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At the Airport: News from SEA, SFB, & LFT

Party at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is having an in-terminal and virtual birthday celebration on Thursday, Nov four to have fun the give up of all of the important production on the N Concourse. If you appear to be journeying through SEA between 11 am and 1 pm, head to the N Concourse for track and spoken phrase performances, meals sampling, art excursions, and giveaways. The even will capable streamed online. In the night, at 6 pm, SEA will host a travel trends panel so one can be streamed stay as properly.

Bee Mascot for Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport

We’re large fans of airport mascots and observed that Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) has a bee as a mascot. We’re questioning if the beekeeper is an legit a part of the group.

Look What’s Coming to Lafayette Regional Airport

Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) is opening its new terminal in January 2022 and it looks like it's going to have a few colorful amenities.

Flight of Lights returns to Dane County Regional Airport

Now that we’re into yr of “how things appear in a plague,” we’re arising on some ‘2d annual’ activities which could stick around even after matters return to everyday.

The “Flight of Lights” software that Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI is bringing returned for a second yr may be one of those keepers.

The loose, power-thru mild show alongside International Lane in Madison opens Saturday, March 20, and could run day by day every night from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm through April 4th.

The light-display will characteristic six extraordinary light shows along the direction and could include tributes to first responders; the clinical community; Wisconsin sports activities; animals and nature; tropical and nautical; and destinations human beings can fly to from MSN.

Organized remaining year on the onset of the state’s Safer at Home order, Flight of Light follows social distancing regulations as a power-through occasion with most effective individuals of the same family in each vehicle.

Here’s what the Flight of Lights event at Dane County Regional Airport seemed like last yr:

Lights shows are being installed now and MSN airport officers will percentage snaps from the test run when to be had.

In the meantime, we’ll placed this at the nomination list for “Airport Amenity of the Week.”

Valentine’s Day at airports

Charles Lindbergh-themed Valentine

Ready for Valentine’s Day?

If you’re flying somewhere on Valentine’s Day, we are hoping it’s on a flight that wings you on your sweetheart.

If now not, take heart from some of the efforts airports and airlines will be offering throughout the day.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) can be giving out complimentary goodies to passengers from global-renowned chocolatiers.

Southwest Airlines could be serving a free alcoholic drink for passengers 21 years older on Valentine’s Day and dishing out “surprise and satisfaction” treats in the course of the day.

Phoenix Sky Harbor and many airfields around the u . s . can be urgent their remedy dogs into provider on Valentine’s Day.

 Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) will have a “Smooches from Pooches” Kissing Booth occasion.

Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Pets Unstressing Passengers Program (PUP) and Southwest Airlines will group up for the yearly “Flying Kisses” event on Friday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to midday within the Terminal 1, submit-safety.

Free plants

Free carnations (while they final) could be surpassed out at Jacksonville International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport on Valentine’s Day. And employees will be handing out chocolate roses in Terminal 1 and Terminal 4 on the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The FLL Ambassadogs can be presenting free kisses to passengers.  

Free Valentines and conversation hearts

Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) could be handing out packing containers of Conversation Hearts on Valentine’s Day, along with aircraft-themed valentines. Tampa International Airport (TPA), can be handing out blank Valentine’s Day playing cards as well.

To accommodate all of the lovebirds that fly to Las Vegas to get married round Valentine’s Day, Nevada’s Clark County clerk’s office has a pop-up marriage license office in the Terminal 1 bag declare at McCarran International Airport (LAS) open thru the quit of the month. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

And Amtrak is having a purchase-one-get-one-free sale in honor of Valentine’s Day from Thursday, February thirteen thru Monday, February 17. Customers can buy one instruct price tag and get the second free for national travel among March nine and August 30, 2020, and not using a blackout dates. Use the code V214 at the Amtrak website.

Airport Search? Lucky you!

Here are some new airport services that could make iciness journey a laugh. Or less of a trouble.

Here’s a spherical-up I prepare for USA TODAY of a few new amenities you’ll find in airports this season.

Airport ice-skating

Denver International Airport (DEN) has brought lower back its loose outdoor skating rink for the fourth season.

The rink opens might be open via January 20 and is inside the pre-protection vicinity on the DEN Plaza among the airport terminal and the Westin inn. Skate leases can also be unfastened.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily via January 20, 2020. As an advantage, on Friday afternoons there could be warm chocolate, warm cider and a number of winter activities, including stay amusement.

More airport ice-skating

The TWA Hotel, throughout the road from the JetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport may also be placing up an ice-skating rink.

This rink opens November 30 adjacent to the lodge’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation Connie plane-grew to become-cocktail front room and could stay open thru February.

Free skating suggests are planned, however in case you want to get out at the ice admission might be $15 for adults and $10 for kids below 12. Skate leases will be $10; $eight for kids beneath 12.  Hours: Monday to Thursday four p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Even extra airport ice-skating

If you find your self at Germany’s Munich International Airport this holiday season, you’ll discover free ice-skating (and a curling rink) too.

For the 21st 12 months, the huge roofed open area among Terminals 1 and a pair of at Munich Airport has been transformed into a iciness wonderland, with a wintry weather marketplace, extra than forty five Christmas bushes, live track, sports for children and adults, a pine woodland and a loose ice-skating rink. Skates can be rented for a small rate.

Germany’s Dusseldorf Airport has ice-skating too.

“Airport on Ice“ gives passengers and site visitors loose ice-skating from November 30 until January five. Skate condominium is likewise loose. Hours: Friday from five p.m. to nine p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: eleven am to 7 pm.

Free short stories

The list of airports wherein moved quickly passengers can pick out up a loose quick story is growing.

In October each Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI hooked up brief story dispensers of their terminals.

The dispensers, by using French Company Short Edition, are narrow kiosks that invite curious readers to push a button to request a brief tale that will take an expected one minute, three-mins or 5-minutes to examine. Stories print out on eco-friendly paper and there’s an choice to request child-friendly memories.

You’ll also discover quick dispensers at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL); Ohio’s Akron-Canton Airport, in Lansing, Michigan on the Capital Region International Airport (LAN).

Canada’s Edmonton International Airport (YEG) has a short tale dispenser, as do numerous French airports, including the Paris- Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Free beer or beer koozie

Colorado has a robust craft brewing scene and there are lots of places to reserve a neighborhood or regionally brewed beer at Denver International Airport (DEN).

The airport even has a Beer Passport you could use to score a unfastened pint.

Here’s how it works:

Pick up a beer passport at an airport information sales space or at one of the 4 participating airport brewpubs, which encompass: the Tivoli Brewery (pre-safety inner Tom’s Urban); Breckenridge Brewery (Concourse A, via Gate A71); New Belgium Brewery (Concourse B, by Gate B30); Great Divide Brewing Co. (Concourse C; through Gate C32).

Order a lager at every of the four brewpubs and be sure to get your passport stamped while you order.

Once you have all 4 stamps, switch the passport for a loose pint at any of the taking part breweries.

No want to drink all four beers in one airport visit: the free Beer Passport software runs thru April 1, 2020.

At Nashville International Airport (BNA) your beer move slowly can rating you a unfastened beer koozie.

Cuddle a cat before your flight

More than 70 airports across the united states now have packages that invite certified therapy animals and their owners into the terminals to hang out with and help de-stress tourists.

Dogs make up the majority of the animal group members however there are some exceptions, along with Stiches, an 11-yr-vintage, 13-pound mixed-breed cat that currently joined the Animal Ambassador application at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

This holiday season hold an eye fixed out for some of the other non-canine therapy animals that visit airports. Denver International Airport’s CATS program (Canine Airport Therapy Squad) consists of a hundred dogs and a cat named Xeli. LiLou the pig is an reputable member of San Francisco’s International Airport’s Wag Brigade. And miniature remedy horses from Seven Oaks Farm are occasional visitors at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

In Boston, arrive by way of boat, pass the TSA line

Boston Logan International (BOS) is critical approximately its commitment to reduce congestion and encourage passengers not to force to the airport.

Their brand new incentive is as creative as it is uncommon and amusing. 

Passengers who take a ferry operated by way of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) or commercial water taxi service to the Logan Airport Boat dock are given an orange “Ticket to Skip” pass after they board the free Logan Airport shuttle from the dock to the terminals.  Passengers can then deliver that orange bypass to a security checkpoint officer to get favored lane get entry to and move in advance of the line.

The MBTA ferry and the water taxis run year-spherical and serve the Boston waterfront in addition to the nearby Hingham and Hull groups.

More airports upload gate bypass packages

At first it sounds counter-intuitive: why would someone who is not flying need to go through the safety checkpoint hassles just to hang out interior an airport?

Especially all through the vacations.

But it can be a real bonus if you want to have a ship-off meal or drink with a pal or family member, accompany them to their gate or be there to greet them once they step off their flight.

Through the vacation season (till January 5, 2020) Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is trying out the DTW Destination Pass application. The software invites non-flying visitors to apply for day passes to visit the airport. Passes are issued for both DTW terminals, Tuesday thru Sunday, from eight a.m. to eight p.m.

Two different airports, Pittsburg International Airport (PIT) and Tampa International airport (TPA) have permanent gate pass programs in area.

The variety of passes issued every day is limited at every airport, but on December 7, Pittsburgh International is inviting the network to come back by means of for a Holiday Open House, with the intention to include eating and buying specials, stay track and different enjoyment and, of path, visits with Santa.

And officials on the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) promise that a 7-day every week gate skip software will be rolled out “within the coming weeks” for the trendy MSY terminal.

Giant puppets at San Diego Int’l Airport

 Halloween can be over, however at San Diego International Airport there’s more to move.

Today, November 1, the airport is marking Dia de los Muertos (the “Day of the Dead”) by means of inviting the San Diego Guild of Puppetry and their larger-than-lifestyles, 10-foot-tall puppets back for a giant puppet parade.

The parade takes region nowadays from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the pre-safety bags claim location of Terminal 2.

The San Diego Guild of Puppetry has been creating large-scale puppet parades within the network considering the fact that 2004 and its Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) figurines are the creations of Felix Diaz, his family, and his students.

Puppets in the Day of the Dead parade at SAN will consist of versions of skulls, skeletons and butterflies, which constitute the spirits of the departed returning to enroll in their households for the birthday party.