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Let’s all go to the movies – at Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) offers a quarterly screening series featuring contemporary art and image-making by South Florida-based video artists.

On view now near Gate J7 is a series of short experimental films and video art addressing themes of migration, travel, and journeys that are both physical and surreal. The work on view is by artists Carola Bravo, Claudio Marcotulli and Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez.

Here’s a video of Migration Dreams #3, from Carola Bravo’s series of video art inspired by The Migration Series and Bravo’s own history as a Venezuelan immigrant.

Claudio Marcotulli’s feature, Remo Memories is an avant-doc short film about a journey through childhood, memory, and water.

And Casas viajantes, by Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez, mixes handmade celluloid film with digital video and includes footage of the artist’s family’s immigration journey.

Airports on Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Flying on Veterans Day?

Want to support veterans while you’re traveling?

HMSHost sent word that military veterans-turned chefs have created a special burger –the Pimento Cheeseburger – which is on the menu throughout November at more than 70 restaurants in dozens of airports.

The burger is topped with crunchy fried onions, pickle chips, lettuce and tomato; it is finished with pimento cheese and it is served on a brioche bun. 

Sound good?

Buy the burger during November 2019 and you’ll not only get a tasty meal but a portion of what you pay for that burger will go to Folds of Honor, which supports military families. 

Better yet, on Veterans Day, November 11, all active-duty and military vets with ID can order one of these special Pimento Cheeseburgers and have it for free at participating locations.

Participating burger locations include the Flying Dog Tap House at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI); the Dallas Cowboys Club at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Soho Bistro at JFK Airport, the Rolling Stone Bar & Grill at LAX and a long list of other HMSHost airport restaurants.

NOT traveling on Veterans Day?

Don’t worry. HMSHost also offers a year-round military discount.

There is a 15% military discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at HMSHost locations throughout the United States.

The 15 percent discount is valid any day of the week for military members with valid identification at HMSHost-operated airport and travel plaza locations nationwide. 

While we’re talking veterans and airports

Be(e) aware that Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is home to the Bee Veterans Apiary, which is tended to by U.S. military veterans.

The Bee Veterans Apiary is a partnership with the University of Minnesota and the unique apiary is located on the west side of MSP airport.

The program is donor-funded and they’re trying to raise $15,000 to expand the program now.

The program offers beekeeping classes for veterans and is part of the airport’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainability.

The public can’t visit the apiary right now, but honey from the hives is sold at Worker B at the nearby Mall of America, so you be a supporter of the effort.

Get “espresso boarding” on Alaska Airlines this weekend

Alaska Airlines snowflake plane + Starbucks cup promotion

Alaska Airlines has put a snowflake-adorned plane in the air that will keep flying throughout the ski season.

And, through Sunday, November 10, the Seattle-based airline is also partnering with Starbucks for a “red cup = early boarding” treat.

Show up for your Alaska Airlines flight with a Starbucks drink served in a red holiday cup and you’ll be invited to board the plane in the “espresso lane,” following group B.

Some airport Starbucks, including San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are piloting compostable cups. But those airport Starbucks will be serving drinks with a red holiday sleeve and those drinks will qualify for “espresso lane” boarding as well.

And, as a bonus, on some West Coast flights, passengers will be gifted a complimentary reusable Starbucks holiday cup and $5 Starbucks gift card.  

Art-filled Delta Sky Club at New Orleans Int’l Airport

Artwork by Skylar Fein

Planning a trip to New Orleans?

Lucky you!

New Orleans is a popular destination for both leisure and business travelers and the old airport terminal didn’t do the city justice.

Now there’s a gorgeous new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). And right now the only club lounge open is the Delta Sky Club.

The all-access Club at MSY should open early next year and a United Airlines club lounge is promised in 2020.

Stuck at The Airport stopped into the Delta Sky Club during an opening day tour of the airport. We are delighted to report that in addition to all the features you’d expect in a lounge (comfortable seating and lots of outlets) the 2nd-floor lounge definitely celebrates the New Orleans vibe and culture.

The menu includes regionally inspired snack and meals, including oysters, gumbo and muffuletta sandwiches. Of course, the bar menu includes local beers and cocktails.

And all the artwork is by Louisiana artists.

Delta was kind enough to share images of the artwork. Here are a few more of our favorites.

By Skylar Fein
Artwork by Kelly Mcgee
Artwork by Kelly Mcgee
Artwork by Masy Chighizola

Stay tuned for more details about the amenities at the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Next up: all the food!

First look: new terminal at New Orleans International Airport

Airport employees, passengers, and meeters and greeters joined a second line parade through the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) on Tuesday night, November 5.

The occasion: a celebration and a last goodbye to the old terminal in anticipation of the opening of a brand new terminal Wednesday morning, November 6.

The old terminal, with its low ceilings, worn seating areas and multiple ticketing lobbies for different airlines, was closing down as the parade marched by.

The last flights of the night were boarding and the Lucky Dogs stands were wrapping up business.

During the day on Tuesday, workers hurried to put finishing touches on restaurants and concessions.

There were speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

And, of course, cake.

The new Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport terminal is a beauty.

There are 3 concourses, a central security checkpoint, stages for live music, a Delta Sky Club with views of the airfield activities and oodles of restaurants and shops that represent the charm of the city.

Here are some snaps from a pre-opening tour.

Entrance to the Delta Sky Club

Stuck at the Airport will be on hand for the first flight out of the new terminal at 5:00 AM on Nov 6, so stay tuned for more snaps and stories.