airport souvenirs

Exchange leftover currency for Bitcoin at Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport says it is the first European airport to install Bitcoin ATMS that allow passengers to exchange leftover euros for Bitcoin or Ethereum.

The kiosks – located in Arrival Hall 2 and in the corridor to Departure Halls 1 and 2 – are on site for a six month trial and are part of the airport’s efforts to always be looking for ways to innovate and provide “optium” service to passengers, Tanja Dik, Schiphol’s director of Consumer Products & Services said in a statement, “With the Bitcoin ATM, we hope to provide a useful service to passengers by allowing them to easily exchange ‘local’ euros for the ‘global’ cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum. That can be beneficial if, for instance, it’s not possible to spend euros in their home country.”

 

Would you use this machine to get rid of euros or use them instead to buy something fun in Schiphol shops selling cheese, tulip bulbs and other fun souvenirs of your visit?

Souvenir Sunday at Honolulu’s Daniel Inouye Airport

It’s Souvenir Sunday – a day to look at some of the inexpensive, locally-themed gifts you can find when you’re stuck at the airport.

Here are just a few Hawaii classics  from Honolulu’s Daniel Inouye International Airport:

 

 

Next time you find a charming or unusual locally-themed item for sale at an airport, snap a photo and send it along. If your item is featured on Stuck at The Airport, you’ll receive a special souvenir.

Souvenir Sunday at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport


Etsy at an airport?  We’re used to finding Etsy artists and their wares on line. But there’s an Etsy shop filled with Texas-made treasures inside the new United terminal at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

And since it is Souvenir Sunday – the day we look some of the fun, inexpensive and locally-themed items you can buy at airports – here are some more snaps of items I spotted at IAH during a recent visit.

 

(Why is this flavor of Skinny Pop not sold in my town??)

And… (bonus!) here’s the Souvenir Sunday pick from IAH from my last time through:

At one Italian airport pesto is exempt from liquid ban

Here’s a great – and tasty – airport amenity:

Italy’s Genoa airport has come up with great way to encourage – and allow – passengers to carry  jars of pesto in their carry-on bags, despite the ban on pastes and liquids that would normally cause those souvenirs to be forfeited.

Under the airport’s new Il Pesto è Buono (pesto is good) campaign, departing passengers may carry one or two jars of pesto in their carry-on bags on direct flights leaving the airport, but only if those bags have a “Il pesto è buono” sticker on them – which can be ‘purchased’ by making a donation of a least 50 cents a jar to a children’s charity called Flying Angels .

Here are some of the program’s rules for flying with pesto:

  • At the security checks, the passenger will have to extract the jars from the luggage and place them aside in the bowl, informing the security staff
  • The jars will be checked and then returned to the passenger
  • This process is only valid for jars containing “pesto genovese.”

An airport press officer told The Independent that the airport worked out the program with ENAC, Italy’s civil aviation authority, and chose pesto “Firstly because jars of pesto were among the most commonly confiscated objects at airport security, and also because pesto is the most famous food product of Genoa – it’s one of the symbols of the city, every Genoese family has their own recipe, and it’s one of the most famous sauces in the world.

This is definitely the airport amenity of the week!

Fiesta Friday: Found at Cancun Int’l Airport

It’s been a very long time since I’ve traveled through Cancun International Airport and last time I was there the shops and restaurant offerings were sort of pitiful.

But, things have definitely changed.  Not only is there a now-classic, giant Duty Free shop, but a fair number of shops offering Mexican candies and snacks.

 

And, here’s a classic to add to my running list of chocolate ‘poop’ for sale at airports.