Here’s Why Tampa International Airport Smells So Unique
If you’ve been to Tampa International Airport (TPA) lately, the scent might catch your attention. Here’s why TPA smells so unique.
Once you set foot in the main terminal, your nostrils are gently filled with aromas that are welcoming and warm. America’s best airport has a fragrance that literally sets it apart from all the others. It all started back in 2019 when TPA’s CEO Joe Lopano stayed in hotel that used scented air. When he returned to Tampa, he asked his staff if that scented air program was feasible for TPA.
Finding the right scent for TPA was a group effort. 30 staffers were involved in narrowing down what would eventually be the airport’s signature smell. A company called ScentAir who specializes in scent marketing and designs scents for clients worldwide came up with the list of aromas that would be evaluated and sampled. Eventually, the final scents were tested with the public. Feedback from those tests showed that people didn’t care for overly floral or beachy scents.
The aroma that TPA settled on is called Bamboo Tea which “combines notes of green bergamot, jasmine, neroli with musk and tree moss.” The year-long trial program started in November of 2021 and consists of seven scenting units that cover 57,000 square feet. “The intent is to offer a welcoming and warm environment while reducing stress and anxiety and enhance the experience at the airport,” said TPA spokesperson Emily Nipps.