Spin the wheel, win prizes at PIT Airport

Thursday, April 17, is Customer Appreciation Day at Pittsburgh International Airport and that means prizes, free cookies, live music and discounts deals in the stores.


German band Mädel Jäger will provide the live music and from 11 am to 3 pm, airport visitors will have a chance to spin a wheel for one of the prizes donated by shops and restaurants throughout the airport.

To add an extra dollop of appreciation, the airport will be asking for donations (of any amount) for each spin of the prize wheel, with the funds going to the Serve-A-Soldier Program, which gives active service personnel a $10 AIRMALL gift card for a meal at the airport before flying out.

More details here.

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Worms at LaGuardia Airport

There will be worms. And sunflowers.

Changi -Sunflower garden

Earth Day is coming up – and to spread the word about their green initiatives, the Food & Shops at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, JetBlue Airways and The Port Authority of NY & NJ are hosting a “Choose Green” event on Thursday afternoon with a hands-on composting worm exhibit, courtesy of the Queens Botanical Garden.

Not into worms? There will be coloring and face painting for kids and, for adults who say they’ll “Choose Green,” a chance to enter into a drawing to win two JetBlue tickets and get a free sunflower growing kit.

Not traveling through New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday between noon and 4 pm? You can enter the contest on Twitter. More details here:

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Pianos at airports

Piano at Heathrow Term 4

I spotted this piano – and this young boy – in Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport last week and got a kick out of the fact that his outfit matched the piano and that he wasn’t too shy to sit and play.

Pianos seem to be getting more popular at airports. Most seem to be attached to bars and few are as inviting as this one that says “Play Me.”

Spotted a piano in an airport? (Played it?) Let’s make a list….


Fresh art at Denver Int’l Airport

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Italian artist Davide Salvadore’s string instrument made from glass. Courtesy DIA.


From April 24 through August, 2014, the Art and Culture Program at Denver International Airport (DIA) will be hosting a temporary art exhibition titled The Magic of Glass in Ansbacher Hall, the main walkway connecting  Jeppesen Terminal to Concourse A.

Included in the exhibit will be more than 60 glass objects made by 31 local, national and international artists.

Want more art glass?

Denver Botanic Gardens is opening an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture in June.



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Souvenir Sunday at SFO airport

sfo magenets

It’s Souvenir Sunday – a day to take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive and locally-themed items you can pick up when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s treats come from the Marin-county-based McEvoy Ranch pop-up shop in the recently re-opened Boarding area E (T3E), which serves United Airlines flights in Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport.

The shop, which has a lease for just one year, is selling its locally sourced olive oils and body care products.

McEvoy Ranch pop-up at SFO.

Testing – and buying – their lotions was tempting; especially with the free tube-with-purchase offer. But I settled on one of the shop’s best-selling items: the $7 lip balm made with California certified extra virgin olive oil, vitamin E, peppermint essential oil, beeswax and other organic ingredients.


Do you spend time in the shops when you’re stuck at the airport? If you find a locally-themed item that’s fun, inexpensive and perhaps a bit offbeat, please snap a photo and send it along to StuckatTheAirport.com.

If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday, I’ll send you a special souvenir from my travels.

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