Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Airports + National Bee Day

Honey bees are experiencing a drastic decline inside the United States and that’s having a negative impact on the global surroundings.

Creating habitats in which they could 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 across the u . s . are doing their element to assist the honey bees thrive by way of website 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 a number of the airports which have apiaries on web site.

The bees at MSP Airport are there as part of the University of Minnesota Bee Veterans software, which gives unfastened beekeeping training for Minnesota Veterans, such as monthly workshops, including in-character and on line workshops.

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

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

Travel Tidbits: Animals at Airports

Update on the massive flamingo at Tampa Int’l Airport

The airport artwork group at can slightly look ahead to Tampa International Airport to complete the installation of a 21-foot tall sculpture of a flamingo within the essential terminal.

When completed the big fowl will look like gently dipping its head underneath the water’s surface.

TPA shared the news this week that the 6,0000 kilos of custom-made ceiling panels designed to duplicate the floor of the water surrounding the flamingo have eventually arrived in Tampa from Japan and are being prepared for installation.

On Watch for Wildlife at SEA Airport

Speaking of wildlife…

There’s a brand new show off at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) encouraging passengers to assist store endangered animals around the world.

The show off includes records approximately endangered animals and unlawful animal trafficking.

Included in the display are examples of confiscated illegally trafficked wildlife artifacts alongside sustainable look-alikes.

Look for the exhibit in SEA’s S Concourse, the departure factor for maximum worldwide flights.

Landing at SEA is now lots specific

The swanky, new, trendy, International Arrivals Facility (IAF) formally commenced welcoming and processing all worldwide arrivals at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) on Tuesday.

We stopped with the aid of to take some snaps, witness the authentic first-day operations, and collect a number of enthusiasts SEA became giving out bearing the names and skylines of global cities served.

What’s the large deal approximately SEA’s new arrivals facility?

Well, the antique one turned into darkish, cramped, out-of-date, and universal only a sad way to mention “Welcome to Seattle and the USA.”

The new one has a beautiful eighty five-foot-excessive aerial walkway and a large (450,000-rectangular-foot) grand corridor for luggage claim and customs processing.

We’d watched because the facility turned into constructed. But now that it’s fully operational, we’re happy that’s headquarters is in Seattle so we get to use it.

Here are a few extra snaps from our visit at the cut-over day.

The aerial walkway is the big name of the display. Passengers get first rate perspectives out to the mountains and off to the town. Plus, there’s the deal with of seeing planes pass by way of under from the longest shape over an energetic taxiway.

Accessing the walkway is a thrill too on a journey up one of the longest units of escalators inside the country. Too long? There’s an elevator alternative as well.

Passengers can also tour along the aerial walkway by using foot or hitch a trip at the shifting sidewalk. With such super views, we suggest a gradual amble.

And then there’s the bag claim and arrivals corridor. Which is now 1,000,000 times extra welcoming than what greeted passengers before.

SEA’s Shot Bar & different first rate airport facilities from 2021

We love the yearly Resolution Wall hosted via Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) round this time every yr.

As airport services cross, it's miles fascinating and attractive for travelers. Much like many of the amenities on the listing of Best Airport Amenities of 2021 we shared with The Points Guy website online this week.

The listing of Best Airport Amenities in 2021 includes:

*Wellness Wednesday at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the loose yoga mats they’ve been handing out;

*The developing fashion of providing reservation instances to do through the airport security checkpoint;

*Robots that deliver food ordered via airport mobile apps;

*The Visitor Toll Pass to be had at Orlando International Airport (MCO) to assist tourists avoid getting gouged by condo vehicle agencies;

*And several extra.

One different object on our listing is the Shot Bar that appeared for several months at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

The Shot Bar became created by way of Seattle superstar chef and mixologist Kathy Casey, a frequent visitor whose enterprise operates a few meals and beverages stores at SEA airport.

“With the early covid regulations on seating, no sitting on the bar, 25% occupancy, and tables 6 ft apart, our seating at Rel’Lish Burger Lounge changed into very limited,” Casey advised us. “Options for travelers have been very limited to get a brief drink earlier than their flight. Many oldsters had been also apprehensive about their first flight in a while, so they had been searching out a quick drink.”

The to-cross counter at Rel’Lish wasn’t busy, “so I thought, why now not offer a place that human beings should have a short shot and be on their way,” says Casey. “Our tag line was: order shot – shoot shot – fly off.”

The easy idea took off. Social media cherished the idea and the tiny crimson Solo cups. And the Shot Bar even got a point out by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

The Shot Bar become open from early March 2021 to June thirtieth, And throughout that point Casey says approximately 8,000 pictures were sold – a long way above expectations. Now there are plans are for the Shot Bar pop-up to reopen sometime this spring or summer.

The Shot Bar at SEA

Something Fishy Spotted at Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport

Sometimes the coolest stuff is underneath you

You recognise how all through the airline protection commands (you pay attention, proper?) they are saying the nearest go out can be behind you?

Well, once in a while on the airport the coolest art capabilities can be under you.

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) one of the artworks is a river of 300 brass fish going for walks alongside the terrazzo ground in Concourse B.

The work is called Flying Fish and is by Judith and Daniel Caldwell.

Most of the fish are ordinary fish, however there are some unusual ones in there.

Including the fish noticed swimming with a suitcase.

We’ve been on foot over the ground and appreciating the fish for years, but the day before today changed into the first time we observed this bonus touring fish.

Maybe it changed into as it was early within the day and we ought to genuinely take our time walking down the concourse.

But we suppose it changed into due to the fact after being so anxious approximately touring throughout the pandemic, we’re in the end starting to go back to our normal travel mode of being excited to travel and alert to the whole lot round us.

Even the artwork on airport floors.