The Pan Am Podcast

Episode 9: Pan Am's WorldPort, Global Bargain Hunters, and a Jet-setting Mom

November 15, 2021 Pan Am Museum Foundation Season 1 Episode 9
The Pan Am Podcast
Episode 9: Pan Am's WorldPort, Global Bargain Hunters, and a Jet-setting Mom
Show Notes


In this episode, we will be exploring the history of the Pan Am WorldPort, and Unit Terminal Building (UTB), which was located at Terminal 3 within John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. 

Later we are joined by author Wendy Sue Knecht to discuss her book, Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir. Wendy joined Pan Am in 1979, and was with the company until 1991, before joining Delta Air Lines.

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More about the WorldPort:

  • Check out this 1959 Pan Am film titled "Jet Terminal", promoting the completion of the Pan Am's UTB, which would be renamed the WorldPort in 1971.  Made with an avant garde fashion that combines black and white footage with color material, and with almost no spoken dialogue or sound effects, the movie shows how the airline's new high-tech terminal makes everything about air travel look easy -- and glamorous. 

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