Yeah, I saw the "Airports to Avoid" article yesterday - what a load. His old "Crabby Traveler" column (I think it used to be on ABC's website) was sometimes pretty entertaining, but since then he hasn't written anything worth reading.
Exactly how the hell do you avoid JFK
, and EWR
? Not go to New York? Limit yourself to flying into Islip? His "worst 24 hours of his life" at JFK
was because his travel agent screwed up...what does that have to do with the airport? (Get a better travel agent, dude, and you won't care as much.) Some of his remarks about LGA
are accurate - parts of the gate areas at Central Terminal are pretty dingy and look like they haven't been remodeled since the Johnson Administration. EWR
's problems (and the traffic problem at JFK
) are mainly due to construction - again, he has a few fair observations (the Port Authority does seem to have a bad habit of starting a part of the project, getting it partially done, then starting something else without actually seeming to ever finish anything), but methinks he doth exaggerate too much. Once the construction is done and AirTrain opens, JFK
's traffic problems should pretty much go away - now that the parking garages are done, the traffic at the terminals has already improved greatly over a year or so ago, except where they've started on the new American terminal.
Strangely enough, although he mentions the food options at EWR
, this is the one thing it would have been fair for him to hit on more: except for EWR
Terminal C, all three airports are mediocre at best on dining. Other than the too-small and spottily maintained restrooms, the lack of dining options is my main complaint about the three PA airports.