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by masgniw
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?
Replies: 16
Views: 725

Re: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?

I don’t think I’ve ever had to remove my shoes with pre check, with the exception of when I wear steel toed boots to the airport. Also, your germaphobia is pretty misplaced. I’d wager good money that the floors of an airport colonize fewer bacteria than the light switch in your house or the phone in...

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by masgniw
Wed May 01, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planespotting INSIDE SFO?
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Planespotting INSIDE SFO?

I have a longggg layover in SFO this week. Is there anywhere on the airside of the airport to do some spotting? A viewing deck? A well-positioned window? Would also be satisfied for a location to a heavy dose of wide bodies. I'll be going into and out of T3...but all the terminals are connected...ri...

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by masgniw
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favourite 737 generation?
Replies: 35
Views: 2171

Re: Favourite 737 generation?

DeltaMD95 wrote:
Considering the NG is the only one without any design flaws


The -900 tail stand would like a word with you...

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by masgniw
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD
Replies: 30
Views: 2718

Re: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD

Once again, I prefer DFW as my entry point into the US. It is much easier than LAX. An old colleague from the Chicago office is in Sydney now, he chose to go through DFW as well as its much easier to transit through. Your constant restating meaningless stats to me is not going to change my percepti...

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by masgniw
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD
Replies: 30
Views: 2718

Re: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD

Either RSW or EVV. This July I'm going through DFW again to ORD. Oh yea well if you're going to RSW or EVV that makes sense...but ORD...¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Easier transit and less hassle as stated before. AA makes it easy to get to ORD from DFW and it's a shorter flight than from LAX. But there are 12 LAX-OR...

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by masgniw
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special Meal Request on Delta Gone Wrong-What to Do?
Replies: 3
Views: 968

Re: Special Meal Request on Delta Gone Wrong-What to Do?

Nothing. Sounds like the flight attendant is already documenting it.

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by masgniw
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD
Replies: 30
Views: 2718

Re: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD

AA. But for me, the fact of the matter DFW is both easier to transit through and more convenient as DFW offers a non-stop flight to where I need to go. LAX does not offer that, with any carrier. Ah. Where are you headed? Either RSW or EVV. This July I'm going through DFW again to ORD. Oh yea well i...

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by masgniw
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD
Replies: 30
Views: 2718

Re: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD

Last December. DFW is much easier. Sorry if you do not see it, but it is what I see. And what I see from other American expats here in Australia, they also prefer DFW over LAX. This is commonly brought up in a group I am a member of. But which US carrier are you flying when you connect at LAX? AA. ...

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by masgniw
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD
Replies: 30
Views: 2718

Re: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD

For me, DFW is much easier for rmuch of my final destination, either RSW or EVV. One flight out of DFW. If I go to LAX, that would be two flights, which is not what I want. But I've flown via LAX and DFW, and DFW is much easier for transit. When was the last time you connected between AA/QF at LAX?...

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by masgniw
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD
Replies: 30
Views: 2718

Re: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD

I vote DFW, as said in the first reply, it is so easy. Just get on one of the automated trains to the terminal and that is it. I've done itva few times and loved it, no stress or pain. Connections through LAX, stress and pain. I'm doing SYD-DFW again in July. But on my return leg I opted SFO-SYD to...

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by masgniw
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD
Replies: 30
Views: 2718

Re: DFW-SYD vs. LAX/SFO-SYD

AA to the Int’l terminal is extremely easy. TBIT and T4 are connected via airside bridge that takes 3 minutes to walk and has nice views of the airfield. I’m not sure why people are being so pessimistic about a transfer there.

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by masgniw
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways Configuration 777 SAN to LHR
Replies: 8
Views: 1261

Re: British Airways Configuration 777 SAN to LHR

Last summer, I believe they were running the 777-300ER into SAN.

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by masgniw
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Edinburgh- Johannesburg, airline suggestions please
Replies: 21
Views: 1673

Re: Edinburgh- Johannesburg, airline suggestions please

I quite like SAA, but they won't take care of your 747 or A350 fancy. However they've got decent connectivity throughout Europe via Frankfurt, Munich, & London. You can even catch a disappearing bird in the A346.

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by masgniw
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "International Airport" with NO international service
Replies: 58
Views: 7169

Re: "International Airport" with NO international service

ABQ ("Albuquerque International Sunport") -- but they'll have service to Guadalajara starting this summer.

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by masgniw
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Man denied boarding on AA SJC-LAX return flight because he never showed up for original LAX-SJC flight...except he did
Replies: 17
Views: 3784

Re: Man denied boarding on AA SJC-LAX return flight because he never showed up for original LAX-SJC flight...except he d

Irrespective of whether he showed up for 1st flight or not, be must be allowed to board 2nd flight as long as he paid for it Most carriers (AA) included, will automatically cancel your 2nd leg if you fail to show up for the 1st. It's written into the carriage contract: https://www.aa.com/i18n/custo...

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by masgniw
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience
Replies: 28
Views: 2029

Re: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience

johns624 wrote:
People--read more closely. It didn't happen to the OP, it happened to a "friend" of his.


They edited their post after the fact to add that factoid in, FYI.

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by masgniw
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Large airports without rail links
Replies: 103
Views: 9336

Re: Large airports without rail links

SEA’s rail link you can walk but it’s like over a mile. It's about 1/4 mile on a covered walkway... 5 or so minutes. The bigger problem for SEA is that the light rail is a single line and it really only goes north (one stop at the south end of the airport), so unless you are on that line, it's not ...

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by masgniw
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience
Replies: 28
Views: 2029

Re: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience

This sounds like it really shook you up, but the policy is clearly stated on their website. It literally took me 15 seconds to find this information. It's unfortunate you went through this, but the information is plainly available and ultimately this falls on you. Also, hashtags don't work on here....

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by masgniw
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience
Replies: 28
Views: 2029

Re: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience

This sounds like it really shook you up, but the policy is clearly stated on their website. It literally took me 15 seconds to find this information. It's unfortunate you went through this, but the information is plainly available and ultimately this falls on you.

Also, hashtags don't work on here.

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by masgniw
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does extreme cold affect flight ops?
Replies: 76
Views: 9088

Re: Will there be Disruptions due to ORD Temperature

Reminds me of the polar vortex of early 2014, during which I had the misfortune of passing through ORD. All flights except for a select few operated by larger aircraft were cancelled, meaning I was stuck in Chicago for 2 nights. Airline employees were telling me that fuel freezing was one of the re...

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by masgniw
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much would you pay to avoid a change fee?
Replies: 14
Views: 1278

Re: How much would you pay to avoid a change fee?

Mind you ... with the new more expensive ticket. While still nonrefundable, you can change it to a low fare on another flight and get the full residual as a travel credit. Would you mind expanding on this? I realize you can change to a cheaper fare, but not necessarily a cheaper fare class , right?...

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by masgniw
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much would you pay to avoid a change fee?
Replies: 14
Views: 1278

Re: How much would you pay to avoid a change fee?

Zero. I've needed to change flights maybe once in the last 5 years. I'd rather eat the $200 once than repeatedly pay for flexible fares that I don't need.

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by masgniw
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL MD88 & MD90
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: DL MD88 & MD90

You can definitely still find them in the Midwest doing routes like MSP-ORD, MSP-MKE, MKE-DTW, etc. I believe the 88's are all ATL-based, and go to places like ORD, STL, IND, TUL among several others.

You probably want to plan to fly through either MSP or ATL.

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by masgniw
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights you are most excited about for 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1407

Re: Flights you are most excited about for 2019

zrs70 wrote:
3) Inaugural AS Payne Field LAS


and PAE-LAX and PAE-SFO and PAE-SNA and PAE-DEN and PAE-SAN...

I hope they are successful enough to launch PAE-BUR!

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by masgniw
Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dear Santa For Christmas This Year....
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Dear Santa For Christmas This Year....

nutsaboutplanes wrote:
From an airport ops perspective....Santa can bring us a working baggage handling system.


Anywhere in particular? Works pretty well in the vast majority of American airports

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by masgniw
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 4049

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

LAX uses remote stands regularly for international widebodies as TBIT doesn't have enough gates, especially during the midnight rush and afternoon arrival bank. Kinda sorta. Technically you get bussed to these, but there's that little micro terminal they take you to, then you board via jetway. It's...

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by masgniw
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 4049

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

At LAX, AA will occasionally park at remote stands, deplane you via stairs, and bus you to the AA terminal. I did this on a domestic 787 from ORD last year.

Also the AA regional terminal is effectively ramp boarding for their E-Jets

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by masgniw
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NEO vs CEO & MAX vs NG impressions
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Re: NEO vs CEO & MAX vs NG impressions

- The NEO was much quieter than the CEO as a passenger. I really enjoyed the experience and didn't previously realize how pleasant a quieter ride can be A32x CEO has CFM, IAE, and PW engines. A32x NEO has CFM and PW engines. Which engines are you comparing? Interesting question. I rode the F9 A320n...

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by masgniw
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State Air Service Discussion 2018
Replies: 520
Views: 49495

Re: Washington State Air Service Discussion 2018

NK recently extended their schedule to S19. Here's what they'll be doing out of SEA next summer as of now: -LAS 4x/day, 3x A320, 1x A321 -ORD 1x A320, down from A321 last year -DTW 1x A320 -DFW 1x A320, up from A319 in S18 IIRC -IAH 1x A320 -BWI 1x A320 MSP and FLL are axed. Sad to see they aren't ...

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by masgniw
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NEO vs CEO & MAX vs NG impressions
Replies: 6
Views: 856

NEO vs CEO & MAX vs NG impressions

I'm wondering what people think regarding flying the a32x NEOs vs the CEOs and 737 MAX vs NGs from a passenger (or pilot?) perspective. I've finally had a chance to ride on both the A320neo and 737 MAX 8. My Impressions: - The NEO was much quieter than the CEO as a passenger. I really enjoyed the ex...

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by masgniw
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should airlines have a "Black Friday" sale?
Replies: 11
Views: 2007

Re: Should airlines have a "Black Friday" sale?

A lot of Black Friday sales are geared towards gifts for the holiday season. Airline tickets don't really work so well as a gift, generally speaking. NO!..their systems can't handle such a burst of sales volume. It would crash their websites and swamp their call centers Maybe in 2002, but airlines h...

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by masgniw
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: High frequency ULCC routes
Replies: 10
Views: 1295

Re: High frequency ULCC routes

NK flights LAX-LAS 3x daily, and FLL-LGA 4x daily.

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by masgniw
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 802
Views: 79793

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

KXAN is reporting a new domestic carrier will be announced Wednesday 11/14. NK? I think that it will likely be NK starting service out of AUS because AA, DL, UA, WN, AS, B6, G4, and F9 all already serve AUS. The only other possibility I can think of is HA starting service out of AUS to Hawaiian des...

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by masgniw
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future London to Africa routes...
Replies: 50
Views: 4896

Re: Future London to Africa routes...

I'm surprised it's taken this long to get a DAR-LON flight underway. (But, I know that Air Tanzania didn't have any long-haul metal until this summer.) Between the recent history of British colonialism, a wealth of world-class tourism, and the growing energy sector, I'm surprised the closest direct...

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by masgniw
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ORD-PNQ suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 2098

Re: ORD-PNQ suggestions

You could do ORD-DXB/AUH-PNQ on Emirates + Spice Jet or Ethiad + Jet Airways.

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by masgniw
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future London to Africa routes...
Replies: 50
Views: 4896

Re: Future London to Africa routes...

I'm surprised it's taken this long to get a DAR-LON flight underway. (But, I know that Air Tanzania didn't have any long-haul metal until this summer.) Between the recent history of British colonialism, a wealth of world-class tourism, and the growing energy sector, I'm surprised the closest direct ...

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by masgniw
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Friendliest airports for spotting-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1807

Re: Friendliest airports for spotting-2018

While their fleets and airfields are smaller, BUR and MDW have some really decent spotting right at the end of the runways.

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by masgniw
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Forgotten (?) Airlines
Replies: 38
Views: 4855

Re: Forgotten (?) Airlines

I can't seem to think of any...

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by masgniw
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ATL with Clouds and Rain
Replies: 14
Views: 1796

Re: ATL with Clouds and Rain

No. Just rain. No Thunderstorms, no freezing temps and not even particularly windy. RELAX.

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by masgniw
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 747s Flying Out of SFO
Replies: 11
Views: 825

Re: 747s Flying Out of SFO

This flight is now operated with a 77W. The 744 hasn't operated it for quite a few years. There's an occasional triangle TPE-LAX-SFO-TPE, which is less than daily, and it is definitely still a 744. I saw one literally yesterday - this flight: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/CAL5107/history/2018...

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by masgniw
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 747s Flying Out of SFO
Replies: 11
Views: 825

Re: 747s Flying Out of SFO

China Airlines to TPE

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by masgniw
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Chances of actually flying on the aircraft listed on the booking page?
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Chances of actually flying on the aircraft listed on the booking page?

Very hard to put a number on it, but there's good reason to be pessimistic. Typically, I'd say there's a 95%+ chance of your booking plane matching your actual plane. However, Delta began quietly pulling MD-90s from their fleet last year and it has continued through this past summer. The fleet will ...

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by masgniw
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC Based-Flying Out of JFK/EWR As An Alternative?
Replies: 8
Views: 1579

Re: DC Based-Flying Out of JFK/EWR As An Alternative?

If you're cash-rich enough to pay for business class out of pocket, I'm surprised to see you wringing your hands over a few hundred dollars. I'd just pay to fly out of IAD and avoid adding 4+ hours to my journey. Time is money, after all.

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by masgniw
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connecting in MSP or ATL
Replies: 4
Views: 848

Re: Connecting in MSP or ATL

Sorta depends on your priorities: - Amenities: I tend to prefer MSP -- I find it a very comfortable place to spend a few hours in transit. Lots to see/eat/do/drink. - Delays/Cancelations/Weather: ATL is probably marginally worse than MSP in terms of delays, but there are also 4 daily ATL-CDG flights...

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by masgniw
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 102
Views: 6787

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

exFWAOONW wrote:
How about SBN (South Bend IN). You can walk over to the South Shore and be in down town Chicago IL in just under 2 hours. Just because it's a different city in a different state shouldn't rule it out. :scratchchin:


This is exceedingly convoluted and there's no way anyone does this.

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by masgniw
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ATL with Clouds and Rain
Replies: 14
Views: 1796

Re: ATL with Clouds and Rain

Jesus, awfully pessimistic aren't you? First, weather forecasts that far in advance are notoriously speculative. I wouldn't have much confidence until you're more like 3-5 days out. Second, you'll be fine. Major airports don't tend to suspend operations in the face of "occasional rain showers&...

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by masgniw
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ATL with Clouds and Rain
Replies: 14
Views: 1796

Re: ATL with Clouds and Rain

Jesus, awfully pessimistic aren't you? First, weather forecasts that far in advance are notoriously speculative. I wouldn't have much confidence until you're more like 3-5 days out. Second, you'll be fine. Major airports don't tend to suspend operations in the face of "occasional rain showers&q...

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by masgniw
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections
Replies: 39
Views: 3381

Re: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections

Does anyone know the percent of layovers that happen at different airports in the same city? I'm guessing this only occurs to a tiny, perhaps microscopic, number of travelers.

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by masgniw
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 102
Views: 6787

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

P.S. Just on a side note - the OP only talks about "one-seat ride". In another word, I guess it DOESN'T necessarily have to be train? So I guess something like LAX Flyaway Bus can be included also? True, busses are allowed too however in my opinion trains are better. A bus has a limited c...

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