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10 Things We No Longer See At Airports  
User currently offlinehufftheweevil From United States of America, joined Oct 2013, 534 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 8477 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, 2490 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 8477 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, 715 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8351 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, 1972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8275 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 offlineBeechtobus From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8254 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 (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8139 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, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8035 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, 5759 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7986 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, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7959 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, 1899 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7873 times:

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


Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineBeechtobus From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7856 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, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7828 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, 1822 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7759 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, 2914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7758 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 onlineskymiler From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 543 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7713 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, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7681 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, 3556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7681 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, 4376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7500 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, 3356 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7455 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, 6786 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7400 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, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7248 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, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7224 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, 2467 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7206 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, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7184 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, 1278 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7088 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.


User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3356 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6892 times:

Quoting Cargolex (Reply 24):
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.

Yes it would.
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User currently offlinethomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4019 posts, RR: 26
Reply 26, posted (6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6670 times:

Quoting razorbackfan (Reply 5):

Do any major US airports still have observation decks?



Well, "official" observation decks, probably not, however some airports like IAH have rooftop parking at many of their terminals and allow spotting activities (of course calling the airport authorities as to your presence when you arrive is advisable).



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User currently offlinebsbisland From Brazil, joined Jul 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 27, posted (6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6816 times:

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

I loved those Split-flap departure boards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9RPKbd5vGU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzndM1e3WdQ


User currently offlinehrc773 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2009, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6580 times:

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

FRA had a really cool big one. Is it still there or was it taken down? I haven't been there in a while.


User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3356 posts, RR: 2
Reply 29, posted (6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6511 times:

Quoting hrc773 (Reply 28):

At LHR T2 had a really great one, spent a lot of my working life in that hall in the late 70's.  



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User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6344 times:

Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 13):

??? 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.

Ok, so maybe it's Germany...cause DUS, CGN and MUC have all charged me 1-2 Euro for carts.

Quoting BWI5OH (Reply 20):
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.

I did that all the time as a kid whenever we would go to DAY to pick up family...I'd roam the parking lots for stray carts and usually pull about $3-4 in quarters.


User currently offlineghifty From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5848 times:

Quoting bsbisland (Reply 27):
I loved those Split-flap departure boards.

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 plays a fake clattering sound..?



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User currently offlineglbltrvlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 770 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5827 times:

The woman in the white "nurses" uniform in LAX T1 at the bottom of the stairs (pre TSA) collecting money for some cause.

User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2180 posts, RR: 3
Reply 33, posted (6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5460 times:

Quoting skymiler (Reply 14):
Umbrellas handed out in the rain as you went up/down the air stairs!

Horizon still does this at PDX or SEA (there's a huge tub of them at the N gates).


User currently offlineWesternDC6B From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5403 times:
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Quoting glbltrvlr (Reply 32):
The woman in the white "nurses" uniform in LAX T1 at the bottom of the stairs (pre TSA) collecting money for some cause.

I believe that was Travelers Aid.



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User currently offlineORDfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5307 times:

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

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 airlines started instituted only 1 checked bag in Y, I've just been rolling with one piece. I have picked up F&F from arrivals recently who always come out with the carts... I'm assuming they are still free for arriving passengers. Again, it's been a while since I've needed one.


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13514 posts, RR: 100
Reply 36, posted (6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4785 times:
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I miss relatives seeing off the traveler at the gates.

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

I find wearing a sports coat and slacks gives me far better service! Even if the shirt is just a polo instead of a dress shirt. Not like the old days, but it improves the experience. (On full fare tickets, I was pleasantly surprised how often I was upgraded to Y+.)

Quoting hufftheweevil (Thread starter):
Others we don't: Hare Krishnas

Ghad they were obnoxious at LAX.

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

The first time I experienced one in Europe I thought "neat!" After being in a queue near one for 45 minutes... I was ready to go back to LAX's tiny little monitors.

Quoting glbltrvlr (Reply 32):

The woman in the white "nurses" uniform in LAX T1 at the bottom of the stairs (pre TSA) collecting money for some cause.

Is she not there anymore? It was some Nicaraguan charity IIRC.

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User currently offlineCaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1582 posts, RR: 0
Reply 37, posted (6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4778 times:

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 12):

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.

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.


User currently offlineredzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (6 months 1 week ago) and read 4744 times:

Quoting razorbackfan (Reply 5):
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.

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.

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 9):
I miss the lockers. They made a 4 hour layover a lot more bearable.

I'm pretty sure that MSP also has lockers available--I recall noticing them a while back on concourse F.
I'm planning a trip to Europe later this year where I might schedule a long (6-10) hour daytime layover at either CDG or AMS with the intention of going to see a bit of the city. Do either of those airports have lockers or some kind of storage service where I could leave a carry-on for a few hours?



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User currently offlineSJCMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (6 months 1 week ago) and read 4615 times:

Quoting hufftheweevil (Thread starter):
Some of them we miss: Observation decks

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 time becuase they made up a large portion of the flights at the time. What a great deck that was.

Quoting hufftheweevil (Thread starter):
The picture they have of different luggage tags is pretty cool.

I always kept all of these I had when I was a kid and they're still probably in my parents basement somewhere. I do remember on one trip when we flew home to SFO on America West, the tag had the Golden Gate Bridge on it.


User currently offlineCaptCosslett From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (6 months 1 week ago) and read 4475 times:
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I flew out of Madeira Funchal airport this week, they have a very nice observation deck. Will try and post a picture.

User currently offlinepfletch1228 From South Africa, joined Aug 2006, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (6 months 1 week ago) and read 4390 times:

JNB and CPT both have great observation decks, and the luggage trolleys are free  


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User currently onlinecosyr From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 42, posted (6 months 1 week ago) and read 4088 times:

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, but never in use.

User currently offlinedifrano789 From United States of America, joined Mar 2014, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (6 months 1 week ago) and read 3953 times:

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 time watching airplanes.
They can be far enougth to be safe.

I remember in the 80s the CCS observation deck, it was awesome i was a teenager and enjoy be so close to the 747 and concorde. From time to time i jumped the barrier and sit on the edge with my legs hanging to the tarmac!


User currently offlineairindia787 From United States of America, joined May 2011, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 44, posted (6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

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 to ORD.

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20333 posts, RR: 59
Reply 45, posted (6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

Both NRT and HND have excellent observation decks. Other airports don't have observation "decks," but they do have observation "areas."

SFO has Bayfront Park. LAX has the theme building.


User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 46, posted (6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Quoting ORDfan (Reply 35):
In regrards to #6... I think ORD still has free luggage carts @ T5? It's been a while since I needed one, as the airlines started instituted only 1 checked bag in Y, I've just been rolling with one piece. I have picked up F&F from arrivals recently who always come out with the carts... I'm assuming they are still free for arriving passengers. Again, it's been a while since I've needed one.

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 reasoning behind that is that people had to pick up their own bags at bag claim and take them to Customs but domestic arrivals could just tip a porter to do it or pay to get a cart. That way some porters can still make a living, but they aren't allowed in international baggage claim.


User currently offlineairindia787 From United States of America, joined May 2011, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

Quoting aklrno (Reply 46):

Quoting ORDfan (Reply 35):
In regrards to #6... I think ORD still has free luggage carts @ T5? It's been a while since I needed one, as the airlines started instituted only 1 checked bag in Y, I've just been rolling with one piece. I have picked up F&F from arrivals recently who always come out with the carts... I'm assuming they are still free for arriving passengers. Again, it's been a while since I've needed one.

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 reasoning behind that is that people had to pick up their own bags at bag claim and take them to Customs but domestic arrivals could just tip a porter to do it or pay to get a cart. That way some porters can still make a living, but they aren't allowed in international baggage claim.

IIRC, IAD has free carts for international arriving passengers as well. I remember needing one last summer while arriving as the handle on my suitcase got stuck.


User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 48, posted (6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

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

You actually miss these things? Nothing like a printed, out of date book of flights. Payphones...really?

Quoting razorbackfan (Reply 5):

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.

Not really a deck but Charlotte has a viewing spot right next to one of the runways. Fantastic views of landings and takeoffs.

Quoting skymiler (Reply 14):
Umbrellas handed out in the rain as you went up/down the air stairs!

They still do this in Charlotte in E terminal when you get off Dash's and CRJ's on the end gates. Same with smaller airports in my experience.


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6642 posts, RR: 2
Reply 49, posted (6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

Not totally extinct yet, but here in the United States, flat baggage carousels are becoming increasingly rare as they are replaced by incline models. I presume U.S. airports don't want children climbing on them, thus the shift toward incline models where children are less likely to hop onboard them. I think PHX used to have flat carousels in Terminals 2 and 3, but they have since been replaced by incline models.

[Edited 2014-06-13 18:51:50]


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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13191 posts, RR: 15
Reply 50, posted (6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

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 safety and make more room for check in and other facilities.

User currently offlineFrmrKSEngr From United States of America, joined Apr 2014, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 51, posted (6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

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

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 advantage of flying on a paid ticket - jeans and sneakers.

Quoting redflyer (Reply 17):
Good looking flight attendants

I was just commenting about this to someone else. I think the former good looking ones just didn't retire.

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

Spent many days at TWA's JFK terminal and LHR's TWA-BOAC-Pan Am terminal (T-3?) with the big clickity boards.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 21):
1) Stacks of timetables on the check-in desks to take

Killed a lot of time as kid waiting for the flight to LHR cruising terminal to terminal at JFK collecting time tables. My mom, sister and I would ride into work with dad for his 3pm shift start, and wait for bank of flights to start at 7PM to LHR or DUB, hoping for stand by seats. Had a lot of time to kill.

Quoting thomasphoto60 (Reply 26):
however some airports like IAH have rooftop parking

- Coolest thing being in the Pan Am world port roof top car park when the Concorde took off on 31L, and all the car alarms went off.

Also being 12 years old on the observation deck San Juan PR, and watching an F-104 do a viking departure.


User currently offlinethaiflyer From Thailand, joined Oct 2007, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 52, posted (6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 38):
'm pretty sure that MSP also has lockers available--I recall noticing them a while back on concourse F.
I'm planning a trip to Europe later this year where I might schedule a long (6-10) hour daytime layover at either CDG or AMS with the intention of going to see a bit of the city. Do either of those airports have lockers or some kind of storage service where I could leave a carry-on for a few hours?

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 airports you have to pay trolleys, I never saw this or heard of this. Quite ridiculous if you ask me.
But then I only fly meanly in Asia and some European airports.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20333 posts, RR: 59
Reply 53, posted (6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 49):

Not totally extinct yet, but here in the United States, flat baggage carousels are becoming increasingly rare as they are replaced by incline models. I presume U.S. airports don't want children climbing on them, thus the shift toward incline models where children are less likely to hop onboard them.

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 outside the baggage claim. With an inclined carousel, it makes it easier to deliver the bags to the carousel by a conveyor belt that either comes out of the ceiling or up from below and dumps the bags onto the incline. This allows the bags to be offloaded from very near the gate and speeds baggage delivery and minimizes labor use.


User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 362 posts, RR: 0
Reply 54, posted (6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

Apart from SYD I've never encountered baggage trolleys that required me to pay for them.

User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3667 posts, RR: 12
Reply 55, posted (6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 45):
Both NRT and HND have excellent observation decks.

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. I don't remember which terminal it is, but it's hard to even find it - it feels like it was tacked on as an afterthought. But all the other decks at both NRT and HND are awesome. They even have holes built into the fencing for camera lenses.

Japan also still has some of these other things. Free carts, air stairs, smoking sections, even the modern equivalent of coin-operated TV chairs (except now it's several 100" plasma TV's tuned to different channels in a designated "TV area"). They don't have airport-owned courtesy cars but the Japanese airlines will provide cars for the extremely well-heeled (ANA is constantly running promotions even for business class passengers with free car service to and from the airport).

So a lot of these 10 things are more things you no longer see at US airports, but you do see them around the world.



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2301 posts, RR: 7
Reply 56, posted (6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 12):
wore full suits

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 decades ago.


User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

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 .....not many anyway
5) People carrying suitcases
6) Diversity (in US carriers....there was a time we had choice...now it's DL, UA, AA or UA, AA, DL or AA, DL, UA) I mourn the passing of PA, WA Transworld Airlines (USA)">TW, NW, PE, EA, BN, CO, PI, PS, HP, Republic, Ozark, AirCal, Aloha, WA, Air Florida etc etc)
7) Timetables .....proper tactile things none of this electronic app nonsense
8) Nostagia
9) People talking to one another while waiting for their flights.....everyone's got their head in their phone or ipad sending imaginery texts to digital friends or updating their facebook to tell everyone they're sat in an airport
10) People not looking where they're going.....see above!

...but I enjoy flying


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25978 posts, RR: 22
Reply 58, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2684 times:

Quoting n729pa (Reply 57):
6) Diversity (in US carriers....there was a time we had choice...now it's DL, UA, AA or UA, AA, DL or AA, DL, UA) I mourn the passing of PA, WA Transworld Airlines (USA)">TW, NW, PE, EA, BN, CO, PI, PS, HP, Republic, Ozark, AirCal, Aloha, WA, Air Florida etc etc)

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 just 2 (the national carriers of the countries at each end of the route).


User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2748 posts, RR: 0
Reply 59, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

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. Nowadays it's McDonalds, Panda Express, Taco Bell, Starbucks, and other "shopping mall food court" crap as well as "big-box" restaurants with grossly inflated prices.

User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 60, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

I miss handwritten tickets, printed out in that very precise handwriting that seemed to exist nowhere else but the airline ticket counter.

I still have a couple of those.


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2395 posts, RR: 7
Reply 61, posted (5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

The big omission in this thread is PASSENGER TRIJETS.   


There's nothing quite like a trijet.
User currently offlinekurtjeter From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 62, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

Quoting hrc773 (Reply 28):
Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 18):Also miss the clatter from the rolling name departure board. FRA had a really cool big one. Is it still there or was it taken down? I haven't been there in a while.

It was there last December ! Suspect it still is. Can't miss it when you walk into the terminal!


User currently offlinedfwjim1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2011, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 63, posted (5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
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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.


User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 64, posted (5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

Quoting redflyer (Reply 17):
Good looking flight attendants walking through the terminal to board their flights

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 is also very pleasant to see OZ crews walking through the terminal.


User currently offlinepwm2txlhopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 65, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

You don't ever see Postal Service drop boxes inside the terminal or curbside.

User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 66, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2053 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 58):
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 just 2 (the national carriers of the countries at each end of the route).

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 of carriers CO via DEN, AA via DFW, PA via SEA, TW via STL, NW via MSP or DTW, DL via ATL etc. Now you only have AA, DL and UA basically.

No. 5 .....I spotted a man in the late 60s/early 70s carrying a medium sized case circa 1960s through LHR T5 yesterday


User currently offlineCanadianDC10 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 346 posts, RR: 6
Reply 67, posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

737-200's    And any other classics no longer typically flying in regular passenger service.

User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3220 posts, RR: 9
Reply 68, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

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 modem!


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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3835 posts, RR: 51
Reply 69, posted (5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

Quoting airindia787 (Reply 44):
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 to ORD.

Yes, the HPN observation deck still exists and you get great views from there. I go there a lot.

Quoting ThirtyEcho (Reply 60):
I miss handwritten tickets, printed out in that very precise handwriting that seemed to exist nowhere else but the airline ticket counter.
I still have a couple of those.

So true! I know exactly what you mean. That very precise, upper case hand writing.

Soren   



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User currently onlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8758 posts, RR: 42
Reply 70, posted (5 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 65):
You don't ever see Postal Service drop boxes inside the terminal or curbside.

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 while ago.



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User currently offlinedaviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 71, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

Senator Larry Craig trolling for action in the men's room at MSP.

User currently offlineairportugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3716 posts, RR: 2
Reply 72, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Quoting CanadianDC10 (Reply 67):

Still got em at HNL!



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User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 73, posted (5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

I haven't been to LAX in quite awhile, so do they still have those nurses in uniforms soliciting donations, usually at the escalators?

User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 1156 posts, RR: 7
Reply 74, posted (5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1372 times:
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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 the Capital Shuttle lounge, and having brilliant view of everything landing and taking off on all three runways... And not knowing what on earth would land because the Internet hadn't been invented... Aaah the tension! Aaah the surprise! It just isn't the same any more. Now everyone knows exactly what is arriving when, and in real time thanks to the Internet. Both a good thing and a bad thing...
And as someone above has said, the sheer variety of types of plane flying around...
Cheers,
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 997 posts, RR: 1
Reply 75, posted (5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Quoting Fallap (Reply 54):
Apart from SYD I've never encountered baggage trolleys that required me to pay for them.

Yes, never paid for trolleys and there are international airports offering lockers and observation decks for sure.

[Edited 2014-07-08 15:26:55]

User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 76, posted (5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

Quoting glbltrvlr (Reply 32):
The woman in the white "nurses" uniform in LAX T1 at the bottom of the stairs (pre TSA) collecting money for some cause.
Quoting CoachClass (Reply 73):
I haven't been to LAX in quite awhile, so do they still have those nurses in uniforms soliciting donations, usually at the escalators?

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 only at the airport, but they also hang out asking for donations at major roadway intersections.


User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1802 posts, RR: 1
Reply 77, posted (5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1005 times:

Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 3):
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.

Hence why four wheeled suitcases were invented. I haven't use one for years!



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