I was reflecting romantically about my honeymoon (April 1998) recently. We arrived back into the US from ORY at DFW Terminal A, where the layout of the processing faciliites was a little unusual, and I'm having trouble sorting out the details in my mind (airport design is one of my biggest aviation-related interests). As I recall, we disembarked, went southward a short distance along a corridor and then took an escalator up to another corridor and then made a U-turn toward the outside of the terminal (i.e. toward planes, away from road) and stood in line for immigration facing north in a small area with lots of natural light. I remember an escalator down to baggage claim, which I think was on the same level as gates. Is the escalator down to baggage claim north of the escalators between the lower and upper sterile corridors, or does the system use another way to get passengers around non-sterile areas?
Thanks for any input, especially since I presume all such arrivals will soon be at Terminal D!