Japanese Airport Installs Color-Coded Racing Lanes to Help Travelers Navigate Building

By: | April 15th, 2015

Kenta Hasegawa

Japanese Airport, Narita International, has done what I believe every single airport in the world should do…

That is, they installed color-coded running tracks throughout the airport to help guide people to their destinations as they navigate the airport terminal walkways.

A tip of the cap to the forthcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the racing lanes are not only symbolic of the games, but a great idea in my opinion.

People are always confused, running around aimlessly in airports, bumping into others, creating an overall atmosphere of chaos.

With this idea, if you are late for your flight, get in your lane and haul your butt to the terminal you should have been at an hour ago.

Boom. Problem solved and less congestion and confusion in airports.

In Narita International’s case, blue leads people to departures and red takes them to arrivals.

If you cannot navigate the airport utilizing a simple, two-color wayfinding scheme, you don’t even deserve to fly!

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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