The most recent terminal renovation at JNU added some impressive pieces of art but left behind the taxidermy animals travelers have long associated with landing in this city.
We spotted arriving passengers dropping their bags to take selfies with these critters. And we wondered if grizzly bears were still around. “Oh, yes,” my Alaska-born seatmate told me on the return trip, pulling out her phone to show me a wobbly video of a large grizzly she and her family had encountered while strawberry picking on a remote beach the day before.
When completed the big bird will appear to be gently dipping its head beneath the water’s surface.
TPA shared the news this week that the 6,0000 pounds of custom-made ceiling panels designed to replicate the surface of the water surrounding the flamingo have finally arrived in Tampa from Japan and are being prepared for installation.
On Watch for Wildlife at SEA Airport
Speaking of wildlife…
There’s a new exhibit at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) encouraging passengers to help save endangered animals around the world.
The exhibit includes information about endangered animals and illegal animal trafficking.
Included in the display are examples of confiscated illegally trafficked wildlife artifacts alongside sustainable look-alikes.
Look for the exhibit in SEA’s S Concourse, the departure point for most international flights.
Most airports that had them before the pandemic have now brought back their teams of stress-busting therapy animals to the terminals.
A great example is SFO’s Wag Brigade, which is made up of about a dozen cute pups, a pig named LiLou, and the newest member of the team, a 28-pound Flemish Giant rabbit named Alex the Great. Look for them all next time you’re in SFO.
Finnair handing out Nort Pole Diplomas
Yes, even adults love getting a set of plastic wings when onboard some airplanes. But Finnair has brought back a cool amenity for travelers: a certificate for passengers who have flown over the North Pole.
Back in 1983, when Finnair became the first airline to fly non-stop from Europe to Japan, passengers on the carrier’s Tokyo flights were given a certificate for flying over the North Pole.
Now, Finnair is using that polar route again in order to avoid flying in Russian airspace. And the carrier has brought back the certificate – plus some Moomin stickers.
On March 9, flight AY073 from Helsinki to Tokyo Narita headed towards the North Pole, instead of heading East. With this flight, Finnair resumed its service to Tokyo Narita, skirting around Russian airspace that closed on February 28.
Where We’d Go: Indiana State Museum
Now that the Stuck at the Airport museum team is back in the field, we’re adding a stop to the Indiana State Museum to our list so we can see the exhibit about Major Taylor: Fastest Cyclist in the World.
It was quite a Monday for some airports around the country. The day started out like this at Denver International Airport
Wag Brigade back at SFO
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced that the SFO Wag Brigade, a team of certified stress-relief animals, is back on duty in the terminals after a 20-month absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The San Francisco SPCA certifies all participating animals through their Animal Assisted Therapy (ATT) Program. And, prior to returning to SFO, all Wag Brigade animals were recertified. We hope that means LiLou the airport therapy pig that used to visit SFO about once a month will return soon too.
Fire at DFW, No Water at CLT Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) had to deal with a water main break nearby today.
And at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), there was a fire in one of the parking garages.