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Old 05-15-2019, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
Detroit is a decent airport, everyone just seems to be an asshole.
The terminals at DTW are so different that they may as well be different airports. Both are nice facilities, but the North Terminal is like having the convenience of a small-town airport with flight options of a major airport.

The TSA agents seem to be getting friendlier, and with Clear and Pre-Check interactions can be limited. Customs/Immigration is a different story. They apparently send all those folks to Asshole University.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:16 PM
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Do you know how many assholes the TSA has to deal with each day? After a few weeks on the job, even Mother Teresa would become surly.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:20 PM
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by McAhoy View Post
What i meant is that solid earth starts just before you touch down...it can be unnerving when all you see is water rushing by and are getting pretty close to landing. Check out this cockpit view. This must be even more hairy when the wind is kicking up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcf5gyisHFk
Have you ever hit a golf ball over a water hazard? That's how pilots think of these types of approaches. Extra fun!

In all seriousness you are probably fine. Unless your pilot is Wi tu lo... he's not so good at these.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
You need to get out more

While not overly modern and pretty Hobby is a very friendly big city airport to get in or out of, and it's in Texas - a huge intrinsic value to those that understand
its filthy!!!!
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:48 PM
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Ever notice how most of all the airports mentioned here as being really bad are located in big "blue" cities run by liberals?

After living in Atlanta many years, I really never understood how Hartsfield-Jackson Airport ran as well as it did. I always have had good luck with that airport always. ORD is the airport that always got on my nerves--waiting 3 hours on the tarmac before flying out on a hot summer afternoon in a hot airplane.

We flew home from LaGuardia last May after taking a repositioning to Europe. I cannot imagine any worse airport anywhere I've ever traveled. The whole section of NYC around LaGuardia is such an embarrassment when compared from where we had been staying in London. My wife was in a wheelchair last year, and we immediately went to the front of every security line, however.

We usually fly domestically out of Nashville, as it's the most reasonably priced airport around. The food and entertainment's also great. Internationally, we're flying either Orlando or Boston right now. Next week, we're flying to Madrid out of Boston and home from Paris.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:48 PM
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i haven’t seen Minneapolis/ st. Paul mentioned. I will gladly take busy or dirty over a bunch of muslims loading my plane. That is a true airport to avoid. Didn’t believe it till i saw it. Couldn’t wait to get the hell out of the place.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:35 AM
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Burlington, VT- Better bring your own food. There are no options there, unless you want to spend outrageous amounts of money on granola or vegan food.
LOL. Well, what did you expect to find in California East?

I have flown several million miles all over the world for work but now happily retired.
In my mind, OP nailed it. PHL and Newark were must avoids in my book. Just s-hole dumps and a nightmare when it came to holding schedules. Dulles probably comes in at #3.
Best?- Manchester head and shoulders above all the rest.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
Ever notice how most of all the airports mentioned here as being really bad are located in big "blue" cities run by liberals?

After living in Atlanta many years, I really never understood how Hartsfield-Jackson Airport ran as well as it did. I always have had good luck with that airport always. ORD is the airport that always got on my nerves--waiting 3 hours on the tarmac before flying out on a hot summer afternoon in a hot airplane.

We flew home from LaGuardia last May after taking a repositioning to Europe. I cannot imagine any worse airport anywhere I've ever traveled. The whole section of NYC around LaGuardia is such an embarrassment when compared from where we had been staying in London. My wife was in a wheelchair last year, and we immediately went to the front of every security line, however.

We usually fly domestically out of Nashville, as it's the most reasonably priced airport around. The food and entertainment's also great. Internationally, we're flying either Orlando or Boston right now. Next week, we're flying to Madrid out of Boston and home from Paris.
Yes...I have noticed that, and agree on all counts.

I personally love ATL. I know right where the Bojangles is when returning from an international flight.

It's a very efficient airport.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by RollerCoastr View Post
The terminals at DTW are so different that they may as well be different airports. Both are nice facilities, but the North Terminal is like having the convenience of a small-town airport with flight options of a major airport.

The TSA agents seem to be getting friendlier, and with Clear and Pre-Check interactions can be limited. Customs/Immigration is a different story. They apparently send all those folks to Asshole University.
I have yet to fly anywhere where TSA went to friendly school. DTW is my home airport, and I may be biased, but it's one of the nicer airports, clean and tons of food options. DTW is one of the nicer of the large airports.

DFW and McCarron are two that I frequent and they are two of the worst airports around, DFW has almost no options for food and it looks like crap inside, McCarron is nothing more than a cattle car. Lining up for security in Vegas is possibly the worst of any airport I've been to.

Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Savanah are my two favorite small town airports
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:59 AM
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I'm not a fan of Newark. However, I would go through Newark 10x before I went through FLL. FLL sucks. Crappy food, small, outdated. You'd think one of the main airports serving SE Florida would be better.

IAH = Beautiful (at least when I was last there)
MSP = Pretty amazing
JFK/LGA = Downright awful (I'll take EWR over those two any day)
MCO = Nice, good food, little crazy though (as you would guess)
BOG = Interesting. I wouldn't call it bad. Pretty efficient for a Colombian airport.
GIG = Decent airport. I don't remember much because when we arrived, we arrived late. When I left, I was just addressing the hangover after 5 days of nonstop drinking lol.
PHX = Worst boarding I've ever experienced in my life. Took me over 1.5 hours to make it through security. Line was absurd. Absolutely inexcusable for a major airport on a Weds afternoon.

I'm sure they based the rating on a few factors. However, the United terminal at EWR is beautiful.



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Old 05-16-2019, 06:21 AM
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
I have yet to fly anywhere where TSA went to friendly school. DTW is my home airport, and I may be biased, but it's one of the nicer airports, clean and tons of food options. DTW is one of the nicer of the large airports.

DFW and McCarron are two that I frequent and they are two of the worst airports around, DFW has almost no options for food and it looks like crap inside, McCarron is nothing more than a cattle car. Lining up for security in Vegas is possibly the worst of any airport I've been to.

Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Savanah are my two favorite small town airports
Naw, I don't think it's a bias. DTW is new (and new-ish) clean and modern. As I said before though, I could argue that it's 2 different airports on the same property. It's my home airport too, but as an AA flier, I rarely use the McNamara terminal. I can get from my parking spot to a barstool at Ruby Tuesday in the North Terminal in 10 minutes, and from there to the gate in 3 minutes more. The architecture of that terminal lacks wow-factor, but the cleanliness and convenience doesn't.

There actually was an initiative to increase friendliness at checkpoints! It started maybe 5-7 years ago as a result of a study that showed that when agents engaged socially with passengers during screening, they were more able to detect unusual / suspicious behavior. I can't find info online though, and I think we'd all agree it wasn't sustained...

McCarron was my deciding factor to maintain my Clear membership. The Pre-Check lane there is the longest and slowest I've seen at any airport, including MIA.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:32 AM
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I have to say that I prefer ATL for connections. Read some comments that its filthy and difficult to get around which is the exact opposite of my experiences. As far as I know, A, B, C, E, F (brand new) and T gates are all recently renovated and nice. No issues making connections as that airport flows easily. True, its easy to get stuck there in the summer time due to thunderstorms but thats the SE for you. It's not like CLT or MCO fare any better.

I can't stand Detroit, horrible lay out and their sky train has been out of order the past two times through there. LGA is a disaster mainly due to the never ending project and it takes me forever to get out of EWR to catch the train into Manhattan.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
Ever notice how most of all the airports mentioned here as being really bad are located in big "blue" cities run by liberals?

After living in Atlanta many years, I really never understood how Hartsfield-Jackson Airport ran as well as it did. I always have had good luck with that airport always. ORD is the airport that always got on my nerves--waiting 3 hours on the tarmac before flying out on a hot summer afternoon in a hot airplane.

We flew home from LaGuardia last May after taking a repositioning to Europe. I cannot imagine any worse airport anywhere I've ever traveled. The whole section of NYC around LaGuardia is such an embarrassment when compared from where we had been staying in London. My wife was in a wheelchair last year, and we immediately went to the front of every security line, however.

We usually fly domestically out of Nashville, as it's the most reasonably priced airport around. The food and entertainment's also great. Internationally, we're flying either Orlando or Boston right now. Next week, we're flying to Madrid out of Boston and home from Paris.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
I have yet to fly anywhere where TSA went to friendly school. DTW is my home airport, and I may be biased, but it's one of the nicer airports, clean and tons of food options. DTW is one of the nicer of the large airports.

DFW and McCarron are two that I frequent and they are two of the worst airports around, DFW has almost no options for food and it looks like crap inside, McCarron is nothing more than a cattle car. Lining up for security in Vegas is possibly the worst of any airport I've been to.

Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Savanah are my two favorite small town airports
I find TSA to be vastly different in airports around the globe and world, so I disagree.

TSA in Newark are rude, brash, nasty, etc. I flew connecting back from Bogota to Orlando with my fiance'. TSA and customs in Orlando were way nicer than Newark. I even forget I had a card-tool in my wallet which they found. I found it odd because I had traveled with it for years. They were nice, very apologetic for taking it, etc.

Rio De Janeiro had the craziest "TSA" I ever experienced in my life. They literally wait for you to get to the jetway cabin door to interrogate you. That's not an exaggeration. They look you dead in the eyes and ask you all sorts of questions. If you look down, they make you look at them. Pulled people right over and searched their bags right at the cabin door.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
I find TSA to be vastly different in airports around the globe and world, so I disagree.

People in Newark are rude, brash, nasty, etc. I flew connecting back from Bogota to Orlando with my fiance'. TSA and customs in Orlando were way nicer than Newark. I even forget I had a card-tool in my wallet which they found. I found it odd because I had traveled with it for years. They were nice, very apologetic for taking it, etc.

Rio De Janeiro had the craziest "TSA" I ever experienced in my life. They literally wait for you to get to the jetway cabin door to interrogate you. That's not an exaggeration. They look you dead in the eyes and ask you all sorts of questions. If you look down, they make you look at them. Pulled people right over and searched their bags right at the cabin door.
A minor correction.


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A minor correction.
I don't disagree with that. However, I wouldn't include the entire percentage of people inside EWR to be from the area. It is in fact an international airport. Staff, yes, obviously. Travelers, no.

I find people in general tend to not follow instructions. However, people from outside the tri-state area are sometimes a little too laid back and don't follow simple instructions.

For example: "Please have your passport and boarding pass out."

That doesn't mean in the bottom of your carry on bag.
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Guadalajara, Mexico is the worst I've been in since 2000.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:12 AM
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After getting Pre check I’ve had zero issues with TSA in the last 30 or so flights I’ve taken. I just breeze right though.

Least favorite would be ATL for me, but I never have to fly through the NE to see the shitholes of NY/NJ

Favorites are RDU, PBI, IAH. United terminal in IAH is great, bars every 50 feet never have to fight for a seat

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Old 05-16-2019, 11:05 AM
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Favorites are RDU, PBI, IAH. United terminal in IAH is great, bars every 50 feet never have to fight for a seat

PBI Thankfully its not a hub. I love PBI since I can be out of the parking lot in less than 5 minutes from walking off the plane. I don't plan for arrivals to my airport, I plan for getting the hell out of there when I get home.
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