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2013-03-12 03:19:30 PM  

Rapmaster2000: HaywoodJablonski: Also, who complained abou IAH and why? I like it

I did.  Because of this:

[www.scubaboard.com image 849x371]
IAH has the ORD problem - terminals added on over time that don't fit as well together as a new airport design would.  Anytime your airport has bus transfers it's bound to be a less than pleasant experience.  See also, Cincinnati.


For some of those Continental (United) Express flights leaving Terminal B, you have to walk outside through a long tent, only to have to climb up the airplane stairs to board. Time warp to the 1960's.
 
2013-03-12 03:20:49 PM  
That's it. You guys can't use my airport anymore.
 
2013-03-12 03:21:14 PM  
BuckTurgidson:

Frequent Flyer Knows Out-Of-The-Way Airport Bar That's Never Crowded

Pfft.  I go to the SkyClub for free booze.
 
2013-03-12 03:21:24 PM  

ElVee: HaywoodJablonski: EWR blows as well. So does Miami

I challenge anyone to find a more disorganized shiathole than MIA.  I'm pretty sure MIA is actually one of the lower levels of hell.


Plus the airport employees at MIA are the most unhelpful people on the face of the planet.

God forbid you actually have to talk to a gate agent.  She's going to have to stop texting for a whole 3 seconds to tell you "I don't know, call the 800 number" before you even get your question out.

I actually saw a MIA gate agent say "I don't have to take this farking shiat" to a customer and storm off at MIA...after people were pissed because of a weather delay.  I was 3rd or 4th in line and people's mouths just hit the floor...it's was comedy gold.
 
2013-03-12 03:23:20 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: Also, who complained abou IAH and why? I like it


I recently had a bad experience there.  I was flying between two international destinations, with a brief stop at IAH.  Usually in this situation, you don't have to go through customs, immigration, or security and can just connect from one gate to another without leaving a secure area and without technically entering the country that you're flying through.  But not at IAH.  Here, you have to get off your flight, trudge halfway through the airport, go through customs and immigration, leave the secure area, go back through security, and then trudge back to your gate (in my case, it was about 30 feet from my arriving flight).  Worst of all nobody could give me a straight answer about where I should go, if I could bypass any of these steps, etc. NobodyI spoke to, from airline staff to TSA agents to airport security to customs officers told me the same thing as the others and none of them were actually correct in the end.

This alone would put me off ever wanting to travel to or through this airport again.  Add to this the horrible layout of the terminal, the mediocre and pricey food and shopping, the rude staff (the guys driving the 'courtesy shuttle' things around the terminal were the worst... "Move over! Move over!"), and the fact that they pretentiously call it an "Intercontinental" airport, and it easily becomes one of the worst I've been to.
 
2013-03-12 03:23:54 PM  

ElVee: I challenge anyone to find a more disorganized shiathole than MIA. I'm pretty sure MIA is actually one of the lower levels of hell.


I concur with this, in fact I am quite positive that behind the service doors the inner workings of the airport are run by the damned
 
2013-03-12 03:25:49 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Worst airport in the US?  Oakland, California.


It's better now.  I actually fly IND -> PHX -> OAK regularly.  Still kind of like arriving at the bus station vs. an airport, but notably better over the past couple of years.  Main issue still seems to be that not as many business travelers use it so everybody's a novice.

In truth, I now prefer OAK to SFO or SJC now for arrivals just because the airport foot traffic is lighter.

But dirty...oh yes.
 
2013-03-12 03:26:11 PM  

Mikey1969: Nope, best airport in North America, hands down, is Portland International Jetport in Maine. 13 gates, a nice pub in the center where you can watch any gate from, nice view(Green grass, houses, hills). None of the typical airport bullshiat. I don't have to march across a mile or more of building to find yet another terminal to get lost in.

Only airport I've been to that didn't actually make me angry.



So much this!
 
2013-03-12 03:27:08 PM  
Gosling   SirEattonHogg: Milwaukee has a nice airport.  30 minute free waiting area (with no parking fees) near the drop off.  You can shop at a nice second hand book store (Rennaissance), do other shopping/browsing and/or have a bratwurst, all without going through security.

But, its not a main airport.  You are only using it to go to/from MIlwaukee or to transfer to other Wisconsin cities.



That's my home airport. It was a hub until recently; now a lot of direct flights have turned into connection flights.

Rennaissance, though, is not my idea of a good bookstore. That's a branch of another store that was downtown. Was. The downtown place was an absolute disaster-area pigsty. Books in semi-random piles all over the floor. Literally piles. Stacks and mounds of them, not on shelves, just laying there on the ground without anyone giving a shiat. You couldn't find anything in there. And they gave even less of a shiat about the decor; there were gigantic sections of peeled and stripped paint that in some places were larger than the painted sections. Eventually the police declared the building unfit for human habitation.Yeah, but Rennaissance at the airport is nice and clean.  And what other airport bookstore can you score 1970's HP Loecraft pulp reprint novels?  Every other airport its the usual overpriced NYT bestseller pocketnovelsTheGreatGazoo: John Wayne out in LA

Orange County is not LALol. My friends and relatives out in the OC would have a fit if you confused them for Los Angelenos.
 
2013-03-12 03:27:34 PM  

BinderWoman: Rapmaster2000: HaywoodJablonski: Also, who complained abou IAH and why? I like it

I did.  Because of this:

[www.scubaboard.com image 849x371]
IAH has the ORD problem - terminals added on over time that don't fit as well together as a new airport design would.  Anytime your airport has bus transfers it's bound to be a less than pleasant experience.  See also, Cincinnati.

For some of those Continental (United) Express flights leaving Terminal B, you have to walk outside through a long tent, only to have to climb up the airplane stairs to board. Time warp to the 1960's.


The old Midway had these cinder block stairwells you had to climb that always had a pile of cigarette butts at the bottom from the ground crew trying to find a warm place to smoke.  Now that was old times.

12349876: Rapmaster2000: See also, Cincinnati.

The bus concourse there has been shut down for several years.  The two small terminals are shut too.  Delta downsized big time down there and is only in the far tram concourse, with the others are in the near tram concourse.


I just recall my ex-wife falling out of the bus at CVG into the snow because she insisted upon wearing some wobbly hooker boots to the airport.  I probably shouldn't have laughed.

It wasn't as funny as the girl I watched last month trying to pull off her thigh-highs at PHL security only to lose her balance and flop flat on her back like a narcoleptic goat.
 
2013-03-12 03:28:57 PM  
Ouch.  That was a mess of a post. Darn codes.
 
2013-03-12 03:33:25 PM  

rka: Changi Airport in Singapore.

I got off a plane from Kuala Lumpur once, walked down the terminal, breezed through immigration and my bag was just coming around the baggage claim just as I got there. Strolled out and grabbed a waiting taxi to get downtown.

Total time in the airport from jetway to taxi? Maybe 10 minutes. Max. With a checked bag and immigration/customs.


I wish I could say I agree with this, but both times I flew into Sing, it was 22 hours of flight and I was a raving lunatic by the time we set down at 2:00am.  We could have landed in Disneyland and I would not have known the difference.  I just wanted OFF that damn plane. But Singapore is a good.  Nice place if you're rich and don't mind a little *cough* humidity to go along with your government ran bordello.
 
2013-03-12 03:35:49 PM  

Detinwolf: I prefer wandering the land of confusion aka STL's hallways.


I was there for the first time a few weeks ago when I flew out to visit my brother, most illogically laid out terminal I've ever been in.  For comparison, terminals I've been in:  Detroit Metro, O'Hare, Midway, Denver International, Eagle County, Eastern Iowa Airport (Cedar Rapids), Traverse City Cherry Capital, McCarron, George Bush International, Hobby Field (Houston's other airport), LAX, Orlando International, Southwest Florida International (Ft. Myers), Palm Springs International, Minneapolis-St. Paul International, and Heathrow (terminal 5).
 
2013-03-12 03:36:11 PM  

jazz710: Cymbal: O'Hare. And it's not even close.

They have private fark booths for rent, though they advertise them as sleep lockers.

Are you bat-shiat? O'Hare is a regular connection for me and they fark out 7/10 flights I take. Missed connections, personnel issues, bloat. Yuck. Partially the airlines, sure, but I fly many different carriers and Chicago is always my travel bottleneck.


All that is true, but I'll never forget boning my wife in one of the sleep lockers. The poor man's mile-high club.
 
2013-03-12 03:38:55 PM  

jaytkay: TheGreatGazoo: John Wayne out in LA

Orange County is not LA


4.bp.blogspot.com

This is LA bato, if we say it is..........
 
2013-03-12 03:46:21 PM  
The first time I ever flew was out of Indy. I was on my way to boot camp so I didn't really enjoy it.
 
2013-03-12 03:50:52 PM  

Rapmaster2000: HaywoodJablonski: Also, who complained abou IAH and why? I like it

I did.  Because of this:

[www.scubaboard.com image 849x371]
IAH has the ORD problem - terminals added on over time that don't fit as well together as a new airport design would.  Anytime your airport has bus transfers it's bound to be a less than pleasant experience.  See also, Cincinnati.


Yeah, but at least you don't feel like you're going to be shivved when you step outside, like you do at HOU. Well, not shivved right away, anyway.
 
2013-03-12 03:53:21 PM  
I like Dallas. Easy transportation, clean, and the food is pretty good.

I've been to Miami twice and both times they had construction going on. And both times the A/C was out. In Miami. And people were laying about everywhere as there weren't really any chairs. It was like being in Dante's Inferno.
 
2013-03-12 04:03:06 PM  

Treygreen13: I've been all over - mother worked for AA and I live 15 minutes from DFW. We used to go on 3 trips a year, each one to a different location. My vote for best place to kill an hour is still Terminal D at DFW. Nosh on some tenderloin tamales, drink a local wine, grab some Ben & Jerry's, and then stop at the Irish pub for a pint while you people-watch the people arriving.


I seem to recall reading that they intended to renovate all the other terminals on the Terminal D model, to the extent that's possible within the physical constraints of those terminals. If that's true, then it may make waiting actually bearable in the future, no matter what your terminal, when your flight's inevitably  delayed by either bullshiat out of Chicago or the NE or the latest string of horrific thunderstorms to roll through.

/of course, even now you can always take the train over to D
//will also be interesting to see what the new Love terminal is like when it opens next year.
 
2013-03-12 04:04:13 PM  
Best airport in the world that I've used:  Hong Kong International Airport.  Clean and efficient.  Linked by double decker buses, high speed ferry and a special subway line to almost anywhere in Hong Kong.  I can't think of one complaint about the place (maybe lack of bars - but that's an American thing).

Worst airport in the world: Manila International.  Which isn't so much a single airport - but 3 different airports in the same district.  Airport 1 is a horrible third world pos that should be dynamited.  Airport 2 is okay, but its always over capacity. The new one is decent and clean, but its a crap shoot if your flight is going in there.

Bonus crap points to LAX and Frankfurt for their rude gestapo-like immigration folks.
 
2013-03-12 04:06:17 PM  

johnnyq: Treygreen13: I've been all over - mother worked for AA and I live 15 minutes from DFW. We used to go on 3 trips a year, each one to a different location. My vote for best place to kill an hour is still Terminal D at DFW. Nosh on some tenderloin tamales, drink a local wine, grab some Ben & Jerry's, and then stop at the Irish pub for a pint while you people-watch the people arriving.

I seem to recall reading that they intended to renovate all the other terminals on the Terminal D model, to the extent that's possible within the physical constraints of those terminals. If that's true, then it may make waiting actually bearable in the future, no matter what your terminal, when your flight's inevitably  delayed by either bullshiat out of Chicago or the NE or the latest string of horrific thunderstorms to roll through.

/of course, even now you can always take the train over to D
//will also be interesting to see what the new Love terminal is like when it opens next year.


The rest are a little outdated, but still functional. Being at the airport isn't exactly an exciting thing but going to Terminal D can be.
 
2013-03-12 04:10:08 PM  
So over the next few weeks I'm going ORD->LAX->HNL->AKL, WLG->CHC, CHC->AKL->SYD->SFO->ORD.  I'll be sure to report back in which ways they all suck.  Wellington is the scariest airport I've ever flown out of.  Even on the calmest days there, I doubt they'd even take off here due to wind.
 
jvl
2013-03-12 04:11:22 PM  

Coach_J: jvl: I've been stuck at Indy and stuck at McCarren.  McCarren is infinitely better.

Let me get this straight.

You are telling us that being stuck in an airport with legalized gambling and 24 hour booze is better than being stuck in an Midwestern airport with a bunch of poorly educated, over-religious, bible thumping, fat people who are wearing Colts gear from head to toe 12 months out of the year for no apparent reason?

Stop. The. Presses.

/grew up in Indy


You forgot the "Indy saves you from having too many choices to pick through for food while waiting".
 
2013-03-12 04:20:39 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Milwaukee has a nice airport.  30 minute free waiting area (with no parking fees) near the drop off.  You can shop at a nice second hand book store (Rennaissance), do other shopping/browsing and/or have a bratwurst, all without going through security.

But, its not a main airport.  You are only using it to go to/from MIlwaukee or to transfer to other Wisconsin cities.


Yeah, you'll never go through Milwaukee to go somewhere else (well, you could, but it wouldn't make sense), but if you're in the area already there's really no reason to go down to Chicago unless you're planning to go across an ocean.

It is nice because it's not very crowded and easy to maneuver.  Older structures, yes, but it's still functional.

My major gripe about the airport is the "last mile" transit situation.  You can drive, yes, but that's not always an option, especially if you're coming from out of town.  Taxis are in relatively short supply in Milwaukee (although the City government is working on allowing more medallions), the airport to downtown Amtrak is expensive at $7.50, and using MCTS (bus system) can take upwards of 40 minutes to get downtown.  Less than ideal, unfortunately.
 
2013-03-12 04:21:29 PM  
I was there last year waiting for a connecting flight. I was surrounded by a high school girls' track team that was coming back from the state meet. So that was somewhere between pleasant and pedobear. Other than that, I'd say it was roomy. Other than that it seemed like most any other airport.
 
2013-03-12 04:31:04 PM  

Treygreen13: elvindeath: Helps to be located in a place where no one wants to go.  Crowds tend to make airports suck.

My favorite is McCarran International in Vegas - not because the airport is good, but because it means you're about to have an awesome time when you land.

Worst - hands down - is Hartsfield in Atlanta.  Total shiathole.

HaywoodJablonski: Once again, when you serve a homogenous population of 500,000 it's easy to look like superstars. Get a real city with real traffic and then we'll talk.

I'd have to give the prize for best LARGE airport to Hartsfield in Atlanta

wat


It is a really good LARGE airport.

Kind of like watching a 500 pound man do ballet... absolutely disgusting, but impressive and mesmerizing nonetheless.
 
2013-03-12 04:36:12 PM  
I wouldn't say LAX is hands down the worst large airport in the world, but it's certainly the worst planned.
 
2013-03-12 04:41:30 PM  

Mrtraveler01: HaywoodJablonski: Also, I really like Pittsburgh's airport

It is pretty spacious...especially since the US Airways hub left.


Huge sections of A and B are boarded up 2/3rds of the way down.  And F gates are now a parking lot for TSA and the inside is an overflow security checkpoint for the rare times when the one at the landside concourse is backed up.

PIT was a great airport when it was built (to the specs of then-USAir).  Unfortunately, it's been completely underutilized for about the past 10 years.

CLT is a great airport and I agree with JAX as well.  PHL's Terminal F is a hole and their runway situation leads to delays if there's a cloud in the sky within 500 miles.  I avoid ATL, ORD and EWR.  LGA's USAirways concourse is horrendous.
 
2013-03-12 04:49:02 PM  
Another thumbs up for Austin.

Usual thumbs down for ATL, MIA and DFW.

My new hatred is for CLT. Is it just me or does it seem like 50% of the flying customers there are old people who need cart rides in the terminal?
 
2013-03-12 04:49:42 PM  

mjohnson71: Usual thumbs down for ATL, MIA and DFW.


What didn't you like about DFW? I'm there quite a bit.
 
2013-03-12 04:57:01 PM  
As a general rule, it is generally much more pleasant to make a plane change (if you must) in a mid-market airport rather than a teeming cluster fark of a major-market airport.  It's so much more soothing.
 
2013-03-12 04:59:05 PM  
Actually, the New Richmond with an airport is not in Indiana, but in Wisconsin.  I don't know what the meth traffickers do -- or don't want to know after that dude in Frankfort secreted his meth lab where the sun doesn't shine.
 
2013-03-12 05:01:52 PM  
God forbid you land hungry at LAX with their stupid sports stadium like pricing.

Turkey sandwich, chips and soda? That will be $20 please.
 
rka
2013-03-12 05:05:22 PM  

Dear Jerk: I was there last year waiting for a connecting flight. I was surrounded by a high school girls' track team that was coming back from the state meet. So that was somewhere between pleasant and pedobear. Other than that, I'd say it was roomy. Other than that it seemed like most any other airport.


I was in Newark last week on a 5 hour layover. There was a girls volleybal team going to NC or something in the same seating area. The guy next to me commented that teenage girls must navigate by echo location, that's why they talk non-stop..to know where each other are.

When they started talking about SnapChat I got up and left.
 
2013-03-12 05:07:54 PM  

<i>People of Indiana are friendly in a creepy sort of The Twilight Zone way. Went into a Mc Donald's in Gary and half the people there said hello with giant ass smiles. Jump seating with FedEx (prior 9-11) every Indy ramp agent wanted to ask 15 questions apiece.
/It could be that I am use to the douche bags in Illinois </i>


We just have low standards, and you passed with flying colors.  Congratulations -- have a silver star!

 
2013-03-12 05:11:55 PM  

lelio: I like Dallas. Easy transportation, clean, and the food is pretty good.

I've been to Miami twice and both times they had construction going on. And both times the A/C was out. In Miami. And people were laying about everywhere as there weren't really any chairs. It was like being in Dante's Inferno.


No chairs, certain parts of the airport have no restaurants past like 6:00 PM, and every time I've flown through there I either couldn't find someone to help me at all, or I couldn't find someone to help me who spoke English.

(Note that I'm not one of those "IT'S AMERICA SPEAK ENGLISH" people. I just think it's weird that in a major airport catering to passengers from all over the United States where the dominant language is English, you don't have people around who can speak English to help fliers. I had easier times finding an English-speaking person in Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Nice than I did in Miami. It was weird.)
 
2013-03-12 05:12:32 PM  
Worst non third world airport I have been to is Heathrow. They have a slew of shops in the middle of the airport. They don't post the gate for your flights until the last minute before boarding so you are stuck in the shops area where the only information boards are to see where your gate is. Everyone is trying to get seats that face the info boards. It is such a transparent ploy to get you to spend money in the shops. If you can't get a seat facing the boards you constantly have leave your seat to check them. The place is a mob scene besides because no one can get to their gate until the last minute.
Worst third world is Belize City. A disgusting place with no redeeming features.
Worst N. American airport I have been to is Dallas/Ft.Worth. It is horribly huge and they seem to love to lose my luggage or delay flights.
There are no real good airports though normally they are better than Greyhound bus stations.
 
2013-03-12 05:12:57 PM  

rka: There was a girls volleybal team going to NC or something in the same seating area. The guy next to me commented that teenage girls must navigate by echo location, that's why they talk non-stop..to know where each other are.


1)  encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

2) Headphones.

Rapmaster2000: IAH has the ORD problem - terminals added on over time that don't fit as well together as a new airport design would.  Anytime your airport has bus transfers it's bound to be a less than pleasant experience.  See also, Cincinnati.


I want to know what Washington (IAD) pays for those special busses. At least most European cities just shuffle you around on real busses or have a rail line set up.
 
2013-03-12 05:17:12 PM  

Perducci: HaywoodJablonski: Also, who complained abou IAH and why? I like it

I recently had a bad experience there.  I was flying between two international destinations, with a brief stop at IAH.  Usually in this situation, you don't have to go through customs, immigration, or security and can just connect from one gate to another without leaving a secure area and without technically entering the country that you're flying through.  But not at IAH.  Here, you have to get off your flight, trudge halfway through the airport, go through customs and immigration, leave the secure area, go back through security, and then trudge back to your gate (in my case, it was about 30 feet from my arriving flight).  Worst of all nobody could give me a straight answer about where I should go, if I could bypass any of these steps, etc. NobodyI spoke to, from airline staff to TSA agents to airport security to customs officers told me the same thing as the others and none of them were actually correct in the end.

This alone would put me off ever wanting to travel to or through this airport again.  Add to this the horrible layout of the terminal, the mediocre and pricey food and shopping, the rude staff (the guys driving the 'courtesy shuttle' things around the terminal were the worst... "Move over! Move over!"), and the fact that they pretentiously call it an "Intercontinental" airport, and it easily becomes one of the worst I've been to.



You do realize that EVERY US airport requires you to clear customs coming off an international flight before transiting the airport.  It's an ICE reg, which in turn requires you to go through security again because you had access to your checked luggage.  However, it is a United hub and United is currently tied for last among the remaining US legacy carriers with Delta and AA/USAir in terms of customer service.

jvl: Coach_J: jvl: I've been stuck at Indy and stuck at McCarren.  McCarren is infinitely better.

Let me get this straight.

...

You forgot the "Indy saves you from having too many choices to pick through for food while waiting".



Indy has way better food choices than McCarran.  McCarran has your choice of the fast food burger place, the other burger place, the fast food pizza place, the other pizza place, mexican from a microwave, the sub place or the other sub place.  Unless you got the invite to the new AMEX Centurion lounge, which has actual food and cocktails, don't eat at McCarran.  And don't pay $50 to get into the AMEX lounge, because, just damn.  Indy has a decent steakhouse (Moe and Izzy's) and a nice homemade ice cream/candy store.

\Got 5 free entries to the Centurion lounge.  Should last until the end of April.
\\Terminal 4 at JFK is getting 2 Shake Shacks.  Diverting from my usual NRT-SEA-LAS to NRT-JFK-LAS just for that.  Oh and the 5000 more FF miles.
 
2013-03-12 05:18:30 PM  

DreamSnipers: Worst N. American airport I have been to is Dallas/Ft.Worth. It is horribly huge and they seem to love to lose my luggage or delay flights.


Plus anytime there's a single raindrop anywhere in the US it throws American's schedule into chaos and they use DFW as their dumping grounds. I've lot track of the number of times I've been diverted there.

/Fark you AA
 
2013-03-12 05:23:29 PM  
HNL has some positive aspects...even with the (sometimes) redass of outbound agriculture inspection.

Kona Brewing Company bar....can get crowded though.
Arriving and walking down the breezeway to the gate you smell the hawaii vegetation and flowers...very tropical, very cool.
Hawaiian airlines has a drive through baggage check

Of course it's Hawaii so time runs differently there and you need to adjust accordingly
 
2013-03-12 05:34:10 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Random Anonymous Blackmail: 2 airports I was in last week, MSP and ATL, both a cluster fark in their own unique way.

MSP sucks if you need to get to a puddle jumper form a big plane.  The walk from where my 767 landed to where the Saab 340 took off felt like about a mile.  Literally, a mile.

/tram was down


It's a great home airport though.  They pretty much wrapped the airport around the parking garage so getting to and from your car is pretty good.  EWR on the other hand is terrible.  You choice of ridiculously overpriced garages and daily lots or economy parking somewhere in Siberia.
 
2013-03-12 05:43:11 PM  

Lord Dimwit: lelio: I like Dallas. Easy transportation, clean, and the food is pretty good.

I've been to Miami twice and both times they had construction going on. And both times the A/C was out. In Miami. And people were laying about everywhere as there weren't really any chairs. It was like being in Dante's Inferno.

No chairs, certain parts of the airport have no restaurants past like 6:00 PM, and every time I've flown through there I either couldn't find someone to help me at all, or I couldn't find someone to help me who spoke English.

(Note that I'm not one of those "IT'S AMERICA SPEAK ENGLISH" people. I just think it's weird that in a major airport catering to passengers from all over the United States where the dominant language is English, you don't have people around who can speak English to help fliers. I had easier times finding an English-speaking person in Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Nice than I did in Miami. It was weird.)


I speak passable Spanish and even that doesn't make MIA tolerable. Horrible airport in so many ways.
 
2013-03-12 05:45:54 PM  
Gene Hackman Airport would be the most badass airport in these United States.
 
2013-03-12 05:45:56 PM  
Oh and I forgot about the airport in western Costa Rica. It was okay but when we went to board a guy held out his hand and kept on saying "tax, tax"
No idea if he worked for the airport or what. There didn't seem to be much management there.

I was in Beijing's airport right after the Olympics and wow was that place impressive. Absolutely huge, amazingly clean (in fact the entire country was clean, which I've heard was due to the Olgmpics) and all the staff were pleasant. Not to mention all the stewardesses being attractive. It was like going back to the 1930's and having a pleasant experience when flying.
Well except for the Koreans that didn't want to sit across the table from us as a noodle place. But hey what are you going to do?
 
2013-03-12 05:46:41 PM  

mjohnson71: Lord Dimwit: lelio: I like Dallas. Easy transportation, clean, and the food is pretty good.

I've been to Miami twice and both times they had construction going on. And both times the A/C was out. In Miami. And people were laying about everywhere as there weren't really any chairs. It was like being in Dante's Inferno.

No chairs, certain parts of the airport have no restaurants past like 6:00 PM, and every time I've flown through there I either couldn't find someone to help me at all, or I couldn't find someone to help me who spoke English.

(Note that I'm not one of those "IT'S AMERICA SPEAK ENGLISH" people. I just think it's weird that in a major airport catering to passengers from all over the United States where the dominant language is English, you don't have people around who can speak English to help fliers. I had easier times finding an English-speaking person in Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Nice than I did in Miami. It was weird.)

I speak passable Spanish and even that doesn't make MIA tolerable. Horrible airport in so many ways.


Back when I used to smoke, MIA had this little outside patio thing where like 50 people would cram into about 75 square feet and smoke.  Even I thought it was the most disgusting thing in the world.
 
2013-03-12 05:47:43 PM  

Gosling: SirEattonHogg: Milwaukee has a nice airport.  30 minute free waiting area (with no parking fees) near the drop off.  You can shop at a nice second hand book store (Rennaissance), do other shopping/browsing and/or have a bratwurst, all without going through security.

But, its not a main airport.  You are only using it to go to/from MIlwaukee or to transfer to other Wisconsin cities.

That's my home airport. It was a hub until recently; now a lot of direct flights have turned into connection flights.

Rennaissance, though, is not my idea of a good bookstore. That's a branch of another store that was downtown. Was. The downtown place was an absolute disaster-area pigsty. Books in semi-random piles all over the floor. Literally piles. Stacks and mounds of them, not on shelves, just laying there on the ground without anyone giving a shiat. You couldn't find anything in there. And they gave even less of a shiat about the decor; there were gigantic sections of peeled and stripped paint that in some places were larger than the painted sections. Eventually the police declared the building unfit for human habitation.


I dunno, I always thought the airport store was pretty well run.  Was also fun watching the out of towners figure out they weren't going to find the latest bestsellers on the rack.  He still has his downtown warehouse to cull decent books from to feed the airport store and the new (similarly sized) Grand Avenue one.  As far as I'm aware the "store" building is still condemned, so I would assume all those books are still in there.  That place was a shiathole 15 years ago.  Downtown Books (at least in the previous Wisconsin Ave. location, haven't been to the new ones) was much more fun to browse through and the prices actually rewarded you for it.
 
2013-03-12 06:27:04 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Egoy3k: PHL is the worst airport I have ever been in.

1000 X This!


Hey just because it's been under construction since 1972, doesn't mean its not crap.


/It is.
 
2013-03-12 06:28:55 PM  
I was hoping from the headline that maybe South Bend would get some recognition. It's a great airport, and the non-stop to Denver for $188 rt is nice for my husband, whose work headquarters are there.

Having been at Midway and Reno airports today, I really like Reno.
 
2013-03-12 06:48:14 PM  

TrollingForColumbine: elvindeath: Helps to be located in a place where no one wants to go.  Crowds tend to make airports suck.

My favorite is McCarran International in Vegas - not because the airport is good, but because it means you're about to have an awesome time when you land.

Worst - hands down - is Hartsfield in Atlanta.  Total shiathole.

that and Charlotte NC. your in big trouble if you need to make a connection from a regional to a national. I like vegas for layovers. gambling in the terminal.


Both places I've had to sprint because all my connecting flights were at the entire opposite direction.

Smoking lounge at Hartsfield Jackson looks like it was used as a place to beat Al Qaeda members before it was converted. And I bet those tan walls used to be white.
 
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