|Quoting Flyinryan99 (Reply 11):|
I've never been to PIA....so a couple of quesitons..where is the TSA located for checking bags? Is it behind the ticket counters or do they have the CTX machine out in the open?
For checked luggage, the xay machines are in front of each airlines ticket counter. That really cuts down on floor space especially in the early AM
hours when so many flights leave.
To go through security, there is a hallway to the left of the ticket counter, that one goes to, to go through security.
PIA is the only airport I have ever been to that only has vending machines for food andd drinks behind security. So if there is a last minute delay, to and from ORD
, one ahs to leave and reenter security to get more than vending machine food.
In addition, PIA, is the only airport I have been to security closes down at periodic intervals through the day. I was told this was due to no flights arriving or leaving.
I hope the food situation, is addressed, in the new terminal.
Lastly, PIA. is the only airport i know of that also is the bus station for the city. On the existing lower level which is baggage claim, a few steps away from the baggage carosuel, is the bus ticket counter, and sometimes you can see some seedy people waiting for the bus. it is my understanding that the TSA
expressed concern about the issue. However, I dont know if that is true and, if so, what was done to deal with the concerns.
PIA is also the only airport, I know of, where there is no taxi line. On a few occassions I have flown in there hours late, at night, and the rental cars had closed. This despite having called ahead to alert them to my delay. It created a further delay when I had to call and wait for a taxi to take me to the hotel. In short, i have tried to avoid flying in there at all costs. Any day now UA
will start nonstop IAD
and that might be an attractive alternative to IAD