The pandemic may have shut down travel for a spell in 2020 and 2021, but the world’s busiest airports used the time productively, adding amenities and sanitation measures, while upgrading the overall departure/arrival experience. Airport designers have looked at the practical — touchscreens, ticketing kiosks, self-check baggage, Plexiglas screens — and the experiential, improving public spaces with artwork and introducing passenger-focused amenities like nap pods, indoor gardens, and pet-relief areas. And if the Fentress Global Challenge is to be believed, the airports of the future will have everything from hyperloops and floating runways to futuristic-style aero cities. For now, here are some of the changes already introduced and some that are coming to an airport near you very soon.
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