7e72004
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Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:19 am

A while back i was heariing that MDW would be adding more security lines by building/widening the security corridor...are they going to be doing that or is that just a lot of hot air?  Smile
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ORDagent
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RE: Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 1:13 am

IIRC there were plans to build another bridge over Cicero Ave. in front of the WN counter. They need it. I haven't had huge issues with security times but it is very cramped and ugly for what otherwise is a fantastic airport. Both ORD and MDW are mutually inconvenient for me SO all things being the same price I prefer MDW. Great food and drink and somewhat shorter walks to gates and an very architecturally well conceived building.
 
7e72004
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RE: Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 1:29 am

I love the new MDW as well...the only problem being the small security area. The airport is a MUCH BETTER improvement over the old, dingy MDW  Smile
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airportplan
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RE: Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 2:19 am

A new bridge and security checkpoint over Cicero Avenue is being planning. I believe that the design is complete but the airport is waiting for financing to come through.
 
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RE: Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:08 am

Quoting 7E72004 (Reply 2):
I love the new MDW as well...the only problem being the small security area. The airport is a MUCH BETTER improvement over the old, dingy MDW {Smile}

man..your telling me..I used to fly out of MDW back in the mid 90's with TZ..back then I used to call it "American Trash Air"....

I stopped using MDW for a while, then I restarted back in 2003..damn was I in for a surprise.... Wow!

its a very nice airport, though I wish there would be more carriers flying out of it instead of WN gangstering most of the gates....

I see the same thing here at SJC..most of the planes flying over my house  biggrin  are WN planes
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7e72004
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RE: Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:09 am

When i flew out of the old MDW i flew on the original Midway airlines...whom i miss as well.
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Mexicana757
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RE: Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:27 am

I think the lines are worst in the morning rush hour and during the evening. Last time I used MDW my flight left around 1:30pm took around 5 minutes to go through security.

I agree that the new MDW terminal is better and very modern. I like the food court area, especially the seating that over looks between concouses A and B. And I also agree that we need more carriers flying out of MDW. At least some international airlines from the Caribbean or Icelandair.  wink 
 
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RE: Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:28 am

I flew out of MDW once, last week, and it doesn't take a frequent visitor to figure out that they need to rearrange that security area. Those lines arranged like a maze, you don't know which line you're on. Is it too much to ask for the lines to be arranged in a side-by-side manner like in pretty much every other airport?
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7e72004
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RE: Security At MDW

Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:31 am

the only problem with getting more airlines to serve MDW is...no gate space...not only that, MDW is in the situation where they have only one runway in use at a time making it tough to fit flights in.
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ORDagent
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RE: Security At MDW

Wed Aug 17, 2005 2:37 am

FI at MDW?  Smile Come back to Chicago!
 
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RE: Security At MDW

Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:08 am

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 6):
At least some international airlines from the Caribbean or Icelandair. wink

It's ironic that someone with your username would be pleading for international service at MDW... If I were FI and I were coming to Chicago, I'd consider MDW. Those low A gates are much more convenient than Terminal 5, can handle a 757, and are not so utilized that FI couldn't squeeze a flight or 2 in. Get WN to interline, and away you go... everyone said WN would never codeshare, now we have TZ. Everyone says WN will never interline...
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7e72004
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RE: Security At MDW

Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:08 am

a little bit off topic...but how big was Southwest at MDW around the 1988-1989 period...i just remember thinking to myself that there seemed to be a few of those "ugly" jets at MDW when i flew Midway airlines.  Big grin
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midway7
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RE: Security At MDW

Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:19 am

Southwest had 4 gates back before Midway Airlines wen't out of business - all at the end of the A concourse. They used those gates heavily, I think to the tune of about 45-50 departures a day total.

On November 13, 1991, when Midway Airlines went out of business, Southwest took over the entire A concourse. In the late 90's they also operated out of B4 and B6 in the old B concourse.

They have really built up over the years at MDW. I don't believe they use their gates to the fullest. I think the reason they have so many presently is to keep competitors out and accomodate all the RON aircraft without having to move them to the hangar pads.

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7e72004
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RE: Security At MDW

Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:22 am

thanks for the info Midway7...i miss seeing those old white planes, red tail and whatever that symbol on the tail was *lol*  Smile
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