Valentine’s Day

Travel Tidbits from here and there

Making good on a Super Bowl bet

Airports with teams facing off in the Super Bowl often make good-natured bets with each other. And this year the wager between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) was that the CEO of the airport with the losing home team would wear the jersey of the winning team’s quarterback jersey for the day.

Looks like the CVG CEO kept her side of the bet.

Airports showed the love for Valentine’s Day

We knew some of the sweet treats airports were planning for Valentine’s Day. But our romance reporter spotted some bonus surprises.

Last Friday, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) handed out carnations and handmade felt hearts to passengers to kick off Valentine’s Weekend. But PHL’s short shorty dispenser will also be offering up free romantic short stories all week.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and its PIT PAWS teams threw a fun Valentine’s Day party.

The SFO Museum found a vintage Valentine’s Day menu

The team at the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) did some digging and found this Valentine’s Day menu served on a United Airlines flight in 1963.

And DFW shared some (corny) Valentines

Airports are ready for Valentine’s Day. Are you?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this year, airports are gearing up to share the love.

The StuckatTheAirport Romance Reporter pulled together a round-up of airport Valentine’s Day events for The Points Guy site. But we wanted to share just a few of our favorites here.

Pop Up Marriage License Bureau at the Las Vegas Airport

We’re delighted that in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed “Marriage Capital of the World,” the Clark County clerk’s office is bringing back the pop-up marriage license bureau to the airport recently renamed Harry Reid International Airport (LAS).

Couples that want to get wedding paperwork in order as soon as they land at the airport can head to the pop-up. It is open from Thursday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 22 in the Terminal 1 bag claim area by carousel 5.

Hours: 8 am until 4 pm daily. The fee is $105.29 (credit/debit only).

The temporary airport Clerk’s office will be issuing marriage licenses only. To make it legal, an officiant will have to perform a wedding ceremony, sign the paperwork, and file it with the County.

More love for travelers

Here are some of the other Valentine’s Day treats airports have in store:

At Dallas Love Field (DAL), there will be music, free chocolates, and a visit from the airport mascot, Lovey.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Tampa International Airport (TPA), and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will be distributing flowers to travelers. And PHL will also be giving away 200 hand-cut red felt hearts with special messages handwritten on pink paper.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aiport (PHX), O’Hare and Midway Airports in Chicago, and many other airports aslo have Valentine’s Day activities lined up. And at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) keep an eye out for the Valentine-decorated treat table. Volunteers will be handing out paper airplanes, chocolate hearts, hand sanitizers that say “Spread LOVE not Germs,” and treats for pups.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Charles Lindbergh-themed Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day

We hope your day is filled with flights of fancy. And, of course, chocolate and flowers.

Sadly, this is the first Valentine’s Day in 10 years that Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) won’t have its ambassadors out in the terminal giving carnations to traveling lovebirds.

“Our ambassador program is currently suspended but we hope to get them back soon.  There is hope for Mother’s Day,” says airport spokesman Bryan Long.

Jacksonville Airport

And this year concerns about COVID-19 meant there was no marriage license pop-up desk at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.

The culprit? COVID-19.

But many airports did celebrate Valentine’s Day in their own way.

If we missed your airport, let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

Your Valentine’s Day Flowers may be at MIA airport right now

Giving – or hoping to get – Valentine’s Day flowers this year?

If so, it’s a good bet those Valentine’s Day flowers are making their way to the USA via Miami International Airport (MIA).

Around this time of year, MIA reminds us that 89 percent of all U.S. flower imports that arrive by air come through the Miami hub.

In 2019, that represented 240,162 tons of flowers valued at $1.1 billion.

In 2020, the peak season from January 1 to February 15 alone brought 1.1 billion stems through MIA. And, despite the pandemic, MIA expects a similar number of flowers to make their way here this year.  

The flowers don’t just land and head off to florists. The agricultural specialist at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspect the flowers on arrival for pests.

Here are some more photos MIA shared of those specialists at work.