Category Archives: Travel

DFW International Airport surprisingly empty after COVID-19 developments

If you’ve been to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), you are probably used to long security lines and crowded terminals.

I visited terminals A and C, which are supposed to be the busiest during this time, mainly due to Spring Break. Imagine my surprise when barely a traveler was there to be seen.

I was able to speak to a few passengers, both coming home to DFW and those leaving to visit other cities. As you can imagine, these were the folks who dared to travel during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Traveler Tony Manning, from Detroit, Michigan

Tony Manning, from Detroit, MI, said:

I own a public relations/marketing business for a legal consulting firm, so I am here to do some consulting for a couple of clients. I have not had any problems due to Coronavirus. I flew from Detroit on American, and the flight attendants were so awesome. They tried to go out of their way to make sure we were all comfortable. The planes were pretty empty. My flight from Detroit had maybe 20 people on board [a 737 jet]. I literally had the whole row to myself to stretch out. It was peaceful. It was quiet, and we got here safe. Everybody was wiping down the seats and stuff. No one was coughing. I had been worried about that, so I brought my mask, but I felt like this is probably the cleanest flight I’ve ever been on.

So, instead of hysteria and panic, it seems that people are just staying home, making air travel more pleasant for those that utilize it.

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Three travelers taking precautions on their flight home

Ken Hoffman on the surreal ‘ghost flight’ from the U.K. to Houston

By Ken Hoffman

270075_originalThe best part of flying over to England a few weeks ago … was the flight back home to Houston. A whole row — the big one, seats E-F-G-H in the middle — to myself. And nobody within five rows of me. That’s social distancing.

When was the last time you flew on a plane like that? Every flight I take lately is oversold with people bought off to stay behind. But this time, the flight attendant held out a basket of single-serving packs of pretzels and said, “Take all you want.” Now, that’s luxury.

Read more from CultureMapHouston…

Travelers stuck in long lines at DFW due to CDC questionnaire and enhanced screening, airport says

(Texas Tribune) – Hundreds of travelers returning from overseas Saturday are complaining about long lines and wait times at DFW Airport.

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Passengers coming from Europe wait in long lines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. (WFAA-TV) (Texas Tribune)

Many are returning following the travel ban announced by President Donald Trump, in which there’s a 30-day suspension of travel between Europe and the United State in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I can see nothing but people for me, for as far as I can see,” said Longview resident Dorothy Lowe, who was returning Saturday from Mexico.

Lowe said she got off the plane at 4 p.m. and was still in line at customs waiting to leave the airport at 7 p.m.

Read more from Click2Houston…

DART ready for St. Patrick’s Day 2020 in Dallas

2020stpatricksparadeDallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is prepared to help thousands of North Texas riders claiming to be Irish, if only for a day, safely attend the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade and events in the Southwest in less than two weeks.

Parade and festivalgoers, as well as runners participating in the Dash Down Greenville 5K, can comfortably ride to the 41st Annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival, Sat. Mar. 14, when DART adds additional rail service, employee volunteers and law enforcement to meet the large demand.

Trip planning is made easy by purchasing a $6 local Day Pass in advance using DART’s GoPass® mobile ticketing application. It allows you to buy passes, plan trips and get next bus or train times from the comfort of your mobile phone. Download the app for free through Google Play or the App Store.

Don’t have the app? Purchase a Day Pass from a ticket vending machine at any DART Rail station or from a bus operator.

Rail Service
From Plano, rail service will be added to Red and Orange Line trains operating between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to SMU/Mockingbird, Lovers Lane or Park Lane stations.

From Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Dallas customers can ride the Green Line and transfer to either the Orange or Red Line in downtown Dallas.

Passengers riding the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) can transfer to special event Red and Orange line trains at Victory Station.

Red and Orange Line trains to Lovers Lane Station will not be interrupted during the parade.

Bus Service
If you normally ride Route 502 or 583 at Lovers Lane Station, service will be interrupted until the Dash Down Greenville 5K has been completed.

Both routes will be detoured from Lovers Lane Station to serve SMU/Mockingbird Station until Greenville is re-opened to traffic. Route 502 will continue to serve Park Lane Station.

Additional routes temporarily detoured during the parade include 81, 82, 84 and 521. See DART.org/rideralerts for more information.

For more details go to DART.org/SPD or call DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

Weekend Road Closures

Don’t get stuck in traffic this weekend.. plan ahead to avoid weekend closures. Thanks to DFW Connector for the heads up!

  • 8pm Friday-8pm Sunday – Full closure of SB SH-121 and EB I-635 at Bass Pro.
  • 8pm Friday-8pm Saturday – Full closure of NB SH-121 north of DFW Airport.

Grapevine Police working to clear major accident

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Grapevine Police are working a two-vehicle major accident on SH-121 N in Grapevine. The far right southbound lane of SH-121 and the exit to Texan Trail will be closed for 1-2 hours. Two people were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Please use caution when driving in the area and expect delays as our traffic units investigate and clear the debris.

There’s a new road hazard – it’s called driving in Dallas

Dallas Morning News Editorial

1561662415-NM_24Accident1It only takes five minutes behind the wheel to figure out that Dallas drivers maneuver by their own rules of the road.

Do you consider a red light or four-way stop just a suggestion?

If an adjacent lane is coming to an end, do you speed up, close the gap, hit the horn and nearly push the other motorist into construction cones?

Read more from the Dallas Morning News…

SH 121 Closures this weekend

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North Gate Constructors will conduct drainage work across NB SH 121 this weekend from 8pm on Friday, 4/5 to 6am on Monday, 4/8. Visit DFWConnector.com for full details.

It’s official: Southwest tickets to Hawaii are on sale and they’re remarkably cheap

By Dom DiFurio, Breaking Business News Reporter

southwest-airlinesDallas-based Southwest airlines has finally set dates for its initial flights in its long-anticipated Hawaii routes.

The first flights will take off on Mar. 17 and tickets are currently listed for as cheap as $49 one-way. Initially, travelers will have to fly Southwest out of Oakland, but the airline will open additional airport routes in the subsequent months, according to Southwest’s website built specifically for its Hawaii routes.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News…

Texas Troopers Ramp Up Enforcement Against Passing Stopped Police Cars

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The Texas Highway Patrol is increasing enforcement of a state law about passing stopped police cars and other special vehicles. (Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety)

Texas Troopers are increasing enforcement of a state law about passing stopped police cars and other special vehicles in Harris and other counties.

The law, commonly known as Move Over/Slow Down, was passed in 2003 and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) periodically focuses on its enforcement in different parts of the state.

The law requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.

Specifically, the law states that a driver must vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road if the roadway has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction.

The other option is to slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit. If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph.

Read more from Houston Public Media…