Schiphol Airport

Sofa shopping at Amsterdam Shiphol Airport

There are loads of reasons to love Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Among them – a great art collection, a casino, an indoor park, a library and loads of other amenities.

Now there’s one more: sofa shopping.

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Schihol teamed up the online design brand Made.com and invited them to create furniture showrooms in two areas of the airport (Piers H and M).

That’s pretty nifty on its own, but even better – passengers can do more than just look at the nice living room set-ups, they can sit down on the furniture and, if they like it, go online and buy it.

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Dreaming of: Schiphol Airport

After spending a week in Amsterdam – including that touristy classic, a stay on a houseboat – I was actually pleased that bad weather in the U.S.delayed my flight home.

Because that gave me more time to hang out in Schiphol Airport, where I was really temped to buy these (somewhat corny, I know….) souvenirs.

The ginger cake would have been a nice gift for my neighbor (I bought her a tote bag from the Cat Cabinet – shh, don’t tell her..) and those wooden tulips – spotted for sale everywhere in Amsterdam that by the end of week I was tired of them – would have been a long-lasting spot of color in the gray Seattle winter I’ve returned to.

I know… just another reason to go back. Soon.

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Souvenir Sunday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

Today is Souvenir Sunday  – the day StuckAtTheAirport.com takes  a look at some of the inexpensive, offbeat and/or locally-themed items you might actually want to purchase when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s treat comes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where I did a bit of cheese tasting at the ‘Say Cheese’ shop and found a cheese grater that doubles as a souvenir windmill.

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Share your finds: if you spot a cool souvenir at an airport that’s inexpensive, a bit quirky and “of” the city or region, please snap a photo and send it along to StuckatTheAirport.com.

If your item is featured on Souvenir Sunday, we’ll send you a fun travel-themed gift.

Travel Tidbits: Free Wi-Fi & More Fees

There’s good news and bad news for travelers this week.
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In Japan, rules have been eased so that airlines may allow passengers to use their personal electronic gadgets from gate to gate.

Free, unlimited Wi-Fi was introduced last week at Amsterdam’s Schiphol.

But as of today Allegiant Air follows the lead of Spirit Airlines in adding a fee to have an agent print out a boarding pass for you.

Here’s a link to my story about that Allegiant fee on USA TODAY, where I’m filling in on the Today in the Sky blog.

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Automatic banner-making machine at Schiphol Airport

They’ve done it again… Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has rolled out a cool new amenity: an automatic banner-making machine called the BannerXpress.

Now there’s no need to fuss and muss with poster board and magic markers in order to make a sign to welcome home a friend or family member at the airport. Instead, you can just slide your credit card into the banner-making machine and it will do it for you, in a variety of sizes, with a choice of backgrounds and themes and, of course, your neatly printed message.

Schiphol is the first airport to have the machine on-site, but no doubt similar machines will pop up at other airports momentarily.