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Advice For Leaving Out Of DCA?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:48 am

I'm flying back from DC (01/08/2007)out of DCA and was wondering of their was anyhting special about flying out of here due to its location near the capital ie long security lines.
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RE: Advice For Leaving Out Of DCA?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:10 am

Not to sound dramatic, nothing too special about DCA. But small, tight, and busy. Plenty of action. Businessmen and businesswomen all over the place    Overall great airport to fly out - give yourself few hours of free time there, good bars and few dining rooms

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RE: Advice For Leaving Out Of DCA?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:31 pm

DCA is a great airport to fly out of. I have worked there for the last 8 months. Security moves pretty fast. Like posted above give yourself some extra time just to do some spotting. Also go check out the Old Terminal. They got a mini-museum and have great overhead photos of DCA throughout the years. Enjoy DCA!
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RE: Advice For Leaving Out Of DCA?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:02 pm

And don't forget to take the Metro to DCA!! I wish every city had a set-up like this one - public transit to airport.

Convience is what saved this airport after 9/11 - some would have closed it out of security concerns, but congress loves this place too much. Hopefully you'll get some good views on departure!!
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RE: Advice For Leaving Out Of DCA?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:08 am

DCA is an awesome airport . . . .

Easy to navigate, and believe it or not, after the morning rush, Security lines are NOT that long. If you have some time, go to the end of any pier and watch the traffic. If you have a club card, go up to US or UA or COs clubs and have a great view of the field.
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RE: Advice For Leaving Out Of DCA?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:41 am

As others have said, give time to spot. It is an awesome airport. I hope to go back sometime soon.

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RE: Advice For Leaving Out Of DCA?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:10 am

DCA has grown on me quite a bit and is easily one of my favorite airports...It's very much a "niche" airport. You don't have to really treat it any different in terms of getting there early for security reasons--I've found that it is busiest really early in the morning when people line up before TSA opens (like if you have a 6AM flight)...Other than that, it's pretty ordinary most of the time.

As for what to do, try getting a window seat on the left side of the plane on your flight in...That will give you a 50% chance of getting an AMAZING view of DC. On takeoff, try to get a window seat on the right.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3):
some would have closed it out of security concerns

I don't really blame them. It amazes me how close you are--you can clearly see the White House, etc...

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3):
but congress loves this place too much.

Indeed. If you go there on a Tuesday afternoon, you could see tons of Congressmen getting off their flights (though that will change soon now that they have 5-day workweeks).

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