KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – A looming presence deserted.
A substantial structure abandoned.
Inside the old terminal A at the Kansas City International lay the ghosts of a time not long ago, but walking among the makeshift ruins feels like peering into a void fits in.
Luggage remains on a carousel, forever waiting for owners who won't come.
Benches are either left in place or stacked up haphazardly in a pile of twisted metal. A lost luggage room is a mess of clothes and suitcases. A couple of pair of pants hang on some seating nearby
The journey started as I entered the airport. The giant "Terminal A" sign was hard to miss.
We pulled up alongside the pickup area. If you are not using the peppered orange cones and tape here and there, it might be a mistake for a run-of-the-mill airport terminal.
We stopped at the Air Canada drop-off / pickup where a by was ajar, too inviting for someone looking for a last look at a relic soon to be led.
I opened the door a bit further to let myself in. Just then, I was face-to-face with stacks of benched seating in no particular order – some lined up; some knocked over; some seemingly left in place, untouched by time;
A sign for Gates 87 and 88 laid on the ground
Here are pieces of plywood and piles of rubbled tile amid the dark, dusty atmosphere.
An escalator invites descension into even more darkness. I think rather the stairs
The aforementioned carousel is the next stop.
Some suitcases are intact and ready for pickup. Others have been opened with shirts and pants playing out.
Do you recognize any of these? If your name is Kay Vargo, I found your green suitcase.
What struck me as I moved around this airport was how simultaneously preserved and gutted it was.
It wasn't as if it had just been in business yesterday, but it also wasn't cleared out. All the main features were still there – signage, ticket counters, clear cooler tables and displaying welcoming people to Kansas City.
But they were in disrepair or some stage of decrepitation. They were gone. But they are really there either.
A sign for shops and restaurants further along the concourse.
On the way, I got waylaid at a set of offices at the top of some stairs.
Southwest plane taxis
On the way back down the stairs, I stopped and took video of defunct restaurant Fountains of Seville. Yelp gives it a two-star rating. I never had the pleasure.
As I strolled in to the front, I can't say it was an inviting atmosphere. Greeted by a skeleton of tables, I made my way to the bar. Good to know this place has its liquor license front and center, along with some food and drink menus. A glass of sword skewers remains preserved, ready as ever for the next cocktail.
But thats just a microcosm of the whole terminal. It's as inconsistently consistent as you'd think a graveyard would be.
The bones are there and soul is gone.
On to the next chapter
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