Denver Internation Airport

Behind-the-scenes at Denver Airport: my ride-along with United

The offer from United Airlines airlines was intriguing: “Want to spend the night at an airport to see what happens between the last flight of the night and the first one the next morning?”

Who wouldn’t?

My adventure took place last week and is documented in my August ‘At the Airport’ column on USA TODAY: “Behind-the-scenes: What happens at an airport overnight?”

Pop over there to read the full story, but in the meantime, here are some snaps from the night:

Much of the evening was spent in the maintenance hangar, where 8 United aircraft were in for various types of repairs.

Between midnight and 6 a.m. one airplane was scheduled to have an engine replaced.

I was reassured to learn how planes get fixed overnight – and that they also get a good cleaning.

During an early morning visit to the Flight Operation Center, I got a peek into the cupboard ‘shop’ where Captains and First officers can purchase extra supplies – such as clip on ties and epaulets for those extra shirts.

Fresh art at Denver International Airport

It’s easy to miss the Terminal Gallery at Denver International Airport, but it’s in the main Jeppesen Terminal, near the north security checkpoint, on level 5.

The space is used for changing exhibitions and through June 2017 the gallery is filled with work by Colorado metal sculptor Kevin Robb, who works in bronze and stainless steel.

On display are large photographic wall murals that give you a taste of some of the art’s monumental¬† public art pieces and his smaller, more intimate works.

(Photos courtesy Denver International Airport)


How to get a free amenity kit at Denver Airport


Need to refresh your travel kit or need an inexpensive gift for that friend picking you up at the airport?

If you’re traveling through Denver International Airport this summer and spend $20 at any of the airport’s retail shops, you can use those receipts to get a free Summer Travel Pack (value: $16) filled with useful items such as lip balm, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, tissues, headphones, neck pillows, eye masks and more

You’ll need to be at least 18 years old to take advantage of this offer and you’ll need to turn in those receipts before all the kits are gone.

Here are more details and rules for Denver International Airport’s free Summer Travel Kit offer.