Soaringadi From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3551 times:
when I'm travelling, i always have someone with me.... i.e. friends, girlfriend, family etc. etc. So whenever it's a huge line, usually they wait in lines since they are not interested in aviation, and I tour the arprt. trying to find spots for spotting or (in case of Changi...) shopping etc.... And if i was alone, I simply would wait for the line to get shorter, and till that time obviously.... roam and do the usual things..... Man I love being at the airport !!!
COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1071 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
While I'm waiting in line at security on the rare occasion that I have to wait more than five minutes, I'll just listen to my I-Pod. While I'm waiting for my plane if I'm in EWR I'll go to the end of the C-1 concourse and watch the aircraft movements. Can't beat it. Most other places I will just talk on my cell phone or listen to the I-Pod.
Spinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3474 times:
I people watch, and let my mind wonder about about the people at the counter and the questions they are asking. It always seems like the people in front of me have some sort of calamity going on and I wonder why simple check-in is so hard for some people.
Spencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1636 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3452 times:
If by some small chance I haven't made it there before anyone else! then I'd bide my time by, (if I hadn't pre-booked), considering which seat I'd like. (I'll always go for the window at bulk, if possible). I'll take a look at my fellow pax, being that little bit more cautious these days; make sure my bags are tagged; have all my documents at hand, and probably just make sure I can impress on the check-in staff, in hope for the upgrade! At screening I'll go by the numbers, (metal objects in the tray, jacket off, be friendly, no stupid remarks like "what's that ticking"! it can really p155 those guys off, and they'll delay you for it too)! Then if I can, get some thru-the-dirty-terminal-glass-shooting done, before boarding commences!
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Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3217 times:
A funny story.
Last October, I was sitting on the morning Northwest flight out of Anchorage after standing in a very long line. At the last minute, the flight had been switched from the B concourse to the A concourse, and there were not enough TSA people on duty there. Anyway, I pulled out my cell before the door closed to check voice mail because of the four hour time difference between ANC and DCA. And one message was from someone standing in queue behind me and telling me it was a bad idea having my phone number on my luggage tags.
So apparently people read other people's luggage tags standing in line.
Bartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 791 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3175 times:
I usually just look out the window at Terminal A or C at DFW and see just how many MD80's I can spot. Then after about 5 seconds of that I get bored so I walk up and down the terminal and check out where all the planes are going, see what type of aircraft is used on which routes, then I go spend about $20 on smoothies, Maxim Blender/Rolling Stone mags, gum, bottled water, etc.
If I'm at any other airport I definitely go find a place to spot. However, if I'm in Europe I sit at a cafe and have a beer while I watch all the yeahoos cruise by in their soccer (futbol) jerseys, smoking as many cigarettes as they can possibly muster. How's that for a stereotype?
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3125 times:
If the queues are horrendous at check-in I simply ask the airline personnel to open another desk. There is no frickin' way I am paying £2000 on a J class ticket only to have to stand around like a monkey. I paid for fast, efficient service so I make sure I get it. Then when they open the desk I make sure that the duty manager is made aware of the employee's goodwill and that they get thanked for it. Very useful if you fly regularly and see the same people all the time.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
INNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3782 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3084 times:
I never had a "really long" line in front of me yet... usually not more time to wait than 20mins... I normally go to the airport early to check-in as one of the first, get the seat i want to have and to do some aircraft spotting
B747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3036 times:
I usually moan to myself about how long the queue is and how standing in queues wastes valuable minutes of my life that I can never recover. I don't know why I bother really, it just makes me feel worse.