Air Travel

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Miami International Airport Was an Epic Catastrophe Last Night

    Considering that lightning-filled monsoons sweep across Dade County every afternoon this time of year, waiting out weather delays at Miami International Airport is par for the course. The morass travelers encountered last night at MIA, though, was anything but typical. A double-whammy of busted co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    American Airlines, US Airways Merge; MIA Likely To Keep Status As An International Hub

    Just over a year after American Airlines declared bankruptcy -- costing 400 Miami employees their jobs and throwing Miami International Airport's future as a global hub into question -- the airline finalized an $11 billion merger with US Airways this morning.What's that mean for MIA? At least in the ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2012
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    September 18, 2012

    American Airlines To Lay Off 1,209 People at Miami International Airport

    1,209 workers will find themselves out of work soon. American Airlines has filed a notice with the state that it plans to layoff 1,414 people between November 16 and December 16, just in time for the holidays. The vast majority of those jobs will be coming from Miami International Airport. Updated.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Is Rick Scott Demanding Campaign Donations In Exchange for Government Appointments?

    Dave Gordon thought a seat on the board of the Orlando International Airport was all but his. He's the president of an aviation logistics company and has a master's degree in airline administration from Embry-Riddle.However, Gordon claims that he was told by a prominent Republican fundraiser that in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    American Airlines Workers In Puerto Rico Smuggled Thousands of Cocaine Kilos Into Miami

    Yesterday, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced the bust of two rings of airport workers based in Puerto Rico who they say smuggled thousands of kilos up and down the east coast, including into Miami and Orlando. The feds indicted 45 people with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and violations of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Mr. Panama 2004 Arrested For Cocaine Smuggling at MIA

    ​Harry Agustin Duncan Maslivar, the winner of the male beauty pageant title of Mr. Panama 2004, looks pretty good in black and white stripped swim trunks. He probably won't looks quite as good in black and white stripped prison garb though. That's what he's facing after being popped for trying to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Tony Darnell Fisher Arrested for Stealing Luggage From Carousel at MIA

    ​The domestic flight baggage carousel at Miami International Airport always makes us nervous. We've arrived in one piece. We're ready to finally get to our destination. The only thing left to do is collect our luggage. Why isn't it on the carousel? Oh my God, someone could have just randomly picke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    American Airlines "Poisoned Food" Caused Passenger's Death, Claims Lawsuit UPDATED

    It's been a rough week for American Airlines. Not only did the company file for bankruptcy protection, but a widow is claiming her husband died sweaty after eating the airplane chicken. According to the suit, Miamian Othon Cortes and his wife Raquel were on a flight from Barcelona to New York's JFK ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    MIA Has Seven of Nation's Most Delayed Flights

    ​No matter our differences, most Miamians can usually agree on one thing: we hate having to deal with Miami International Airport. Yet, as can be said in many cases, at least we're not New Jersey. Newark Airport has 40 of the nations one hundred most-delayed flights flying into or out of its runwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Miami International Airport TSA Upgrade Means No More Naked Body Scans

    ​Bad news for techno-exhibitionists, and good news for pretty much everyone else: the days of those full body scans that leave little to the imagination at Miami International Airport security check points will soon be over. The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out new technology ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Miami Woman Escorted Off Flight Just for Snapping Photo

    ​Do not piss off US Airways flight attendant Tonialla G. Certainly do not think about snapping a picture of her name tag, because she will have you booted off that plane so quick, and apparently US Airways will comply.Miami photographer Sandy DeWitt claims she was kicked off a Miami-bound fli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Old Man In Skimpy Lingerie Boards US Airways Flight In South Florida, Causes Hubbub

    photo via Jill Tarlow's Twitter ​Have you heard the one about the 65-year-old business traveler from Phoenix who likes to spice up his life by flying in women's undies? He'd been flying US Airways in his skimpy attire for years, actually -- until this week, when a passenger in Fort Lauderdale ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2011
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    May 19, 2011

    Miami Man Dies Aboard Plane, Flight Diverted to Virginia

    ​A New York-to-Miami flight was diverted to Virginia after a 73-year-old Miami man died aboard the American Airlines plane last night. The man had complained of feeling ill and died while in the air.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Two Caught Bringing Guns to Miami International Airport

    ​We now live a world where you can't even bring large amounts of gel on an airplane, so you'd think that every passenger would make sure they wouldn't bring their gun with them through airport security. Though, apparently two people were stopped at Miami International Airport today with in minutes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    MIA Loses Local Travelers, is Still the Soap Opera of The Skies

    Open Air Via Flicker CC​At Miami International Airport, somehow, there is always a couple fighting in Spanish. That such a fiery passion wells up alongside colorless cargo packages and old ladies in wheelchairs seems almost magical. It's one of the reasons we recommend arriving early with a box ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Silicon Beach: Using Twitter to Bitch About Airlines

    Image via Wikimedia Commons​Yours truly recently dealt with an American Airlines screw up that caused her to miss a trip to Hawaii. So after writing a blog post, starting a thread on a local travel community forum and filling out an official contact form to airline customer relations, all that was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Miami Lawsuit: Air Traffic Controllers Caused Plane Crash, Couple's Death

    GAB via Flicker CC​Just after midnight last November, Gordon and Barbara Taylor climbed into a privately-chartered, two-propeller airplane at Key West International Airport. Gordon, age 51, had a bad kidney and was on his way to surgery in Gainesville. So the small plane took off northbound in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    $46 Million More For Miami International Airport Boondoogle

    Already more than $2 billion over budget and more than three years behind schedule, Miami International Airport's north terminal is about to suck more money from Miami-Dade County.Miami-Dade Aviation DepartmentMiami International Airport's north terminal project will end up costing a gazillion dolla ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 2, 2009
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    November 20, 2008

    MIA Is the Best and the Worst

    Just yesterday the Transportation Security Administration named Miami International Airport the best airport of the year. Today Travel Leisure cobbled together some statistics and named MIA the third-worst airport in America. TSA's award was primarily for improved security measures, while T L to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Weekly News Wrapup - Grounded Flights, Clinton Pollster Resigned, and Threats At The Olympics

    More Flight Cancellations To Come - After the FAA issued orders to airlines to reinspect their planes, American Airlines canceled thousands of flights nationwide. Now Midwest Airlines also began canceling flights affecting flyers across South Florida, although to a lesser extent than it has in other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    Bravo! Bravo!

    Code Bravo – Code Bravo! This morning, I had just woken from fitful airplane slumber (in which I slowly poured coffee all over my pant leg), and was hurrying through the Orlando terminal to catch an 11:30 connecting flight to Miami to make a meeting – that sort of thing – when suddenly over t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2006
  • Culture

    August 17, 2006

    Frequent Flyer Wiles

    Terminal Baggage offers a mostly clever look at layover limbo

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2005
  • News

    July 7, 2005
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    December 16, 2004

    Your Safety, Their Punch Line

    I once thought working for the Transportation Security Administration was serious business. I didn't have a clue

  • Film

    April 10, 2003

    Flight Film Series

    A quirky look back at Miami through its advertising and aviation industries

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    MIA: A User's Manual

    Is our airport the most user-unfriendly in America? No, just one of four really unhappy landing sites.

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Ramp Rats' Revenge

    Checking luggage? Think long and hard before answering yes to that question at MIA

  • News

    October 18, 2001

    Admitting Terror

    The immigration service's own describe how America failed to protect its borders from the September 11 terrorists

  • City Life

    May 11, 2000

    Best Magic City Icon

    Miami International Airport

  • News

    December 30, 1999


    Y2K Disaster Strikes Miami

  • News

    November 4, 1999

    Deadly Cargo

    Big payoffs. Gruesome murders. Nosy feds. Life as a cargo handler at MIA just ain't what it used to be.

  • News

    January 29, 1998

    Place Your Seatbacks in the Upright Position and Prepare for Meltdown

    The busy new Homestead airport will be just five miles from Turkey Point

  • News

    January 1, 1998

    Welcome to America. Now Go Home.

    Granted sweeping new powers by Congress, the INS is quickly earning a global reputation for cruel and capricious conduct at Miami International Airport

  • News

    November 6, 1997
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    September 25, 1997

    The Baba Chronicles

    For some people, African millionaire Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko was a dream come true. For others he was a nightmare.

  • News

    September 11, 1997

    It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Noise-Abatement Issue!

    MIA's ear-splitting flight paths have local residents ready to take flight

  • News

    August 14, 1997

    Now Departing

    Two parts pragmatism and one part nostalgia keep Miami's last propeller-driven cargo planes skimming the skies

  • News

    April 17, 1997

    Wings and Prayers

    Most big airports come equipped with round-the-clock clerics -- but for some reason MIA has lost its religion

  • News

    March 27, 1997
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    March 13, 1997

    The Dumping Ground

    When family members or cronies need a job, Dade county politicians drop them off at the airport

  • News

    September 26, 1996

    Getting Wasted at 35,000 Feet

    Airlines that service Miami International Airport throw away up to 600 uneaten meals every day

  • News

    August 29, 1996

    The Last Flight Plan

    Aviation pioneer Jean Rich succeeded because she was smart and tough. But when she died, her family and her airline went into a tailspin.

  • News

    February 22, 1996

    Smeared for Takeoff

    American Airlines officials want to know why the Miami Herald is covering old news as if it were a breaking story

  • News

    April 13, 1995

    First Class All the Way

    You're a very important person. Someone with influence. A big-shot bureaucrat. A friggin' Dade County Commissioner! And when you travel, you expect those airlines to understand that you want to go first class all the way.

  • News

    April 27, 1994

    Bids? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Bids!

    A very special arrangement between a former county official and a private company has been very, very profitable

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