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Spotting From Airside Of North American Terminals  
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Which airports in North America have good spotting opportunities from the airside of the terminal (secured areas of the terminal and concourses); where and why?

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User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

- NWA's new terminal at Detroit is excellent, good views through large glass windows
- the same with NWA's terminal at Minneapolis, there's a dedicated viewing area

Sorry, can't remember all the details about which runways the spots are facing. Just have a look at the terminal maps.
But be prepared for being treated like a terrorist. My binoculars apparently caused almost as much trouble as a machine gun...  Pissed


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

TPA has got spotting with no problems airside and from the Parkade (Carpark). And the best part is there is no harrasment. MKE is no problem either.

Sean from MCO and MKE

I Don't know where I am anymore
User currently onlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2418 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2403 times:

BWI, DEN, MCO, FLL, DFW all were ok for airside spotting. Only place I ever had problems with security people was DFW.

Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2393 times:

Terminal A and B at EWR have good views of the taxiways and runways. Because of the shape of Terminal C (the Continental terminal), the views aren't as good.


Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineMidwest717 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2386 times:

MHT has a really good spotting place on the third floor, it's like directly above the metal detectors and you don't have to pass through security to get there. Last time I flew out of there, it was a really clear day and I could actually see my mom in the viewing area from my seat waving at my plane while we still in the air

User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2368 times:

ORD terminal 5 was ok, but not brilliant. Good views of arriving aircraft and some views over the remainder of the airport. Had to do a bit of walking though.

Oh, and get your duty free BEFORE you go through security!!! lol  Big thumbs up



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineAMSSpotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 271 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

LAS has nice spotting opportunities as well. Too bad it's not an extremely busy airport. Large glass windows that provide excellent views.

User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1692 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

"- NWA's new terminal at Detroit is excellent, good views through large glass windows"

Spotting may be fine there, but photography is not. They chose to coat the windows with a material consisting of fine black dots, I guess to cut down on sun glare. EVERY window in that place has the same coating - except for the windows at the very ends of the terminal. I can only vouch for the north end, but those are the only plain glass windows I found in that entire terminal.

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5297 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

STL has fairly good spotting in Concourses A and C, in those sections parallel to the runways. If planes are landing/taking off to the west C is your best bet to catch them moving on the ground. A is good to catch them airborne after take off. If landing/taking off the the east, the reverse is true.

The windows are tinted.

User currently offlineAirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

New York JFK Delta domestic terminal gate area with fastfood restaurants window views very close to the runway. Had a feast one time with a CA 744 taking off!

User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

MDT (Harrisburg Int'l) new terminal opened Sept 04, has a dedicated Observation area on the third level. This area has all glass facing the runway and is outside the secured area. Hard to shot through the glass but is a nice view from there.


My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
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