Fresh art at SFO and Austin-Bergstrom airports

Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport

Next time you go to the airport, see some art:

At Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, there’s a new exhibit featuring traditional art and artifacts from Mexico and artwork on loan from Austin’s Mexic-Arte Museum.

Some pieces in “Connections & Intersections,” are on loan from the Mexican Consulate General’s office in Austin. Other pieces are from the Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarrito program, which is a mobile art vending cart that provides Central American visual artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their work in Austin.  Look for the exhibition through the end of April, post-security between gates 7 to 11.

And, it looks like surf’s up at San Francisco International Airport.

Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii 1975; Jeff Divine

The SFO Museum is presenting a new exhibition featuring Jeff Devine’s photographs capturing legendary surfers in the 1970s and images of surf culture.


Gerry Lopez, Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii 1974; by Jeff Divine – courtesy SFO Museum

Jeff Define: 1970s Surf Photography is on view at SFO Airport in the pre-security area of the Departures Level in Terminal 3 through May 18, 2017.


Off to work you go with Delta’s new promo

Yes, it’s a commercial, but who can resist (or not keep singing it all day long) the Heigh-Ho song from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs once you hear it in this new Delta Air Lines commercial.

And that’s the voice of Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner, Viola Davis, who has signed on to be the voice of Delta for the next year.

Keep on Truckin’ at SFO Airport

The Amazing Answer Board c. 1944 Courtesy Eugene Orlando_Museum of Talking Boards_SFO Museum

There are lots of reasons I enjoy spending time at San Francisco International Airport.

Tops among them: the exhibits offered by the SFO Museum, which currently has a Ouija board – or spirit board – exhibit in Terminal 2.

On my most recent visit, I discovered one more reason to add to the list:

A shop selling Grateful Dead stickers and other groovy accessories, so travelers can take home that San Francisco vibe.


Confusion, protests after Trump’s executive order on immigration

Scene at JFK Airport Saturday evening, courtesy NYCLU via Twitter

Protests erupted at airports across the country – and confusion reigned within – Saturday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive  order to restrict entry to the U.S. by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries -Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

The move was partially blocked late Saturday by a U.S. District court judge in Brooklyn who issued an emergency stay preventing deportations for those already in the U.S. or in transit with valid visas, but some people were still refused entry.

The story is changing by the minute and protests will continue, so keep an eye on the news today and in the days ahead.

In the meantime, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, WestJet and other airlines have posted alerts offering waivers for those traveling to the United States who may be affected while others are working out their responses and should be posting them today.

Here’s Delta’s wording:





Souvenir Sunday – Not yet for sale at Seattle’s Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International held an educational fair on Friday to help small business owners in the area learn what it takes to get their products into the airport.

After a couple of information-packed panels, some hopeful entrepreneurs showed off souvenirs, food and even some cannabis-themed health and beauty aids that may soon show up in the SEA shops.

The cookie above,  known as “That Cookie,” is already wildly popular at local gourmet grocery stores.

And these Seattle-themed pouches and bags are carried in the big souvenir shops in town.



These twins – juniors in college – are hoping their bottled water called “Plane Water” – now sold in just one airport shop – will get sold alongside the national brands of bottled water sold throughout the airport.

This line of cannabis-themed health and beauty products got a lot of attention. “I just need to run it by legal,” said a rep from a airport vendor hoping to pick up the line.