Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Airports + National Bee Day

Honey bees are experiencing a drastic decline inside the United States and that’s having a terrible impact on the worldwide atmosphere.

Creating habitats wherein they can thrive is a part of the solution. And on National Honey Bee Day, Saturday, August 20, we apprehend the contributions honey bees make to our lives.

Airports abuzz

Airports around the united states are doing their part to assist the honey bees thrive via web hosting honey bee hives on airport lands.

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), and Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are some of the airports that have apiaries on web page.

The bees at MSP Airport are there as a part of the University of Minnesota Bee Veterans program, which gives unfastened beekeeping training for Minnesota Veterans, consisting of month-to-month workshops, along with in-character and online workshops.

Here’s a video from MSP displaying honey bees within the hive.

Does your airport have hives? (Tee-hee) Let us recognise and we’ll replace our list.

MSP Airport’s Mock Airplane Cabin

(This is a story we first wrote for NBC News)

Long delays, rampant cancellations, and packed planes have grew to become air journey into an persistence sport for even the most seasoned travelers. And the demanding situations can be even greater for the extra than 25 million Americans with disabilities that make tour tough even in ordinary instances.

 A handful of airports, airlines, and community corporations have made an effort to offer sure flyers the possibility to navigate safety, crowded airport terminals, and the boarding method beforehand.

But such packages are limited, and the enterprise continues to have a terrible music document in transporting wheelchairs and scooters and offering dependable and consistent carrier to passengers with extra wishes along with mobility and bodily issues as well as sensory and cognitive disabilities. 

 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is out to change that. 

 In an industry first in May, the airport  — in partnership with Delta Air Lines  —  established a ridicule aircraft cabin on-site to present flyers with a huge variety of special wishes an possibility to grow to be familiar with a sensible plane cabin. 

 “Being able to check out an plane cabin should assist human beings who have by no means flown, who use wheelchairs, older adults, people with autism, and anybody who has any reservations approximately flying,” stated Eric Lipp, executive director of the Open Doors Organization, which matches with companies on accessibility problems, “It will apprehend that everybody’s wishes are one-of-a-kind and encourage greater humans to fly.”

In the two years preceding the pandemic, almost 15 million people with disabilities traveled by means of air, generating $11 billion in revenue for airways. That become up from $nine billion in 2015, according to a report from the organization. And, Lipp said, “The actual financial effect is doubtlessly double on account that people with disabilities normally travel with one or more different adults.” 

 The 33-foot-long cabin have been used to teach Delta’s in-flight groups in Atlanta and consists of a (nonworking) rest room and forty two popular instruct seats from a retired Boeing 737. Delta shipped it in pieces to the Minneapolis airport, wherein it turned into reassembled in an unused retail area. Airport carpenters added cutouts so that each row has a window, and local young people artists painted the cabin and the encircling partitions with blue skies and landscape to make it sensory-pleasant. 

 “My five-12 months-old son, Remi, has autism and I felt it was essential for him to revel in the airport earlier than the day we clearly had to tour,” stated Cassandra Welch, who introduced him to the mock cabin these days. “Remi did properly and sat nicely in his seat and was capable of see what the cabin appeared like, and what the airplane rest room gave the look of.” 

 Welch additionally brought along her circle of relatives and some household. “We might be visiting collectively in August, so it became outstanding that we should all be there for this enjoy.”

Tiffany Owen, a primary responder, also desired to give her touring associate a hazard to get acquainted with flying before she booked a experience. Hazy, a rescue pit bull, is Owen’s provider canine and helps her control pressure and tension. The visit become organized via Soldiers 6, a neighborhood nonprofit institution that offers provider dogs to navy veterans and first responders in Minnesota.

“I’ve flown earlier than, however Hazy has never been on an plane,” she stated. But Hazy quick got the grasp of it.  ”When we walked in, Hazy desired to have her personal seat subsequent to me,” she stated. “I had to teach her to comprehend she’s on an aircraft and could be sitting at the floor among my legs.”

Owen said it approach lots to her that the airport “has long past to amazing lengths to make sure that each me and my carrier animal experience cushty, and that we will go again to the airport again for more training if we want to.”

The mock cabin, that is free and available through appointment,  isn’t only for flyers.  

Airline employees, flight crews, and corporations that provide carrier to passengers who want assist getting to or from their plane seats have get right of entry to to the cabin for schooling, too. 

 The Minneapolis-St. Paul branch of Prospect Airport Services, which affords wheelchair attendants and other offerings for airways at airports across the usa, now runs weekly team of workers training classes in the mock cabin. There is a big recognition on moving passengers in wheelchairs to their seats, which may be a complicated and delicate system. 

Loretta Halligan, the business enterprise’s trendy supervisor at the Minneapolis airport, stated that earlier than the mock cabin arrived, orientation for new passenger service assistants especially came about in a classroom, with a wheelchair, an airline seat, and a video. The actual education in how to switch passengers didn’t start until new hires could shadow a person with experience.

 “Now, new employees can begin practicing lifting a person on and stale an aisle chair on a ‘real’ plane proper away,” she stated, including that looking a video “is not anything compared to having that hands-on enjoy at some point of your first day of schooling.”

That training might have been priceless during the earlier days of the pandemic, “whilst social distancing made it hard for human beings to be lifted and transferred to cars or planes,”  Lipp stated. “Guiding folks that are blind also became extra difficult with social distancing.” 

Although the mock cabin has been open for pretty much two months, Phil Burke, assistant director of customer service on the airport, says classes have become booked up a ways in advance. He also stated airports in Houston, Denver, and Kansas City, Missouri, have been in contact with him and are planning to put in mock airplane cabins in their terminals, too.

Farmer’s Fridge lands at MSP Airport

Eating wholesome whilst journeying is greater essential than ever.

So the food overview crew at StuckatTheAirport.com is pleased to see that Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) has hooked up Farmer’s Fridge vending machines in the terminals.

The clever-tech refrigerated merchandising gadgets are full of sparkling salads, meal bowls, and healthful snacks in jars that may be returned to the machines for recycling.

At MSP, you’ll discover seven vending machines in Terminal 1, with places inside the Main Mall Food Court, and close to gates F8, E12, C7, C10, C18. Additional machines are in baggage declare close to Carousel 6 and in T2 near gate H10.

You’ll find Farmer’s Fridge vending gadgets at other airports too. Multiple machines are positioned at JFK Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Philadephia International Airport (PHL) and O’Hare (ORD).

Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Milwaukee Mitchell Airport (MKE), Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have Farmer’s Fridge merchandising machines too.

Farmers Fridge additionally has an app to help you locate vending gadget locations in airports and out inside the international at hospitals, workplace buildings, universities, and different places.

Vote for the airport amenity of the week.

We used to suppose that setting roulette wheel numbers at the luggage carousel became the coolest factor you could do with that area.

MSP’s new bag declare carousel

But Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) has accomplished some thing better.

Instead of the traumatic buzzer and flashing mild that announces the appearance of baggage at a few airports, the newly redesigned bag carousels at MSP airport ship up the alert with nature sounds and a light display.

We’re making this the primary nomination for Airport Amenity of the Week.

Hand washing assist

Our 2d nomination for Airport Amenity of the Week is this high-tech hand-washing station Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) hooked up to inspire tourists to scrub their arms and “scrub away germs in 12 seconds flat!”

O’Hare Airport’s new Twitter Bio

Pete Buttigieg, who has been named transportation secretary nominee by means of President-choose Joe Biden, positioned a spotlight on O’Hare International Airport (ORD) at some point of his formal creation on Wednesday.

During the event, Buttigieg noted that he proposed to his husband, Chasten, at O’Hare. “Don’t allow everybody inform you that O’Hare isn’t romantic,” he said.

Avgeeks understand that.

So does United Airlines, which sent out a tweet figuring out the engagement gate.

And O’Hare Airport even exchange its Twitter bio.

It now begins “Place of romance.”

Which could you choose as Airport Amenity of the Week?

MSP’s bag carousel? PIT’s hand washing station? O’Hare’s new status as place of romance?

Let us know within the feedback segment which of these airport tales you’d pick as Airport Amenity of the Week.

And sense unfastened to nominate an airport amenity for next week’s Airport Amenity of the Week.