breast cancer awareness

San Antonio Int’l Airport lights up

Yes, it looks pretty. But this month the lights at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) are supporting two important national campaigns: Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness.

SAT is turning its lights pink to acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The airport is partnering with local groups to promote the “Real Men Wear Pink campaign. The campaign raises money for breast cancer research and encourages men and women to get breast exams.

SAT is also participating in the Purple Porch SA Initiative. This campaign raises awareness about domestic violence and the airport’s lights are turning purple to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The lights will alternate between purple and pink until October 31.

As part of the the local campaign, a sculpture made of bras and ties is being commissioned.

Travelers are invited to donate to the sculpture’s creation by dropping bras and ties in bins placed at the information desks in the baggage claim areas of both SAT terminals.

We suggest bringing your donations along with you; not undressing on site.

The sculpture will be unveiled next year and then travel around the city and state to raise awareness of the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

The last day to donate bras or ties is October 31.

Airlines, airports go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month

Airlines and airports are going pink to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Throughough October, Tampa International Airport is lighting up its SkyConnect stations in a shade of pink. TPA’s Guest Service Representatives are all wearing pink scarves and ties and airport police officers are wearing pink ribbon-adorned badges.

Miami International Airport is also going pink during October.

Travelers will see pink signage on MIA’s Central  Boulevard welcome sign,  flight information screens, ticket counter monitors and more.

Last year, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) raised more than $35,000 for the American Cancer Society’sMaking Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) Walk – the most of any Miami-Dade County department – through employee-led food sales, raffles, auctions and activities. This year, MDAD has partnered with concessionaires at Miami International Airport to raise more than $16,000, with the goal of surpassing its 2017 total.

Airlines are also going pink.

To raise awareness and support for breast cancer research, Delta Air Lines employees will wear pink uniforms and sell pink products, including pink lemonade and pink headsets, on board and in Delta Sky Clubs throughout the month of October.

This year, customers can also purchase Pink Boutique merchandise through the Pink Boutique online store. Proceeds from the onboard sales and online Pink Boutique benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s research projects and the overall mission of finding a cure. Delta will also donate 10 percent of all on-board sales directly to BCRF during the month of October.

American Airlines is also participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month by raising fund for the Susan B. Komen group:

  • AAdvantage customers can receive 20 AAdvantage miles for every $1 donated to Susan G. Komen with a minimum donation of $25 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.
  • Team members who are survivors of breast cancer will be prominently featured on, on AA flight and gate information display screens and in Admirals Clubs.
  • On planes, there will be pink beverage napkins and pink inflight menus, amenity kits, Wi-Fi portal and more.
  • Passengers will also be invited to donate directly to Susan B. Komen during flights. flight.

Other airlines and other airports will be marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well with fundraising efforts, information campaigns and lots of pink. If you know of a campaign, let us know.

TSA goes pink at Dulles Airport

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and even the TSA is going pink.

TSA screeners don pink gloves for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein, during the month of October the 650 TSA officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will be be wearing pink gloves instead of the more familiar blue gloves as a sign of their support in the fight against Breast Cancer.

Farbstein said this is the first year the officers have chosen to wear pink gloves, but that doing so is voluntary, So while there are 210 cases of pink gloves at the ready, you may still see some officers wearing blue gloves. She notes that the pink gloves come in sizes small to extra large and that pink XXL gloves aren’t available.

(Photos courtesy TSA)

Unusual airplane sightings

Perfect timing?

Yamaguchi Akira

Credit: Yamaguchi Akira

Yamaguchi Akira’s incredibly detailed “Narita International Airport: Various Curious Scenes of Airplanes, 2005” is among the artwork in a new exhibit at New York City’s Japan Society featuring the work of sixteen emerging and mid-career artists “whose paintings, objects, photographs, videos, and installations meld traditional styles with challenging visions of Japan’s troubled present and uncertain future.” The show is called “Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art” and there’s a really lovely slideshow of the exhibit on the New York Times.

While we’re staring at airplanes, here’s a snapshot of Boeing’s new sunrise-liveried Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental airplane, which took its first flight today, March 20, 2011.

Boeing 747-8 Interncontinental

Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental takes its first flight

Boeing has nice video of the event as does my buddy David Parker Brown over at

And, while we’re ogling pretty airplane paint jobs, here’s a pink airplane that will fly for Azul, a budget airline in Brazil, to promote breast cancer awareness.

Azul pink plane promotes breast cancer awareness