San Jose Throws Open the Doors on a New Tech-Packed Terminal
June 29, 2010 at 8:36 AM
It looks like San Jose and the Silicon Valley will soon be stealing business away from SFO just up the road on the 101. The totally redone Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport opens to the traveling public this week, and the new place is definitely ready to show off its technology pedigree to both visitors and locals.
The place has a futuristic design that screams cutting-edge, but the real goodies are buried within the new Terminal B and the remodeled Terminal A. There are 200-foot-long skylights along the main concourse of Terminal B, and if you want to sit down and take in the view youíll have plenty of juice thanks to electrical outlets easily accessible from each and every seat right in the armrests. The place cost around $1.3 billion so itís pretty clear that they spared no expense.
While you are buried in your work, donít forget to notice if you are in one of the nationís first Zensky Air Chairs. These terminal seats actually hide the air vents, so thatís the reason why your legs might be a tad chilly.
For those interested in airport security, the high-tech stuff from our pals over at the TSA will make an appearance in both terminals at the airport. The place is proud to let you know that full-body scanners will be available. These scanners will probably identify rogue iPhones more than any other scanner in the country. The airport is also claiming bragging rights to the most technologically advanced baggage screening equipment in the world.
If you have a longer delay, be sure to spend some time checking out one of the placeís newest art installations. The eCloud is thousands of glass squares suspended from the ceiling of Terminal B that continuously change with weather information from the surrounding area and the rest of the world. Sounds like a good time waster, but just remember to check the departure board every once in a while.
· San Jose International Airport [Official Site]
· Even the Chairs Are High Tech at New Airport [NBC Bay Area]
· Airports coverage [Jaunted]
[Photos: Official Site & cote]