food, fans of the Food Network will want to check out the first-ever Food Network Kitchen at Fort Lauderdale airport.

Art Viewing

Philadelphia International Airport, Denver International Airport and San Francisco's SFO offer rotating art exhibits all year-round.  New at Los Angeles' LAX this month is "Let's Get Lost: Polaroids From the Coast."   It includes a 30-year collection of large-format Polaroid photographs by Jim McHugh depicting pre-World War II era landmarks of Los Angeles and portraits of more than 50 Hollywood celebrities.  It's on display in Terminal 3 Arrivals Corridor through February 2013.

Celebrate the Season

Airports often put on special events during busy travel periods, and this year is no exception.  At Philadelphia International, strolling musicians, book signings, magicians and more are all on offer this holiday season.  Most of the special events are in Terminals B and C.

At SFO, the popular "You Are Hear" series of live music will resume, with a wide variety of Bay Area musicians performing everything from salsa to a cappella holiday songs.  Performances in Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 are post-security.  Performances in the Terminal 1 Mezzanine and the International Terminal are pre-security.  All performances are held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There's a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 for those passing through.

At New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, the JetBlue T5 terminal will offer Double Cross Vodka sampling from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Dec. 21.  And on Thanksgiving Day and the day prior, there will be a Thanksgiving buffet available for purchase in the Food Court Hot Bar.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


United Airlines Resumes Service Following Computer Glitch

United Continental Airlines(CHICAGO) -- Officials from United Airlines said things were back up and running Saturday, after the airline experienced a computer glitch on Friday night that resulted in flights being grounded around the country.

“Our systems are up. We are in the process of resuming ops for UA. We again apologize for the disruption caused to our customers,” the airline tweeted early Saturday morning.

Passengers travelling with United Airlines on Friday night arrived at airports to find that their flights were either cancelled or delayed, as officials say the airline experienced a network connectivity issue around 7:15 p.m. CT.

In a press release issued Saturday morning, United Airlines said the problem was resolved around midnight, but officials still urged passengers to check their flight’s status online and arrive early at the airport.

“We encourage customers to print their boarding pass prior to arrival at the airport and give themselves extra time,” said Alexandria Marren, United Airlines senior vice president System Operations Control.

The airline says it has issued a waiver for travel plans impacted by the outage on Friday and Saturday, and that more information about the waiver could be found on the company’s website.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Northeast Blizzard Could Cost Airlines $150 Million

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(NEW YORK) – The blizzard that shook the Northeast and put a halt to air travel in the region could cost the airline industry close to $150 million, reports USA Today.

Some industry experts, however, say it is too soon to assign a price tag. Analysts predict that cancellations and delays caused by Sunday’s storm could continue for several days as airlines try to rebook and regroup.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, more than 6,000 flights were cancelled as a result of the storm. Airports in and around New York City were the hardest hit. 

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UC Berkeley Study: Passengers Pay Half of $32.9 Billion in Flight Delay Costs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BERKELEY) -- A study released Monday by the University of California, Berkeley found that domestic flight delays cost $32.9 billion, with $16.7 billion of that cost falling onto the lap of passengers through lost time and expenses.

"This is the most comprehensive study done to date analyzing the monetary cost of airline flight delays," said Mark Hansen, UC Berkeley civil and environmental engineering professor and lead researcher on the study. 

The study, which was commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration, analyzed data from 2007 that was intended to calculate the financial impact of flight delays on both airlines and passengers, the cost of lost demand, and the collective impact of these costs on the U.S. economy, according to UC Berkeley.

Study results ultimately showed that "decreased delays directly correlate with increased costs."  The $16.7 billion costs carried by airline passengers was calculated  "based on lost passenger time due to flight delays, cancellations and missed connections, plus expenses such as food and accommodations that are incurred from being away from home for additional time," said UC Berkeley researchers. "The FAA commissioned the research because previous studies had discrepant numbers in some key areas of concern."

"The significance of this study is its use of innovative techniques to quantify the total cost of congestion to the aviation industry, the economy and society," said David K. Chin, director of performance analysis and strategy at the FAA's Strategy and Performance Business Unit. "These innovations created new economic measures for airline schedule padding, passenger delay impact and lost productivity," said Chin.

According to the report, "not all delays can or should be eliminated, especially delays due to mechanical failures and severe weather that are necessary to protect passenger safety."

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