I second that. Some of the gate areas are really ghetto. I also saw a guy ram a column with one of those golf-cart things that old folks ride on. Fortunately he had no passengers, so it was pretty funny.
I have to agree! But not all terminals are filthy, as usual DL's terminals are on the top of the list. As well as Terminal 4 during peak hours, it's filthy! The cleanest terminals are usually T1 and T5 based on my experience.
MNL looks REALLY dirty but it's really not, its just that the terminal is older than my grandparents.
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2732 posts, RR: 31 Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2927 times:
Hmmm, I really can't make up my mind on this one, so I'll say it's a 3-way tie between LAX, ORD, and LGA.
LAX - The only terminal that doesn't feel like a third world cesspool would be T5. Supposedly AA and UA spent a great deal of money renovating T4 and T7, respectively, but I don't see where any of that money went. Basically all of them can be summed up by: filthy carpets, vast swaths of main flooring closed off for janitorial purposes (even entire bathrooms off-limits at times) at all times of day, dingy lighting, dirty windows, I could go on and on.
ORD - T5 must be the magic number, because I actually find it quite nice. The domestic terminals are all awful, including UA's relatively new T1 and particularly T2.
LGA - now I've only been to the Central Terminal, with its dingy/dirty low ceilings, disgusting gate areas, etc.
Oh man, if that's the worst you've seen...go to Africa!!
When I went to Africa, I was extremely impressed by CAI (and T3 wasn't open yet, I flew out of T1). ALY was pretty bad but they just opened the new HBE terminal and now plan to tear down and rebuild the ancient ALY terminal.
In addition to CAI, pretty much all of the major African hubs - CMN, ALG, ADD, LOS (MMA2), JNB, DUR, CPT, MRU, and even LAD - look much nicer AND cleaner than several major U.S. airports like the ones HOONS90 and I mentioned. DKR will be getting its new airport very soon (the present one has been infamously described as the world's worst!), leaving NBO as the only other big hub I can think of that isn't equal or better to the average American hub airport facility. Sure, the more obscure airports in Kinshasa or Bamako may be terrible, but other than abrelesojos who really finds themselves using them? .
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1118 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2854 times:
I went through CDG T1 in September and I don't think its really all that bad. ADP did some major renovations recently and although not on the same level as CDG 2E or 2F I wouldn't rate it as filthy or 3rd world.
PHL - except for A West the rest of the place borders on the 3rd world.
The old terminals at DTW were 3rd world caliber especially the international arrivals terminal.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6218 posts, RR: 9 Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2832 times:
Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 20): Sure, the more obscure airports in Kinshasa or Bamako may be terrible, but other than abrelesojos who really finds themselves using them?
Hahahahaha...good call. But I know someone...me!
There are definitely some very nice airports in Africa - those you name are definitely the nicest for the most part. But man oh man...there are some dumps. Especially when you get off the beaten track and find places like Monrovia, Cotonou, Bangui and Namibe (Angola)...I'm pretty sure my life is a little shorter thanks to god knows what lived in those airports
CrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 1723 posts, RR: 41 Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 12): Left luggage closed at 8pm , staff that didnt care and shrugged their shoulders. Grey concrete and rude lounge staff. I guess peoples ideas of good experiences are a personal thing .
Guess I was lucky then, the AF staff was very helpful and friendly. The terminal (at least 2F) was very well lit and clean, only I missed a functional food store / restaurant.
25 FilAmAirlines: MNL Terminal 1 has to be one of the top 5 filthiest terminals. I want the non Filipino airlines to move to MNL Terminal 3 NOW!
26 JetBlue777: Totally. But I love the vintage feel of T1 but I know its super duper filthy. The departure area is decent because they recently renovated it, but th