Secret Life Of The Airport


1 x 60'

Production company

Brinkworth Television

Year of production


Commissioning channels

Channel 5



Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport on earth and the size of a city! Over a quarter of a million passengers pass through its terminals every day to catch almost 200 planes from it's huge and complex network of terminals. With a plane landing or taking off every 15 seconds the airport relies on a vast number of people and systems to keep it running smoothly every day of the year!

This film uncovers the extraordinary work involved behind the scenes in running a mega-airport. There are so many terminals that a special train runs throughout the airport dropping passengers at the correct gate. But with so many passengers and so many gates how does the airport make sure the correct luggage ends up on the correct flight? The answer is a clever but complex electronic tagging system. And how do so many people clear security in time to make their flights? Airport life is not just about those who are flying, the smooth running of the airport also relies on those who run the shops and restaurants, those who man the control towers, and those who ensure the runways are kept clean and safe.

The Secret Life of the Airport takes the viewer on an exciting behind the scenes journey, exploring the airports hidden secrets, a team who work 24/7 and the amazing technology that makes this extraordinary place work.

Available as 1 x 60' / 90' or as a series of 4 x 60' / 90' with Secret Life of the Long Haul Flight, Secret Life of the Cruise, Secret Life of the Hospital.

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