Tulsa International Airport has a new "wing". 3 years and $25-million in the making, the new security checkpoint is open for business.
News on 6 business reporter Steve Berg says the idea of added security can be kind of depressing, but it's resulted in something quite beautiful.
Many people say they notice the windows. Two-stories high, they give you a panoramic view of the whole tarmac and both concourses. Kids especially will like watching the planes taxi back and forth.
Several travelers the News on 6 talked to Tuesday said the security didn't seem any faster, but at least it feels less confining with all the light and space. Traveler Stuart Arnold: "The sun, you actually see the airport when you're coming in and that was pretty neat."
Mary Smith with the Tulsa International Airport: "When they took the wall down, it was like, oh my gosh, we've been back there for 3 years watching this thing come together and here it is and it's pretty awesome.â€
There are now 5 security lanes, instead of four. And again, it's all been moved to the middle of the airport, from the ends. Theyâ€™re also adding 17 new shops and restaurants as well, some of which are already open, and others are coming later.