Souvenirs

Souvenir Sunday at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport

Today is Souvenir Sunday, the day when StuckatTheAirport.com takes a look at cool, locally-themed gifts you can find at airports.

This week’s treats come from the SouveNEAR vending machines recently installed in Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport.

SouveNEAR’s  vending machines  at EWR are filled with t-shirts, jewelry, soaps, pins, patches, t-shirts, candy and a wide variety of other carefully-curated items made by New Jersey and New York artists.

Loop Collection

“We believe that travelers feel better buying gifts that support creativity and that are connected to the places they love,” said SouveNEAR co-founder Suzanne Southard, “We hope Newark passengers will feel great about supporting local creativity and taking home something that is really connected to this area.”

 

Statue of Liberty pin by The Weekend Movement

Bikes on 9th

Not heading to EWR anytime soon? Don’t fret.

SouveNEAR also has vending machines filled with local artist-made treasures in the Oakland Airport, in Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport, in the lobby of a Marriott hotel in Emeryville, CA and in the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco.

The prices for the vending-sized artworks range from $4 to $40 and most everything is also available online.

Souvenir Sunday needs your help!

If you see a cool, inexpensive, locally-themed item for sale in an airport shop, please take a photo and it along. If your sovuenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday we’ll send you a cool travel-themed souvenir.

New airport trading cards. Collect them all.

37 new cards are now out in circulation as part of the North American Airport Collectors Series.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) issued its third trading card in the series, which now includes trading cards from more than 80 airports.

The airport trading card series launched in 2014 and this fall 37 new cards were added.

Most airports hand these out for free (while supplies last…) at their information booths and at in-terminal events, so don’t be shy about asking the volunteers on duty if the new cards available.

As airport souvenirs go, these cant be beat.

Souvenir Sunday: Chubu Centrair Int’l Airport, Nagoya Japan

It’s Souvenir Sunday, a day to take a look at some of the cool, inexpensive items you can buy when you’re Stuck at the Airport.

This week’s treats from the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, Japan, which I visited recently for a preview of the Flight of Dreams attraction the airport built around the first 787 Dreamliner test plane.

Courtesy Flight of Dreams

Read about the Flight of Dreams project in this recent post, but take a moment to scroll below to see the  fun souvenirs I spotted in the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya.

Plush dolls portray the mascot of the airport in Nagoya, Japan

 

Aviation-themed stationary items for sale at the airport in Nagoya, Japan

Souvenir Sunday needs your help. If you see an inexpensive, locally-themed souvenir in an airport shop, please snap a photo and send it along to StuckatTheAirport.com. (Bonus points it the item is unusual or odd.) If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday, we’ll send you a cool travel souvenir.

Silly souvenirs spotted at Orlando International Airport

My flight today from  Orlando International Airport leaves pretty darn early.

Too early to take a tour of the art and too early for most shops to be open.

But a few newstands are have their lights turned on, giving me a chance to scan MCO’s offerings of souvenir chocolate ‘droppings’ for the growing StuckatTheAirport.com collection.

Luckily, there are plenty of options on the shelves.

Orlando International Airport souvenir

Orlando International Airport souvenir

These choices are good, but the offering also include Gator Droppings and another version of Pelican Poop:

Orlando International Airport souvenir

The photos should be better, but I had to take them on the sly. For some reason the shop clerk was enforcing a strict “No photos before 6 a.m” policy.

Help us expand the collection. If you spot a fun version of themed chocolate ‘poop’ at an airport, please snap a photo and send it along.

TSA’s travel tips for getting souvenirs home from Comic-Con

TSA’s blog has some helpful information for anyone heading home through San Diego International Airport after attending Comic-Con International this week – and for those traveling with collectibles and souvenirs from this or any other special event.

TSA suggests that if you’re traveling with a collectible item that has an original seal on it that you don’t want broken, that you ship it home instead of taking the chance that the seal will broken during a TSA search.

Getting dressed up in a costume to attend an event? TSA reminds travelers that neither replica weapons nor real weapons should be placed in carry-on bags and that while both replica weapons and real weapons can be packed in checked bags, actual firearms must meet packing guidelines and be declared.

And, TSA s suggests that if you’re traveling with a lot of brochures, comic books or other books that you put them in your carry-on bag and then place them in a bin prior before sending them through the x-ray machines.

Those items can show up as dense blocks and “Packing these items in checked bags may cause alarms leading to bag searches that can cause a significant slowdown in the screening process leading to delays and bags possibly missing their flights,” says TSA.