BryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 427 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
I took my first trip to Kansas City in February. It was surreal. There were lots of people milling around on the outside edge of the terminal arcs, sitting on the floor, etc., and although there were hundreds of comfortable chairs on the inner side - inside security - no one was sitting there.
I couldn't believe they designed an airport without restrooms inside the secure area. What a moron architect! Even before 2001, that was a dumb mistake!
Actually, the first restroom inside security was opened over a year ago. It is in Terminal A in the section that houses US and FL. The restroom is downstairs where the US express gates are. Not to be picky here.
UAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
Awesome! I'm a frequent flyer to MCI. Heck, the apt code is also the first three letters of my last name (scott alert ). The next time I fly up there will be this November.. So I'll definitly keep my eye out for those changes. Thanks for the updates.
Nyskymasters From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2018 times:
Quoting BryanG (Reply 2): I couldn't believe they designed an airport without restrooms inside the secure area. What a moron architect! Even before 2001, that was a dumb mistake!
I lived in Kansas City when the "new" airport opened. The design at the time was considered ingenious since you didn't have to walk forever to get to the front of the terminal. Security was something new back then. (Oh how times have changed.) Up until just two years ago or so there was only two or three gates per security area. Therefore, it wasn't a big deal to leave the gate and come back. The design wasn't really stupid until just the past couple of years when the airport started putting more gates into each security area. I guess it just takes time to catch up with the times.
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24 Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1948 times:
Squirrel83....We can assure you that the three terminal airport, MCI, has one than one restroom.....lol. Been there--used that! LOL
I think they mean one restroom per boarding area, which can take in two or three gates.
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
Blhp68 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 149 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1634 times:
Yea that and poorly run airlines. The restroom addition is great, it will eliminate everyones number one complaint. It is definitley time for a mega hub..... yea right, but it might entice some carriers to expand operations (eg Southwest, Midwest)
MCIFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 40 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
I think for those of you who haven't used MCI that much, this may seem a like a big deal. It's great that they've used the extra money leftover from the recent renovation to install bathrooms inside the secured area. It'll be nice to not have to leave the secured area in order to use the facilities.
Truth is - security lines at MCI are usually so short (5 minutes or less, usually), that it's not such a big deal to hang out outside of the secure area to eat, drink, be merry, use the bathroom, etc. and then head into the secured area about 30 minutes before your flight. As stated before, most security checkpoints are for about 6 gates (an unscientific-off-the-top-of-my-head-average) or less.
Yes, there are peak times where security waits are a bit longer, but they seem to be rather rare. As someone who has used the airport hundreds of times over the past 10 years, I can tell you that overall, MCI is a fantastic airport...easiest to arrive in, depart from, arrive to, etc. It's a clean, modern, and properly sized operation for a city of this size.
Re: hubs: WN does use MCI as "hub" (as it uses so many other cities as "hubs"), and I imagine that people transferring from one aircraft to another will appreciate the "secure" bathrooms. YX also calls MCI a hub.
Hence the "quotation marks". Of course I (and everyone else) knows that there are no traditional hubs for WN, but people do transfer there quite a bit. WN is the largest airline (as based on arrival/departure numbers) at MCI.
Perhaps I should have called it P2P.... but I do stand behind the YX hub comment (notice that I didn't use quotation marks there!)