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Christmas karaoke at Detroit Metro Airport was a big hit

Right now, when most of us think of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) we think about that failed attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day.

But a few days before that awful event, the Detroit Airport hosted a four-day karaoke fundraiser.  Performers were asked to contribute at least $5 for each song and, thanks to fact that many people paid more than $5 a song and the fact that many passersby also contributed, “Sing Because You Care” raised more than $2600 for the  Salvation Army.

Here’s an example of what people sang:

More airport freebies – for people & pets – for Thanksgiving travel

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It may be stressful traveling this week through the nation’s airports, but there are some freebies and special events being rolled out that you may find useful and entertaining.

In addition to the events we listed yesterday at Boston’s Logan International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Airport, you’ll find:

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Two days of free valet parking at Kansas City International Airport (MCI). To get a coupon for the free parking, fill out this form.

MSP Spoonfuls of Stories

Through Wednesday, November 25, 2009, you can stop by any Travelers Assistance Info Booth at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and pick up a free children’s book, courtesy of Cheerios and The Spoonful of Stories program. The books include: “Junkyard Fort”, by Jon Scieszka, “Tea for Ruby”, by The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, “Sleepyhead”, by Karma Wilson, “Ballyhoo Bay”, by Judy Sierra, and “What’s Under the Bed?”, by Joe Fenton.

ATL DOG PARK

And don’t forget that many airports around the country have opened on-site dog relief parks.  The latest to open is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which now has a dog park with two sculptures by Doug Makemson of Commerce, GA, who says:

“The model for “Abby” was my beloved yellow lab, Abby, who was always willing to strike a pose. She had a full life and a mercifully rapid demise a few weeks after the sculpture was completed. She was the world’s best dog; I miss her. The sculpture is made mostly from parts of a backhoe and a bulldozer, and the stone is Gneiss, a type of granite, from an old quarry near Glade, Georgia. For me, “Abby” the sculpture will always make me remember Abby the dog, the most loyal friend I ever had.

You can see the sculptures – and a happy dog in the park – in this cute one minute video ATL airport posted to celebrate the opening of the dog park.

Happy Thanksgiving – more airport freebies tomorrow!

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Airport freebies for Thanksgiving travelers

Getting ready for Thanksgiving travel?

Many airports will be hosting special events and handing out freebies this week.

Here are few to get you started.

On Wednesday (November 25th, 2009) at Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS):

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  • Every 15 minutes, from 9 am until 6 pm, Curious George will be handing out candy and activity books at the new Papyrus card and stationary store located pre-security in Terminal C.
  • Between 6 am and 10 pm, over at the check-in lines for Terminal A, Microsoft will be distributing Bing Travel MasterCards worth $15 each. The cards can be used to defray bag check fees or to purchase items at airport concessions.
  • And in the cell phone waiting lot between 3 pm and 7 pm, Dunkin Donuts will have a sampling van offering hot chocolate, coffee or peppermint mocha lattes to folks waiting to pick up friends and relatives.

And through Thursday, November 26h, over at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), anyone parking on the long-term parking decks will receive a $5 gift certificate redeemable at any of the airport’s 120 concessions through Jan. 15, 2010.

There are lots more special offers and freebies to be found later this week.

More details tomorrow.

Happy Souvenir Sunday: Chain saws and ticket readers from DTW

There are plenty of cool, under $10 souvenirs to be found in the shops at Detroit  Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

But if you’re after something truly unusual, check out the airport’s on-line auction.

dtw-chain-saw-oneSadly, you missed your chance to pick up this chainsaw, which came with a lovely carry case.  Unlike the 1992 Chevrolet GMT -400 ambulance currently up for auction, the 18″ Troy Bilt Model 42cc was not surplus property, but an abandoned item that ended up in the Lost & Found.

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Up for adoption now: a 1990 Ford Econoline van, a variety of other vehicles, and an intriguing assortment of airline ticket printers and readers.

dtw-ticket-printersNot interested in any of this stuff? Keep checking back. The airport authority plans to expand its offerings to include computers and office equipment, fine and costume jewelry, watches, construction equipment and other specialty airport equipment.

Travel tidbits: Nix the baggage handlers; MSP wind turbines; DTW’s ambulances

Would you load your own baggage?

baggageYou book online, you print out your own boarding pass, why not load your own luggage on the plane? According to a Reuter’s report:

Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair is looking at the possibility of getting passengers to carry their luggage all the way to the plane, cutting out the need for baggage handlers.

“We would say to passengers… take your own bag down through airport security, leave it at the bottom of the steps, we put it in the hold and on arrival we deliver it to the aircraft steps and you take it with you,” CEO Michael O’Leary told a news conference on Thursday.

Good idea or not?

MSP going greener

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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is doing its part to save the earth – and some money – by installing and testing ten 1 kilowatt wind turbines

And the folks at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) had a little party to celebrate the arrival of these new ambulances, which will be put to use on the average half dozen or so EMS runs that occur at the airport daily.

dtw-ambulancesLet’s hope you don’t actually have to see the inside of one of these buses, but if you do it may be comforting to know that the word at the airport is that the stretchers are “awesome. Totally hydraulic. The firefighters don’t need to lift stretchers up and down when transporting a patient.”