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Reopening an airport terminal is harder than you might think

  • Publicado em 20 Mar 2022
  • On Sunday, the South Terminal at London's Gatwick Airport will reopen for the first time since 2020. It turns out that mothballing an entire terminal isn't quite as easy as turning out the lights.
    Thanks to all the team at Gatwick Airport! (To be clear, this isn't a sponsored video: I approached them about filming this, and I'm grateful for the access. I did not expect to get out on the airfield.)
    Bonus fact for pulling down the description: this was filmed on Wednesday, when the cloud of Saharan dust was in the atmosphere. I had to do a lot of colour-correction to make the outside scenes look normal!
    Camera by Matt Gray: mattg.co.uk
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  6 meses atrás +6357

    Thanks to all the team at Gatwick! And if this feels like a video I'd have made a few years ago -- yes! It's filmed on some older equipment, and with the help of an old friend...

    • Robert Willoughby
      Robert Willoughby 2 meses atrás

      @Rinaldo Jonathan Oh, if it is who I think it is, he'll ALWAYS be his friend!

    • KENCweb
      KENCweb 5 meses atrás

      Park bench!!!

    • TimeFor
      TimeFor 6 meses atrás

      @Tom Scott - We expect to see a live report from you at 3am when that termal opens to the public

    • Michael Arnold
      Michael Arnold 6 meses atrás

      I would been nice to see how they fully open an airport :(

    • JetNoise
      JetNoise 6 meses atrás

      How many takes was that last scene to time the departure?

  • Cheeeseburger
    Cheeeseburger 6 meses atrás +4676

    Keeping the terminal available for tv/movie/video production teams is actually really smart to keep at least some cashflow going.

    • Steven Neill
      Steven Neill 5 dias atrás

      @L C not to mention all the people they laid off

    • Benjamin Dover
      Benjamin Dover 28 dias atrás

      Not many movies are being made at this time.

    • Tterreb
      Tterreb 5 meses atrás +4

      @andybaldman I think you're missing that they did, in fact, rent it out for filming.

    • andybaldman
      andybaldman 5 meses atrás

      @Kinitawowi You're missing my point. They make more than a 'few' dollars. I meant that literally in that example. If you only made $3 a month from renting, you would decide it wasn't worth the effort and risk.

    • Kinitawowi
      Kinitawowi 5 meses atrás

      @andybaldman "Renting your house out to strangers to make a few dollars on your $1k per month mortgage" is literally exactly what landlords - especially private ones with multiple homes - do.

  • André Renault
    André Renault 6 meses atrás +3652

    I seem to recall something about the Montréal-Mirabel airport terminal sitting empty and costing $5 million a year in upkeep, which is part of why they eventually demolished the terminal. Absolutely insane

    • DegustableGerbil
      DegustableGerbil 4 meses atrás

      @FurnitureFan well I’m assuming ‘customer service’ staff was laid off but you still maintenance staff keeping an eye on the building. Not a building supervisor it was just a guess

    • FurnitureFan
      FurnitureFan 4 meses atrás

      @DegustableGerbil Weren't the staff furloughed?

    • Magus Perdé
      Magus Perdé 5 meses atrás

      @Adrian Wap Caplet I always forget that Montreal is a bit hotter than the rest of Quebec. Here in saguenay we get vlose to -40 at least once a year and very often in -30

    • Greedy Orange
      Greedy Orange 5 meses atrás


    • Adrian Wap Caplet
      Adrian Wap Caplet 5 meses atrás

      @CerealKiIIer It never gets to -40 in Montreal. Most year's coldest temps are in the -25 to -28C range, and the coldest recorded day that I could find for the Mirabel area was -34C way back in 1933. So it gets cold, yes, but not THAT cold.

  • dddddddddddcdddedbd
    dddddddddddcdddedbd 6 meses atrás +2993

    Outro of the plane taking off was perfectly timed. Great job on the production

    • A A
      A A Mês atrás

      with RR engines

    • A A
      A A Mês atrás

      @James Nova correct it is a 777-200ER

    • Chris Ashby
      Chris Ashby 6 meses atrás +1

      There was a cut (and camera angle change) for his last sentence. They cheated.

    • omstR
      omstR 6 meses atrás

      1 TAKE

    • Thawhid
      Thawhid 6 meses atrás

      @james ‘funny’ morrison indeeed

  • Taladar2003
    Taladar2003 6 meses atrás +2492

    They should have asked the BER people. They have some experience with airports that weren't in use for a long, long time.

    • laus 99
      laus 99 Mês atrás

      @Marcus Myge seriously?
      you insinuate the fact it 'actually opened' (after what, ten years delay?!),
      plus there's no other airports with scheduled public traffic nearby,
      as sufficient indicators of any sort of quality (or "free from scandalous failure")???
      you must be of a particularly shallow kind of thick.. try diggin a bit deeper, cowboy
      (I've passed through my fair share of airports during the past 40 years - and never have I encountered one displaying as much inefficient, imbeccile retardedness towards every angle you look at it.)

    • Marcus Myge
      Marcus Myge Mês atrás

      @laus 99 How so? Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt did open, and is currently the only Berlin area airport with scheduled passenger traffic.

    • Jul W
      Jul W Mês atrás +1

      @John Smith Madrid?

    • laus 99
      laus 99 3 meses atrás

      actually when I think about BER..
      the only solution one could hope for
      would be it's entire demolishion

    • laus 99
      laus 99 3 meses atrás

      @Kurbelkasse..and Mehdorn made such a good impression previous, when he reformed Deutsche Bahn into somewhat recognising customers as such..
      (..for those who remember their prison-guard mentality of the 1980's +prior..)

  • Robert Bones
    Robert Bones 6 meses atrás +2236

    I was at Rio's international airport (GIG) and a whole terminal had been shut down. The hotel I was in was inside the closed terminal, it was like being in a zombie apocalypse movie. I had so much empty space to myself. But if you walk for 10 minutes to terminal 2, it's as you would expect, busy with lots of people.

    • Florian
      Florian 6 meses atrás

      same thing happened in Frankfurt with one of the terminals, in a doc about its reopening it however did not seem to be such a major hazzle as here.

    • Mrstealth93
      Mrstealth93 6 meses atrás +2

      @Tomáš Petrík Ah. My bad. Wasn`t clear which of us you were asking.

    • Tomáš Petrík
      Tomáš Petrík 6 meses atrás +1

      @Mrstealth93 Oh, but my question was to Robert Bones who stayed at a hotel in a closed terminal.

    • Mrstealth93
      Mrstealth93 6 meses atrás +3

      @Tomáš Petrík As far as i remember, yes. There really werent much to do other than sit around and wait for the departure.

    • Tomáš Petrík
      Tomáš Petrík 6 meses atrás +2

      Would they let you walk around in the closed terminal?

  • Ami Yamato
    Ami Yamato 6 meses atrás +3155

    Tom's slowly working his way up to rivalling that James Burke rocket launch report.

    • JamieJamez
      JamieJamez 5 meses atrás

      @Bücher Wurm If you would like more after that, check out "The Day the Universe Changed"

    • TThomas939
      TThomas939 5 meses atrás

      Just watched that video right before this

    • jsquared1013
      jsquared1013 6 meses atrás +1

      Glad you mentioned it, because the algorithm put it in my recommendeds on the side of this video. Still a bit creepy...

    • tubegirl101
      tubegirl101 6 meses atrás

      it was a lot smaller of a lineup, but he's had the timing down since the Peckham dasani video

    • Christopher Spotts
      Christopher Spotts 6 meses atrás +2

      @Burwellian "Guys, guys pause the launch. Burke missed his cue we need to start from the top!"

  • Steven Bailie
    Steven Bailie 6 meses atrás +442

    I've flown in and out of Gatwick's North terminal many times over the past two years, and when I was begrudgingly waiting for the shuttle to transfer from the train station (which is at the closed South Terminal), I consoled myself by presuming that the South Terminal must have been closed for a complete refurbishment, so I could look forward to a lovely modern terminal one day.
    I'm now unreasonably disappointed that it's exactly the same as before! 😂

    • nnniiiaaallllll
      nnniiiaaallllll 4 meses atrás +2

      @halflink The north terminal has a larger capacity, as well as being the only one that can handle A380's. BA and Virgin also stopped flying out of Gatwick during the pandemic for the most part, whilst EasyJet have the majority of gates in the North terminal and continued operations. North terminals also newer, with airside also recently undergoing a huge revamp.

    • halflink
      halflink 6 meses atrás +2

      @WayStedYou But could also be a convenient time for refurbishment while there is no traffic (then would be no need to shut it dow later and lose on profits).

    • WayStedYou
      WayStedYou 6 meses atrás +3

      Bold of you to assume refurbishment when their income shut down for 2 years

    • halflink
      halflink 6 meses atrás +1

      @Steven Bailie This! I also thought it was closed for refurbishment considering all the construction barriers there which you have to navigate to get to the shuttle (also when I flew out of Gatwick recently there were no signs directing people from the platform to the shuttle and everyone who disembarked the train had to figure out the route for themselves). Then on my way back shuttle didn't work (inconvenience for me, potentially missed flights for others). So now I'm wondering why close South Terminal and not the North...

    • Jordan Fires
      Jordan Fires 6 meses atrás +1

      @James Cox "nicer than" not good

  • DancingInDreamWorld
    DancingInDreamWorld 6 meses atrás +619

    This is incredibly mindboggling to me because I think I've actually been in that terminal? I've been to the UK twice and I went through Gatwick both times. I don't usually recognize the locations in Tom Scott videos 😂

    • MrGreatplum
      MrGreatplum 6 meses atrás +2

      @Garret Olds - that’s a genuinely odd memory but now makes me want to check those handryers out! 😜

    • Garret Olds
      Garret Olds 6 meses atrás +2

      haha same here. To this day,, however odd it may be, my main memory is being in awe of the hand dryers in the mens toilets. They were like jet engines blasting your skin! So good.

    • D Carbs
      D Carbs 6 meses atrás +2

      @MrGreatplum I worked on the South Terminal belts for 3 years, I've definately been through it a few times! Even when I moved to valet parking in the North, I still used the South Terminal because that's where the station is. You can only get to the North internally by monorail or airside vehicle.

    • MrGreatplum
      MrGreatplum 6 meses atrás +7

      @Windows 95 - before they started charging to drop people off at the terminal, I was forever doing drop ups / pick ups there! (Not flown from Gatwick for a few years though!)

    • Windows 95
      Windows 95 6 meses atrás +11

      @MrGreatplum same here! Only once to fly though.
      Most of the time I'd get off the train at Gatwick coming back from work, because it was quicker to get the bus from there to my house than crawley town centre 😄

  • James Tandy
    James Tandy 6 meses atrás +200

    I work for Gatwick Engineering, so was a nice surprise to see Tom covering this ! I can confirm that it's a big task to get it all up and running, but very much needed. Great to see people flying again.

    • Moritz T. Voigt
      Moritz T. Voigt 5 meses atrás

      Do you, by any chance know what TV shows they shot during the time the Terminal wasn't in use? I'm really curious to find out and can't seem to find it online.

    • NullReferenceException
      NullReferenceException 6 meses atrás

      @Ollie Foxx ~ right.

    • Ollie Foxx
      Ollie Foxx 6 meses atrás +2

      @NullReferenceException I didn't say I knew it all. I asked questions based on my actual experience. What experience do you have oh wise one? Please, provide me an education and illuminate my misunderstanding.

    • NullReferenceException
      NullReferenceException 6 meses atrás

      @Ollie Foxx ~ do you have maintenance windows of two years. It might be the length of time... not sure, just being that BRclip commenter who knows it all!

    • James Tandy
      James Tandy 6 meses atrás +2

      @Ollie Foxx I'd also like to make a point of saying you've answered your own question there. I said it was a "Big task" not a unplanned mess like you are referring to. Of course there's been a plan in place for us to get back up and running but I can easily say that an airport has far more moving parts to coordinate than any manufacturing plant. The sheer scale of the airport and the amount of kit we have makes it a task to make sure its all working for when the passengers return.

  • Sugary Hobgoblin
    Sugary Hobgoblin 6 meses atrás +243

    Tom: I can't believe these loud motorcycles keep ruining my shots!
    Also Tom: This airport runway seems like a great place to film my outro!

    • Kasper Onza
      Kasper Onza 6 meses atrás +14

      You can at least plan your timing around aircraft taking off.

  • TryinaD
    TryinaD 6 meses atrás +176

    How interesting! I was always curious about how other airports are handling it. Changi Airport, in contrast, did not mothball their airport terminals entirely (only kept one operating) and simply made it into a community space / mall for the citizenry to enjoy. It’s been a space for fun fairs, flea markets, brand collaborations and more. I suppose this is also an interesting perspective.

    • Çhris Çrosszeria
      Çhris Çrosszeria Mês atrás

      @Zadster well trust me covid prevention method I don’t think any country in the world can beat Singapore system. It’s such a small country way easier to manage than bigger countries. And everybody here including me seem to just be sheep’s and follow whatever the authority ask us to do. Unlike a certain country 🙃

    • meher shrishti nigam
      meher shrishti nigam 6 meses atrás +1

      Oh I went to Changi once, loved the airport, the hello kitty store was everything 🥺

    • TarunoNafs
      TarunoNafs 6 meses atrás +2

      @TryinaD How polite of you!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +5

      Oh, that's really interesting. Glad to see Singapore made the most out of that empty space.

    • TryinaD
      TryinaD 6 meses atrás +1

      @Hei Chan I know, gatwick was unpleasant

  • Joe Bleasdale
    Joe Bleasdale 6 meses atrás +254

    Brings to mind my favourite Milton Jones one-liner:
    “I’d like to make a complaint to Gatwick Airport about their sushi restaurant. While there was a lot of variety going around on the conveyor belts, it did all taste a bit luggagey.”

    • Sara Ridge
      Sara Ridge 6 meses atrás +9

      I found this really upsetting! But then, I have a lot of baggage...

    • MrAlistair
      MrAlistair 6 meses atrás +11

      @DLWELD take a load of miniature luggage and put it on the carousell

    • DLWELD
      DLWELD 6 meses atrás +10

      Thank you. I hope this comes to mind when next I visit a conveyor Sushi place with friends.

  • Mandy B
    Mandy B 6 meses atrás +175

    Perfectly timed at the end! I genuinely hadn't given this sort of thing a second thought. I have been more concerned about the people. Let's hope that no new strains cause any further trouble.

  • Dylan Clark-Webb
    Dylan Clark-Webb 6 meses atrás +267

    Tom timing outros with transport going past seems to be a new trend

    • Keltic D
      Keltic D 14 dias atrás

      Well he has a lot to film and a lot of places to be 😉

    • Pete's Retro Collectables
      Pete's Retro Collectables 6 meses atrás

      Of course, if you fluff it there's another one in 20 minutes....

    • Das Ganon
      Das Ganon 6 meses atrás

      @KoGa I mean given a new "Connections" is being planned with James Burke (although he's getting up there in years) there's a world where that's possible.

    • Mikeado66
      Mikeado66 6 meses atrás +3

      Time to do a report on transporting an F1 team to a circuit and then sign-off seconds before one of the cars fires past. Or, even, just as the starting lights go out.

    • KoGa
      KoGa 6 meses atrás +23

      Next: let's see a video about spaceships being launced :D

  • dunbar9finger
    dunbar9finger 6 meses atrás +70

    When they talked about using the terminal for TV shows while it was shut down, a part of me hopes in a big way that Taskmaster was one of those shows. Imagine what tasks they could come up with when they have an entire airport terminal building to play with.

  • TeXoN
    TeXoN 6 meses atrás +225

    In Berlin we did this without ever having the terminal in use.

    • Maxwell's Demon
      Maxwell's Demon 6 meses atrás

      @D T I flew from Schönefeld once, which was one time too many. That wasn't an airport, that was a latrine with a runway. Tegel was certainly mediocre but not quite the offence against human dignity that was its east side counterpart.

    • D T
      D T 6 meses atrás +2

      I flew into both Schonefeld (I apologise for the spelling which I definitely got wrong) and Tegal whilst Brandenburg was sat there waiting, empty... two awful airports! Must be so much nicer now.

    • Barrie Shepherd
      Barrie Shepherd 6 meses atrás +6


  • CYL
    CYL 6 meses atrás +312

    If that's how hard it is to get an airport running again, I shudder to think about the thousands of airplanes that have been sitting idle in some desert or hangar somewhere and how many things could go wrong now that they have to get back into service. Let's hope the engineers and maintenance crews do a thorough job with each plane. Not to mention the pilots who might have got a bit rusty themselves. It's why I won't be going on a holiday by plane any time soon, tempting as it may be!

    • Koen ven
      Koen ven 4 meses atrás

      From what I've seen on other channels here the airlines have done one of two things: either (try to) fly the plane on a regular schedule or mothball it. The few flights that kept going could keep a number of planes in the air if they rotated the planes they used. and there have been flights just to 'exercise' the plane, taking off, flying around and landing again (also to keep landing slot rights: two birds, one stone and all that).
      The ones that were put in long-term storage (like most of the A380s for instance) do indeed need a full check-up, maintenance and test flights before they can get back in the air. Some planes will also have been put in overhaul while they were not in use.

    • RawChicken
      RawChicken 6 meses atrás +1

      Passenger planes are almost fully controlled by the auto pilot and can land in any weather (poles not withstanding) and will rarely fault unlike actual pilots who primarily fail on takeoff and landing

    • Nick C
      Nick C 6 meses atrás +1

      There's a small airport near here that's been used for storage of airliners, and throughout the pandemic we'd regularly see a plane take off, do a big circuit, and land again, or fly back to the normal airport and be replaced by another.

    • Peter Doyle Davidson
      Peter Doyle Davidson 6 meses atrás +3

      @Guenther Steiner Didn't expect to see you here Guenther! Congratulations on the results last weekend! 😄 Great fokin stuff!

    • 🌟 Wander the Nomad
      🌟 Wander the Nomad 6 meses atrás +4

      @Josh and we can definitely believe you, random internet person.

  • steem lenn
    steem lenn 6 meses atrás +90

    A thing you might not consider: After two years if you move the bridges, their tires are probably gonna blow in a few days. Most of them.
    That is actually a part of the problem of the Russian invasion: They didn't move their trucks once a month, so there is a big amount of trucks that break down.

  • Jason K
    Jason K 6 meses atrás +42

    We all know that Scott is silently cheering to himself off camera about the timing of that takeoff. Planned ahead or not. It was perfect

  • Almantas Kli
    Almantas Kli 6 meses atrás +253

    Tom saw his great timing with the train vid and said: "you think we could do that again? But bigger."

    • Stefan Kawalec
      Stefan Kawalec 6 meses atrás

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin That's the proper answer to that unasked question :)

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +2

      ☑ Train
      ☑ Plane
      ☐ Spaceship

    • Spameron75
      Spameron75 6 meses atrás

      @Velzun OSRS What? This is brand new

    • Stefan Kawalec
      Stefan Kawalec 6 meses atrás +5

      Everybody wants to have their James Burke in Connections moment.

    • Velzun
      Velzun 6 meses atrás +2

      Bro this was years before the train video...

  • jblyon2
    jblyon2 6 meses atrás +20

    I'm dealing with reopening small offices after 2 years at work, and the technical issues that come from systems being offline and unmonitored for 2 years is a royal pain. I simply can't imagine what it's like on this scale.

  • meltedplasticarmyguy
    meltedplasticarmyguy 6 meses atrás +22

    Back when I was in the army on a deployment to the Middle East, we had a stopover in Shannon, Ireland, where they shut down an entire terminal just for us. It was an odd feeling, like we were in the TV movie "The Langoliers". There was absolutely no activity there, not one worker could be seen, except for the small handful needed to refuel the plane and let us in the terminal to stretch our legs. An empty building has a strange, eerie feeling, especially when you know that there should be activity.

    • Patrick Poe
      Patrick Poe 6 meses atrás

      Ahh, yes. Good old Shannon International.

    • NullReferenceException
      NullReferenceException 6 meses atrás

      The local shopping centre has been like that for the last two years. The place is there specifically for people and having seen it mobbed at Christmas for the last two years it has that feeling you described. Like there is something wrong.

  • Turidus
    Turidus 6 meses atrás +28

    When I read that video title, I assumed that you would talk about the new Berlin Airport. Problems while building the airport led to multi-year delays, which then led already finished terminals to have massive problems because of missing maintenance.

    • Lego Yoda
      Lego Yoda 6 meses atrás

      I think Wendover productions a friend of Tom scotts has covered it, or a similairish case and its a really good watch I do recommend it

    • Jeff
      Jeff 6 meses atrás +2

      Well, the title would be all wrong for the BER. Can't reopen something that was never open before.

  • Grid21
    Grid21 6 meses atrás +20

    You British people just simply amaze me and how positive you are, and efficant! Thank you for making a small part of the world so interesting to learn about and be apart of!

    • Thurso Berwick
      Thurso Berwick 6 meses atrás

      @atrtsh No, no really. Labour just as much to blame and a culture of slackness. (I don't support either of those parties.)

    • atrtsh
      atrtsh 6 meses atrás +2

      @Thurso Berwick can blame tories for a lot of that.

    • Thurso Berwick
      Thurso Berwick 6 meses atrás +7

      Efficient? You jest, sir. The UK is incredibly inefficient in many areas. Painfully so

  • Toby Naylor
    Toby Naylor 6 meses atrás +3

    I passed through Gatwick's South Terminal on Sunday morning having arrived back in the UK, which was probably a few hours after it had been opened. Tom was right, I didn't notice a thing, which goes to show how well it must've gone to plan!

  • Vivien Collins
    Vivien Collins 6 meses atrás +7

    I used to work as a security officer at an airport. Part of the reason for the huge queues at the security desks was often because there was a huge turnover in security staff and a constant flow of new officers - who would make more mistakes. This often meant bags would be checked even when they were clear. Even experienced staff will have gone off the boil in this time - but I wouldn't be surprised if security officers will have all lost their jobs and new people brought in on crappier and worse paid contracts.
    (I didn't work at Gatwick, but I suspect the same conditions and experience will apply here).
    So anyone going on holiday needs to give themselves plenty of time to get through airport control 🙂

  • NFSHeld
    NFSHeld 6 meses atrás +3

    As a German, I have to admit I expected something utterly different when reading the description "mothballing". I translated that literally and was expecting this to be a video about pest control.

  • Finkel - Funk
    Finkel - Funk 6 meses atrás +35

    Me (as a German): "Wait... you can actually _open_ airport terminals?"

    • Vinu Sundar
      Vinu Sundar 6 meses atrás

      It really hurts doesn't it? No wonder everyone in Berlin jokes about it. The airport is open right? Is it any good?

  • Sam Callan
    Sam Callan 6 meses atrás +10

    I was working in Hetahrow Terminal 3 in March 2020, was a surreal time indeed. It felt like overnight we went from seeing 100+ flights on the departure board to just 3 or 4. Whats often overlooked is March 2020 was also scary, nobody knew what the virus was capable of, when it would slow down or if we'd recover.

  • MyProjectsTV - DIY Projekte & Elektronik

    Can we just all appreciate how well planned the timing of the ending was.

  • Andrew Severn
    Andrew Severn 6 meses atrás +3

    I've worked in airport terminals on occasion in the past, almost always at night when the terminals are empty and usually 'behind the scenes'. It is mind blowing some of the stuff that goes on in these buildings, most people going on their holidays don't have the slightest idea the shear amount of activity involved in just keeping the place ticking over.

  • SonofEdmund
    SonofEdmund 6 meses atrás +19

    It's all been a bit wierd as someone who was 'required' to be out and about during all the lockdowns I've seen some strange stuff. Been the only person in empty office blocks complete with dead house plants, packed lunches that had been festering in tupperware boxes for over a year! Empty roads and terminals are really strange almost dreamlike. Glad things are getting back to 'normal'.

    • Thurso Berwick
      Thurso Berwick 6 meses atrás

      @SonofEdmund It's all political. Even calling our current situation "normal". The economic fallout from it has been massive but it's being blamed on anything or everything else.
      p.s. It's not a "theory". The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already out there and countries are signed up. The UK government has some webpages discussing the relevant legislation.

    • SonofEdmund
      SonofEdmund 6 meses atrás

      I'm not pushing a political or any other theory just making an observation.

    • Thurso Berwick
      Thurso Berwick 6 meses atrás +1

      The aim wasn't that they would get back to "normal". The crisis was used to push the so called "Fourth Industrial Revolution". That includes things like working from home, keeping the peasants from travelling far, and automating as many jobs as possible.

  • Deltarious
    Deltarious 5 meses atrás +2

    I'll be honest with you, this is actually about the right amount of effort that I thought it would take to reopen an airport terminal, having said that I was also at Gatwick when the south terminal was closed so I had some idea of what it would take.

  • thanksfernuthin
    thanksfernuthin 6 meses atrás +41

    I wonder what they've learned about mothballing for the future. I bet they learned a lot.

    • PrograError
      PrograError 6 meses atrás +5

      I think they are really hope not to wall slam into one... anytime.

  • loj114
    loj114 6 meses atrás +4

    Amazing timing and camera work at the end tom, loved some insight into something I did not even think about

  • Z.Art
    Z.Art 6 meses atrás +15

    Its really incredible how such a huge and heavy machine can just lift off and fly

  • Ashley Smith
    Ashley Smith 6 meses atrás +3

    The work that goes into these short videos is amazing! The outro itself is so well timed! Great work as well, Tom. :D

  • cvr24
    cvr24 6 meses atrás +10

    The cost of utilities in an old vacant building was over $1 million dollars a year. You can't leave even a vacant building without heat, air conditioning, or electricity or it will quickly deteriorate. Freezing pipes and mold are huge risks. The owner decided to demolish it instead.

    • mel816
      mel816 6 meses atrás

      @TheSteelRodent you do need to run air conditioning periodically to keep humidity levels in check, otherwise all that stale (and humid in some areas) air will cause mold to grow

    • TheSteelRodent
      TheSteelRodent 6 meses atrás +3

      you don't need to keep the AC running if it's not occupied and you only need enough heating to keep it just above freezing, but you do need to ensure the place is ventilated, which is the one thing many forget when buildings are abandoned and buttoned up. Of course it depends on what kind of structure we're talking about. The typical American buildings made from toothpicks and plywood can barely function even if they are in use, but it takes a lot more before steel and concrete structures begin to deteriorate (as long as they're built correctly)

  • Cpt. Jones
    Cpt. Jones 6 meses atrás +59

    I would love to experience walking through an entire empty airport. That would be cool.

    • King in the North
      King in the North 6 meses atrás

      I've got off at a gate no where near the exit late at night. It was more of a hassle than cool.

    • Monkey80llx
      Monkey80llx 6 meses atrás +2

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin i got run over by a car, just once. Zero fun. Just saying. 😉
      True story btw

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +3

      @Monkey80llx Everything is fun if you only do it once.

    • D Carbs
      D Carbs 6 meses atrás +1

      @Monkey80llx Been there done that. As you say, looks like a normal night shift. Sometimes even in the height of summer. I worked at both LGW terminals in summer nightshifts.

    • Monkey80llx
      Monkey80llx 6 meses atrás +4

      Get a job at an airport. Not difficult at all.
      Then work night shifts between summer/ski seasons.
      You’ll soon lose the hunger for such a ‘glamorous’ lifestyle 😆

  • Rossington Coles
    Rossington Coles 6 meses atrás +2

    Explains why it felt much busier when I landed yesterday than when I flew out the week before! Great video

  • Tyler Turnham
    Tyler Turnham 6 meses atrás

    Tom, I really love your videos. Very well made, perfect length, and very informative. Love them all the way around. I do wish you had some longer videos but I’m not going to stop watching because of that. Keep up the AMAZING work sir!

  • Pelago _
    Pelago _ 6 meses atrás +1

    Great video, this is totally something I wouldn’t think about until I was looking forward to travelling, and then thinking “oh crap I hope they’re up and running”

  • MrGreatplum
    MrGreatplum 6 meses atrás +5

    Excellent stuff, Tom. As someone who lives only around 5 miles from the airport, it’s so good to see the south terminal reopening again!

  • Jack Maclay
    Jack Maclay 5 meses atrás +1

    I flew from the south terminal the day after it opened and it was almost seamless but i have friends who flew on the day and they missed their flight because it was so chaotic in terms of checking bags in and security checks.

  • Kappios
    Kappios 6 meses atrás +1

    the amount of extra detail you put into the ending is amazing! the entire video is cool, but that timing is just

  • tarbyonline
    tarbyonline 26 dias atrás

    Must say I wasn’t expecting to have to pass through a building site to get to the train a few days after this was published! It was odd arriving at the north terminal. It did seem a bit odd that an entire terminal had been closed for “refurbishment” (which is what the signage said) just as people were starting to fly again.

  • Jeff Petrie
    Jeff Petrie 6 meses atrás

    You get such fantastic access! Thank you for sharing behind the scenes with us. I look forward to your videos coming out more than any other.

  • Basil Alzubaydi
    Basil Alzubaydi 6 meses atrás +10

    I remember while doing PPE flights walking through T3 at LHR when it was completely empty. Was a really weird scene it being devoid of any human life.

    • FurnitureFan
      FurnitureFan 4 meses atrás

      Thank you and glad you got to keep your flying hours up safely.

  • Eyes 0pen
    Eyes 0pen 6 meses atrás

    It's fascinating how much work goes into things like this, with the goal that general users never have to even consider how much work goes into it!

  • C G
    C G 6 meses atrás +5

    This reminds me of the wind turbines, they have to be rotated once every 24hrs to keep them in good order. Sometimes it takes months from when they are built until they are cleared for regular use, so it can be a big job making sure it happens.

    • No Gravitas
      No Gravitas 6 meses atrás +1

      You just reminded me of a story a former aviation mechanic told me about how they had to check out tools and a timer, when the timer went off the tools had to stop being used as soon as possible and returned for inspection I couldn't imagine the sheer amount of paperwork that generated.

  • Ryan Aun
    Ryan Aun 6 meses atrás

    Cool video! I love behind the scenes shots of airports! How much did it take to schedule the closing words with that takeoff?
    Thanks as usual for the captions ❤️

  • AKuTepion
    AKuTepion 6 meses atrás +1

    There's something so surreal about seeing a modern, fully-equiped aiport terminal being almost completely empty.

  • Jimmy Daamen
    Jimmy Daamen 6 meses atrás

    Aviation has been one of my greatest passions since I was but a baby, and the sound of the 777's GE90s at 2:53 will give me goosebumps every single time

  • Rambling Rodriguez
    Rambling Rodriguez 6 meses atrás

    Absolutely love seeing any video you make. You make learning fun and the way you go in depth is impeccable. Keep up the excellent work Tom.

  • Pflasterstrips
    Pflasterstrips 6 meses atrás +1

    There is a story about the German railway service having a train run regularly through some otherwise unused tunnel at the BER airport while the airport was still in construction. Some system required the air circulation from trains going through that tunnel.

  • D Carbs
    D Carbs 6 meses atrás

    I worked at LGW South Terminal for 3 years just before it closed down, including through the ebola and SSH terrorist events. This was really intersting to see the change back to full action. Would have been even more interesting if I was still there but not sure I'd want to be on the books over the last 2 years!

  • Matt Merchant
    Matt Merchant 6 meses atrás +46

    I live in Horley, very close to Gatwick, and all the residents are dreading the South Terminal opening. It's been so nice having a reduced number of planes taking off; and less traffic on the roads.

    • D Carbs
      D Carbs 6 meses atrás

      @Creamy Pasta I guess it depends on our lifestyle. Within 2 miles of where I am, I can have countryside as far as I want to walk, retirement villages where hardly anything happens each decade or the aforementoin deserted beaches. A little further along there is even a retirement village with it's own private beach for residents only. More of a hamlet really. Or you can have the bustle of working at one of the busiest 40 airports in the world within commuting distance. It is what you make of it. And it's far enough away to not notice jet noise. Even quite hard to see the jets sometimes. You're more likely to see the light aircraft of a much older airport!

    • Creamy Pasta
      Creamy Pasta 6 meses atrás

      @D Carbs Lived down there for a long time. I left when the chance to move to the mountains of Scotland came along, wasn't a hard choice to swap the hustle and bustle of SE England for tranquil scenic Scotland.

    • D Carbs
      D Carbs 6 meses atrás

      @Creamy Pasta I have the odd experience of both working at this airport (sometimes parking in Horley before my staff pass was approved), and living in the coast road to it's south with beach views all year round. Seeing how good Sussex is, it does make me wonder why so many bother to leave. I'm glad they do though as it's a bit more civilised with less people. Couldn't stand to be on a beach like Bournemouth was between the lockdowns.

    • Matt Merchant
      Matt Merchant 6 meses atrás

      ​@Creamy Pasta Indeed! Smaller in good and bad ways; the town is less rowdy but the shopping choice is poor

    • Creamy Pasta
      Creamy Pasta 6 meses atrás +7

      @Chris D'Agorne I agree with you. However, based on my relatives and their total desperation to get back to a beach in the Sun there are plenty who disagree with us. I just can't shut up their bloody whining and whinging.

  • Musical Doge
    Musical Doge 6 meses atrás

    That last shot had to be hella difficult, just starring at the camera, trying not to forget the lines, as this huge plane just flies right behind u, absolutely commendable!

  • Jake McPartland
    Jake McPartland 6 meses atrás

    The timings on the end of these videos, the one with the train too, have been immense Tom

  • Bob Boulden
    Bob Boulden 6 meses atrás

    I can't believe they let you film on an active airfield, that's incredible!

  • Richard Head
    Richard Head 6 meses atrás

    I greatly appreciate a well timed outro with something that clearly has to be done with one or very few takes. Tom is a professional

  • Mark Hazeldine
    Mark Hazeldine 6 meses atrás

    I would count myself as an aviation enthusiast and I live only about 45 mins from Gatwick and even I had no idea they'd closed the whole terminal for this long! Crazy.

  • PsychoLucario
    PsychoLucario 6 meses atrás

    I remember when the creaky old factory I worked in came up from a particular patch of nasty storms which shut them down for 2 days without power. they spent maybe 2 weeks just to bring things back to full operation because of how many little bits of machinery broke or seized up or electric motors wouldn't kick on.

  • Sakuleta
    Sakuleta 6 meses atrás +1

    I work at an airport and my mind was blown when I saw those leather seats like wtf !?
    In my airport seats are very thin cushioning on thin metal and I thought it is intended to make the passenger uncomfortable.
    Our airport was only closed between March 2020 - June 2020 btw.

  • Mark Persad
    Mark Persad 6 meses atrás +1

    Good luck to everyone involved in the reopening!

  • Sportikay
    Sportikay  6 meses atrás +1

    I would really love to see more ‘data collection’ or ‘hypothesis testing’ videos. I really think you do them incredibly, and I could watch them for days on end.

  • Kae Eberhardt
    Kae Eberhardt 6 meses atrás +8

    Another aviation story involving logistics is EAA's annual Airventure Oshkosh. In 2019 a city of 67,004 hosted a one week event that welcomed 642,000 people and over 10,000 aircraft. It's really quite remarkable. I live about a one hour drive away so I go every year. You should check it out. Well worth your time!

    • Geoffroi Le Hook
      Geoffroi Le Hook 6 meses atrás +1

      At one time, you could play nine holes of golf in the UK, take Concorde to Oshkosh, and the back nine there on the same day

    • Kae Eberhardt
      Kae Eberhardt 6 meses atrás +2

      @Laura Halliday Land on the blue dot, and welcome to Oshkosh! :)

    • Laura Halliday
      Laura Halliday 6 meses atrás +3

      I'm hoping to fly there myself in the next year or two. My plane's former owners flew her there in 1999. "White low wing over Fisk give me a wing rock!"

  • Oliver Saunders
    Oliver Saunders 6 meses atrás +1

    Really interested to know why they closed the south terminal (the one next to the train station) rather than north. Coz they had to keep the metro train open to carry people from south to north...surely a massive cost

  • Matt Justaddwata
    Matt Justaddwata 6 meses atrás +1

    Based on this video it seems reopening an airport terminal is really no harder than most would think. Considering it never really closed!

    SSBMFAITE 6 meses atrás +6

    I worked Retail at an Airport during lockdown. It was eerie. I would only do $15 of sales in 8 hours and it was mostly employees buying a drink.

  • E Y
    E Y 6 meses atrás +1

    It's good to see my local airport recovering

  • wrakowic
    wrakowic 6 meses atrás

    Great video as always Tom.
    Also shoutout to everyone that are in a position to tip you about an interesting thing they are involved in and for allowing you access to it, priceless.

  • Robert
    Robert 6 meses atrás +1

    I shot at Stansted when one of the terminals was shut and the whole airport was empty. Glad to say I got that experience, was quite something.

  • Connor Carlson
    Connor Carlson 6 meses atrás

    Hi Tom, I have a strange question. How do you get access to such a variety of locations? Do you seek them out or do they reach out to you?

  • Scott Kim
    Scott Kim 4 meses atrás +1

    Oddly I just went through that terminal on a trip from London to Barcelona, and it was absolutely packed.

  • KiyokaMakibi
    KiyokaMakibi 6 meses atrás

    I’m amazed they let you inside, and go on to the airfield! Thanks for the interesting vid Tom!

  • Jack Hodgson
    Jack Hodgson 6 meses atrás

    What a fab video Tom will bring back lots of emotions come Sunday both for staff and also passengers. Massive well done to the entire team at Gatwick for getting the terminal up and running after so long. Cannot wait to use the south terminal again next Tuesday have not been out of Gatwick since 2019 ( what a crazy 3 years its been ) so will be a strange but very welcome experience to be back again

  • Balázs Gégény
    Balázs Gégény 6 meses atrás +22

    Oh yes, planes and Tom Scott, the two best things in the world

    • Ed R2
      Ed R2 6 meses atrás +3

      Tom Scott's good but planes are helping to kill our world.

    • Jon Reeves
      Jon Reeves 6 meses atrás +4

      I bet Sam from Wendover is super jealous.

  • Sphinx Rising
    Sphinx Rising 4 meses atrás +1

    It was not until they closed a nearby hospital that I realized how much work an empty building is to maintain, as while the doctors & patients are indeed gone, maintenance of the buildings & equipment in them goes on.

  • Rayban Nunes
    Rayban Nunes 6 meses atrás

    The way you sync your videos to end with a Live uncontrolled event! That's Lovely! Wish you could do a video teaching the plans and process behind it?

  • V1RU5420
    V1RU5420 6 meses atrás

    the production value of your videos has gone so far from where ive joined your jurney..well done to the whole team!

  • tj4234
    tj4234 6 meses atrás

    Ah Tom Scott. Answering questions I never thought I'd ask. Great video as always.

  • SetsuneW
    SetsuneW 6 meses atrás +5

    They make it sound like a favor to bring back the workers they furloughed during the height of the Pandemic.

  • MrSanktjakob
    MrSanktjakob 6 meses atrás +3

    I think you should make a video about airport baggage systems :D This one was funny for me because the company I work for (Beumer Group) made the baggage system for this airport.

  • Adomm
    Adomm 6 meses atrás

    I work for an airline that regularly flies in/out of Gatwick and I’ve also been a passenger there recently. Didn’t even know the South terminal had closed…

  • TK
    TK 6 meses atrás

    I'm glad the airport actually took the time and effort to maintain its facilities. At least someone out there was thinking ahead.

  • Reddy23
    Reddy23 6 meses atrás

    Loved the video Tom, but would be nicer if you went more into detail about the systems in an airport terminal and why they cant just sit around. You usually go into a lot of technical aspects but not as much in this video.

  • Uncle Ned
    Uncle Ned 6 meses atrás

    We know that all these mechanical parts and systems worked so well specifically because they faded into the background. When they are doing their job, they are invisible. Here's hoping they stay that way when this terminal reopens.

  • David Quirk
    David Quirk 6 meses atrás

    I had to do electrical repair work on a farm just under the sound barrier at Gatwick many years ago. It was so loud with all the planes taking off that my ladder was bouncing off the side of the barn during my work. I can't imagine how quiet it must have been over the last couple of years.

  • Jim Baker
    Jim Baker 6 meses atrás

    It's fun seeing images of Gatwick South Terminal again, after a while since I've last been there. My daily commute used to go past there, and sometimes through there.

  • James Joyce
    James Joyce 6 meses atrás +1

    as an inhabitant below this flight path, I was truely happy that flights were reduced, we didn't have to listen and smell the profit being made at our detriment. a chap in Bognor Regis
    edited: go out and cycle, meet people, then watch a blog. if you want to go abroad for cheap satisfaction be aware that you are dumping on others. . .

  • Ryan H.
    Ryan H. 5 meses atrás +2

    What an amazingly timed closing shot. Bravo!

  • ClintonxA
    ClintonxA 6 meses atrás

    I love the exploration of niche civil subjects like this, I wasn't even aware Gatwick had partially closed so this is fascinating.

  • Erik The Viking
    Erik The Viking 6 meses atrás +10

    People don't realize the large number of systems that have to be tested, maintained and safety checked. Everything takes time to bring them back online one at a time, so you can't just flip a switch. Airports are very complex in operation and require a lot of work and maintenance to keep running safely. It makes you wonder about all of the airplanes that have been sitting around for 2 years as well, and what needs to be done with them before they're allowed to fly again.

  • YOEL _44
    YOEL _44 6 meses atrás +1

    That timing during the outro, what a pro you've become.

  • ARoss
    ARoss 6 meses atrás

    So happy to see progress in the right direction!!!

  • klfjoat
    klfjoat 6 meses atrás

    As usual, Tom's found something to perfectly time his script to!

  • Gringo Tom
    Gringo Tom 6 meses atrás

    I worked in South Terminal baggage engineering at Gatwick for 5 years. Good to see a video on it!

  • ChevyGuy95
    ChevyGuy95 6 meses atrás

    The timing on some of these closing shots recently have been incredible.