The Airport Mobile Lounge Is A Throwback To Jet Age Design
You’re looking at the last link between a Jet Age traveler and her jet airliner, en route to parts unknown. When Washington began to plan the impressive Dulles International Airport—the world’s first so-designed to accommodate jumbo jets—the facility’s architects and designers came up with this most impressive machine, a “lounge-taxi for the jet age”.
Known as the Mobile Lounge or, in recent years, the “Plane Mate”, the idea is simple: travellers walk onto an elevated bus that drives around and deposits them onto their aircraft. No fuss, no muss, no narrow walkways or awkward jetways. Even NASA had one.
Dulles’ adoption of the vehicles was thanks to Eero Saarinen, a Finnish architect who is now credited as one of the masters of his time. Helped by an animated film done by Charles and Ray Eames, the Mobile Lounge concept is explained in great detail above.…with, of course, the promise of reducing the amount of walking a traveler would need to do.
Have you taken the Mobile Lounge? Why hasn’t it taken off beyond only a few international airports?