Connecting Concourses B/C with Concourse A and the McNamara Terminal building, Detroit Metropolitan Airport's (DTW) underground Light Tunnel is an artistic display of sight and sound. The 700-ft. tunnel is accessible via escalators and elevators in the center of the concourses. Moving walkways carry passengers through the tunnel, which runs beneath the terminal apron and two active taxiways.
The Light Tunnel installation features glass panels with sand-blasted artwork created by Foxfire Glass of Pontiac, Mich., which are illuminated by nearly 9,000 ft. of LED lighting designed—and synchronized to an original score —by Mills James of Columbus, Ohio. The display is one of the first, large scale uses of color-changing LED lighting in the United States.
If you’re visiting Detroit, or just passing through the McNamara Terminal along your journey, take a moment to visit what is now known worldwide as perhaps the most talked-about feature of DTW.
Can’t get to Detroit, or just don’t have a boarding pass to enter through security? Check-out the numerous traveler-produced videos of the tunnel available on YouTube!
Side note: While the Light Tunnel is an extremely popular feature, the Airport Authority recognizes that the combination of light and sound may be uncomfortable for some travelers. Customers may suspend the program for a five minute period by pressing the button marked by signage at each end of the tunnel (to the right at the bottom of the escalators). For more details, just ask any member of airport staff inside the terminal.