Monday, March 02, 2015
Airport terminals can be nice or dreadful. The modern tendency is to make them utilitarian, cheap to build, easy to maintain and dreadful to spend any time in. Frequently they are paid for with public funding (your tax dollars at work) and no one wants to see tax dollars wasted. Prior to the changes in airport security airport terminals where developing as shopping and entertainment venues. One of the first Brew-Pubs in Orlando was in the airport terminal at Orlando International Airport. But with enhanced security only ticketed passengers can get through security, and air travelers are afraid to shop outside of security for fear of either getting stuck in a slow line or buying something and having a hard time getting it through security. Security didn't kill airport shopping, but it changed the economics, of it. What was once seen as promising source of revenue to build nicer terminals, once again seen as a travel service.
Parts of the Honolulu terminal, like this garden that is inside security are nice, parts of it are very not nice. The same seating as 200 other airports, arranged around the same boarding areas at nearly every airport in the world. it just as easily have been Phoenix, or Atlanta, or Newark. But those airports don't have a tropic garden between the concourse and the terminal.
But there was the open air terminal on Maui, very-very different. Probably not fun in a topical storm. Someone described it as the Tiki huts, it looked more like something designed by Disney, then Stalin.