Four Passengers Rowed Their Boat Down The Airport Moving Walkway

Moving walkways are an efficient way to move large numbers of people quickly through airports. Also known as travelators, they help cover long distances when people need to make connections, and it make the journey less arduous when gates are far apart.

Several airports are opting not to put them in anymore, and even to remove them (something both Chicago O’Hare and Dallas – Fort Worth have done) because passengers become less likely to wander into retail shops along the way. Airports, and often airlines, share in passenger retail spending. You aren’t the airport’s customer, you’re the product.

Four passengers though decided to use the travelator to make their airport visit not just efficient but also fun. They ‘row, row, rowed their boat’ gently through the terminal. And another passenger caught the prank on video.

Can you really say their rowing didn’t make them go faster? They are rowing and they are moving! And it’s hardly the first time passengers have appropriated this functional piece of equipment to serve their own recreational needs. Just before the start of the pandemic actress Jennifer Garner treated the travelator as a ballet barre and set the whole thing to music!

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  1. While certainly not appropriate airport behavior, its actually somewhat refreshing (and even a little funny!) to see a post without someone accosting a flight attendant/gate agent, fighting in baggage claim, or opening an emergency exit mid-flight…all this minus the coxswain!!

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