Next time you fly, pay close attention to the airports. Their design may be more intentional than you think.
Flying is an elaborate system for getting people from one place to other places around the world that’s been in the works for almost a hundred years now.
Airports are a part of that chain, taking in people from the street and from planes, and sorting them into where they need to go, as smoothly as possible.
Over the years, airports have evolved from bare-bones transportation hubs for select travelers to bustling retail centers for millions.
They’re being designed to both complement and influence human behavior. Everything from the architecture and lighting to the trinkets on sale in the gift shops is strategic.
Here are a few tricks airports use to help travelers relax, get to their gates safely and on time, and hopefully spend some money along the way.