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When People Looked Forward to Eating Airport Food

Believe it or not, Americans used to go to the airport just for eats and giggles.
The Terrace dining room at Washington's National Airport.
The Terrace dining room at Washington's National Airport.Flickr/Boston Public Library

Over three and a half million Americans will take to the skies this Thanksgiving, and I would feel confident in betting that very few are looking forward to it. Air travel these days is marked by delays, limited legroom, and unending, cookie-cutter air terminals that make New York look like Minneapolis look like Vienna look like LAX.

So would you believe me if I told you that people used to go to airports just to eat food? Just for fun?