The Best and Worst of the Pittsburgh Airport

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Welcome to the Pittsburgh airport, where mothers’ dreams come true and innocent lunch-eaters are assaulted by quotes promoting the evil that is consumerism.

Most Favorite!

Pittsburgh Airport Playground

Kidsport—the playground in Concourse C! Not all airports have these.

(Cough, cough LaGuardia with your ridiculous cancellations and delays that turn 3 hour layovers into 7 hour layovers from hell with children and car seats and strollers in tow and nothing to do but order overpriced wraps from your iPads.)

Right outside of Kidsport is a Mr. Roger’s display. Because we are his neighborhood. No joke. To this day, Daniel Tiger is shot in our city, mostly in the eastern neighborhoods.

Traveling with children and want to find other family-friendly airports? Check out this list. Pittsburgh didn’t make the cut, but we often fly under the radar as a tertiary city.

Least Favorite!

pittsburgh consumerism

The wall of pro-mindless-consumerism quotes in the food court….

Pittsburgh airport wall of shame

…that are so wrong they’re sad…

pittsburgh airport disgusting

…and sometimes examples of internalized sexism.

In case you’re having trouble reading any of the quotes, here they are in their full glory:

“I don’t shop because I need something. I just shop for shopping’s sake.”
-Cat Deely

“I like my money where I can see it—hanging in my closet.”
-Sex and the City

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”
-Bo Derek

“Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.”
-Erma Bombeck

Gag. What is wrong with the world? As a woman who hates shopping, I’m offended. As a consumer I find the entire wall blatantly irresponsible. And as a PF blogger, my jaw is on the floor.

Be smart and ignore the wall of consumerism at the Pittsburgh Airport.

Take your kids to the playground instead.

*All photos taken with my Republic Wireless Moto X.*


22 thoughts on “The Best and Worst of the Pittsburgh Airport

  1. Kassandra @ More Than Just Money

    Wow to the Erma Bombeck quote…but how cool that this airport has a space for the kiddos!

    1. jlcollinsnh

      Great idea! Too bad you beat me to it!

      Ha! I’ll just wait and enjoy yours. Let me know when it is up and I’ll link to it.

      These quotes are too funny. Sad that so many will take them as serious advice, but still funny…

      1. femmefrugality Post author

        I want to cry for Bo Derek. And all of them, really. Happiness is so much more.

        I’m all about everyone responding in a blog post… We can all link to each other. There’s more than enough to say about this insanity!

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Right? There’s even a Sex in the City quote in the top picture. The whole thing made me want to throw up.

  2. Kalen

    Those are some terrible quotes. lol. I honestly can’t believe they are in the airport. I know they want to encourage shopping, but it seems a little direct.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I guess that’s true! There are probably people out there who really identify with them. I just how they stumble upon a few good PF blogs 🙂

  3. Mel

    (Cough, cough LaGuardia with your ridiculous cancellations and delays that turn 3 hour layovers into 7 hour layovers from hell with children and car seats and strollers in tow and nothing to do but order overpriced wraps from your iPads.) LOL.

    ….I mean, not LOL, but, you know, LOL. LaGuardia isn’t one of my favorites either. I totally prefer Newark out of the NYC trifecta.

    Those quotes are insane though. WTF??

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I seriously almost got into a fight with this stupid girl at LaGuardia because she was… complaining… about how my family was in the way. I don’t know what she wanted us to do… we were stuck there four extra hours and there was literally no where to sit. My husband took over the verbal fight with her right as I was about to lose it. She looked at her boyfriend… Who hung his head. She freaking stepped right over my kids with a loaded suitcase! There were other places to walk!

      Gah I just hate LaGuardia. I wish that were my only experience there. But if the tiny Bangor airport can fit in a playground, LaGuardia has no excuse. Sadly I’ll never get to experience Pittsburgh on a layover.

      And the quotes border on psychotic.

  4. femmefrugality Post author

    It would be interesting to see study numbers or something and see if they actually worked. I was put off, but then again I do blog PF.

    And ridiculously sad and sexist!

  5. Kate

    Oh boy, my least favorite part of Pittsburgh International is the security line. It always takes me foreverrrr to get through. And this is a fresh experience in my mind because I just went through all this last week!

    Last time I flew, a few years back, I got to the airport two hours ahead (as recommended) and security took so long that I missed my flight. And then I remained on standby until I could get a flight four hours later. Followed by a long layover. I wanted to strangle someone, because it ended up taking 24 hours to get from my airport drop off to my destination, when it should’ve taken about 12 hours.

    Security from anywhere else I’ve been is always done within 15 or 20 minutes. Maybe I have bad luck with this stuff.

    My favorite new thing, which seems standard at most airports now, are the little plug docks, desks, chairs everywhere. Back in 2011, the almighty plug outlet was something worth fighting over. Now they’re everywhere. Thank jeebus.

  6. Prudence Debtfree

    I’m going to guess that most people get a chuckle out of those quotes. Or worse – don’t even notice them. They just get subliminally integrated into people’s mindsets. Awful stuff!


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