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Title: Airports as liminal space
Authors: Huang, WJ 
Xiao, H 
Wang, S
Issue Date: May-2018
Source: Annals of tourism research, May 2018, v. 70, p. 1-13
Abstract: More than a mere transport facility, airports serve as a multifunctional space for social interactions and individual/personal experiences that break geographical boundaries and secular distinctions. This study explores the liminal nature of airports as a micro-destination and presents a phenomenology of passenger experience in accordance to their familiarity with the space. The nature of airports as a liminal space ranges from touristic experience of first-timers to consumer rituals of frequent visitors. Liminality is derived from passenger watching and assistance offering to strangers, whereby a sense of communitas is felt in a secure and often facilitating environment. For frequent flyers, airports are utilized as mobile office space or “free time” indicative of contemporary travelers’ need for slow life and quality alone-time.
Keywords: Airport
Communitas
Consumption rituals
Liminality
Passenger experience
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Journal: Annals of tourism research 
ISSN: 0160-7383
EISSN: 1873-7722
DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2018.02.003
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
© 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
The following publication Huang, W. J., Xiao, H., & Wang, S. (2018). Airports as liminal space. Annals of Tourism Research, 70, 1-13 is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2018.02.003
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