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Ticket to nowhere: Inside look of eerie abandoned terminal at KCI

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Operations at Terminal A at the Kansas City International Airport have been shut down since late 2013, leaving the inside of the soon-to-be torn down structure an empty shell of its former self.

The decay can be seen top to bottom in the terminal, from pieces of ceiling and wires hanging down from above while walkways where passengers would once board their flights are now covered in rubble.

The once bustling restaurants and gifts shops are now dark shadows with menus left behind when the businesses closed littering the ground along with a glass of sword skewers remains preserved, ready as ever for the next cocktail.

There has been some use of the structure since it was closed to the public. Suitcases left on a baggage carousel, personal items scattered around and more unclaimed bags in a doorway of an office have been used by police for training K-9 teams.

While some parts of the terminal still look operational, others look like they are beyond repair. Parts of the terminal appear to have been salvaged for parts, including a partially deconstructed escalator.

There has also been an effort to save elements from the terminal, like medallions, artwork and parts of the terrazzo floor.

Soon, the rubble, the crumbling ceilings, the empty kiosks and even the terminal itself will be gone. Monday saw the groundbreaking for the new single-terminal KCI, which will be built atop of the old building after it is razed.

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