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Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:57 am

Is there any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas? It would be cool but I read somewhere that its illegal in the US due to the FAA mandating evacuation rules!? Anyone have more clarification on this? I know its an extra cost but would be cool to experience in the US.
 
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Re: Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:58 am

AMA has them.
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Re: Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:04 am

Wichita (ICT), Amarillo (AMA), Santa Barbara (SBA)

Apparently Syracuse has them as well?
 
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Re: Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:52 am

HSV does
 
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Re: Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:05 pm

SGF does for most of the jet bridge -- the portion from the terminal out to a tower from which the jet bridge rotates to mate with the aircraft.
 
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Re: Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:07 pm

PAE has them.
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Re: Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:56 pm

Aforementioned smaller US airports aside: Why does the US generally eschew glass bridges?
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Re: Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:19 pm

rjsampson wrote:
Aforementioned smaller US airports aside: Why does the US generally eschew glass bridges?


That's not really the case, however most major airports in the US already had conventional jet bridges before glass jet bridges became available. They're a fairly recent invention and it makes no sense to replace an old conventional jet bridge with a glass jet bridge. So those airports that already had jet bridges before glass jet bridges were invented still have the jet bridges they had before.

Only on recently built or renovated terminals you'll find glass jet bridges. That's not just in the USA by the way. Amsterdam doesn't have glass jet bridges as well because they already had jet bridges before.
 
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Re: Any US airport with glass jet-bridges like overseas?

Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:40 pm

PatrickZ80 wrote:
rjsampson wrote:
Aforementioned smaller US airports aside: Why does the US generally eschew glass bridges?


That's not really the case, however most major airports in the US already had conventional jet bridges before glass jet bridges became available. They're a fairly recent invention and it makes no sense to replace an old conventional jet bridge with a glass jet bridge. So those airports that already had jet bridges before glass jet bridges were invented still have the jet bridges they had before.

Only on recently built or renovated terminals you'll find glass jet bridges. That's not just in the USA by the way. Amsterdam doesn't have glass jet bridges as well because they already had jet bridges before.


There used to be a regulation restricting the use of glass jetbridges in the US. The National Fire Protection Association prohibited glass walls in jet bridges. This was due to fears that passengers might panic or hesitate if there was a fuel fire where fuel had spilled under the bridge, and flames were near, or on the glass. However I believe in 2015 the rules were changed to allow glass.
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