Airport amenity of the week: bongo lessons

I’ve had a lot of great nominations for this week’s airport amenity of the week. But I have to give the nod to the folks at Miami International Airport who have scheduled  a fun line-up of activities for the Father’s Day weekend.

Top among them: bongo lessons.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the airport will be offering free bongo lessons, cigar rolling demonstrations, dominoes games, Father’s Day craft projects, giveaways and photo ops in several locations before and after security.

Listen for the bongos or check this list for locations.

That link will also take you to a page of coupons and discounts good at shops, restaurants and services throughout the airport, including Hudson News, 10 Minute Manicure, Chili’s, Havana to Go and the Jetsetter Spa.

Cigars and pashimas at the airport

I spent the day walking the aisles of the exhibition hall at the annual conference of  ACI-NA: Airports Council International – North America, being held this week in Pittsburgh.

I’ll be writing a column for USA TODAY on some of the intriguing services and amenities on the horizon for travelers, but wanted to share a few tidbits from the day.

The folks from the upscale Graycliff Cigar Company have set up two cigar lounges at Nashville International Airport and are in talks to expand the idea to several other airports.  The company, which also markets gourmet coffee and fancy watches, has a cigar maker on duty here making cigars from several kinds of tobacco.

Graycliff cigar maker at ACI-NA

Graycliff cigar maker at ACI-NA

And here’s a factoid I learned today:

Airport shops run by the Hudson Group sell more than 100,000 rayon, Pashima-style scarves a year.

Pashima scarves at ACI

Laura Samuels of the Hudson Group with scarves

More tomorrow….