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Easier ordering + pickup for airport food

The newest trend at airports right now seems to be expanding the options for mobile food ordering, no-contact pickup and food delivery to the gate.

We recently wrote about some of the latest efforts in airport food delivery for APEX, when Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) rolled out its LAX Order Now program.

Now Miami International Airport (MIA) has a new program called MIA2 Go.

The contactless mobile platform lets travelers browse menus, order, and pay for their meals before picking up the order.

The program is put together by MIA, concessionaire Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Airports (URW) and Grab, and is available on MIA’s mobile-friendly website or mobile app. Food venues are searchable by food type and airport terminal. And orders are scheduled for pick-up at pre-set times, so customers don’t have to wait in line.

At Denver International Airport (DEN), the new Eats Delivered program works with At Your Gate. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, passengers can order meals from seven participating restaurants (so far) and have the meals delivered to them anywhere in the terminal, including baggage claim.

More COVID-19 Testing sites at airports

More and more airports are offering on-site COVID-19 testing options.

One of the latest to do so is Bradley International Airport (BDL), near Hartford, CT.

And this week American Airlines, British Airways, and oneworld announced the launch of an optional coronavirus (COVID-19) testing trial on select flights from U.S. cities to London Heathrow (LHR).

The tests will be free. They’ll be available to customers on American Airlines Flight AA50 from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to LHR; on British Airways Flight BA114 departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to LHR; on BA Flight BA268 from Los Angeles (LAX) to LHR.

This part of the program starts on November 25.

The testing includes:

  • An initial at-home test to be taken 72 hours before departure from the US
  • A second test upon arrival at LHR
  • A third test to be taken three days after arrival in the UK

The testing program will then be expanded to American Airlines Flight AA106 from JFK to LHR, on a date yet to be announced.

TSA Talks Turkey. And pie.

And in case you are flying somewhere this Thanksgiving holiday, keep in mind that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a list of foods you may and may not bring as carry-on.

The “yes you may” list includes baked goods, meats (frozen, cooked, or uncooked), stuffing, casseroles, Mac ‘n Cheese, fresh vegetables and fruit, candy, and spices.

The “pack in carry-on” or “have someone else bring it” list includes dishes such as cranberry sauce, gravy, wine, canned fruit or vegetables (the cans have liquid), jams and jellies, and maple syrup.

New art at Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airports

Courtesy MIA Airport

Do not lick the art at MIA

A colorful new installation that looks like swirls of frosting is now on view near Gate D31 at Miami International Airport (MIA).

“Touch from Above,” by Miami artist Gianna D, is made up of 11 thickly layered, labor-intensive, abstract paintings. Each of these paintings is filled with vibrant swirls of color.

The swirls look like dollops of ‘frosting,’ and the artist says each dollop represents an act of kindness.

Giant sculpture in progress at MSP

Courtesy MSP Airport

The Aurora is a two-story interactive artwork by Jen Lewin in progress at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

The project reached a milestone last week with the installation of the 29-foot-high, 740-pound glass and metal part of the sculpture.

Courtesy MSP Airport

The twisting, aerial wave has more than 23,000 aluminum rings and it is now suspended through an oval opening between the ticketing and baggage claim levels in Terminal 1.

The next step is for the artist Jen Lewin to add 2,600 hand-blown glass bulbs, each with a set of LEDs within.

Courtesy Jen Lewin Studio

The 8000 LEDs will be then be programmed to use live weather data to alter the sculpture’s color palettes to reflect Minnesota’s seasons and weather conditions.

Courtesy Jen Lewin Studio

Below the Aurora, embedded in the floor on the baggage claim level, there will be another part of the sculpture. This will be an interactive cluster of reflective glass platforms representing area lakes.

When people walk, dance, or move on the interactive “lakes,” they will influence the light show in the sculpture above.

Look for the completed Aurora in early 2021.

Courtesy MSP Airport

Something is fishy at Miami International Airport (MIA)

Health concerns due to the pandemic may be keeping stress-busting therapy dogs out of most airports right now.

So Miami International Airport (MIA) is helping travelers relax with videos of fish.

Through September, Coral City Camera @MIA is offering travelers a virtual dive into the urban reefs in Miami-Dade County.

The airport has partnered with Coral Morphologic, whose Coral City Camera (CCC) streams live from the east end of PortMiami. 

A selection of the camera’s very best views was chosen for the videos showing near Gate J7 at MIA.

Those not flying out of MIA any time soon can tune in to the very popular live Coral City Camera feed anytime to see what’s swimming by.

MIA: 5 Things We Love About Miami International Airport

Stuck at the Airport’s “5 Things We Love About…” series continues today with a look at some of the notable features and amenities at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Keep in mind that some of the amenities at MIA may be temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 concerns, but we’re confident they’ll return.

If we missed one your favorite things about MIA, please share a note in the comments section below.

Want to nominate an airport for the series – or sponsor and installment – get in touch!

Here are 5 Things We Love About Miami International Airport (MIA)

By R&R Studios

1. The art at MIA Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) has a robust collection of permanent public art as well as temporary exhibitions.

Here’s a sampling:

‘Meltdown’ by Jen Stark at MIA

Murals by Carybé 

2. The MIA Beach

It started as an April Fool’s joke. But now MIA does have a beach (of sorts) in the terminal.

3. Monitors showing vintage MIA & Miami

Instead of taking down a bank of video flight monitors, MIA and the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College use the monitors to show vintage film clips.

4. Local Caribbean and Cuban cuisine at MIA

Miami International Airport (MIA) is a great place to find real – and really great – Cuban and Caribbean meals and keep-you-awake Cuban coffee. Just a few of the places to find local flavor at MIA include Bongo’s Cuban Cafe, La Carreta, Cafe La Carreta, Cafe Versailles, Estefan Kitchen Express, Ku-Va Restaurant and Bar..

5. Cool Souvenirs at MIA

Travelers can find some unique souvenirs at Miami International Airport.

Our favorites include stone crabs packed for travel, hand-rolled Cuban-style cigars and travel gear from the colorful Britto shop.

Miami International Airport Guide

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What’s cool, What’s where at MIA Airport

Located near downtown Miami on 3,230 acres of land, Miami International Airport (MIA) was founded in 1928 and is now the country’s third-busiest airport for international passengers and one of the busiest airports in the world.

MIA serves more than 45 million passengers a year with a line-up of more than 100 air carriers offering flights to more than 160 destinations, including more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport.

MIA on social media

MIA website

MIA Mobile App

Airport maps

MIA on social media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram

General Information: (305)876-7000/ (800)825-5643

Address: 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126

Checkpoint savvy at Miami International Airport

MIA has 10 security checkpoints, including two that operate 24 hours: Checkpoint 2 (Concourse D) and Checkpoint J1-Central.

Passengers can access all terminals and concourses, except Concourse F, from any checkpoint.

Park at Miami International Airport

Parking options at Miami International Airport include:

Garage: The Dolphin Garage serves North Terminals D and E. The Flamingo Garage serves Central Terminals F and G and South Terminals H and J. Electric charging stations available.

Daily parking rate $17.00 (January 2020).

Valet: located in Departures, on the 2nd level of both Dolphin (North) and Flamingo (South) garages.

0-3 hours: $18 (first day); 3-24 hours: $30. (January 2020)

MIA’s Cell Phone Waiting lot has 60 spaces and is located just off LeJeune Road, heading north or south.

Getting to and from Miami International Airport

Ground transportation options at Miami International Airport include car rentals, taxis/shuttles/limos and public transportation.

Car rentals at MIA: More than a dozen car rental agencies are in the MIA Car Rental Center, which is accessible via the MIA Mover, located on the 3rd level between the Dolphin and Flamingo garages.

Public transportation at MIA: Options include the Metrorail (Green and Orange lines) to a wide variety of Miami-Dade County destinations); TriRail; the Miami Beach Bus (Fare: $2.25) and other Metrobus routes.

Getting around Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport has three levels: Baggage claim is on Level 1; Departures, check-in and ticketing are on Level 2; and moving walkway between terminals are on Level 3.

Moving walkways travel from the Central Terminal to the MIA Mover Station, which connects to the Rental Car Center.

Above the North Terminal Concourse D, MIA’s Skytrain runs from one end of the concourse to the other, with 4 stations tops.

Wi-Fi at Miami International Airport

Complimentary Wi-Fi (with advertising) is available throughout MIA via the MIA-WiFi Network. Other services are available via Boingo for a fee. Power charging stations are located throughout the airport.

Relief areas at Miami International Airport for pets and services animals

For pets and service animals, MIA has enclosed areas with synthetic grass, fire hydrants, disposable bags, and sinks.

Pet/service animal relief areas at MIA are located post-security in Concourse D, F, G and J. Outdoor areas are at the arrival level in Concourse D, E, and J.

Pet therapy program at Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport’s pet therapy program, the Miami Hound Machine, brings certified dogs and their owners into the airport to de-stress and hang out with travelers. The team’s schedule and appearances are shared on the MIA’s social media accounts.

Play area for kids at Miami International Airport

Plane Fun is a unique, interactive children’s area. Located Concourse E, near Gate E5 and accessible from Concourse D as well. 

Lounges at Miami International Airport

In addition to VIP clubs and lounges at MIA for American Airlines and for other airlines that welcome guests based on ticket category, membership or credit card affiliation, there is a Military Hospitality Lounge pre-security on the 2nd level of the airport, and a Club America lounge that offers days passes.

Dining at Miami International Airport

MIA has a wide variety of dining options, including venues such as Bongos Cuban Café, Café Versailles and Café La Carreta venues offering Cuban and other local and regional cuisines.  Including. MIA’s restaurants, cafes, bars and grab-n-go options also include Air Margaritaville, Shula’s Bar & Grill, and Viena, the farm-to-table restaurant on the 7th floor of the Miami International Airport Hotel. See the full list of food options at MIA Airport.

Shopping at Miami International Airport

There are a wide variety of shopping options at Miami International Airport. Local and unusual shops include Bayside Brush (hairbrushes and grooming essentials), Books4Travel, Britto (Brazilian pop-artist-inspired gifts and accessories), Cuba Crafters (hand-rolled cigars), Cubavera and Havana Collection (fashion) and many shops selling Miami and Florida-themed souvenirs. Tip: My Ceviche (North Terminal, Concourse D) packs Florida Stone Crabs to go.

Quiet spaces at Miami International Airport

Travelers at Miami International Airport will find a yoga room in Terminal H.

A non-denomination chapel is located on the first level of Terminal D, between arrivals and Carousel 22. A quiet multisensory room is located on Concourse D, post-security, adjacent to TSA Checkpoint 4.

Art and exhibitions at Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport has a robust Art in Public Places program, as well as site-specific and temporary art exhibitions. Some highlights include two murals by the Brazilian artist Carybé in the South Terminal that were once displayed at the American Airlines terminal New York’s JFK Airport; Jen Stark’s “Meltdown” over the North Terminal entrance from the MIA Mover; and Christopher Janney’s 72-foot-long Harmonic Convergence in the Skyride Connector.  

Vintage film clips at Miami International Airport

Historical airport footage and archival footage of celebrities such as Bob Hope arriving at Miami International Airport run continuously on the screens of a bank of old-style flight monitors on MIA’s Concourse F.  The clips are from the Wolfson Moving Image at Miami Dade College and  include vintage footage of MIA from 1950s and 1960s; celebrities arriving at the airport from the 1950s to the 1980s; home movies filmed in Miami between the 1920s and 1960s; and the 1940s

Other amenities at Miami International Airport

Other passenger amenities at Miami International Airport include spas, water bottle refill stations, and standalone MIAmamas pods for nursing mothers on each concourse, post-security.

Hotel at Miami International Airport

The pet-friendly Miami International Airport Hotel (MIA Hotel) is inside the airport terminal, on Concourse E, at the Departure level. Day rates are available form 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Air Margaritaville is adjacent to the lobby; the Viena farm to table restaurant is on the hotel’s 7th floor.

Activities and attractions nearby Miami International Airport

Staff at the MIA Information Center on the 2nd level of Central Terminal E can offer ideas on what to do near Miami International Airport if you have a long layover between flights.

Gray Line has a shuttle running between the MIA Airport and the Dolphin Mall ($10/roundtrip, includes vouchers and discount coupons.)

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau website also offers a complete listing of attractions in the area.