Memphis International Airport

Memphis Airport apologizes to artist

In mid-February, Memphis artist Tommy Kha shared an Instagram submit celebrating the reality that one in every of his pieces became included most of the artwork hooked up at Memphis International Airport as a part of the newly reopened Concourse B.

“Termin[inal]s of Endearment,” the Asian American artist and Elvis fan wrote, “still kinda bowled over to be part of this series…”

The artwork, a self-portrait depicting the artist dressed as Memphis icon Elvis Presley, was certainly one of 61 new artwork pieces Memphis pubic art non-earnings UrbanArt Commission helped choose for the new terminal.

But at the beginning of this week, Kha turned into lower back on social media. This time sharing a image of the empty wall at the airport in which the art work were.

“Apologies to folks who wanted to peer this piece: it's far now not on display,” he wrote. “After some worrying court cases approximately my work, it changed into determined, and with out my knowledge, the photos were eliminated.”

Why became it eliminated?

In a declaration shared with neighborhood media, airport president and CEO Scott Brockman stated that when receiving “a whole lot of negative comments” from Elvis fanatics, and a “small variety” of lawsuits that cited Kha’s race (and which MEM officials said were “completely irrelevant,”) the airport had decided to briefly do away with the piece.

“When the airport created its art software, our intention was to purchase and show paintings that did not include public figures or celebrities,” Brockman said in his declaration. “Our selection committee made an exception in the case of Tommy Kha’s piece and endorsed its buy.”

As you can believe, the choice to cast off the piece didn’t sit well with artwork enthusiasts and plenty of contributors of the network. Nor with the Urban Art Commission, which said on social media that it had labored with the airport authority and choice committee to curate “an artwork software that speaks to a various and true innovative network consultant of Memphis.”

“We are against Tommy Kha’s set up being removed from show, mainly thinking about the brazenly racist remarks made on line within the improvement of this example,” the institution delivered.

Good information: the airport authority listened and will reinstall Kha’s paintings

Constellations VIII by Tommy Kha

In a “doing the proper element” pass, the airport has quick decided to express regret to the artist and reintall the art work.

Here’s the announcement – and apology – from Memphis airport authority President and CEO Scott Brockman:

Over the past 24 hours, we have heard from many in our network regarding the brief removal of Tommy Kha’s paintings inside the new concourse. The Airport Authority appreciates the aid that the network has proven for Tommy and we've got made the selection to reinstall the artwork. We apologize to Tommy for the effect that this ordeal has had on him.

As stated the day before today, whilst the airport created its art software, our goal was to purchase and display artwork that did no longer include public figures or celebrities but made an exception in this case.

The Airport Authority will preserve to emphasise local artists, variety, and inclusion with this artwork program, and we are able to explore additional excellent practices to deal with how we handle proceedings and public remarks approximately our artwork.

Right pass.

Pitchfork has greater in this tale, in conjunction with a few comments from Kha.

Places to go; things to peer

Courtesy Memphis International Airport

New and improved Concourse B at MEM Airport

Memphis International Airport (MEM) is commencing its modernized B concourse on Tuesday, February 15.  

Delta Air Lines will deliver the primary arriving flight at MEM Concourse B at 6:18 pm on Tuesday. Departing flights kick off in the concourse on Wednesday, February sixteen.

The multi-yr $245 million task capabilities the modernization of the spine and east leg of MEM’s B Concourse as well as consolidation of all airline, retail, and food/beverage operations. Included in the redesign are wider corridors, moving walkways, larger boarding regions, higher ceilings, elevated natural lighting fixtures, and seismic improvements.

Travel Contests: You can’t win in case you don’t play

Virgin Atlantic is website hosting a Valentine’s Day “Tickets to Love” contest, offering the opportunity for unmarried Americans a risk to apply to fly across the Atlantic to discover romance in London.

Through February 13, 2022, interested participants can pitch their testimonies and provide an explanation for why they deserve a ride to the U.K. to locate lengthy-time period love.

Eight winners will be decided on to fly from New York to London in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class cabin on March eleven, 2022.

Enter Virgin Atlantic’s “Tickets to Love” contest right here.

NPS Photo Michael Cuff is website hosting the second annual “Share Your Story” adventure writing contest.

Visitors to America’s federal public lands are invited to put up testimonies detailing their studies exploring and spending time inside the incredible outside.

Experiences must have taken vicinity among January 1, 2020, and April 30, 2022, within the centers of participating corporations: National Park Service; U.S. Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; National Archives; and NOAA Marine Sanctuaries.

Submitted tales may be among 900 and 3,500 characters and encompass pics.

Categories consist of Traditions (Old and New), RV/Campbervans, Family Trips, and Activities and Adventures.

Deadline: April 30, 2022. Winners announced May 15, 2022.

Participants can input up to two memories during the competition for a hazard at prevailing one of 29 distinctive prizes consisting of merchandise from an outdoor retailer and America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands passes.

Good luck!

Amelia Earhart slept at the primary airport inn

Where was the first actual airport inn?

Oakland Airport Inn

Oakland Airport Inn – Courtesy Port of Oakland

My “At the Airport” column on USA TODAY this month explores the records of airport motels, which include the three (up to now) hotels I located that claim to be the first airport lodge.

SFO Airport Hilton

The sprawling San Francisco Airport Hilton opened in 1959. Photo courtesy San Francisco International Airport.

In its lengthy “History of Firsts,” Hilton Hotels & Resorts claims to have pioneered the airport motel concept with the opening of the San Francisco Airport Hilton in 1959.

Their claim is off with the aid of at the least 30 years.

Aviation historians say that, in truth, the first motel constructed at a United States airport opened its doorways to the touring public on July 15, 1929, on the grounds of what's now the North Field of Oakland International Airport.

“The Oakland Airport Inn become adjacent to the dust runway,” stated Ian Wright, Director of Operations on the Oakland Aviation Museum, “And the structure nevertheless stands nowadays.”

At starting, Oakland Airport Inn boasted 37 rooms, a eating place, a barbershop and a price tag office, in step with Air & Space Magazine,.  But in 1931, in a article concluding that airport accommodations could by no means capture on with tourists,  Aviation described the resort as being “nearly absolutely without purchasers after a 12 months of operations” due to the fact airways had shifted flights faraway from the Oakland airport.

Restaurant that when served the Oakland Airport Inn. Courtesy Port of Oakland

To fill the rooms, the resort management instead courted pilots and students from the Boeing School of Aeronautics, which operated at the airport’s grounds from 1929 until the early Nineteen Forties.

Courtesy Port of Oakland

Courtesy Port of Oakland

Today the constructing that housed the Oakland Airport Inn is domestic to the Amelia Earhart Senior Squadron 188, a neighborhood unit of the Civil Air Patrol.

That Earhart homage is becoming: Amelia Earhart became a normal visitor on the Oakland Airport Inn. And in May 1937 she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, set out from the airport’s North Field for their ill-fated second attempt to fly round the arena.

Dearborn Inn

Ford Trimotor aircraft flies over Dearborn Inn at Ford Airport in 1931. Courtesy The Henry Ford

While guests can now not check-right into a room at the Oakland Airport Inn, they may be able to book rooms at the Dearborn Inn, in Dearborn, Michigan (near Detroit).

The inn opened its doorways on July 1, 1931 and at the side of claiming this to be the world’s first airport inn, the Michigan Historical Marker out the front says Henry Ford constructed the lodge to serve Detroit-bound visitors arriving at the Ford Airport, which opened in 1924.

Stout Air Services, run by means of Edsel Ford’s buddy William Stout, began imparting flights among Dearborn and Grand Rapids, MI in 1926 and in 1929 became flying each day (besides Sunday) to both Chicago and Cleveland the use of Ford Trimotor plane.

Courtesy The Henry Ford

Courtesy The Henry Ford

“The Dearborn Inn became really the brainchild of Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, and was supposed to be the ‘the front door’ to the town of Dearborn and to The Ford Motor Company,” said Charles Sable, Curator of Decorative Arts at The Henry Ford, “Edsel wanted to provide personnel, visitors and airline flight crews with exceptional, snug accommodations.”

Noted Detroit architect Alfred Kahn designed the building for a resort Edsel wanted modeled after the fascinating New England inns with Colonial-style décor he’d stay in when traveling back and forth between his houses in Detroit and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Dearborn Inn

Cafeteria at the Dearborn Inn – Courtesy The Henry Ford

“The exterior of the motel is vaguely a Colonial design,” stated Sable, “But one function that’s definitely cool is that at the tippy pinnacle there’s a ‘widow’s stroll,’ or statement platform, in which guests may want to exit and watch the planes land at the airport.”

Today the Dearborn Inn operates as a Marriott Hotel providing present day rooms that are nonetheless embellished with Colonial-fashion furnishings and fabric. The 231-room hotel complex also nevertheless offers guests the choice to stay on “Pilots Row” – in rooms once utilized by airline crews – or in one of the 5 duplicate Colonial-style homes of Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe and other well-known Americans that Henry Ford had built at the hotel.

Other ‘early’ airport accommodations

Some of these days’s vacationers might also bear in mind a few different early airport resorts that are now additionally footnotes in history.

Memphis International housed the Skyport Inn from about 1972 until around 2012. The in-terminal resort had approximately 30 rooms break up among the A and C Mezzanines and become popular with pilots and flight attendants who had early morning flights. Many, if now not all, of the rooms may additionally have lacked windows: in an article about the motel being razed to make manner for office area, the Memphis Business Journal mentioned that every room at the Skyport Inn had its personal skylight.

The Airport Mini Hotel that after operated at Honolulu International Airport closed its doors now not lengthy at Sept. 11. But for many years the resort offered travelers on layovers a space to nap and clean up for much less than $10 an hour. “Apparently the rooms have been small, however the lavatories have been respectable,” said airport spokeswoman Claudine Kusano.

And even as we now realize that th sprawling Hilton that operated at San Francisco Airport from 1959 till the past due 1990s turned into now not the arena’s first airport motel (by a longshot), we do recognize that a night club on the inn referred to as Tiger A-Go-Go became quite popular with passengers, airline team and personnel.

So famous, it seems, that in 1965, the pop duo Buzz & Bucky released a unmarried approximately the living room titled (what else however) Tiger-A-Go-Go (click on on the hyperlink to give it a listen) which spent four weeks at the Billboard charts.

What are your favorite airport lodges?

Souvenir Sunday – Elvis at Memphis Int’l Airport

It’s Souvenir Sunday, the day we take a look at uncommon and cheaper gadgets you may buy at airports.

This week’s souvenirs come from Memphis International Airport, where Ron Rundus – the Airport Search webmaster – found the Elvis keep, in which it’s Elvis, Elvis, Elvis all the time – and in which “Elvis” regularly plays on the airport’s Sun Studio Café.

Do you spend time shopping while you’re caught at the airport? If you locate some thing amusing, inexpensive and “of” the town or area, please take a picture and send it alongside.

If your souvenirs are featured on, I’ll ship you a unique airport-associated souvenir.

Music line-up at Nashville Int’l Airport (BNA)

Yesterday I wrote about the Memphis Symphony Orchestra ensembles scheduled to play at Memphis International Airport.


Keeping the beat, nowadays I need to attract your attention to the tune line-up at Nashville International Airport (BNA).  Free stay song performances are provided year-spherical on tiers near the A/B meeter-greeter area, within the Concourse C meals court docket (past protection), and at the Baggage Claim Level.

BNA Carissia and Tom Photo

Carrissia & Company peforms today at midday.  Here’s a link to the the two dozen different stay performances scheduled at some point of November, ranging from solo singer/songwriters to organizations performing jazz, Big Band, us of a, and Rhythm & Blues.