While many of us are quick to book a trip and hop on an airplane, we rarely think about how safe the plane actually is. I rarely think about it until I hear about a tragic accident or near accident. Well, I decided to look up the safety ratings for all of the airlines that fly out of Buffalo. The most stars an airline can receive from Airline Ratings is 7 and the lowest is one.

The safety rating for each airline is based on a comprehensive analysis of crash and pilot related serious incident data combined with audits from the world’s aviation governing body ICAO and leading association, IATA, along with the latest COVID-19 compliance data. Each airline has the potential to earn seven stars.

The seven-star safety assessment criteria for all airlines is as follows:

- Has the airline experienced a fatal crash in the last 10 years?
- Has the airline suffered numerous serious pilot related incidents?
- Has the airline and its country of origin passed all the major audits?
- Is the airline complying with international COVID-19 standards?

Here they are, ranked by how many stars they have:

American Airlines - 7 Stars

Thanksgiving Travel Returns To Near Pre-Pandemic Volumes Across U.S.
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Delta Air Lines - 7 Stars

Delta Posts Record First-Quarter Earnings
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Frontier Airlines

The Airfield At Miami International Airport
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JetBlue Airways - 7 Stars

JetBlue Airlines in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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Southwest Airlines - 7 Stars

Southwest Airlines Experiences Major Flight Cancellations Across U.S.
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Sun Country Airlines - 7 Stars

Massive Snowstorm Still Dumping Snow In Parts Of Midwest And Northeast
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United Airlines - 7 Stars

CLEAR: A Day of Families
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Vacation Express by Sunwing - 4 Stars

Massive Snowstorm Still Dumping Snow In Parts Of Midwest And Northeast
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Thankfully for us, all of our airlines have 7 stars, except Vacation Express by Sunwing. The Canada-based airline has a safety score of 4/7 and a COVID-19 score of 3/7.

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If You Bring These Foods Onto A Plane, They’ll Get Trashed by TSA [List]

As many New Yorkers are planning their trips for 2022, it's important to know what you are allowed or not allowed to take on the plane. Your loved ones from Buffalo, who now live elsewhere, may have some special requests of food they want you to bring them. Just know, the Transportation Security Administration also known as TSA, has some strict rules on the types of food you can take on the plane and what you need to check in your luggage. Many people, including myself, have opted to travel light since airlines started charging for checked bags. So it's imperative you "know before you go," so you don't end up having to throw your uncle's favorite beer-cheese dip out before he can even dip a pretzel in it.

Alcohol
Carry-on Bags: Yes, 3.4oz or less
Checked Bags: Yes

*The exception is any alcohol over 140 proof, it's not permitted in carry-on nor checked bags

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Baby Food/Baby Formula/Breast Milk/Water for Babies
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

*There are special instructions for baby formula and breast milk

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Bottled Water
Carry-on Bags: Yes up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Bread
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Candy/Chocolate
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

*Liquid chocolate can only be up to 3.4 oz in a carry-on bag

Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags. Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible. TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.

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Canned Foods
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

* There are special instructions for taking canned goods in your carry-on bags

There are some items that are not on the prohibited items list, but because of how they appear on the X-ray, security concerns, or impact of the 3-1-1 rules for liquids, gels and aerosols, they could require additional screening that might result in the item not being allowed through the checkpoint. We suggest that you pack this item in your checked bag, ship it to your destination or leave it at home.

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Cereal
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Cheese (Creamy)
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Cheese (Solid)
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Coffee (Beans, Ground, Liquid, Thermos)
Carry On Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

* Liquid coffee must be 3.4 oz or less in a carry-on bag

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Cooked Meat, Seafood and Vegetable (With No Liquids)
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

 

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Cookies
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Crackers
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Creamy Dips, Hummus and Spreads
Carry On Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Dried Fruits
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Fresh Eggs
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Carry-on Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
Checked Bags: Yes

Passengers flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland cannot take most fresh fruits and vegetables due to the risk of spreading invasive plant pests.

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Fresh Meat and Seafood
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

*Special instructions for carry-on bags

Meat, seafood and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted. You also can pack frozen perishables in your carry-on or checked bags in dry ice. The FAA limits you to five pounds of dry ice that is properly packaged (the package is vented) and marked.

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Frozen Food/Ice Cream
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

*Special instructions for carry-on bags

Meat, seafood, vegetables and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted.

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Gel Ice Packs
Carry On Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

*Special instructions for carry-on bags

Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.

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Gravy
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Gum
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Honey/Maple Syrup
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Jam and Jelly
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Juices/Juice for Babies
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz and
Checked Bags: Yes

*Special instructions for babies

Formula, breast milk and juice for babies are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. Please see traveling with children for more information.

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Live Lobster
Carry-on Bags: Check with Airline
Checked Bags: Yes

A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. A TSA officer will visually inspect your lobster at the checkpoint. We recommend that you contact your airline to determine your airline's policy on traveling with your lobster before arriving at the airport.

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Nuts
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Oils and Vinegars/Salad Dressing
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Peanut Butter/Nut Butters
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Pet food (solid and solid)
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes
*Dry or "moist" pet food is considered solid food. Wet pet food must be less than or equal to 3.4 oz for carry-on bags

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Pies and Cakes
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Pizza
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Protein or Energy Powders
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Salsa and Sauces
Carry-on Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
Checked Bags: Yes

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Salt
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Sandwiches
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Snack Bar
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Snacks (Solid)
Carry On Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes
*Solid snacks, not liquids or gels, can be carried in your carry-on bags

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Soda
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Solid Foods
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Soups
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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Spices/Tea (Dried)
Carry-on Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

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Yogurt
Carry-on Bags: Yes, up to 3.4 oz
Checked Bags: Yes

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5 Indoor Water Parks Across New York State

Literally, there are plenty of places within driving distance of Central New York and the Mohawk Valley that you can make a weekend getaway out of. Water slides, heated pools, and tropical temps....inside a building......where if you look outside you'll see inches, or feet, of snow.

Through our research, we were able to find at least 5 indoor water parks in New York: