Honolulu International Airport - Photo: Emily Metcalf
Honolulu International Airport – Photo: Emily Metcalf

By Malia Zimmerman – HONOLULU – Many visitors and residents have complained about Honolulu International Airport’s deteriorating facilities, long security lines and lack of air conditioning particularly in the summer months. There can be considerable walks to get to the proper gate and extensive waits in the baggage claim area.

But the results of a new survey by MeetingAtTheAirport.com puts that all aside. Never mind the hassles – the Honolulu International Airport apparently can be a great place to find love and romance – and not the U.S. Senator Larry Craig-foot tapping-underneath-the airport-bathroom-stall kind of romance. In fact, the airport is rated the fourth best place in the country to meet people in between flights.

According to a report from Meetingattheairport.com, Honolulu was ranked on airport size; food and bar options, entertainment venues, Yelp ratings, amenities, demographic groups; and a survey of MeetAtTheAirport.com members.

Honolulu’s review entitled “Getting Lei’d” said Honolulu International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States with more than 21 million passengers passing through annually.

“The principal hub of Hawaiian Airlines, the largest Hawaii-based airline, also serves Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, Philippines and Japan — which have some of the most beautiful women in the world.

“With a beautiful, lush garden area, couples can enjoy a quiet walk or just work on a quick tan.

“And there’s no rush. Ever heard of “Island Time”? Well, it applies at the airport, as well.”

Hawaiian Airlines is based in Honolulu

“With 3 out of 5 Yelp stars, expect everything to run just a little slower than normal, and that’s a good thing for our purposes.”

“Our members favorite feature? The lush garden and the variety of options for passengers waiting for their flights. Some of these options include free Hawaiian entertainment in the lobby, the Cultural Gardens, and the various art and exhibits located throughout the terminal.”

The internet dating service, which has about 70,000 members from the United States, Mexico and Germany, helps people meet the perfect date at the airport.  The inspiration for the business came when CEO Steve Pasternack was stranded at Miami Airport.

“I noticed a lot of people at the bar looking for something to do, and I thought it’d be great if I could get them to meet each other,” Pasternack said.

Airports ranking above Honolulu in terms of best place to meet a date were Los Angeles International Airport,  Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and  Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The Santa Barbara Airport ranked at number 5.

Is this trend here to stay?

TSA security at HNL – Photo: Emily Metcalf

Rachel Greenwald, a dating strategist who wrote the New York Times bestselling book “Have Him at Hello,” said “many young professionals in their 20s and 30s are constantly traveling as they build their careers …so airport dating could be very efficient.”

If the options are sitting alone at a bar, eating junk food or going on a quick date, MeetingAtTheAirport.com suggests dating may be the healthiest and most entertaining option.

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