BWI Airport

Rent a bike at BWI Airport

BWI bikes

Cities have them, so why not airports?

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) has teamed up with bike-sharing company Zagster, and placed a rack of 10 rentable bikes outside the airport’s International Terminal.

Renting a bike via the Zagster app is $5 for up to 12 hours of use.

Why rent a bike at BWI?

So you don’t have to just hang out during a long wait for your flight and because BWI has a 12.5 mile scenic outdoor trail encircles the airport property that has a children’s playground and an observation area.

BWI BIKES RACK

BWI observation deck re-opens

BWI OBSERVATION DECK

The Observation Deck – one of the best amenities at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has re-opened to the public.

And it’s fresh and spiffy and updated.

First opened in 1995 and closed since 2012 to make way for some terminal enhancements, the renewed Observation Deck has new exhibits and a new food outlet called Sky Azure.

New exhibits include a 28-foottall sounding rocket from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a half-sized model of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft and some new interpretive information about the large sections of a Boeing 737-200 aircraft that were originally on site.

There’s also a new photo mural near the aircraft cockpit that displays a pilot’s view when landing on Runway 33L at BWI Marshall, charging stations, a display case filled with aircraft models, new children’s play equipment and new binocular viewers so you can get a better view of airport operations.

Sound like someplace you’d like to hang out? The BWI Marshall Observation Gallery is located pre-security, on the upper level of BWI between Concourse B and Concourse C.

BWI OBSERVATION DECKBINICOULARS

BWI Airport adds free Wi-Fi to list of amenities

I’m a big fan of free Wi-Fi service at airports, so was delighted to learn that Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the latest major airport to add that amenity to its offerings.

Free Wi-FI at airport

BWI is adopting the model many other airports are using: a free wireless Internet session for travelers willing to watch a short ad or paid “premium” service.

Many airports are limiting their free wireless access to one session for 15-30 minutes, but I’m glad to see that BWI is offering a complimentary 45 minute wireless session with the option to get another in exchange for watching another ad.

“Speak Truth to Power” photos at BWI Airport

“Speak Truth To Power,” a photography exhibition from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, is on display through May 31, 2012 in the International Terminal at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Elie Wiesel: novelist, journalist, Nobel Prize winner and political activist.

“Speak Truth To Power” is a collection of moving and powerful photographs by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams that document courage by featuring human rights defenders around the globe.

BWI gets an airport lounge with variable pricing

The first Airspace Lounge opens today, May 7, 2011 on Concourse D at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

It’s the first in what may be a line of new all-access airport lounges around the country.

Memberships will be available; daily passes will start at $17.50.

Included will be food, snacks, coffee, tea, soft drinks, wireless internet, plenty of power outlets and the use of MacBooks and Windows PCs. Drinks from the bar will be extra.

That all sounds pretty straightforward.

But here’s an interesting twist: while the basic rate for a day pass will be $17.50,  the price of the pass “will rise from time to time to prevent overcrowding.”

“A customer who spends $17.50 and walks into an overcrowded lounge that is more chaotic than the concourse would probably not return to an Airspace Lounge; we want to prevent that from happening,” said Anthony Tangorra, chief executive officer of Airspace Lounge.

Rather than simply turn people away, the price of a day pass will fluctuate, increasing up to perhaps $40 during busy periods.

“Our day pass price will be on prominent display via LCD signage outside of the lounge,” said Tangorra.