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(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   Americans arriving at Atlanta's new international terminal are in for "an unconscionably long walk" of a half mile. Meanwhile, foreigners arriving at Atlanta's new international terminal are in for a short walk of a half mile   (ajc.com) divider line 141
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2012-08-12 05:10:52 PM  
Made me snert cause Americans are fat
 
2012-08-12 06:08:14 PM  
Try Heathrow. That should be an Olympic sport.

Nothing like traveling 10 hours then walking a mile and a half to get your bags then go though customs.
 
2012-08-12 06:23:03 PM  
At Beijing, they built the arrival and departure terminals about 2 or 3 kilometers away from the rest of the airport. The solution they used was to build an automated monorail system that arrives every 4 minutes or so.

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2012-08-12 06:41:01 PM  

haemaker: Try Heathrow. That should be an Olympic sport.

Nothing like traveling 10 hours then walking a mile and a half to get your bags then go though customs.


And all in dank underground tunnels.
 
2012-08-12 06:46:26 PM  
Americans don't travel internationally?
 
2012-08-12 06:49:54 PM  
All of this goes back to the one universal truth:

I wouldn't be caught dead in that godforfarkingsaken airport. Hell, I might wait until I'm living in eastern North Carolina to ever go to the city.
 
2012-08-12 07:06:22 PM  

kronicfeld: Americans don't travel internationally?


Considering that most Americans don't have a passport, I'd say "no".
 
2012-08-12 07:11:07 PM  
Let's see how smug you are when you have to make that half mile trek with 10 minutes to make your connection, Smugmitter.

/Hartsfield blows goats
 
2012-08-12 07:23:54 PM  

RexTalionis: At Beijing, they built the arrival and departure terminals about 2 or 3 kilometers away from the rest of the airport. The solution they used was to build an automated monorail system that arrives every 4 minutes or so.

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Yeah, but if you have to switch between terminals 2 and 3 (say, because your ticket is entirely in Mandarin and the travel agent told you the wrong terminal), you have to take a shuttle bus that takes what seems like forever to get between the terminals.

Heathrow is the absolute worst though. No wait, at least I never saw any mice in the terminal at Heathrow, I can't say the same about Frankfurt.
 
2012-08-12 07:51:51 PM  

rynthetyn: RexTalionis: At Beijing, they built the arrival and departure terminals about 2 or 3 kilometers away from the rest of the airport. The solution they used was to build an automated monorail system that arrives every 4 minutes or so.

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Yeah, but if you have to switch between terminals 2 and 3 (say, because your ticket is entirely in Mandarin and the travel agent told you the wrong terminal), you have to take a shuttle bus that takes what seems like forever to get between the terminals.

Heathrow is the absolute worst though. No wait, at least I never saw any mice in the terminal at Heathrow, I can't say the same about Frankfurt.


Crap. Forgot Frankfurt. 10 hours, the drag your luggage down air stairs to stand on a bus... You have to check you bags if you go there.
 
2012-08-12 07:56:33 PM  
And without a gun either.
 
2012-08-12 07:58:02 PM  
I love YWGs new Terminal.

But Schipol is my all time favourite.
 
2012-08-12 07:59:00 PM  
In preparation for new TSA screening procedures?
 
2012-08-12 07:59:33 PM  
No matter what, Atlanta is the worst airport I've ever been through.
 
2012-08-12 08:00:30 PM  
Free Wi-Fi, free baggage carts........not in 'merica that is for sure.....try a third world country ...yes they provide this for the travelers.........

'merica.......working hard to become third world
 
2012-08-12 08:01:12 PM  
Amsterdam's airport is worse.
 
2012-08-12 08:01:55 PM  
Only half a mile? And they get to walk it on even ground?

Totally not seeing the problem here.
 
2012-08-12 08:03:22 PM  
I'm picturing a planeload of cranky people just getting off an international flight speedwalking 0.6 miles to get an early place in line at customs. It's not pretty.

Honey, we can only have two kids. You're gonna have to pick the one that doesn't make the cut and we'll stuff them in a garbage can. I suggest Timmy, because then we can ditch his car seat as well.
 
2012-08-12 08:04:20 PM  
Looking out my window at Hong Kong airport and smiling about how awesome it is.
 
2012-08-12 08:04:25 PM  
HAHAHAHAHA!!! Get it? Because Americans are FAT!!

So funny and original!!
 
2012-08-12 08:04:43 PM  
12min/mi is a comfortable fast walk. Americans are farking fat lazy bastards.
 
2012-08-12 08:05:07 PM  
It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth
has ever produced the expression "as pretty as an airport".
Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a
degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special
effort. This ugliness arises because airports ane full of
people who are tired, cross, and have just discovered that
their luggage has landed in Murmansk (Murmansk airport is the
only known exception to this otherwise infallible rule), and
architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their
designs.
They have sought to highlight the tiredness and crossness
motif with brutal shapes and nerve jangling colours, to make
effortless the business of separating the traveller for ever
from his or her luggage or loved ones, to confuse the traveller
with arrows that appear to point at the windows, distant tie
racks, or the current position of Ursa Minor in the night sky,
and wherever possible to expose the plumbing on the grounds
that it is functional, and conceal the location of the
departure gates, presumably on the grounds that they are not.
 
2012-08-12 08:06:24 PM  

haemaker: Try Heathrow. That should be an Olympic sport.

Nothing like traveling 10 hours then walking a mile and a half to get your bags then go though customs.


Yea, Heathrow sucked ass, but Heathrow is in London. Walking 5 ft in Atlanta sucks balls. Hell, being in Atlanta sucks.
 
2012-08-12 08:07:04 PM  
"We knew based on customer feedback that if they know it's a 15-minute walk, it's not an issue," said Hartsfield-Jackson assistant general manager Jim Drinkard.

If you are taking 15-minutes to walk a half mile with purpose (which is what you are doing between flights), you shouldn't be walking.
 
2012-08-12 08:07:50 PM  
I've never traveled internationally, but I have been through a lot of US airports, ranging in size from the very large (Atlanta Hartsfield/Jackson) to the very small (Jackson Hole, WY). Of all of them, Atlanta's airport is easily the best. Maybe there's something special about the international concourse that I'm not familiar with, but the rest of it is heads and shoulders above anywhere else I've been. I really don't get the hate for ATL.
 
2012-08-12 08:08:21 PM  
I just walked 4 miles each way to the bar so I'm getting a kick etc.

/the hardest part about walking to the bar is developing a new pee routine
 
2012-08-12 08:08:32 PM  
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2012-08-12 08:09:24 PM  

Elzar: 12min/mi is a comfortable fast walk. Americans are farking fat lazy bastards.


Even 20min/mi is 3 MPH, and isn't a crazy speed to walk, and that is a half mile in 10 minutes. 12 min/mi is pretty close to "mall walker" speed, since any faster and you are up to at least a light jog.
 
2012-08-12 08:10:15 PM  

Guuberre: I've never traveled internationally, but I have been through a lot of US airports, ranging in size from the very large (Atlanta Hartsfield/Jackson) to the very small (Jackson Hole, WY). Of all of them, Atlanta's airport is easily the best. Maybe there's something special about the international concourse that I'm not familiar with, but the rest of it is heads and shoulders above anywhere else I've been. I really don't get the hate for ATL.


ATL is easily better than LAX, LGA or JFK
 
2012-08-12 08:10:41 PM  

rynthetyn: RexTalionis: At Beijing, they built the arrival and departure terminals about 2 or 3 kilometers away from the rest of the airport. The solution they used was to build an automated monorail system that arrives every 4 minutes or so.

[lh4.ggpht.com image 360x480]

Yeah, but if you have to switch between terminals 2 and 3 (say, because your ticket is entirely in Mandarin and the travel agent told you the wrong terminal), you have to take a shuttle bus that takes what seems like forever to get between the terminals.

Heathrow is the absolute worst though. No wait, at least I never saw any mice in the terminal at Heathrow, I can't say the same about Frankfurt.


Didn't see any mice in Frankfurt, but I did see a guy fall on some porcelain, split his head wide open, and start shaking and screaming like a banshee. He probably died.

You know what that means...

Yep.

Mice.
 
2012-08-12 08:11:47 PM  

nobius: Amsterdam's airport is worse.


I remember traveling through Schipol to be quite painless, but that may have been the Silver Haze and Ice-o-lator.
 
2012-08-12 08:12:07 PM  
Don't you want to walk around a bit after getting off a plane?
 
2012-08-12 08:14:17 PM  

Guuberre: I've never traveled internationally, but I have been through a lot of US airports, ranging in size from the very large (Atlanta Hartsfield/Jackson) to the very small (Jackson Hole, WY). Of all of them, Atlanta's airport is easily the best. Maybe there's something special about the international concourse that I'm not familiar with, but the rest of it is heads and shoulders above anywhere else I've been. I really don't get the hate for ATL.


It's pretty simple. People occasionally have bad experiences at airports. ATL is the busiest airport. A lot of people have bad experiences at ATL.

And I did this walk Memorial Day weekend. I was mildly annoyed, but mainly because the signage wasn't updated everywhere and it wasn't clear you had walk down terminal E to get to F (or so something like that). The terminal is, however, very nice.
 
2012-08-12 08:15:05 PM  
Walking a half mile whilst lugging a carry-on bag and laptop bag, after 8 plus hours squashed into coach seating is no fun, I don't care where you're from
 
2012-08-12 08:15:13 PM  

The Bestest: Guuberre: I've never traveled internationally, but I have been through a lot of US airports, ranging in size from the very large (Atlanta Hartsfield/Jackson) to the very small (Jackson Hole, WY). Of all of them, Atlanta's airport is easily the best. Maybe there's something special about the international concourse that I'm not familiar with, but the rest of it is heads and shoulders above anywhere else I've been. I really don't get the hate for ATL.

ATL is easily better than LAX, LGA or JFK


I haven't been through those, but I have been through Seattle, Houston (not Hobby), Miami, Hartford, Salt Lake City, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Islip, Syracuse, San Francisco, Las Vegas, DFW, Minneapolis St. Paul, Kansas City, and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head. Most of those just outright suck.
 
2012-08-12 08:19:52 PM  

RexTalionis: At Beijing, they built the arrival and departure terminals about 2 or 3 kilometers away from the rest of the airport. The solution they used was to build an automated monorail system that arrives every 4 minutes or so.

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Orlando MCO does similar. I found Atlanta to be among the best and worst airports I've visited. PITA to get anywhere, even using the slidewalks, but I had to transfer there on military leave many years ago, and realized I'd dropped my ticket when I got to the gate area. As boarding was about to be closed, an airline rep zoomed up on a golf cart, ticket and boarding pass in hand to give back. I could not have been happier or more relieved.
 
2012-08-12 08:20:29 PM  

Rincewind53: haemaker: Try Heathrow. That should be an Olympic sport.

Nothing like traveling 10 hours then walking a mile and a half to get your bags then go though customs.

And all in dank underground tunnels.


And the mile long jetways to your plane

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2012-08-12 08:21:11 PM  

haemaker: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: At Beijing, they built the arrival and departure terminals about 2 or 3 kilometers away from the rest of the airport. The solution they used was to build an automated monorail system that arrives every 4 minutes or so.

[lh4.ggpht.com image 360x480]

Yeah, but if you have to switch between terminals 2 and 3 (say, because your ticket is entirely in Mandarin and the travel agent told you the wrong terminal), you have to take a shuttle bus that takes what seems like forever to get between the terminals.

Heathrow is the absolute worst though. No wait, at least I never saw any mice in the terminal at Heathrow, I can't say the same about Frankfurt.

Crap. Forgot Frankfurt. 10 hours, the drag your luggage down air stairs to stand on a bus... You have to check you bags if you go there.


I don't check bags if I can at all help it. I've got this convertible carry on bag that you can carry with a shoulder strap or backpack straps (which tuck away to make it look like a respectable businesslike carry on shoulder bag), that usually ends up with about 25-30 pounds worth of crap in it because it's my only bag. I didn't have any problems with carrying it through Frankfurt, though it did remind me why there's no way I want to ever gain another 25 pounds.
 
2012-08-12 08:22:16 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Only half a mile? And they get to walk it on even ground?

Totally not seeing the problem here.


Go to Narita and get back to me.

It's one thing if this was anything but an airport. A kilometer walk is unheard of in the Tokyo Metro system. But a 700M is common, so if you're transferring more than once it can add up quickly, with stairs. But an airplane is an ordeal. Especially with the TSA.

So what they should do is suck my dick and carry me to the terminal as a god on a golden palanquin and then pay me to drink their finest liquors and meats. Or they could just NOT have a half mile long walk and keep them sky beers comin'.
 
2012-08-12 08:25:13 PM  
A half mile walk is long, or why this nation is doomed.
 
2012-08-12 08:26:01 PM  
I like Atlanta, very simple layout. But half mile is to long to walk in an airport. Particularly if you have a connecting flight. Still haven't seen anybody mention Chicago's O'Hella. Only airport i have ever been in where terminal shuttles are regularly cancelled.
 
2012-08-12 08:26:52 PM  

doglover: The My Little Pony Killer: Only half a mile? And they get to walk it on even ground?

Totally not seeing the problem here.

Go to Narita and get back to me.

It's one thing if this was anything but an airport. A kilometer walk is unheard of in the Tokyo Metro system. But a 700M is common, so if you're transferring more than once it can add up quickly, with stairs. But an airplane is an ordeal. Especially with the TSA.

So what they should do is suck my dick and carry me to the terminal as a god on a golden palanquin and then pay me to drink their finest liquors and meats. Or they could just NOT have a half mile long walk and keep them sky beers comin'.


Narita's not bad. If you want bad, try Guangzhou late at night when you have to take long hikes AND they don't have any employees that speak anything but Cantonese despite being up there with the world's busiest airports. The airport that I loath with the fire of a thousand suns is JFK. Terribly designed, terribly staffed, and they make you feel like you just entered a police state.
 
2012-08-12 08:29:48 PM  
Many arriving travelers welcome the lengthy stroll from E to the new terminal as a chance to stretch their legs after a long international flight, Hartsfield-Jackson deputy general manager Balram Bheodari said.

Hahaha you gotta love the spin. Yes, after a long exhausting international flight I like nothing more than going on a winding half mile walk with all my carry-on luggage.

"We knew based on customer feedback that if they know it's a 15-minute walk, it's not an issue," said Hartsfield-Jackson assistant general manager Jim Drinkard.

Haha more spin. I don't mind being tortured as long as you tell me how long the torture will be. This is what happens when you let Georgia think on their own. They don't think.
 
2012-08-12 08:36:30 PM  

FriarReb98: All of this goes back to the one universal truth:

I wouldn't be caught dead in that godforfarkingsaken airport. Hell, I might wait until I'm living in eastern North Carolina to ever go to the city.


ATL is a great airport if you live in Atlanta. For connecting flights, not so much.
 
2012-08-12 08:37:53 PM  

Gyrfalcon: No matter what, Atlanta is the worst airport I've ever been through.


You know how I know you've never connected through Charles de Gaulle?
 
2012-08-12 08:39:18 PM  

The Bestest: ATL is easily better than LAX, LGA or JFK


LAX is one of the worst airports I've been to; however, long walks is NOT one of the criticisms.

ATL didn't seem too bad the times I had a connection there. The airport I can't stand is DFW.
 
2012-08-12 08:39:56 PM  

Walker: Many arriving travelers welcome the lengthy stroll from E to the new terminal as a chance to stretch their legs after a long international flight, Hartsfield-Jackson deputy general manager Balram Bheodari said.

Hahaha you gotta love the spin. Yes, after a long exhausting international flight I like nothing more than going on a winding half mile walk with all my carry-on luggage.

"We knew based on customer feedback that if they know it's a 15-minute walk, it's not an issue," said Hartsfield-Jackson assistant general manager Jim Drinkard.

Haha more spin. I don't mind being tortured as long as you tell me how long the torture will be. This is what happens when you let Georgia think on their own. They don't think.


I just don't get why they didn't put people mover sidewalks the whole way through. It would make the hike a lot better that way.
 
2012-08-12 08:41:59 PM  

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Use these
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2012-08-12 08:43:30 PM  
Boy, do I love flying charter. Commercial air travel is for suckers.
 
2012-08-12 08:44:39 PM  
Atlanta isn't that bad. If you truly want to go for a nice stroll, look no further than Madrid.
 
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