In our previous post – You Know You’re MLC If… – 4G wrote: When seeing people off at the old Honolulu International Airport, especially to the mainland, was a big deal. You would see them off at the gate downstairs, then go upstairs to the open air “roof”, try to see them through those tiny windows, then get blasted by the jet exhaust as the plane taxied away .….
Paula was just sharing with me yesterday how she remembers everyone in the family getting all dressed up to see her auntie and uncle off for a trip. They even gave them lei. I asked if it was for an international trip or a mainland vacation. She said it may have been just a visit to Kauai to see family. Paula recalls how it was such a big thing to ride on an airplane.
I agreed that it was a big deal. I remember the school yard conversations where someone would ask “Eh, anybody ever went ‘fly'”? And when someone confirmed that they indeed did “fly” before, then all the questions came out; “What was it like?”, “Did you get air sick”, “Did everyone on the ground look like ants?”, “What if you gotta go shi-shi?”, “What’s it like when the plane goes thru the clouds?”, “The stewardesses all pretty?”.
And the luggage…
Whoever thought of adding wheels to the bottom of suitcases – I want to shake his hand.
Back in the day, suitcases were already heavy – made of leather or fabric with real metal locks – before they were even filled. And there was only a single handle to carry each suitcase.
Nowadays, just stand your suitcase on the side, lift up the telescoping handle, and pull your suitcase behind you. Or better yet, get a “spinner”. I just got one and instead of pulling it behind you on 2 wheels, you can walk it on the side of you as it comes with 4 wheels. And you can even hook on backpacks and smaller bags to your luggage and pull it all with one arm. Unlike back in the day when it meant having a smaller suitcase tucked under your arm while carrying the huge suitcase by the handle.
But back to the topic.
Remember when everyone – aunties, uncles, cousins, pets, and friends – would show up at the airport when a recent graduate was going away to college or joining the military. And unlike nowadays when parents travel up to the school along with the recent graduate to them settled in, back in our day – the recent graduate was just put on the plane and left to figured out things on their own.
Do you remember going to the airport to see friends or family off? Hanging around the lobby as other friends and relatives showed up. And as 4G mentioned, after the person gave their ticket, then running upstairs to the rooftop viewing section and watching them as they walked on the tarmac and up the stairs into the airplane. And trying to find them looking through the little windows. Share you memories of Going Airport with us.