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Maintenance worker James Blaser shows the opening of the tunnel that extends from the basement of the Quad-City International Airport all the way to the airfield — hundreds of feet away.

What you see is what you get.

But sometimes there's more.

Walk into the Quad-City International Airport, and all the usual fixtures are there: concourse, ticket counters, security, baggage claim.

It's what you don't see that keeps the place running, and the planes in the air.

In her occasional series, Off Limits Places, columnist Barb Ickes takes us backstage at our airport, finding not-so-small nooks and crannies that were quite unexpected.

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