Airport city codes

Souvenir Sunday: travelwear from SUX, SEX, GIG, SIN and PEK

Each Sunday the focus here is on fun and offbeat stuff you can buy when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week, we take a look at some fun and offbeat stuff you can buy and take to the airport.

Air Wear, whose products are found on-line and in a shop at Los Angeles International Airport, has a fun line of travel bags, notebooks, coffee mugs and assorted travel accessories bearing logos for airport city codes around the world.

Right now the catalog includes logo-emblazoned items for airports in more than 130 cities. Included on the list are classics such as JFK, SFO and LAX, but GIG (Rio de Janeiro), MAD (Madrid), PEK (Peking) and SEX (Sembach, Germany) are also on the list.

Surprisingly, there’s nothing on the list from Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City Iowa, where the airport code is SUX. But that airport has its own line of SUX-memorabilia.

Don’t see your favorite airport on the Air Wear list? Don’t worry. For an extra design fee that’s a smidge less than $10 they’ll put the airport code of your choice on any of their stock items.

Curious about how airports get their codes?

Here’s a fun 300-second explanation from our buddy Kevin Maxwell:

Airport codes explained in 300 seconds

SUX post card from Sioux Gateway Airport

Greetings from SUX

Kevin Maxwell found and my Souvenir Sunday post about offbeat souvenirs at the Sioux City Airport (Fly SUX t-shirts, mugs and more) while putting together his presentation on airport codes for Ignite Phoenix, one of those events where people give really short presentations on a wide variety of topics you didn’t know you’d be interested in.

The event is over and Maxwell was kind enough to send a link to the very funny and informative video version of his presentation.

Give it a listen. It’s just 300 seconds and you might learn something. I did!