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(The Daily Beast)   Just in time for holiday travel, here are the 25 worst airports in America. Reasons why your local airport should be #26 to the right   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 203
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2012-11-19 01:58:21 PM
The last time I flew through SFO, I about murdered somebody. It's annoying as fark that you have to exit the terminal and wait in a goddamn line to go through security again to get to another terminal. Then, on top of everything else, I'm goddamn starving and it's 8:30 at night and all the restaurants were closed.

Then they delayed my flight three hours for fog and I didn't get home until 3am.

Last time my husband had a flight through San Fran, they closed down the runways (mind you, it was a perfectly sunny day) and cancelled the connecting flight and didn't say why, so they had to bus everyone over to Oakland to take the next flight to SeaTac from there.
 
2012-11-19 02:00:49 PM
Whoever wrote this list must like little kids.

Salt Lake City must be on this list because of the herds of screaming Free Range Crotchfruit that use your carry-on as a jungle gym.
 
2012-11-19 02:02:18 PM
I live half way between SFO and SJO and use both pretty frequently. Which one depends on where I'm going, coming from and cost. It's generally a toss up unless I intend to go straight to work from the airport (in which case SJO wins, being only a few miles from work). I gotta say, I realy haven't had any issues at SFO. I've used it at least a half dozen times this year. I think some people just have bad luck.
 
2012-11-19 02:02:29 PM
I've flown into about half of these before, and most are actually pretty good. The worst ones I have flown into/out of were the smaller regional ones. These are more like the 25 biggest airports, as opposed to the 25 worst.

For my local ones, BWI, Dulles, and Reagan National, are all pretty good. The exceptions are that I despise driving into and out of Reagan (I somehow manage to get lost every single time) and BWI has the slowest baggage claim on earth. If you don't check a bag, the airport is great. If you had to check a bag, be prepared to wait for an hour before the bags from your flight make it to the carousel.
 
2012-11-19 02:14:20 PM
When you fly into San Diego, there is the minor detail that you are so close to the office buildings when you land that you can tell which websites the office workers are surfing when they should be working.

But the security lines are usually shorter than Hooterville, I mean Mayberry, I mean Salt Lake City.

Fog? Or the pilots are laughing so hard at the Padres, they need a few minutes to compose themselves?
 
2012-11-19 02:25:13 PM

Urinal Cake Mix: The last time I flew through SFO, I about murdered somebody. It's annoying as fark that you have to exit the terminal and wait in a goddamn line to go through security again to get to another terminal. Then, on top of everything else, I'm goddamn starving and it's 8:30 at night and all the restaurants were closed.

Then they delayed my flight three hours for fog and I didn't get home until 3am.

Last time my husband had a flight through San Fran, they closed down the runways (mind you, it was a perfectly sunny day) and cancelled the connecting flight and didn't say why, so they had to bus everyone over to Oakland to take the next flight to SeaTac from there.


Was it transferring between an international and domestic flight? That seems pretty standard (i know they do it in Dallas). It really doesn't make any sense but I guess TSA is scared someone didn't get screened properly wherever they came from. (Though last year when I flew from El Salvador they had extra security at the American gate in San Salvador that took my bottle of Coke that I had purchased 15 feet away from him ... jerks)
 
2012-11-19 02:32:19 PM

Rapmaster2000: dofus: I switch off between Tampa and Orlando since I live about half way between. Both are good but Orlando's security can back up at times. They have it set up funny.

Note: to farkers everywhere: Florida

Too bad this is US airports only. Otherwise we could talk about Heathrow.

Did you ever try Sarasota? I've flown out of there several times. I preferred it over Tampa. I haven't been to Orlando in about 15 years so I can't recall if it sucks.


SRQ is a great little airport. They just can't keep any carriers there for very long. And when they do, it's always cheaper to fly out of Tampa. It's a shame, really.
 
2012-11-19 02:32:55 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: I live half way between SFO and SJO and use both pretty frequently. Which one depends on where I'm going, coming from and cost. It's generally a toss up unless I intend to go straight to work from the airport (in which case SJO wins, being only a few miles from work). I gotta say, I realy haven't had any issues at SFO. I've used it at least a half dozen times this year. I think some people just have bad luck.


SJO is in Costa Rica. You're probably referring to SJC.
 
2012-11-19 02:40:53 PM

car_go_fast: I've flown into about half of these before, and most are actually pretty good. The worst ones I have flown into/out of were the smaller regional ones. These are more like the 25 biggest airports, as opposed to the 25 worst.

For my local ones, BWI, Dulles, and Reagan National, are all pretty good. The exceptions are that I despise driving into and out of Reagan (I somehow manage to get lost every single time) and BWI has the slowest baggage claim on earth. If you don't check a bag, the airport is great. If you had to check a bag, be prepared to wait for an hour before the bags from your flight make it to the carousel.


Really, I find BWI's baggage claim pretty quick. But then I pretty much exclusively do the Southwest terminal. By the time I walk down the concourse to the claim it's already started the offload.
 
2012-11-19 02:41:02 PM
I live in the OC and I hate LAX so much that I'll take the train to San Diego if there isn't a nonstop out of John Wayne or Long Beach over going to LAX. When they installed the green line train a few years back they got paid off by the cab companies and stopped it about a mile and a half short of the airport and you have to transfer to buses for "navigational" reasons. Gee, I wonder how the airplanes manage to land at Heathrow and Munich and Tokyo and St. Louis and San Francisco....... Motherfarking dumbassed corrupt sons of whores.
 
2012-11-19 02:43:57 PM
Lambert St. Louis has been a clusterfark every time I've used it. Charlotte, being the US Air hub, is packed to the gills with confused, upset people (they, too, mostly had to fly US Air, so I can't blame 'em).

Hartfield-Jackson in Atlanta is basically a small city...which is cool if you have time to catch your next flight, and a nightmare if you don't.

car_go_fast: I've flown into about half of these before, and most are actually pretty good. The worst ones I have flown into/out of were the smaller regional ones. These are more like the 25 biggest airports, as opposed to the 25 worst.

For my local ones, BWI, Dulles, and Reagan National, are all pretty good. The exceptions are that I despise driving into and out of Reagan (I somehow manage to get lost every single time) and BWI has the slowest baggage claim on earth. If you don't check a bag, the airport is great. If you had to check a bag, be prepared to wait for an hour before the bags from your flight make it to the carousel.


Truth about BWI...Had to gate-check a bag because of US Air asshattery...just vile. Still, also quite correct about how easy it is with no checked luggage.
 
2012-11-19 02:44:08 PM

spyderqueen: Really, I find BWI's baggage claim pretty quick. But then I pretty much exclusively do the Southwest terminal. By the time I walk down the concourse to the claim it's already started the offload.


Most or maybe all of the times I have had to claim bags there, I have arrived fairly late at night, so it might just be the night crew that is slow.
 
2012-11-19 03:17:41 PM

happyleper: Uchiha_Cycliste: I live half way between SFO and SJO and use both pretty frequently. Which one depends on where I'm going, coming from and cost. It's generally a toss up unless I intend to go straight to work from the airport (in which case SJO wins, being only a few miles from work). I gotta say, I realy haven't had any issues at SFO. I've used it at least a half dozen times this year. I think some people just have bad luck.

SJO is in Costa Rica. You're probably referring to SJC.


poo... I probably am. southwest likes to remind me of that too. I even fly out of there in a few days.
 
2012-11-19 03:20:11 PM
Flying to Houston from LA [from Sydney from Wellington but that's another story] later this week. Good to see HOU isn't on the list. No surprise to see LAX on there.
 
2012-11-19 03:26:09 PM

OscarTamerz: I live in the OC and I hate LAX so much that I'll take the train to San Diego if there isn't a nonstop out of John Wayne or Long Beach over going to LAX. When they installed the green line train a few years back they got paid off by the cab companies and stopped it about a mile and a half short of the airport and you have to transfer to buses for "navigational" reasons. Gee, I wonder how the airplanes manage to land at Heathrow and Munich and Tokyo and St. Louis and San Francisco....... Motherfarking dumbassed corrupt sons of whores.


I LOVE Longbeach. It's like flying through the terminal in wings.
You get to walk to the plane, you get to smoke in the terminal. no one gives a shiat about anything, it's a fantastic airport. Unfortunately it's hard to get someone to pick me up there most days so I have to fly into John Wayne. =(
 
2012-11-19 04:23:18 PM
How about every airport ever that charges $9.20 for a farking beer?
 
2012-11-19 04:34:48 PM
cfreak:
Bad airports I've been to:
Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

Rest easy, you won't have to. MCI is not a hub. It's at the end of a spoke for every airline that serves it. Journeys begin or end there, but nobody makes connections.
 
2012-11-19 04:40:14 PM

fredbox: How about every airport ever that charges $9.20 for a farking beer?


Well, you try to deliver beer into the terminal three ounces at a time. Why do you think the security lines are so long? Those are the delivery guys.
 
2012-11-19 04:41:21 PM
Dear Beast Web Designer:

Your ass sucks canal water. You've even managed to fark up a slideshow.

XOXO
T
 
2012-11-19 04:47:48 PM

Miss Nova: cfreak:
Bad airports I've been to:
Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

Rest easy, you won't have to. MCI is not a hub. It's at the end of a spoke for every airline that serves it. Journeys begin or end there, but nobody makes connections.


Ah, but it was at one point, for TWA and Braniff. You see how well that worked out.

In fact, the airport's design was dictated at least in part by TWA to be like this, thinking that having flyers drive to the gate would be better and cheaper than any sort of people mover system. Of course, this was also just before hijackings made modern security checkpoints necessary.

Now, they want to redo the whole thing, make it more centralized, with all gates around a central terminal.  I hope they work out some sort of compromise, to maintain at least some of the convenience of the existing design, but who knows.
 
2012-11-19 04:49:00 PM

Miss Nova: cfreak:
Bad airports I've been to:
Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

Rest easy, you won't have to. MCI is not a hub. It's at the end of a spoke for every airline that serves it. Journeys begin or end there, but nobody makes connections.


csb time:
I made a connection through MCI last year (BWI->MCI->LAX) flying Southwest. If I hadn't known about the setup of the airport beforehand, I would have been furious about having to leave security (and re-enter) just to get a farking hamburger -- and even if I didn't get food, I still would have had to do the same thing to get to my connecting flight. But I was prepared, so no big deal. I sure as hell won't connect through there again though.
On the way back, I connected through HOU (Hobby, not Bush). It was a nice little airport.
 
2012-11-19 04:49:34 PM

ttc2301: Dear Beast Web Designer:

Your ass sucks canal water. You've even managed to fark up a slideshow.

XOXO
T


I swear I initially read that as "Breast Web Designer", and thought "at long last, I have found my calling, whatever it is".
 
2012-11-19 05:10:08 PM
We used to fly Thanksgiving morning out of JFK to see family. Easiest, best flights ever (JetBlue). That was before of course they caught on as a halfway decent airline and jacked their fees.
 
2012-11-19 05:40:17 PM

Cythraul:

22 Lambert-St. Louis Int'l. (STL)



Didn't even realize we had enough flights heading into the STL to even be considered on a 25 airport list. Thank god that tornado hit the place last year so that they could get some additional usage out of a ghost town concourse.
 
2012-11-19 06:31:31 PM

WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.


Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.
 
2012-11-19 06:54:58 PM
Denver is a great airport, anyone here have any good reasons for it being on this list?
 
2012-11-19 06:58:43 PM

Paleorific: Denver is a great airport, anyone here have any good reasons for it being on this list?


Denver's airport is a great airport for Aurora.

(Explanation: it's freaking like thirty miles outside of Denver. It's a hassle to get to. It's closer to Aurora.)
 
2012-11-19 07:09:21 PM

LariSpitler: WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.

Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.


Agreed. Easily the worst airport I've ever been to. It's even worse when I transfer from domestic to international, everything's confusing and I sometimes can't find the entrance behind all the construction stuff. And the workers there are horrible. Absolutely horrible. Just miserable, rude people who are probably failed actors or police academy rejects.

Me: "I just landed but my connecting flight is not for another 6 hours. Can I go ahead into this terminal and wait?"
Ghetto TSA Girl: "Your flight's not for 6 hours. You can't come in yet."
Me: "Well, there are no chairs out here. If I can just go into my terminal early then I can wait there."
Ghetto TSA Girl, now in Prima Donna mode: "Are you asking me or are you telling me?"

Just the worst service you can expect. And they definitely have some anti-foreigners people working customs in LAX who seem to be annoyed by the influx of people from other countries coming into California.
 
2012-11-19 07:10:48 PM

Paleorific: Denver is a great airport, anyone here have any good reasons for it being on this list?


That surprised me too. It's a beautifully designed airport. But yes, way too far out of town.
 
2012-11-19 07:14:35 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: OscarTamerz: I live in the OC and I hate LAX so much that I'll take the train to San Diego if there isn't a nonstop out of John Wayne or Long Beach over going to LAX. When they installed the green line train a few years back they got paid off by the cab companies and stopped it about a mile and a half short of the airport and you have to transfer to buses for "navigational" reasons. Gee, I wonder how the airplanes manage to land at Heathrow and Munich and Tokyo and St. Louis and San Francisco....... Motherfarking dumbassed corrupt sons of whores.

I LOVE Longbeach. It's like flying through the terminal in wings.
You get to walk to the plane, you get to smoke in the terminal. no one gives a shiat about anything, it's a fantastic airport. Unfortunately it's hard to get someone to pick me up there most days so I have to fly into John Wayne. =(


Never been to Long Beach but John Wayne is a beautiful, clean airport that always seems to be populated by attractive-looking people who are on the affluent side. Will be flying into there for all my Disneyland trips from now on. Previously used LAX, which was a bad idea.
 
2012-11-19 07:17:54 PM

LariSpitler: WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.

Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.


I've had exactly two experiences with LAX: a brief layover on my way to Hawaii, and again on the way back. In both cases, it wasn't a long trek from one gate to the other, never had to leave the secure areas so no TSA crap, plenty of amenities available in the secure area, and on the way back I managed a nice short nap. In other words, my 2 experiences were great, which by Fark standards of weighing evidence means you all are lying, deceitful wife-beating pederasts, and therefore Palin is automatically president.

Or something like that. Am I doing this right?

So hard to tell sometimes. 

/Reference also: my earlier comments about KCI
 
2012-11-19 07:23:08 PM

C0rf: My "local" airports are #18, #17, and #5. I don't care what anybody says about DCA: I can walk 15 minutes from my house, hop on the metro, not even bother transferring to a different line during rush hour, and hop off within a quarter mile of the security gate at DCA. Winning.


Like I said Reagan rules. Hop on the Metro, hardly any lines, bing bang boom you're in the air and gone.
 
2012-11-19 07:38:06 PM
The best airport in the world has got to be Singapore's Changi Airport. Everything about it is so great - the people are friendly, great play area for toddlers, easy access to an amazing transit hotel, free movie theatre, excellent local food that Singapore's known for and also your typical international fares, free wi-fis and free computer terminals, excellent trains that run between terminals frequently, cheap metro into the city, cheap taxis outside, and it is obviously the home port for Singapore Airways, arguably the best airline in the world. And, there are Air Asia and Tiger Airways, ultra-cheap airlines that backpackers love to use to get into the rest of Southwest Asia for less than $100. The whole place is like a dream, and puts any airport within the United States to shame. Seriously.
 
2012-11-19 08:03:47 PM
I can't be #26; I'm #3 (though it's an hour away, it's where my frequent flier miles airlines are,) or #14 (never been despite being 15-20 mins from my house).
 
2012-11-19 08:44:38 PM
I assume the "on-time" with LAX is only considering touch-down time. I've never gone straight to the gate after landing, it's always a 30 minute sit and read marathon as we wait for a gate to open or for a plane to leave the apron or some other foolishness.

LA may not be the worst, but it's certainly the worst designed.
 
2012-11-19 08:51:09 PM

calm like a bomb: I'll give a shout out to Manchester, NH. It's only basically regional, but the layout is good, you get in and out fairly quickly, and the car rental guys are always awesome. I've gotten upgraded just about every time I fly there.

I also like MSP a lot.

Worst? Easy. JFK. It should be nuked from orbit. There are other bad ones (I'm looking at you, Miami), but nothing tops that POS.


Also this. I live in LA, my parents live in NH. Manchester is perfect for what it is. Plus there's a Dunkins before AND after security.
 
2012-11-19 09:11:46 PM
Seattle didn't make the list?

OK, I demand a recount.
 
2012-11-19 09:58:26 PM
i love lax.
sure the traffic sucks because it is la, and the security sucks because it's an airport, but i have never been to any other airport that you can be so close to the planes. if you go to the international end, there are huge farking 747's parked right next to the road. i love going to the theme building for a martini. i love that there are signs that say lax security. i love that if you are in just the right place on the 405 at just the right time it will look like a plane is driving on the 105. i love that in lot c the arriving planes are about 100 feet above you. i love that on dockweiler beach the departing planes are about 100 feet above you. and i love that from my window at night i can see the lights of 10-12 planes lined up off to the east on their way in. i guess i am allowed to be non-cynical about one thing.

farm6.staticflickr.com 

darkroom.baltimoresun.com

and this because it is awesome:

www.globalpost.com
 
2012-11-19 10:16:36 PM
Live in Northeast pa.
Every Airport for 150 miles of me is on the list.
 
2012-11-19 10:27:32 PM

bv2112: reillan: /to be fair, Tulsa is too small to be annoying to most people.

Yeah, but to about 50% of people, being there means leaving Tulsa, so it should get pretty good marks.

Not sure what my least favorite U.S. city is, but it's between Tulsa and Durham, NC--and I've been to Newark.


but you haven't been to Detroit?

/It's funny, I was just dating a girl from Durham who was telling me how amazing it is and how I should think about moving there some day. Emphasis on *was*.
//My least favorite city is LA. I didn't enjoy the traffic, or the constant need to drive all the friggin way across the MSA.
 
2012-11-19 10:41:33 PM

Lord Dimwit: Paleorific: Denver is a great airport, anyone here have any good reasons for it being on this list?

Denver's airport is a great airport for Aurora.

(Explanation: it's freaking like thirty miles outside of Denver. It's a hassle to get to. It's closer to Aurora.)


Hmm, when I lived there all I had to do was pay $10 to get on a bus, very easy and very cheap. I did live near downtown so...
 
2012-11-19 11:03:04 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: 'how is this not simply the 25 largest airports in america?
Also, SFO is pretty righteous, I question this list.


SFO probably loses because it's a high traffic airport subject to delays due to fog.

On the other hand the TSA agents are efficient and professional and the typical wait through the line is less than 9 minutes. Oh wait, right not TSA at all, they're private contractors because Dianne Feinstein forced through an amendment to allow SFO to retain it's Filipino private security agents.
 
2012-11-19 11:29:54 PM
I was traveling when Richard Reid decided to fark it up for everyone. A few days later when I went to leave Dulles, I was stripped to my boxers right there in front of everyone. When I protested and asked for privacy, I was told I could be searched there or I could leave.

I was shirtless, pantless, shoeless and sockless. Boxers. Motherfarking boxers. In front of what felt like thousands of people.

Fark you Dulles. I fly into BWI now. Assholes.

/csb
 
2012-11-19 11:37:55 PM
List completely fails without MCI (Kansas City). Ever made a Southwest connection there? Ever had to go outside of security and come back in because the airport design is so completely ignorant? Stupid, stupid, stupid. Made worse after 9/11, and still not fixed as of the last time I flew through there (or out of there, recently).

Tulsa (my current home airport) is a breeze compared to most. TSA makes it harder than it should be (like with most airports).

DFW (my former home airport) gets a lot of grief because people don't understand it. And guilt by association because of being American's home base. I know it's a pain, though, to the uninitiated. Also if you have less than 40 minutes to make your connection and you land at A and have to go to D, or C and have to go to B.

DEN should be higher on the list somehow, as should ATL.

I will do anything possible to avoid flying through ORD. Ditto IAD, though I used to have to fly there once a month for years. I hate that airport. And those stupid terminal shuttles. Please.

SFO isn't that bad.

If this list is based completely on on-time departures and amenities, then someone is clueless.
 
2012-11-19 11:39:20 PM
darkroom.baltimoresun.com 

www.reactionface.info 

/hotlinked.
//necessary, for some damned reason.
 
2012-11-20 12:07:08 AM
I've been to a lot of these, but always thought Kansas City was the worst, esp for amenities.

San Jose, Ca is pretty great. Having an Illy Coffee is a huge step up from most airports. Long Beach, Orange County, Portland, Reagan are all okay too, IMO.
 
2012-11-20 02:49:22 AM

gibbon1: Uchiha_Cycliste: 'how is this not simply the 25 largest airports in america?
Also, SFO is pretty righteous, I question this list.

SFO probably loses because it's a high traffic airport subject to delays due to fog.

On the other hand the TSA agents are efficient and professional and the typical wait through the line is less than 9 minutes. Oh wait, right not TSA at all, they're private contractors because Dianne Feinstein forced through an amendment to allow SFO to retain it's Filipino private security agents.


IIRC that's not the deal. They don't need the same security procedures because it's a private airport. They can pretty much do what they want but in fact they voluntarily have stricter terminal security as a result. They have their own private security folks under contract from the TSA. At least that's what the security folks told me when I asked them why their security line rules were different from other airports. For instance, for quite some time they didn't require you to take your laptop out of your bag. I've always found the security lines there to be quicker than Oakland, San Jose, John Wayne and Ontario.
 
2012-11-20 03:12:20 AM

The Banana Thug: Uchiha_Cycliste: OscarTamerz: I live in the OC and I hate LAX so much that I'll take the train to San Diego if there isn't a nonstop out of John Wayne or Long Beach over going to LAX. When they installed the green line train a few years back they got paid off by the cab companies and stopped it about a mile and a half short of the airport and you have to transfer to buses for "navigational" reasons. Gee, I wonder how the airplanes manage to land at Heathrow and Munich and Tokyo and St. Louis and San Francisco....... Motherfarking dumbassed corrupt sons of whores.

I LOVE Longbeach. It's like flying through the terminal in wings.
You get to walk to the plane, you get to smoke in the terminal. no one gives a shiat about anything, it's a fantastic airport. Unfortunately it's hard to get someone to pick me up there most days so I have to fly into John Wayne. =(

Never been to Long Beach but John Wayne is a beautiful, clean airport that always seems to be populated by attractive-looking people who are on the affluent side. Will be flying into there for all my Disneyland trips from now on. Previously used LAX, which was a bad idea.


LAX just sucks. It's huge, dirty and the traffic to and from there is always heinous unless it's some ungodly hour after midnight. I've found the best way to get there is from Metro's Union station. They have a shuttle for $7 that takes you to your terminal, and as I almost always fly SouthWest I always get to make the first stop on the loop the shuttle make through all the terminals. Woo! To be honest, Union station (these days) is nicer than LAX is, I hate that airport. Try to get over to long beach some time if you can swing it. I know Jet Blue flies out of there.

I'm about to be flying in and out of Burbank, Ontario, and if timing requires it LAX *shudders* a lot. I live in the bay area and my girl friend lives in Pasadena, Also, her parents live in Chino Hills and mine are in Laguna Niguel (So. OC). So at least every other month I'll be flying into and out of some SoCal and NorCal airports.
I've found that Southwest has pretty much the same prices for all of the SoCal to Norcal jumps, assuming it can be done in one go. For instance, there are no direct flights from SFO to Burbank. Otherwise any LA area (SNA, LGB, LAX, BUR or ONT) to (SFO, SJC or OAK (rarely)) So I get to make my choices based on where I'm coming from and going to. If I plan to go straight to work from the Airport, essentially spending the night with my girlfriend and commuting 400 miles to work, I'll fly into San Jose; in fact when I fly out of San Jose I fly directly over where I work and I never even get to see it =(.Likewise San Jose is for going to the airport from work, When I am going to or from home, I often use SFO. It has better choices of places to drink inside the terminal, and there's often a baby bullet I can take from redwood city to Millbrae so it's quicker to access via public transport; also the lines are shorter. When I plan to go home after my flight instead of work I fly into SFO too.
I guess my point is that it's lots of fun to live half way between SFO and SJC. Likewise it's fun to have so many SoCal options depending on where I plan to end up, and where my girlfriend will be when I land.

\I ♥my gf so so much =3
 
2012-11-20 09:17:07 AM

The Banana Thug: LariSpitler: WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.

Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.

Agreed. Easily the worst airport I've ever been to. It's even worse when I transfer from domestic to international, everything's confusing and I sometimes can't find the entrance behind all the construction stuff. And the workers there are horrible. Absolutely horrible. Just miserable, rude people who are probably failed actors or police academy rejects.

Me: "I just landed but my connecting flight is not for another 6 hours. Can I go ahead into this terminal and wait?"
Ghetto TSA Girl: "Your flight's not for 6 hours. You can't come in yet."
Me: "Well, there are no chairs out here. If I can just go into my terminal early then I can wait there."
Ghetto TSA Girl, now in Prima Donna mode: "Are you asking me or are you telling me?"

Just the worst service you can expect. And they definitely have some anti-foreigners people working customs in LAX who seem to be annoyed by the influx of people from other countries coming into California.


Da fuq?

You leave security in LAX on a layover? Da fuq?
 
2012-11-20 01:27:33 PM

seadoo2006: The Banana Thug: LariSpitler: WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.

Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.

Agreed. Easily the worst airport I've ever been to. It's even worse when I transfer from domestic to international, everything's confusing and I sometimes can't find the entrance behind all the construction stuff. And the workers there are horrible. Absolutely horrible. Just miserable, rude people who are probably failed actors or police academy rejects.

Me: "I just landed but my connecting flight is not for another 6 hours. Can I go ahead into this terminal and wait?"
Ghetto TSA Girl: "Your flight's not for 6 hours. You can't come in yet."
Me: "Well, there are no chairs out here. If I can just go into my terminal early then I can wait there."
Ghetto TSA Girl, now in Prima Donna mode: "Are you asking me or are you telling me?"

Just the worst service you can expect. And they definitely have some anti-foreigners people working customs in LAX who seem to be annoyed by the influx of people from other countries coming into California.

Da fuq?

You leave security in LAX on a layover? Da fuq?


Two reasons why people would do it:

1) With relatively few connections between terminals behind security, there are numerous instances where a connecting passenger must leave and re-enter security at LAX. International-to-domestic connections from TBIT to any other terminal come to mind immediately, but there are other instances (especially on interline tickets).

2) A lot of people from non-west coast locales who leave LAX during layovers to go to the In-N-Out on South Sepulveda Boulevard, or to the beach or other places in the area, if they have time. I don't have such inclinations -- LAX is on this list for a good reason, and I live in a place that has several In-N-Outs -- but there are reasons why leaving, for some people, is better than staying at LAX for hours on end.
 
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