Anchorage International Airport

Airport news from San Diego and Anchorage, Alaska

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Monsters at San Diego International Airport

The newest group to land a five-month artist residency at San Diego International Airport (SAN) is Beck+Col.

The Los Angeles-based duo creates performances that explore alternate universes populated by colorful and playful monsters.

During their residency at SAN, lumpy, musical monsters will be visiting the airport and interacting and engaging with passengers with exaggerated gestures and operatic vocalizations.

It could be fun. Or scary.

San Diego International Airport has been hosting artists-in-residence since 2016. The first group to move in was a circus.

REAL ID at Anchorage International Airport

In what seems like a super-helpful, no brainer, Alaska’s Department of Motor Vehicles has created a way for citizens to get the new REAL ID driver’s license at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

This saves a time-consuming separate trip to the DMV offices.

Starting October 1, 2020, only REAL ID driver’s licenses will be accepted by the TSA at airport checkpoints. So here’s hoping airport DMV desks pop up at other airports too.

Beer-to-go at Anchorage International Airport

In November, 2012, a store called the Liquor Library opened at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, offering wine, beer, liquor, mixers and other to-go party items in the Terminal 1 baggage claim area.

The to-go trend continues with the opening of a branch of the Silver Gulch brewery at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

Silver Gulch, a brewery and retail outlet near Fairbanks, Alaska, opened its airport branch on December 1st and sells growlers and six packs of beer, including Epicenter (named after the 1964 earthquake), Cheechako (a term used to describe a newcomer to Alaska) and 40 Below.

Souvenir Sunday at Anchorage Int’l Airport

It’s Souvenir Sunday – a day to take a look at some of the fun and inexpensive items you can pick up when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s treats come from Anchorage International Airport.

From the wide variety of Alaska-linked items for sale in the airport gifts shops, we chose a few favorites, including these tiny figurines of Alaska Bush Babies,

this Alaska sausage with added reindeer meat.

And easy-to-carry, single-serving portions – just $2.95 – of yummy salmon jerky.

Did you find a great souvenir when you were stuck at the airport? If you find something that costs around $10, is somewhat offbeat and “of” the city or region, please take a photo and send it along.

If your souvenir is featured on, you’ll get a travel-related souvenir in your mailbox as a thank-you.