Bored At Boston

Sat Dec 11, 1999 12:02 am

Spent a happy holiday in September touring Boston and New England. Got seriously bored at Logan Airport waiting to embark ye old coalburner "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" as (listen up Boston airport people) there's NOTHING to do in your terminals!!! It wasn't just me who felt this way - I got chatting to other people lurking around waiting to fly away. I was amazed that given the American love of shopping, that there were no real shops at all! Further, there's no where comfy (except the bar - and that was full) to sit - we ended up sitting opposite the check in desks! I actually sent a note of disgruntlement to Branson about this as I was given a customer survey to fill in on our flight home. Anyone else got bored at Boston?

I Hear Yah

Sat Dec 11, 1999 12:08 am

I agree totally

I used to love going to Logan but when they militarized the place and made it so you had to be a passenger to get anywheres near the gates it lost all its magic.

I went up there about two months ago for plane spotting and I was dissapointed with the fact that it is a very unfriendly airport now and has no good places to sit

I never thought I would say this but Providence kicks Bostons butt as far as airport charm and usage and friendliness.

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RE: I Hear Yah

Sat Dec 11, 1999 12:20 am

Don't worry, I feel the same way. I'm from Boston and I'm none too pleased about what crappy place my airport has become.

I think the USAirways terminal is getting a major overhaul. That should look nice when it ever comes to fuition. It must be noted that it's USAirways that paying for the upgrade to their terminal and the areas around it. What happened to Logan2000 modification plan??

We're too busy with the Big Dig, which, when finished, will be ultra cool!

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RE: Bored At Boston

Sat Dec 11, 1999 3:59 am

There's a display featuring Logan Airport and airline history in the Delta teminal (not the Delta Shuttle, former Eastern Terminal). Walk away from the ticket counter toward the street. There's a corridor on the left. You'll find pictures and airplane models as well as an airline "family-tree" showing the history and mergers of all airlines that served Boston since the 20's. It's hardly going to fill your day with something to do, but it will be an interesting few minutes.
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Sat Dec 11, 1999 4:41 am

In the latest 4 gate expansion at PVD they added a whole shopping area which includes a 2nd bookstore, stores with designer clothes such as DKNY,Perry Elis and Nautica. There is also a new Dunkin Dounuts and a TGI fridays that you can get take out for the SW flights right near by. That is just what was added at the latest expansion! I think now with SW at BDL, that the major airlines who built up at BDL and BOS to go around SW will start to add at PVD once again giving PVD even more options. Also in 2001 There will be a rail hookup at PVD with Amtrak and MBTA service from Boston and points south too.
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RE: Bored At Boston

Sat Dec 11, 1999 5:22 am

Hey JumboTim
I know where your coming from, Boston International terminal E has to be one of the worst terminals for anything, especially if you actually go through to the boarding gates, there are only two shops and one bar. I think Virgin fly out of B/D or something, but that sounds much the same. I go every Feb. to Boston from Dublin and while the holiday is great the airport isn't. The only saving grace for the last two years is that I can use the Aer Lingus Gold Circle lounge, what a difference.
I recommend, if possible to join a frequent flyer club and get enough points to use any of these places, cos they make a big difference.
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RE: Bored At Boston, US Terminal

Sat Dec 11, 1999 12:49 pm

Yeah, I was going to suggest the display in terminal C (not "the Delta terminal as UA and TW are in there too). Just don't take all of the figures as gospel. (They list the 340 and 777 backwards. You'll be tipped off that the 340 is much slower than the 777, but the display says the opposite.)

There's also plenty of food and a little shopping to do there. But fact is, BOS is a primarily O/D airport. People will shop in town, not at the airport. You'll see lots of shopping at a hub like PIT or IAD.

BTW, Pilot1113, The US Airways terminal has been finished for (3?) years. You should go check it out.
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RE: Bored At Boston

Sun Dec 12, 1999 11:16 am

I know what you're talking about. If you're flying Canadian, American, Virgin, US Airways, American Eagle/Business Express, Midway, or Metrojet you can take a lift to the top level of the parking garage (level 5) and get a panoramic view of the field. Unfortunately it is the northern winter, and the top level is windy and VERY cold   If you want go to terminal C, and there they have various shops. I personally apologize for Boston, even though all terminals were built before I was born, and I'm not even originally from Boston, I guess these are the self-esteem issues my therapist is telling me about  


P.S. Naimas, if you go to Terminal C the food court with Burger King has relatively good views of the field and some of the American gates, also America West, TWA, Virgin Atlantic, United, Delta, SABENA, Swissair, and Air France.
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Logan And Boston

Sun Dec 12, 1999 12:57 pm

I haven't been in to Logan since my Junior year in High School... that was about 3 years ago... so Pilot21, I think you could be right about it being done.

I would check it out, but I think that trip would end up costing me around $150 and a r/t to Pittsburgh. Because of how the airport has become militaristic over the years and if you don't have a ticket it's the Boston attache of the FBI who's going to be escorting you to prison because you're a 'terrorist.'

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RE: Logan And Boston

Sun Dec 12, 1999 2:27 pm

Well, when some dude half a world away blows up your embassies and threatens harm against your air network, its a whole lot better to be safe than to be sorry. Evenso, security is not the same thing as militaristic. Don't exaggerate.

But security levels rise and fall. I've sat with my girlfriend to catch her flight a couple of times. You don't always need a ticket. You do always need to be scanned. (I don't know if they let me in because I was with someone who had a ticket though.)
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RE: Logan And Boston

Sun Dec 12, 1999 3:17 pm

I was being sarcastic, D L X. I go to PVD all the time and I don't see the level of security that is around Logan. I can show up at PVD, go through the metal detectors, and wander the terminals all without a ticket.

If I were to try this at BOS, security would be all over me like flys on a piece of s--t. You're asked to present your ticket at each security checkpoint along with a valid picture ID.

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RE: Logan And Boston

Sun Dec 12, 1999 4:31 pm

Comparing PVD to BOS is apples and oranges. BOS is a major international airport. It is the closest big city to Europe from America, and thus has gained very significant international traffic. (Of course Boston being a cultural, financial, and educational center plays into that also.) PVD on the other hand is almost entirely domestic. Does PVD get any international traffic? The fact that it is mostly domestic leads to needing less security. There is relatively little terrorism in America, and foreign terrorist would much prefer higher profile targets. Not that Providence isn't a wonderful city.   (Although its faster to take the Mass Pike around it for me to get home to VA, so I almost never go there.)

Plane Watching In Boston

Mon Dec 13, 1999 1:11 pm

The best place to go plane-watching in Boston is a place called Castle Island in South Boston. You can just sit there on the benches and enjoy watching airlines cruse in right over-head.

BOS Is Where It's At

Tue Dec 14, 1999 3:20 am

Okay, first of all let me say that I'm a native New Englander. I live about 20-30 minutes south of Boston and regularly go to Logan to watch planes. In fact I was there just last week. A few things I feel the need to address:
1.) Pilot1113 - you no longer need a ticket to get to the gates at Logan. You are talking as if you know, when in fact, as you said yourself, you haven't been here since your junior year of high school. How long ago was that? So, anyone can walk out to the gates in any terminal (except term E) for whatever they want. I've done it myself. Also, yes, the USAirways terminal is done and is quite nice. It's supposed to be expanded even further.
2.) Logan is undergoing MAJOR renovations. I repeat MAJOR. Therefore, of course it's not a really attractive airport, and yes I agree that in some terminals there isn't much to do or sit. However, as some one mentioned, Boston really isn't a hub airport where people are milling around. However, once Logan 2000 is completed, the airport will be much nicer. First of all, there are two new walkways with moving sidewalks to the central parking garage which are really nice, and expansion of Terminal E has already begun.
3.) Lastly, this is New England folks. What do you expect? Look at our heritage - the Puritans. We've never been a showy people. I think Logan accurately reflects the New England flair. Plus, we get lots of interesting aircraft...much more so than PVD. If you can't handle the cold and the wind on top of the parking garage, then go somewhere else!

Jim in Boston

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