George Bush Intercontinental Airport

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Gang Injunction Becomes Permanent in Harris County District's Safety Zone

    As a rule, nearly 50 gang members are personae non gratae in an area now known as the East Aldine Safety Zone in north Harris County. Most gang members might bristle at the Latinate for "we don't want you 'round here," or the sketchy legality (First Amendement right, hear me?) that is the recent emb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Five Things You May Not Know About 45-Year-Old IAH

    Time flies, doesn't it? This weekend, George Bush Intercontinental Airport celebrated its 45th birthday. It's an international hub for the Bayou City bringing people from around the world to Houston (sometimes for things other than tourism, we imagine). In honor of the airport named after the 41st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Houston Spaceport, Still in Planning Stages, Has Its First Customer

    If you thought trying to get app-based transportation approved here in Houston was tough, it'll be interesting to see how smoothly it goes developing a plan for commercial space flight. Space travel is higher on the list, we think, especially since a project --- a planned public-private partnership ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    County Attorney Wants to Ban Bloods and Crips From Neighborhood -- Nothing Scares Those Dudes Like A Court Order!

    Gang members make bad neighbors -- Bloods are notorious violators of homeowner association driveway maintenance rules, and Crips have been known to not mow their lawns for weeks at a time -- which is why Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan wants to ban those gangs from a north Harris County community. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Houston Traffic Hotspots: The Shepherd Curve

    In this series, I take a look at places around Houston to avoid during rush hour and offer some alternatives that might keep you from going road rage and killing somebody. Most people don't travel I-45 north unless they have to do so. It is mostly a barren wasteland of strip malls, abandoned car de ... More >>

  • News

    July 18, 2013

    Guns and Texans

    Lots of people bring their guns to Houston airports.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Lots Of People Bring Their Guns To Houston Airports (Surprising No One)

    Traveling can be stressful. You have to get there in time to get your bag checked and get through security before you even get the chance to hustle through the terminal to your gate (and it seems like your gate is always guaranteed to be farthest away when you've only got two minutes to get there an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    IAH Has Best Airport Lounge in North America, Conveniently Located in the Same Terminal as the Best Hookup Spot

    A few weeks ago, we noted that the Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Terminal E of George Bush Intercontinental Airport had been ranked as the best spot for an airport hookup in America by Turns out good old Terminal E has more than just a casual spot for meeting Prince Charming, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Houston Will Run on Dunkin'

    This week has been full of openings and few closings. So let's just get the bad news over with. Houston Avenue Bar, aka Re:Hab Houston, informed the public that its lease is up and will be closing the first week of July. The Houston Chronicle reported that management already has a new location thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    George Bush Intercontinental Is One of the Top Hookup Spots; Who Knew?

    You thought the only action you were going to see at George Bush Intercontinental Airport was from that one airport security guard who always gets a little handsy in the pat-downs, but you've got another think coming. Turns out, if you're looking to get a little lovin', IAH is the place to go, speci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    UPDATED: Report: Shots Fired at George Bush IAH

    Update at 2:41 p.m. According to KHOU, the shooting victim fired at least shots with an AR-15 assault rifle in the air before being fired upon by an air marshal. The victime then, allegedly, pulled out a pistol and shot himself. There have been no reports of injuries. George Bush IAH Terminal B is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Weather Week: Who's Ready for One More Shot of Cold Weather?

    The oddball "spring" weather in Houston continues this week, but before I get there, let's recap the rain we had over the weekend. Certain parts of town received as much as 8 inches of rain on Saturday as thunderstorms trained along a warm front. As amazing as it may seem, April will still go down a ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 28, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Indian cuisine.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Visitor's Guide: 7 Things We Don't Want You to See When You Come to Houston

    Last week, many were surprised -- some even perplexed -- to see our beloved city on the annual New York Times list of places to visit in 2013. Houston was number seven on a list of 46 that included Rio, Amsterdam, Singapore, Hawaii's Big Island, Oslo, Bangkok and Paris. Yes, we were on a "must visit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Woman's Death on Flight Being Investigated by Police Described in Most Understated Press Release Ever

    There is a phrase in the news business called "burying the lead." This happens when a key element to a story is not placed in the headline or even in the first paragraph of the story. Instead, it is somewhere down in the story's body. This can be done for several reasons. Sometimes, an editor just w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Houston Airports Have New Artwork and Ways to Help You Avoid Travel Woes

    I was driving out to Bush Intercontinental Airport one night last week and noticed those really odd lit displays that sit at the entrance to the area on JFK Boulevard and I wondered why exactly the lights were moving the way they were. Then I realized they were supposed to be simulating fireworks, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Cheap Flights to Disney World Start in February on Spirit Airlines

    Spirit Airlines, an ultra-low fare airline based in Florida, announced it will begin daily nonstop flights between Orlando and Houston on Valentine's Day this year. Hair Balls did a quick check of the cost for a round trip ticket to Orlando in February and found a fare of $118.79. By comparison, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Gay Couple Sues United Airlines Over Sex Toy Allegedly Taped To Their Luggage

    Back in the day, there used to be a popular TV ad featuring an ape as an aiprot baggage-handler.... ....and things somewhat predictably did not go well. Sure, the ape was a little rough on the goods, but one thing he/she/it didn't do? He/she/it didn't tape a greasy dildo to the outside of the merch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Happy Meal: Sunday Ogbonu's Stomachful Of Heroin Weighs In At Two Pounds, Three Ounces

    Ah, the glamorous life of a Customs and Border Protection agent: waiting around for someone to crap out the kilogram of heroin they've ingested in order to get the junk into the U.S. Most recently on the bowl was Nigerian citizen Sunday Okechukwu Ogbonu, 47, who arrived at Bush Intercontinental Air ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Juan Jose Valerio-Dominguez Found Stabbed & Burned in Woods: Bayou Body Count No. 113

    The body of a 34-year-old Spring man was found at 20900 Birnam Wood near Bush Intercontinental Airport about 1 p.m. Monday and police are investigating his death. The victim has been identified as Juan Jose Valerio-Dominguez.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Houston Airport Lagging Behind on Wi-Fi

    Last week, Chicago O'Hare joined a growing number of airports across the country that offer free unlimited wi-fi to travelers. But George Bush Intercontinental is stubbornly sticking with a 45-minute time limit. In 2007, the airport brokered a multimillion-dollar deal with Boingo, the biggest publi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Fast Times: Kolache and Donuts from Shipley's Donuts

    We've been traveling a lot in my house lately, and one of the results of that hectic schedule has been almost weekly trips to Bush Intercontinental Airport during the wee hours. When I'm the one doing the dropping off I usually try to eat a healthy snack before I leave and then a good breakfast when ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    The Sound of Flight: 6 Local Musicians That Could Announce Flights at Houston Airports

    On Tuesday, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport announced that they will be launching a new program to promote awareness of music native to their region, wherein famous musicians from the area will announce safety procedures and give informational speeches on the airport. In return, the airport wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Awesomeness and Hearing Loss at the 2011 Texas BigBeat

    How do a crapload of drums sound when playing in unison in an airplane hangar? Pretty freaking awesome. ​In the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, lead singer Eddie Vedder discusses the detrimental impact of the band's Spinal Tap-like replacement of drummers, equating each ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Texas Big Beat Drums for Charity This Sunday

    Photo by groovehouseDrummers young and old.​Five years ago, drummer Donna Fisher noticed that Seattle had been doing a charity drum gathering each year called Woodstick, and it sparked an idea. "They got over 400 drummers and I thought, 'Oh my gosh, we have to do that in Houston,'" she told Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    China Sends Cops to HPD, HPD Sends Them to Hospital

    Two Houston police cars at the agency's driving range had "a timing issue" with a maneuver this morning, and crashed. Among the passengers: Cops from Houston's sister city in China, who were being shown just how great HPD drivers are. The Houston Chronicle reports "five Chinese law enforcement dig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Houston Park Ranger Shot By Guy Who Really Wanted Him to Turn His Headlights Off

    Things escalated, let's just say.​Sometimes, if you're in a public park, you want a little privacy, a little darkness, to do whatever it is you want to do that would require privacy and darkness in a public park. So if a city Park Ranger comes by with his headlights blaring, you naturally are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Bush Intercontinental's Billion-Dollar Terminal Renovation: Things That Have Cost Less

    Well, at least it looks odd​Mayor Annise Parker has announced a billion-with-a-friggin'-b expansion and renovation of Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport. According to a release, the new Terminal B will feature: -- A wide connecting bridge to a modern central passenger lounge -- Spac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Texas BigBeat: A Mighty Racket For Such A Small Crowd

    Photos by Matthew KeeverThe Littlest Drummer: Ain't he cute?​Sunday afternoon at Bush Intercontinental Airport, the sound of drums roared through the air, all but drowning out the planes taking off in the background. The Fourth Annual Texas BigBeat drumming charity event was a success in its c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Joyce Cleveland, 78, Bayou Body Count No. 151

    Dead at 78 from blunt-force injuries​A 78-year-old woman was found dead on the living-room floor of her home near Bush Intercontinental Airport, the victim of lacerations and blunt trauma, police say. A neighbor of victim Joyce Cleveland was awakened by barking dogs and saw two unknown male suspe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Becky Hamilton, 52, Bayou Body Count No. 9

    ​It's the kind of thing that sounds like it could be a mob hit ... or possible a pissed-off athlete.But whatever the case, Houston police are trying to figure out who and why someone stuffed a dead body into a locker that was found in a field just south of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.Ride ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: A Stench At The Airport

    ​George Bush Intercontinental Airport may not be on the same level as mythic Mafioso burial grounds such as JFK in New York or the airport in Newark, N.J., but it still finds a stiff every once in a while.Last week, airport police got a call about a terrible stench coming from the parking lot of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Aftermath: More Drums and Drummers Than We Ever Thought We'd See at an Intercontinental Airport Hangar

    Videos by Craig Hlavaty Any drummer jokes, say the one about Ginger Baker and coffee both sucking without Cream, pretty much have to go out the window when you enter an expansive warehouse that includes over 100 boys and girls, and men and women, pounding on their respective kits. Sometimes in tand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Houston Fire Department Battles Another Racism Allegation, Assuming You Think Graffiti Saying "Die Nigger" Is Racist

    The Houston Police Department began a full-scale hate-crime investigation this morning after a pair of women firefighters discovered racist and sexist graffiti scribbled all over the locker doors in the women's dressing quarters at Station 54 at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Houston Fire Depa ... More >>

  • Music

    May 21, 2009

    Cattle Decapitation

    The proud vegans in this San Diego grindcore outfit welcome you to The Harvest Floor.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Willie D Arrested on Wire Fraud Charges

    Willie D, member of Houston rap pioneers the Geto Boys and CEO of Relentless Entertainment, was arrested by FBI agents Wednesday night at George Bush International Airport as he returned from an overseas trip. According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office, D, whose real name is William De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    First, let's have a round of applause for Robb Walsh and Katharine Shilcutt, the glue holding Eating Our Words together. Without them, we'd have had three articles this week, one of them about places you can't actually eat at anymore. Robb started us out with a piece on a little BBQ joint close to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Charges Against Wayna Dismissed; T.I. Off To Jail

    It's good news today for two performers, even if one of them is going to jail. Don't look so confused; we'll explain in just a bit. But first we have to congratulate Grammy-nominated R&B singer Wayna, who got picked up last year at Bush Intercontinental Airport right here in Houston for carrying a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Chamillionaire's Inaugural Diary, Part 1: Getting There

    [Houston rapper Chamillionaire, whose Mixtape Messiah 6 is in stores now and LP Venom will be out soon, was kind enough to keep a diary of his trip to Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama's inauguration last week. Rocks Off is glad he's feeling better, too. Today: Leaving Houston from an auspiciously n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    The Times Finds Yet Another Annoying Thing About Houston

    Houston, The New York Times has found yet another thing you do that's highly annoying.Earlier, it was our pathetic efforts at recycling. Now it's the security announcements at what it terms "the grandly named" George Bush Intercontinental Airport."I immediately start grousing about those annoying se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Attention Passengers: Forget Bush Intercontinental, Here Are The Five Best Karaoke Movie Scenes

    If Buddha, Mohammed, and Jesus Christ joined hands and strolled down Westheimer turning automobiles into unicorns while singing "Blasphemous Rumors" I don't think it would get as much coverage as that infernal karaoke machine at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (including right here at Hair Ball ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Intercontinental a Xanadu of Healthy Food, Group Somehow Says

    Houston has never really been known for its healthy eating, what with all the "Fattest City" this and the "Most Fast Food" that.But it appears there's one area where we are not totally in the grip of the fried-food cabal: The airport.Bush Intercontinental Airport came in fourth in a nationwide surve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Intercontinental A Xanadu Of Healthy Food, Group Somehow Says

    Houston has never really been known for its healthy eating, what with all the "Fattest City" this and the "Most Fast Food" that.But it appears there's one area where we are not totally in the grip of the fried-food cabal: The airport.Bush Intercontinental Airport came in fourth in a nationwide surve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    He Tried To Commit ID Theft Against 17,000 Marines

    A word to the wise: the next time you try selling the names and Social Security numbers of nearly 17,000 U.S. Marines, make sure the buyer is actually the spy he says he is, and not an undercover FBI agent. Randall Craig, a former military contractor, learned that lesson the hard way when he was ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    Breaking News, Sorta

    Just spoke to Marlene McClinton, spokeswoman for the Houston Airport System, about fumes emanating from a Continental Airlines jet at Bush Intercontinental Airport's Terminal C. Three Continental employees were overcome by the fumes, which supposedly were coming from a U.S. Mail bin. The three Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    Please Check Your Seatbacks -- and Pilot

    Modern Drunkard Magazine What harm's a little rum between IAH and DFW ? Our pals at KHOU broke another good one yesterday. You may have heard that a Continental Airlines pilot was pulled from duty Sunday after testing positive for alcohol. Seems a Continental employee smelled the vapors emanatin ... More >>

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