TAMPA, Fla. – Earlier than they hop on their airplane, vacationers at Tampa Worldwide Airport flock for photos across the airport’s social media star, the massive flamingo.
“Individuals are obsessive about the flamingo. Virtually day by day I see folks which are tagging us in pictures they’re sharing about it,” defined C.J. Johnson.
As a communications specialist for TPA, he is the one creating these participating posts for the airport on Instagram, Twitter, and Fb.
“Oftentimes, folks do not consider airports as being enjoyable or having any sort of persona. A whole lot of the group administration is of the folks responding to us on Twitter, messaging us on Fb. I am usually the one who’s responding on behalf of the airport. I like to camp out typically proper by the flamingo as a result of there’s at all times one thing occurring,” he described.
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Like vacationers and planes, Johnson is at all times on the transfer. He is capturing content material from each angle and runway.
“Folks love seeing airplane content material. They love seeing planes taking off and touchdown. It is simply sort of an enchanting view that you do not actually see,” stated Johnson.
He is additionally catching these airport reunions to share and different shifting moments.
“We had a WWII veteran, named Spike, who got here by way of right here a few months in the past. He was flying again to Normandy to march in a parade, and it was only a cool expertise to satisfy somebody. Actually, a legend and I get to assist share his story on social media,” stated Johnson.
C.J. is seen taking pictures video of a airplane taking off the runway.
And he is obtained hacks for vacationers – such because the Blue Categorical curbside, which permits passengers with out checked baggage to rapidly get to their airplane.
The airport was the primary within the nation to open categorical curbsides. The service is for passengers with out checked baggage who have already got a boarding move. They’re going to bypass the ticketing and bag declare ranges, going straight to the gate tram degree.
And for individuals who simply need to go to the airport, there’s one hour of free parking.
“So, if folks need to come out and do their Christmas purchasing whereas they’re right here, and in the event that they need to come and check out some native eating places,” Johnson stated. “We additionally provide a devoted artwork tour for these taken with seeing the general public artwork that is all all through the airport.”
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He stated exploring Tampa Worldwide is its personal journey, and he loves letting you in for the experience.
“Irrespective of how lengthy you’re on the airport there’s virtually at all times one thing you are going to be taught, and I am virtually at all times discovering out new issues right here,” stated Johnson.
Tampa Worldwide additionally has a Fb web page for airplane lovers referred to as “The Aircraft Spot.” For extra info, go to www.fb.com/teams/theplanespot.
Study extra in regards to the guided excursions at TPA right here: www.tampaairport.com/guided-tours.
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