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Lambert St. Louis Int’l Airport celebrates travelers

STL Airport

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) has enlisted a yellow jellybean-looking character to help kick off a week of  customer appreciation events as part of National Tourism Week, May 1-7.

The yellow bean will be available for selfies at an interactive display window in the Terminal 1 baggage claim and there will be a special event each day, including free snow cones on Tuesday and a Budweiser Clydesdale on Thursday. (A horse in the airport? I’ll ask for photos…)

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, May 2: Two Pedros Band | Concourse C | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3: Free Snow Cones by Southwest Airlines | Gates E14 & E16 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dave & Greg band w/ Tim McCready | Concourse A | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird | Terminal 2 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4: Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags St. Louis | T1 & T2 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kara Baldus Trio feat. Regi Drake | Terminal 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 5: Budweiser Clydesdale | Terminal 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Johnny Chase Duo | Concourse C | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 6: Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers | Terminal 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SxSW concerts at Austin’s Airport

AUS SXSW
(Photo of Austin’s Charlie Belle band courtesy Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport)

The famed South by Southwest (SxSW) music festival is underway in Austin and for those flying into town the fun starts right at the airport.

In addition to the 21 regularly scheduled live shows already on tap at Austin Bergstrom International Airport this week, there are a several sanctioned SxSW showcases featuring Austin performers.

The official added shows are designed to welcome SxSW attendees to town and send them off in style – and all take place post-security.

So don’t rush to baggage claim when you land.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday., March 14

Suzanna Choffel (Indie Soul/Jazzy Pop) – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Charlie Belle (Alternapop) – 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Tues., March 15

Jai Malano (Modern Blues Vocalist) – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Faye & The Fayettes (Smart Soul-Pop) – 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Mon., March 21

Jackie Venson (Indie Blues Guitarist & Singer) – 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Carson McHone (Alt-Country/Americana Songwriter) – 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Learn how to save lives at the airport

Elisabeth Rohm American Heart Association Kiosk at DFW Airport, Friday, January 22, 2016. Photo by Brandon Wade

Elisabeth Rohm American Heart Association Kiosk at DFW Airport, Friday, January 22, 2016. Photo by Brandon Wade

Travelers with time on their hands at the airport can learn how to use those hands to save lives.

The American Heart Association and the Anthem Foundation are installing Hands-Only CPR (HOCPR) training kiosks in five major airports – with the first kiosk debuting today at O’Hare International Airport and the rest set to roll out by mid-March at Indianapolis International (IND), Las Vegas’ McCarran International (LAS), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) airports.

These kiosks join the pilot kiosk installed in 2013 at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) by AHA and American Airlines Occupation Health Services.

Cindy Contreras

Each Hands-Only CPR training kiosk has a touch screen with a video program that gives a brief “how-to,” followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test on a practice manikin, or a rubber torso. The kiosk provides feedback about the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement – the key factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR.

Why is taking a few moments to learn CPR more important than having another airport cupcake?

Because each year more than 359,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital and more than 20 percent (71,200) occur in public places such as airports.