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Have you taken advantage of gate side food delivery at the airport? Okay, we admit that we haven’t either, but that’s only because we just haven’t had the opportunity yet! Now there’s one more option to do so, as HMSHost—purveyor of fine concourse concessions—is bringing the B4YouBoard app to Chicago-O’Hare.
In case you forgot how it works, it’s pretty easy. Just fire up the app on your iPhone or Android device, place an order at a participating restaurant, and then wait for a friendly face to deliver your food and beverage right to the gate.
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Earlier this year we were dreaming of gate-side pizza delivery, and a few months later our dream has now become a reality. HMSHost—owner of fine airport concessions everywhere—recently launched the B4YOUBOARD app for both iPhone and Android users. What this means is that you can order food from your phone, and that someone will actually deliver it right over to you while you’re comfortably seated at the gate, tapping away on your iPad.
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We’re not shy when it comes to our true feelings for Sbarro at the airport, so we’re happy to report that we recently spotted one that has recently departed its airport location. You know that we’re already in love with Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for plenty of reasons, and the exit of the pizza place is just another reason we’re singing its merits.
On a recent layover at the airport, we almost stopped in our tracks—on the moving sidewalk—when we discovered that Sbarro was on its way out in favor of Pei Wei Asian Diner. Sure it’s one chain restaurant for another, but we’ve always thought of PF Chang’s little brother as one of the best mass produced faux-Asian cuisine options around.
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A note before the weekend: if you're traveling through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this weekendor really any time through the rest of the summerwe encourage you to stop for a moment and smell the roses, as it goes. MSP is quickly becoming our new favorite airport. Not for departing from or arriving to so much, but definitely for tranferring through.
First, that's sweet (and hidden) observation deck, then they've got vintage pinball machines and arcade games, and of course we cannot forget about the infamous Larry Craig bathroom. But now, during yet another layover, something else caught our eye: little laptop/phone charging trays affixed to poles near windows where the tarmac view is especially nice.
MSP knows they've got serious #avgeek numbers amongst their daily traveler population, and why not encourage them to do what they love best? That is, chilling out and just watching planes take to the skies. You'll find the majority of them hanging out between the bajillion Delta gates, but you know what? We'll go the extra mile for an outlet and a view.
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There’s a lot of tempting treats as you make your way through the airport during a layover, and sometimes it’s hard to resist the onslaught of slices from Sbarro and frappuccinos from Starbucks. However, walking is always a good way to combat those pesky extra calories, and many airports have gone the extra mile—ha—to help you. Here’s a few airports where walking through the concourses and terminals will help you burn off a few extra calories:
· Move It At MSP:
Up at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport it’s always a good time to take a stroll through the airport to get the blood pumping—even when it’s bitterly cold outside. Airport officials have partnered with the American Heart Association to encourage travelers to “Start!” moving. There’s a clearly marked 1.4-mile loop that will take you through most of Terminal 1-Lindbergh, so if you’ve got an hour to burn it’s one good option especially since it drops you off right where you started. Do it a couple times and your half way to earning yourself a Snickers!
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In the midst of all the Weinergate 2011 talk, it's important to step back and realize that America has a fine history of sexual political intrigue, and that sometimes we come closer to the history of it than we expect. Take, for example, the infamous Senator Larry Craig bathroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
It's been almost four years to the date (June 11, 2007) when Idaho Senator Craig was arrested for "lewd behavior" after making the foot-tapping signals to initiate a gay sex encounter in one of the numerous men's restrooms at the airport. As the story goes, the man he was signalling to was actually an undercover cop, and Larry was cuffed and booked.
The bathroom still exists just as it was, and just this morning was watched as travelers unwittingly passed by or through it. If you'd not like to miss out on the chance to note this odd little landmark in American Political History, we'll help you find it:
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You kind of have to pity the poor bumbling TSA. Even when things go right for the agency they still go dislariously wrong, dislarious being a word we just made up to describe a disastrous/hilarious situation like when a bomb drill is successful but someone almost gets shot anyway. The agency was so close to doing something well. Participating unknowingly in a drill - and in a nice change from TSA's notorious security failuresan MSP screener caught a fake bomb being smuggled through a checkpoint by a fake terrorist.
The screener followed security protocols and alerted superiors and the police, and that should have been that. Someone should have put a little checkmark on the form that TSA uses to keep track of successful and unsuccessful drills, and everyone should have moved on.
Instead police cleared the security area, and the ticketing area that was next to it, and the mall that was behind it. Then they rushed and surrounded the fake terrorist with their guns drawn, which scared the hell out ofwelleverybody. It turns out that no one had told the police that TSA would be conducting a drill that day, so they thought they were dealing with a real terrorist attack. Oops!
Our pic of Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain at a past Travel Channel event
Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is gearing up to blow your mind...in terms of airport food. Just when travelers get used to running in to a Sbarro's, Cinnabon, orif it's a fancier airport, a Starbucks with pastry casegreat news like this comes along to brighten the day: MSP and Delta will begin work in January on whole new restaurants and dining options inside Concourse G.
All in all, it's to be a $2 billion renovation, states BizJournals. Hopefully sooner rather than later, we'll get to add a restaurant from Andrew Zimmern to our list of things to do on your layover at MSP. It's to be called Minni Bar, with a menu of globally-inspired sandwiches and who doesn't love sandwiches? Minni Bar will join Minnesota Beer Hall (with 48 brews on tap), Mill City Tavern from a James Beard-nominated chef, a modern Japanese restaurant and a local bakery outpost in the new terminal arrivals.
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It’s Friday, so we’ll try to keep things nice and light around here. What better way to welcome the weekend then a little trip to one of the country’s newest candy shops, and best of all, this one is located right at the airport.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has added Sugar Pop to The Mall section of Terminal 1-Lindbergh—that’s where most of the Delta flights do their thing. It’s colorful, fun, and a good diversion to all the cranky business travelers that are usually crowding the terminals and concourses.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport might not be one of the mighty hubs for Northwest Airlines any longer, but Delta is still around sending plenty of planes to and from the Twin Cities each day of the week. There’s a slew of windows at the airport to check out the aviation action, but there’s actually a somewhat secret observation deck within Terminal 1-Lindbergh.
We say it’s a secret because anytime we’ve visited, there has been no one there, and it’s not even on the airport maps. It’s located in Concourse D up some stairs and kind of behind one of the gift shops in the area—we think it’s called Airport Express or something like that.
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When you have a tight layover there’s often some important choices to make. Like missing lunch—or skipping a trip to the bathroom—in favor of catching the flight and scoring some hard-to-get overhead bin access.
Going hungry might not be the case at Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport in the future, as it looks like the airport is thinking about a new delivery service for those waiting at the gates. The best part of the new idea is that all the ordering will come via cellphone—or even iPad—so you can make your selection while you’re taxiing into the gate.
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There's all of this focus on New York City and travelers stuck in their airports, which is understandable considering that that's where the majority of the snow was dumped, but let's not forget the scores of tired and cranky folks trapped at other airports around the country, trying to make it to and not away from the NYC snowdrifts.
In the past here at Jaunted, we've used our knowledge gained from previous frustrating layover escapades to develop a small series on Five Things to Do on Your Layover at...whichever major airport you're at. There's only four nowfor Chicago-O'Hare, Detroit-Metro, Minneapolis-Saint Paul and Atlanta-Hartsfield, but it's more apparent than ever that such guides are needed.
But for now, we hope that our tips are of use to you or your family, as we enter travel days more frustrating than those even around Thanksgiving: