We have all heard the names Kayak, Expedia, and Orbitz. For years these companies have focused on guaranteeing reservations for hotels, flights, and cars. Yet the question still remains: Where does one park when on travel? These reservation giants have failed to integrate airport parking, a vital element in the travel process, thus creating an industry of its own: Online Airport Parking Reservations. In recent years online booking has become ever more popular than conventional booking methods and with due merit. Online reservation websites are far more efficient and more readily available. And with the emergence of mobile designs and stand alone apps, technology is helping bridge the gap even further. With companies like Uber carving their name on the stone of technological history, this article aims to give credit to some smaller booking sites that deserve recognition as they help partake in our ever evolving need to guarantee services that otherwise would have been a lot more complicated; Airport Parking! Continue reading
Many travellers may not be aware that since 2011, TSA has offered a pre-screening program for frequent travellers (at participating airports) who meet a specific set of criteria, such as US citizenship (including nationals and lawful residents), members of “trusted traveller” programs (see photo above), and all US armed forces members. Charleston, SC airports are among the most recent to offer this service to its travellers. Watch the news clip here.
A new airport technology, officially called Automated Passport Control, nicknamed “Land, touch, go”, promises to cut wait times by up to 30% for international travelers. Already in place for US and Canadian travelers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the kiosks allow travelers to input their information, scan their passport, provide electronic fingerprints, and have their picture taken, all while waiting for the customs officers. Once the scans are completed, the kiosk provides a printed receipt, which is then taken to the customs officer. After a quick verification, the process is complete, and you are on your way.
Now “live” after a successful one-month trial at Orlando International Airport, citizens of Britain and other Visa Waiver countries can utilize the kiosks to speed through customs without sacrificing security. Read more about this wonderful advancement here.