Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 6398 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6200 times:
I mentioned this before in a previous thread: Canaima in Venezuela. Sitting out in the open in a palm-fringed bar, eating free fruit (I'm serious), watching DC-3s come and go . . . and boarding your aircraft takes all of FIVE MINUTES!
Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4539 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6171 times:
Maybe its just me, but LAS is always a good one, as long as you are somewhere near a window.
There are always plenty of aircraft to look at and if that gets boring, there are always the slot machines! Granted, everyone knows those slot machines have some of the poorest odds in Vegas, but it is still one way to pass a few hours. Of course, if you are 'stuck' in LAS it probably means you are trying to get home, in which you likely are not leaving with a lot of money anyway!
STLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9916 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6145 times:
i have to throw a vote out there for O'Hare. if you're going to have chaos...why not have maximum chaos?
Cincinnati. only because the Delta terminals there are nice and spacious (can get up, walk around, etc.) and there are some good restaurans there.
Minneapolis-St. Paul is good. if you're guaranteed a few hours delay for mechanical, or whatever, and you can get to the Mall of America...well....boom
when I was at Las Vegas, I guess I just didn't have a good view of the field. I
tried to go find a place (Southwest gates) to watch everyone come and go and found a whole lot of nothing to look at. or eat.
if assumptions could fly, airliners.net would be the world's busiest airport
BNAflyer78 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6090 times:
I've always been impressed with CLT - at least now that the construction on Concourse E is finished. The atrium just beyond security that leads to all concourses features restaurants and shopping - plenty to keep you busy for a few hours.
Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5553 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6079 times:
I'd have to go with PIT. Decent airport concessions (Sam Adams Brewhouse, anyone? AND they have 2 of them to boot!), they've got the mall in the airport for the shopaholics, and prior to US dehubbing it, you could get in some good spotting too.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
Muddydwagon From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 657 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6008 times:
Quoting BNAflyer78 (Reply 4): I've always been impressed with CLT - at least now that the construction on Concourse E is finished. The atrium just beyond security that leads to all concourses features restaurants and shopping - plenty to keep you busy for a few hours.
I have to agree with BNAflyer on CLT. Also the maximum chaos at ORD
Flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7606 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5801 times:
MIA is not bad. You have pretty good food before security not just fast food but even some sit down type resturants. Well sort of. Lots of overpriced shops just like any airport. And its just an Miami atmosphere. People all around and crowded. You can just watch all the different people.
BOS AA terminal is not bad either. Great views of the runway and plenty of space to walk around.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
ORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5551 times:
In the US, If I gotta be stuck, I think HNL, LAX or DTW. Good food, good drink, and great spotting at all three. Internationally, I have to go with NRT for the widebodies, and AMS for the in-airport casino. Spotting there isn't bad either.
This brings up a good question I've often wondered about..... is NRT the airport that has the most widebody movements. I've spent several long layovers there, and it seems that four out of every five arrivals or departures are a 747, and the others are trip 7's, or DC-10's.
But the Comair terminal is a nightmare: Cramped, dark, millions of people, noisy, NO views whatsoever - never get stuck there more than 1hr!
Internationally, my number one is FRA - best viewing I have ever seen - all open air, on both terminals - huge! Great views on apron (can almost touch the 747s) and runways (except Runway West, which is far far far far away...). Lots of traffic from all corners of the world. And in addition, Terminal 2 has a nice food area upstairs with views as well.
MKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1023 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5545 times:
One morning I came in to LAX off a QF flight. I then made my way across town to get a B6 red-eye that night. Don't get me wrong LGB is a dump, but if you go upstairs from check-in towards the bar/restaurant, there is a ratty sofa that sits across from the airport offices. Jetlagged to all hell I passed out on that sofa for a good 4-5 hours. It was comfy, quiet, and nobody bothered me.
Internationally I would have to say ICN. I have been stuck there on more than a couple of occasions (Thanks KE!!!). Brand new airport, wide, cushy benches, a good variety of widebodys to look at, and spicy Korean food which (by airport standards) is quite reasonable. And, of course, lots of Korean beer to wash it down.
"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." Frank Zappa