5 Things We Love About Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
1. RNO’s Kindness Take Flight Team
Passengers traveling through RNO often encounter members of the airport’s Kindness Takes Flight team marking a holiday or just doing something fun and, yes, kind.
On National Compliments Day they handed out free compliments.
On National Chocolate Cake Day, it was complimentary chocolate cupcakes and on National Popcorn Day (which we celebrate every day), the team distributed popcorn. And on National Dog Day, traveling pups received milk bones.
Sometimes, the teams gets a little far out. Like when they went to a galaxy far, far away for inspiration for their May the 4th Be With You celebration.
2. RNO’s Paws 4 Passengers team
Like an increasing number of airports around the country, RNO has a pet therapy program to help passengers destress while in the airport.
Before the program was put on pause (you thought I was going to say ‘paws,’ didn’t you) due to health concerns, RNO’s Paws 4 Passengers pups were “sanitized for your protection.”
3. RNO and Burning Man
Each year – except this year – about 20,000 of the 70,000 attendees at the extravaganza in the Black Rock desert known as Burning Man arrive and depart Nevada through Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
For tired and dusty revelers on their way home, the airport makes sure to have giant containers for the trash that must be taken off the festival site and plastic bags to wrap the luggage covered in Black Rock sand.
There is even a place where bikes purchased for transportation on the Burning Man site can be donated to local community groups instead of being thrown away.
4. Shopping at RNO
Here at StuckatTheAirport.com, we are big fans of shopping for offbeat and locally-themed items in airport shops.
RNO does not disappoint.
5. Bonus amenities at RNO
In addition to free local calls, bicycle parking and the common-use Escape Lounge, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) has real gaming machines on both concourses, in the Taphouse bartops and in the lobby of the terminal.
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And let’s take a moment to celebrate the fact that since 2017 the paper airplane has been a soaring member of the National Toy Hall of Fame housed at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
“… The success of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk in 1903 fostered renewed hope of powered flight and no doubt contributed to the purported invention, in 1909, of the paper airplane. The principles that make an airplane fly are the same that govern paper versions. Paper’s high strength and density make it similar, scale-wise, to the materials used to construct airplanes...
…Play with paper airplanes is far from formulaic and constrained. Where some toys require financial investment, paper airplanes start with a simple sheet of paper, coupled with dexterity, to produce a toy with infinite aeronautical possibilities. “
On Monday, a Burning Man art exhibition and therapy dogs dressed in costumes will welcome arriving burners.
Local volunteers and airport docents
(perhaps in costumes as well) will be on site to help with information about
and directions to the Playa.
And airport shops will be stocked with Burning Man essentials such as water, snacks, camping equipment and apparel.
The airport is also prepping for when the Burners leave.
Everything that comes back from the festival site will be covered with dust from the Playa that can ruin the baggage systems. So airlines are ready with rolls of large plastic bags to cover suitcases and anything else Burners will need to check in and take home.