Airport Curiosities?

My favorite airport sculpture, 'The Spirit of Haida Gwaii–The Jade Canoe," by Canadian artist Bill Reid, in the Vancouver airport international terminal. There’s another version in the Canadian Embassy in DC, and it was on the Canadian $20 bill a few years ago too.


BWI in Baltimore has an indoor bathroom for service dogs.


In Milwaukee, after you take off your shoes and belt to go through security, put yourself back together in the “Recombobulation Area”.


Another luggage sculpture in Santiago Chile.
Wonder where they get all that luggage…


yes! i love this airport, too. i flew from P-town to Boston once when they were still flying the old DC-3. Amazing.


I love the Lord of the Rings theme at Wellington Airport in New Zealand.


Latourex I agree completely!! The first time I went through I thought the rainbow tunnel was so hokey… but after several passages through it’s become this positive, short experience–almost like eating candy. Just something to look forward to! I wish every airport had something so harmlessly pleasant. Normally I just get to look forward to good old F Terminal in Philly :frowning:

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Fly into Toronto, Ontario’s, Billy Bishop Airport and you land on an island on Lake Ontario. Get to downtown Toronto via a 90-second ferry ride!

It’s a little eerie but I’m glad it’s there. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, (along with many others in the region) has overhead closed-circuit TV monitors that show the heat print of each arriving passenger. You can look up and see your image in psychedelic colors and a number showing your temperature. It’s a health check to screen passengers for fever who might therefore be possibly infected with the highly contagious Ebola virus. Keeping the world safe, one person at a time. Leaving JKIA, car passengers are treated to wildebeest sculptures in the median.


The forest walk between Concourse A and B at Hartsfield Jackson airport in Atlanta.


The Sunport in Albuquerque has a wall of tribute photos of all of the dogs that have worked at the airport. Makes me tear up every time I pass it.


The Changi Airport in Singapore is almost a destination in of itself. Here’s picture of the butterfly hatchery in the butterfly garden, one of many gardens through out the airport. There’s a water lily garden; sunflower garden on one of the roof tops where you can grab some snacks and watch planes among hundreds of sunflowers; a fantastic cactus garden; an orchid garden; an arrival garden…
Through out are major art works, some being interactive. Very social media friendly

And no worries about getting hungry, many unique food vendors.


The “airport” In Diomede, Alaska consists of an airstrip carved into the frozen ocean with a bulldozer. If you’re lucky, someone will meet you with a snow machine or a 4-wheeler. When the sea is not frozen, access to the village is by helicopter or boat only.


I particularly love this bamboo archway that welcomes you to the city of Salvador, right after you leave the airport (Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport). There’s one road leading in and one leading out – and yes, they’re both under individual bamboo arches. Took this picture last week from inside a moving car so… not the greatest quality!


Oh wow! This airport sounds amazing!

# Berlin Tempelhof Airport

The original terminal was built in 1927 and officially closed in 2008. The airport itself has a pretty incredible history. The airfield and terminal sit on land originally occupied by the Knights Templar during the Medieval period, German WWII planes were built in the airport hangers and most recently emergency refugee shelters have been assembled on airport property. The runways are now a public park used for recreation, music festivals and the Berlin marathon.


I love it too!!

Love Renaissance Books! I used to drive up from Racine just to shop there. Don’t forget Mitchell’s Recombobulation Area!

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I was totally going to post that! :slight_smile:

Thanks, Philip - I couldn’t find my pics but I’m glad someone else knows about this wonder.


This looks incredible! Thank you for sharing it!