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Thursday morning travel notes

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  April 2, 2009 07:31 AM

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Good morning, travelers. Here's a look at travel-related material from The Globe and wires.

*At Logan on Sunday, State Police allege a Wellesley woman refused to move her sport utility vehicle, then drove at a trooper who tried to record her license plate number.
In light of that event, The Globe's Milton Valencia took a look at the art of parking at the airport.

With federal policies banning parking outside airport terminals, state troopers are quick to move cars picking up passengers who are not yet waiting by the curb with their luggage ready in carts that ironically read, "Go Ahead and Push Me."
The question is where do you go? Drivers who do not correctly time their arrival, whether they are early or their passenger is still retrieving luggage, can expect to pay to park at a rate of $3 just to enter the lot, and $6 for those who are there for more than 30 minutes. Few know about a cellphone lot where drivers can wait at the other end of the airport.
Some choose to just drive in circles around the terminal until their passenger is curbside.

Here's a link to the whole story.


*JetBlue, citing frustration with the lack of facility improvements at Long Beach Airport, said that it might cease operating out of the airport where it began its West Coast expansion and is now the busiest carrier.
No specific plan to leave the airport has been proposed, but a JetBlue spokeswoman said the airline could consider scaling back flights and shifting them to other airports in the region including Los Angeles International Airport.
JetBlue is slated to begin transcontinental service at Los Angeles in June.
"It is regrettable, and that's not our choice," said Jenny Dervin, spokeswoman for the New York-based carrier. "But we have to face the facts that we are in temporary trailers, and that's not acceptable. It doesn't serve our customers, and it doesn't serve our brand. We want to go where we are wanted."
Dervin confirmed comments made by JetBlue chief executive Dave Barger and first reported by Crankyflier.com, an aviation Web site. In an interview with the blog, Barger said that operating at Long Beach "has been a huge frustration for us," and he criticized the pace of improvements to the airport's terminal and parking structure.
"They need to make good on their commitment to improve the airport experience," he said. "People might have to go to LAX to use us, because we're actually wanted there."
Dervin denied that Barger's comments were a negotiating ploy directed toward Long Beach officials.
A Long Beach Airport official said she was surprised by the comments and said that the airport had not received indication from the airline that it would leave. (LA Times)

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