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10 Things We No Longer See At Airports

Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:01 pm

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?
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:03 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:12 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:19 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:20 pm

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

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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:30 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:40 pm

Remember those pay TV chairs ? Remember clear display cases , showcasing local products ?
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:44 pm

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... 

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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:46 pm

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  

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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:55 pm

I miss the lockers. They made a 4 hour layover a lot more bearable.
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:56 pm

Jet aircraft parallel parked on the concourse so jetways could be attached to the front and back.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:59 pm

Walk-through magnetometers stationed right before the jetway door, so you walked through right before walking down the jetway.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:04 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:05 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:09 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:11 pm

Some lazy Saturdays spent wandering airside at ATL in the mid- to late-80s.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:11 pm

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/
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:26 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:31 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:35 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:48 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:51 pm

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.
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:52 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:54 pm

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

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Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:05 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:31 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:43 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:44 pm

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

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Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:52 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:55 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:01 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:19 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:20 pm

The woman in the white "nurses" uniform in LAX T1 at the bottom of the stairs (pre TSA) collecting money for some cause.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:35 pm

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).
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:36 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:41 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:02 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:03 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:05 pm

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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Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:09 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:14 pm

I flew out of Madeira Funchal airport this week, they have a very nice observation deck. Will try and post a picture.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:19 pm

JNB and CPT both have great observation decks, and the luggage trolleys are free  
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:32 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:39 pm

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!
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:12 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:32 pm

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.
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Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:45 pm

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.
 
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Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:44 am

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.
 
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Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:47 am

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.
 
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Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:47 am

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.

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