Fewer passengers, but more firearms at airports

This is alarming: While there are still fewer passengers flying on commercial planes due to the pandemic, there is an uptick in the number of firearms people are bringing with

Victorian Wallpaper at SFO

Is SFO an airport or a museum? Now that we’re back to traveling more, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to visit San Francisco International Airport (SFO), home to the

Travel Tidbits from an airport near you

Discounts at Boston Logan Airport in honor of the Boston Marathon – plus free socks To celebrate the return of athletes to Boston for the Boston Marathon, passengers who use

KLM unveils mini Delft House #102

Each year on its anniversary – October 7 – KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, unveils a new miniature Delft House. This year’s house – #102 – arrived on time and is

San Antonio Int’l Airport lights up

Yes, it looks pretty. But this month the lights at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) are supporting two important national campaigns: Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. SAT is

Free foam glider & free outdoor movies at Lincoln Airport (LNK)

This red Arrow Sport, one of only one of six known to still be in existence, was built by the Arrow Aircraft Company, of Havelock, Nebraska and now hangs in

Airport Tidbits from Here and There

Facebook and Instagram may have been down on Monday, but Twitter was there for airports to share news and fun tidbits. Here are some items that caught our attention. Not

Space Toys Land at St. Louis Lambert Int’l Airport

Calling all Space Cadets: a new exhibit at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) features vintage space-inspired toys on loan from the Space Museum in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Here’s a

A look at Alaska Airline’s new lounge at SFO

We stopped by the new Alaska Airlines lounge in Terminal 2 at San Fransico International Airport (SFO) to see for ourselves what the space was like. Sadly, the sourdough toast

Bottle refunds at Frankfurt Airport. Drop-off fee at Heathrow.

We keep an eye on airport trends and creative airport amenities. We love that Frankfurt Airport has bottle refund machines security checkpoints where passengers may turn in an empty and

At airports: a giant flamingo, doodles, & Disney salute

Some birds are welcome at airports Their giant flamingo public artwork won’t arrive until 2022, but the folks at Tampa International Airport (TPA) are clearly very excited. We can’t blame

Don’t mess with airline crew members who graduate TSA’s self-defense class

Last week we joined a group of airline crew members for a four-hour self-defense class taught by the Transportation Security Administration’s Federal Air Marshals. TSA has been offering these classes

Fresh Art at San Diego Int’l Airport

Are you sick of staying at home? Or maybe still trying to get home after being stuck somewhere due to the pandemic? Perhaps some art will help. In a new

Airports Compete for Customer Satisfaction. The winners are:

North American airports are filling up again with travelers. And airports are working hard to make the passenger experience as pleasant as can be despite labor shortages that limit the

Art and Magic at SJC and DAL Airports

Fresh art at Mineta San Jose International Airport Take a look at this cool new permanent artwork installed at California’s Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) Installed in the pre-security

Ready to book a space flight?

(This is a slightly different version of a story we prepared for NBC News) A trip to space has rocketed to the top of travel bucket lists for those who

DFW has a Fast Pass & pre-made gates. Plus: Pendleton Round-Up returns.

Cut the TSA line AND get free food at DFW A new amenity that may soon become an airport staple is a program that allows travelers to reserve a time

Travel Tidbits from an airport near you

Newest Minute Suites opens at DTW Airport Minute Suites -which rents short-stay napping and workspaces in airports around the country – has opened a new location in Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Air & Space Museums to visit free on Museum Day

Most museums around the country are open again and waiting for your visit. And while you will still want to wear a mask and keep your distance from other patrons

Museum Monday: Scientific Instruments at SFO

SFO Museum exhibits rare 19th to early 20th-century scientific instruments The newest exhibition from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is filled with rare mid-nineteenth century to

Airports, others remember 9/11. Plus: 9/11 Survivor Tree

The 9/11 Memorial at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): The Place of Remembrance is a large glass cube at BOS. Inside are two glass panels etched with the names of

COVID-Sniffing Dogs at MIA; Food Delivering Robot at SEA

COVID-Sniffing Dogs on Duty at MIA Airport For the next 30-days, COVID-sniffing dogs will be on duty at Miami International Airport (MIA). The detector dogs are specially trained by the

Fines double for flyers who refuse to wear face masks

“Be prepared to pay.” As part of President Biden’s broad COVID-19 action plan, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will double fines for those who are not in compliance with the federal mask

At the Airport: ELP Birthday + 9/11 Memories

Gathering up some news from airports around the country. Happy Birthday El Paso International Airport Airports, organizations remember 9/11

Get you free museum tickets

Between shutdowns, staff layoffs, and budget cuts, the pandemic has been tough on museums and cultural attractions across the United States. But that won’t stop more than 1000 museums, zoos,

No more smoking at Charleston Int’l Airport

There are still a few airports around the country that accommodate smoking inside the terminals. According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, as of July 1, 2021, four of the

Mask minders at Tampa Int’l Airport

Flying somewhere over the holiday weekend? If so, keep in mind that the federal mask mandate requiring travelers to stay masked up on airplanes and in airports has been extended

Travel Tidbits from Airports Near You

Flooding at EWR Airport Awful flooding images from the Northeast Wednesday evening. This one shows flooding inside Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). More airports getting robots to help deliver meals

Spotted at Charles M Schulz – Sonoma County Airport

This week we spent some time at Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS), which is named to honor the “Peanuts” comic strip cartoonist who lived in Sonoma County

Delta variant derailing travel plans

(This is a slightly different version of a story we wrote for NBC News) Summer travel was the big bounce-back story for 2021, with Covid-weary American travelers spending $6 billion

Gate passes; jet travel; and art fans

Sharing some of the stories we’ve written recently for our friends over at The Points Guy site: Airport gate pass programs are back Before the pandemic, a handful of airports

Airports have gone to the dogs

Thursday was National Dog Day and airports went all out to celebrate their favorite pooches. First, let’s congratulate Alona, who works at Mccarran International Airport in Las Vegas, who is

Airports (and a museum) remember Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones’ drummer, Charlie Watts, died on Tuesday and several airports, including Philadelphia International Airport and Dublin Airport – and Seattle’s Museum of Flight – went into their archives

Museum Monday: Aerospace Medicine at Seattle’s Museum of Flight

Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day returns on September 18, 2021 and on that day more than 1000 museums, science centers, and gardens around the country will be offering free admission to

FAA fines flyers for punching, biting, & being truly unruly

A lot of airline passengers have been misbehaving. Madly. Since January 1, 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received approximately 3,889 reports of unruly behavior by passengers. That includes

Mask mandate on planes & public transit to be extended

On Tuesday, multiple sources were reporting that federal officials will extend until at least mid-January the requirement that travelers must wear face masks on commercial airplanes, in airports, and on

Airport jokes & other travel tidbits

Monday was National Tell a Joke Day and a few airports around the country shared some funny bits via Twitter. If we missed yours, please let us know and we’ll

Live music & cool tunes returning to airports

Live music and cool recorded playlists have always been on the top of our list of airport amenities we love. And during the pandemic, live music was one of the

Travel jitters. Now due to the delta variant

(This is a slightly different version of a story we wrote for NBC News online) This was supposed to be the summer of “revenge travel,” catch-up trips, and rescheduled family reunions —

A new “World’s Best” Airport

There are many contests, and many ways, to pick “The Best Airport in the World.” One of the most coveted is the Skytrax World Airport Awards. And this year’s awards

Message from a former airport

Here’s a fun thing to do with an old airport. Germany’s Berlin Tegel “Otto Lilienthal” Airport (TXL) Tegal Airport officially closed in November 2020 when operations moved over to Berlin

Airports bow (wow) to National Work Like a Dog Day

AND – THIS WAY TO O’HARE National Work Like a Dog Day isn’t officially about dogs. (It’s about not being afraid to do hard work) But airports – and the

Crazy – and charming – travelers

Travel has been sort of crazy this week. But there is some sign of charming behavior out there. There’s the saga of the drunken, raving passenger on Frontier Airlines who

Museum Monday: Math at the SFO Museum

The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has kicked off yet another exhibition that might make you miss your next flight. This one is all about mathematics. Mathematics:

Airport Lobster and other great amenities

Airports are still spending lots of time and energy reminding passengers to wear their masks, wash their hands, and observe social distancing protocols. But we are pleased to see that

Fresh art at LAX, RNO, and SFO Airports

Here at Stuck at the Airport, we’re big fans of the art and history exhibits passengers can enjoy while waiting for their planes. And we’re delighted to see that –

Airports celebrate Amelia Earhart’s Birthday

July 24th was Amelia Earhart’s birthday and over the weekend many airports marked the day with some great images and historical tidbits. Here’s a sampling.

Airports, airplanes & Alexander Calder

July 22 was artist Alexander Calder’s birthday, giving us an excuse to share some photos of his work in airports and on airplanes. The photo above is of Calder in

Alarming & heartwarming TSA Tweets

We’re still missing the corny communications TSA’s Blogger Bob Burns once shared with the public, but Lisa Farbstein and the team on duty now are doing a great job of

Travel Tidbits

Here are some of the attractions and news announcements we’re reading about this week. A Masterpiece Moment in a Museum During the pandemic, we discovered Bank of America’s Masterpiece Moment