SFO to Open Spiffy New Terminal

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 25: A pilot rides an escalator at the Uninted Airlines terminal at San Francisco International Airport November 25, 2008 in San Francisco, California. As the econimy continues to falter, AAA is forecasting a decline in holiday travel with an estimated 41 million people traveling over 50 miles from their home, down from 41.6 million a year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Getting out of San Francisco is about to get a little easier, with the brand new Terminal 2 about to open at SFO.

    It cost more than a $250 million to transform the 640,000-square-foot terminal from a creepy out-of-date hall into a comfortable modern destination, according to the Appeal. Three million guests are expected in its first year.

    Comfort and ecology were top priorities in the redesign. The new space has massive windows and millions of dollars' worth of art. The decor is inspired by living rooms, and intended to evoke feelings of safety and relaxation.

    There will even be a children's play area, so no need to let the kids climb around on the baggage claim anymore.

    The terminal will also have 12 restaurants, nine stories, a wine bar, and a spa. Some of the food will be locally-sourced and "prepared in a healthful manner," which is a relative term if we've ever heard one.

    There will also be a connection from the terminal to AirTrain to BART to help you get back into the city. But with amenities like those, who would ever want to leave the airport?