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Old 04-30-2019, 04:56 PM   #1
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Do you enjoy airports?

So, I see a story on the local news (Tampa) that the international airport will be opening up to the nonflying public. They will allow a limited number of "guests" to pass through TSA and "enjoy" the use of all restaurants, bars, and stores in the particular concourse they select. They can only visit one concourse.
This story struck me as odd for several reasons, the biggest being I cannot stand transiting airports when I fly and always try to minimize multi-leg flights with long layovers in terminals. Granted there are a few cool terminals (Seattle comes to mind), but not enough to make me want to visit for no good reason. Second, isn't stuff way more expensive in the airport versus the real world? And this, after paying for parking and taking that shuttle bus to the terminal, makes someone want to enjoy fine dining at one of the delicious restaurants?
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:01 PM   #2
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I do like little airports, the kind where the largest airplane that can land there is a Piper Seneca (light twin engine).

For the airports the airlines fly out of, I'll just save myself the trip and hit myself on the head with a hammer because it feels so good when I stop. And that's a lot cheaper too.
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No, I don’t particularly enjoy airports. Long walks on hard surfaces, noisy. So we have a club membership that makes layovers much more comfortable.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:13 PM   #4
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Do you enjoy airports?

Is this even a serious question? (Walt34's small airport for fun excluded).

I tolerate airports because they get me somewhere a heck of a lot faster than a car or boat.
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I would like to see an airport theme park. In particular, I think people would pay money to get on mocked-up planes, put on lifejackets and smoke hoods, jump out of the door into the emergency exit slides, etc. I actually know a lot of reasons why this is a terrible idea in practice, but a lot of people I mention it to think it would be cool know what the emergency procedures look like. Ditto for the crew-only areas, the place where they make the drug mules poop in a transparent toilet, etc.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:20 PM   #6
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I enjoy leaving the airport more that navigating around one.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:21 PM   #7
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35+ years of business travel by air - a big fat NO to airport enjoyment.

I've slept in too many of them for hours on the floor or on a hard bench. Also sat for 12 hours in foreign airports waiting for planes that didn't show. Now that I am retired, I want nothing to do with air travel.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:31 PM   #8
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Nope - don't enjoy airports. Too many people. Too much congestion. Too much stress.
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NO! And I haven't been in one since I retired. I've done my world travel and now I'm more than content to "Drive North America".
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:33 PM   #10
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JFK is great. If you like wandering around and lines.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:46 PM   #11
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The Singapore Airport has an enclosed rainforest butterfly garden. That would be cool to visit, but you'd have to have the time.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:18 PM   #12
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If I twist my thinking around I can see the appeal in that I see other developments with similar mixes of high end shops and overpriced food. But I can't understand why anyone would deal with the security to go to such an area in an airport as I'm sure you could find a nicer development or area in the city itself.

BTW, I'm the odd man out I guess. I still enjoy seeing new airports outside the US. I'm easily amused I guess but I still like the people watching and most airports outside the US seem to have faster security lines.
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I do not like airports at all - I only tolerate them when I have to be there. And your post mentioning the Tampa airport struck a particular nerve with me, because I was just there a couple months ago, and was particularly upset about being ripped off for parking. We parked in the elevated parking structure there, for about an hour, having a bite to eat in one of the restaurants while we waited for a friend to arrive. The restaurant was overpriced and the food was not very good, but I expected that. What I did not expect was the $18 charge for parking when we left. Eighteen bucks for an hour, really? Good luck attracting people to come enjoy the Tampa airport! No thanks, I will pass.......
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It's a shopping mall for transients. Going to a few tomorrow. Only because DW is against cross country driving.
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After I stick needles in my eyes, I enjoy browsing and dining at an airport.
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I also saw that today. They are finishing up a major airport remodel in Tampa and have recruited popular local restaurants to open eateries at the airport. This is an attempt to increase traffic at the restaurants and other retailers.

It's an interesting idea and it's nice to see some out-of-the-box thinking. But I am skeptical about how successful it will be, for all the reasons stated in the previous posts.
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After I stick needles in my eyes, I enjoy browsing and dining at an airport.
And, being blind, you cannot see the prices for crappy food and goods.
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I also saw that today. They are finishing up a major airport remodel in Tampa and have recruited popular local restaurants to open eateries at the airport. This is an attempt to increase traffic at the restaurants and other retailers.

It's an interesting idea and it's nice to see some out-of-the-box thinking. But I am skeptical about how successful it will be, for all the reasons stated in the previous posts.
Well, thereís the security issues too. Usually they donít let you through security unless you have a boarding pass which means you have a ticket.
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From about 10 miles away they are tolerable. Unless under the departure or landing corridor, then add another 50 miles.
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