Video: STUCK in the Dallas airport

STUCK from Joe Ayala on Vimeo.

If you’ve ever been stuck in any airport overnight, you’ll appreciate this video titled STUCK. When Larry Chen and Joe Ayala found themselves stranded overnight in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport, they decided to have a little bit of fun with their predicament. The two filmed themselves at the airport, making the best of the overnight stay. I was once stuck overnight in the Detroit airport. I wish I’d had the wherewithal to conjure up the fun-having skills these guys had.

If you’ve been stuck in an airport overnight, tell us about it! I want to read your gruesome stories in the comments on this piece.

American Airlines launches promotions to compete with new Virgin America route at DFW

Move over, American – there’s a new dog and pony show in town. American Airlines has launched a new promotional series they propose will “surprise and delight customers” who fly between their hub at Dallas/Fort Worth and LAX or SFO between now and February 28, 2011.

Cooincidentally, this promotion comes just as Virgin America begins competing service to the same two cities. Still, we’re never one to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Take advantage of American’s AAdvantage® program when flying these nonstop routes and gain double elite qualifying miles and double flight miles.

To qualify, passengers must register prior to travel and use promotion code LASF2.

Additionally, between December 1 and 15, American will introduce a ’15 Days of Giveaways’ promotion where customers on several mystery flights a day between DFW and LAX or between DFW and SFO will be selected to receive complimentary giveaway items including Avis Rent A Car coupons, movie passes to see the new film “The Fighter”, Admirals Club one day passes, 5,000 AAdvantage miles an AA Vacations $100 coupon and more.

[Flickr image via CaptnBrando]

Should You Pay For Airport Electricity?

While connecting through Dallas/Ft. Worth airport, blogger Cory Doctorow noticed these $2 per use electrical outlets, presumably targeted at those looking to charge their laptops during layovers. He was able to find non-paying outlets elsewhere in the airport, but “wasn’t sure if security would try to shut [him] down” for trying to use them.

Doctorow suggests that, while Dallas/Ft. Worth is a hub for those flying cross-country, tech-savvy travelers might want to chose the free electricity and laptop-friendly atmosphere of Chicago’s O’Hare airport instead. Makes sense to me — why route yourself through an airport where you’ll be charged to work while you wait for your connecting flight?

Have you traveled through Dallas recently? Do you really have to pay to plug in?