@Raptor_007 I will be there again on wed. for a long layover. There are usually lines for restaurants. I cringe when I fly thru PHL. Truly, one of my least favorite airports. Flt delays and cancellations are the norm.
@hchavers I suspect JFK sucks, but I have picked up woot friends there and brought them out for pizza and a quick tour of Queens. Because of traffic we had to stay in Queens. I was born close enough to get into and out of JFK without going on the highways. Although now there is only one big road in the airport that you have to use.
@retswerb they still have a little bit of it left. I wish they wouldve found someone to remake it tho… the new one is ugly. Im actually making a baby blanket out of fabric with the old pdx carpet pattern on it.
Also there is free movie theater at PDX that plays short films from local film makers.
And beer. Good beer. They will even fill a growler at most of the bars, which is my best travel advice: TSA doesn’t care if you bring an empty bottle/jug/mason jar/hydroflask/etc through. Fill it with beer once you’re past security, discreetly drink it on the plane.
There’s so much to do in ATL. For an extended layover, I prefer MSP as you can take the light-rail to the Mall of America to burn lots of time.
For an overnight layover, Boston is fun. Take the train downtown and eat at Durgin-park (try the real Boston Baked Beans) or grab an airport hotel shuttle.
It used to be that LAX was pretty dreadful – but it’s gotten way better since they opened the new international terminal and opened airside connections between most of the terminals. I’m not sure it’s actually the best, but it might be “most improved in the last 5 years.”
@katylava I use to love Charlotte. I still like it. But, it has gotten busier, especially since the AA takeover of US Air. Some sites has it as the 10th busiest airport in the nation. Based on other numbers some have it ranked fifth. A lot of construction going on. A month ago I flew thru and the terminal I was in had no ceiling - just a lot of pipes and wires dangling everywhere.
@katylava@mfladd Open ceilings with exposed bits seems to be an airport trope/stereotype these days. Much like highways in major cities and population centers, they are seemingly always under construction. Even Brussels Airport was like this when I was there in June.
Sea-Tac. Its the only one I’ve been through whose designers seemed to focus on comfort over style. Lots of carpet and stuffed furniture. Kinda feels like a coffee house, appropriately enough. And their big, centralized food court has more unique options than the standard airport lineup.
Got stuck sleeping on the floor in DFW once. Inbound flight was delayed due to weather, missed the last connection to PHX. It was one of the worst experiences of my lifetime. No one was willing to help us, couldn’t even find a shitty airplane blanket to use. You can’t sleep on the seats because they have armrests blocking you from laying down. Everything was closed but the damn TSA recordings still play every 30 seconds all night long. Tvs were blaring nonstop. I hate that place.
@christinerenee Funny, I had the same issue with the news playing over and over. Just didn’t mention it as I figured I can only bitch about so much at a time. At DFW we eventually had a little group of us lay down on the floor. I think I fell asleep around 4 am, only to wake up around 5 to people walking past and looking down at us oddly.
Of the listed airports, I’ve only ever been in Denver and that was my destination, so no layover. Also, it was in 1985 so not very relevant to today’s reality.
I don’t fly all that often, and when I do, I almost always fly direct so layovers aren’t much of a thing for me.
Worst one was a 10 hour layover in Newark on a 23 hour (direct) flight from JFK to Las Vegas that eventually involved three planes and a van. While it was not fun, it did give my then relatively new girlfriend and me a chance to talk. A lot. Think like 17 dates rolled into one. I earned major points by not losing my cool over the delays. Missed seeing Penn & Teller that night, though we were able to get a full refund on the tickets.
Best one I can remember was shortly before Christmas 2015 when a 90 minute layover at Dulles became 3-1/2 hours. After about an hour, I got into a very interesting conversation in a bar with a submarine weapons officer who was heading home for the holidays. My girlfriend (same one) wasn’t totally happy that I was gone for an hour, but in my defense, she’d turned down going to the bar so she could read her book.
I voted DFW since that’s the only one on the poll that I’ve been in. I liked it though, they had trams to go to terminals so where you can see vehicles below. It was like something out of Total Recall.
Worst was Charlotte. Hard to find a seat, delayed flights to and from my destination. So much congestion.
Although they did have a setup providing free iced tea so that was nice. Also would have been nice if their Bojangles, a place that’s not in Florida, served breakfast (I got excited to see “grits” on the menu).
I like Detroit as the best for layovers as it’s clean, has a nice quiet tram to take you quickly throughout the terminal and has a decent variety of eating places. I agree with idealflaw, it is quiet and comfortable.