This year, Iceland became the smallest country ever to have its men’s soccer team qualify for the World Cup.
To celebrate, Icelandair, which sponsors the team, is launching a special soccer-themed version of its famed stopover program.
Passengers can apply to participate in Team Iceland Stopover: a selection of 90-minute, soccer-inspired experiences curated by members of Iceland’s men’s and women’s teams and taking place from May 29 through the end of June, 2018.
The experiences range from attending either a National Men’s or Women’s team match and hanging with midfielder Birkir Bjarnason at his favorite geothermal area to attending the June 16 party to celebrate Iceland’s World Cup match.
Anyone can apply to be part of the Team Iceland Stopover experiences, but there are limited spots. You’ll need to be flying on Icelandair and your itinerary will need to match up with the program events. See the Icelandair website for more details.
In case you missed these, here are some of the April Fool’s pranks cooked up by airports and airlines this year. If I missed one your favorites, please let me know and I’ll try to add it.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airpot has some great amenities, so it may not have seemed odd to tell travelers that an aircraft viewing area – with a pool – would soon open:
Here’s how the airport described what was in store.
“The space – located near Terminal 2-Humphrey – will bring aviation enthusiasts even closer to the action, while having access to amenities like rentable floaties, private changing rooms, an old-fashioned concessions stand and a full-service bar. While open to anyone interested in a unique experience, we expect travelers with longer layovers will choose to enjoy some pool time as well, and get a taste of Minnesota summers.”
Admission will be a very reasonable $15 a day. Drinks, treats and floaty rentals are additional. If the pool is successful, the airport plans to install a larger pool near Terminal 1-Lindbergh in 2019.”
At Orlando International Airport, this already very real-looking sculpture by artist Duane Hanson seemed to come alive on April 1 and re-located to various spots around the terminal:
Denver International Airport, which has dogs – and one cat – in its Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS), shared (fake) news about adding Norbert the turtle to the team:
Our Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS) has become so popular we have decided to expand the program. Please welcome Norbert, our therapy Tortoise. Norbert and his handler will bring smiles to passengers starting tomorrow. Hope you have a chance to say hi! pic.twitter.com/IyyelZBfjT
Emirates shared news of a transparent lounge coming to its 777x planes, starting in 2020:
Emirates reveals SkyLounge, the most exclusive Onboard Lounge to be introduced on its Boeing 777X fleet from 2020. A completely transparent lounge with unmatched aerial views and unparalleled luxury, Emirates SkyLounge promises window views like no other. pic.twitter.com/pwtoocM9mN
And Swoop Airlines, the low budget carrier from Canada’s WestJet, let travelers know that it planned to charge travelers by the minute for time spent in the airplane lavs. Toilet paper? That will be an extra charge.
We don’t have carpet socks, but we do have these fancy new socks commemorating the First Ride of our new SkyConnect train! Opens Valentine’s Day! The socks are patterned after our rental car center walls! pic.twitter.com/BwQJzvmGvG