Atlanta Airport Wants YOU to Test Drive Their New International Terminal
Despite the lack of a brand new Chick-fil-A, we’re still pretty excited to see what the brand new international terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is all about. The hard hats are coming off slowly but surely, and workers are starting to clean up the construction debris in preparation for the terminal’s grand opening. However, before the new slice of the airport can start getting passengers and planes, the airport is asking for your help to get things ready.
On Wednesday, May 2, the airport is planning a trial run of the new facility and they need like 1,500 volunteers to help test things out. We’re not sure if you’re going to need to flush all the toilets at exactly the same time, but all we know is that we’re a little jealous that we’re too far from Atlanta to easily help out.
Volunteers will get a script and an itinerary, as airport officials want fake travelers to fully act out their role in and around the airport. They’re even asking that you bring a couple pieces of luggage, so that they can test out the baggage handling system. It sounds like they promise that they’ll returned things unharmed, but we’d probably bring the Samsonite instead of the Louis Vuitton just in case.
Such terminal trial runs aren't rare, but they certainly aren't every day occurrences. Remember when JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK debuted in 2008? We scoped out that trial run too, and got a barbeque lunch and new duffel bag out of it.
Down in ATL, refreshments will be served to thank you for helping out, and of course there’s going to be plenty of survey questions to truly gauge your opinion regarding the new airport. The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is set to debut on May 16 of this year, so if you’re heading overseas this summer please let us know how the new terminal looks, feels, and smells.
To get in on the simulation: be available from 8:30am to noon on May 2, read the fine print and register here, bring two bags and government-issued photo ID. Andheytell us how it goes, hm?
[Rendering: via WhatNowAtlanta]