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Making good on a Super Bowl bet

Airports with teams facing off in the Super Bowl often make good-natured bets with each other. And this year the wager between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) was that the CEO of the airport with the losing home team would wear the jersey of the winning team’s quarterback jersey for the day.

Looks like the CVG CEO kept her side of the bet.

Airports showed the love for Valentine’s Day

We knew some of the sweet treats airports were planning for Valentine’s Day. But our romance reporter spotted some bonus surprises.

Last Friday, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) handed out carnations and handmade felt hearts to passengers to kick off Valentine’s Weekend. But PHL’s short shorty dispenser will also be offering up free romantic short stories all week.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and its PIT PAWS teams threw a fun Valentine’s Day party.

The SFO Museum found a vintage Valentine’s Day menu

The team at the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) did some digging and found this Valentine’s Day menu served on a United Airlines flight in 1963.

And DFW shared some (corny) Valentines

Airports are ready for Valentine’s Day. Are you?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this year, airports are gearing up to share the love.

The StuckatTheAirport Romance Reporter pulled together a round-up of airport Valentine’s Day events for The Points Guy site. But we wanted to share just a few of our favorites here.

Pop Up Marriage License Bureau at the Las Vegas Airport

We’re delighted that in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed “Marriage Capital of the World,” the Clark County clerk’s office is bringing back the pop-up marriage license bureau to the airport recently renamed Harry Reid International Airport (LAS).

Couples that want to get wedding paperwork in order as soon as they land at the airport can head to the pop-up. It is open from Thursday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 22 in the Terminal 1 bag claim area by carousel 5.

Hours: 8 am until 4 pm daily. The fee is $105.29 (credit/debit only).

The temporary airport Clerk’s office will be issuing marriage licenses only. To make it legal, an officiant will have to perform a wedding ceremony, sign the paperwork, and file it with the County.

More love for travelers

Here are some of the other Valentine’s Day treats airports have in store:

At Dallas Love Field (DAL), there will be music, free chocolates, and a visit from the airport mascot, Lovey.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Tampa International Airport (TPA), and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will be distributing flowers to travelers. And PHL will also be giving away 200 hand-cut red felt hearts with special messages handwritten on pink paper.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aiport (PHX), O’Hare and Midway Airports in Chicago, and many other airports aslo have Valentine’s Day activities lined up. And at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) keep an eye out for the Valentine-decorated treat table. Volunteers will be handing out paper airplanes, chocolate hearts, hand sanitizers that say “Spread LOVE not Germs,” and treats for pups.

Airports celebrate Black History Month

Airports and airlines are celebrating Black History Month.

Here’s a selected round-up of some stories, art, and exhibits to look for when you’re traveling around this month.

If we missed yours, please let us know.

Updates added: February 15, 2022

SFO Museum Honors Tuskegee Airmen with exhibit

Through April 7, 2022, passengers visiting SFO’s Terminal 3 (Departures Level) will see a great exhibit of photographs featuring the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of primarily African American pilots and airmen who fought in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

(332nd Fighter Group pilots. March 1945 (L-R) Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Commanding Officer, and Edward C. Gleed, Group Operations Officer)
Crew chief Marcellus G. Smith of the 332nd Fighter Group works on a North American P-51D Mustang  March 1945 

The images of the 332nd in Ramitelli in March of 1945 are from the Library of Congress and were created by photographer Toni Frissell (1907-1988). She was a successful fashion photographer during the 1930s and early 40s and during World War II pursued more challenging assignments with the American Red Cross, the Women’s Army Corps, and the 332nd Fighter Group.

Airports celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Here’s a sampling of Lunar New Year messages for the Year of the Tiger from airports around the world.

If we missed yours, please send it along.

(Up next: Airports mark Black History Month)