Airport Curiosities?


The most bizarre thing I’ve seen at an airport is in Gibtaltar. To enter or leave the country by foot, car, or airport transfer, you have to cross the runway. When a plane is preparing for landing or take off, the barriers go down, traffic stops, and the runway is cleared.

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Lost and never reclaimed luggage??

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The Portland airport has a free microcinema that plays short films made by local filmmakers, the Hong Kong airport has free showers, and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia has… the Corncorde.

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Cornplane is incredible.

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Impressive waterfalls behind the giant chrome elevators at the Dubai airport combine for an elegant and surreal scene.

Brussels is a glorious experience for anyone who loves The Adventures of Tintin. Hergé’s hero is everywhere (along with other Franco-Belgian comics icons like The Smurfs) and that extends to the airport. Before you blast off back home, admire the rocket from the Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon albums…

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This is at London Gatwick. It’s a photo mosaic of a bunch of individual pics that make up QE2’s face.

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I’ve always avoided that airport
Now I have a reason to go! I love stuff like that!

Nothing interesting in the JFK airport terminal I’m in right now so this is all I have but it is important. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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This is a crucial find!

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Pittsburghers love their local sports teams of note (no snark there or anything) so of course there’s a statue of Franco Harris memorializing the "immaculate reception) on your way land side from the air side terminal.

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My husband will love this! I’m showing this to him asap!


Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar is one of the most modern and unique airports I’ve traveled through. The Arabizi word 3ajeeb! (ahh-jhee-b) meaning “strange in a strange way, cool in a cool way, and slightly weird in a slightly weird way. It’s the perfect encapsulation of the airport. “Untitled Lamp Bear” by Swiss artist Urs Fischer. Anthropomorphic brass playgrounds. Massive pearls and animatronic dinosaurs. If you’re flying through the Middle East, this airport is wild stopover especially if you’re landing in the middle of the night.

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As if anyone needed any more reasons to visit Iceland, I recently saw an Icelandic film called “Woman at War” (very good, btw) and in it I saw that Keflavik airport has some very interesting art around it.

Don’t know what a Thai eggplant has to do with the country, but ok
airport statue; Keflavik, Iceland by Bill, en Flickr

And now we know what’s at the end of the rainbow (it’s Iceland)

Over the Rainbow by Pétur Már Gunnarsson, en Flickr

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Denver International Airport is an interesting place to visit. The roof/ceiling is an excellent example of how to make a beautiful view inside and out. Their are some bizarre conspiracy theorists about it, too - from buried buildings to secret tunnels. If you’re headed out West, it’s worth making DIA your destination.

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No one’s mentioned the Aviation Museum at Las Vegas McCarran airport? It certainly surprised me when I stumbled across it, and it’s a better way to kill time before a flight than using one of the many slot machines arranged all over the airport.

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Whoa! I’ve been to McCarran tons of times, and didn’t even know that was there!

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I can’t find my photo, but the Mexico City airport has a mini Aztec pyramid, 8 or 10 feet high, uncovered when excavating for the airport.They just left it in place and routed the passengers around it.

MEX is probably the airport I’ve been in the most and I don’t think I’ve ever seen this. Is it on terminal 1 or 2?

There’s the exhibition center in T1, which I think at one point had a glass floor to show something uncovered on the foundations, but it has wooden floors now, if I remember correctly. A pyramid sounds interesting, since I’ve been meaning to add something from the airport to AO.

There’s the spaces where Mexicana and Interjet staff are on something of a permanent strike since these airlines went bust (little over 10 years for Mexicana). The whole thing is quite complicated and the reasons why they remain there are extremely bureaucratic, so I haven’t actually worked out the entry yet.

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Seems like all my airport curiosities come from media, because now it was an episode of the Netflix docuseries “Dogs”, where they show the airport of Boise, Idaho. Since the city is twinned with the Mexican town of Metepec, one of the town’s iconic tree of life handicrafts is on display in the building:

https://www.boiseartsandhistory.org/eventlistitem?id=6F5FFD3C80782A261F8E910137F3001D

When I looked up more info about the sculpture, turns out that they’re very often given out as diplomatic presents. There was one presented to the Chinese ambassador which I love:

There’s also a more… peculiar one gifted to Queen Elizabeth:

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