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Biggest Pet Peeve At Your Home Airport  
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23074 posts, RR: 20
Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5677 times:

I went through STL today, and I realized that the escalators from the Metrolink station to the terminal are extremely narrow (I've used them many times, but I only thought about how irritating this is today). It's the sort of thing that is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things but bugs me. Something tells me that a group of airline fanatics finds similar things annoying at their home airports... what are they?


I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5676 times:

Security - When are they gonna allow AirMall shoppers to go through again like they've been planning for years?!?
US Airways still being there
PITops never showing his face when I'm there



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31060 posts, RR: 87
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5672 times:
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Closure of the transit system after around 8PM. I take the bus or a rental car home so when I come in on a late flight from UA into the North Terminal, I have to walk all the way down to the other end of the airport to where the buses and rental cars because the transit shuttle between the north end of the main terminal and the south end is closed.

My home airport is SEA.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23074 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5672 times:



Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 1):
PITops never showing his face when I'm there

You know, if I lived in Pittsburgh...

I think if I had to pick a pet peeve for PIT, though, it would be that it just feels so... 1982.



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5671 times:

Pet peeve about TUS-no easy access from the highway and no decent public transportation. One Sun Tran route runs out to the airport, but to transfer to any other route you have to change coaches at one of the three transit centers-very time consuming.

Pet peeve about 57AZ-too many developers building on formerly unoccupied lands surrounding the airpark. Town of Oro Valley and Pima County are looking at adding 700 more homes north and east of the airpark. Many of the airpark's pilots are not happy about this.



"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5669 times:

PHX: My number one peeve about PHX just has to be about the bag claims. PHX bag claims:
- Carousel assignments are often switched multiple times, and once my flight's bags got split between two carousels.
- The screen displaying carousel assignments are often wrong or do not list the flight at all.
- They take forever! Sometimes they work okay, but half the time it is a long wait with hardly anywhere to sit and wait. Once I waited 45 minutes.

MSP:
- Train shuts down in the evening, earlier than it should, especially when flights are still arriving to the A and B concourses.
- Escalators can be confusing in the central lobby, with some leading to bag claim, while others right next to them go up to ticketing, but there are no escalators between the ticket lobby (in the public area) and bag claim level, requiring turnarounds all the way down at the tram level.
- Few concessions in Humphrey past security, although this is improving a bit. It used to just be the bar, but now there is a news stand, and also there is a Caribou Coffee by bag claim now.
- Almost all airline status monitors in the Lindbergh terminal only list NW and SkyTeam flights. To find any info on other airlines you have to basically go to the gate and ask, or call the phone number.

[Edited 2008-01-18 20:45:23]

User currently offlineDavid21487 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5650 times:

My CMH Pet Peeves:

1. The fact that Skybus ("the hometown airline") has like the second smallest ticket counter and worst set up of any airline, thus causing their lines to sometimes wrap the length of the entire ticketing level, blocking other airline counters and causing confusion among every person who enters the building. Seriously, NOT kidding.

2. The fact that there is only one public restroom location on the entire ticketing level.

3. The TSA's CTX machines are located in the ticketing lobby in front of the airline check-in counters. There isn't anywhere else to put them, but it just sucks that they have to be there.

4. Limited food options. There's a Charley's Sub place and Wendy's, but that's it in the food court because the rest of it is under construction. Not sure what they're putting there though. There is also a Max & Erma's sit down restaraunt, but they wont let you call and order food in advance, you have to order it and wait there (which doesn't work for me, since I work at the airport and only get 30 minutes for lunch).

5. The location of the employee parking lot and all of the major traffic jams and lane restrictions caused by the road construction around the area.



-- Step! Jump! Slide! --
User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5648 times:

LGW, that it looks more like a shopping centre than an airport. Also that the immigration and security is tighter there than at LHR.

User currently offlinePITIngres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1145 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5633 times:

The Gestapo wasting huge amounts of my time, hours of my life that I can never get back, while pretending to make me safer (and doing nothing of the kind). That's at any airport, of course, they aren't especially good or bad at mine.

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 1):
US Airways still being there

 Smile Yep!



Fly, you fools! Fly!
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5627 times:

Just once, I'd like to see FRA without any construction going on...

And if the area around the baggage claim could be increased in height so that it wouldn't feel quite as depressed, I wouldn't mind either... fortunately enough, I barely ever travel with checked luggage, so that doesn't matter as much to me.

And they could really improve the areas and signage leading to the regional train station: especially first-time-visitors or non-regular visitors are often confused about what platform they'll have to head to to actually get the next train into town.



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5606 times:

HPN
1. NIMBYs
2. NIMBYs
3. NIMBYs
4. The Terminal is too small, as a result of 1-3.

Everything else is great, on teh other hand.



"Reality is wrong, dreams are for real." -Tupac
User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5602 times:

SLC
- the long walk to bagage claim and the exit from D terminal.
- no free wi-fi
-2 or 3 psycho TSA agents. The rest are quite nice.


User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3105 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5599 times:

My SEA pet peeves:
- bad and expensive parking options
- extremely militant customs officers
- longest baggage claim times of any airport in the US

Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
Closure of the transit system after around 8PM.

That is annoying now, however the light rail starting next year will run until midnight (now whether you want to be riding through Rainier Beach at 11pm is another question).

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 5):
PHX: My number one peeve about PHX just has to be about the bag claims. PHX bag claims:

I personally hate transitting through PHX because there is absolutely no food at that airport (especially not in the US gate areas!). Everytime I go through there, it's a ritual of looking up and down each concourse and then settling on some crappy sports bar or fast food place - are they ever gonna get any good food options in PHX?


User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5595 times:

I can't really think of any problems that I have with AUS.....it's pretty user-friendly. The only thing I don't like about AUS is how far away it is from my house. And with the new toll road segment that leads up to the airport, that's not a pain anymore either. Parking, check-in, security, and food options are all great. And the terminal is always squeaky clean. I guess my biggest pet peeve is the recent influx of CRJ service.  yuck 

---Skywatch



------Forever Watchin' The Sky------
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5575 times:



Quoting RwSEA (Reply 12):
are they ever gonna get any good food options in PHX?

I don't know - I just know the only option in T3 North that isn't a bar is Wendy's, and it closes at 9 PM or so, even though there are a number of redeyes leaving after that on NW and DL (and maybe FL has one too).

MSP on the other hand has a fantastic food court. Quite a world of difference.


User currently offlineFlipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1574 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5562 times:
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The taxiway lights protruding so much that when I taxi to the runway my traumahawk steadily falls apart.

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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5559 times:

YYZ---

You can't get to the Tim Hortons when you are waiting at the AA, NW, CO, DL, US gates.  banghead 


Liam spin 


User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1041 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5552 times:

SMF, in Terminal B:

1. Who the heck though it was a good idea to put baggage carousels in the middle of the ticketing areas?
2. Security checkpoints too small, resulting in lines frequently backing up down the escalator into the ticketing hall.

The combination of 1 and 2 can sometimes result in the crowd at the baggage carousel and the lines from security and the ticket counters all intermingling on heavy travel days.

3. Last time I flew the display boards didn't show what baggage carousel bags from my flight would be on, so I ended up walking back and forth between carousels looking for my bag. I'm not sure if that would be the airport's or NWA's fault. (I suppose it's possible they announced it on the flight and I didn't hear it)
4. Few concessions past security.
5. It just generally feels old and crummy.

Terminal A, on the other hand, is rather nice and I can't complain about it.


User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

DTW

Those damn windows in the McNamara.

Hearing the annoying "please watch your step as you exit the moving walk" enough times that I'd rather avoid the moving walkways and run like a bat out of Hell

Smith Terminal, but at least its days are numbered now that it is 2008.


User currently offlinePITops From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1442 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5513 times:



Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 1):
PITops never showing his face when I'm there

Say what? Am I missing something?

PIT...

1. Biggest pet peave is the ACAA. Hands down. Anyone disagree with that?

2. That our airport is going down the crapper more and more every year.

3. The ends of A and B concourses being shut down.

4. The terminal looking dark and drab. It was cool when it was built but it's time for a change.

5. How empty the airport is.

6. Restaurant choices. We need some new ones. GOODBYE MCDS!



Ground Ops, Southwest Airlines, CMH
User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5481 times:

BNE pet peeves?
-International terminal and domestic terminal separated by a few km of road. To get from one to the other? Catch the Air train (every 30 min, mind you). Or hail a cab. No other way of connecting.
-Domestic Terminal way overcrowded and old. Horrendous lines at check-in and bag drop-off.
-Airport Roundabout a nightmare during peak hours!
-Hopelessly overpriced food - but that sort of price gouging most airports are guilty of.
-trying to cram too many shops into the sterile departure area (int'l terminal).

NG1Fan


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5463 times:

ORF-Norfolk, VA

TSA is very slow, no change in amenities

PHF-Newport News, VA

US Airways boards at lower gates lol


both airports---nobody changes the Star Alliance signs lol



Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5424 times:



Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 18):
Those damn windows in the McNamara.

What's wrong with them? I connected there once and I didn't see any problems, but it was rainy that day and with the angle of that terminal I suppose I can imagine the sun blaring into the windows at dawn/dusk with not much shade cover, is that the problem? Or is it something to do with the ticketing area (which I have not been to)? Or the regional concourse?


User currently offlineRedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 754 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5393 times:

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 22):
What's wrong with them? I connected there once and I didn't see any problems, but it was rainy that day and with the angle of that terminal I suppose I can imagine the sun blaring into the windows at dawn/dusk with not much shade cover, is that the problem? Or is it something to do with the ticketing area (which I have not been to)? Or the regional concourse?

The problem with the windows is that you can't take pictures out of them and it's not easy to see clearly out of them. The reason for this being that they have small black dots on them to keep the air conditioning costs low. They are so annoying!

Here is a picture of them:



Big version: Width: 1600 Height: 1200 File size: 406kb



Mason

[Edited 2008-01-24 16:15:54]


Northwest Airlines. Now you're flying smart! (RIP 1926-2009)
User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5390 times:



Quoting AF340 (Reply 16):
YYZ---

You can't get to the Tim Hortons when you are waiting at the AA, NW, CO, DL, US gates.

Ohhhh, and the GTAA in general!



Liam spin 


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