"Shh!!! Be very quiet--we're flying over rich people."--Whispered over the intercom of a Southwest Airlines flight this morning by a flight attendant as the plane left John Wayne Airport. John Wayne, of course, is notorious among pilots and passengers for its wild, nearly vertical liftoff, designed ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 20, 11:20 A.M.: In addition to shaky stories, we should share with one another the reason God punished us with this earthquake--because as Pat Robertson will tell you, there can be no other reason for seismic activity than a vengeful deity. Gay marriage? The ACLU caravan coming to Sant ... More >>
Last week was opening day for John Wayne Airport's newest arrival, the Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar & Grill. Located in expanded Terminal C, between Southwest Gates 18 and 19, passengers can leisurely await flights with cocktails, sandwiches and flat-screen televisions. We scored a booth overl ... More >>
Today, at 5 a.m., we went tri-terminal. That's right, John Wayne Airport's Terminal C finally opened up. Basically, there's now more parking spaces, check-in kiosks, security lanes, gates and, of course, Starbucks. Here's a map of the airport's add-ons.Yesterday there was an invite-only dedi ... More >>
Summertime in the LGB.SoCal-ers have long appreciated Long Beach Airport for making air travel less of a hair-pulling affair. Parking's a breeze, lines are relatively short and getting to the gate never requires a 10K sprint (we're lazy). Now there's another reason to love good ol' LGB. It' ... More >>
This afternoon at John Wayne Airport, a man managed to come up on a uniformed sheriff's deputy from behind and remove his gun from his holster.The deputy and a second sheriff's department employee managed to recover the gun and take the man into custody without any shots being fired. The employee ... More >>
If you throw a chicken strip, we guarantee it'll hit a pool table.The Place: The Classic Q, 4250 Martingale Way, Newport Beach, (949) 261-9458; www.theclassicq.com.The Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.The Deal: 25 percent off all appetizers, $5 for select appetizers, $4.50 for house ... More >>
Recent reports of near-misses in the skies near John Wayne Airport are bad enough.But Orange County's commercial airport seems to have shifted from the scary to the bizarre over the past week.Check out the rundown of five recent examples of weirdness involving planes arriving at or leaving from J ... More >>
Photo by the Elmo MonsterDollar menus are so 2009. If you're a non-chain, how about a $2 menu? It's about as rare as the $2 bill. But The Chippy Fish & Chips is celebrating two years of deep-fried Irvine happiness this week. Hurry--there are only two days left to catch the deal. Details a ... More >>
John Wayne Airport--which already has a reputation for being one of the world's scariest because of its steep, vertical takeoffs and throttle-cutting procedures--will have pilots essentially threading a tighter needle beginning next month.A new flight path called STREL will push aircraft into the ... More >>
Constant traveling across the United States from John Wayne Airport has taught me that the main connecting hubs for flights out of our fair county are Phoenix, Denver and Dallas. I try not to spend any cash while on layover, the cheapskate that I am, but one booth always draws me in: Cousin's Bar ... More >>
Looking up at the skies over north Costa Mesa a couple weeks ago produced a most disturbing site: a JetBlue plane making its normal descent into Long Beach Airport was passed maybe 100 feet above by another airliner heading for either LAX or the landing line at John Wayne Airport. Maybe that's a ... More >>
John Wayne Airport is one of the 10 scariest airports in the world.That's the opinion of "a couple of pilots, along with SmarterTravel readers," who provided "their insights and experiences with difficult takeoffs and landings" to the travel site.
The Orange County Grand Jury in the past has issued reports critical of projects intended to improve our environment, including light rail, cleaning up Aliso Creek and, most recently, the Orange County Great Park.Today, the grand jury issued a report titled "Orange County Goes Green" that lauds t ... More >>
Feed the Taco Man, por favor...Dear High-End Roach Coaches: I admit it--I'm one judgmental pendejo. I have dismissed ustedes as mere scenesters, as ingrates who hopped onto a trend without acknowledging the Mexican pioneers who sued for the rules and regulations you can now easily navigate becaus ... More >>
Monica Hesse has an interesting story in today's Washington Post on a new breach of etiquette sweeping this great land of ours: the secondhand porn that travelers are subjected to as they, well, sweep across this great land of ours.
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Glenn and Wendy Stearns admire Challenger's wingspan as handler Al Cecere holds the non-releasable bald eagle.
CHALLENGER'S CHARITY FLIGHT PATH IS CORRECTED . . .
"Challenger," the non-releasable American bald eagle we told you about this morning, made his sched ... More >>
Member of the Scottish Parliament Alex Neil played the Duke card as he joined Scottish government officials in pressing for renaming Glasgow Prestwick Airport after Robert Burns in honor of the poet, lyricist and Scotland favorite son's 250th birthday in January.
"I remember flying into John Wayne ... More >>
We here in Orange County are so jaded by the Crystal Cathedral's Glory of Christmas spectacular that we frequently forget how stupendous the production is. Leave it to the holy geniuses over at the Wittenburg Door to remind us of our jewel. Under the title, "And They Laid Him in a Manger, Somewhere ... More >>
The Orange County Register reported yesterday that various lords of Orange County are meeting and spending cash "to cash in on the pop-culture phenomenon that is Orange County." I'll closely examine our constant reinvention in my biography-memoir of la naranja next fall, but one thing bears worth no ... More >>