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Military men and women from Fort Leonard Wood occupy time before catching a flight home by using their electronics. Lambert Airport hooked up extra outlets to accomodate the soldiers.
The Christmas holiday season is already a busy time at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The annual Military Holiday Block Leave provided a bigger boost this week with a sea of green as far as the eye can see in the terminals. The mass exodus of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood is when more than 5,000 military men and women head home for the holidays. The USO, the Airport and many other groups ensure the soldiers get in the holiday spirit with numerous events and special apperances (Santa Claus) for the soldiers. The biggest hit, however, were temporary plug-in stations set up for the day so soldiers could charge up their electronics for games, videos and holiday phone calls.
Seven-year old Corben Phillips gives a Marines Master Sergeant a high-five on his way to the gate for American Airlines annual Snowball Express.
Eleven families from St. Louis and Illinois will share a special Christmas celebration thanks to American Airlines’ Snowball Express. Snowball Express started in 2006 to provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. This year, eighteen children from the St. Louis and Metro East area will enjoy a four- day Christmas party with other families of fallen heroes in Dallas, Texas. Organizers say the main goal is to honor the sacrifice the families of the fallen have made and make sure that children who lost a parent can connect with other children who are experiencing the same. This is Corben Phillips (pictured) second year attending the Snowball Express. Corben’s dad was killed in 2012.
New trees planted outside Terminal 1 are decorated in lights to offer a perfect accent to the terminal’s domes.
The historic vaulted domes at Terminal 1 always cast a shine in the night’s sky. Now the Airport is taking advantage of nature to feature a new accent. Lambert has planted a half-dozen Heritage River Birch trees in front of one of the domes. The new trees and a set of large planters are part of a courtyard makeover to enhance the views looking in and looking out of the terminal. The trees are now trimmed in classic white lights for the holiday season. The new trees feature exfoliating bark that reveals a colorful inner trunk as they grow. The trees can grow 30 to 60 feet high.
Ollie Gramlich and his Field Maintenance crew meticulously decorates inside and outside the terminals for the holiday season.
For more than 10 years, Field Maintenance Supervisor Ollie Gramlich has led a team in decorating Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Their decorating duties start before Thanksgiving. There are plenty of decorations including more than 30 wreaths and hundreds of swags. It’s not just a job for the team. Every year, Gramlich and his team add a fresh, new festive look to the holiday decorations. Gramlich says that could include switching and changing the locations of the decorations and adding something new. This year, Gramlich hopes the addition of a Santa sleigh in both Terminals will warm the holiday hearts of travelers.
Crews pour concrete into a new roadway cut to replace damaged sections on Lambert International Boulevard.
Airports have a lot of pavement, that’s for sure. Maintaining that pavement goes beyond the airfield where airplanes land and taxi. There are miles and miles of roadways that connect workers, travelers
and visitors to our terminals and support buildings. This week, a major concrete roadway repair project
moved into high gear on Lambert International Boulevard. Crews with Gershenson Construction Company are cutting our damaged sections of the roadway and pouring new concrete. The job is called spot slab repairs. The slab repair work will be done across two miles of the roadway between Terminal 2 and Cypress Road. All of this is weather permitting. The project should be completed in the Spring.
TSA officers pause for a moment of silence to remember a fellow officer killed in the line of duty at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Friday, November 1, 2013.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was one of many airports across the country to hold a moment of silence in memory of fallen Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer Gerardo Hernandez Friday. Officer Hernandez was killed in the line of duty when a gunman went on a rampage targeting TSA officers at Los Angeles International Airport. TSA Federal Security Director Bill Switzer made the announcement to halt security checkpoint operations in St. Louis at 11:20 a.m. CST in honor of Hernandez. It was a somber moment for TSA officers and passengers.
A crowd watches overhead as crews from the Missouri History Museum install the left wing to Lindbergh’s 1934 Monocoupe that returned to Lambert on October 20.
The Missouri History Museum was certainly winging it this week, but they knew what they were doing. Aviation restoration and exhibition experts were on hand to complete the return of a 1934 D-127 Monocoupe built for Charles Lindbergh. It was removed in early 2011 after more than 30 years on display over the C Checkpoint. It was removed to make way for terminal renovations. During its two-year hiatus, the Museum completely restored the historic plane and its original fabric skin (wings). On October 20 crews reattached the wings on site before raising the plane over the checkpoint once again. The Museum also added a new interactive digital history display on the upper level.
Passengers shop the new CNN Newsstand St. Louis store in Terminal 2.
News Alert. CNN Newsstand is now open in Terminal 2. The bright new shop across from gate E20 features all the latest news, books, magazines and travel necessities with a brand that is trusted globally. The new CNN store opened this week with a few seasonal must haves as well including St. Louis Cardinals hats, shirts, caps and other items--perfect timing for all the fans rooting on the Redbirds through the NLCS. The CNN Newstand is the last new retail store to debut in Terminal 2. The Hudson group has been rolling out new stores and concepts throughout the Airport in 2013.
Monica McFee and Robin Boyce put their dancing shoes on to an ‘80s jam at the third Annual Art of Travel fundraiser on the B Concourse in T1.
The decade of the ‘80s was alive and well on the B Concourse in Terminal 1 for the Third Annual Art of Travel fundraiser. Attendees of the annual event to raise money for art at Lambert Airport, dressed in colorful ‘80s outfits while enjoying signature food, drinks and music from that decade. For some, the music took over as partygoers hit the dance floor to mirror the fancy moves from Michael Jackson’s classic video, "Thriller." The Art of Travel, ‘80s style theme was supported by Spire, Hudson Group and several other sponsors. A silent auction with artwork from local artists, a photo booth and an ‘80s typewriter tweeting center were among the activities guests enjoyed at the event.
Passengers exit the newly remodeled walkway from Terminal 1 to Arrivals Drive this week.
High, bright and now reopen again. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has completed the majority of construction on the renovation of entry/exit 17, which allows passengers and visitors to walk between the roadway and the baggage claim level of Terminal 1. The walkway is brighter because of the all glass and steel frame design. The lower flat profile of the enclosed walkway is more modern against the backdrop of the domed vaults of Terminal 1. Construction is now beginning on the opposide entry/exit (12) which will feature the same design. That will be completed in the next three to four months.
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