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More chances to watch drive-in movies at airports

This summer several airports, including Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Southern California, turned their empty parking lots into drive-in movie theaters.

We’re pleased this temporary airport amenity sticking around into the fall. We see at least two airports will be hosting drive-in movie nights in advance of Halloween.

Nebraska’s Lincoln Airport (LNK) will show Disney’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ for free during a drive-in movie night on October 16. They’ll also be hosting a kid’s Halloween costume contest.

And on October 17, Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) will host a drive-in movie night in the airport Economy parking lot. ‘Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone’ will be shown.

MSP: 5 Things We Love About Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Our ‘5 Things We Love About…” series celebrating features and amenities at airports around the country and the world lands today at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

MSP sits on land that, back in 1914, was home to Snelling Speedway.

Auto racing gave way to airmail service and Speedway Field. In 1923 the airport was renamed Wold-Chamberlain Field in honor of two local pilots who lost their lives in combat during World War 1.

The airport’s first passenger service was in 1929 and in 1948 the MSP acquired its current name: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Please keep in mind that some of the amenities we feature here may be currently unavailable due to health concerns. We’re confident they’ll be back.

5 Things We Love About Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

1. Award-winning restrooms at MSP

Clean bathrooms are an important airport amenity. Add art and an airport’s bathrooms can become something people talk about and give awards to.

That’s what happened when several sets of MSP restrooms were remodeled to feature stunning artist-made mosaics and the latest in cleaning technology.

In 2016, MSP Airport won first place in an annual contest that crowns America’s best public restroom. That was the first time an airport loo won the award.

2. The arts program at MSP

In 2019, MSP airport presented more than 900 live music and dance performances.

MSP also has permanent public art installations and temporary art exhibits in both terminals. MSP also hosts an annual art show that features work by MSP employees and their families.

This summer, local authors began online readings from their books and Once the pandemic is over, the plan is to have monthly readings in the art gallery in the Airport Mall in Terminal 1.   

3. The Prince store at MSP


The late musician Prince is a beloved Minnesota-born icon.

In addition to a giant 16-foot-by 24-foot mural of Prince by artist Rock Martinez, MSP airport also has a Prince store in Terminal 1 where fans can buy all sorts of Prince-branded merchandise.

4. Minnesota’s Tallest Escalator is at MSP

MSP’s newest parking ramp partially opened in early August with a new attraction: Minnesota’s tallest escalator.

The escalator is 55 feet tall, travels about 100 feet per minute and is capable of transporting 9,000 people per hour.

The ride – up or down – takes 1 minute and 15 seconds.

All rental car services, off-airport parking shuttles and all bus services are in the new Silver Ramp.   


5. Animal ambassadors at MSP

98 therapy dogs – and a therapy cat named Stitches – serve as animal ambassadors at MSP airport, helping reduce travelers’ stress.

Bonus: The hotel at MSP Airport

MSP Airport has a hotel located between the inbound and outbound roadways at Terminal 1 with direct access to Concourse C via a skyway.

The 291-room, 12-story Intercontinental MSP Airport has two restaurants, a cocktail bar, a TSA checkpoint (currently closed due to COVID), a fitness center, a thermal pool, and a collection of work by local artists.

One thing MSP Airport does not have is an aircraft viewing area with an outdoor pool.

That was a great April Fools Day joke from 2018 that we’re still wishing might come true.

Did we miss one of the amenities you love at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)?

If so, please leave a note in the comments section below.

And be sure to take a look at the other airports in our “5 Things We Love About...” series.

RNO: 5 Things We Love About Reno-Tahoe International Airport

We continue celebrating features and amenities at airports around the country and the world with our series “5 Things We Love About …”

Today we’re visiting Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO).

Keep in mind that some of the amenities we love may be temporarily unavailable due to health concerns. We are confident they will be back.

If we miss an amenity you love at RNO, please let us know in the comments section below.

And feel free to nominate another airport to be featured in the 5 Things We Love About… series.

5 Things We Love About Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

1. RNO’s Kindness Take Flight Team

Passengers traveling through RNO often encounter members of the airport’s Kindness Takes Flight team marking a holiday or just doing something fun and, yes, kind.

On National Compliments Day they handed out free compliments.

On National Chocolate Cake Day, it was complimentary chocolate cupcakes and on National Popcorn Day (which we celebrate every day), the team distributed popcorn. And on National Dog Day, traveling pups received milk bones.

Sometimes, the teams gets a little far out. Like when they went to a galaxy far, far away for inspiration for their May the 4th Be With You celebration.

2. RNO’s Paws 4 Passengers team

Like an increasing number of airports around the country, RNO has a pet therapy program to help passengers destress while in the airport.

Before the program was put on pause (you thought I was going to say ‘paws,’ didn’t you) due to health concerns, RNO’s Paws 4 Passengers pups were “sanitized for your protection.”

3. RNO and Burning Man

Each year – except this year – about 20,000 of the 70,000 attendees at the extravaganza in the Black Rock desert known as Burning Man arrive and depart Nevada through Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

RNO goes all out to welcome and send-off the Burners from around the world. The airport rolls out everything from art and entertainment in the Connector Collections Gallery and elsewhere in the airport to staffed information booths for those who need to figure out how to get to the Burning Man site.

For tired and dusty revelers on their way home, the airport makes sure to have giant containers for the trash that must be taken off the festival site and plastic bags to wrap the luggage covered in Black Rock sand.

There is even a place where bikes purchased for transportation on the Burning Man site can be donated to local community groups instead of being thrown away.

4. Shopping at RNO

Here at StuckatTheAirport.com, we are big fans of shopping for offbeat and locally-themed items in airport shops.

RNO does not disappoint.

5. Bonus amenities at RNO

In addition to free local calls, bicycle parking and the common-use Escape Lounge, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) has real gaming machines on both concourses, in the Taphouse bartops and in the lobby of the terminal.

Did we miss any of the features and amenities you love at Reno-Tahoe International Airport?

If so, please leave a note in the comments section below. And let us know which airport you would like to see featured in our “5 Things We Love About…” series next.

DAL: 5 Things We Love About Dallas Love Field Airport

The “5 Things We Love About…” series marches on. Even though we are forced to stay on the ground and close to home.

So today we are celebrating some of the features and amenities we love at Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL).

Keep in mind that some of the things we love at DAL airport may be temporarily closed due to health concerns. But we are confident they will be back.

If we miss one of the features you love about Dallas Love Field Airport, please drop a note in the comments section below.

And be sure to take a look at some of the other airports on the “5 Things We Love About…” list. The series will continue as long as there are airports to visit. There are a lot of airports, so we will just keep this occasional feature going here on StuckatTheAirport.com

5 Things We Love About Dallas Love Field Airport

1. Live at Love Stage

The Live at Love Stage at DAL airport presents daily, lunchtime musical performances by local artists. The music is piped throughout the terminal, so you can still enjoy the music at your gate, in a restaurant or a shop.

2. The Love Field Art Program

Love Field has a robust art program, with both permanent artwork and changing exhibitions to enjoy both before and after security. You can even join an airport art tour.

3. The LBJ Plaque

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office as President aboard Air Force One as it sat parked on the ramp at Dallas Love Field.

Johnson is the only President sworn-in west of the Mississippi River and an exhibit at the Love Field Observation Deck recognizes the event with a plaque and a presidential seal on loan from Amy & Farris Rookstool, III

At night, a light illuminates another plaque out on the aircraft apron that shows the exact location of Air Force One at the swearing-in.

Here’s a note from Mr. Rookstool:

 “I spent 11 years working on honoring this Presidential History at Dallas Love Field. As a child I was at DAL on November 22, 1963. Never in a million years would I have ever imagined that I would be the historian responsible for marking this historic site at the airport. The LBJ inauguration was the first and only time a President has ever been sworn in aboard and aircraft (Air Force One) at an airport.

4. Lil’ Love Lounge at Love Field

The children’s play area at Dallas Love Field Airport was a popular spot before it had to temporarily close due to COVID-19 health concerns. DAL officials promise it is coming back with a fresh new theme.

5. The Souvenirs at DAL Airport

Here at StuckatTheAirport.com, we’re a big fan of quirky, locally-themed souvenirs. The shops at Dallas Love Field Airport offer plenty of options.

Did we miss one of your favorite amenities at Dallas Love Field Airport? Let us know in the comments section below.

What airport should we feature next?

Airports empty – but busy

Airports keeping busy

As travel begins, very slowly, to gear up, most airports still feel quite empty.

But that doesn’t mean airport teams aren’t keeping busy.

Someone was having fun with the airport code for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL):

Denver International Airport (DEN) shared some very corny jokes:

Dallas Love Field (DAL) is celebrating its history:

And McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas is having fun with its Vegas-themed public awareness campaign.