September11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 23 Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2897 times:
Not to sound dramatic, nothing too special about DCA. But small, tight, and busy. Plenty of action. Businessmen and businesswomen all over the place Overall great airport to fly out - give yourself few hours of free time there, good bars and few dining rooms
United767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2879 times:
DCA is a great airport to fly out of. I have worked there for the last 8 months. Security moves pretty fast. Like posted above give yourself some extra time just to do some spotting. Also go check out the Old Terminal. They got a mini-museum and have great overhead photos of DCA throughout the years. Enjoy DCA!
I wish UA flew mainline to MYR, that way you wouldn't be stuck in a smelly Saturn for 12 hours.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2867 times:
DCA is an awesome airport . . . .
Easy to navigate, and believe it or not, after the morning rush, Security lines are NOT that long. If you have some time, go to the end of any pier and watch the traffic. If you have a club card, go up to US or UA or COs clubs and have a great view of the field.
RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2847 times:
DCA has grown on me quite a bit and is easily one of my favorite airports...It's very much a "niche" airport. You don't have to really treat it any different in terms of getting there early for security reasons--I've found that it is busiest really early in the morning when people line up before TSA opens (like if you have a 6AM flight)...Other than that, it's pretty ordinary most of the time.
As for what to do, try getting a window seat on the left side of the plane on your flight in...That will give you a 50% chance of getting an AMAZING view of DC. On takeoff, try to get a window seat on the right.
Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3): some would have closed it out of security concerns
I don't really blame them. It amazes me how close you are--you can clearly see the White House, etc...