The Future Of Airport Design After COVID-19, According To An Airport Architect
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Senior Contributor
One major event can transform the air travel experience for years to come, recalls Ty Osbaugh, a principal and leader in Gensler’s aviation practice.
Nearly two decades ago, on 9/11, the airport architect was in Chicago working on a new terminal for O’Hare. “At that point, TSA didn’t exist,” he says. “You didn’t have to be a flyer to go airside, and an airport was essentially a public building.”
The industry’s response to 9/11 was mainly reflexive, says Osbaugh. “The immediate solution and implementation was to just put security front and center, to put these mammoth devices in every ticket hall so that we screen all the bags and everyone feels very secure.”
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