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(NPR)   Cincinnati airport voted the best airport in America because all of the others are so awful   (npr.org) divider line 100
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2013-09-02 11:45:25 PM
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/the passengers are still lost within the compound
 
2013-09-02 11:48:30 PM

themindiswatching: ATL unavailable for comment.

/the passengers are still lost within the compound


Don't go there.  Seriously.
 
2013-09-02 11:53:46 PM
Such a hollow victory. "Yay, we won by default!"
 
2013-09-03 12:05:27 AM
Flew through there a lot when I worked for BGC.  It's not bad.
 
2013-09-03 12:07:22 AM
It should really be the, "Cincinnati Airport Of Kentucky", ala the, "Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim".
 
2013-09-03 12:08:21 AM
Cincy - you are the tallest of the Pygmies. Congratulations!

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2013-09-03 12:09:12 AM
Cincinnati got loads better when the Delta Connection Ghetto closed. Changing concourses between there and the main terminal by bus was as bad as in Houston. Driving passengers across active aprons and taxiways? Weak, CVG, weak.
 
2013-09-03 12:10:30 AM
If I remember correctly, that airport has a store there named "Kentucky!" (with the exclamation), which is enough reason to stay away.

/PIT is the best underutilized airport
 
2013-09-03 12:11:48 AM
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2013-09-03 12:12:01 AM

dramatools: Cincinnati got loads better when the Delta Connection Ghetto closed. Changing concourses between there and the main terminal by bus was as bad as in Houston. Driving passengers across active aprons and taxiways? Weak, CVG, weak.


Houston has been under some form of construction for the last 4 years. Makes me miss the ohio highway system
 
2013-09-03 12:12:05 AM
A couple years ago I was leaving from CVG and accidentally left a fairly expensive Gerber tool in my shoulder bag. TSA agent found it on the scanner and walked me back outside security with it so I could put it in my car.

He had no obligation to do so but I was quite pleased. And mad at myself.

Only good experience I've had with TSA.
Had plenty of bad ones.
 
2013-09-03 12:12:54 AM
Speaking of airports, SAN is pretty nice if your flight is out of Terminal 2.

/they need to tear down all the other terminals and start over.
 
2013-09-03 12:14:00 AM
It ain't so bad, unless you have to connect a flight after about 8:30pm when everything is shut down.

I spent a week one afternoon on the tarmac at Newark, trying to get to CVG to change planes. Missed the connector and had to stay overnight until the flights started up again next morning. The hotels the airlines sent us to were in some industrial park it looked like. At least the Holiday Inn bar was open and Dominoes delivered.

Quite frankly, had the car rental places been open, I could have driven back to Birmingham in less time.
 
2013-09-03 12:15:50 AM

PainfulItching: I spent a week one afternoon


That must have been a hell of an afternoon.
 
2013-09-03 12:16:08 AM

Sbdolan: dramatools: Cincinnati got loads better when the Delta Connection Ghetto closed. Changing concourses between there and the main terminal by bus was as bad as in Houston. Driving passengers across active aprons and taxiways? Weak, CVG, weak.

Houston has been under some form of construction for the last 4 years. Makes me miss the ohio highway system


Because the constant construction reminds you of the Ohio highway system? I can understand that.
 
2013-09-03 12:19:14 AM

picturescrazy: Sbdolan: dramatools: Cincinnati got loads better when the Delta Connection Ghetto closed. Changing concourses between there and the main terminal by bus was as bad as in Houston. Driving passengers across active aprons and taxiways? Weak, CVG, weak.

Houston has been under some form of construction for the last 4 years. Makes me miss the ohio highway system

Because the constant construction reminds you of the Ohio highway system? I can understand that.


HEY! I those orange barrels are just as Ohioan as buckeyes and hating Michigan.
 
2013-09-03 12:21:36 AM
"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 are full of people who are tired, cross, and have just discovered that their luggage has landed in Murmansk (Murmansk airport is the only exception of this otherwise infallible rule), and architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their designs."
 
2013-09-03 12:21:56 AM

dramatools: Cincinnati got loads better when the Delta Connection Ghetto closed. Changing concourses between there and the main terminal by bus was as bad as in Houston. Driving passengers across active aprons and taxiways? Weak, CVG, weak.


That's my only memory of CVG -- the commuter terminal. I thought for sure I'd been dropped off at a bus station.
 
2013-09-03 12:21:59 AM
Personally I enjoy BWI and Charlotte.
 
2013-09-03 12:29:54 AM
bullshiat: passenger volume went from 20m in 2002 to 6m in 2012,

SFO has got to be the best, most up to date airport in the US: Very cool remodels of Terminals 2 & 3, plus the International terminal. Their traffic volume is up over 20% in the last three years.
 
2013-09-03 12:30:00 AM
SEA isn't too bad once you've worked your way past the TSA checkpoints. The restaurants are all beer themed. I'm partial to the Mac & Jack's down at the end of the concourse.
 
2013-09-03 12:30:21 AM
O'Hare is okay, not that hard to navigate. Detroit's nice, honestly. Local airports, I like South Bend over Kalamazoo if I have the choice. DFW is spread out, but isn't bad.

Boston is a god damn nightmare.
 
2013-09-03 12:31:05 AM

CavalierEternal: PainfulItching: I spent a week one afternoon

That must have been a hell of an afternoon.


That's the joke. We were on the plane, away from the gate 40 minutes late, then in line, waiting for a slow storm to go through. Almost 3 hours.
 
2013-09-03 12:33:28 AM
 
2013-09-03 12:33:47 AM
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And Souix City SUX
 
2013-09-03 12:33:56 AM

Ringshadow: O'Hare is okay, not that hard to navigate. Detroit's nice, honestly. Local airports, I like South Bend over Kalamazoo if I have the choice. DFW is spread out, but isn't bad.

Boston is a god damn nightmare.


I was pleasantly surprised at Detroit. I have definitely been in worse. I'd rank it with Charlotte IMO. Best eats are Memphis though.
 
2013-09-03 12:34:01 AM
My flight from JFK to Chicago was three hours late tonight, and they lost my luggage.

Fark you, American Airlines. FARK YOU.
 
2013-09-03 12:35:16 AM

themindiswatching: /they need to tear down all the other terminals and start over.


This could apply to almost every airport in the country. They simply aren't designed for today's security needs. You should be able to get to any part of the airport (int'l included) post-security, and there should be plenty to keep you occupied, since you have to get there so early. It's headaches like LAX that can ruin your day.
 
2013-09-03 12:35:43 AM

evaned: "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 are full of people who are tired, cross, and have just discovered that their luggage has landed in Murmansk (Murmansk airport is the only exception of this otherwise infallible rule), and architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their designs."


Tempelhof in Berlin
VHHH in Hong Kong
Pan Am Terminal in JFK is pretty iconic as well, as is the LAX tower.
LTAC is extremely pretty, but so is much of Ankara.
KIAD is a monument of sweeping curves.

There is some very impressive architecture on display in airports, and sometimes outside them.
 
2013-09-03 12:37:28 AM

uber humper: [www.blogcdn.com image 377x132]

And Souix City SUX


I would guess all airports with one airline with one destination would suck.  All those wasted miles if you want to travel a different direction.
 
2013-09-03 12:37:56 AM
Spent a few hours layover in the Cincy airport back in the 90s. It was the least painful of all my layovers.
 
2013-09-03 12:39:20 AM
3 out of the last 8 greenlit articles are from NPR.
 
2013-09-03 12:39:22 AM
What's with all the NPR greenlights tonight?  Damn librel media.
 
2013-09-03 12:41:16 AM

12349876: uber humper: [www.blogcdn.com image 377x132]

And Souix City SUX

I would guess all airports with one airline with one destination would suck.  All those wasted miles if you want to travel a different direction.


But only one has the airport code SUX
 
2013-09-03 12:41:23 AM

sandbar67: My flight from JFK to Chicago was three hours late tonight, and they lost my luggage.

Fark you, American Airlines. FARK YOU.


Heh. I understand. Been there. Flew American JFK to Atlanta. Direct flight. My checked bag however, turned up in St. Louis. At least they found it.
 
2013-09-03 12:41:24 AM
New Orleans airport in a nutshell: hot, stinky, and you're treated like cattle by screaming TSA agents. Also the food sucks.
Indianapolis has quite a nice airport tho....
 
2013-09-03 12:41:33 AM
I've given up wanting even the slightest conveniences in an airport. Kansas City doesn't even have water fountains so people are forced to buy bottled water which probably pays for their Stalinist mausoleum car rental center. Salt Lake City has the best hooks on bathroom stall doors or probably the only hooks left on stall doors because they're broken off in every other airport. I use a biner to keep my bag out of the slime but it scratches the hell out of the doors. Fix the hooks assholes. San Francisco has the worst food because in their desperation to keep out chains they've only succeeded in banishing edible food. LA's a hellhole that is so bad it allows ever other area airport to add a $50 premium on every flight flying to the same place on the same airline. It might as well be called "the we're not LAX biatches" tax. SeaTac makes you transfer subway lines to get to one of their terminals because it must have been too hard to put all the terminals on one subway like Munich, Atlanta and Dallas do.
 
2013-09-03 12:42:33 AM

Desmo: bullshiat: passenger volume went from 20m in 2002 to 6m in 2012,

SFO has got to be the best, most up to date airport in the US: Very cool remodels of Terminals 2 & 3, plus the International terminal. Their traffic volume is up over 20% in the last three years.


Sacramento is pretty good. Easy in, easy out, recently remodeled. I haven't flown into SFO in years though.
 
2013-09-03 12:44:05 AM
FTA : So what makes the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport the top-ranked in the U.S.? I decided to fly there to find out.  The Midwestern Touch


Cincinnati is at the same longitude as Atlanta.

They may have a midwestern touch, but they are in no way western, mid or otherwise.
 
2013-09-03 12:45:18 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: SEA isn't too bad once you've worked your way past the TSA checkpoints. The restaurants are all beer themed. I'm partial to the Mac & Jack's down at the end of the concourse.


"SEA"? Do you mean Sea-Tac? It blows. The concourses are confusing and pick up and drop off is a nightmare.
 
2013-09-03 12:48:00 AM

evaned: "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 are full of people who are tired, cross, and have just discovered that their luggage has landed in Murmansk (Murmansk airport is the only exception of this otherwise infallible rule), and architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their designs."


This was the first thing I thought of as well.
 
2013-09-03 12:51:02 AM

OscarTamerz: I've given up wanting even the slightest conveniences in an airport. Kansas City doesn't even have water fountains so people are forced to buy bottled water which probably pays for their Stalinist mausoleum car rental center. Salt Lake City has the best hooks on bathroom stall doors or probably the only hooks left on stall doors because they're broken off in every other airport. I use a biner to keep my bag out of the slime but it scratches the hell out of the doors. Fix the hooks assholes. San Francisco has the worst food because in their desperation to keep out chains they've only succeeded in banishing edible food. LA's a hellhole that is so bad it allows ever other area airport to add a $50 premium on every flight flying to the same place on the same airline. It might as well be called "the we're not LAX biatches" tax. SeaTac makes you transfer subway lines to get to one of their terminals because it must have been too hard to put all the terminals on one subway like Munich, Atlanta and Dallas do.


Listen to this guy, he knows whats up!

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The lack of hooks in bathrooms is a personal pet peeve of mine. I LOVE the carabiner idea, I'm totally stealing that! Dead on about SeaTac.
 
2013-09-03 12:54:20 AM

Medic Zero: AverageAmericanGuy: SEA isn't too bad once you've worked your way past the TSA checkpoints. The restaurants are all beer themed. I'm partial to the Mac & Jack's down at the end of the concourse.

"SEA"? Do you mean Sea-Tac? It blows. The concourses are confusing and pick up and drop off is a nightmare.


I'm usually just flying through.
 
2013-09-03 12:58:18 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Medic Zero: AverageAmericanGuy: SEA isn't too bad once you've worked your way past the TSA checkpoints. The restaurants are all beer themed. I'm partial to the Mac & Jack's down at the end of the concourse.

"SEA"? Do you mean Sea-Tac? It blows. The concourses are confusing and pick up and drop off is a nightmare.

I'm usually just flying through.


You're lucky then. See the post above about having to change trains between concourses or to get out of them. They are so confusing I once thought I was getting on an elevator when the doors opened! It wasn't obvious it was a train, and I was surprised once I was inside. I'd even been there before! I'm not usually the kind to be befuddled by anything like that either.
 
2013-09-03 12:59:25 AM
Indianapolis, Love Field in Dallas (never thought I'd say that, but God the rebuilt terminal is amazing) and any place that is not Kansas City. Seriously, MCI is the worst airport ever.
 
2013-09-03 01:00:43 AM

TomD9938: FTA : So what makes the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport the top-ranked in the U.S.? I decided to fly there to find out.  The Midwestern Touch


Cincinnati is at the same longitude as Atlanta.

They may have a midwestern touch, but they are in no way western, mid or otherwise.


That's cute.  It's called Midwestern for a reason.  For a long time the Appalachians to the end of the Louisiana Purcahse were considered west and when America finally expanded beyond that the area needed a name change and they adapted the term Midwest.  Here's how the US Census defines Midwestern.  It's not entirely accurate, but neither is considering Finland and Greece Western Europe or considering everything north of NYC metro upstate, but those definition exist for a reason.

www.midwestcleanenergy.org
 
2013-09-03 01:12:58 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: SEA isn't too bad once you've worked your way past the TSA checkpoints. The restaurants are all beer themed. I'm partial to the Mac & Jack's down at the end of the concourse.


Are you sure you are talking about Seattle ??  That airport was designed by an architect with a large crayon and a bad case of Parkinson's.  There is no flow nor logic how to get around the airport.  My favorite are the escalators that go up and flow directly  into ones going down.

In my career's 2 million global air miles, this rates as one of the bottom three north of the equator. (JFK, DUL are 1 and 2),
 
2013-09-03 01:14:42 AM
Medic Zero: Harbor Freight carries a fake 10 inch biner that will fit over any stall door or around any pole. It's padded and doubles as a nice handle in a pinch and it's some super light solid Al alloy so even the TSA goons don't hassle you about it. Just leave it on the outside of your bag because they will dig for it.
 
2013-09-03 01:15:28 AM

12349876: those definition exist for a reason.


Well, saints be praised.

I'd call the region of your map "The Central States".   That'd give us the Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific states.

Where have I heard that before?
 
2013-09-03 01:17:00 AM
You guys have obviously not flown internationally. Asia to me is an enigma. They have the best airports in the world and also the worst. Singapore's Changi airport is umero uno IMHO and the Hong Kong one ain't bad either. The new Beijing airport is also halfway decent
The ones in India however make La guardia looks like paradise on Earth but in all my travels Manila International airport in the Philipines is the worst of the worst. Imagine inner city Detroit with a runway built right through it.
 
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