Before traveling, we encourage you to check the links below for the latest updates from airports, airlines and governmental agencies.

Travel + Leisure
May 15, 2009

NEW! Today's Travel News - What Do You Think?
Flight and Airport Information - Travel Security & Tips
New York City Travel - International Travel
Cruise Industry Update


WHAT DO YOU THINK?

We would like to know how the tragic events of September 11 have affected your views about travel. Please send your letters to letters@travelandleisure.com.

When will Travel Get Back to Normal: Share your Hopes, Concerns, and Questions about the New Realities of Travel


FLIGHT AND AIRPORT INFORMATION

Updates

  • Federal Aviation Administration
    www.faa.gov
    Announcements and the latest information on air travel
  • Air Traffic Control System Command Center
    www.atcscc.faa.gov
    Real-time airport status from the FAA
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    www.dot.gov
  • Airline Web Sites
    www.travelandleisure.com/travelsites/airlines.cfm
    The majority of airlines are posting the latest flight information on their Web sites including departure times and gates, new travel restrictions and reaccomodation for previously booked flights
  • Reagan Washington National Airport
    www.mwaa.com/national/index.htm
    Reagan has been closed until further notice. This site will post and any updates when they occur
  • Airline Updates from American Express Travel
    travel.americanexpress.com/travel/personal/weekly/news/
    Contact information, carrier updates and policies
  • American Express's Flight Tracker
    209.113.170.222/amex/flight_tracker/ft_main.asp
    Track a flight by airline name and flight number, or by city and arrival/departure times
  • Planning Resources

  • Rules of the Air at OneTravel.com
    rulesoftheair.com
    Information about airfare refunds, cancellations and penalty fees—as well as your rights as a traveler
  • Airport Terminal Maps
    http://www.mapquest.com
    Locate parking lots, terminals, airport services and car-rentals agencies
  • Plane Configurations (from SkyGuide.net)
    www.skyguide.net/features/plane_config.html
    Lists first class rows, exit rows amd limited recline rows for airlines' most popular aircraft
  • Domestic Airport Websites (from SkyGuide.net)
    www.skyguide.net/features/dom_airports.html
  • International Airport Websites (from SkyGuide.net)
    www.skyguide.net/features/intl_airports.html

  • TRAVEL SECURITY & TIPS

    Updates

  • New travel safety precautions
    www.governmentguide.com/travel_and_recreation/travelupdate.adp
    Information on the FAA's stepped-up security measures and what you need to know before you travel
  • FAA Frequently Asked Questions page
    www.faa.gov/apa/faq/pr_faq.htm
    Airport security, e-tickets and new FAA regulations
  • FAA safety tips
    www.faa.gov/apa/traveler.htm
    What not to pack, carry-on baggage issues, passenger safety
  • Civil Aviation Security Frequently Asked Questions page
    cas.faa.gov/faq.html
    Information on airport security procedures including identification checks, personal screening and searches
  • Planning Resources

  • Airline Web Sites
    www.travelandleisure.com/travelsites/airlines.cfm
    Contact the airline in advance to see how much time you should allow for check-in
  • Travel Tips from American Express
    travel.americanexpress.com/travel/personal/weekly/news/travtips.asp
    What to expect at the airport
  • When Travel Goes Awry (from SkyGuide.net)
    www.skyguide.net/features/travel_awry.html
    How to deal with flight delays, diversions and cancellations
  • Safety Information for the Business Traveler (from SkyGuide.net)
    www.skyguide.net/features/safety.html
    A few precautions and tips to help ensure travel safety
  • Ground Transportation Guide (from SkyGuide.net)
    www.skyguide.net/features/ground.html
    How to get downtown from major U.S. airports
  • Ground Transportation (from SkyGuide.net)
    www.skyguide.net/features/groundtips.html
    Tips and strategies for getting to your hotel without being taken for a ride

  • NEW YORK CITY TRAVEL

    Updates

  • New York City Visitor Hotline
    1-888-805-4040 or www.nycvisit.com
    Resources for current and future visitors to New York including accommodation information
  • The Official New York City Website
    home.nyc.gov
    Emergency information, contact numbers and business resources
  • Planning Resources

  • New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    www.mta.nyc.ny.us
    Latest information on subways and buses, bridges, tunnels and railroad lines
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
    www.panynj.gov
    Including information on JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports
  • Hotel availability and special offers (from NYCVisit.com)
    www.nycvisit.com/sep_hotels.html
  • Attractions/sightseeing/performing arts (from NYCVisit.com)
    www.nycvisit.com/sep_attractions.html
  • Special events and other announcements (from NYCVisit.com)
    www.nycvisit.com/sep_specialevents.html
  • New York City Benefits
    www.newyork.citysearch.com/roundup/37483/
    Vigils and benefits to honor those lost

  • INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

    Updates

  • US State Department's Worldwide Caution Notice
    travel.state.gov/wwc1.html
  • FAA Foreign Airport Status
    www.faa.gov/ats/ata/airport_cert/foreignairport.html
    Which airports and airlines have been approved by the FAA to provide service to U. S. airports
  • Planning Resources

  • US State Department
    travel.state.gov
    Travel warnings and information for Americans abroad
  • International Airport Websites (from SkyGuide.net)
    www.skyguide.net/features/intl_airports.html
  • CRUISE INDUSTRY UPDATE

    After the September 11 attacks, there was immediate concern about cruise line safety and continuing departures. In the days and weeks that followed, ports have heightened security, ships have altered itineraries, and cruise lines have accomodated passengers booked on voyages affected by the attacks and their aftermath. Some cruise companies are also extending special offers for emergency workers directly involved in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.The entire cruise industry is still adjusting to new procedures and itineraries, so passengers should call the company with whom they plan to cruise before heading to port. Passengers should also leave plenty of time for security checks at the port.The following is a list of major cruise lines and their current response to the Sept. 11 tragedy. This list will be continually updated.
    - Karen Blackman

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