Fun Stuff

Now there’s a pig on duty at SFO Airport

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An increasing number of airports now have teams of therapy dogs on duty in the terminals to help ease the stress of travel.

Back in May, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport added a miniature therapy horse to the mix.

Now comes LiLou the pig – who joins the Wag Brigade at San Francisco International Airport on Monday.

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LiLou is the first pig to be certified in the SF SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program and was a perfect fit for SFO, which was determined to expand the type of animals in the Wag Brigade.

LiLou is sure to be quite the hit. In addition to be being a pig at the airport – she does tricks.

According to the stat-card Wag Brigade handlers will be distributing for LiLou in the airport, she can wave, greet you with her snout, play the piano and give a bow after her performance. She will also be twirling and standing up on her back hooves to entertain travelers.

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SFO’s Wag Brigade team has at least one dog on duty every day of the week, with up to 3 dogs at a time working their 2-hour shifts.  LiLou doesn’t have a regulars slot in the schedule just yet, but airport officials say the Juliana Pig will be on site at least once a month.

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Dogs, miniature horse, a pig. Which animal do you think will show up next in an airport pet therapy program?

(All photos courtesy of SFO Airport)

Airports take the Mannequin Challenge – & rock it!

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(Courtesy Library of Congress – via Flickr Commons)

The Mannequin Challenge is – for some reason – sweeping the nation.

I don’t quite get it, but the short videos are oddly entertaining to watch. And the fad seems harmless.

Here’s how a few airports accepted the #AirportThrowdown Mannequin Challenge.

More – I’m sure – to come.

Let me know which ones I’ve missed and I’ll add them here.

 

 

 

 

Aliens & odd things at Denver Int’l Airport

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Like zombies, the conspiracy theories about everything from aliens to underground bunkers, lizard people and secret military installations at Denver International Airport never die.

DEN officials do their best to debunk the really bizarre claims, but they have fun with them as well.

This month, to coincide with the Halloween season, the airport is even hosting a series of conspiracy theory-themed events, including a “Conspiracy Theories Uncovered” Art Exhibit (near the north security checkpoint; open 24 hours) with video, artwork, props and more that explain the most pervasive theories, free hour-long conspiracy theory art tours (Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays through October 29), a “What’s Under DEN” Facebook contest and a Conspiracy Costume Party – on October 20 – with a free screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind out on the plaza between the airport terminal and the Westin Denver International Airport.

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KLM. Not a radio station, but an airline. Get that?

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is worried that not enough Americans know that KLM stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, and that those letters are not the call letters for a radio station.

So the carrier has hired actor Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer, Marry Me) and put him in a series of odd, short videos in which he offers descriptions of the airline, airports and yes, fliers.

The campaign is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and a variety of other places, including its own microsite, ItsAnAirline.com which, KLM says, has some Easter eggs to discover.

Here’s a sample of the video series.

 

Searching for Pokemons at the airport

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Food vendors inside airports are getting into the PokemonGo craze.

OTG – which operates restaurants and in gate lounges at multiple airports, including DCA, MSP, PHL, LGA and IAH, is helping passengers find nearby Pokestops and gyms with “lures” they’ve installed in their spaces.

Not to be outdone, HMSHost, which operates restaurants and food outlets in dozens of airports, is dropping Pokemeon lures in many of its airport (and motorway) locations as well..

In 50 markets across the country, HMSHost locations are also creating game-related promotions with refresh and recharge stations for players and other game tactics.