Coming & Going: Ranking airports on food and technology, and more travel news

December 16, 2011
Coming & Going

Healthy airport fare, tech-friendly terminals and more

Airport food, healthy?

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine releases its annual report on airport foodTuesday. The good news: Healthful options are becoming more widely available. The bad: There’s still plenty of junk out there.

On the home front, Washington Dulles moved up a spot to third place among the 15 major airports surveyed. Of Dulles’s 38 restaurants, 35 — or 92 percent — offer at least one healthful option, meaning a “low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free breakfast, lunch, or dinner entree.”

BWI Marshall’s score declined slightly to 76 percent (31 of 41 restaurants), placing it in a tie for ninth. Reagan National was next in 10th, up from 2010’s dead-last position. Its score of 75 percent represents a healthful option at 27 of its 36 restaurants.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County landed top honors, notching a perfect 100 percent for its 59 restaurants.

Ready, set, charge

PC World has issued a new report on the 20 best airports for “tech travelers.”

The survey of 3,300 gates at 40 airports considered such amenities as the number of electrical outlets, WiFi access, cellular signals and workspaces.

Dallas-Fort Worth placed first, with BWI Marshall, in ninth place, the only Washington area airport to crack the top 20. PC World researchers liked BWI’s WiFi and cellular signals and the workspaces available in the terminals populated by Southwest.

Delta earned the top position for tech-friendly airlines. The magazine commended Delta for its upgraded charging stations, on-board WiFi, social media presence and smartphone app that boasts the usual bells and whistles in addition to the ability to track checked luggage. Read the report at www.pcworld.com.

Sail away online

Expedia is expanding its reach on the high seas — and rivers, too.

The online travel agency will now take reservations on Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises and Windstar Cruises. That inventory covers 28 ships.

Expedia’s river cruise bookings are with Avalon Waterways, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Viking River Cruises. Travelers can choose from 55 ships.

Extra N.Y. buses

The DC2NY line is adding extra buses to shuttle you to and from the Big Apple for the holiday season.

Beginning Wednesday, a bus will leave Dupont Circle at 7:15 a.m. several days a week, stopping at Union Station at 7:30 a.m. An added return bus will leave New York at 7 p.m.

A new daily bus from Virginia will leave the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro station at 8 a.m. and swing by the Franconia-Springfield Metro station at 8:30. Buses will return to Virginia as well.

In January, DC2NY will knock the price of several midweek trips to as low as $24. Weekend fares will stay at $30.

Check the schedule at www.dc2ny.com.

Travel ticker

After devastating floods in October, the towns of Italy’s Cinque Terre will reopen for tours at Easter 2012. Classic Journeys will be the first tour company off the mark, offering its popular Tuscany and the Cinque Terre Cultural Walking Tour in April. More info: www.classicjourneys.com.

Becky Krystal covers food for the Going Out Guide and Weekend and Food sections. In her spare time she loves to, of course, eat and cook.
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