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2011-10-20 05:31:14 AM  
The problem with post-9/11 air travel is that I'm afraid to bring my non-prescription drugs with me. In 1999 you could completely obliterate the memory of a flight. You either passed out or were too happy to give a sh*t. These were simpler times.
 
2011-10-20 06:15:12 AM  
Speaking as someone who was in Manila airport two days ago, the only way to improve that place is to nuke the site from orbit. I'd be way, way too scared to sleep there.
 
2011-10-20 06:16:35 AM  
Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?
 
2011-10-20 06:20:05 AM  

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?


I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding.....because if you're flying, especially in coach, being drunk is pretty much mandatory.
 
2011-10-20 06:23:44 AM  

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?


Some airports have secured hotels inside, though they're not free. AMS does, and I think LHR may as well.

Also, when your 'commitment to excellence' involves promises of running water and regular bathroom cleaning, you deserve something worse than "Worst".
 
2011-10-20 06:26:00 AM  
They have signs there to the effect of "If you make a joke about a bomb, we will shoot you."

That really tested me.
 
2011-10-20 06:32:36 AM  
digistil
I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding.....because if you're flying, especially in coach, being drunk is pretty much mandatory.

good idea until you realize the flight crew may like the airport for the very same reason.
 
2011-10-20 06:33:16 AM  
Singapore Changi is a good airport. I have spent many happy transit hours there. It's clean, safe, full of amenities, and it's also convenient for getting to the city.
 
2011-10-20 06:33:31 AM  
It is one of the worst airports I have ever seen. The 5 or more waiting lines, the multiple bag scans, the super nasty bathrooms, toilets don't have lids, nor toilet paper and there isn't any soap. Plus there is one runway for taking off and landing so you'll usually land late and take off late and a stupid airport fee just the leave the place.
 
2011-10-20 06:38:31 AM  

starlost: digistil
I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding.....because if you're flying, especially in coach, being drunk is pretty much mandatory.

good idea until you realize the flight crew may like the airport for the very same reason.


If I've had enough to drink, I won't really notice all the screaming, temper tantrums, flight delays, "in-flight incidents", the crashing and burning of the aircraft, sitting next to the smelly, unwashed masses....after some beers and a few bourbons, it's all good.
 
2011-10-20 06:40:25 AM  

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?


Schiphol in Amsterdam has a bunch of comfy lounge chairs tucked away in low-traffic and therefore low-noise areas. Maybe not a good place to sleep in an absolute sense, but much better than most, IMHO.
 
2011-10-20 06:51:04 AM  

Damnhippyfreak: filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?

Schiphol in Amsterdam has a bunch of comfy lounge chairs tucked away in low-traffic and therefore low-noise areas. Maybe not a good place to sleep in an absolute sense, but much better than most, IMHO.


And, as I discovered last year before having to sleep there myself, they have a cafe shaped like Pac-Man...what more does an airport need?

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2011-10-20 07:02:19 AM  
Anybody who claims that Manila airport is the worst clearly hasn't traveled very much. It's no superstar, but it's far far far from the worst.

And a chorus line of groin kicks to anybody who claims that some US airport is the worst. Generic? yes. Full of fat people? yes. but "the worst worldwide?" GABMorans.
 
2011-10-20 07:07:42 AM  

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?


Changi (aka Singapore) airport totally rocks. I fly to Australia from the UK once a year or so and always try to get a stopover of at least 6 hours to chill out at the pool with a beer and have a snooze on a sunbed (even if it always seems to be a bit overcast there).

farm3.static.flickr.com

And if it's daytime you can spend some time enjoying the butterfly garden.

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2011-10-20 07:09:21 AM  
I'm not as well traveled as some but I think I would rather sleep in Manila than in Bangalore. Agree re HK / Singapore. I slept in the old Bangkok airport once and no worries but I do get this rash every now and then.

There have got to be airports in SA than are worse than Manila.
 
2011-10-20 07:09:53 AM  
filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?

Yes. (^)
 
2011-10-20 07:18:03 AM  
Slept in both Bremen and Hamburg airports in Germany on my annual pilgrimage to Wacken Open Air, and other than the flies, they totally rock.

To be fair, the flies may be attracted to us for camping in a field for 5 days or so without so much as a shower
 
2011-10-20 07:19:46 AM  
That place is an absolute hell-hole, to put it nicely. I wholeheartedly endorse the nuking idea. In fact, lets just expand the nukage to all of Manila. Christ, what a horrible city.
 
2011-10-20 07:23:10 AM  

Luffans: That place is an absolute hell-hole, to put it nicely. I wholeheartedly endorse the nuking idea. In fact, lets just expand the nukage to all of Manila. Christ, what a horrible city.


Only if there are arrangements to airlift the LBFMs out first. Shame to waste the Philippines' only quality natural resource.
 
2011-10-20 07:25:53 AM  
I certainly agree that Aukland rocks -- I had a layover there (LAX-AUK-MEL) in 2001 and even on the sterile side of Customs it was great. A shower to refresh myself then on to the bar, followed by a nap.

I guess in NZ any international flight is at least a few hours; by definition international arrivals are tired.
 
2011-10-20 07:27:11 AM  
Meh, any airport in India, Pakistan or Nepal gives Manila some good competition.
 
2011-10-20 07:30:58 AM  

Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding


None in the US anyway, as you won't be allowed to board if they can tell you're drunk.
 
2011-10-20 07:33:59 AM  

richwell: Meh, any airport in India, Pakistan or Nepal gives Manila some good competition.


What about Dhaka, Bangladesh. That is a terrible, terrible place and way worse than Manila.
 
2011-10-20 07:34:41 AM  
Manila is pretty bad, but not the worst by far. If you want to sleep at the Manila airport, get a nice foot massage, the big reclining chairs they use are nice and comfy.

Moscow by far is the worst. It's a gray concrete hangar. That's it.

/Spoiled by HKG
 
2011-10-20 07:36:02 AM  

richwell: Meh, any airport in India, Pakistan or Nepal gives Manila some good competition.


Actually, I found the Islamabad airport fairly decent... at least I didn't worry about my physical safety, security of my luggage, and I was very well treated by staff (probably because I was traveling with an infant). Paris CDG is my least favorite... only place I've ever seen passengers get so frustrated and insane over staff, seating, food, etc. that fistfights have broken out in the terminal. Not been to Manila, thankfully...
 
2011-10-20 07:40:21 AM  
Schipol is goddamn awesome. Though generally I've never found myself able to do anything other than wander over to the "irish" bar, order a huge breakfast and start sipping.
Oddly enough, the best place I've ever had to nap in was Gatwick, London. Years ago mind, before they'd done the latest extensions / remodelling. There was this big, long, top level corridor towards the back-left of the place, with dimmed lighting, nice alcoves to set up camp in, comfy chairs, the works. And they had showers along back in the main section! Showers! *dies*
 
2011-10-20 07:43:38 AM  

KradDrol: Manila is pretty bad, but not the worst by far. If you want to sleep at the Manila airport, get a nice foot massage, the big reclining chairs they use are nice and comfy.

Moscow by far is the worst. It's a gray concrete hangar. That's it.

/Spoiled by HKG

Agreed.

I would also say the airport on Guam is nice, only because you can get trashed at 6 in the morning. So many deployments have ended on that route that I honestly loved that little bar there.
 
2011-10-20 07:49:35 AM  
Went through Manila airport last year. You'd have to be insane to want to sleep there, although that was the last thing I wanted to do as I was there purely to board a plane and nothing more. Didn't have to use the toilets so can't say what they're like.

Big ups to Changi and Hong Kong airports though, they're amazing. The latter is crazy big, too.
 
2011-10-20 07:50:34 AM  

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?


Cincinnati is carpeted and not all that busy.
 
2011-10-20 07:57:02 AM  

KradDrol: Moscow by far is the worst.


Domodedovo (Домодедово)? I didn't think it was all that bad.
 
2011-10-20 08:02:29 AM  
Singapore, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are my favorite airports, with Singapore way above the rest.
 
2011-10-20 08:02:50 AM  
Vegemite Quote 2011-10-20 07:33:59 AM
richwell: Meh, any airport in India, Pakistan or Nepal gives Manila some good competition.

What about Dhaka, Bangladesh. That is a terrible, terrible place and way worse than Manila.


I cant believe there are worse airports than Manila (holding only major cities and airports with similar amounts of passenger volume to the same standard). What an utter shiathole of an airport. Just terrible.

When you arrive in the departure area its like some kind of SE Asian version of Dante's inferno - crowds of beggers, con artists... You feel an anxiety you may get kidnapped or knifed just arriving in that damn place.

The people who run that airport must be the biggest farking morons in a country that has no shortage of morons.

I travel there every other year, so believe me... just awful.


Kudos to Hong Kong airport (my fav). I also like Inchoen, just because it looks it has all the exact same franchises as a US airport (trust me, if you live in Asia, that's cool).
 
2011-10-20 08:04:58 AM  
ATL Airport has the lovely atrium, it's outside the security gates, but lovely

www.us-rentacar.com
 
2011-10-20 08:08:25 AM  
The airport in Tucson was really really nice to me a long long time ago. I was tossed out of the girlfriend's college apartment a day earlier than planned. I had a number of an airport limo driver; the only other person I knew in town. He told me if I got to a hotel, he could pick me up. I walked over to a hotel on Craycroft, called him back and he took me to the airport.

There, he talked to the manager and they let me sleep in the airport day care center. Beat sleeping in a bus stop on top of my stuff.

Happy ending: The girlfriend tracked me down at the airport, apologized and hit me up for my last $20 bill. Then she complained that she was going to waste fifty cents of it riding the bus back in to town. When I landed at my destination, I didn't have the money to get the car out of long term parking and had to bum a ride. The car sat for a couple of extra days until I got paid and could bail it out.
 
2011-10-20 08:14:36 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: The airport in Tucson was really really nice to me a long long time ago. I was tossed out of the girlfriend's college apartment a day earlier than planned. I had a number of an airport limo driver; the only other person I knew in town. He told me if I got to a hotel, he could pick me up. I walked over to a hotel on Craycroft, called him back and he took me to the airport.

There, he talked to the manager and they let me sleep in the airport day care center. Beat sleeping in a bus stop on top of my stuff.

Happy ending: The girlfriend tracked me down at the airport, apologized and hit me up for my last $20 bill. Then she complained that she was going to waste fifty cents of it riding the bus back in to town. When I landed at my destination, I didn't have the money to get the car out of long term parking and had to bum a ride. The car sat for a couple of extra days until I got paid and could bail it out.




Should option this out for a screenplay. Just add some hookers and a fat yet jovial drunken friend
 
2011-10-20 08:15:19 AM  

SirEattonHogg: Vegemite Quote 2011-10-20 07:33:59 AM
richwell: Meh, any airport in India, Pakistan or Nepal gives Manila some good competition.

What about Dhaka, Bangladesh. That is a terrible, terrible place and way worse than Manila.

I cant believe there are worse airports than Manila (holding only major cities and airports with similar amounts of passenger volume to the same standard). What an utter shiathole of an airport. Just terrible.

When you arrive in the departure area its like some kind of SE Asian version of Dante's inferno - crowds of beggers, con artists... You feel an anxiety you may get kidnapped or knifed just arriving in that damn place.

The people who run that airport must be the biggest farking morons in a country that has no shortage of morons.

I travel there every other year, so believe me... just awful.


Kudos to Hong Kong airport (my fav). I also like Inchoen, just because it looks it has all the exact same franchises as a US airport (trust me, if you live in Asia, that's cool).


I do hate the Manila airport. I learned a good lesson the first time I flew there. Carry a little money, because they charge a fee to get in to the actual flight terminal, I needed to borrow some from a dude from South Africa just so I could board my flight. Not a single ATM worked in that god forsaken airport. Thankfully someone was kind enough to lend a little cash or I would have been farked.
 
2011-10-20 08:23:17 AM  

Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?

I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding.....because if you're flying, especially in coach, being drunk is pretty much mandatory.


only problem is now they arrest you or kick you off the plane if you are drunk
 
2011-10-20 08:24:40 AM  
Anyone who has been to Manilla also been to Jakarta?

Absolute mad house and th eterminals are labeled in such a way that you can only read the numbers when you are right in front of them, so if you want to switch you don;t know which way to go.

The info people, who speak english, will try and get you to board the city bus when you are trying to switch terminals as they get soem sort of kickback, and the terminal bus with big signs that say "gratis" (free) will demand money.

I have also had a customs guy demand a bribe because I had a knife in my checked baggage. his rational was that I was flying to singapore and they were illegal there (so my bribe wouldn't have helped if I was actually stopping in Singapore).

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?


I have slept great in the Singapore airport. If you are too good for th efloor they have fairly cheap rooms that consist of a bed and tiny TV.

EatHam: Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding

None in the US anyway, as you won't be allowed to board if they can tell you're drunk.



I am going to have to go with Singapore again with this one. I got shiat bombed there on time and missed that my flight was delayed an hour and th egate moved. I somehow also missed this ont he big screen. So I stumbled to the info desk, to find out what was going on. Now most people in singapore have no problem with english, so I don't know if it was my slurring or what, but she didn;t really respond to my question, but just asked me to sit down. A minute later one of those carts for old/handicapped people came by and drove me ot my new gate (I was very polite during this, I imagine if I was in any way belligerent it woudl have gone differently).
 
2011-10-20 08:29:25 AM  
Slightly surprised at the love for Incheon. It's new, clean and safe, but a bit too sterile. Plus, it's miles from the city if you have a long stopover.
It's fine, but not a favourite.

Oh, and CDG Paris is a toilet. Really, it feels like a toilet. Tiled walls and everything.
 
2011-10-20 08:33:04 AM  
As someone who doesn't fly very much anywhere, the worst airport in my memory is the Franz Kafka International Airport (new window).

/Probably still better than Manila
 
2011-10-20 08:33:36 AM  

liam76: Anyone who has been to Manilla also been to Jakarta?

Absolute mad house and th eterminals are labeled in such a way that you can only read the numbers when you are right in front of them, so if you want to switch you don;t know which way to go.

The info people, who speak english, will try and get you to board the city bus when you are trying to switch terminals as they get soem sort of kickback, and the terminal bus with big signs that say "gratis" (free) will demand money.

I have also had a customs guy demand a bribe because I had a knife in my checked baggage. his rational was that I was flying to singapore and they were illegal there (so my bribe wouldn't have helped if I was actually stopping in Singapore).

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?

I have slept great in the Singapore airport. If you are too good for th efloor they have fairly cheap rooms that consist of a bed and tiny TV.

EatHam: Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding

None in the US anyway, as you won't be allowed to board if they can tell you're drunk.


I am going to have to go with Singapore again with this one. I got shiat bombed there on time and missed that my flight was delayed an hour and th egate moved. I somehow also missed this ont he big screen. So I stumbled to the info desk, to find out what was going on. Now most people in singapore have no problem with english, so I don't know if it was my slurring or what, but she didn;t really respond to my question, but just asked me to sit down. A minute later one of those carts for old/handicapped people came by and drove me ot my new gate (I was very polite during this, I imagine if I was in any way belligerent it woudl have gone differently).


Yeah Jakarta is ethically challenged to say the least.
 
2011-10-20 08:39:23 AM  
They obviously have never been to Juba. Trust me, it's the worst.
 
2011-10-20 08:41:42 AM  
The shiatty airport is the least of the problems in PI.

The diabolical national 'cuisine', hideous accent and shiatty culture rank far higher on reasons never to willingly return to that farking dump of a country.

/I said shiatty twice
//because it is super shiatty
 
2011-10-20 08:48:28 AM  
St. Thomas USVI, sucks to high heaven. It's hot, it's dangerous to fly into or out of. If my plane is diverted there ever again (4 times so far) I will exit the aircraft. You can't get drunk enough to deal with that place. God knows I tried. I think I emptied the beer vending machine or at least tried to. Sleep? No. Not unless you want to be picked, probed or just plain groped. And the yammering, my christ it never stops. I would be pleased to find out that it was closed or burned down or for any reason was no longer in existance.

Sleeping in the Antiguan airport isn't too cool either. Lots of lizards some birds and police that carry submachine guns.
At least in 1995 they did. Won't go there again either.

St Lucia? Why on earth would you stay at the airport when the beach is 300 yards away? Why?
Barbados? I would live at that airport if I could. Not that in it's self it's great but, they're so damn polite I think they'd find you a room or at least bring you home with them.
 
2011-10-20 08:53:51 AM  
www.cannistraro.com

Logan. January. Baggage Claim area. A cold metal carousel. Worst night of "sleep" ever. 1984. Bad ending to a bad day all around.
 
2011-10-20 08:55:30 AM  
The prayer rooms - particularly the Muslim ones with low lighting and pillows - make primo emergency nap spots. In a pinch.
 
2011-10-20 08:56:33 AM  
What about if you want to live in one?
 
2011-10-20 09:14:16 AM  

Bomb Head Mohammed: Anybody who claims that Manila airport is the worst clearly hasn't traveled very much. It's no superstar, but it's far far far from the worst.

And a chorus line of groin kicks to anybody who claims that some US airport is the worst. Generic? yes. Full of fat people? yes. but "the worst worldwide?" GABMorans.


You obviously have not been in Miami International.....the US Congressman who once labeled Miami as Third World obviously flew into MIA
 
2011-10-20 09:19:35 AM  
Cancun Airport.

as soon as you get off the plane you are hustled into a cattle pen with no lineups so every local and tourist is pushing you and cutting in front of you. when you actually get through customs they push you into a lineup to have your luggage x-rayed ON THE WAY OUT of the airport. when I went there last time they threw my laptop bag face-down and luckily my ipod broke the fall of my laptop and broke the screen. As soon as you get out of there everyone has their hand out and tries to either take your luggage 20 feet to the bus or sell you a timeshare. On the way back the scumbag working the check-in desk told me my bag was overweight by two pounds and the charge was $80 per pound "cash only" and that "American or Canadian money, doesn't matter" I told him that the only way I would pay that would be if he gave me a receipt showing the fee. I speak a bit of Spanish (not enough to try speaking it but enough to understand 80% of what others are saying) and his buddy in the adjacent booth told him not to worry about it, and tell him it's free.

bathrooms were farking disgusting, shiat on the walls/floor and all toilets were clogged and flooded. there was a cheerful clipboard on the back of the door saying it had been cleaned every hour that day with the first name filled out on the top, and ditto marks every hour for at least the last 18 hours.

/CSB
//TL;DR White People Problems
 
2011-10-20 09:20:48 AM  
Having been to numerous airports,,,the best I have been in is my own hometown one, Orlando. And, after having to wait for an overly late flight from Atlanta to pick someone up....sleeps quite well. Comfy chairs, carpeting in most areas....and probably the busiest airport in the world without a major airline hub
 
2011-10-20 09:22:01 AM  
In the USA, PDX and EUG are not bad. SFO is mediocre, tho better now that its 30-year rebuilding mess is more or less over. Fly out of OAK if you can. CDG is pretty ghastly, it was high-tech when it was built 25-30 years ago, but now is something out of John Carpenter's Dark Star--shabby futurism. And it's true about the live chickens there--also ululating mobs welcoming some pasha or other. If you fly to Paris, ORY is better, if possible.
 
2011-10-20 09:24:57 AM  
Amsterdam is my favorite airport by far. Incheon and Hong Kong are good. But, Incheon is too sterile and the food bad and expensive, even for an airport. I am surprised Narita in Tokyo didn't make the list for best. As for the US, Detroit's airport, in contrast to the actual city, is one of the best; Vancouver is great too. CDG in Paris is an awful pit, as is LAX and Bangkok.
 
2011-10-20 09:26:27 AM  

betona: KradDrol: Moscow by far is the worst.

Domodedovo (Домодедово)? I didn't think it was all that bad.


Sheremetyevo is the one that's a nasty concrete hole in the ground. Domodedovo is fairly new and much, much more accomodating.
 
2011-10-20 09:28:39 AM  

TheHappyCanadian: they push you into a lineup to have your luggage x-rayed ON THE WAY OUT of the airport


It's called customs, it happens everywhere.
 
2011-10-20 09:34:05 AM  
This will haunt your dreams

www.msa.md.gov
 
2011-10-20 09:34:21 AM  
huh, didn't know that. doesn't make sense to me. In all the Canada and US airports I've been to my luggage didn't get scanned. I've been through customs at every airport though, even when arriving at home. Customs in Cancun wasn't that bad, it was the lineup for x-rays afterwards that bothered me
 
2011-10-20 09:41:43 AM  

TheHappyCanadian: huh, didn't know that. doesn't make sense to me. In all the Canada and US airports I've been to my luggage didn't get scanned


Most countries do it randomly. The US does. I think I was scanned once out of 6 or 7 return trips.

They're looking for things you're not allowed to bring into the country.

For example, Spain doesn't care if you want to bring home some delicious jamon or chorizo, but the US is stupid and doesn't want you to bring the deliciousness in. So they may search you for that at customs... and then eat it for lunch.
 
2011-10-20 09:42:21 AM  

slackist: The shiatty airport is the least of the problems in PI.

The diabolical national 'cuisine', hideous accent and shiatty culture rank far higher on reasons never to willingly return to that farking dump of a country.

/I said shiatty twice
//because it is super shiatty


Unfortunately I have to work with legions of them here. Why the fark they move to the US if they are just going to create little nests of nepotism, corruption, and total laziness?
 
2011-10-20 09:43:02 AM  
Beijing is a bad airport to sleep in. easy and fairly cheap to get to using public transportation but sucks to sleep in. no comfortable place at all. But, if you do spread out and sleep the benches in the public area, they don't harass you like many websites seem to say.
 
2011-10-20 09:45:25 AM  

pbrews: Speaking as someone who was in Manila airport two days ago, the only way to improve that place is to nuke the site from orbit. I'd be way, way too scared to sleep there.


Has it gotten worse? I was there in 2005 last I think. It was dirty, corrupt, slow, etc. and if you are afraid of Muslims, there were tons of those around. -Didn't really bother me though, it's pretty representative of the whole country.

If you are in the Philippines looking for a European airport, you'll be sorely disappointed, but if you are aware of what Manila is, it's not that bad.
 
2011-10-20 09:45:49 AM  
I once spent 2 wonderful days in the Urumqi (West China) airport. No public seating, no bar, no boarding announcements in anything except Mandarin. To top it off, I had bronchitis.
 
2011-10-20 09:46:50 AM  

JohnCarter: ATL Airport has the lovely atrium, it's outside the security gates, but lovely

[www.us-rentacar.com image 400x400]


ATL? Seriously? It's a decent airport for the 3rd world city that is Atlanta, and a good way of escaping it, but that's about it.
 
2011-10-20 10:08:22 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: [www.cannistraro.com image 500x335]

Logan. January. Baggage Claim area. A cold metal carousel. Worst night of "sleep" ever. 1984. Bad ending to a bad day all around.


... there's a hotel essentially built in the airport...
 
2011-10-20 10:10:26 AM  
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2011-10-20 10:23:19 AM  

dickfreckle: The problem with post-9/11 air travel is that I'm afraid to bring my non-prescription drugs with me. In 1999 you could completely obliterate the memory of a flight. You either passed out or were too happy to give a sh*t. These were simpler times.


That's what the airport bars are for. As long as you can handle your booze enough not to get belligerent and kicked off the plane.
 
2011-10-20 10:24:27 AM  
Manila? Bangladesh? Jakarta? Pffft!
Seriously

Clearly none of you have been to Logan Airport in Boston.
 
2011-10-20 10:26:44 AM  

syberpud: JohnCarter: ATL Airport has the lovely atrium, it's outside the security gates, but lovely

[www.us-rentacar.com image 400x400]

ATL? Seriously? It's a decent airport for the 3rd world city that is Atlanta, and a good way of escaping it, but that's about it.


IF you are able to escape of course. Usually you just sit on the tarmac for 2 hours because they waited for some slow ass idiot with 2 massive carry-ons and missed their queue for takeoff.

/Your gate is A90. Haha now it's C15. Never mind we liked A terminal better.
 
2011-10-20 10:32:56 AM  
Auckland Airport was certainly the nicest I've ever been to. On related note, Qantas was also the nicest carrier I've been on (2001). My group of 15 got split up in coach because of a computer error, which wasn't a big deal for us, We all got bumped to first class anyway, meals and everything. It was awesome.
 
2011-10-20 10:33:47 AM  

slackist: The shiatty airport is the least of the problems in PI.

The diabolical national 'cuisine', hideous accent and shiatty culture rank far higher on reasons never to willingly return to that farking dump of a country.

/I said shiatty twice
//because it is super shiatty


Don't blame the Filipinos just because the Spanish got to them first. I defy you to show me an ex-Iberian colony that's not an utter shiathole den of corruption and laziness. It is a beautiful place, just real farked up. Last time I was there was Cebu in 2007 and it was a good time.
 
2011-10-20 10:36:37 AM  

Tad_Waxpole: Clearly none of you have been to Logan Airport in Boston.


I have had a view of Logan Airport. And the rest of Boston. If you ask me, that whole area sucks and I'd pick Manila over it. As for accents, I can deal with Tagalish easier than what passes for English in New England.
 
2011-10-20 10:46:12 AM  
Old Hong Kong (Kai Tak) vs new HK for greatest improvement ever - old HK you and a few hundred of your closest friends smashed into a double wide bus and trucked out to/from the plane because that had only about 1/2 as many terminal gates as needed - hope you love the smell of jet fuel and disel.

The landing (of course) was always fun.
 
2011-10-20 10:51:17 AM  
Just adding one more hate on for CDG Paris, although there's less walking than Dullus.
 
2011-10-20 10:52:09 AM  

AFKobel: Clemkadidlefark: [www.cannistraro.com image 500x335]

Logan. January. Baggage Claim area. A cold metal carousel. Worst night of "sleep" ever. 1984. Bad ending to a bad day all around.

... there's a hotel essentially built in the airport...


Was it there in 1984? I've never been there, as I've only had a view of it, so I can't say for sure.

Also, I was rather young in 1984.
 
2011-10-20 10:54:41 AM  
Agreed. To pick Manila as the "worst" shows you have not seen much of the world.

There are airports in Africa and South America that require private security just to enter.

There are airports that are little more than a muddy landing strip and a torn windsock.

As far as the worst one I have ever slept at: Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi. The BA first class lounge is a hell hole.

Best to sleep in: Kuala Lumpur International. They have five star hotels inside the actual terminal.

And Schipol is certainly a beautiful airport but it's so close to town I see no reason why I would ever sleep there.
 
2011-10-20 11:08:47 AM  
The Airport in Guatemala was my private nightmare.
 
2011-10-20 11:14:28 AM  
The Philippines is the trailer park of Asia so this is not surprising.
 
2011-10-20 11:25:13 AM  

Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?

I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding.....because if you're flying, especially in coach, being drunk is pretty much mandatory.


There's a place called Nonna Bartolotta's in the D concourse in Milwaukee. The drinks are a bit pricey (it IS the airport, after all) but really good.The bartenders are nice. They also have gelato!

/I sound fat... and drunk.
 
2011-10-20 11:25:19 AM  

H31N0US: Tad_Waxpole: Clearly none of you have been to Logan Airport in Boston.

I have had a view of Logan Airport. And the rest of Boston. If you ask me, that whole area sucks and I'd pick Manila over it. As for accents, I can deal with Tagalish easier than what passes for English in New England.


0/10

Your profile clearly says "North Jersey".
 
2011-10-20 11:25:22 AM  
What I don't understand is why airports don't build Japanese-style Capsule Hotels into their terminals somewhere. I got stuck overnight at O'Hare. It would have been too much hassle to leave the airport, get a hotel room, and then get back first thing in the morning to wait standby on the first flight out. But if I could drop $20 or so on a capsule, I'd've done it in a snap.

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2011-10-20 11:28:50 AM  

flaminio: What I don't understand is why airports don't build Japanese-style Capsule Hotels into their terminals somewhere. I got stuck overnight at O'Hare. It would have been too much hassle to leave the airport, get a hotel room, and then get back first thing in the morning to wait standby on the first flight out. But if I could drop $20 or so on a capsule, I'd've done it in a snap.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 638x600]


Man I think I'd wake up screaming in one of those.

Do they lock from the inside? I can't even tell how they open.
 
2011-10-20 11:31:07 AM  

UCFRoadWarrior: Bomb Head Mohammed: Anybody who claims that Manila airport is the worst clearly hasn't traveled very much. It's no superstar, but it's far far far from the worst.

And a chorus line of groin kicks to anybody who claims that some US airport is the worst. Generic? yes. Full of fat people? yes. but "the worst worldwide?" GABMorans.

You obviously have not been in Miami International.....the US Congressman who once labeled Miami as Third World obviously flew into MIA


Wait, is Miami the one that's entirely hallways?
 
2011-10-20 11:45:37 AM  
worst I've ever slept in was Charles de Gaulle in Paris. the homeless come in at night and try to steal your shiat while you're sleeping. They also eat ramen noodles out of their pockets.
 
2011-10-20 11:55:41 AM  

TheHappyCanadian: huh, didn't know that. doesn't make sense to me. In all the Canada and US airports I've been to my luggage didn't get scanned. I've been through customs at every airport though, even when arriving at home. Customs in Cancun wasn't that bad, it was the lineup for x-rays afterwards that bothered me


Ya - it's actually pretty normal - off the top of my head, I can remember Chile, New Zealand, Japan and China requiring me to queue up to have my luggage scanned prior to entry into the county - after being asked if I had anything to declare. Chile was probably the worst because they would check everything anyway. New Zealand was really big about dirt. This may be due to the large amount of backpackers headed into the country.

Other countries I don't remember getting luggage scanned through - South Africa (no surprise), England and Saudi Arabia... couple other countries, but I don't remember. Damn I'm getting old.

cynispasm: I once spent 2 wonderful days in the Urumqi (West China) airport. No public seating, no bar, no boarding announcements in anything except Mandarin. To top it off, I had bronchitis.


I think I've been there... but a LONG, long time ago - sometime around 1984-1986 - my dad was working for a company that sent him there when I was still a kid. If I remember correctly, the "bathrooms" were literally holes in the ground, spit everywhere and horrible overall conditions (the Mandarin isn't a huge issue... I used to speak it). I think we took a train away from there? Oh how I almost miss the days of flying CAAC...
 
2011-10-20 11:57:14 AM  

qitty: Paris CDG is my least favorite... only place I've ever seen passengers get so frustrated and insane over staff


I've only flown in the Middle East, North America and Western Europe, but CDG was the worst experience I've had in an airport. There was a janitor strike so their last fark you was to plug up every toilet in the place, the security screener for my connecting flight to Tel Aviv was an insanely hot and insanely rude French police woman.
 
2011-10-20 12:01:16 PM  
PDX is a great airport to nap at, go down to the Alaska Airlines gates, generally there are 4-5 with the lights out and just crash on the benches.
 
2011-10-20 12:39:42 PM  

k2rider: Munich is a great airport to sleep in. There's a hotel in the airport, but if you can't afford that the airport itself is full of amentities (like a bier garten), very safe, and meticulously clean. Same for Incheon Airport in Seoul (minus the bier garten).

Been through CDG in Paris, I wouldn't want to sleep there. It's as filthy as everything else in France and full of Africans traveling with live poultry (not making that one up, folks).

/DNRTFA


Beer brewed on site and €2 for a half liter.

Cheaper than the bars. At an airport.
 
2011-10-20 12:51:57 PM  
Ahhhh, Incheon International Airport. Comfortable chairs, lots of space, shades on the terminal windows, and moving sidewalks, duty free (good) electronic stores. Truly, it is a paradise.
 
2011-10-20 12:53:23 PM  

RexTalionis: Ahhhh, Incheon International Airport. Comfortable chairs, lots of space, shades on the terminal windows, and moving sidewalks, duty free (good) electronic stores. Truly, it is a paradise.


Oh, and hot South Korean stewardesses in their Gianfranco Ferre designed satin blue uniforms walking about in heels.
 
2011-10-20 01:00:33 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Kudos to Hong Kong airport (my fav). I also like Inchoen, just because it looks it has all the exact same franchises as a US airport (trust me, if you live in Asia, that's cool).


The new Beijing Airport Terminal is pretty nice, now, too. Just got back 2 weeks ago. It also has all the US franchises (except Cinnabon, apparently). It also has a hell of a restaurant (well, I think it was 3 separate restaurants owned by the same company, including a Kenny Rogers Roasters serving steak and coffee). My only complaint is that the chairs are too small to be comfortable.
 
2011-10-20 01:24:47 PM  

AFKobel: Clem


No hotel at the time.
 
2011-10-20 01:34:20 PM  

krusader3z: k2rider: Munich is a great airport to sleep in. There's a hotel in the airport, but if you can't afford that the airport itself is full of amentities (like a bier garten), very safe, and meticulously clean. Same for Incheon Airport in Seoul (minus the bier garten).

Been through CDG in Paris, I wouldn't want to sleep there. It's as filthy as everything else in France and full of Africans traveling with live poultry (not making that one up, folks).

/DNRTFA

Beer brewed on site and €2 for a half liter.

Cheaper than the bars. At an airport.


Are you responding to the Munich, Seoul or CDG comments? Because French beer is never worth it
 
2011-10-20 01:36:44 PM  

RexTalionis: My only complaint is that the chairs are too small to be comfortable.


Try buying a suit off the rack in Hong Kong.

People really are smaller on average over there.
 
2011-10-20 01:38:12 PM  

RexTalionis: The new Beijing Airport Terminal is pretty nice, now, too. Just got back 2 weeks ago. It also has all the US franchises (except Cinnabon, apparently). It also has a hell of a restaurant (well, I think it was 3 separate restaurants owned by the same company, including a Kenny Rogers Roasters serving steak and coffee). My only complaint is that the chairs are too small to be comfortable.


You sound fat
 
2011-10-20 01:38:40 PM  

H31N0US: RexTalionis: My only complaint is that the chairs are too small to be comfortable.

Try buying a suit off the rack in Hong Kong.

People really are smaller on average over there.


If you're in Asia, why not just go bespoke? It's not going to be dramatically more expensive than buying a suit in the US, I don't think.
 
2011-10-20 01:39:18 PM  

Cajnik: RexTalionis: The new Beijing Airport Terminal is pretty nice, now, too. Just got back 2 weeks ago. It also has all the US franchises (except Cinnabon, apparently). It also has a hell of a restaurant (well, I think it was 3 separate restaurants owned by the same company, including a Kenny Rogers Roasters serving steak and coffee). My only complaint is that the chairs are too small to be comfortable.

You sound fat


I'm 5'11" and I weigh 210. So, I dunno, maybe.
 
2011-10-20 01:58:42 PM  
crappy airports that i have been to-

kabul (and i had the vip treatment...the cattle class was even worse)
baghdad
new dehli
dubai (terminal 2 only...the other ones were really really nice)
grenada
st lucia
vilnius
heathrow
de gaulle
frankfurt (i hate this airport for some reason)
queen alia amman jordan
kuwait
molokai hawaii (bright spot...you are in hawaii)
san jose costa rica
islamabad
newark

awesome airports
shannon- ireland
martinique
charlotte
oahu
maui
kauii
hawaii
bangkok (the new one)

ok airports
bermuda
curacao
antigua
brussels
dulles
national
bwi (would be better if i my gate was on the roy rogers concourse)
jfk (nice for being clean and comfortable but it sucks for delays)
atlanta
new orleans
cincinatti
o'hare (i would have expected better food)
philly (i would have expected cheesesteaks)
lax
san fran
istanbul (better because i got the vip treatment)
houston
dfw
pittsburgh
 
2011-10-20 02:04:09 PM  
If you're overnight in Manila why are you even considering sleeping in the airport? Hotels are like $25 a night and the toilets work.
 
2011-10-20 02:41:52 PM  
Wow. Got 22 hrs in Changi next week. Thank you subby, I think I love you.
 
2011-10-20 02:44:09 PM  
If you want a good airport to sleep at, you should try St. Louis simply because there are hardly any airlines that fly here anymore. Nice and peaceful...
 
2011-10-20 04:21:48 PM  

Vegemite: liam76: Anyone who has been to Manilla also been to Jakarta?

Absolute mad house and th eterminals are labeled in such a way that you can only read the numbers when you are right in front of them, so if you want to switch you don;t know which way to go.

The info people, who speak english, will try and get you to board the city bus when you are trying to switch terminals as they get soem sort of kickback, and the terminal bus with big signs that say "gratis" (free) will demand money.

I have also had a customs guy demand a bribe because I had a knife in my checked baggage. his rational was that I was flying to singapore and they were illegal there (so my bribe wouldn't have helped if I was actually stopping in Singapore).

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?

I have slept great in the Singapore airport. If you are too good for th efloor they have fairly cheap rooms that consist of a bed and tiny TV.

EatHam: Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: I'd rather see a survey of which airports have the best bars to get totally hammered in before boarding

None in the US anyway, as you won't be allowed to board if they can tell you're drunk.


I am going to have to go with Singapore again with this one. I got shiat bombed there on time and missed that my flight was delayed an hour and th egate moved. I somehow also missed this ont he big screen. So I stumbled to the info desk, to find out what was going on. Now most people in singapore have no problem with english, so I don't know if it was my slurring or what, but she didn;t really respond to my question, but just asked me to sit down. A minute later one of those carts for old/handicapped people came by and drove me ot my new gate (I was very polite during this, I imagine if I was in any way belligerent it woudl have gone differently).

Yeah Jakarta is ethically challenged to say the least.


Spent two very unpleasant days/nights at the Jakarta airport after getting suspiciously bumped from two flights we had confirmed then given no information whatsoever about future flights. They kicked us (and a lot of similarly situated travelers) out of the airport at about midnight both nights and we all slept on the sidewalk hoping in vain to catch the earliest flight the next day. We had to take turns watching our gear as people would blatantly rifle through your bags. Actually had to stop an airport security official from stealing my friend's Walkman (it was 1991) out of his pack while he slept one foot away.

Of all of SE Asia Jakarta is the worst IMHO. Filthy, corrupt, very few attractions other than airports and transit hubs, and lots of rats the size of raccoons roam the streets at night. Even had the pleasure of watching some poor Kiwi get lambasted for trying to intervene as a Muslim man severely beat his wife on a train. Direct flights/ferries to Bali are worth it (then skip over to Lombok).
 
2011-10-20 04:36:17 PM  
I'd go with any of the Micronesian airports except GUM as worst: probably MAJ or TKK. No fans or AC that close to the equator should be a crime. And Chuuk has the lovely habit of losing power over the entire island almost every single day. Not to mention the airport is relatively far from anywhere on the worst "road" I've ever seen. Holes literally big enough to fit a car with no markings or warnings.
 
2011-10-20 05:15:41 PM  
Apparently that site exists as a clearinghouse for complaining about LAX, which... it's just an airport, man. It's not so terribly different from most other US airports I've been in. Or, for that matter, the international ones. Why the freakout about how horrible it is?

Is it Terminal 4 (Tom Bradley International)? I've never actually used that one, though I've flown internationally out of LAX before. But that was on Air New Zealand and they left out of Terminal 2, which is perfectly decent.
 
2011-10-20 05:26:20 PM  

RexTalionis: If you're in Asia, why not just go bespoke?


"Copy watch, sir? Tailor?"

I heard that every time I took the Star Ferry to TST. And I did get a couple suits made at Sams in Kowloon. That was years ago. The pants are trashed so I need more but I never get to Asia anymore. I just got an offer to move back to Hong Kong but couldn't take it because of wife who doesn't want to go...
 
2011-10-20 05:31:37 PM  

Osomatic: Is it Terminal 4 (Tom Bradley International)?


It looks good, but it comes across as a douche and, unless you're from there, most people hate it?

Oh, wait, that's Tom Brady International
 
2011-10-20 06:06:19 PM  
I've not read all the comments, but I agree with the article. I remember napping at the Manila airport while propped against the side of an escalator (surrounded by at least 200 people), because "it was too early" to open up the gate. Keep in mind this was 10 minutes before boarding time for a 6:30am flight.
 
2011-10-20 06:07:31 PM  

filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?


Yes there is and I've been there: Changi Airport, Singapore
 
2011-10-20 06:12:05 PM  
crappy airports that i have been to-

kabul (and i had the vip treatment...the cattle class was even worse)
baghdad
new dehli
dubai (terminal 2 only...the other ones were really really nice)
grenada
st lucia
vilnius
heathrow
de gaulle
frankfurt (i hate this airport for some reason)
queen alia amman jordan
kuwait
molokai hawaii (bright spot...you are in hawaii)
san jose costa rica
islamabad
newark

awesome airports
shannon- ireland
martinique
charlotte
oahu
maui
kauii
hawaii
bangkok (the new one)

ok airports
bermuda
curacao
antigua
brussels
dulles
national
bwi (would be better if i my gate was on the roy rogers concourse)
jfk (nice for being clean and comfortable but it sucks for delays)
atlanta
new orleans
cincinatti
o'hare (i would have expected better food)
philly (i would have expected cheesesteaks)
lax
san fran
istanbul (better because i got the vip treatment)
houston
dfw
pittsburgh


Oh my. Well aren't you annoying! Yes you are! Yes you are lil' Farker!

/csb
 
2011-10-20 06:38:01 PM  

Donnchadha: Osomatic: Is it Terminal 4 (Tom Bradley International)?

It looks good, but it comes across as a douche and, unless you're from there, most people hate it?

Oh, wait, that's Tom Brady International


Ba-dum-psh! (Heh, no, actually, good one. I LOL'ed a bit.)
 
2011-10-20 07:01:30 PM  

Osomatic: Donnchadha: Osomatic: Is it Terminal 4 (Tom Bradley International)?

It looks good, but it comes across as a douche and, unless you're from there, most people hate it?

Oh, wait, that's Tom Brady International

Ba-dum-psh! (Heh, no, actually, good one. I LOL'ed a bit.)


Wait, I thought everyone loved him again now that he cut his hair?
 
2011-10-20 08:49:41 PM  

Comments on LAX:

"wow... I have seen grown men in my company sit down and cry a little, when they were told they had to fly through LAX." - IrmainNewberin

"forget about Guantanamo Bay - just send the prisoners here for some torture tactics" (?)

"Africa, Asia, South America... I've not been through a single airport in any of these developing countries with an airport as putrid as LAX. " (Kirby)

"There are tonnes of food options at LAX, from deep fried lard, to sugar coated deep fried lard, to congealed microwaved fat dipped in oil... and of course some liquid sugar if you're thirsty. " (Kirby)

"The staff at LAX unfortunately are most accurately described as the stereotypical American: rude, arrogant, clueless about the world outside the USA and loud-mouthed." - nebulouseye

"LAX is California's greatest embarrassment and probably the worst airport in the USA, and that says a lot because the competition for crappiest airport is pretty fierce. " (?)

"there are constant announcements in languages that I think someone just makes up to annoy everyone." (?)

"The Intl Terminal is ALWAYS overcrowded and security and crowd control is second only in severity to the train platforms at Auschwitz." (Jerry)


www.pixeljoint.com
 
2011-10-21 11:41:29 PM  

digistil: filter: Is there such thing as a GOOD airport to sleep in?

Some airports have secured hotels inside, though they're not free. AMS does, and I think LHR may as well.


Singapore's Changi Airport has secure hotels you can use for 6 hours. Slept there many times, and willing to sleep on the waiting-area chairs too. I always feel safe at Changi, even by myself. It should go without saying that Changi is the *cleanest* airport in the world as well.

Does anyone know if Singapore airport still has the Science Discovery Center? So much fun to explore with your kids, and a good way to kill time between flights.
 
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