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Sonia Garcia is Austonia's senior producer, where she works with reporters to assign, edit and publish stories daily. A Rio Grande Valley native, Sonia is a digital media innovation graduate of Texas State University, where she wrote and edited for The University Star. She has previously provided cultural coverage of the Austin area at the Austin American-Statesman. Twitter: @soniaaxgarciaa
Lines stretch across airport after bomb threat in what might be the busiest travel day since the pandemic
Mayhem at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport started this morning, first with TSA lines wrapping around the check-in counters and then with police investigating a bomb threat, that has since been cleared.
Since before 6 a.m., TSA checkpoint lines stretched across the airport, causing some to miss their flights. ABIA estimates that wait times at security checkpoints to be two to three hours. Wait times on the ABIA website are not up to date, the airport tweeted Friday.
Before 9 a.m., only one checkpoint line was open. A source tells Austonia the other lines were not open due to multiple TSA workers calling out of work for the day. By 11 a.m., all three lines were open.
Additionally, Austin police responded to a bomb threat in the baggage claim area around 10 a.m. after a bomb-sniffing dog picked up a scent on an unattended bag. Operations have since resumed with clearance from police.
The TSA line at 11 a.m. (Claire Partain)
This may be one of the busiest travel days since the pandemic with lines stretching across the airport. ABIA Public Information Officer Bryce Dubee told Austonia it's too early to know if this is the busiest travel day, but it's possible. The record was set this past Monday, with 25,000 passengers—an average day pre-pandemic.
Brandi Horsford travels to Austin twice a year from Pittsburgh, to visit her mom. "This is the busiest I've ever seen it. I think it's because Memorial Day was last weekend," she said.
Brandi Horsford traveled from Pittsburgh to Austin, arriving at a very chaotic airport this morning. (Claire Partain)
During peak wait times, the airport encourages travelers to plan to get there with plenty of time to wait. Peak departure times include:
- 5-8 a.m.
- 11 a.m.-1 p.m
- 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Between Central Texas barbeque and Boca Chica tacos, it's no surprise Texas' new resident Elon Musk is ready to dabble in the restaurant business next.
Tesla quietly applied for three trademarks (one for the word "Tesla" and two for the different logos) in restaurant services last week without word on what the upcoming project could be, reports Electrek. But by the looks of it, it may not be for a local restaurant.
It is suspected that Musk could be planning to go through with his '50s diner idea that he floated around in 2018 and resurfaced earlier this year. The diner would be part of a Californian supercharger station for Tesla owners to visit when charging up.
@Gfilche Major new Supercharger station coming to Santa Monica soon! Hoping to have 50’s diner & 100 best movie cli… https://t.co/LZKHKd41wu— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1617390799.0
While Musk may not seem to know the ins and outs of the restaurant industry, it'd take a quick phone call to brother Kimbal Musk, who is a restaurant operator in Colorado and Chicago, for some advice.
This won't be Tesla's first time creating a consumer product. Last year it debuted a Tesla Tequila, tequila in a lightning-shaped, Tesla-labeled bottle, after making an April Fools joke out of it in 2018.
With the latest Tesla Gigafactory under construction in Southeast Travis County, maybe Austin Tesla owners could be next to receive some love with a Tesla eatery.
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It's the unofficial start of summer, but it hardly feels like June in Austin with nonstop rain here to stay throughout the week.
This week's forecast shows rain every day this week:
Tuesday- Showers expected before 10 a.m.; 50% chance of thunderstorms at night.
Wednesday- High chance of thunderstorms all day with up to half an inch of rainfall.
Thursday- A calm morning is expected to lead to thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Friday- Afternoon showers are expected but should clear up by the evening.
Saturday- Storms coming into Central Texas for the full day.
Sunday- More rain and storms to finish out the week, but the forecast could change in a heartbeat.
High temperatures will stay in the mid-80s all week with lows in the high 60s. Winds are not expected to reach above 5 mph.
Looking for a new summer wardrobe? From men's jewelry to all things Austin FC, we've scouted out new clothing lines and more around the city.
Here's what you need to know about what's new in retail.
Kendra Scott men's collection
Jewelry entrepreneur Kendra Scott is stepping into the men's jewelry space with CEO Tom Nolan after her namesake company spent years dominating in women's jewelry. Her new line, Scott Bros. by Kendra Scott, will feature various styles of men's bracelets ranging from $68-$198.
New opening: Faherty, 11700 Domain Blvd.
New York family-owned apparel store Faherty has opened its doors at Domain Northside. Faherty claims to offer high-quality sustainable products from men's, women's and children's clothing to blankets.
New mural at Domain Northside
While you're shopping at the Domain, stop by the new butterfly mural at 11624 Rock Rose Ave. You might have to get in line, though, because everyone's going to want that Instagram-perfect shot.
New opening: Verde Store, Q2 StadiumAs Austin FC's official merchandise store, the Verde Store, will have five times more products than the Verde Van. (Laura Figi/Austonia)
Your one-stop shop for all things Austin FC is the newly opened Verde Store. You can pick up anything from jerseys to doggie clothes at 10414 McKalla Place every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
San Marcos Outlet virtual employee job fair
(San Marcos Premium Outlets)
Just as lots of industries are struggling to hire employees, the San Marcos Premium Outlets is hosting a mass virtual job fair from now throughout the summer to recruit applicants in its dozens of stores.
Over 60 positions are currently available, including at these stores: Valentino, Coach, Converse, Columbia Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Guess Factory, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Jimmy Choo and more. View more information here.
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