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2013-11-11 08:28:34 AM  
There's one thing you can say for United: At least they're not American Airlines or Delta.

/this is what's known as damning with faint praise
 
2013-11-11 08:28:56 AM  
When I was traveling for work frequently, I would route my flights through O'Hare just for a torta at Frontera Grill.
 
2013-11-11 08:30:40 AM  
With the "healthy food" nowdays make that about 8 or 12 meals.
 
2013-11-11 08:32:15 AM  

LandOfChocolate: When I was traveling for work frequently, I would route my flights through O'Hare just for a torta at Frontera Grill.


I try to route my flights away from O'Hare, to avoid being in O'Hare. No amount of yummy food is worth that.

And don't even get me started about the toilets in the men's room.
 
2013-11-11 08:32:56 AM  
United sucks donkey balls!
 
2013-11-11 08:40:04 AM  

Son of Thunder: I try to route my flights away from O'Hare, to avoid being in O'Hare. No amount of yummy food is worth that.

And don't even get me started about the toilets in the men's room.


Where the hell do you route them to? Say what you like about O'Hare, but I've yet to find a US hub that wasn't *significantly* worse.
 
2013-11-11 08:55:39 AM  
O'Hare: The only airport that has ever convinced me to spend $50 to sit in the first class lounge.

It was still a pretty miserable 9 hours.
 
2013-11-11 08:55:57 AM  
Billy Goat Tavern FTW!
 
2013-11-11 09:02:39 AM  

gweilo8888: Son of Thunder: I try to route my flights away from O'Hare, to avoid being in O'Hare. No amount of yummy food is worth that.

And don't even get me started about the toilets in the men's room.

Where the hell do you route them to? Say what you like about O'Hare, but I've yet to find a US hub that wasn't *significantly* worse.


For me, O'Hare itself was fine.  Its the weather in Chicago that makes things really unpredictable though.

Still, torta.
 
2013-11-11 09:04:52 AM  
Just don't eat the fish.
 
2013-11-11 09:18:01 AM  
Glad I flew American my last time through. The layover was only 30 hours instead of 48.

/Weather isn't the airport's fault
//Nor the airline's fault
///Still prefer DFW
 
2013-11-11 09:27:35 AM  
I see Subby has been flying American Airlines.
 
2013-11-11 09:34:51 AM  
I'll take almost any airport over the hell hole that is Newark. I've never had a flight depart with less than a 2 hour delay from that place.
 
2013-11-11 09:41:49 AM  
Oh, Chicago O'Hare? Where I ordered a $13 salad and they made me a completely different salad and I had to go catch a flight? Where the McDonald's line is 30 feet long to avoid that farking salad place? OR THE SIXTEEN DOLLAR THREADBARE SANDWICHES FROM THE "DELI"?!

THAT CHICAGO O'HARE?!?!?!

Wait, maybe that's Midway I'm thinking of. Where am I?
 
2013-11-11 09:45:33 AM  
Of all the airports I've been in... people in o'Hare all look the ugliest, fattest and grumpiest.

It was bizarre flying from there to Salt Lake City... going from fat ugly and grumpy to hot sexy super model types who were obnoxiously chirpy.

I swear its some sort of Mormon plot... they hide all the ugly chicks in sex dungeons in salt lake and parade all the hot ones around in places visitors might visit.

Flying back from Salt Lake to the worlds fattest grumpiest ugly people airport of o'hare was depressing.


... and flying into Madison is like taking a trip to 1974... They took "that 70's show" fame too far and decorated their airport from the 70's.
 
2013-11-11 09:51:36 AM  
As a Chicagoan, I really appreciate the people-mover system at DFW  between terminals. Plus it's always fun to look out and still see the concrete chutes of the old DFW people mover.

The Ohare people-mover is silly..not only is it outside of security (but at least you can still walk between terminals without having to re-enter security)...but it goes through the car rental areas without stopping at the car rental areas...requiring a bus ride to get your car. How tough would it be to have a few stops on the people mover to eliminate the buses?

At least Ohare isn't as bad as LAX, where connecting flights across terminals require you to leave the terminals, and walk/take a bus to the next terminal and then have to go through security again to get back in. (unless they've changed that recently).

The few times I've gone through Newark, I haven't really had an issue (since Newark has always been an endpoint destination). Even though the security areas that are shoehorned on the walkway bridges are pretty amusing.


And I can usually forgive any kind of delays at any of the larger hub airports, in the sense of forgiving the delays not on the airports themselves, but due to the ridiculous schedulings that the airlines do, with no margin of error, and putting 80% of their takeoffs all within the same 1.5 hour windows.
 
2013-11-11 10:00:10 AM  

Son of Thunder: I try to route my flights away from O'Hare, to avoid being in O'Hare. No amount of yummy food is worth that.


All these glowing reviews make me look forward to my local airport's start of O'Hare service in January.

Really tho, since I am spoiled and usually fly business, I am looking forward to O'Hare service because it will significantly increase my connection opportunities for international flights. And who cares if the airport is a dump as long as the business lounge has free drinks and food.
 
2013-11-11 10:16:40 AM  
O'Hare offers second healthiest choice of food of all major US airports. Which is good news for United passengers who need six meals during their normal 48 hour layover

Is the layover 48 hours because United sucks or because O'Hare is a clusterfark?

CleanAndPure: ... and flying into Madison is like taking a trip to 1974... They took "that 70's show" fame too far and decorated their airport from the 70's.


I think they can get away with it because very few people fly into Madison.  There's a reason all the ads there are for healthcare IT consultants, Epic is one of the few reasons people fly through that city.
 
2013-11-11 10:17:26 AM  

Kygz: United sucks donkey balls!


Damn foodies will eat anything Bourdain says is the next big thing.
 
2013-11-11 10:18:49 AM  
Every time I've flown through o'hare I've been delayed or my flight has been canceled. A perfect 3/3 score in incompetence. I hate that place.
 
2013-11-11 10:26:46 AM  

soopey: Every time I've flown through o'hare I've been delayed or my flight has been canceled. A perfect 3/3 score in incompetence. I hate that place.


I had a 2 1/2 hour layover there, so I asked a security guard (or TSA, don't remember anymore) if 2 hours would be adequate time to leave, have a cigarette, and go back through security.  He told me he wouldn't chance it.

So I nursed a $10 beer in a fake Irish pub for an hour instead.  That was fun.
 
2013-11-11 10:28:09 AM  
Charlotte has always been a pleasant stop, though the food is far from healthy. Atlanta's a shiathole in every sense of the word. Memphis has amazing barbecue, but the rest of the airport might as well be in Mozambique. Las Vegas is decent, but trying to find the rental car return is a nightmare. National is shiate. BWI is shiate. Dulles isn't bad, but you feel like you're descending into the bowels of hell to get to the TSA screening point (bonus points for the whole building looking like an aircraft carrier). DFW's security makes negative sense, but they don't fark around when it comes to getting people OUT of the airport. JFK is extremely overcrowded, and they apparently thought that mounting iPads on the walls would make people ignore that.

Umm... that's about all I can remember off the top of my head.
 
2013-11-11 10:38:35 AM  

gweilo8888: Son of Thunder: I try to route my flights away from O'Hare, to avoid being in O'Hare. No amount of yummy food is worth that.

And don't even get me started about the toilets in the men's room.

Where the hell do you route them to? Say what you like about O'Hare, but I've yet to find a US hub that wasn't *significantly* worse.


Give where I am and where I'm typically going, I pick flights that go through Minneapolis.
 
2013-11-11 10:39:21 AM  

Son of Thunder: Give where I am and where I'm typically going, I pick flights that go through Minneapolis.


"Given" where I am.

(Which is apparently a place where people don't preview before posting)
 
2013-11-11 10:41:54 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: soopey: Every time I've flown through o'hare I've been delayed or my flight has been canceled. A perfect 3/3 score in incompetence. I hate that place.

I had a 2 1/2 hour layover there, so I asked a security guard (or TSA, don't remember anymore) if 2 hours would be adequate time to leave, have a cigarette, and go back through security.  He told me he wouldn't chance it.

So I nursed a $10 beer in a fake Irish pub for an hour instead.  That was fun.


Midway takes a lot of crap for being small and relatively shiatty but I always have a much easier time getting through security there, and the bar options are ten times better than the sterile crap bars in O'hare. Reilly's Daughter remains one of my favorite airport bars ever.

The problem is Midway is basically 90% Southwest flights and if you're flying international you pretty much have to go through O'hare, save for a few Airtran routes to Mexico that can go through Midway, I think.
 
2013-11-11 10:42:18 AM  

OutsmartBullet: Wait, maybe that's Midway I'm thinking of. Where am I?


When I had to ask myself that question - I quit my job and took one with less travel.

/although I was in Las Vegas 12 hours ago.  Will be again in another 12 hours.
 
2013-11-11 10:42:45 AM  
If you haven't had a torta at Frontera, you can't understand. I swear they put crack in them. When flying here from DC, like this morning (in a cab now), I always book the flight that's 30 minutes earlier than I need to let me hit Frontera. The pork breakfast one (with fig spread) is my favorite sandwich at any restaurant anywhere. Yes, it's that good.
 
2013-11-11 10:55:00 AM  

Rhino_man: BWI is shiate.


I actually kinda liked BWI the last time I was there.  Granted, I'm in the NY metro, where it's EWR, LGA, and JFK.  LGA is by far the worst airport in the US.  JFK is #2.  EWR is great to fly to/from, but sucks for connecting flights.

/also, I miss Continental :(
 
2013-11-11 11:01:31 AM  

Warthog: If you haven't had a torta at Frontera, you can't understand. I swear they put crack in them. When flying here from DC, like this morning (in a cab now), I always book the flight that's 30 minutes earlier than I need to let me hit Frontera. The pork breakfast one (with fig spread) is my favorite sandwich at any restaurant anywhere. Yes, it's that good.


Love Frontera at O'Hare. Didn't care much for the downtown location but after a torta at O'Hare I'm sold on that location and go back every chance I get. I'll have to try the pork breakfast one now.
 
2013-11-11 11:04:26 AM  
It's been ten years since I flew regularly, but my favorite was Houston Intercontinental. Good weather for flying, a decent restaurant selection and a chapel for sitting away from the noise.
 
2013-11-11 11:12:31 AM  
I am sitting at my gate RIGHT NOW, waiting for my United flight, and it is delayed. Oh, and they are overbooked and don't have a seat for me.

/Not getting a kick from this thread.
 
2013-11-11 11:14:34 AM  

Warthog: If you haven't had a torta at Frontera, you can't understand. I swear they put crack in them. When flying here from DC, like this morning (in a cab now), I always book the flight that's 30 minutes earlier than I need to let me hit Frontera. The pork breakfast one (with fig spread) is my favorite sandwich at any restaurant anywhere. Yes, it's that good.


Its always sad to see an empty line there but a 10 people lined up to the McDonalds right next to it.  There is no accounting for taste

Oh well, shorter line for me.
 
2013-11-11 11:18:10 AM  

Warthog: If you haven't had a torta at Frontera, you can't understand. I swear they put crack in them. When flying here from DC, like this morning (in a cab now), I always book the flight that's 30 minutes earlier than I need to let me hit Frontera. The pork breakfast one (with fig spread) is my favorite sandwich at any restaurant anywhere. Yes, it's that good.


I'm confident in the fact that Rick Bayless and his food exist only to balance out Skip Bayless.
 
2013-11-11 11:31:55 AM  
Flying sucks
Chicago sucks
Airports suck

/suckage
 
2013-11-11 11:31:59 AM  

Rhino_man: Charlotte has always been a pleasant stop, though the food is far from healthy. Atlanta's a shiathole in every sense of the word. Memphis has amazing barbecue, but the rest of the airport might as well be in Mozambique. Las Vegas is decent, but trying to find the rental car return is a nightmare. National is shiate. BWI is shiate. Dulles isn't bad, but you feel like you're descending into the bowels of hell to get to the TSA screening point (bonus points for the whole building looking like an aircraft carrier). DFW's security makes negative sense, but they don't fark around when it comes to getting people OUT of the airport. JFK is extremely overcrowded, and they apparently thought that mounting iPads on the walls would make people ignore that.

Umm... that's about all I can remember off the top of my head.


I don't mind Atlanta... probably flown through there more than anywhere else. For such a big busy airport (worlds busiest by volume I believe) they stay on time more oft than not.

Think I've only been delayed there once and it was because plane needed maintenance and couldn't fly... and they had to find a new one... which they did in under an hour.

Biggest problem with Atlanta is them constantly switching gates... you land at B19 and go to your gate at D49... when you get there you learn your flight is now Bern assigned gate C30... so you rush over there... and when you get there you learn they've already changed gates on you again and now you need to head back to terminal B.
 
2013-11-11 11:43:36 AM  

Warthog: If you haven't had a torta at Frontera, you can't understand. I swear they put crack in them. When flying here from DC, like this morning (in a cab now), I always book the flight that's 30 minutes earlier than I need to let me hit Frontera. The pork breakfast one (with fig spread) is my favorite sandwich at any restaurant anywhere. Yes, it's that good.


I always make a point of stopping at Frontera while I'm waiting on my flight. Agree - the tortas there are that good and worth the wait.
 
2013-11-11 11:45:45 AM  
O'Hare food.  Does Wolfgang Puck still have his handle on a counter hawking pre-made crap sandwiches?
 
2013-11-11 11:49:59 AM  

llortcM_yllort: O'Hare offers second healthiest choice of food of all major US airports. Which is good news for United passengers who need six meals during their normal 48 hour layover

Is the layover 48 hours because United sucks or because O'Hare is a clusterfark?

CleanAndPure: ... and flying into Madison is like taking a trip to 1974... They took "that 70's show" fame too far and decorated their airport from the 70's.

I think they can get away with it because very few people fly into Madison.  There's a reason all the ads there are for healthcare IT consultants, Epic is one of the few reasons people fly through that city.


Funny... epic was the reason I was in Madison... doing work for a hospital.

I did get the impression that half the city is run by epic and the other half by the university.
 
2013-11-11 11:57:28 AM  

Feel_the_velvet: O'Hare food.  Does Wolfgang Puck still have his handle on a counter hawking pre-made crap sandwiches?


Yes, and you're right, it is terrible. A friend of mine's brother works somewhere in the Wolfgang Puck network of restaurants as a sous chef, I asked him to tell his brother to tell Wolfgang that it is horrible. Not sure if the message will make it, but I tried.
 
2013-11-11 12:19:48 PM  

sonofslacker: Warthog: If you haven't had a torta at Frontera, you can't understand. I swear they put crack in them. When flying here from DC, like this morning (in a cab now), I always book the flight that's 30 minutes earlier than I need to let me hit Frontera. The pork breakfast one (with fig spread) is my favorite sandwich at any restaurant anywhere. Yes, it's that good.

Love Frontera at O'Hare. Didn't care much for the downtown location but after a torta at O'Hare I'm sold on that location and go back every chance I get. I'll have to try the pork breakfast one now.


I'm not sure if you mean the Frontera Grill, Tortas Frontera, or a Frontera Fresco downtown, but for Tortas I recommend hitting up Bayless' Xoco. I haven't been to Frontera Grill, but I've got a Frontera Fresco down the street and I've eaten at Tortas Frontera in the airport, but Xoco remains the best to me. The standards for those sandwiches seem incredibly high and they've been perfect every single time I've been there which I can't say about the airport or Fresca locations.
 
2013-11-11 12:38:46 PM  
Favorite airports:

ORD, anytime in the spring/summer
DFW, anytime except for the spring, preferably D terminal
SFO, anytime before 10am. God help you if your flight leaves after that, otherwise fly out of SJC or OAK.
SEA, year round.

Worst airports:
JFK,MCI,anything with 5 or fewer gates as the TSA is always extra dickish.

God I need to stop traveling.
 
2013-11-11 12:52:16 PM  

llortcM_yllort: O'Hare offers second healthiest choice of food of all major US airports. Which is good news for United passengers who need six meals during their normal 48 hour layover

Is the layover 48 hours because United sucks or because O'Hare is a clusterfark?

CleanAndPure: ... and flying into Madison is like taking a trip to 1974... They took "that 70's show" fame too far and decorated their airport from the 70's.

I think they can get away with it because very few people fly into Madison.  There's a reason all the ads there are for healthcare IT consultants, Epic is one of the few reasons people fly through that city.


Epic and UW.

I like Madison.  Only 12 gates, security is a breeze, and if I'm early I can have a Great Dane beer.  I flew out of there once a week for quite a few years.

I also agree with the posters that say to avoid O'Hare.  Not that it's really bad a place, but any weather at all and things get delayed.

Either Minny/St Paul or Detroit are much nicer and are delayed much less often.
 
2013-11-11 01:58:31 PM  
I've never really understood why airports spend gobs of money to be nice than other airports, especially when they're the only airport in a given city.

"Well, I did have a business meeting in Washington today, but the sandwiches in SFO are just *so good* I'm going to fly there instead!"
 
2013-11-11 02:14:04 PM  

Lord Dimwit: I've never really understood why airports spend gobs of money to be nice than other airports, especially when they're the only airport in a given city.

"Well, I did have a business meeting in Washington today, but the sandwiches in SFO are just *so good* I'm going to fly there instead!"


Because often you can take multiple carriers to get from point A to point B. Sure, if you live in Atlanta, you'll fly through ATL (which is a great airport despite all the crap people give it - try the new international terminal sometime), but if you live in, say, Birmingham, Alabama, and you're going to Seattle, you probably will have to go through one or more other airports, most likely hubs. If you really like ATL but don't like DFW or Denver, you will probably take Delta over American or United.
 
2013-11-11 02:27:35 PM  

Son of Thunder: LandOfChocolate: When I was traveling for work frequently, I would route my flights through O'Hare just for a torta at Frontera Grill.

I try to route my flights away from O'Hare, to avoid being in O'Hare. No amount of yummy food is worth that.

And don't even get me started about the toilets in the men's room.


That's why I do my business on the floor.
 
2013-11-11 02:29:27 PM  

bearcats1983: I'll take almost any airport over the hell hole that is Newark. I've never had a flight depart with less than a 2 hour delay from that place.


I spent a week at Newark one day.
 
2013-11-11 02:29:44 PM  

zipdog: Lord Dimwit: I've never really understood why airports spend gobs of money to be nice than other airports, especially when they're the only airport in a given city.

"Well, I did have a business meeting in Washington today, but the sandwiches in SFO are just *so good* I'm going to fly there instead!"

Because often you can take multiple carriers to get from point A to point B. Sure, if you live in Atlanta, you'll fly through ATL (which is a great airport despite all the crap people give it - try the new international terminal sometime), but if you live in, say, Birmingham, Alabama, and you're going to Seattle, you probably will have to go through one or more other airports, most likely hubs. If you really like ATL but don't like DFW or Denver, you will probably take Delta over American or United.


I see your point, but I always take the shortest travel duration possible, regardless of where I might transit through. I had figured that a large enough majority of people feel the same way that airports would be commoditized, but maybe not.
 
2013-11-11 02:34:53 PM  

bikerbob59: Son of Thunder: And don't even get me started about the toilets in the men's room.

That's why I do my business on the floor.


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2013-11-11 02:40:00 PM  
This needs to be broken down by terminal. I was in either terminal 2 or 3 last month and it was a wasteland. I think all these restaurants are in the big United terminal, whichever that might be. Certainly not the scrubby Delta / US Airways etc. backwater.

/US Airways arrival/departure monitors look like the are running 30-year old SW, which they probably are.
 
2013-11-11 03:04:12 PM  
Heh...at the airport bar now waiting to see if this light snow flurry will delay my flight.
 
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