The grand opening of SFO T2 today gave the public a chance to see the new terminal. The first flights from this terminal are not schedule for another week.
Since this is a renovation – and not a new terminal – the reveal today was a little underwhelming. The ceilings are low due to the old design and like most of SFO is jam packed with overpriced eateries and retail stores. Thankfully the seating is upgraded and power plugs are easier to find.
The checkin areas for both American Airlines and Virgin America are spacious and easy to access.
After checking in, it is only a short stroll to the common security check point for all airlines using Terminal 2:
The security area:
A crack CAS security officer testing if the expensive equipment can sustain prolonged sessions of leaning and resting once T2 opens to passengers next weekend:
Once past security (and the inevitable groping by the TSA/CAS) you can “recompose” yourself in the area immediately past security. Then you are greeted by the Mall Of Amer…. no wait, Terminal 2 shopping.
One of the highlights of the open house was a visit from the Flagship Detroit Foundation and their restored DC-3. The public was able to fly today on the DC-3 for $150 per person. The DC-3 makes appearances and offers rides at other air shows and events through the year. Check their website for more details. (Now if SFO would just offer one window without tinting so I could get a good picture I’d be forever thankful!)