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The airport animals are on the move once again, as this time the airfield grazing is taking place over at Portland International Airport. For once the terminal’s carpet isn’t in the news, as this time it’s some llamas and goats taking center stage.
According to the folks over at Portland’s KGW, the critters arrived earlier in the week and are tasked with chomping and chewing away things like blackberries, thistle, and Scotch broom. Apparently these are invasive species and shouldn't be doing their thing at the airport.
Using the animals helps reduce the need to rely on herbicides or other chemical junk, and of course no poor sucker has to get out there and pull out the weeds one by one—so thanks to the goats for making our human lives easier.
To say that some are obsessed with the departing carpet over at Portland International Airport in Oregon might just be an understatement, as some have even gone as far to make their devotion for airport design permanent.
Now that the carpet is on its way out it is time to begin your airport carpet collection, as a few companies now have the rights—and the goods—to start recycling the former fabric into some snazzy new stuff.
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The saga of the "PDX carpet" continues this week, with good news and bad news for the many worldwide fans of the flooring at Portland, Oregon's airport. The beloved carpeta design based on the airport's runways and Pacific Northwest heritagewas originally installed in the 1980s and, this week, is being torn out and replaced.
Since our last update only little more than a month ago, the number of Instagrams tagged with #PDXcarpet has grown from 26,000 to 35,000.
The bad news is that the carpet is still saying sayonara, and the removal hit full speed at the end of January. The good news is the Portland Port Authority has finally figured out a way to get squares of the classic design to the adoring public, via a lottery system. KOIN has all the details, including how to subscribe to email updates on every step of the carpet's removal and repurposing process. Intense!
That's not all. There's also a PDX carpet beer!
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Fun fact: There are over 26,000 Instagams tagged #PDXcarpet.
Not-so-fun fact: The cult-favorite carpet inspiring such photo documentation is making its final departure this month, as Portland International Airport in Oregon lays down a fresh rug with an updated design.
The APEX blog discovered that the new look, due to be installed mid-January, doesn't stray far from the original scheme of the beloved original design. That original, installed in the 1980s, was an "abstract representation of the airport’s runways and aircraft"; the newer design expands upon this, to evoke “organic and man-made shapes found within the surrounding areas of PDX, including airplane wings, runways, leaves, trails, and waterways.”
So what will happen to the 13 acres of graphic funkiness that is the famous PDX carpet? The NY Times hints that actual squares of the rug will be given away:
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
2014 brought fresh airports, but one really caught our eye for more than just new coats of paint and updated design elements. London City, the little airport that is positioned so close to one of the British capital, that you might be able to wave to the Queen upon collecting your luggage, takes home the prize for the most improved airport for 2014.
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We’re not going to say that we called it, but we’re hardly surprised over the latest addition to the dining options over at Portland International Airport. In a city known for its food trucks and on-the-go eats it only makes sense to bring some of these offerings to the airport, so that’s exactly what airport officials are doing.
Just last week spots like Koi Fusion and Pok Pok opened up food carts at the airport, and it sounds like a few more options are headed into the terminals and concourses before the end of the year. Instead of the usual french fries and a burger, you'll be able to score options like spicy tofu and kalbi short rib tacos along with a side of kimchi—at least that’s just some of what Koi Fusion has to offer.
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When we last left Portland International Airport we were busy admiring their beautiful airport carpet designs, but now we’re back and we’re investigating something a little more delicious. A bunch of famous local eats from the city’s foodie scene are making their way past security and into the terminals and concourses. Best of all we won’t have to wait years and years for a first taste, as the first will likely debut early next year.
It sounds like plenty of vendors, restaurants, and other shops are running out of time on their leases. That means that a whole bunch of establishments will be changing hands, and that allows spots like Bunk Sandwiches, Bunk Sandwiches, and Mo's Chowder to open a few new airport locations to offer up some on the go eats.
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Last week, we discovered a little something crazy: the popularity of airport carpets on photo sharing app Instagram.
Delving a bit further into this fascination, and that of other similarly quirky funny Instagram travel hashtags, we've found that not only is the carpet of Portland International Airport in Oregon particularly beloved, but that devotees have gone so far as to have the design tattooed!
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While Instagram photo series like #throwbackthursday and #windowseat are popular on a mainstream level, there are other, cooler hashtags advancing niche interests. An example of this is #kicksonaplane or, as we recently discovered from instagramming the Phoenix Airport photo above, #airportcarpet.
#AirportCarpet currently boasts 882 photos from Instagram users around the world. Take, for instance, the below snaps from Portland, OR (definitely the most popular airport carpet, by far), and Wellington, New Zealand.
In comparison, #casinocarpet only has 186 images, and #hotelcarpet has 478. Of course one could blame the popularity of airport carpets on the waiting room-like atmosphere of gate areas and the hours of boredom before a flight departure, but where's the fun in that?
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In case you haven’t had your eyes on the calendar this month, we’d like to remind you that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. The time to celebrate all things green is drawing near, but don’t worry if you’re holiday plans include transiting through an airport. Thankfully airports are down with the season—especially when it comes to pre-flight beverages.
All across the country there’s plenty of pubs and bars from which to choose, and airports aren’t lacking when it comes to those with an Irish theme. Down in Florida you can swing by Rooney’s Public House on the main level of Terminal 2 at Palm Beach International Airport, so that you can enjoy a pint in the comfort of some air conditioning.
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For those traveling through the nation’s airports there’s a few new bits and bites to sample, as a few new airport restaurants have now found their way into the terminals and concourses. They might not have celebrity chefs in the kitchen, but as long as they are not another outpost of a typical food court stand then we back them 100 percent.
Over in Portland—the one in Oregon—the city’s airport just scored a few new retail locations, and one of them can be even considered a restaurant if you’re okay with a few to-go items. There’s now a place called The Oregonian News, another known as Rich’s News, and a new Kiehl’s location. Over at The Market there’s even the opportunity to scoop up local snacks and sandwiches from the city’s Elephant’s Delicatessen—tasty.
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"Put a bird on it!" That may be the most famous quote from the popular IFC series "Portlandia," but it's also Virgin America's goalto put one of their birds on a Portland route. Today, that bird flies SFO-PDX for the first time and we're on board.
Let's start out by saying that Virgin America knows how to throw a launch party. They do it often enough that it's now a finely crafted work of party art. For this week's first landing in Portland, the theme was "local": local libations, local entertainment and local celebrities.
Just steps after disembarking the A320 named "Mt. Hoodie," the planeload of first flyers was greeted with a glass of champagne (not cheap stuff, either) and a red carpet, where "Portlandia" mayor Kyle MacLachlan gave a speech in character. It was hilarious and he made sure to let us know that even though his preferred method of travel is bicycle, he was still excited about Virgin America's entry into the city.