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The best airport food in the country

By Benét J. Wilson, July 21, 2016

With travelers spending more time in terminals, airports have had to take their food offerings to the next level. Gone are the days when airports offered a snack bar with hot dogs on a roller, generic restaurants with basic fare and branded fast-food outlets. Today, three trends have emerged that aim to keep airport goers satisfied — celebrity chef restaurants, outposts of local/regional favorite eateries and special airport-only restaurant concepts. Check out a few our favorites below.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

One of the best celebrity chef restaurants is located in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD): Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless. The winner of the hit Bravo television show “Top Chef Masters," Bayless specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine with eight concepts across the Windy City. You can find Tortas Frontera in Terminals 1, 3 and 5 at O'Hare. Using locally sourced ingredients, Bayless' airport locations are well known for serving tortas, Mexico's version of a warm, toasted sandwich, and offering a customized guacamole bar with five toppings. A customer favorite is cochinita pibil — achiote and citrus-braised pork, pickled red onions and black beans that comes with a side of roasted habanero salsa. Stop by, order online, or better yet — have your food delivered to your gate.

Los Angeles International Airport

The United home at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is Terminal 7, which is also home to The Counter, an eatery with locations in nine different states and four different countries. The restaurant allows passengers to customize their burgers with cheeses, toppings, sauces and buns. Options include beef, turkey, portobello mushrooms, vegan veggie and chicken. The restaurant also offers salads, fries, sandwiches and sweet treats, all of which can be packed up for maximum enjoyment on your flight.

Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport (DEN) is home to Lefty's Mile High Bar & Grill, a concept created by concessions operator Delaware North. It features delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, beers, wines and specialty cocktails. The restaurant, located in Concourse B, is known for its big burgers and vegetarian options, along with multiple television screens, ensuring you won't miss the big game when traveling.

Newark Liberty International Airport

In November 2014, United Airlines announced a major upgrade of food and beverage options in its Terminal C hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). In partnership with OTG Management, the airline is introducing 55 new eateries that offer a myriad of options for travelers. They include Vo Banh Mi, an outpost of a New York City-based Cambodian sandwich shop; Saison, a French bistro created by Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse; healthy Mediterranean cuisine from Flora café; and Melange Petit Patisserie from chocolate master Jacques Torres. It's safe to say you won't run out of options when traveling through Newark.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Finally, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has an outlet of the city's iconic restaurant Dooky Chase, a mainstay in the city since 1941. For travelers who can't make it to the restaurant's Treme neighborhood in the city, the outlet in the airport's main terminal offers its favorite dishes. Menu items include red beans and rice, fried chicken, po'boys, fried catfish, peach cobbler and whiskey bread pudding. The food is so good that you'll want to come back time and time again.

Visit united.com or use the United app to book your next trip and be sure to stop by one of these airport eateries when you're flying through.

Making our app more accessible for people with disabilities

By The Hub team, October 28, 2020

We're proud to launch a redesigned version of our United app to make it easier for customers with visual disabilities to manage all aspects of day-of travel, including check-in, viewing reservation details and flight status, bag tracking and more.

This latest version of our app is now available to both Android and iOS users, and it offers increased color contrast and more space between graphics. Furthermore, we have reorganized how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack, which are built into most handheld devices. By restructuring the way the information is organized on the app, screen readers are better able to convert text to audio in the proper, logical sequence, allowing customers to better understand and navigate the app.

United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team, October 27, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Take your next video call from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude with United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Newly added to our collection is a background encouraging our employees and customers to vote. Our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. No matter which party you support, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and vote.

So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started.

Looking back at a landmark year with Special Olympics

By Ryan Wilks, October 19, 2020

Earlier this summer, we shone a light on our flagship partnership with Special Olympics and our commitment to the Inclusion Revolution. In that same story, we introduced you to our four Special Olympics Service Ambassadors, Daniel, Kyle, Lauren and Zinyra (Z), who, this month, celebrate one year working at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as part of the United family.

This groundbreaking, inclusive employment program took off as a part of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, a community relationship that employees across the company hold close to heart. The original 'UA4' (as they call themselves) have become an integral part of the United team serving customers at O'Hare Airport. Even from behind their masks, their wide smiles and effervescent spirit exude and bring life to the service culture of excellence we strive towards every day.

"The UA4 are more than just customer service ambassadors. They are shining examples of how inclusion, accessibility and equity can have monumental impacts on the culture and service of a business and community," said Customer Service Managing Director Jonna McGrath. "They have forever changed who we are as a company. While they often talk about how United and this opportunity has changed their lives, they have changed ours in more ways than we can count."

In the two years of partnership with Special Olympics, United employees have volunteered over 10,500 hours of service at events around the world and donated over $1.2 million worth of travel to the organization.

"This inclusive employment program is what community partnerships, like ours with Special Olympics, are all about: collaborating to identify areas where the needs of the community intersect with the cultural and business opportunity, then creating the infrastructure and programming to bring the two together," said Global Community Engagement Managing Director Suzi Cabo. "Through this program, our goal is to show other companies that when you put a committed effort and focus towards inclusion and breaking down barriers, you transform lives. I challenge other business around the world to follow our lead in joining the Inclusion Revolution."

Check out the video below to hear from our Special Olympics Service Ambassadors firsthand.

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