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4 workers hospitalized after fall at Miami airport

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Four workers were hospitalized after they fell from a scissor lift at Miami International Airport Wednesday morning, aviation and fire rescue officials said.

The workers, employees of Commercial Jet, were doing maintenance work on an airplane inside their hangar when they fell, Miami-Dade Aviation spokesman Greg Chin said.

All four were taken to a nearby hospital but one of the employees had a more serious injury than the others, Chin said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials confirmed the injuries but didn’t give any other details.

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Fed up with waiting, air travelers rush rental car counters

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As hundreds of thousands of fliers still stranded by Superstorm Sandy struggle to get home or resume their disrupted itineraries, many are getting frustrated with air travel and turning to four-wheel transportation options.

Car rental companies are reporting unusual activity in the wake of the storm, with travelers desperate to get moving.

“It’s people saying, ‘I’m stuck, I’ve got to get out of here’,” said Richard Broome, a spokesman for Hertz.

The company estimates it will have rented 10,000 cars one-way from the storm-affected area, compared to a few hundred — at most — reservations of this type at this time of the year, Broome said. It means lots of people are picking up a car at one location and dropping it off at another far away, a shift from the typical car rental.

“For this kind of activity, you only see it during truly catastrophic events. Major natural disasters and, for example, 9/11,” Broome said.

Hertz has a very large number of reservations in New York, but it doesn’t physically have enough cars in the city to handle them, he added. The company is moving the cars in as quickly as it can. Orbitz is reporting a 14 percent spike in car rental rates in the Big Apple compared to last week, an indication of increased demand.

For travelers who either couldn’t get a rental car or who are waiting for a flight, there was some good news on Wednesday: JFK and Newark airports provided limited air service. Travelers should check with their airlines before heading to the airport and should take precautionary measures as terminals may have limited food and concessions.

LaGuardia remained closed Wednesday and was described by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as having suffered “extensive damage.” It will open on Thursday and offer limited service, according to an e-mail alert from the airport.

Video: Stranded travelers ‘not going to get next flight’

Robert Reid is among the many stranded travelers waiting to return home after the storm. On Wednesday, he was in Bogota, Colombia, preparing to fly back to JFK International after Sandy unexpectedly extended his trip to Ecuador by several days. His original flight would have put him in New York on Monday just as the hurricane was arriving, so he was relieved when it was canceled. Reid used the delay to relax in Quito.

“These are crazy times,” said Reid, who is the U.S. travel editor for Lonely Planet. “(But) I can’t complain. I was lucky. I’d rather spend a few bonus days in the Andes with hot chocolate cafes than be stuck back in New York.”

Carriers have canceled more than 19,500 flights since Sunday, according to FlightAware.com. Almost 3,000 flights were scrubbed today, with LaGuardia accounting for most of them.

Flooded subway tunnels and train tracks in New York are having an impact on carriers who may have planes ready to go but whose pilots, flight attendants, gate agents and other employees are having a hard time getting to the airport.

Limited subway service will be restored to 14 of 23 lines on Thursday, Gov. Cuomo announced.

Video: Aerials: LaGuardia tarmac flooded by Sandy

For airlines, it will probably take at least until this weekend for the domestic backlog to sort out, said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com. It could take a bit longer for people stranded in Asia and Europe who are trying to come back to the U.S., depending on the number of flights and seats available.

“But we will see many people deciding not to begin outward journeys or postponing non-essential outbound trips until after the mess clears up, so that will help,” Hobica said.

The big job now for airlines is to assess the damage and regroup:

  • Delta resumed about 50 percent of its schedule at JFK on Wednesday. It expects to resume operations at LaGuardia on Thursday.;
  • United resumed inbound flights to JFK and Newark on Wednesday afternoon;
  • American Airlines plans to operate limited flights into JFK on Wednesday evening and will resume flying out of JFK, LaGuardia and Newark on Thursday morning;
  • JetBlue saw its first arrival at JFK International on Wednesday morning and is looking at a phased return to service. There still will be no JetBlue departures from JFK until Thursday when the airline plans on operating at about 50 percent of its schedule. The airline plans to resume flights at Newark on Thursday.

Airlines will use bigger planes and add more flights to speed things up if they can, said Brett Snyder, who runs the Cranky Concierge air travel assistance service.

“It could have been a lot worse, but this is a lower demand travel time so there is more slack in the system to recover than you’d find around the holidays,” he said.

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Few flights leaving JFK, Newark; damaged LaGuardia closed

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New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport resumed light service Wednesday after being closed due to Hurricane Sandy.

As hundreds of thousands of fliers still stranded by Superstorm Sandy struggle to get home or resume their disrupted itineraries, many are getting frustrated with air travel and turning to four-wheel transportation options.

Car rental companies are reporting unusual activity in the wake of the storm, with travelers desperate to get moving.

“It’s people saying, ‘I’m stuck, I’ve got to get out of here’,” said Richard Broome, a spokesman for Hertz.

The company estimates it will have rented 10,000 cars one-way from the storm-affected area, compared to a few hundred — at most — reservations of this type at this time of the year, Broome said. It means lots of people are picking up a car at one location and dropping it off at another far away, a shift from the typical car rental.

“For this kind of activity, you only see it during truly catastrophic events. Major natural disasters and, for example, 9/11,” Broome said.

Hertz has a very large number of reservations in New York, but it doesn’t physically have enough cars in the city to handle them, he added. The company is moving the cars in as quickly as it can. Orbitz is reporting a 14 percent spike in car rental rates in the Big Apple compared to last week, an indication of increased demand.

For travelers who either couldn’t get a rental car or who are waiting for a flight, there was some good news on Wednesday: JFK and Newark airports provided limited air service. Travelers should check with their airlines before heading to the airport and should take precautionary measures as terminals may have limited food and concessions.

Video: Airports slowly open after Sandy

LaGuardia remained closed Wednesday and was described by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as having suffered “extensive damage.” It will open on Thursday and offer limited service, according to an e-mail alert from the airport.

Robert Reid is among the many stranded travelers waiting to return home after the storm. On Wednesday, he was in Bogota, Colombia, preparing to fly back to JFK International after Sandy unexpectedly extended his trip to Ecuador by several days. His original flight would have put him in New York on Monday just as the hurricane was arriving, so he was relieved when it was canceled. Reid used the delay to relax in Quito.

“These are crazy times,” said Reid, who is the U.S. travel editor for Lonely Planet. “(But) I can’t complain. I was lucky. I’d rather spend a few bonus days in the Andes with hot chocolate cafes than be stuck back in New York.”

Video: Aerials: LaGuardia tarmac flooded by Sandy

Carriers have canceled more than 19,500 flights since Sunday, according to FlightAware.com. Almost 3,000 flights were scrubbed today, with LaGuardia accounting for most of them.

Flooded subway tunnels and train tracks in New York are having an impact on carriers who may have planes ready to go but whose pilots, flight attendants, gate agents and other employees are having a hard time getting to the airport.

Limited subway service will be restored to 14 of 23 lines on Thursday, Gov. Cuomo announced.

For airlines, it will probably take at least until this weekend for the domestic backlog to sort out, said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com. It could take a bit longer for people stranded in Asia and Europe who are trying to come back to the U.S., depending on the number of flights and seats available.

“But we will see many people deciding not to begin outward journeys or postponing non-essential outbound trips until after the mess clears up, so that will help,” Hobica said.

The big job now for airlines is to assess the damage and regroup:

  • Delta resumed about 50 percent of its schedule at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday. It expects to resume operations at LaGuardia on Thursday.;
  • United planned to resume inbound flights to JFK International and Newark Liberty on Wednesday afternoon;
  • American Airlines plans to operate limited flights into JFK on Wednesday evening and will resume flying out of JFK, LaGuardia and Newark on Thursday morning;
  • JetBlue saw its first arrival at JFK International on Wednesday morning and is looking at a phased return to service. There still will be no JetBlue departures from JFK until Thursday when the airline plans on operating at about 50 percent of its schedule. The airline plans to resume flights at Newark on Thursday.

Airlines will use bigger planes and add more flights to speed things up if they can, said Brett Snyder, who runs the Cranky Concierge air travel assistance service.

“It could have been a lot worse, but this is a lower demand travel time so there is more slack in the system to recover than you’d find around the holidays,” he said.

Click here for full coverage of Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath.

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12 haunted hotels that are home to ghosts and gastronomy

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Courtesy Otesaga Resort Hotel

For years, the 103-year-old Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y. was rumored to have paranormal activity.

Add ghost hunting to your fall travel itinerary by booking a stay at a haunted hotel. Far from the stuff of theme parks, each haunted hotel on our list has a storied past filled with ghost sightings sure to make your fall trip brag-worthy.

From sightings of the Lady in Red who roams The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and giggling ghostly girls at Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y., to a former whaling captain who wanders the halls at the Jared Coffin House in Nantucket, Mass., these haunted hotels are full of ghost stories, and they also boast spirited suppers.

Slideshow: See the list of 12 haunted hotels

To increase your chances of seeing a ghost, The Daily Meal has included which rooms are favored by these amicable apparitions so you can have the best odds of slumbering with spirits.

Otesaga Resort Hotel (Cooperstown, N.Y.)
For years, the 103-year-old Otesaga Resort Hotel was rumored to have paranormal activity. From 1920 to 1954, the hotel was the Knox School for Girls, a private girl’s school, and guests have reported hearing children playing and giggling in the third floor hallway. Voices have been heard in the Glimmerglass Room, apparitions have been seen walking hand-in-hand in period clothing, staff have heard their names being called from unseen sources and a security officer has heard people walking above him on the fifth floor. After a visit from Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters, the stories were found to be true, as the crew confirmed that the historic hotel is indeed haunted with “friendly spirits.” Guests should try chef Michael Gregory’s locally-sourced fare at The Hawkeye Bar Grill.

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Jumby Bay (Jumby Bay Island, Saint John’s, Antigua)
Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort located on the private island of Jumby Bay, takes its name from “jumbie,” Antiguan colloquial for “playful spirit.” In Antiguan culture, it is considered taboo to pass by graveyards at night for fear of becoming entrapped by jumbies, spirits of people who have become trapped in a state of limbo or purgatory who remain near their grave sites until they have served enough time to earn a place in heaven. The small island of Jumby Bay has an old graveyard near the main beach dating back to the 1700s. After avoiding ghost sightings (or seeking them out), visitors can feast at The Estate House, a Spanish Colonial plantation that was once the centerpiece of the island’s sugar plantation and now serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine like a palm heart salad with garden greens, tomato, celery and passion fruit dressing.

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort Golf Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
The 86-year-old Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort Golf Club may add some “spirit” to the vacations of guests who request to stay in a room in the resort’s historical main tower built in 1925, which has reportedly been known to experience friendly paranormal activity. The hotel is getting ghoulish this Halloween with a Spirits Menu at Marchand’s Bar and Grill, the Promenade Lounge, and Alfresco’s, which features the Graveyard Brew ($10), Pumpkin Spook ($12) and the Ghost-tini ($12).

La Posada de Santa Fe (Santa Fe, N.M.)
La Posada de Santa Fe dates to 1882, when a Santa Fe Trail merchant, Abraham Staab, built it as a three-story Victorian mansion for his family. When Staab’s wife, Julia, died in 1896 at the age of 52, her presence continued to live on in the property. Today, the Staab House at La Posada de Santa Fe retains its original structure and is home to a cozy bar and Suite 100, which used to be Julia’s bedroom. To honor her, the hotel staff makes sure to invite her to parties held in the house and greet her when they enter her bedroom. The resort recently appointed a new executive chef Carmen Rodriguez, and his Nana’s Mexican Chocolate Mousse, a recipe passed on from his grandmother, is a must-try.

The Homestead (Hot Springs, Va.)
Built in 1766, The Homesteadis one of the oldest resorts in America. As the story goes, in the early 1900s, a woman was set to be married at The Homestead, but on the day of her wedding her husband-to-be ran out and never returned. The bride became so distraught that she took her own life. Now, her spirit supposedly roams the 14th floor of the resort asking guests and staff for the time, with hopes that her groom will return. Guests of The Homestead resort can enjoy the sweet smells of fall at breakfast with the resort’s signature cinnamon donuts.

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Stranded by Sandy, air travelers eager to change status

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Stranded between flights, Italian tourists Patrizio D’Emido, left, and his girlfriend Joelle Carota, sit at Ronald Reagan National Airport as Superstorm Sandy blew through Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Stuck. Stranded. In limbo. Whatever you call it, weary fliers grounded by Hurricane Sandy were eager to change their status on Tuesday as airlines and airports began assessing damage from the powerful storm.

On Tuesday, all New York City-area airports were closed, including John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro. JFK International will be reopened Wednesday, but LaGuardia will stay closed “due to extensive damage,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a news conference.

Carriers have canceled 18,000 flights since Sunday, and that number is still expected to grow, according to FlightAware.com.

Video: Airline operations limp back to life

With no way of getting out of or into the Big Apple and other parts of the East Coast by air, there’s a huge backlog of fliers around the country and the world with nowhere to go.

Some travelers spent the night on cots set up at airports including Newark Liberty, Boston Logan International and Chicago O’Hare International. Others snapped up hotel rooms — hotel bookings are up 15 percent in New York City and 68 percent in Washington compared to last week, according to data provided by Orbitz.

The question now: When will airline schedules get back to normal?

“A lot of it depends on what kind of damage they assess at the New York metro airports and when those reopen,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at Orbitz.

“Should flights, for example, start going back out tomorrow on a limited basis, we don’t anticipate flight schedules really getting back to normal until late this weekend, early next week,” she said.

Related: Sandy leaves NYC subway system, infrastructure, licking its wounds

There’s already a big backlog of travelers who canceled their flights before the storm so there won’t be a lot of seats to rebook displaced fliers on, Tornatore noted.

Video: NBC’s Tom Costello talks about transportation interruptions for the areas affected by Sandy.

For stranded travelers, there’s nothing to do but wait. 

Claire Conroy, who lives south of Boston, is stuck on the West Coast until Thursday. Conroy flew out to San Diego, Calif., with her mother and sister last week to celebrate her niece’s first birthday. When they realized over the weekend that they might have trouble returning Monday as planned, they spent 35 minutes on hold with JetBlue to rebook for a flight on Sunday afternoon. But it was too late.

“When we got to the counter, the flight was still listed as on time but was in fact canceled. The soonest flight we could get on was Thursday afternoon. Even then, only two of us are on that flight — my sister will be (flying) Friday. That’s how fast the seats were filling,” Conroy said.

Slideshow: Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath

Nicole Abramowski — who grew up on Long Island and now lives in Berlin, Germany — was flying home to New York for the first time in over a year to visit friends and family when she got stuck. She made it as far as London, where she was supposed to catch an American Airlines flight to JFK International on Sunday but it was canceled right before the gate opened.

The carrier booked Abramowski on a Thursday flight and put her up in a hotel, but later found out only two nights of her stay are covered and she has to pay for the rest of her accommodations herself.

“Hotel rooms here are 150-200 pounds a night, which is a whole month’s rent for me in Berlin on my salary and completely unaffordable,” Abramowski said, pointing out that she is stuck in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

“After an hour on the phone and taking a bus back to the airport to speak with them in person, they tell me it’s not their responsibility, ‘We didn’t even have to book you into a hotel for those two nights.’”

Her whole hotel is filled with people trying to get to New York, Abramowski said.

“I feel bad for everyone having to deal with this. We have bad timing,” she added.

American Airlines has suspended operations until Wednesday at nine airports in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including Ronald Reagan Washington National, Dulles International, Baltimore/Washington International, Norfolk International, Philadelphia International, Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Bradley International.

US Airways has similar closures, plus cancellations at airports in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Delta Air Lines is resuming flying at Boston Logan and the major Washington-area airports on Tuesday, but its operations continue to be shut down in New York. 

United plans to resume inbound flights in the Big Apple on Wednesday. The airline warned that it is experiencing extremely high call volume due to the storm.

JetBlue posted a photo of its planes waiting out Sandy in Puerto Rico and asked passengers for patience.

“We will be ready to start operations as soon as Wednesday morning if the airports and public transportation are open, but we expect it will take much longer to get back to business as usual,” the airline said on its blog.

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