I nearly missed a flight out of Dulles Airport two weeks ago, thanks in part to the tiresome “mobile lounges” straight out of Star Wars (apparently, Jaunted has dubbed them Jawa Sand Crawlers) that shuttle passengers from the main terminal to their gates at a pace that a snail would envy. So I was happy to hear in the Washington Post that Dulles Airport recently announced plans to build an underground AeroTrain that will transport travelers at a much quicker pace (they’ll leave every two minutes), and restore the light and airiness that was intended for the terminal’s original design. And on an even better, eco-friendly note, the new trains mean that the airport will faze out the diesel-fueled behemoths, which often had to wind between planes as they taxied to the gate. But I’m wondering, what do you frequent fliers think of the switch? Are you Star Wars fans going to miss the chance to feel like Hans Solo before your flight?
Photo: People movers and Sand Crawlers, via Jaunted
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