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August 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm #108099
Been bouncing around to different airports and it always amazes me how terrible so are and how nice others are.
Some of my favorites are Denver, Austin and surprisingly Detriot.
What are some of the worst and best you’ve seen?
August 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm #108135
Charlotte is the best hub – they have a ton of rocking chairs for weary travelers.
My absolute fav airport is Austin…every time I fly there, they have live music going on, excellent tacos and beer on tap – right smack dab in the middle of everything.
Worst is a toss up between Dulles and JFK. Hate those Return of the Jedi transports at Dulles and don’t even get me started on JFK.
August 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm #108133
As one who can remeber when it was possible (common even) to arrive at an airport 20 minutes before a flight, check bags at the curb, move quickly through the concourse, walk on to the airplane and repeat the process in reverse upon landing; I find it distressing to spend enough time slogging thru them today to make comparisons. That said, I would agree with Denver, found Quebec to be easy to deal with even if the services are limited and was pleasently surprised at how easy it was to navigate Charles De Gaulle.
August 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm #108131
Best for layovers is Las Vegas – killing time at the slots!
Worst for plane changes is Kansas City – you have to go back through security if you change gates.
August 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm #108129
I too like Denver and Charlotte. The one good thing about flying out of Kansas City is that you don’t have to arrive that early before a flight since everything is fairly quick. Didn’t care for Dulles or Orlando.
August 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm #108127
Amsterdam has wonderful chairs for snoozing and inexpensive lockers – a handy spot for layovers.
August 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm #108125
September 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm #108123
You also have to do this in Las Vegas. I just experienced this about a week ago. But, the slots do take some of the sting out of it.
September 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm #108121
Best airport since the 9/11 changes is in Bismarck, ND. Seriously. You walk right up to the counter, no wait at security, and you’re on the plane. Also, easiest rental car experience ever. 🙂
Best layover spots I’ve experienced are Denver, Detroit, and Dallas/Ft Worth. There seems to be a lot to do in these airports and I haven’t encountered problems (not yet, anyway). I try to stay away from O’Hare and Atlanta if I can help it.
September 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm #108119
Is that a recent change? I was just in Las Vegas a month ago (and generally am for most flights, as I usually go Reno –> Las Vegas –> My final destination and then the reverse for the trip back) and did not come across this.
September 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm #108117
Hopefully you never will. I believe the A & B terminal are connected, but C is out there in no man’s land. (If I’m remembering the letters correctly). I wandered all over the place and then finally asked someone who told me that I had to go through security all over again to get to my gate. On the plus side, somehow I managed to get in the middle of a small group going through some type of “express lane” through security so it didn’t take long at all. I still have no idea what that was all about but I got in, the rope/gate thingy closed behind me, and I kept my mouth shut. 😉
September 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm #108115
I remember AMS as being a good airport if you had a lot of time to kill. Worst has to be CDG. There’s nothing to do there. YVR is nice – lots of artwork to look at as you travel through.
September 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm #108113
The best: Definitely Austin (lunch at the Salt Lick BBQ), and Las Vegas, and National in DC. I also like Gatwick and Charles De Gaulle.
Worst: Memphis (rudest TSA folks I have ever seen) and Miami.
September 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm #108111
Tampa baby! Free wifi. Always early and on-time
September 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm #108109
Jackson, WY! Can’t beat the breathtaking views!
September 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm #108107
Philadelphia, Newark–Terribly! trashy sidewalks and landscapes outside of terminals, parking garages and in-town train boarding booths. I complained to FAA and city’s local authorities. Seen just some cleanup since.
St Louis–floor carpets need replacing.
September 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm #108105
September 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm #108103
Secret out of the bag: Southwest to start flying to Charleston, SC Spring 2011.
September 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm #108101
Tricia, I was just in the B terminal last week and there was a no security check required walkway to the C terminal – it was near the sports bar. I can’t speak for A.
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