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 Post subject: Re: World's Best/Worst Airports
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:28 pm 
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No, but we did pull into UAE in the middle of the night and they were pretty pissed at us and refused to refuel the C-17 or let us into the terminal. After a pretty heated exchange from our OIC they reluctantly obliged us. I can still remember the angry faces as we exchanged "pleasantries" with some of their security team.


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 Post subject: Re: World's Best/Worst Airports
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Tampa International is very comfortable, Ft. Lauderdale International isn't bad...

I spent quite a bit of time on the roof of Boston's Logan Airport and on the international side, doing some "work," its not too bad over there. But over in the regular terminals its busy and unattractive.


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I've been in very few airports as an adult, but I must say that my short experience at Austin-Bergstrom Int'l was quite pleasant. Plenty of commerce in case you get bored, and most of it comprises businesses local to Austin. I've only flown in and out of Austin once, so I'm not the best judge, but I can't really say anything bad about the place.

Newark Int'l is a toss-up for me. I've heard many people complain of delayed flights from Newark, but I've yet to experience one such instance. I also gotta love the fact that it's accessible by train and has a monorail from long-term parking to the terminals.

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 Post subject: Re: World's Best/Worst Airports
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:26 pm 
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Bob in Boston wrote:
Worst: Vancouver, British Columbia; de Gaulle (Paris); Boston Logan; Toussaint l'Ouverture in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Best: gotta agree with AZ -- Sky Harbor in Phoenix, followed by Tampa International


Bob, I am shocked you have Vancouver on your worst list. Perhaps they have just fixed it up in preparation for the Olympics? I found the airport to be very nice, no delays, well laid out. My only complaint would be that it is 30 minutes from downtown.

And, to conclude my story, I got out this morning on a flight to New Haven, which had to abort its landing at the VERY last second. We were then diverted to an airstrip in Stewart, NY, put on a bus- a SCHOOL BUS- and driven to New Haven- a 2.5 hour drive.

Moral of the story- never fly US Airways.


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I don't think I ever spent more than 30 minutes inside Sky Harbor.

It was always jump off of the prop plane from Tucson and run to the next connection.


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Airports?? What the hell are they???

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LAX and JFK are always wayyyy to crowded, its horrible..

Ya gotta love Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Charlotte.
I always find myself in Charlotte because its the main US Airways hub, its one of my favorites.


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neworlbush25 wrote:
LAX and JFK are always wayyyy to crowded, its horrible..

Ya gotta love Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Charlotte.
I always find myself in Charlotte because its the main US Airways hub, its one of my favorites.


Pittsburgh is nice besides baggage claim. I hate where it is located at and there are always way more people there than there are seats, and alot of older people are left standing and waiting for 30+ minutes.


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 Post subject: Re: World's Best/Worst Airports
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Dallas is pretty damn terrible. Slowwwwww tram system and flights are usually prone to delays.

Denver is a pain because it's roughly 20 miles east of the city limits. Locals deal with it, but I can see how it can be frustrating for a visitor. "Yay..I'm on vacation in Denver! Let's get off the plane and see.... oh.... we're in Kansas".

Cleveland is pretty much a hellhole...but that applies to pretty much everything in Cleveland.

Ft. Lauderdale. Seems run down, always seems to have construction, and I don't like how they have big ol' security machines right in front of the check-in desks.

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Sarasota was pretty small and had an easy in and out system.

I know some folks HATE San Diego's airport, but I've found it quite effective and easy during the visits I've had. Plus, you're right IN the city. I also like how they have a curfew with no flights from 10pm-6am.

I like Tampa, too. Easy to get around and they have Chick-Fil-A restaurants. It's right next to the Yankees complex, as a bonus. Westbound roads out of the airport can be tricky, though.

Austin. Just because it's relatively new and they have a "King of the Hill' display in one concourse.

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eStragand wrote:
Cleveland is pretty much a hellhole...but that applies to pretty much everything in Cleveland.



This man speaks the truth!!!


Also, your reference to several airports in FLA reminded me of Miami, which is a pretty run down, disorganized airport.


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So I get the pleasure of connecting in Phoenix, LAX, and Denver next week. Will be my first time through all 3 of those airports.


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 Post subject: Re: World's Best/Worst Airports
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Denver is a little blah. I had a 5 hour layover there a couple of years ago. Not horrible, but not great.

I have always enjoyed flying in and out of Seattle. Not too bad.

When we flew back to Pittsburgh in '07 we went from Seattle to JFK to Pittsburgh. Maybe I was a little beat down after the 5 hour flight to JFK, but I hated that airport. There was a lot of construction going on, no places to eat and the rudest workers ever. Over the announcing speaker the worker actually said, "This is the last flight outta NY tonight, if you don't make this one you're freaking sleeping on the damn floor!". He wasn't laughing either... Then he was herding people like cattle onto the plane. My youngest was scared to death of him and asked if all people from NY are like that. I lied and said no.


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My favorite was Frankfurt, Germany. It's a major hub for every world airline. Had a blast "people watching" there and we ended up sleeping in the terminal overnight!

I've also been to Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta (huge!!), Newark, Portland, San Fran, L.A., Sarasota, Cancun, Taipei, Tokyo, Manila (no toilet paper in public places in the Philippines but they have western toilets!) Bacolod City, Phils, Kuala Lumpur (my kid was conceived there! 8-) er.. not in the airport) Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) <-- had terrible diarrhea in that tiny airport and had to squat!! :oops: Haven't yet learned the colloquial terms for travelers' diarrhea in Malaysia and other international destinations. Would make an interesting and informative thread.


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 Post subject: Re: World's Best/Worst Airports
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First time flying into JFK this past week, and it's already charted on my sh*ttiest airport list — disorganized, crowded, with some of the most grossly inflated concessions ($10 for a Bass Ale, the best draught beer available at their high-end grill) I've ever encountered.

Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens, Greece, is nothing to write home about either.

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I've got pretty limited experience with flying, but I didn't mind hanging out in Houston. It seemed like a pretty nice airport and all in all it seemed pretty well organized.

Philadelphia is an absolute shithole. That applies to everything in Philadelphia. I just generally hate the place but then again a lot of people feel that way about it.


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 Post subject: Re: World's Best/Worst Airports
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:00 pm 
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NDL wrote:
I've got pretty limited experience with flying, but I didn't mind hanging out in Houston. It seemed like a pretty nice airport and all in all it seemed pretty well organized.

Philadelphia is an absolute shithole. That applies to everything in Philadelphia. I just generally hate the place but then again a lot of people feel that way about it.


I actually have pretty good experiences in Philly (I've been comped with a $100+ tab TWICE and made a flight I was late REALLY late for during the holiday rush within 20-30 minutes). Not to say it IS a great airport, but so far it's in my top 5.

Frankfurt and Chicago top my worst list. LAX comes in third.

Leipzig-Halle has gotten better every time I've gone there, so it's made my 'good list'.

Minneapolis, Boise and Vegas are all good in my book. Both Edmonton and Vancouver weren't shabby either.

Seattle is my #1 fave (for homer reasons)

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When I was in Montana and flew home for Christmas, I got stopped in Missoula by security because my carry-on bag had 25 harmonicas in it, as i was coming home and going to go to the local open mic night back home and needed them to play...

Anyway, through the scanners you cant tell they are harmonicas just small metal object the size of pocket knives. My bag got searched and so did I...On my home back to Montana, I got the same treatment at Arnold Palmer Airport in Latrobe...

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Denver struck me as really dirty. Everything just seemed to have a layer of flith on it.


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