The collectibles department at Stuck at The Airport was thrilled to receive a package this week from our friends at Airport Council International-North America.
Inside was an almost complete set of the colorful collectible trading cards airports around the country have been issuing every few years since 2014. The number of participating airports has grown over the years and, at last count, there were more than 90 airports with their own trading cards.
Even better, some airports have issued multiple versions of their trading cards over several years.
The front of each card portrays an image of an airport and the airport code. On the reverse of each card are factoids about the airport pictured.
Want your own set of airport trading cards?
Our set is going into the Stuck at The Airport museum archives. But you can start putting your set together by stopping at an information booth in any airport you visit. Participating airports with a stash of current cards distribute them out for free. Some airports also have trading cards for their therapy dogs too. So be sure to ask.
It’s been a while since a new batch has been issued. But we think a fresh new round of collectible airport trading cards would be a great way to celebrate what feels like a very robust return to travel.
Which cards do you have? Please share your tips on how you got them.
More than a million cruise passengers pass through Seattle on their way to and from Alaska each summer and they bring a lot of luggage with them through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
To keep out all those bags out of the airport check-in halls, the Port of Seattle offers Port Valet. The complimentary service allows passengers to check in for their flights and check in their bags on board their cruise ships and then explore the city luggage-free before heading to their flights. The luggage transfer is free; but regular checked bag fees apply.
Learn how to save a life while waiting for a flight
Los Angeles International is the latest airport to get a Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosk from the American Heart Association.
More than a dozen other airports have these kiosks as well and just five minutes – the time it takes scroll through your Instagram feed again – you can watch a short instruction video (in English or Spanish), practice on a rubber manikin, get feedback on your technique and learn how to save a life.
Get coffee made by a robot
In two locations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and one brand new one in Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport, travelers can order coffee drinks prepared and delivered by a robotic barista in a Briggo automated Coffee Haus kiosk.
Orders can be sent ahead via the app, no pre-caffeine chit-chat is required, local coffee blends are features, and there’s a robot on duty 24 hours a day.
Food and sundries
delivered to you at your gate
You found an empty seat by a working power plug near your gate and now you’re hungry.
Lucky for you gate delivery services are available in an increasing number of airports. The fast-expanding, app-powered airport order and delivery service At Your Gate rolled out this month in Terminal A at Boston Logan International Airport with plans to expand to Terminal C by the end of summer.
The service is also available in all or parts of Newark (EWR), JFK, LGA, MSP, PDX and San Diego International Airports (SAN) with more on the way.
International Airport without a ticket
Go to the airport – and through the TSA
checkpoint- if you don’t have to?
You might say yes if you wanted to greet or say goodbye to a friend or family member at the gate. Or if you wanted to check out the art, shopping, and the bars and restaurants inside the airport.
Since May, the All Access program at Tampa International Airport has been giving passes to 100 non-ticketed visitors each Saturday (25 per airside terminal). Pittsburgh International Airport’s MyPIT Pass program issues passes for post-security access on weekdays.
Free do-it-yourself piano concerts
provide live music in the terminals during busy holiday periods and year-round.
Some also provide pianos and invite passengers to make their own music before or after a flight.
St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) recently installed a “Play Me” piano in Terminal 1. And Los Angeles International Airport recently debuted to new Kawai G-40EP manual and self-playing baby grand pianos; one in the Terminal 4 connector and one on the Upper Level of Terminal 7.
Just Plane Fun at Philadelphia International Airport
like a summer camp at the airport.
The summer-long Just Plane Fun program at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) offers travelers an eclectic schedule of free activities that includes live music, magic shows, artist demonstrations and workshops, beauty demos, local celebrity appearances, and, our favorite, free sips and food samples.
Check the PHL website for scheduled events or pick up a flyer at an airport information counter.
cards – collect them all
They’re collectible. They’re free. And they can be a challenge to find.
Over the past
few years, more than 70 airports have created trading cards as part of the North
American Airport Collectors Series trading card program. The 2019 series is
scheduled to debut in September.
seem to be a master list of participating airports, nor a formal way to acquire
the cards. But to start your collection we suggest stopping by an information
desk in any airport you happen to be traveling to or through this summer.
Let’s all go to the movies – at the airports
The 17-seat free Hollywood
Theatre micro cinema at Portland International Airport (PDX) has
a fresh reel of short films by Oregon filmmakers, including Rob Tyler’s “The
Way We Melt,” starring brightly-colored, rapidly thawing frozen confections.
Going to the airport and getting on a
plane can be stressful for anyone, but kids or adults with autism or other
special needs may need extra help acclimating and adjusting.
To help out, Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) just opened Presley’s Place, a 15,000 square-foot sensory-friendly space in Concourse A, by Gate 9. In addition to a calming transition foyer, family room, soundproof adult area, and restroom with adult changing table and adjustable sink, Presley’s Place is the first airport sensory room to also have the walls and floor of a real jet way and a seating section from a realistic airplane cabin, courtesy American Airlines.
Have a favorite airport amenity? Let us know; maybe it will be featured here on Stuck at The Airport.
In September 2014, airports in the United States and Canada introduced a line of collectible airport trading cards featuring iconic terminal images on one side and geographic information, facts, figures and historical information on the back.
There are now more than 60 airports with their own trading cards and this week Lambert-St. Louis International, one of the project’s launch airports, helped kick off the second year of the program by introducing a new version of its card.
The trading cards are free for the asking and many airports have a stash of them at information booths inside the terminals.
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (Illinois)
Airlake Airport (Minnesota)
Allegheny County Airport (Pennsylvania)
Anoka County-Blaine Airport (Minnesota)
Asheville Regional Airport (North Carolina)
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Texas)
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (Louisiana)
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Toronto)
Bolton Field Airport (Ohio)
Boston Logan International Airport (Massachusetts)
Calgary International Airport (Calgary)
Cecil Airport (Florida)
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (North Carolina)
Chicago Midway (Illinois)
Chicago O’Hare (Illinois)
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (Ohio)
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Ohio)
Crystal Airport (Minnesota)
Dane County Regional Airport (Wisconsin)
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (Detroit)
Edmonton International Airport (Alberta)
El Paso International Airport (Texas)
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport (New York)
Fairbanks International Airport (Alaska)
Flying Cloud Airport (Minnesota)
Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (Florida)
Fort McMurray International Airport (Alberta)
General Mitchell International Airport (Wisconsin)
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Texas)
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (South Carolina)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia)
Indianapolis International Airport (Indiana)
Jacksonville International Airport (Florida)
John Wayne Airport (California)
Kelowna International Airport (British Columbia)
Lake Elmo Airport (Minnesota)
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (Missouri)
Long Beach Airport (California)
Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (New Hampshire)
Mineta San José International Airport (California)
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Minnesota)
Nashville International Airport (Tennessee)
Orlando International Airport (Florida)
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (Ontario)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Arizona)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (North Carolina)
Pittsburgh International Airport (Pennsylvania)
Port Columbus International Airport (Ohio)
Prince George International Airport (British Columbia)
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (North Carolina)
Regina International Airport (Saskatchewan)
Rickenbacker International Airport (Ohio)
St. Paul Downtown Airport (Minnesota)
Salt Lake City International Airport (Utah)
San Antonio International Airport (Texas)
San Diego International Airport (California)
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (Florida)
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (Georgia)
Southwest Florida International Airport (Florida)
Stinson Municipal Airport (Texas)
Tampa International Airport (Florida)
Toronto Pearson International Airport (Ontario)
William P. Hobby Airport (Texas)
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (Manitoba)
Orlando International Airport (MCO) and John Wayne Airport (SNA) have joined the list of airports with their own trading cards.
Want to add these to your collection?
All this week, which is National Travel and Tourism Week, JWA’s Customer Relations Assistants and “red coat” Ambassadors are handing out the new trading cards in the Riley Terminal. After that, the cards will be available at the Information Booths in all three baggage claim areas.
In Orlando, the cards are available at all third-level information booths.