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The Artful Elevators of TIA

25 July 2014

The Artful Elevators of TIA

27° 58′ 49″ N / 82° 32′ 04″ W

TIA Elevators — photo by Joseph May

Helpful reminder slips for the taking are at the parking level elevator stops — photo by Joseph May

Tampa International Airport (TIA) is a lovely facility for the traveler. The main terminal is the hub with each airside at the end of an extension from the hub like a spoke of a wheel. Short term parking occupy the upper five levels with the lower three levels in the usual order of baggage on the first level, ticketing on the second and access to the airsides on the third level.  This third, or main level, is spacious and filled with stores, eateries and information. Signs are well placed so the traveler can easily find what needs finding. The convenience of parking the car and taking an elevator directly to the desired level cannot be overstated — no dragging baggage for what seems a long time (Terminal 3 at JFK comes to mind as well as any terminal at MIA, PBI, FLL, ORL…). Orientation is easy as the stack of eight levels is divided into a red side and a blue side with each side having a pair of elevator banks with each elevator bank is named for a famous aviator in a  pleasing motif. The red is definitively red and the blue is undeniably blue — and a marvelous way to begin or end a trip 🙂

 

TIA Elevators — photo by Joseph May

Each or the four elevator banks has six elevators as shown here with the Yeager bank — photo by Joseph May

TIA Elevators — photo by Joseph May

The Sikorsky bank on the airport’s red side — photo by Joseph May

TIA Elevators — photo by Joseph May

TIA’s Armstrong elevator bank — photo by Joseph May

TIA Elevators — photo by Joseph May

The Earhart bank is on TIA’s blue side — photo by Joseph May

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