I absolutely hate T4
. Looks so 1980s. At least BAA made an effort to modernise T1,2 and 3.
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I also noticed that unlike most American airports, you don't wait for your plane at the gate. You wait in some general hall until shorty before boarding. This is especially true in T3, where the gate area is essentially a shed.
That is because they want to minimise Departing passengers mixing with Arriving ones. You'd probably have noticed that as you walk to your gate, you will meet arriving passengers in the opposite direction (similar to US domestic terminals where departing passengers meet arriving ones after security). However, these arriving passengers are international arrivals and by minimising the departing passengers in that area, there are higher chances of stopping arriving passengers heading into the departure shopping/waiting lounge.
The situation should change in T3
soon though. You might notice that some piers in T3
now has built another floor on top of the original one. And when that is completed for the whole of T3
, then the current situation will probably change.
FYI, you can wait at the gate at Terminal 4 since arriving flow and departing flows are separated.