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Best of Aviation Queen: The Truth About Free vs. Paid Airport WiFi

2 Apr

Editor’s note: I’m still in recovery mode from Sun ‘n Fun, so today you get a best-of.  It’s inspired by the Facebook plea of one of my friends, Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs and  digital media professor, at the Columbia University Journalism School.  He was desperately searching for a power outlet at JFK Airport late last week, and I pointed him to the Air Power Wiki (I’m a contributor!). So enjoy this piece on paid versus free WiFi below, originally published Oct. 20, 2011.  Enjoy!

On Sunday, I was checking my Facebook account when I saw a post from my friend Michelle, who was upset about having to pay for WiFi at Los Angeles International Airport.  She had left her hotel early (which DID have free WiFi), so she could do work at the airport.

I explained that just like at home, or if you own a WiFi card, it costs airports to provide that service.  And in the past 10 years, airports have been squeezed on the revenue side thanks to airline mergers and service cuts, paying for unfunded mandates and underfunded Federal Aviation Administration programs that cover a facilities.

So with that, airports have to find a way to cover those costs.   Some, like Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, offer free WiFi in exchange for looking at on-screen advertising.  Some have a company or companies sponsor their WiFi.  Others, like Boston Logan, ask you to fill out a survey or watch a video to get free WiFi for an hour, then switch you over to a provider where you pay  from there.

Others — including LAX, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and my hometown Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport — partner with companies like Boingo for paid WiFi.

So before your next trip, check out the websites below to see if you’re getting free WiFi or if you’re going to be shelling out for the privilege!

Best Of: Top 10 Worst Airports According To CNNGO – But I Disagree, Somewhat

26 Dec

Editor’s note: kids, Aunt Benet is taking the week off to enjoy the holidays with the family. So please enjoy these best ofs this week.  Happy Holidays!!

Having traveled in countless numbers of airports and writing about the topic for almost four years, my crap detector always goes off when I see these worst-off lists.  One these things are very subjective, and two, your experience can be different, depending on the terminal.  So here we go again, with this list from CNNGO.  Based on the airports I’ve visited, I have to agree with their choices of São Paulo-Guarulhos International, Los Angeles International and Paris Charles de Gaulle, but there’s where we part.

Number seven is JFK Airport.  Frequent travelers know that your experience at JFK depends on the terminal.  Truth be told, all the terminals at JFK are pretty nice, having had major upgrades in the past 10 years — except for T2/3, operated by Delta Air Lines. T2 is used for BusinessElite check-in, along with flights to Los Angeles. San Francisco and London Heathrow.  Everyone else boards in T3, fondly known as the Third Worldport, which is what I think CNNGO was writing about.  But don’t despair — Delta will open an expanded operation at Terminal 4 in 2013.

Number three was London Heathrow.  Again, it really depends on the terminal; and the airport has also undergone some major upgrades.  I still have nightmares about navigating the old Terminal 2, but T3 and T4 have had upgrades.  And I took an extensive tour of T5, which I think is a world-class terminal.  The CNNGO article mentioned T5′s teething pains, but that was three years ago.

So — what airports make your worst-of list?

Top 10 Worst Airports According To CNNGO – But I Disagree, Somewhat

15 Nov

Having traveled in countless numbers of airports and writing about the topic for almost four years, my crap detector always goes off when I see these worst-off lists.  One these things are very subjective, and two, your experience can be different, depending on the terminal.  So here we go again, with this list from CNNGO.  Based on the airports I’ve visited, I have to agree with their choices of São Paulo-Guarulhos International, Los Angeles International and Paris Charles de Gaulle, but there’s where we part.

Number seven is JFK Airport.  Frequent travelers know that your experience at JFK depends on the terminal.  Truth be told, all the terminals at JFK are pretty nice, having had major upgrades in the past 10 years — except for T2/3, operated by Delta Air Lines. T2 is used for BusinessElite check-in, along with flights to Los Angeles. San Francisco and London Heathrow.  Everyone else boards in T3, fondly known as the Third Worldport, which is what I think CNNGO was writing about.  But don’t despair — Delta will open an expanded operation at Terminal 4 in 2013.

Number three was London Heathrow.  Again, it really depends on the terminal; and the airport has also undergone some major upgrades.  I still have nightmares about navigating the old Terminal 2, but T3 and T4 have had upgrades.  And I took an extensive tour of T5, which I think is a world-class terminal.  The CNNGO article mentioned T5′s teething pains, but that was three years ago.

So — what airports make your worst-of list?

Airport Concession Confessions-Fast Food

8 Nov

We’ve all been to the airport where we just want to get something quick to eat, and either sit down or take it with us on our flight.  We look for the familiar places — McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc. — where we know exactly what we’re getting.  I love the convenience and quickness of fast food, but I also like to get something off the beaten path.  So below are five fast food outlets I suggest you try on your next trip.  Enjoy!

  1. TIE! The Salt Lick, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport AND Arthur Bryant BBQ, Kansas City International Airport — I come from a long like of grill masters on both sides of my family (shout out to Uncle Charles), so I know my barbecue.  Both of these iconic barbecue places have outlets in the airport, and you can smell them before you even see them. Get the brisket at the Salt Lick and the Sausage sandwich with sweet heat sauce at Bryant’s.
  2. Dish D’lish, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — I once had to spend almost 6 hours at this airport (another story for another time). Of course, I was hungry and I had plenty of time to look at post-security food outlets.  I also saw people flocking into the airport branch of this outlet for its sandwiches and salads. I had a chicken salad sandwich that i still dream about 4 years later!
  3. California Tortilla, BWI Airport — I have to commend my hometown airport for having such a great selection of fast food outlets, especially in the A/B Concourse. And my favorite is this outlet, which serves a great variety of TexMex burritos, tacos, fajitas, quesedillas and salads, along with chips and a fantastic selection of hot sauces. My favorite was a Thai chicken burrito, but it’s no longer on the menu. So instead, I recommend the Crunchy BBQ Ranch Chicken Burrito. Ole!
  4. Deep Blue Sushi On The Fly, JFK Airport, Terminal 5 — I’m a big fan of the food options JetBlue has in its signature terminal. I’m a big sushi lover, and I always go to  the carry-out version of this great restaurant. Splurge a little on one of their signature rolls.  I’m partial to the King Crab California Roll, myself!
  5. Krispy Kreme Donuts, Orlando International Airport — I love these donuts, and they taste just as good in the pre-security food court at the airport.  And you even get the iconic Hot Donuts sign!

So, dear readers — what is your go-to fast food joint at the airport? What can I try the next time I fly?

Reviews Are In For ABC-TV’s “Pan Am”

26 Sep

Aviation geeks filled with nostalgia for the heydey of jetsetting, the 1960s, were salivating over this new show. ABC went full court press wooing us to build the buzz for the show, starring Christina Ricci. Here are the reviews.

So, #avgeek peeps – what did we think of #PanAm ?
AvWeekBenet
September 26, 2011
TONIGHT! The new ABC TV Show “PanAm” Debuts

This is a rare Sunday post to let you folks know what I’ll be doing later this evening: watching the premiere of ABC-TV’s “Pan Am,” starring Christina Ricci. For those of you not old enough to remember, Pan Am was a U.S.-based flag carrier that flew international routes.
Attention passengers: We are about to begin boarding. Please have your televisions set to ABC at 10|9c and thank you for flying #PanAm
PanAmABC
September 26, 2011
My favorite media critic, Eric Deggans of the St. Pete Times, went on NPR to offer his thoughts about the show, right before its debut.
TV shows, TV news, media issues: The Feed | tampabay.com

Best TV shows, worst TV shows, media issues and debates … it’s all here at the Feed, a blog on TV, media and modern life by St. Petersburg Times TV/media critic Eric Deggans. Possibly the most critical guy at the Times, he has served as music, media and TV critic at various times over 10 years.
@PanAmABC You made me not only want the bag now but the whole outfit! I want to be a #PanAm girl! Great premiere.
RebeccaKaz
September 26, 2011
Can’t you just SMELL that new #707 @PanAmABC plane smell? He touched the fuselage-just like me!! #ilovepanam
AvWeekBenet
September 26, 2011
Right on. MT @MarkHsoap: I liked #PanAm. Vaguely uneasy about spy plot (just like mob plot on #PlayboyClub). #MadMen doesn’t need this.
followMax
September 26, 2011
Pan Am Premiere Review: Buckle Up, Adventure Calls!

Pan Am took us back to the golden age of air travel, when every little girl had “stewardess” on her list of prospective careers and people wore their church clothes for a trip to the airport. Pilots and stewardesses were role models, and if we didn’t know it then, we learned in the premiere that these weren’t just any guys and girls.
It’s a three-man cockpit!! How very retro! Idlewild Tower! I am in MSY having an absolute #avgeek freak out! #PanAm #PanAmABC
AvWeekBenet
September 26, 2011
saw #PanAm last night, i actually really liked it, think i’ll catch it next week. I’m a sucker for the old days.
ashswa
September 26, 2011
Predicting the 1st Black staurtist in the 4th season. She’ll come in during the civil rights movement. Gabrielle Union? #panam
GlamCommander
September 26, 2011
.@poshtash87 You know there were no black people in the 1960s! #PanAm
AvWeekBenet
September 26, 2011
@soultravelers3 I watched #PanAm last nite.Was hoping for it to be a good show.Lots of nostalgia,good music, but bad writing.Think I’ll pass
travelmaus
September 26, 2011
Henry Harteveldt: “Hated it. Very, very disappointed.”
Real-Life Pan Am Stewardesses Review ABC’s ‘Pan Am’ (VIDEO)

‘Pan Am’ is one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall 2011 TV season — several AOL TV staffers gave the series a hearty \”watch it!\” after viewing
#PanAm was actually pretty good!Not representing the 60′s with a 100% accuracy but pretty enjoyable&damn I wish stewardesses were like that!
__Kerry
September 26, 2011
@breakofJayeDawn I like the nostalgia of #PanAm But I don’t see it lasting long. Unless the CIA missions get really interesting & alluring
eJerryLee
September 26, 2011
#avgeek peeps-did you see that #PanAm Connie in Cuba? Le sigh…
AvWeekBenet
September 26, 2011
And we’ll end this with a YouTube clip, below, on the introduction of Boeing 707 service on the real Pan Am. Enjoy!

Airport Concession Confessions-Useful Services

13 Sep

TNT has been running the movie “The Terminal,” starring Tom Hanks.  You can see a summary of the movie here at the Internet Movie Database. But it reminded me that there are so many concessions in major airports, you could actually live in one if you needed to.  So below are my five favorites. Enjoy!

  1. Aero Clinic: there is NOTHING worse that getting sick while on travel.  You’re far from home, your doctor and your local pharmacy. So if you’re sick and in a location where Aero Clinic is, you can go in, get a diagnosis, get a prescription and be on your way.  They take most major health insurance, and if not, fees are pretty reasonable. Right now, they’re located at Hartsfield-Jackson and Philadelphia International airports, with plans (announced in 2009) to open at Charlotte-Douglas.  Check out my June 2007 Aviation Week Towers and Tarmacs blog post on Aero Clinic here.
  2. Harmony Pharmacy in JFK Airport T5 Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Harmony Pharmacy: you’re on a trip. You have your prescription medication with you, but realize you’re running low.  If you happen to be at Newark, JFK, San Francisco, DFW, Cleveland-Hopkins or Baltimore-Washington airports, you’re in luck, since they all have a Harmony outlet.  You can also buy the items you’d normally find in your local drug store. Nice!

  3. Minute Suites: these little oases at Hartsfield-Jackson and Philadelphia International airports are favorites for offering a sofa/daybed with blankets, along with WiFi access, television and a desk, all for only $30 an hour .I am a BIG believer in the power of naps, and this concession allows you to take one during longer layovers.
  4. O2 Bar & Spa: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. You had a great time, but may be feeling a bit “out of sorts” right before you get on that flight at McCarran International Airport.  Folks swear by the therapeutic effects of this bar which offers oxygen and aromatherapy to cure what ails you.

So — what did I miss? What are some of your favorite useful airport services?

Guest Post: Air India Is At A Crossroads

26 Aug

Editor’s note: kids, your Aunt Benet is taking the day off.  We’re going to do a post that’s a bit different.  Our guest blogger, Steven Frischling, of the Flying With Fish blog, offers a look inside Air India, which was recently rejected for membership in the Star Alliance (the best alliance in the world, in my opinion). Despite its obvious assets, the flag carrier continues to flounder in a highly competitive global market.  Fish explains how this happened and how the carrier might be able to turn things around.  Enjoy!!

Air India is an enigma wrapped up in a conundrum with all the potential in the world … yet it keeps tripping over its own feet.

As Air India is licking its wounds of rejection by Star Alliance after a three-and-a-half year courtship, the airline has installed the former Ministry of Aviation Joint Secretary Rohit Nandan as its new Chairman & Managing Director, a step in the right direction … if Air India can go in the right direction.

It is easy to point out Air India’s flaws, there are many, and many seem nearly insurmountable, but on paper Air India has unlimited potential to be a strong and successful airline. A brief look back in Air India’s history reveals that the airline was once a world-class airline, viewed by passengers and the industry as a top-tier airline to be emulated.

Air India Lounge at JFK Airport Photo by Eugene Dimarsky via Flickr

Air India’s reputation as a highly respected airline can be traced to the roots of another airline, Singapore Airlines. Early in Singapore Airlines’ history, the now Five-Star airline turned to Air India for consultation on establishing a superior customer experience. Based on initially on Air India’s model, Singapore Airlines is now renowned for its stellar customer experience and Air India has become renowned for its inferior customer experience.

Somewhere between October 15th 1932 when Air India first took to the skies and now the airline lost its way. The airline’s problems are frequently blamed on the Government of India, however the government has been in control since August 25th 1953. It is hard to overlook it now, but it was a Government owned Air India that became the envy of all airlines around the world on June 11th 1962 when it became the first airline in the world to opera an all jet aircraft fleet.

So … forget mismanagement and labour issues, ignore the estimated daily operating losses of US$4,794,520, put aside last years US$1.75-billion fiscal losses, pretend Air India didn’t just become the first airline in history to be rejected from an alliance it was invited to join and don’t factor in the fact that the airline is bloated and woefully compartmentalized …  just for a moment focus on the future and what Air India has to offer its passengers, its employees and of course its nation.

Airline hubs follow the same motto of retail shops, Location, Location, Location and Air India’s hubs in Mumbai and Delhi are geographically situated in ideal locations to be strong global hubs for international connections, as well as handle the substantial traffic to, from and within India.  Air India competes day in and day with Gulf rivals in the UAE and Qatar, this competition isn’t only for global traffic, but passengers traveling to and from India, many of whom are from India.

If Air India can wage a campaign, back up by its staff’s actions to win back its domestic passenger base and cap its leak to directly competing airlines, the financial implications for the carrier are significant. Good customer service should be a priority, but good customer service pushed as a brand initiative to win back the lost masses, offer short- term and long-term benefits.

Air India jets at JFK Airport Photo by Benet J. Wilson

Any airline with its sights set on a global market requires a sizable fleet. While many of Air India’s direct competitors are first building their fleets, Air India already has a sizable fleet in place and existing order to significantly increase the fleet’s size.  Air India’s fleet of 99 current aircraft range from the Airbus A319s to the Boeing 777s (200LR and 300ER variants) with every potential capacity gap covered in the middle, as well as three more Boeing 777-337s joining the fleet and an additional 27 Boeing 787-837s.

The Boeing 787s are scheduled to begin joining the fleet before the end of 2011.  An advantage in Air India’s favour is the age of its fleet, averaging 9.5 years old, their fleet has a lot of life left in it before aircraft must be replaced, reducing future fleet expenses and lowering potential MRO expenses for older aircraft.

From a domestic tactical stand point Air India is better suited that its Indian rivals for moving passengers where they need to go through its 15-year-old regional airline, Air India Regional inherited from Indian Airlines during the merger if the two airlines. Air India Regional may be small, with just 11 aircraft, a mix of ATR-42s and CRJ-700s, with an additional 14 A320s joining the fleet in the near future, but unlike its domestic competitors, Air India already has its foot in the door with regional service and the ability to expand this service with a relatively low investment into the subsidiary.

Along with Air India Regional, Air India has attempted to fend off low-cost carrier competitors through Air India Express, a wholly owned subsidiary. Air India Express’ fleet of 21 Boeing 737-800s makes the airline competitive, especially if it can differentiate Air India Express from the rest of Air India, while leveraging its network and operations to feed its mainline international traffic.   Air India Express has had some difficulty separating itself from Air India, but the low-cost carrier has begun to challenge a rival low-cost carrier in the UAE, Air Arabia, by establishing an Air India Express base in Dubai.  Many Indian travelers choose UAE based airlines over Air India, so this move is a small step in the right direction for Air India as a whole company to seek to regain some of the passengers they are bleeding to competitors.

 

Air India Route Map

Lastly … what is an airline without a route network?

Air India’s route network is a significant positive factor in the airline’s potential to survive, grow and regain its place amount top-tier carriers. Air India’s current route network includes more than a dozen Gulf Region destinations and 24 international destinations on five continents, in addition to its extensive domestic route network. In addition to the airline’s current destination, Air India has extensive unused fifth freedom rights between Europe and North America and elsewhere in the world. Granted, in some instances Air India made a wise decision to reduce or eliminate its fifth freedom flights, such as its New York (JFK)London (LHR) flights, which was usually a full flight, the options to revive certain routes may prove to be lucrative to the airline.

Along with Air India’s unused fifth freedom routes, the airline posses many dormant route authority options. As Air India adds additional long haul aircraft to its fleet the flexibility to revive previously popular routes, such as from the west coast of the United States, advance Air India ahead of its domestic competitors, as well as a number of its regional competitors in terms of providing non-stop or one-stop service to destinations other are not serving directly.

Now, outside of the passenger side of things, Air India has many options, many of these options are through joint ventures. One example of Air India’s joint venture financial potential commences operations in 2013, when Air India is scheduled to open its new 50 acre MRO facility in Nagpur as a joint venture with Boeing.  With MRO outsourcing being a highly competitive and profitable business unit for other airlines, this joint venture can be very successful provided the airline’s management and the Government stays out of its business.

All Air India has to do now is the hard stuff … restructure everything about how the airline operates, build harmony among its staff, develop a single corporate brand personality and completely restructure the airline. The up side to all the hard stuff is that once Air India finds its path to success, it already has everything it needs to leave its competition in the dust.

While many see an airline on the path to ruin … I see an airline that needs to find a way to tap its unlimited potential.

Happy Flying!

-Steven Frischling

Flying With Fish

@flyingwithfish

Airport Concession Confessions: The Full-service Restaurant Edition

5 May

We are in the third in a series of my obsession with airport concessions.  We’ve already done Wines and Quirky Little Stores.  I commend airports for really stepping up their game in the restaurant category.  So below are my top five airport restaurants:

  1. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Revolucion, JetBlue JFK Airport Terminal 5:  Back in August 2009, I did a post on Aviation Week’s Towers and Tarmacs blog on Revolucion.  In December 2009 during a long layover at T5, I had the chance to eat there — and it was divine.  They serve authentic Mexican food, as opposed to chain restaurants like Chevy’s.  I had the homemade guacamole and shrimp tacos.  Servers are more than happy to pack up your food for the flight, but I’d suggest doing that for the cold items.

  2. Enrique’s, Ponca City Regional Airport, Oklahoma: In 2002, I was working on securing Essential Air Service contracts in seven cities, including Ponca City.  We went for a town tour, then we got back to the airport, which was packed.  But it wasn’t for people flying. It was for the food at Enrique’s, which is the airport’s restaurant.  I still dream about the tortilla chips and salsa, and the go-to dish there is Chicken Huarrache (sp).
  3. Paschals Restaurant, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: I’m not from the South, but my parents are.  I grew up eating the food of the South, including fried chicken, grits, fried catfish, mac and cheese and collard greens.  Paschals makes me long for my mother’s cooking.
  4. Obrycki’s, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport: those of us in Baltimore love our Maryland blue crabs and are very loyal to our restaurants.  Obrycki’s has been an institution in Baltimore since 1944, and they bring that to the airport.  The crabcakes and deviled crab balls are a must-try if you don’t want to wrestle with crabs.
  5. Café Versailles, Miami International Airport: this airport outlet of a popular Cuban restaurant sells the quintessential hot Cuban pressed sandwich.  Wash it down with a cup of café con leche and you’d swear you were in Havana!!

Top 5 Do-Not-Miss Aviation Stories Of The Week

11 Mar

It was a busy aviation week, with Heli-Expo show in Orlando and Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong, but all of that was dwarfed by the earthquake that struck Japan.  So of course, my lead pick for the week will cover that, and there’s more news below.

  1. The Discovery Channel has some amazing footage and photos of Japan’s Sendai Airport being hit by a tsunami caused by the earthquake.  And Aviation Week’s London team handled coverage of this event from the airline side.
  2. Fred George of Business and Commercial Aviation magazine did a post on the Business Aviation Now blog on how building general aviation airports can spur economic development.
  3. One of my favorite guest columnists over at the Cranky Flier blog, “The Cardinal,” posts on how San Juan, Puerto Rico, is ripe for a new carrier to serve it and Spirit Airlines would be a good fit.
  4. The Wall Street Journal’s Middle Seat blog posts about airports chapels, seen as islands of tranquility in a busy facility.  My favorite airport churches are: Phoenix Sky Harbor on level 3 of Terminal 4; the chapel at JFK’s Terminal 4; and Our Lady of the Airways Chapel at Boston Logan’s Terminal C.
  5. It’s a bit late, but Flightblogger did a great Movie Monday post March 7 on a PBS series covering the mystery of Air France Flight 447.

Like the swallows to Capistrano in the spring, Friday is “Strange But True Aviation News” day from AvWeek’s Things With Wings blog.  We have a Virgin Blue flight attendant who mistook a toddler for a carry-on bag, a passenger trying out his karate moves on an air marshal and Cindy Lauper’s ability to calm passengers with song.  Enjoy, and remember, kids-I can’t make this stuff up!!

Top 10 Airport Restaurants – Aviation Queen’s Picks

8 Mar

Last week, the Frommer’s Guidebook came out with its list of top 10 restaurant airports.   I’ve eaten at half of the 10, and I’m delighted to see that Obrycki’s Crab House at BWI Airport made the list.

Back in October 2007, I did a Towers and Tarmacs blog post on (and contributed to) the unfortunately now-defunct Airport Restaurant Wiki.  At the time, there were about 25 restaurants on the list and growing.  But since that wiki is gone, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share my own list.  And I’d love to hear some of the places you enjoy.

  1. Rio Douro Cafe, Newark Airport. It serves delicious Portuguese food. I highly recommend the garlic pork and clams (trust me, it works).
  2. Taberna del Tequila, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. I’m a big fan of the nice selection of tequila and the burritos are oh so tasty!
  3. Legal Test Kitchen, Boston Logan Airport. This restaurant serves as literally a test kitchen for Legal Seafood. You can get their famous chowder, but you never know what else will show up on the menu.
  4. Matsutake Sushi, Washington National Airport. If you are a sushi fan, you’ll love this restaurant. It’s a little tranquil spot of heaven.
  5. Salt Lick BBQ, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  You can smell the place before you actually see it.  The barbecue at the airport is just as good as the outpost downtown.  I highly recommend the brisket, kids!
  6. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Houston Intercontinental. You can’t miss this restaurant, which has a great selection of seafood.  The Shrimp Scampi is to die for.
  7. Ristorante Aeroporto, Lugano Airport. I had one of the best Italian meals of my life at this little restaurant.  I was told that it was opened by a world-class chef who had retired, but got bored and opened this place. Manga, manga!
  8. Revolución, JFK Airport Terminal 5.  They serve upscale Mexican food and great Latin American drinks at this outpost, the brainchild of the chef who developed the Rosa Mexicano chain of restaurants.  You can read my Towers and Tarmacs profile of Revolución here.
  9. Vino Volo, BWI Airport. My regular Twitter followers know how much I love this airport concept (see my blog post on the opening of this outlet here).  Not only do they serve world class wines by the glass and bottle, but they have seasonal small plates of food that are just the right size before boarding your flight.  They always have the smoked almonds and house cured olives, but plates change regularly.
  10. Dish D’lish, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This is a great place to pick up hearty sandwiches and salads before your flight.

So how did I do? What are your picks?

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