What is that smell at the airport?

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  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    Okay I'm pretty sure anyone who visits an airport frequently knows what I am talking about: there is a distinctive smell to an airport. But I'm wondering... what is it that makes airports / airplanes smell like that?
     
  2. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    It's the smell of money being consumed.

    Better get used to it.
     
  3. adk macrumors 68000

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    Off the top of my head, the two most common airport/airplane smells are:

    1. Burnt Jet Fuel
    2. The mixture of bad coffee and lavatory kool-aid that is stuck in airplane upholstery
     
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  5. sammy2066 macrumors 6502a

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    It's the smell of air conditioning and the conveyor belts ...
     
  6. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In my mind I was actually thinking this same thing of jet fuel and stale coffee. But I wasn't sure if there was a more accurate description.
     
  7. brian9271 macrumors 6502

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    The carpet, a refreshing smell in the toilets, food and the seats of the plane as you get on, or the pilot greeting you when you enter the plane.
     
  8. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Jet fuel is my favorite. It makes me dream of days gone by, long before security was ever an issue. :p
     
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    You smell those!?
     
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    LAS smells like the race track. Stale cigarettes, cheap beer and cheap beer that's been pissed out on the carpet.

    Sanford Orlando smelled like a nursing home.

    Other than that, most airports just smell like people, carpet and junk food.

    Fly enough and the only thing you smell is the whiff of another delay.
     
  11. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Hmmm... I've been in a lot of airports, but have never smelled anything strange. Maybe that's because I spend so much time in them. Bah, I need a new job so that I can recognize this smell.
     
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    So it smells like the rest of Las Vegas then, right? :D
     
  14. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Does this smell disappear immediately after you take a shower?
     
  15. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I loves the smell. Also think I just like airports. I don't plane-spot or anything, just enjoy being there.
     
  16. brian9271 macrumors 6502

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    Yea of course, infact I end up smelling people's feet sometimes ha ha lol :p
     
  17. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Do you get a cabin picture of the previous load from a flight attendant??

    At least you could be selective then, depending on your proclivity. :p
     
  18. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Expanding on the above, it's the smell of fear, desperation, hopes yet to be dashed, loves yet to be lost.

    Happy now? :p
     
  19. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

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    Probably the smell of thousands of people all in one place?
     
  20. steveza macrumors 68000

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    Most of the smell outside an airport is made up of burnt Jet A-1/AvGas/Jet Fuel.

    Landvetter Airport outside Gothenburg, Sweden smells like the forest around it because the jets are not allowed to have their engines running while on stand.
     
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