Travel Tidbits: Testing, Festivals, and More

COVID-19 testing required for international travel – and maybe domestic travel too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now requires that all travelers flying to the United States from

TSA found 3,257 firearms in carry-on bags in 2020

Travel was way down in 2020. But that didn’t stop those who were getting on airplanes from having firearms in their carry-on bags. In a report released today, TSA says

Airports celebrate mittens, Peeps, new terminals, and the Super Bowl match-up

We spent the weekend gathering up as many social media postings we could find that featured airport-themed images of Bernie Sanders and his mittens. If you missed that, or want

Airports and airlines embrace the Bernie Sanders mittens meme

Airports and airlines jumped on the #BernieMittens meme along with the rest of the world after he was spotted bundled up at the presidential inauguration. Here’s a sampling. If we

Federal Face Mask Mandate applies to airplanes

One of the executive orders President Joe Biden signed on his first day in office is a 100-day mask mandate. The rule applies to all federal property, including national parks,

Travel Tidbits: an Astrochimp, airplane models, and more

It has been difficult – to say the least – to read anything but political news this week. But we did take a break and found these fun aviation-related treasures

IND: 5 Things We Love About Indianapolis International Airport

Stuck at The Airport’s “5 Things We Love About…” series is back for the new year celebrating more features and amenities at airports around the country and the world. Today

Airlines prep for the inauguration with firearms ban, other safety measures

Flying to D.C.? Leave your firearms at home If you’re flying to any airport near Washington, D.C. in the days leading up to the inauguration, you’ll have to leave your

“No warnings”: FAA getting tough with passengers who are unruly or won’t wear masks

Citing “a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior,” the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday it will ratchet up its legal

Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” technology landing soon at Dallas Love Field

Now that ‘contactless’ is king, travel retail brand Hudson is rolling out airport convenience stores that will use Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ technology. The first Hudson Nonstop shop will open

Travel Tidbits for future flights

Going skiing? Save your Alaska Airlines boarding pass If you’ve checked the rules and restrictions and feel safe flying to a ski resort this season, keep in mind that you

New rules for service and emotional support animals on airplanes now in effect

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new rules regarding service animals and emotional support animals on airplanes goes into effect January 11, 2021. You can read all the details here, but

Fresh (future) art at Sea-Tac Airport

Stuck at the Airport world headquarters is in Seattle. So we pay extra attention to what’s happening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The airport is building a new $968 million

Resolutions at RNO Airport: “Be nicer to TSA” and more

Sometimes low-tech is the best. Even when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) once again invited travelers to write their New Year’s resolutions on sticky notes

More ways airports are going contactless

5 Ways Your Next Airport Visit Could Be Contactless (This is a slightly different version of a story we prepared for USA TODAY) In addition to cleaning, sanitizing, and setting

Hotels add COVID-19 testing to amenity lists

Skip the lines and get a COVID-19 test at your hotel (This is a slightly different version of our story for NBC News) You may not be able to work

Cool collections on display at PHL Airport

Do you collect anything? (Or a lot of things?) Here at the Seattle headquarters of Stuck at the Airport, we share space with Space Needle souvenirs, cowgirl memorabilia, and other

Happy New Year Here’s hoping we get to fly somewhere in 2021

If there was ever a year that we need to ‘start over,’ ‘start fresh,’ or turn over a new leaf, this is it. Here’s to a safe New Year. Hopefully

Alaska Airlines to give emotional support animals the boot

Back on the leash The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has ruled that airlines no longer have to make the same accommodations for emotional support animals as they do for

Will you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions?

2020 has been so rough that it feels as if we should get a pass on making – and trying to keep – New Year’s resolutions in 2021. But if

If/Then: Women in Aviation Statues at Dallas Love Field

In 2021. Dallas’ NorthPark Center will present #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit, which will feature 123 3-D printed statues of contemporary women working in the STEM professions of science, technology, engineering,

Happy Holidays

Hoping you are safe and warm with people you love today.

The most important flights for Santa and his team

While we’re all staying home, it’s good to know Santa and his team are going to be flying around the world. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is helping out. The

A brush with the SFO Museum’s Hair Style exhibit

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is home to the SFO Museum, which does a great job of bringing top drawer exhibits to the terminals. The SFO Museum’s newest offering runs

Airport Crossword Puzzles & TSA Nutcrackers

Use your words We spotted a few airports celebrating National Crossword Puzzle Day on December 21 with their very own aviation-themed puzzles. The holiday marks the day the first-known printed

How will the pandemic leave its mark on travel?

Dreaming about travel? Us too. But how will our journeys be changed by the pandemic? (This is a slightly different version of a story we prepared for NBC News.) Sanitizing

“Smell Your Journey” with YVR’s Eau de Baggage.

We’re not sure how we missed this one, It’s not like we’ve been too busy traveling. But we just love this Eau de Baggage video put out by Vancouver International

Vote for the airport amenity of the week.

We used to think that putting roulette wheel numbers on the baggage carousel was the coolest thing you could do with that space. MSP’s new bag claim carousel But Minneapolis-St.

How to join Finnair’s virtual reality flights to visit Santa

What does Santa do after he finishes all that hard work delivering presents on Christmas Eve? He’ll go up the last chimney, climb into his sleigh, and make his way

More holiday cheer – and dances – from airports and airlines

If we were traveling around this month, we’d certainly be spending a lot of time in airport gift shops buying Christmas chocolates and other treats. Some of that chocolate would

See Alaska Airlines’ new safety dance & buy the airline’s holiday sweater for a good cause

Airlines aren’t messing around when they say “Wear a mask. Or else.” So far, Delta Air Lines has banned more than 700 passengers who refuse to mask up. And Alaska

Let’s see how airports are celebrating the holiday season

Holiday travel is going to be different than usual this year. But airports are still going to be celebrating with decorations, music, and special events. Here’s a sampling. We’ll bring

Now airline customer service is going virtual at the airport

COVID-19 is bringing new technologies and workarounds to airports. And customer service desks are riding that wave. Recently, StuckatTheAirport.com reported on several airports now offering virtual information desks. Louisville Muhammad

RDM: 5 Things We Love About Redmond Municipal Airport – Roberts Field

Welcome to another episode of our 5 Things We Love About… series, which celebrates features and amenities at airports around the country and the world. Today we land at ‘The

Watch Air New Zealand’s new domestic safety video

Oh what we’d give to be on an airplane watching a safety video right now. Better yet, one of the charming and quirky safety videos that Air New Zealand puts

What are the best new airport amenities of 2020?

Despite challenges, airports landed welcome new amenities this year [This is a slightly different version of the story we prepared for USA TODAY] Despite the challenges set out by COVID-19

Pigs & peacocks are pets, not service or emotional support animals, says DOT. Only trained dogs fly free.

It’s been a while since we had a story about someone trying to pass off what is clearly a pet as an emotional support animal so that the pet will

Seasonal news from PIT, LAX, BWI, MKE, PHX & SAN airports

Whether or not you’re flying during the holidays, it pays to keep up to date with what airports are doing to serve passengers during what is sure to be another

A photo tour of the aviation-themed art at Boeing Field

Boeing Field, officially King County International Airport (BFI), is located about 4 miles south of downtown Seattle and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country. A

Thinking of renting a car now – or later? National Car Rental offers travelers flexibility.

Note: I was compensated by National Car Rental for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As the holidays approach and COVID-19 concerns continue to guide every step

Holiday Travel Deals to Grab Now

Even if you’re not traveling just yet, you can shop for future travel. (This is an updated version of a story we prepared for NBC News) A gift-season mantra the

Denver Airport now has an outdoor deck

Denver International Airport (DEN) now has its first outdoor deck, thanks to the airport’s $1.5 billion Gate Expansion Program. The deck is located on Concourse B, at the far western

Tips for keeping your social distance on Thanksgiving

If you are traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend, please be careful. And keep in mind the millions of times you’ve been reminded and, more recently, begged to wash your hands,

Now the airport info booths are going virtual

We’re declaring the virtual information booth an official trend at airports. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) rolled out its Virtual Information Booth back in May 2020. The super social

Holiday shopping in the British Airways crockery closet

Food not included… Are you a fan of British Airways? The airline knows that many people are yearning for something – anything – to remind them of the excitement of

Now at Changi Airport: dinosaurs and glamping

Singapore’s Changi Airport doesn’t have many passengers flying in or out of its amenity-filled terminals right now. But creative holiday-themed landside activities are making sure the airport remains a desirable

New book unpacks the archives of Rimowa luggage

Cologne-based luggage company Rimowa has been making coveted suitcases and travel accessories since 1898. Now the company known for signature aluminum cases has teamed up with Rizzoli publishing to create

Timely Travel Tibits from airports near you

Easier ordering + pickup for airport food The newest trend at airports right now seems to be expanding the options for mobile food ordering, no-contact pickup and food delivery to

Museums are in big trouble

In ‘normal’ times, when we’re not in airports, we’re in museums. And the ongoing pandemic is wreaking havoc with museums. “The financial state of U.S. museums is moving from bad

LaGuardia Airport has a cool new water show

We may be staying home but airports are still rolling out fun services, amenities, and cool attractions. The latest is a state-of-the-art water feature in New York at LaGuardia Airport