Denver Airport saves Princess Kitty

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An almost-too-cute story about how the Lost & Found department at Denver International Airport rescued a stuffed animal named Princess Kitty is making the rounds.

Both Sonja Wieck and her 9-year-old daughter, Annie, were devasted when they realized Annie had left the beloved and well-traveled Princess Kitty on a DEN Airport tram.

Wieck sent a tweet to the airport asking for help and the airport staff not only found the stuffed animal but gave it a tour of the airport and the attention that a princess deserves.

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(All photos courtesy Denver International Airport)

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Does PIT Airport need a robot repair shop?

A kickstarter crowd funding campaign is underway to bring a robot repair shop to Pittsburgh International Airport.

PIT Robot logo

It’s not to help out all the PIT passengers who break their robots in transit. It’s to give a new home to a popular public art installation that was once in downtown Pittsburgh.

Toby Atticus Fraley’s original Robot Repair Shop was an 18-month art pop-up shop that depicted a fictitious business described as looking as if the owners left for vacation, “leaving robots in various stages of repair, including one peering through the store windows longing for life in the outside world.”


If funding to reconstitute the Robot Repair Shop is secured, the new installation will look much like original shop but will be three times the size and located at the airport on Concourse A near Southwest Airlines gate A15.

Want to help bring this odd, charming art project to PIT?

Visit the Robot Repair Shop website and kick in a few bucks to help the ‘shop’ open by September 2015. Thank-you gifts for pledges include logo stickers, note cards, branded pencils, buttons, t-shirts, a cool pilot-like metal wings pin, coffee mugs, a special edition Viewmaster and more robot repair-themed stuff.

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Monsters move in to SFO Airport


The newest offering from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport is an exhibition about monsters.

Not the kind that live under the bed, but the monsters made famous by Universal Pictures, which pretty much invented the monster movie genre in 1923 with the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney in 1925.

Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi in the first talking vampire movie, followed in 1931, and within a year, fans were being frightened by Frankenstein, which was inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel. Later came The Mummy and a series of mummy movies, The Werewolf of London (1935) and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Revenge of the Creature prop head  c. 1955_courtesy SFO Museum

One big fan of monster memorabilia is Metallica’s Kirk Hammett,
and its part of his collection of monster movie props, original artwork, themed novelty toys and other creature collectibles that are on display in SFO Terminal 2 through November 2015.

Some of Hammett’s custom-made monster guitars are on display too.

Guitars_Custom Monster_from the Kirk Hammett Collection_ courtesy SFO Museum

(Photos courtesy of SFO Museum)

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Pot smuggling ring foiled at OAK Airport

Just say no

Three baggage handlers working for Southwest Airlines were among more than a dozen people arrested in what federal authorities allege was a long-running marijuana shipping operation that took advantage of the special security access bag handlers enjoy at California’s Oakland International Airport.

The baggage handlers allegedly used their ability to avoid security checkpoints to gain access to passenger terminals beyond the checkpoint. They’d then hand off bags of drugs to people who had cleared security and would then take the package onto a plane headed for another city, where the drugs would be sold.

Some packages of pot were smuggled as cargo, the Contra Costra Times reports, and at least one of the co-conspirators is said to have posted photos of large bundles of cash and marijuana on Instagram.

In a statement released yesterday, Oakland International Airport officials said they had been working closely with law enforcement from the outset of this investigation “to root out, stop, and prevent criminal activity and we’re pleased to see the investigation concluding and the people involved held accountable.”

Southwest airline issued a statement saying it too is fully cooperating with authorities.

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Free coffee at airports for military members

Hudson Counter Card


Hudson Group has brought back its free coffee program for uniformed members of the US and Canadian Armed Forces.

From now through July 4, (including Memorial Day weekend, Victoria Day, Canada Day and July 4) Hudson cafes in airports and transit terminals across North America will be offering uniformed service members a complimentary cup of joe, courtesy of the company’s president and CEO, Joe DiDomizio, who created the program after an appearance on the Undercover Boss TV show.

The summertime free coffee offer is in addition to the regular 20 percent discount that Hudson Group offers to all active North American service men and women year-round.

The free coffee will be available in 52 Hudson-operated Food & Beverage locations, including Euro Café, Dunkin’ Donuts, Aeromart, Alki Bakery (Seattle), Jason’s Deli and TexPress Gourmet (Dallas Love Field), Carpe Diem (Mobile) and Cups (Jackson, MS).

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