There are some changes taking place in Wichita. Although embracing change with an open mind is a challenge for me, I’m opinionated and need to add my two cents worth (which in today’s economy is worth less than one cent).
Wichita has a new airport – the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. It looks quite modern from the outside and everyone talks about how fresh, clean and new it looks inside. My husband and I decided to go check it out.
Before I go on, allow me a moment of nostalgia. There’s not a ton of fun things to do in Wichita, so we used to go to the OLD airport and watch the planes take off and land. Don’t feel sorry for me – that was fun! We used to do that for a while, then eat at one of the restaurants and just walk around a bit.
These days – in the post 9/11 world – it’s considered loitering. Just hanging around an airport is not encouraged now for obvious reasons. I get that – but part of me is sad. Bit by bit our innocent activities are being taken from us. Hey – when you’re low on cash, watching planes at the airport can be sort of fun! There’s a people-watching opportunity you just can’t get anywhere else! 😉
There is absolutely no reason to darken the door of our new airport unless you are catching a flight. There is one small “café” on the ground floor – as far as I could tell, they sell donuts and coffee – maybe hot dogs. That’s about as good as it gets for those of us who are not being winged off.
If you are going to pick someone up at the airport, take my advice and brown bag it or eat something before you get to the airport.
All the other restaurants are beyond security! Yeah – I’m just sad.
Gone are the innocent days of eating a nice meal with friends or relatives then walking them to their gate to see them off. Then once they’re on the plane, standing at the huge window to watch the plane take off (crying and waving – as though they can see you). LOL!!!
It’s sentimental and silly – but I will miss it.
I guess the new plan will be to eat at a restaurant somewhere in the city before taking them to the airport. Then we will say goodbye outside in the parking lot – and drive away, trusting that they will get through security and on the right flight at the right time. It seems so cold compared to the way things used to be.
I don’t like it – but I don’t like the way 9/11 changed our country and our lives forever. The new airport is efficient and discourages loitering – I get it – this is the way it has to be. Just give me a minute to be nostalgic and sentimental – and yeah – silly. I pray that God will bless our country – in this post 9/11 world. We will never see the innocence we once knew again.
It’ll be okay – really it will. 🙂