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November 16, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: Moving walkway

Wall James Thrasher writes:

I'm still not sure what the Albuquerque airport had in mind with this moving walkway.

Perhaps next time I fly home my questions will be answered....


I love airports, they think of everything! While I'm waiting for my thrice-delayed flight to Seattle (which probably connects in Boston or some damn thing), I can walk off my frustrations on this state-of-the-art treadmill like the hamster that I am. Seriously, that can't be permanent. Makes for a funny picture, though.

Posted by: Ron Mexico at November 16, 2005 12:36 AM

The Albuquerque airport has been undergoing a lot of renovation for the last 20 years or so. Probably one part got ahead of schedule whilea another part got behind.

Posted by: fluffy at November 16, 2005 03:04 AM

Which way is it moving?

Posted by: Peter at November 16, 2005 06:11 AM

"Which way is it moving?"

From right to left-lol

Posted by: noname at November 16, 2005 08:07 AM

a classic example of broken. i dont want any Not broken posts out of this.

Posted by: chimp at November 16, 2005 08:41 AM

I can see the infomercial...

>>>> The worlds most effective treadmill! Have you ever been on one of those boring treadmills that go too slow and you lose interest after just a few minutes?! Well - we've got the treadmill for YOU! We're talking high speed and high motivation here! We've been watching people on this treadmill for days and not one person has ever said this puppy is boring! And - This product will produce GUARANTEED RESULTS or we'll refund your money. (All you'd need to do is send us a short video of your dissaftisfaction and we'll send you a check with no questions asked.) But since we've been running with this product, not one person's been able to contact us! Now that's an amazing testimony to it's effectiveness! Call us NOW at 1-800-AFV-CLIP and get into shape QUICK!!

Posted by: Trim & Fit at November 16, 2005 08:41 AM

Hey chimp, this isn't broken. Without seeing the entrance to this moving walkway we can't tell if it's blocked off. Obviously the area beyond the wall is under construction. The photo does not show enough. I'll bet it's blocked off with a sign.

And no, I'm not the usual "not broken" type

Posted by: bleedat at November 16, 2005 09:44 AM

Saw one like it in Portland, Or.

Decided it was actually a luggage mover. You drop your luggage over the rail and then walk along beside it.

Posted by: Bluie at November 16, 2005 12:11 PM

Not broken...there is remodeling going on as stated before.

Point of interest, however, there are two moving walkways on either side of a corridor leading to gates after the security check.

Unfortunately, they are only about 100' long and move excruciatingly slow - if you pick up your normal walking pace, you can walk faster than if you walk on the moving sidewalk. They do not do anything to get passengers to their gates any faster than regular walking does.

That said, Mayor Marty Chavez points to them as being one of his major accomplishments. Yawn...

Posted by: Mike at November 16, 2005 01:04 PM

Mike, even slow-moving walkways are useful. If you're in a hurry you get on it and walk, getting there faster than you would. And if you can't or don't want to walk, you let it do the work for you. OK, it's not up there with invention of the wheel, but it's helpful to some.

Posted by: pat at November 16, 2005 03:18 PM

Those things are soooo useless, that i found that i could fast walk faster than these treadmills in Tokyo Narita, which is supposed to be the most advanced city.In,fact, i nearly fell when i reached the non moving section because the thing was still pushing me toward the edge when i already reached it.

Posted by: jack chen at November 16, 2005 11:58 PM

Mike, jack, Are you people retarded or just dumb?

"if you pick up your normal walking pace, you can walk faster than if you walk on the moving sidewalk." And what happens when you pick up your normal walking pace on the moving sidewalk?

Tada! The moving sidewalk becomes faster once again! Your logic is the only thing broken here sirs.

Posted by: dre at November 17, 2005 09:39 AM

This picture makes me think of that sony, i think its sony, "innovation for the good life" in a sarcastic way

Posted by: Mickey at November 17, 2005 07:00 PM

yeah, you're supposed to keep walking when you get on one of these things... yall can't seriously be that oblivious.

Posted by: Bob B. at November 18, 2005 08:26 PM

I am generally annoyed with moving walkways in airports. First of all, people who think that it is some kind of ride and stand blocking the whole width of the walkway, leaving no room to pass. Second, people who step off at the end and just stand in the way. I've come close to running into people at the end of the walkway who just stand there.

Posted by: ebob at November 20, 2005 11:08 AM

This is broken UNLESS, as Mike said, the airport is undergoing reconstruction. Of course, it's possible that remodling was started and then suddenly stopped for no good reason halfway through the job, and no one's bothered finishing it...

Also, the walkway appears to completely blocks off a door.

Posted by: The Pondermatic at November 20, 2005 05:19 PM

About the post: Don't you see the blue protective wrapping on the end of the machinery? I think that's a pretty clear indicator that the equipment is just sitting there while its ultimate destination is prepared.

To jack chen: Do you stumble or fall when you get off escalators, too? Exact same concept, only a different direction. I bet you do, and I wish I could be around to laugh at you. Unless of course you're handicapped somehow...

Then I'd have an even BETTER reason to laugh at you!

(just kidding of course)

Posted by: Brian at November 22, 2005 11:11 AM

Mabey it was built in case Harry Potter came to town. Just a thought :)

Posted by: Matt at March 26, 2006 11:34 PM

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