Souvenir Sunday: new airport trading card

Minneapolis-St. Paul International has joined the list of airports offering travelers a free trading card featuring a wide range of interesting facts and stats about the airport.

MSP trading card

The card is free at any airport information booth and, along with cards from other airports, would be a nice small gift this holiday season.

Here are some of the other airports that have cards in the North American Airports Collector series:

Austin-Bergstrom International; Baton Rouge Metropolitan; Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International; Dane County Regional; Edmonton International; Elmira-Corning Regional; Fort McMurray International; General Mitchell International; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International; Jacksonville International; Kelowna International; Lambert-St. Louis International; Mineta San Jose International; Nashville International; Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International; Piedmont Triad International; Pittsburgh International; Salt Lake City International; San Antonio International; San Diego International; Savanna-Hilton Head International; Stinson Municipal; and Winnipeg Richardson International.

PIT Trading card one

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Snack Saturday: new food cart at PDX Airport


In October, we learned that Portland, Oregon’s food truck craze had finally made it to the airport, with two food carts making their debut and the promise of more to come.

Promises have been kept and a third food cart operator, Love & Whisky, has opened in the pre-security shopping and dining area known as the Oregon Market.

On the menu: gourmet food with savory burgers and pancakes, all “made with love… and sometimes a little whisky.”

The food cart program at Portland International Airport is designed to feature a rotating selection, so Love & Whisky will be at PDX through May 2015.

The Stuck at the Airport team is planning to check out the PDX food carts next week when we arrive in town for a holiday shopping adventure that takes advantage of local shops that have branches at the airport, the airport’s street-pricing policy and the fact that there’s no sales tax in Oregon.

While in town, we’re also looking forward to shopping at the art and craft-filled independently-owned stores participating in Portland’s post-Thanksgiving Little Boxes shopping event and prize raffle that takes place in the city’s super-hip neighborhoods.

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Airports where military eat free this Thanksgiving


Here’s a nice gesture being extended to military personnel traveling this Thanksgiving:

Paradies, a company that operates many airport concessions, is inviting active or retired military to dine for free in any of its airport restaurants from November 24 to 27.

The offer is courtesy of the company’s Treat Our Troops program and will cover one menu item such as an entrée, sandwich or salad, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

To take advantage of the promotion, active and retired military service men and women can simply show their military identification when ordering or checking out.

Funds for the promotion come not just from Paradies, but from other travelers: throughout the year, Paradies restaurant customers can buy a $5 voucher that is then applied to the dining check of an active or retired military service member.

Here’s a list of some of the participating airport restaurants:

· Sweet Auburn Market – Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Atlanta, GA)

· Blue Ridge Tavern – Asheville Regional Airport (Asheville, NC)

· McKenna’s on the Fly, 4th Street Vine Wine and Beer Bar, and the Long Beach Marche – Long Beach Airport (Long Beach, CA)

· Bar Symon – Pittsburgh International Airport (Pittsburgh, PA)

· Say Si Bon Gourmet Market – Denver International Airport (Denver, CO)

· Smokewood American Grill and Say Si Bon Gourmet Market – Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (Bentonville, AR)


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At Dusseldorf Airport: pick a card, any card

Bryan Berg – a Guinness World Record holder for cardstacking – paid a visit to Dusseldorf Airport recently and built the New York skyline in the terminal.


The project was an advertisement for an IT company in  Cologne, and included glue-less structures of the Freedom Tower, the Statue of liberty, Yankee Stadium, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

Berg used 103.950 cards to build the skyline and, just to be sure no one topples it over, the card city sits inside a glass box.

Look for it at Düsseldorf Airport until the end of February.


Dus card 2

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Airports are stressful places. So pet this dog.

San Antonio Airport _ Pups and Planes Program dogs wear blue bandanas

27 airports – so far – have organized therapy dog programs on site to help passengers and employees deal with the stress of modern day travel.

The trend began back in 2001 at Mineta San Jose International Airport and now Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and many others have teams of volunteer handlers and their dogs who visit with passengers each day.

My At the Airport column on USA TODAY this month features a handful of these programs – and a dozen of the dogs, but here’s a preview/bonus profile from San Antonio International Airport, where the program is called Pups and Planes.

SAT Airport officials launched the program in October of 2013 with 5 pups, in anticipation of last year’s busy holiday travel season and now consider the furry, four-legged volunteers an essential part of the airport customer service team.

There are currently 13 dogs in the program and they are usually scheduled to work a two hour shift, walking through terminals. Look for QT the Golden Retriever, Travis the Doberman Pinscher, Gracie the West Highland white terrier and Whiskers a mixed breed pup. You’ll know they’re on duty by the blue kerchief around their neck.


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