Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones have landed at JFK Airport. Kind of.
Until December 30, travelers passing through JFK (Concourse A, Terminal 4) can step inside a Rolling Stones-themed airplane set in celebration of the band’s 1972 world tour.
The set was designed by Talaat Captan of Air Hollywood, the movie industry’s go-to set designers for airplane scenes—think Bridesmaids, Wolf of Wall Street, and Lost—and hosts of the Pan-Am Experience in Los Angeles. The set at JFK functions as a Stones-y bar and lounge and is comprised entirely of actual airplane parts brought in from California, including a bar made from a 747 engine cover, tables from a 1980 727 that was used by the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, and swiveling pilot seats.
The exhibition is sponsored by Jose Cuervo to celebrate how tequila … influenced … the Stones’ “Tequila Sunrise” tour, as it was informally dubbed. The story, according to Carol Klenfner, a publicist for the Rolling Stones on their actual plane in 1972, came from an incident on the first leg of the 54-date tour. Apparently Mick and the boys were at a bar in Sausalito, California, called the Trident. Mick asked for a margarita, but the bartender said, “Try this.” He slid over a Tequila Sunrise, and Mick loved it. He and his mates slurped them down for the rest of the tour. And now air travelers can order them in a first-class cabin in the middle of JFK Airport—once they're past security with a valid plane ticket.
The Rolling Stones pop-up plane is open from Monday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., until December 30. Guests can try special tequila and purchase limited-edition Jose Cuervo Rolling Stones Tour Picks bottles.
Chris Abell is an editorial producer at Travel+Leisure. You can follow him on Instagram at @buildingflavors.