No TSA At This IAH Bash

Partygoers whoop it up at Bush Intercontinental Airport, no TSA screening required

Partygoers whoop it up at Bush Intercontinental, sans TSA screenings

Party at Centurion 6/16,  photo opp
Party animals cutting up with GIF digital photo opps in the America Express Centurion Lounge at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16, Divya Brown, Chris Brown
Divya Brown, Chris Brown, Olivia Reagan. Photo by michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16,  Yvonne Guidry, Stephanie Areche
Yvonne Guidry, Stephanie Areche. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16, Patrick Renner, Chris Cracchiolo
Artist Patrick Renner, American Express' Chris Cracchiolo. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16, Joyce Echols, Ceron, Amy Johnston
Joyce Echols, Ceron, Amy Johnston. Photo by michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16,  Erica Henley, Sydney Brookes
Erica Henley, Sydney Brookes. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16,  Mark Sullivan, Neal Hamil
Mark Sullivan, Neal Hamil. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16,  Arist Bishop, Justin Yu 2
Arist Bishop, Justin Yu.  Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16, the Ton Tons 2
The Ton Tons. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16,  photo opp
The wall of vintage luggage a Centurion Lounge signature. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16,  photo opp
Bar tender Brian Adams brings his Brasserie 19 talents the Centurion Lounge. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express
Party at Centurion 6/16,  photo opp
Party at Centurion 6/16, Divya Brown, Chris Brown
Party at Centurion 6/16,  Yvonne Guidry, Stephanie Areche
Party at Centurion 6/16, Patrick Renner, Chris Cracchiolo
Party at Centurion 6/16, Joyce Echols, Ceron, Amy Johnston
Party at Centurion 6/16,  Erica Henley, Sydney Brookes
Party at Centurion 6/16,  Mark Sullivan, Neal Hamil
Party at Centurion 6/16,  Arist Bishop, Justin Yu 2
Party at Centurion 6/16, the Ton Tons 2
Party at Centurion 6/16,  photo opp
Party at Centurion 6/16,  photo opp

Yes, we were concerned that the invitation to The Centurion Lounge swank pre-opening party at Bush Intercontinental Airport would require shoes off, jackets off and a run through the metal detector. But not so. American Express had devised entry to the club not yet officially connected to Terminal D.

That was last week. This week, the $7 million, 8,5000 square foot lap of luxury is up and running for Plantinum and Centurion American Express card holders.

And what a party it was. Black SUVs and Town Cars picked up a number of partygoers and unloaded them at Terminal D where they were greeted by fetching young women in black, ready with guest lists and neck lanyards bearing AmEx passes.

It was largely a media crowd that was invited to sample the luxuries of the seventh Centurion Lounge in the U.S. But a few celebrities made the scene including City Controller Chris Brown and wife Divya, uber stylist Ceron and shoe designer Joyce Echols.

James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Yu was in the full-service kitchen working with executive chef Arist Bishop and Yu's special menu created for the Centurion's discriminating guests. On this night, the offerings included a sampling of the international fare available in the lounge including miso soup, panzanella salad, chickpea stew, zucchini bread and johnny cakes.

A good bit of the furniture had been removed to make way for cocktail tables and for a performance space for The Tontons, who ramped up the already pulsating energy of the night with their rock sounds.

The welcoming committee was comprised of Chris Cracchiolo, Membership Rewards and Loyalty Benefits vice president, Danielle Shriber, Centurion Lounge GM, and Betsy Cole, assistant general manager.

The night included a generous open bar, bountiful food from the Oxheart chef's airport kitchen and fun with the GIF digital photo machine. Tripping this night fantastic were Mark Sullivan, Amy Johnston, Neal Hamil, Asli Omar, Yvonne Guidry, Ashley Areche, Erica Henley, and Sydney Brookes.

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