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Whelan Security Guard Scott Sparks takes a moment to pose for St. Louis Convention and Tourism’s Paulette Koons during a photo shoot.
Whelan Security Guard Scott Sparks was elated to be named a Hospitality Super Hero by the St. Louis Convention and Tourism Commission (SLCVC). As a Super Hero, Scott had to reenact the life saving efforts he performed on a visitor at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Scott was called upon by a female visitor as he worked the taxi starter stand. The woman’s husband had fallen ill in the Terminal 1 garage. Scott quickly closed up the stand and followed the woman to her husband’s location. He found her husband face down on the concrete. Scott rolled him over to find he was purple. He remained calm and quickly called paramedics. After checking the man’s pulse he performed CPR and administered an automatic external defibrillator before paramedics arrived. Sparks will be honored at the SLCVC Annunal Meeting and Hospitality Heroes Luncheon for his heroic actions.
Circus Harmony members are elated to return home after spending an extra week in Israel.
Members of Circus Harmony were all smiles when they returned home to a crowded corridor of family and friends. It was a huge crowd and a warm welcome for the group who are the Circus Harmony Arches. The Arches traveled to Israel to perform as part of a program called Peace Through Pyramids. It’s a partnership Circus Harmony has established with the Galilee Circus in Israel. The groups alternate visiting each other. This year was a bit different because the Arches spent an extra week in Israel due to the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on incoming and outgoing flights to Israel. Family and friends were happy to see the students and chaperones return home safe and sound. The media was also on hand to capture this heartwarming moment.
Passengers will see TWA memorabilia in the display cases across from the baggage carousels in Terminal 1.
Passengers and visitors curious about the history of aviation can view memorabilia from the early days in a new exhibit at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The new exhibit, by The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, features aviation treasures some St. Louisans will remember. For some it was perceived as the good ole days, when Lambert Airport served as a hub for Trans World Airlines. Passengers will see well-preserved TWA blankets, key chains, playing cards and even matches from the elite Ambassadors Club. The exhibit also highlights Ozark Airlines and features the uniforms of the stewardesses and pilots. Many things have changed over the years as the exhibit shows. These days the Stewardesses are called Flight Attendants. Another noted change is Lambert Field, which is now called Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Carlos Rebello Filho (second left) is surrounded by friends who came to wish him well before his flight at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Terminal 1.
Carlos Rebello Filho said his goodbyes to friends before his flight back home to Brazil at Lambert Airport. Carlos participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program for eleven months. The program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fairview Heights, Illinois. Carlos arrived in St. Louis in August of 2013 to experience living in America. As part of the exchange program, he met once a month with other youth rotary members. They would exchange pins, memorabilia and pendants from their countries. Carlos’ blue blazer grabs your attention because it’s filled with pins from the many Rotarians he’s met throughout the course of his visit. He was chosen for the program because he is considered a leader in his community and among his peers. Carlos attended Belleville East High School. He added his student identification badge to his blazer as one of his pieces of flair.
Peak summer blooms flourish outside exit 5 at Terminal 1.
Colorful blooms are overflowing across the Airport as we hit
the mid-point of the summer. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has an
aggressive landscaping plan to beautify the entrances and public areas around
the terminals. This year, Lambert added new planters between entrances 4 and 5
along Departures Drive. The planters showcase native birch trees along with
bright annuals that hit their peak in the summer. This is the last summer for
this unique backdrop view showcasing the aged patina of Terminal 1’s copper
roof. In the coming months, crews will advance to this end of the terminal to
complete the installation of new copper roofing.
Crews with ACME Erectors lift sculpture China China onto its base in the new Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport got a cultural lift this week when crews installed a prominent sculpture in the new Ticketing Lounge in Terminal 1. The Gateway Foundation relocated China China to Lambert from its previous Central West End neighborhood location. Created by Chinese artist Zhu Wei in 2003, the 6-ft-tall bronze sculpture features two ancient Chinese tomb-like figures. Wei is well known for his ink paintings, engravings and sculpture with works exhibited in major cities around the world. Crews had to erect scaffolding to hoist the figures on to the base before placing the sculpture in its final location. It stands prominently next to two other art cases and new seating for passengers.
Construction crews have begun putting down terrazzo flooring in the place of the old TSA CTX scanning machines in Terminal 1.
The passenger experience continues to get brighter. Construction crews have begun putting down the shiny, new terrazzo flooring in the place of the old TSA CTX scanning machines. Passengers who are checking their luggage no longer have to drag it over to TSA agents waiting by the scanning machines. As part of the Airport Experience, the area between American Airlines and Delta Airlines will get new terrazzo flooring. Additionally, work on American Airlines and Delta Airlines ticket counters will also be completed. A few small machines will remain in the area as backup for TSA. However, passengers will now be able to enjoy a beautiful view of Lambert’s airfield.
DJ Gravy (third from left) was excited to bring winners of the HOT 105.3 "Pack Your Bags" contest to St. Louis.
Grand Rapids radio DJ Gravy from Hot 105.3 and six lucky winners spent an all-inclusive weekend in St. Louis as part of a contest promoting service between St. Louis and Grand Rapids on Southwest Airlines. It was all gravy for the six lucky winners who showed up at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids with their bags, packed and ready to go Friday morning. Hot 105.3 radio DJ Gravy was broadcasting live from the airport for the "Pack Your Bags" contest. DJ Gravy drew the winner’s names at 7:30 a.m. The couples were on a Southwest Airlines flight headed to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport by 9:10 a.m. Their trip included non-stop airfare on Southwest Airlines, hotel, transportation to and from Lambert Airport, restaurant gift cards and suite tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals.
Students in the SIUE Suzuki Tour Program chit chat in the new ticketing level lounge of Terminal 1.
Students participating in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Suzuki program took a moment to relax and socialize as they waited for everyone in their group to check-in at Delta Airlines. The SIUE Suzuki Program is a string instruction for kids ages 3-18. All of the students play the violin or viola. This group is on their way to Europe for seven days to perform at cathedrals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The trip is not just a musical experience, but a sample of living abroad as well. In Munich, the students will meet with fellow Suzuki students. In Switzerland, they will get a glimpse of the culture by staying with host families. The Suzuki Program is celebrating fifty years at SIUE.
Andrew Schaub, 4, is ready for takeoff in the new St. Louis International Play Port on the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Parents waiting for a flight on the C Concourse may have a slight problem pulling the kiddies away from the new St. Louis International Play Port. The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum unveiled the 1,500 sq. ft. play area at Gate C2. The Play Port is interactive and includes a kid-sized plane; an air traffic control tower with a slide; car rental counters; a luggage conveyor belt and airport secreening area; and a mock x-ray machine. It’s a great area for children to explore other methods of transportation. Andrew Schaub, 4, is in the driver’s seat of the Play Port’s kids version of a MetroLink light rail train. Schaub seemed to know all the right buttons to push. The MetroLink is a popular mode of transportation to and from Lambert Airport for passengers and employees.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.