First Date Ideas: Airports Are Perfect, Bars, Food Choices And Great Views [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • I wrote about the 5 Russians stranded in the Seoul Incheon airport for months after fleeing Putin’s war. They should have gone to Latin America.

  • I’ve visited Laos, but haven’t been for several years. It was very poor, but I don’t think I realized how much worse things have become.

  • United Airlines is offering $25,000 to Guam residents who will relocate to Denver and take jobs there

  • Pilot error in the Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX crash

  • They have a point. But how did they miss the opportunity to promote concessions in the terminal to cap off the date?

  • The IHG One Rewards 20% discount on award redemptions (already live for co-brand credit card customers) extends to Platinum and Diamond members on January 13, and will be available for bookings made by January 20 for travel complete by March 10, 2023.

  • NEXUS update (HT: @crucker)

    We expect a new enrollment option for air travellers to be available by the spring that will include CBSA interviews at reopened enrollment centers in Canada and separate CBP interviews in Canadian airport preclearance locations for departing applicants. Details for this new interview option will be available shortly from CBP and CBSA. In the meantime, applicants may continue to take advantage of existing options for interviews, including combined interviews at U.S. enrollment centers and two-step, separate Canada-U.S. interviews at designated land borders.

  • What’s grosser than gross?

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  1. Weird article. Most airports do NOT have great restaurants and bars especially in areas before security checkin. An airport date especially early in a relationship is weird and creepy. In todays day and age women will think something is very strange if you take them to a major airport

    I can admit that restaurants on or near small airports that handle 4 seater type planes can be romantic. Done late afternoon dinner and a flight. That can be a big win and very unique but can’t see big city airports

  2. I have 8 large dogs all with chronic diarrhea however they must fly with me
    As they are all my emotional support animals.
    Don’t worry they are all good dogs and you get use to the smell very quickly

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