San Francisco International airport has unveiled its reflagged Harvey Milk Terminal 1, named after California’s first openly gay elected public official who was assassinated in 1978.
The airport says it is the first terminal in the world to be named after a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and the renaming is part of the first stage of the terminal’s revamp.
The facility now features the new post-security exhibit Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope, honouring the civil rights leader and his impact on LGBTQ+ rights.
The exhibit spans nearly 120 metres and includes 100 blown-up images of Milk, many of which have been crowdsourced from the public.
A total of $2.4 billion has been spent on the first phase of the revamp of the former South Terminal, with features including floor-to-ceiling windows which darken and lighten according to sunlight, and circular “oculi” openings which let light in.
Nine new gates have opened in Boarding Area B for Jetblue and Southwest Airlines, as well as new consolidated security checkpoint.
Gate areas have been redesigned as “lounge rooms”, and there is now seating for 2,134 customers, as well as “the first ever airport multi-use all gender toilette and an animal relief room”.
There are also a number of energy-saving initiatives, including “self-energizing elevators, moving walkways and Go Slow escalators that reduce the use of grid electricity”, and an energy efficient baggage carrier system which the airport says is the first of its kind in the US.
Retail concessions include an iStore, Illy Coffee, Bourbon Pub and Amy’s Organic Drive Thru.
The terminal is due for completion in 2022, and will connect Harvey Milk Terminal 1 to the airport’s International Terminal before and after security, as well as adding 16 new gates.