Why ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ Will Make You Say “What’s Up?”
New York’s airport is a hub for international travel.
Its terminals, which are lined with international travelers, offer many perks, including free Wi-Fi, luggage pickup, and a discount on check-in.
But now, the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) is planning to expand its services into the airport.
The agency’s “Lizzie’s Airport Transfer” will allow international passengers to transfer their luggage to a private airport terminal without having to leave their own baggage behind.
The program, which is being piloted by the New Jersey Transit Authority, is set to open next year.
The agency has previously run a similar program in Los Angeles and is planning another one in Newark, New Jersey.
In a statement, NYC Transit spokesperson Liz Saldana said the agency is “actively seeking new ways to connect travelers with jobs, schools, and other important services.”
Saldana also said the program would be a boon to the transit agency, which already provides services to about 4.6 million people every day, including about 1.6 billion people traveling internationally.
“We will work to ensure that Lizzies Airport Transfer will be a benefit to our residents and to the public in New York, while preserving the safety of our passengers,” Saldano said.
“This is a critical program that will benefit us all.”
The New York Transit Authority is also expanding its services to the nearby airport in New Jersey and has already opened a new train service to Newark.
The airport transfer program has attracted attention for being one of the most expensive and complicated airport transfers ever, and there have been a number of lawsuits, including one filed by a passenger in New Mexico, who claims the New Yorkers who use it should not be charged for their service.
“This is like having your luggage checked at the airport,” the passenger, who requested not to be identified, told the New Mexico Public Radio.
“The whole airport is packed, and the people there don’t even know you’re here.”
Another lawsuit filed last year, filed in New Hampshire, alleged the New Yorker who uses the program has no rights over the luggage he or she transfers to the airport terminal.
In response to the lawsuit, the NYCCTA has argued the airport transfer is a common airport transfer that is not subject to the same regulations as other airport transfers.