|Quoting B727skyguy (Reply 21):|
In all European airports, check-in agents sit on chairs and never lift the baggage. The passenger places the baggage on a conveyor belt with a built-in scale. After tagging the bag, the agent presses a button. The belt begins moving and takes the bag away. From an ergonomics and workplace safety standpoint, that type of system makes a lot more sense. It's a shame the US does not have similar workplace safety laws.
sits on chairs and has belts take the bags to the main belt. LH
is the only airline @DTW
to have this. The other airlines didn't opt for this for their employees. Of course, the North Terminal is relatively new and therefore this could be implemented. At other US stations, LH
employees must stand. Actually, there are staff members from airserve who are supposed to lift the bags from the scale onto the belt behind the counters. The reason why staff cannot sit is because of OSHA safety regulations due to the distance of the baggage belt behind the employees.
|Quoting superjeff (Reply 35):|
In non-U.S. airports, passengers clear Emigration and go into a holding area; in the U.S. passengers use a common hold are whether domestic or international.
I only saw this holding room concept at LHR
. All German airports have gates with seating areas. Secondly, the EU regulates that schengen areas must be separated from non-schengen zones. In the US, airlines are required for the exit immigration process for passengers traveling internationally. They are required to collect the I94 forms (if on a visa and must send the flight list to the authorities after departure). I permanently live now in Germany with residency as a US citizen, and I never have my passport stamped anymore when I leave the EU. Also in Germany, you can board an intra-schengen flight without showing any ID
as you have automated security scans for entering security and gates.
|Quoting simpan97 (Reply 52):|
If you look from another point of view, I often see that the exterior and the building layout tend to differ in Europe and America. If you look at the gate structure in Minneapolis (MSP) and Munich (MUC) you see some real differences.
has to separate schengen from non-schengen zones. They achieve this through two floors. The upper floor (H-gates) is non-schengen and the lower gates (G-Gates) are schengen zone. MSP
doesn't have this as most of their gates are domestic use, whereas a gate at MUC
has to be available for both non-schengen and schengen use. In the US, a few airports have this additional building that you mentioned (take a look at DTW
McNamara terminal for the split use international/domestic gates. The airport has about 10 of these gates for international arriving passengers to go downstairs into immigrations, but may also be used for arriving domestic passengers to enter the main terminal.
In terms of airlines owning/leasing their facilities in Europe. LH
is the exclusive operator in the new A+ pier in FRA
. They also had a huge say in the design and branding within the terminal.
Another major difference is that baggage claim in Europe is always secured from the general public, whereas in the US the baggage claim is also the meeting area for arriving passengers. Theoretically a stranger in the US could steal luggage from the belts as he/she has direct access from the curb to them. Passengers in Europe must exit through the customs corridor first, but mostly they are not manned (especially in the EU) so it's a moot point. By the way, intra-schengen flights are tagged with green bars on the baggage tags so that customs officials know whether you are arriving from a schengen or non-schengen country.
Also European airports almost never use carpet for the gate areas, whereas this is quite common in the US. FRA
both have granite tiled floors. Also European airports (imo) have fewer security announcements over the announcement system. Russian airports are the worst as every flight is announced over the entire terminal speaker and often in terrible English.
However, I have to say that my favorite terminal worldwide is the DTW
McNamara terminal (perhaps that wasn't evident in this post
as I find it one of the most sophisticated and impressive. It was designed extremely well (A concourse) and offers a great variety of shopping, restaurants and views. If only they'd remove the dots from the windows (apparently a shade for the windows). I also like the escalators that go down into the terminal after security with the huge atrium.