Entering the terminal

1960's - 1980's

If one wants to have a reasonable understanding of the developments and problems within aviation during the seventies, watching AIRPORT (George Seaton, 1970) wouldn’t be a bad suggestion. Even though the film builds up to a hijacking by a suicide bomber, a lot of film time is set in the airport. Here the airport is a safe haven, led by airport manager Mel Bakersfield [Burt Lancaster], who spends most of the film convincing people not to close down his airport due to the heavy snowfall. In one scene Lancaster has a heated discussion about the recent problems his airport is facing, noise disturbance being his biggest concern. Bakersfield confronts one of the airport’s commissioners and tells him that he should start focussing on investing money in the development of the airport, while pointing at a scale model of the ideal airport. The problems Bakersfield was facing were very accurate of the developments within aviation and airports in that time.Changes in airport architecture have always been driven by innovation within aviation technology. The jet plane was an innovation that caused a major shift in airport planning. Planes became heavier and higher, thus being able to transport more people. This also meant they needed more space at the terminal. Unfortunately, they became louder as well, leading to a physical separation between aircraft and terminal to protect passengers against noise exposure (Bosma 1996: 53). Also leading to noise disturbance for people living under flight routes. The expansive growth of mass transportation during the fifties and sixties occurred on a scale that could not have been foreseen. (source: paper 'Transient Glamour' for the Liverpool conference 'City in Film'. Iris Burgers)

Articles

Boardroom

Extract from:
Airport (1970), Director George Seaton

Terminal entrance

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

Entering the terminal

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

Establishing shot of terminal

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

Establishing shot terminal bird's eye

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

 Runway, waiting for private helicopter arrival

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

Airport surroundings

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

Airport bar

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

Airport restaurant

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

Airport store

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Glamour only accessible for v.i.p.s

1963

Opening sequence - Jackie Brown walking through airport

Jackie Brown 1997

1997

Security check

Jackie Brown 1997

1997

Opening sequence - Jackie Brown walking through airport

Jackie Brown 1997

1997

Opening sequence - Jackie Brown walking through airport

Jackie Brown 1997

1997

Airport parking garage

Jackie Brown 1997. Parking lot is decorated with flight symbolism.

1997