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Airports go through a lot of food. From Sbarro slices to more classy dining options there’s a lot of stuff being made, consumed, and thrown away at airports across the globe. We’ve seen hubs get in on the green movement, and now it looks like the airport over in St. Louis is the latest to do so. However, they’re doing a lot more than just sticking out a special bin for your left over soda bottles.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport just announced a new food recycling program. Don’t worrythey’re not reheating and reusing other people’s discarded foodstuffs. What they are doing is making use of food both from customer’s leftovers and the discards during the cooking and preparation process.
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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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Talk about a tarmac delay. When the F-4 tornado swept through St. Louis, MO late Friday night, its 111-165 mph winds wreaking havoc on Lambert International Airport, there were still three planes full of passengers at their gates. Luckily airplanes are made for such high winds and no one was hurtalthough those who experienced it say they were scared at experiencing turbulence while still on the ground.
Meanwhile, in the airport, things got dangerous very quickly. In the videos above and below, you can watch as the storm approaches and travelers gawk at the funnel cloud through the high, floor-to-ceiling airport windows. In the next moment, a mass of the same people are powerwalking away from the windows to talk shelter in baggage claim.
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Travelers in St. Louis who aren’t the best at directions are getting a holiday present, but they will need to wait until 2010 to open it. The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is doing a little sign upgrade along with a few other light renovations. The sign situation in St. Louis must be pretty messy since the airport is expecting to spend over $1 million on the new wayfinding project.
The new signs are needed in part because the airport is going to confuse flyers anyways as the names of the terminals are changing. The Main Terminal at the airport will now simply be Terminal 1, and the East Terminal will be switching to Terminal 2. Not too difficult, but when you’re looking for the park and ride at five in the morning all bets are off—we just might need those signs.
George Clooney has booked Lambert-St. Louis International for his latest project, "Up in the Air," now that filming has wrapped on "Men Who Stare at Goats." The former home of TWA, the airport's now probably best known for its haunting ghost terminal.
While production crews are still figuring out where exactly they'll shoot inside STL, Clooney says the whole city could star in the movie, the story of a corporate downsizer on a mission to bank 1 million frequent flier miles. Jason Reitman of "Juno" fame is directing.
While the city is thrilled to have the production coming to town, Lambert's hosted movie stars before: Matt Damon visited the airport in May for work on Steven Soderbergh's newest, "The Informant."
[Photo: The Insider]
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Terminal 2 at San Francisco International, which was closed in 2000, will re-open by 2010. It will host domestic flights from Virgin America and both JetBlue and Southwest may also move in, making it a veritable LCC battleground.
Aside from generally modernizing T2, which opened in 1954, SFO will add four gates to the 10 already present. And since this is the Bay Area, construction materials will be green whenever possible, high-effeciency lighting is going in and there will be priority parking outside for hybrid cars.
For now, passengers interested in seeing the abandoned terminal can, though it will eventually be closed as work proceeds. You can also find a similar ghost terminal at Lambert-St. Louis International. Concourse D is almost completely vacant, and it makes for some cool photos.
[Photo of T2: misterbisson]