Missing airports? Us too.
That’s why we masked up and spent a few hours at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) ultimate week to look what’s new – and what’s not.
And to gauge whether or not or not we’re prepared to fly.
(Spoiler alert: we’re no longer.)
First, a disclaimer. We went to the airport with a protracted listing of pix to take, capabilities and services to check up on, and favourite perspectives and pieces of art to go to.
We’ve been keeping apart at home and in our community, so the crowds (sure, crowds) on the airport last Friday afternoon have been a surprise. So have been every body who were masks-much less and oblivious to social-distancing in spite of clear signage and flawlessly understandable overhead announcements. And, well, the state of the arena.
So even as we're thrilled to look all the protocols and precautions the airport has attempted to put in area, we cut the go to short.
But here are a few notes on what we located in our native land airport.
As anticipated, we noticed masses of signs and symptoms reminding humans now not to flock collectively and to place on their mask.
We mentioned too that there are new overhead announcements. Instead of nearby music celebrities and airport officers welcoming us to the airport, there are reminders of health-associated protocols. Including a request to stand in the middle of the step while on an escalator.
There are actually vending machines packed with private protection gadgets you may want in your trip.
We had intended to do a little purchasing at the airport in a number of our favorite stores. Because – stores! But whilst we were satisfied to peer Ex Officio is open in its new spot and Fireworks Gallery has friendly minders published at each the entrance and the go out of the present keep, we moved alongside to our scheduled appointments.
Cool new lavatory feature
We admit it. It became this new toilet feature that definitely lured us out of the consolation zone of our home and beyond airport security.
Although we nearly turned back as soon as we saw how bunched up and pre-COVID disorganized things were across the screening machines.
Some other airports around the u . s . already have Tooshlights set up in some restrooms.
But Seattle-Tacoma International Airport just got their first set.
As you could see from the picture, this invention helps you to understand if a restroom stall is open or no longer. Before COVID, it became appealing because it gets rid of that awkward touching of all of the doors or peeking beneath them to discover an empty stall.
Now, the fact which you don’t should contact doors and might easily see what’s open approach less time spent in an enclosed space. There’s an advantage provider here too: the locks gather data on how frequently every door opens and closes, so cleaning cycles can be lined up with use.
A new African-themed menu on the Africa Lounge
We made other stops within the airport.
One turned into on the Africa Lounge on Concourse A. The taproom has been here on account that about 2005 and is a visual oasis in the busy concourse in addition to a nice place to get cocktails and American fare.
Now there’s a new purpose to forestall with the aid of.
The Africa Lounge now has African food and drinks on the menu, inclusive of sambusas, that are Central African fried pastries filled with spicy beef or greens. The aspects include fried plantains with tangy sauces and jollof rice, which is a West African staple made with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices.
The Africa Lounge is also featuring a pleasing selection of South African wines, a handful of African-stimulated cocktails, Ethiopian coffee, and an African tune playlist.
The CLUB at SEA
We wish to head returned and re-visit all the membership lounges at SEA airport. But on this trip, we stopped into the South Satellite branch of The CLUB at SEA to peer what’s new and distinct.
In addition to plastic walls on the entry and touchless document opinions, the living room is operating at 1/2-capability, with many seats blocked off. Even the coveted window bar has seating restrictions.
Cocktails are nonetheless being served at the cocktail window, but “nothing that wishes to be shaken or stirred, along with margaritas,” stated popular supervisor Karen Law, “and no olives in martinis for now.”
Newspapers and magazines are long gone too. Now guests can experiment and upload a wide form of papers and magazines to smartphone or laptops in many more languages than before.
Serve-your self food is likewise out, for now, so workforce participants stand prepared at hand guests pre-plated food and tender liquids from the fridge.