Where do old hotel towels end up?

What happens to worn towels that hotels get rid of?

It’s a good bet that most of them end up in landfills.

So it’s nice to hear of Hilton’s nationwide towel replacement program that not only keeps towels out of landfills but sends the old towels to good homes.

The hotel chain has partnered with Mars Petcare and Greater Good Charities for the program and will donate retired towels, bathmats, washcloths, and other terry products from their properties across the United States to local animal shelters.

Doing so will divert 140,00 pounds of towels – more than 106,000 towels – from landfills.

According to Hilton, over 1,200 hotels and over 500 shelters across the U.S. have signed up to participate in the program with more expected to come on board through the end of the year.

Good work!

Photo credit: top image: Australian War Memorial Collection via Flickr Commons.

Bottom image – courtesy National Science and Media Museum, also via Flickr Commons

SFO Airport has a Silent Disco

Here’s a cool temporary airport amenity: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has a “San Fran-disco.” 

SFO launched its “Quiet Airport” program in 2018 to reduce terminal noise. And this week the airport debuted another quiet – and very fun – feature: a Silent Disco.

Passengers can dance along to San Francisco-themed music using their headphones at SFO’s “San Fran-disco,” which will run through March 15, 2024, in the post-security area of Harvey Milk Terminal 1.

If you’re at SFO and in the mood to dance alone or with others at the SFO’s Silent Disco, here’s how to join:

  • Find the SFO “San Fran-disco” dance floor, post-security in Harvey Milk Terminal 1 near the Johnston & Murphy store (look for the disco ball!)
  • Connect your headphones to your mobile device
  • Authenticate to SFO’s fast, free wi-fi network: #SFO Silent Disco
  • Press the play icon
  • And dance to a curated set of songs with a San Francisco connection.
  • You can also access the SFO Silent Disco station at flysfo.com/disco. Give it a try!

Airports, Amtrak & airlines have treats for you on Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day this year, Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) won’t be handing out carnations to passengers as they have in the past, but will instead be sharing these special JAX candies with travelers.

Here are some other Valentine’s Day treats to enjoy if you’re traveling.

Here’s a great love story that started at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)


Airport amenities from here and there

Kicking off the week with some Lunar New Year celebrations hosted by airports and some cool airport amenities to watch for.

Let us know what you spot in your travels.

Airport celebrate Lunar New Year & Year of the Dragon

Airport amenities to cheer for

A handful of airports have book exchange corners. But Chattanooga Airport has the “Skylib” – a little shop filled with new and used books with payment on the honor system. Sales benefit the Chattanooga Public Library.

A great idea!!!!

A salad bar at the airport

This salad bar is at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK Airport. Another great – and healthy – idea!

Hat tip to Athletic-Minded Traveler.

Love your airport? It loves you too.

Like you, airports around the country are getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

And a couple of our favorite airports have already shared a bit about what they have planned for their favorite passengers.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) customer service staff will be handing out airport-themed Valentines and branded chocolate kisses at the airport information booths and in the Central Terminal. Look for a photo booth and keep an ear out for the roving violinist.

And over at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Volunteer Navigators will be handing out 2,000 red carnations on Valentine’s Day starting at 10 am.

For those who need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift, Lily Palmer Flowers and Gifts, located in PHL’s B/C Connector, will have two pop-up shops selling flowers and goodies. One shop will be near the Terminal B exit and another at the top of Terminal E.

And, as we shared earlier, there will be a temporary Marriage License Bureau set up at Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.

The Stuck at the Airport romance team is gathering up Valentine’s Day activities planned for other airports, so stay tuned.