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Advice For Leaving Out Of DCA?  
User currently offlineIAHFLYER From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5070 times:

I'm flying back from DC (01/08/2007)out of DCA and was wondering of their was anyhting special about flying out of here due to its location near the capital ie long security lines.

Little airports with the big jets are the best!! Floyd
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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5048 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

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[Edited 2006-12-19 03:26:20]

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User currently offlineUnited767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5030 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.
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

And don't forget to take the Metro to DCA!! I wish every city had a set-up like this one - public transit to airport.

Convience is what saved this airport after 9/11 - some would have closed it out of security concerns, but congress loves this place too much. Hopefully you'll get some good views on departure!!

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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5018 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.

User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1665 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

As others have said, give time to spot. It is an awesome airport. I hope to go back sometime soon.

Happy Flying and welcome to A.net!!!!

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User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4998 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...

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3):
but congress loves this place too much.

Indeed. If you go there on a Tuesday afternoon, you could see tons of Congressmen getting off their flights (though that will change soon now that they have 5-day workweeks).

Enjoy your trip!

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