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10 Things We No Longer See At Airports  
User currently offlinehufftheweevil From United States of America, joined Oct 2013, 345 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8219 times:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57239...0-things-we-no-longer-see-airports

Some of them we miss: Observation decks, free baggage carts. Others we don't: Hare Krishnas, smoking (well, most of us don't miss that).

The picture they have of different luggage tags is pretty cool. Does anyone have a collection that includes these types of historic tags?


Huff
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User currently offline777Jet From Australia, joined Mar 2014, 1744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8219 times:

When I flew out of SYD a few weeks ago I was disappointed to learn that the observation deck was closed...


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User currently offlineben175 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 693 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8093 times:

Two things I love about PER... the big observation deck at the international terminal, and the fact you can still go see your family/friends off or meet them at the gate in the domestic terminals.

User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1913 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8017 times:

The baggage cart rates in the US are ATROCIOUS!!! Most airports I've been to now charge $5 or more...whereas in Europe, it's routinely 1-2 Euro.

User currently onlineBeechtobus From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7996 times:

1) Stacks of timetables on the check-in desks to take
2) Do skycaps still exist?
3) Airstair trucks for the most part-I know the article sort of hit on that
4) Payphones

[Edited 2014-06-13 08:25:11]

User currently offlinerazorbackfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2014, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7881 times:

Quoting hufftheweevil (Thread starter):

Do any major US airports still have observation decks? I know of a few internationally, but I can't think of any in the US at the top of my head.


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7777 times:

Remember those pay TV chairs ? Remember clear display cases , showcasing local products ?


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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5595 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7728 times:

I remember the Mutual of Omaha life insurance machine where you could buy life insurance right there on the spot if you wished. Just fill out the form, put it and the needed money in the envelope and feed it into the machine.

At least that's what I remember, I was between 5 and 8 when I remember seeing them and playing around with them... 

Tugg

[Edited 2014-06-13 09:09:33]


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User currently offlinebluesky73 From UK - England, joined Oct 2012, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7701 times:

Sadly we no longer see Concorde taking off and landing at airports. Just a sorry stationary BA Concorde at LHR in need of a wash and TLC  

[Edited 2014-06-13 09:00:50]

User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1864 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7615 times:

I miss the lockers. They made a 4 hour layover a lot more bearable.


Andy Goetsch
User currently onlineBeechtobus From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7598 times:

Jet aircraft parallel parked on the concourse so jetways could be attached to the front and back.

User currently offline727tiger From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7570 times:

Walk-through magnetometers stationed right before the jetway door, so you walked through right before walking down the jetway.

User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1799 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7501 times:

Another thing you don't see nowadays is well dressed people.

There was a time when people actually dressed for flying. Even Y class pax wore full suits back then. These days one finds only jeans, sneakers and tees, and that too in J/F.



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User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2899 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7500 times:

Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 3):

.whereas in Europe, it's routinely 1-2 Euro.

??? It is rare to have to pay for them at all - in those cases where they are paid (MAD for example) I curse the living daylights out of the airport; I expect this to be a free service. If it's too expensive for them, just add a few cents to the airport charges.



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User currently offlineskymiler From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7455 times:

Umbrellas handed out in the rain as you went up/down the air stairs!

Almost made it to the parking lot with one in my hand still ...



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User currently offline727tiger From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7423 times:

Some lazy Saturdays spent wandering airside at ATL in the mid- to late-80s.

User currently offlinetravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3503 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7423 times:

Quoting razorbackfan (Reply 5):
Do any major US airports still have observation decks?

I know LAX still has the observation deck on top of the theme building, and it's still open Saturdays and Sundays:

http://www.insidesocal.com/aviation/...ontrary-to-tweet-saying-otherwise/


User currently offlineredflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4327 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (3 months 6 days ago) and read 7242 times:

Good looking flight attendants walking through the terminal to board their flights...what I would give on these 8+ hour flights I regularly take to Europe to be able to look up at the gate before boarding and see model-like stunners getting ready to board my flight. Instead, nowadays I get the impression my flight is carrying exchange animals for the destination city's zoo.


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User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7197 times:

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 12):
Another thing you don't see nowadays is well dressed people.

Oh Yes.   

Also miss the clatter from the rolling name departure board.



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7142 times:

Hahaha..I love the fact they used the Observation Deck at RDU as their picture.. Funny enough, RDU has 2 observation decks.. one for each runway.. Still one of the coolest and best places to planespot.. When the AA 767 takes off daily, it can get quite full... literally on a daily basis, it gets full just for hte 767 to take off..

If only there were more widebody passenger service..



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User currently offlineBWI5OH From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6990 times:

I remember at BWI, the "SmartCart" luggage carts cost $1 (early 90's). If and when you returned the card, you got .25 back! I guess it was an incentive to return the cart, but didn't work out that way. There was one guy who was there EVERYDAY following people with their carts. As they finished with them, he'd wisk them back to the cart dispenser for the quarters. Unfortunately, he was deaf and mute and scared the heck out of many people. Even still, he probably made $50-$60 a day.


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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6966 times:

Quoting hufftheweevil (Thread starter):
The picture they have of different luggage tags is pretty cool. Does anyone have a collection that includes these types of historic tags?

I have a huge collection of them dating back to the early to mid 1970s. Added an EA tag for PBI late last year when I cleaned out my grandfathers house. I may actually have more PBI tags than any other.

Quoting Beechtobus (Reply 4):
1) Stacks of timetables on the check-in desks to take

I have a large collection of these as well. No trip to an airport was complete without picking up 6-10 of them.

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 18):
Also miss the clatter from the rolling name departure board.

I remember wanting to buy some sort of address book type of thing from Brookstone in the 80s because it looked like the board and name a similar sound. I had no intent to use it for addresses, just for displaying flight information relative to my toy planes.

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 19):
Observation Deck

These I miss most. When living in northern VA I lived for trips to IAD to visit the observation deck below the tower.



I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2438 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6948 times:

Quoting hufftheweevil (Thread starter):
The picture they have of different luggage tags is pretty cool. Does anyone have a collection that includes these types of historic tags?

Like these Braniff destination tags from 1982? I also have similar collection of PanAm, PeoplExpress, Eastern, Piedmont, AmericaWest, and Delta.
Braniff destination luggage tags from 1982.

Also some of the 50 PanAm luggage tags from 1970, shortly after the 747 was introduced.
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[Edited 2014-06-13 10:07:44]


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User currently offlinesierra3tango From Bahrain, joined Mar 2013, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 13):
rare to have to pay for them at all

Just completed the following DXB/BAH/DOH/SIN/KUL/BKI/SDK/BKI/SIN/DOH/FRA/GOT all without
a baggage cart payment. Still got GOT/IST/DXB to do & they don't have these charges either

Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 13):
Umbrellas handed out in the rain as you went up/down the air stairs

MAS hand them out at BKI, well they did 3 days ago, as did Air Asia X on the same day

I miss

DC3's, especially on flights where you had to have your seat belt done up to make it possible stay in
your seat
The West London Air Terminal (& others like it), when there was a bus for every BEA flight


User currently offlineCargolex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1271 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6830 times:

I certainly don't miss the smoking or the Hare Krishnas, two fixtures of airports in the 1980s.

When smoking went away, I remember wondering why the airport suddenly smelled so different - I had just assumed that airports smelled like old taxis (you could smoke in those too, once upon a time) because of all the Jet exhaust, stale coffee, and diesel fuel from the trucks and ground equipment. Turns out it was the Marlboro Man. If you're too young to remember the heavy odor of cigarettes in the airport, don't be nostalgic for it - it wasn't pleasant.

I do hope that observations decks could make a comeback - most, though not all, airports want their patrons to appreciate the place and tell their friends about their experience. Flying is much more routine now than when those early observation decks were built, so there isn't as much fascination - but some airports love to post instagram photos of travelers photographing their airport, so I think there's some hope there. It would be nice for airports to be more engaged with the communities they serve, and showing off the action is one way to do that.


25 Post contains images readytotaxi : Yes it would.
26 thomasphoto60 : Well, "official" observation decks, probably not, however some airports like IAH have rooftop parking at many of their terminals and allow spotting a
27 bsbisland : I loved those Split-flap departure boards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9RPKbd5vGU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzndM1e3WdQ
28 hrc773 : FRA had a really cool big one. Is it still there or was it taken down? I haven't been there in a while.
29 Post contains images readytotaxi : At LHR T2 had a really great one, spent a lot of my working life in that hall in the late 70's.
30 AWACSooner : Ok, so maybe it's Germany...cause DUS, CGN and MUC have all charged me 1-2 Euro for carts. I did that all the time as a kid whenever we would go to D
31 ghifty : Off the top of my head, CDG and LAX (TBIT) both have digital versions of the split-flap boards, a really nice throwback. I even think the LAX ones pl
32 glbltrvlr : The woman in the white "nurses" uniform in LAX T1 at the bottom of the stairs (pre TSA) collecting money for some cause.
33 chrisair : Horizon still does this at PDX or SEA (there's a huge tub of them at the N gates).
34 WesternDC6B : I believe that was Travelers Aid.
35 ORDfan : Haha +1 for this one. Very true. In regrards to #6... I think ORD still has free luggage carts @ T5? It's been a while since I needed one, as the air
36 lightsaber : I miss relatives seeing off the traveler at the gates. I find wearing a sports coat and slacks gives me far better service! Even if the shirt is just
37 CaliAtenza : if i'm going to be flying long haul, or flying in general; i'm going to wear the most comfortable thing, and to me...that's jeans and a t-shirt.
38 redzeppelin : MSP has an observation area airside in the D concourse. It's usually one of the quietest spots in the airport if you need some privacy. I'm pretty su
39 SJCMSP : I have fond memories of visiting the observation deck with my dad at SJC and watching the AirCal and PSA planes. I thought those were boring at the t
40 CaptCosslett : I flew out of Madeira Funchal airport this week, they have a very nice observation deck. Will try and post a picture.
41 Post contains images pfletch1228 : JNB and CPT both have great observation decks, and the luggage trolleys are free
42 cosyr : A few like SYR still have them, but barber shops used to be a lot more common place. I predict a steady decline in shoe shiners. I see them all over,
43 difrano789 : Why airports dont build observation decks and ask for an entry fee? I will be more than happy to pay 5-10$ for spending my layovers or 4 hours of my t
44 airindia787 : Is the observation deck at HPN still open? I remember going there many times as a kid in the late 1990s. Last time I was there was in 2007 while going
45 DocLightning : Both NRT and HND have excellent observation decks. Other airports don't have observation "decks," but they do have observation "areas." SFO has Bayfro
46 aklrno : LAX has free carts in T-2 and TBIT for arriving international flights. I presume that is true for other terminals international arrivals. I think the
47 airindia787 : IIRC, IAD has free carts for international arriving passengers as well. I remember needing one last summer while arriving as the handle on my suitcas
48 armitageshanks : You actually miss these things? Nothing like a printed, out of date book of flights. Payphones...really? Not really a deck but Charlotte has a viewin
49 1337Delta764 : Not totally extinct yet, but here in the United States, flat baggage carousels are becoming increasingly rare as they are replaced by incline models.
50 ltbewr : Seats, chairs or benches to sit on in terminals on the pre-security side. Most were removed to keep out the homeless, vagrants, for security, fire saf
51 FrmrKSEngr : Growing up my father worked for TWA (1967 - 1995). We flew a lot of non-rev. I hated having to wear a jacket and tie while flying. It was one advanta
52 thaiflyer : AMS still has the lockers down in the basement in the arrival hall. ( unless they are removed in the last few years ) I'm surprised that at some airp
53 DocLightning : The other thing is that the flat carousels were generally used with manual offloading. The baggage cart had to be driven over to that flat carousel o
54 Fallap : Apart from SYD I've never encountered baggage trolleys that required me to pay for them.
55 spacecadet : I've been to all of these (at all the terminals) - they're all great, except for one of the two NRT terminals where the deck is kind of a quiet view.
56 dc9northwest : Yeah, why be comfortable on your flight? When I see someone in a suit I think that "this is likely a boring person". Maybe this wasn't the case decad
57 n729pa : No particular order...... 1) Concorde 2) Pan Am 3) Diversity (in planes, as much as I like A320s ...they get a bit repeatitive) 4) Viewing areas .....
58 Viscount724 : However in those regulated days it was rare to have a choice of more than 2 or occasionally 3 carriers on any one route, and in Europe it was usually
59 bohica : A cafeteria. I miss the days when I could go into an airport cafeteria, grab a tray, pick the food I want, and sit down to enjoy a decent meal. Nowada
60 ThirtyEcho : I miss handwritten tickets, printed out in that very precise handwriting that seemed to exist nowhere else but the airline ticket counter. I still hav
61 Post contains images TrijetsRMissed : The big omission in this thread is PASSENGER TRIJETS.
62 kurtjeter : It was there last December ! Suspect it still is. Can't miss it when you walk into the terminal!
63 dfwjim1 : Leftover newspapers left laying on chairs in the terminal. Back when this was common I would pick up a paper on a chair rather than buying one.
64 AA757MIA : I'm not sure what carriers you fly, but, there's always at least one beautiful FA on board when flying LH, OS, SK or even UA & TK sometimes. It i
65 pwm2txlhopper : You don't ever see Postal Service drop boxes inside the terminal or curbside.
66 n729pa : Granted. I should have qualified that by saying from the UK, if you were flying to say PDX or somewhere that wasn't a gateway, you once had a choice
67 Post contains images CanadianDC10 : 737-200's And any other classics no longer typically flying in regular passenger service.
68 zrs70 : In the mid nineties, it was common in the airline clubs to see phones dismounted from the walls so that the cord could be used for your laptop dial-up
69 Post contains images Birdwatching : Yes, the HPN observation deck still exists and you get great views from there. I go there a lot. So true! I know exactly what you mean. That very pre
70 aloges : You haven't been through T1 at ORD recently, have you? It's in B close to the entrance to the tunnel. Apart from that, I think I've seen one at FRA a
71 daviation : Senator Larry Craig trolling for action in the men's room at MSP.
72 airportugal310 : Still got em at HNL!
73 CoachClass : I haven't been to LAX in quite awhile, so do they still have those nurses in uniforms soliciting donations, usually at the escalators?
74 bunumuring : I miss sitting at the very end of Ansett's terminal at Sydney Airport, using up a dozen rolls of film a day, reading the morning newspaper taken from
75 HELyes : Yes, never paid for trolleys and there are international airports offering lockers and observation decks for sure.[Edited 2014-07-08 15:26:55]
76 type-rated : I don't think those are nurses. I think they are some kind of central American religious group asking for donations. We have them here in Houston not
77 SKAirbus : Hence why four wheeled suitcases were invented. I haven't use one for years!
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