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Quick DFW Question

Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:52 pm

I am flying through DFW on Thanksgiving and I have to make a connection from my arriving flight from CLL at the end of Terminal A to my departing flight to LBB which it looks like it will be departing from terminal B. According the DFW website they have the bridge between these terminals. Is this bridge still inside security or will I have to go through security again to enter B? Is the bridge the quickest way to make it between these gates as I have slightly less than an hour to make this connection. Thanks for any info.
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saxman66
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RE: Quick DFW Question

Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:11 pm

No, you will not have to go outsiide of security to get to terminal B. All of AA's and Eagle operations. You may walk, but it is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from A2 to B terminal. Add in another 5 to 10 to get from the satelite A2 to the main A terminal. The fastest way is to take the TrAAin which has a station across from A15. Simply hop on this and you'll be at the terminal B station is roughly 4 minutes. Remember add the bus transfer and walk to A15 from A2, so that about 5 or 10 mins.

All my times are at a normal walking pace, and based on my working experiences there from escorting passengers, so it depends. You can certainly may get there faster if you run. Its a good mile and half I'd say walking.

Hope it helps.

Chris
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UALFAson
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RE: Quick DFW Question

Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:20 pm

On your return, make sure you don't fart around changing gates. Last time I connected at DFW, I had to go from C39 to A0, literally one end of the airport to the other. Our flight from DCA was over an hour late, this girl and I took the trAAin and RAN LIKE THE WIND to get to the gate. We made it with 12 minutes to spare--more than the 10 minimum but less than the 15 required to catch a shuttle. The agent typed and completely ignored us (a la "Meet the Parents") before yelling at us to be on time next time. So we got to spend 3 hours at DFW until they could get us on a flight to Waco.

This is one of the many reasons I don't fly AA AAnymore. (HA!)

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RE: Quick DFW Question

Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:29 pm

I trust the agent didn't escape unscathed. . . as I've said, service by US carriers sucks . . . from the gate to the gate. And yelling would deinitely be cause to raise the concern.. . . what the hell you had 3 hours in DFW, right? I'm all for "please" and "thank you" and "pardon me" and "I'm sorry" but I won't stand for that chit!

If you're going through DFW and the airlines says 30-45 min is allowable transfer time and you're flying AA, it's pure Bull . . . add 30-45 to that, you might, I say again, MIGHT by okay.



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UALFAson
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RE: Quick DFW Question

Mon Nov 22, 2004 5:09 pm

What peeved was why we were an hour late to begin with. AA overbooked the next-to-last DCA-DFW flight on a Friday night, needed 15 or something people to give up their seats, and said $250 in vouchers was their final offer. When they didn't get enough takers, they started boarding the flight, then the gate agent came on, stood in front of the cockpit with her arms folded and said we weren't going anywhere until 8 more people gave up their seats. Why they wouldn't just bump, I don't know, but we sat there until 8 people got so frustrated they stormed off the plane.

The DFW gate agent actually made the girl cry from yelling at her. I started to say something but the moment was handled quite nicely by a rather large businessman who connected from another flight but was in our same situation. He proceeded to use more curse words in one tirade that I thought humanly possible. Normally I don't approve of such behavior toward CSRs, but this dude had it coming.

DFW will be a nightmare at Thanksgiving. Take the trAAin but be aggressive about pushing your way on. And don't stop to pee, buy a soda or whatever until you've actually gotten to your gate.

Good luck!
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RE: Quick DFW Question

Tue Nov 23, 2004 2:16 am

My flights arrive and depart during the 7 and 8 AM hours. Do you think this would make much of a difference? The last time I rode the TrAAin it was painfully slow, plus I kinda like to actually be moving my feet when I'm making a connection, if I'm on-time is the walk feasible? Thanks for any help again.
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RE: Quick DFW Question

Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:55 am

Uh, I don't know about all that stuff that was said up there by some angry folk, BUT-
I am from Dallas, and know DFW like the back of my hand. If you have an hour, you should be FINE. Even during 7-8AM. If the line to the train is too long, walk. The traain is unpredictable- hence we are spending 1.2 billion to replace it. I love riding it, but if you arrive late, I would recommend you look at the carts on the walls to see whether it is faster to walk or ride.

Wow- just realized how similar our usernames are.

But yeah, you should have no trouble.
 
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RE: Quick DFW Question

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:44 am

After the opening of the new terminal, will AA close the sattelite terminal where the props come in?
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RE: Quick DFW Question

Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:12 am

AA does not want to use the satellite terminal anymore after Term D opens. They will either move them back to Term A gates A-0 - A-10, or move them to Term B. Haven't heard what the final plan is yet. The airport will take over the satellite terminal. I have heard rumors that they might move General Aviation over there to make room for Term F.

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RE: Quick DFW Question

Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:46 am

Why would they even bother with building Terminal F when half of Terminal E is going to be empty in just over two months? It makes sense for AA to ditch the 1E Satellite given that they are going to have more gates than they need with Terminal D opening and the depeaked schedule at DFW. Several gates at Terminal B will be freed up as well (though mostly at the wrong end) with the foreign carriers moving to Terminal D and when ATA (probably) pulls out.

In any case, an hour to get from A2 to AA's gates in Terminal B should be plenty whether you walk or take the TrAAin one stop. If you're late, that's another story, but I can't see why the morning originator from CLL would be late unless the crew overslept.
 
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RE: Quick DFW Question

Tue Nov 23, 2004 9:25 am

I really don't think they need to make Term F either this is just the plan. GA needs more space and right now they are on the future ramp of Term F. ATA will probably still fly to Indy as they said they were going to keep all there Indy flights. If AirTran gets the go ahead to purchase ATA then their gate will probably go to AirTran as they have 5 flights to MDW and 2 to IND. I think there will be some movement of some Term B carriers to Term E so the 25 empty gates don't look so empty.

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