Not many people get excited about airports- myself included. Airports are most commonly associated with the frustration that comes from getting stuck in unexpected drop-off traffic (it’s 2pm!), delays, being asked to get naked and then scanned, and paying $20 for a burger.
When I was leaving for my last trip to Europe, a miracle happened- I had the most amazing airport experience. At security, I was sorted into a line where I wasn’t asked to remove any clothing or the contents of my bags, everything went quickly and where the TSA agents seemed *gasp* happy. Maybe that put some rose-colored glasses on me, but I just had a great time at the airport that day…
1.It’s only $2.75 from Downtown Seattle to SEA
Thanks to the new(ish) lightrail, it only takes about 45 minutes (with walking to the terminal from the station) and a whole $2.75 to get to the airport. Once in a while, I’ll park my car downtown to pick up an out of town guest up from the airport so that I don’t get too much passive aggressive road rage during rush hour.
2.The Rocking Chairs
I walked into the main terminal to find rocking chairs scattered about, facing the ceiling to floor windows. Rocking chairs! I sat, rocked, and watched planes take off and land for a while (especially since I’d just breezed through security).
3.The Live Music
I hadn’t been sitting for 5 minutes when I heard a strange noise. It wasn’t that horrible enterprise radio… no, it was… it was live music! There was a small stage set up, where someone went up periodically to perform. To make it even more fun, there were musicians set up at different points of the terminal playing music. Apparently SeaTac has a music initiative to highlight the local music scene. So cool!
I have a personal ritual of getting either fish & chips or the clam chowder from Ivar’s before departing. I don’t remember when I started it, or why, but it’s a nice little taste of home before I head off to explore. If you’re more into the restaurant scene, Anthony’s is just across the terminal and also has great seafood. It’s rare that an airport has food that sounds appetizing and isn’t twice the price that you’d normally pay.
5.Sir Mix-A-Lot Makes Announcements
Finally, it was nearing time to board. I was walking to my gate when suddenly, I heard a familiar voice that instantly made me smile. It was Sir Mix-A-Lot, of Baby Got Back fame making the announcement about unattended luggage! Making airport announcements interesting? Whaaaaat?
Of course there’s a Starbucks and a Dilettante (for mocha and hot chocolate lovers) a stone’s throw away from each other. However, this didn’t make the list because I don’t like getting coffee before a flight- I like to be able to fall asleep the second I settle down in my seat.
// Do you have a favorite airport? Any good airport experiences to share? I feel like we only ever share the stuff that gets our blood boiling. Share some happy thoughts below!