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2013-03-12 02:37:04 PM
Not so fast.  I was through there last week and the Auntie Anne's didn't even have pretzel sticks ready.  How can you be the top airport and not have pretzel sticks ready!  You can't.
 
2013-03-12 02:37:13 PM
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.
 
2013-03-12 02:37:42 PM

milowent: oh please.  Marolambo, Madagascar airport is the best airport in the world.  it has crazy amenities, i.e., it was recently paved (see unpaved picture below) which prevents you sliding off the mountain top it was sheared into during the rainy season.   no waits, no security checkpoints, its got it all, people.   granted there are no rental cars since there were no cars there for over forty years when the roads turned back into jungle, but its a very walkable city.


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2013-03-12 02:38:36 PM
Duh.  Empty airport=better airport.  London Heathrow is a nice facility, but it is packed to the f-ing gills with people all the time, which really ruins the experience.
 
2013-03-12 02:38:49 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: DIAs satanic horse is not happy!

//perennial winner of greatest airport art.


Does that include the murals inside?

WTF??!!

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2013-03-12 02:39:15 PM
My problem with Hartsfield is (a) I'm almost never there except for a connection, (b) I have never had more than 50 minutes between flights and (c) I've never not needed every second to make it from one gate to another.  Every time I'm rushing, that GD tram is down.  Add to that it's usually hot and stinky, and I just hate the place.

PHL is a dump, though.  Happy I don't have to fly in there often.

As for Detroit Metro (my home airport), it would top this list before the new terminals opened, but the new terminals are fantastic.  Simple layout, clean, wide open and you can get in and out FAST.  Only thing they could use is a few more security lines (or rather, more staff to open all the ones they have).
 
2013-03-12 02:40:17 PM
Polish Hussar:

I have to say that I think Detroit Metro, my local airport, is pretty nice.  The McNamara and North terminals are fairly new, the airlines have been putting in charging stations (especially Southwest, Delta is starting to do this), and the security lines usually aren't terribly long (but if they are, you can walk over to the airport Westin and go through their security checkpoint, almost no one uses it and you don't have to be a hotel patron to go through it).  Of course, my perceptions of the place might be colored by my last flight out of there when I spent a four hour delay (thanks, Delta) in the Guinness pub; in addition to Guinness they had Atwater Vanilla Java Porter, Fat Tire, Detroit Dwarf, and about 8 other beers on tap.

I'll second Detroit. I flew through there about 6 years ago (on Northwest). Had a 3 hour layover and was plesantly shocked. Good food, easy to navigate, and had that cool fountain in the middle.
 
2013-03-12 02:40:55 PM
I thought the post said Hooters.  I was thinking about Tf Green with the Hooters around the corner from it.
 
2013-03-12 02:40:58 PM
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.
 
2013-03-12 02:41:57 PM

humanshrapnel: Ha! Your proximity to Crawfordsville can attest to that. I haven't been through there in 15 years, but even then it was the meth capital of IN.


If I were an entrepreneur like man I'd be opening up scores of dentistry practices here
 
2013-03-12 02:43:53 PM
Best airport EVAR!

Granted, it's tiny as fark but it's so easy to get in and out of there.
 
2013-03-12 02:44:24 PM
IND is a nice airport, but it's not a hub, it's way over built for special events like the Super Bowl and the Final Four so it's rarely crowded unless something like that is going on and it also has the luxury of being built after 9/11, so they engineer the amenities and the security process in the right way given the TSA changes...so it's pretty much playing with a stacked deck.

For large/HUB-type airports, I still pick (DTW) Detroit Metro as my #1 in North America...but Amsterdam Schiphol is the best airport I've ever been in...place is fantastic...it's like a club with tons of hot women and good food and oh BTW, planes happen to fly in and out of there.
 
2013-03-12 02:44:36 PM
Phoenix is my home airport, and there are normal pluses and minuses about it.  What I always thought is that their rental car terminal is the nicest regional airport in the US.
 
2013-03-12 02:45:22 PM
Worst airport in the US?  Oakland, California. Atleast when I used it quite often 5 years ago. A small airport that is very crowded all the time and very dirty.   And few places to patronize or browse either in check-in or  at the gate.  Actually, almost nothing to look at because of its size.

Well, they do have the black muslim bakery cart selling the bean pies.
 
2013-03-12 02:46:12 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.


If you knew what was good for you;  you would never, ever eat a brat before getting on a flight.
 
2013-03-12 02:46:18 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.


I second that.  Went to MKE three times last year, never had to wait on anything, easy layout, not crowded, and there were pingpong tables set up in the terminals.  Plus, since nobody apparently flies ATL to MKE on redeye flights, I traveled in a A340 with a whopping total of SIX passengers - free business class upgrades for all!  Thanks airTran!
 
2013-03-12 02:46:54 PM

Hopman: and had that cool fountain in the middle.


If you'd like to see that fountain with George Clooney and Anna Kendrick in the foreground watch the Detroit airport scene from "Up in the Air."  CSB:  I saw that movie while on a plane.
 
2013-03-12 02:47:00 PM
2 airports I was in last week, MSP and ATL, both a cluster fark in their own unique way.
 
2013-03-12 02:47:20 PM

humanshrapnel: New Richmond, IN has an airport?  I guess it would be easy, the whole area is flat as pane glass, but does a town of around 300 people warrant an airport?

/Been to New Richmond.  It's a small town behind another small town, both completely encircled by corn and soybean fields.


That description fits just about every single town in that godforsaken state
 
2013-03-12 02:49:28 PM
Milan doesn't have an airport, Subby.
 
2013-03-12 02:51:24 PM
So what is the criteria?  Best place to hang out, shortest security lines, fastest from aircraft to parked car, best place for a layover?  It is very subjective.  I fly >100K annually and I think Hartsfield is one of the worst "hub" airports in North America.  Delta is simply trying jam too many flights in/out of there each day. ORD does a better job of managing a "large airport" compared to the ATL, but the Wifi sucks.  Newark is better than JFK or Dulles (most airports are) and the United Lounge is much better. Tampa is fantastic (home base so I'm biased).  Manchester - great alternative to Logan, but no frills.  PHL sucks in every category.  Denver is a better hub than SLC IMHO (probably the best "large" airport in the US), but good luck trying to find a Diet Coke in a plastic bottle in Denver.  Stay away from Frankfurt....better to hub through Zurich if you can (my favorite overseas airport)  Heathrow...(insert cartoon character vomiting here).  Beijing is fairly efficient up until the final customs search, but Terminal 3 has to be a mile from end to end, so a lot of walking.
 
2013-03-12 02:52:29 PM

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.
 
rka
2013-03-12 02:54:42 PM
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.
 
2013-03-12 02:55:35 PM

elvindeath: My problem with Hartsfield is (a) I'm almost never there except for a connection, (b) I have never had more than 50 minutes between flights and (c) I've never not needed every second to make it from one gate to another.  Every time I'm rushing, that GD tram is down.  Add to that it's usually hot and stinky, and I just hate the place.

PHL is a dump, though.  Happy I don't have to fly in there often.

As for Detroit Metro (my home airport), it would top this list before the new terminals opened, but the new terminals are fantastic.  Simple layout, clean, wide open and you can get in and out FAST.  Only thing they could use is a few more security lines (or rather, more staff to open all the ones they have).


ATL is my destination.  I prefer it over these others because the security lines are the best hands-down.  The speed you get through them compared to PHL or IAD is ridiculous.  I hate IAD's lines.  They're like 40 minutes on a Friday afternoon.  Concourses E and F are top quality.  D concourse is the one people hate.  It's also the completely non-Delta terminal.  It's narrower than other concourses but with the same volume.  Any concourse in ATL is a crush of humanity at 6pm on a Friday, but D is like the streets of Calcutta.  Once upon disembarking at B I heard a guy in front of me say upon hitting the terminal "this is the most people I've seen in my life." Considering he was probably heading to C to take a puddle-jumper to Muscle Shoals I'm sure he was being honest.

I don't think the concourses are hot, but I agree that the trams are always very hot.  Probably because there are hundreds of people on them and they run all day.

BTW, D is being renovated and it's going to be awesome when Ludacris' Chicken and Beer opens up.
 
2013-03-12 02:55:48 PM
If you have to use the 5th runway it is down around Macon.  My favorite one is John Wayne out in LA.  You can land and be stuck in traffic in your rental car in 15 minutes.  Taking off is awesome too.

Boise is pretty good in that they have pinball and video games in the terminals.

Austin's airport used to be terrible with a recording of some lady in a bad Texas accent warning about it being an 'orange alert' every 5 minutes.  We've been under 'orange alert' for 12 years now.  We know.

Miami is terrible.  You can either walk to where you are going in town, or you can walk to the rental car place.  I think it is further to get to the rental cars.

Denver's looks cool but it is terrible to get through.

Midway lets you play bumper cars in the hood getting to and from the airport.

Detroit has the stoner inspired walkway between terminals.


Atlanta used to be cool when they had Darth Vader telling you to watch out for the tram doors closing.
 
2013-03-12 02:57:01 PM

SirEattonHogg: Worst airport in the US?  Oakland, California. Atleast when I used it quite often 5 years ago. A small airport that is very crowded all the time and very dirty.   And few places to patronize or browse either in check-in or  at the gate.  Actually, almost nothing to look at because of its size.

Well, they do have the black muslim bakery cart selling the bean pies.


Plus it has been in a constant state of construction zones for the last 20 years.   Honestly...what is left to work on Oakland Airport?  Do you built stuff and then tear down the oldest thing and then build it again as a default?
 
2013-03-12 02:57:56 PM
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.
 
2013-03-12 02:58:02 PM
Gibraltar International.  Very close, accessible ground transportation:

www.hoax-slayer.com
 
2013-03-12 02:58:23 PM
Also, who complained abou IAH and why? I like it
 
2013-03-12 02:58:30 PM
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
 
2013-03-12 02:59:03 PM

Treygreen13: Juxtaposed against the nightmare that is (are?) the NYC airports, the 2 runway regional airport in my hometown is heaven. I'd go to NY more often if I didn't have to deal with either of those awful airports.


Clearly you have never had to fly O'Hare. I'd fly through JFK again any day of the week compared to O'Hare.

Not necessarily the airport itself but the "You might leave on time. You might never leave" aspect of anytime I fly through there.
 
2013-03-12 03:00:24 PM
I really like Austin-Bergstrom. All local businesses, live music during SXSW, easy to navigate, great amenities. HNL is hard to beat with its gorgeous garden and open-air sections. SFO has great amenities -- decent dim sum. ORD is pretty alright -- it's my home-base airport. MDW has the edge for local businesses represented, but ORD is super easy to get to via the CTA Blue Line. My flights have generally been on time or even early. I know it has a bad reputation for layovers and delays. I'd hate to have to spend the night there, but thankfully I never have to.
 
2013-03-12 03:00:34 PM

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


You also like Hartsfield...so you clearly have a screw loose.
 
2013-03-12 03:01:22 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.


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.
 
2013-03-12 03:01:54 PM

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
 
2013-03-12 03:02:53 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: /It could be that I am use to the douche bags in Illinois


It took my awhile when I moved from Chicago but I figured it out.

When you live in a sea of corn and see nothing new for months on end, a fresh face is a welcomed surprise. Like Cast Away, except the part of Wilson is played by an ear of corn.
 
2013-03-12 03:03:38 PM

TheGreatGazoo: John Wayne out in LA


Orange County is not LA
 
2013-03-12 03:03:47 PM

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

You also like Hartsfield...so you clearly have a screw loose.


Touché
 
2013-03-12 03:03:52 PM

Coach_J: .but Amsterdam Schiphol is the best airport I've ever been in...place is fantastic...it's like a club with tons of hot women and good food and oh BTW, planes happen to fly in and out of there.


And don't forget the trains right downstairs so you are ready to go anywhere.
 
jvl
2013-03-12 03:05:21 PM
I've been stuck at Indy and stuck at McCarren.  McCarren is infinitely better.
 
2013-03-12 03:05:26 PM
Love this airport. Use it often and prefer the two hour drive to it vs. the one hour drive to our crappy regional one.
 
2013-03-12 03:06:58 PM

darkscout: Treygreen13: Juxtaposed against the nightmare that is (are?) the NYC airports, the 2 runway regional airport in my hometown is heaven. I'd go to NY more often if I didn't have to deal with either of those awful airports.

Clearly you have never had to fly O'Hare. I'd fly through JFK again any day of the week compared to O'Hare.

Not necessarily the airport itself but the "You might leave on time. You might never leave" aspect of anytime I fly through there.


BTS does a "Airport with Most Delays" list every year...they might as well rename it "O'Hare and 9 other airports that fight for #2-#10 list".

ORD, EWR, MIA, DFW, LGA, IAD, SFO, MDM, JFK & ATL are the reigning top 10.
 
2013-03-12 03:08:10 PM

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


I did.  Because of this:

www.scubaboard.com
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.
 
2013-03-12 03:10:56 PM
I hate O'hare but love Rick Baylesses torta express restaurant.

I've always like SLC.

My airport growing up was Spokane, you could show up 20 minutes before your flight and still have time for a Starbucks.
 
2013-03-12 03:11:54 PM

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.
 
2013-03-12 03:12:16 PM

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.
 
2013-03-12 03:13:54 PM

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
 
2013-03-12 03:13:57 PM

ElVee: I challenge anyone to find a more disorganized shiathole than MIA.


I haven't been there but I would put the JFK Delta Connection area 5 years ago up against most anything.  Not nearly enough seating, trying to simultaneously board 8 or 10 flights with 3 counters.  What a clusterfark.
 
2013-03-12 03:16:39 PM
I prefer wandering the land of confusion aka STL's hallways.
 
2013-03-12 03:18:15 PM

Rapmaster2000: elvindeath: My problem with Hartsfield is (a) I'm almost never there except for a connection, (b) I have never had more than 50 minutes between flights and (c) I've never not needed every second to make it from one gate to another.  Every time I'm rushing, that GD tram is down.  Add to that it's usually hot and stinky, and I just hate the place.

PHL is a dump, though.  Happy I don't have to fly in there often.

As for Detroit Metro (my home airport), it would top this list before the new terminals opened, but the new terminals are fantastic.  Simple layout, clean, wide open and you can get in and out FAST.  Only thing they could use is a few more security lines (or rather, more staff to open all the ones they have).

ATL is my destination.  I prefer it over these others because the security lines are the best hands-down.  The speed you get through them compared to PHL or IAD is ridiculous.  I hate IAD's lines.  They're like 40 minutes on a Friday afternoon.  Concourses E and F are top quality.  D concourse is the one people hate.  It's also the completely non-Delta terminal.  It's narrower than other concourses but with the same volume.  Any concourse in ATL is a crush of humanity at 6pm on a Friday, but D is like the streets of Calcutta.  Once upon disembarking at B I heard a guy in front of me say upon hitting the terminal "this is the most people I've seen in my life." Considering he was probably heading to C to take a puddle-jumper to Muscle Shoals I'm sure he was being honest.

I don't think the concourses are hot, but I agree that the trams are always very hot.  Probably because there are hundreds of people on them and they run all day.

BTW, D is being renovated and it's going to be awesome when Ludacris' Chicken and Beer opens up.


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