Moving walkways help you traverse long distances in airports quickly. It’s understandable, though, that many passengers may not remember how they work.
- It’s been a long time since many people have traveled because of the pandemic, so they’re out of practice.
- Airports like Dallas – Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare have removed some moving walkways because you zip right past the retail shops. They’d rather have you stop in and make an impulse purchase, since they’re getting a cut of the revenue.
So for the uninitiated, you get on the moving walkway that is moving in the direction that you’re headed. In the United States you’re going to get on the moving walkway on the right, while the walkway on the left is going in the opposite direction.
This may seem obvious to some travelers, but with business travel still down by about 75% and planes full of leisure travelers – in American Airlines CEO Doug Parker’s words today’s passengers are “somewhat different from our normal clientele” – you’re bound to run into situations like this:
— ★ Cihangir İpekkan ★ (@cihangiripekkan) June 8, 2021
The woman moves slowly while being passed on the right – but it’s worth watching for what happens nine seconds into the video.
On the other hand, while you don’t get much elevation here, treadmills are expensive. And so is travel. If you’ve got the time, perhaps you pack on baggage instead of weights and hit the airport treadmill for some exercise.
Or, do like Jennifer Garner does, and use the moving walkways at the San Francisco airport for ballet practice.
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