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AIRPORTS: Shopping reserved for passengers

Letter by James Arsenault, Puyallup on March 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm with 5 Comments »
March 12, 2012 2:05 pm

Your twin articles (TNT, 3-11) about the shopping opportunities now available at airports were very interesting. So interesting, in fact, that I took part of my Sunday afternoon to see if some of these wonderful opportunities were available locally, at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Imagine my surprise to learn that only ticketed passengers could even get to the shopping oases described in the article. Airport planners (and the Transportation Safety Administration) might want to consider that there is a large local population who might still enjoy the opportunity to watch aircraft operations while taking advantage of the new shopping and eating options available at airports.

Arrangements should be made for those types of amenties to be placed on the non-secure side of the airport, leaving the secure side for flying.

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  1. alindasue says:

    The reason most of the amenities are on the secure side is because it is the passengers waiting for flights that actually spend much time at the airport. Once the passengers have gone through the hassle of waiting in line to go through security, they aren’t going to leave the secure zone again just to go shopping.

    There are some restaurants and a couple gift shops open in the non-secure area, but really if you just want to visit a nice restaurant or go shopping, there’s plenty of comparable places right here in town.

  2. took14theteam says:

    The reason you are not allowed behind the “security line” at Sea-Tac is is due to the actions of some members of the religion of “peace”.

    It would be nice to be able to enjoy the airport and watch the planes and partake in the retail and restaurants that are there.

    But alas, the thrill of aviation is removed due to the actions of a certain group of people.

  3. alindasue says:

    took14theteam said, “The reason you are not allowed behind the “security line” at Sea-Tac is is due to the actions of some members of the religion of “peace”.”

    Hijacking and bombing dangers existed prior to 9/11 and were not all tied to any singular political or religious group. It is only the scale of what happened on 9/11 that called attention to the need for greater security in our airports. The need was always there.

  4. Oh brother. Now people are whining because you can’t shop on the other side of the security gate? Are you kidding me? Watch the planes? You can do that from anywhere in SeaTac. The restaurants aren’t all that spectacular and there are certainly no bargains in there. You just want this because you can’t have it? But really you can. Fly somewhere and get to the airport several hours early. What a dumb issue. James Arsenault of Puyallup! There’s a war going on, a recession, the schools are a mess, violent crime is on the rise, people are starving, politics has run amok. But you want to eat inside the security gate at SeaTac? Are you serious?

  5. alindasue says:

    I’ve actually been able to do a little traveling the last few years and one thing I’ve learned is that Sea-Tac airport is a pretty decent airport for travelers. It has a variety of restaurants, some of which are open 24 hours, and a wide variety of gift and book shops. Having been to a few airports where food choices are few during the day and pretty much nonexistent after 6:00pm, I’ve really come to appreciate our own airport’s available services.

    However, there are no shops or restaurants at the airport that can’t be found elsewhere in the area, especially if you visit the touristy spots where shops like “Made in Washington” are a regular staple and limited selection overpriced versions of fast food places like Burger King and Subway are common. The only difference is you don’t have to go through TSA to get to them.

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