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Travel Tidbits: mariachi, dirndls & free cheeseburgers

Some fun Friday travel tidbits for you today…

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First – Sunday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day and Delta Air Lines will be celebrating with Shake Shack and giving customers flying Delta One on select flights from JFK to LAX a complimentary ShackBurger.

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But wait, there are more cheeseburgers: all customers flying from JFK to LAX on Sept. 18 will receive a voucher for a complimentary ShackBurger at the LA West Hollywood Shake Shack.

Not up for cheeseburgers? How about some mariachi music at the airport?

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Mariachi music welcomed travelers to McCarran International Airport last year at this time as well. Photo: Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau.

McCarran International Airport is kicking off the busy Mexican Independence Day holiday weekend by welcoming passengers to Las Vegas with a special performance in the Terminal 3 international arrivals lobby on Friday morning by Mariachi Oro Del Rancho – a 19-member student band from Rancho High School.

Mexico is an important market for McCarran: from Thursday through Sunday, 41 commercial flights fly directly from Mexico to McCarran International Airport, including ten charter flights added specifically for this holiday weekend.

 

And Lufthansa is celebrating Oktoberfest season..

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Keep an eye out for Lufthansa crew members dressed in special anniversary in traditional attire at many  passenger service stations in Munich and on some flights, including Munich to Shanghai September 20, Munich to Denver October 2 and Munich to Boston October 3 and, at the end of the Munich Oktoberfest, to European destinations  Belgrade, Birmingham, Cluj, Nice, Olbia and Sylt.

This is a Lufthansa tradition and over the past ten years the carrier has had different fashion houses design the yellow, blue and white dirndls.

This year’s costume is once again designed and tailored by the Angermaier fashion house, based in Munich.

 

(Dirndl descriptions: Outside and in the center: current anniversary costume. Other costumes from left: Traditional blue print dirndl from 2006, costume from 2009, dirndl from 2012 and the traditional dirndl from the 50s (2015 costume). Courtesy: Lufthansa/Stefan König)

Party at Pittsburgh Int’l Airport

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There’s a party going on at Pittsburgh International Airport this week, as part of a renewed commitment to celebrate the region’s local institutions, food, music and culture in the airport.

So far this week there’s been live music, visits by sports mascots, a display of (replica) Egyptian relics from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and a class in hieroglyphics. The Carnegie Science Center distributed liquid nitrogen ice cream, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum brought by some history displays and the Phipps Conservatory let passengers pot their own air plants.

The party continues today – Sept 15 – with a live African penguin from the National Aviary, button-making hosted by The Andy Warhol Museum, a steel drum band and free popcorn.

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Friday, Sept. 16, the entertainment includes live reptiles from the Pittsburgh Zoo and a musical theater performance.

Sounds like fun!

Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport sends “Burners” home in style

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Burning Man 2016 is over and Reno-Tahoe International is doing its part to keep the party going as more than 17,000 people make their way through the airport on their way home from the annual counter-culture art festival.

Burners returning from the playa bring bags covered in fine playa dust, so all checked baggage is placed inside a tub or plastic bag to prevent the dust and dirt from clogging the airport’s bag belts.

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And because Burners were instructed to leave no trash behind, starting yesterday the Airport Authority put giant cardboard boxes on the front curb and extra custodians on duty to collect trash and keep the facility clean.

The airport has once again partnered with the Kiwanis Club to host a bike drop-off area where Burners are discarding bikes they bought at or brought to Burning Man for transportation on site. The Kiwanis Club refurbishes the bicycles and gives them to children in the community. Nice.

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And artwork, including RNO’s own 15-foot tall mini Burning Man, is on display in the terminal to help keep the festival vibe going just a bit longer.

RNO's 15-foot Mini-Man is a replica of the giant sculpture burned each year during the Burnning Man festival.

(All photos courtesy of Reno-Tahoe International Airport)

Airport residencies: next big thing?

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Airport residencies by cultural arts groups seems to be the next big thing.

Australia’s Brisbane Airport (BNE) just announced that a team from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will be the newest Artist-in-Residence and will present six ‘pop-up’ performances in the international and domestic terminals, with three of these performances taking place before the end of the year.

Brisbane Airport started their Artist-in-Residence program last year and first up was Robert Brownhall, who created a series of works featuring different views of the airport.

Here in the United States, airport artist-in-residence programs are happening too. This year, the Fern Street Circus is in residence at San Diego International Airport, so keep an eye out for an unusual number of Bozos.

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PHL airport hosts Wii Olympics

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The 2016 Rio Olympics get underway today and Philadelphia International Airport is encouraging passengers to share in the excitement by entering the PHL 2016 Wii Olympics.

The airport has set up a special area post-Security in the Terminal D-E corridor where adults and children can play Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on a 60-inch HD LED monitor.

The Nintendo video game will be available weekdays from August 5 to 19, noon until 2:00 p.m.

After competing in tennis, swimming and other sports, all gold, silver and bronze winners can step on the airport’s medal platform and pose for a selfie.