MSP Newsletter, April 2018

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Flying like an eagle at MSP


The eagle has landed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport – literally.

Challenger, the first bald eagle in U.S. history trained to free fly in major stadiums, was at Target Field last week for the Minnesota Twins home opener. The 934th Airlift Wing was on hand at MSP to welcome the Thomson Reuters-sponsored bird for the big event.

The American Eagle Foundation cares for Challenger.

You can see a video of Challenger at the airport here.

This place is a zoo -- MSP goes wild again at spring break


Spring break travelers at MSP had a chance to see animals from the Minnesota Zoo up close and personal.

Staff from the ZooMobile at the Minnesota Zoo brought a number of creatures through airport security in Terminal 1, where they drew the attention of wide-eyed children and their parents.

Travelers were able to see many zoo animals, including an anteater, ball python, bearded dragon, a giant African millipede, and a western hognose snake, among others.

The Madagascar hissing cockroaches were also popular.

The zoo animals were at the airport on two separate days in late March, during the peak of spring break travel.


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New destinations coming this month


As spring arrives, at least on the calendar, so do some new seasonal destinations from MSP.

On April 12, Spirit Airlines will begin service from MSP to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The flights will operate once daily and be offered through Sept. 5. 

With the Spirit flights added at MSP, there will be four airlines serving the Seattle route including Delta, Alaska and Sun Country. 

On April 6, Sun Country Airlines started offering direct service to Myrtle Beach, a coastal city in South Carolina with white sand beaches and great attractions for families. Sun Country offers the flights on Mondays and Fridays until June 4.

The average high temperatures are already in the mid-70s in Myrtle Beach, so don’t hesitate to head to the beach soon.


Terminal 2 security line wait time information now available

Your wait time for a security screening at MSP just became more easily accessible, as Terminal 2-Humphrey now joins Terminal 1 in offering up-to-the-minute information on how long the lines are.

The technology takes into account a number of factors to provide passengers in the terminal – and online – an estimate of how long they can expect to wait. The system monitors how many people are in line and how long it takes them to move from the end of the line to the secure side of the airport.

The technology was first introduced at Terminal 1’s north and south security checkpoints last year. It will soon be available at Checkpoint 10 – near the skyway connecting concourses C and G – as well.

You can find wait time information on MSP’s website.

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New service areas now open on Concourses C and E


Amenities to make your trip through MSP easier recently opened on Concourses C and E.

On Concourse C, near the skyway to Concourse G, you will find a new nursing mother’s room. The spacious room is equipped with a comfortable chair and a changing table.

Across the hall is a new relief area for service animals or pets. It is the second indoor pet relief facility in that terminal.

Both new facilities are on the north side of the second level.

A new lactation room also opened recently on Concourse E near Gate E2. To get access to the room, visit the information booth on the Airport Mall between French Meadow Bakery and the iStore.

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