|Quoting FSDan (Reply 73):|
In my mind, the main difference is clearing security. If you come through ATL on an international arrival, you get to re-clear security in the international terminal with only the other passengers who have arrived on international flights. In Chicago you have to go wait in line with the masses of O&D travelers at terminals 1, 2, or 3.
I have to agree with Cubs on this -- the re-clearance lanes at ATL
are generally as long or longer than the standard security lanes in most airports. Plus there's no PreCheck at the re-clearance lanes (or at least wasn't the last time I went through there -- this is typical of most re-clearance stations), so if you're PreCheck, you'll get through ORD
faster. And ATL
is notorious for keeping multiple lanes open but forcing everybody through its single body scanner.
|Quoting Josh32121 (Reply 76):|
Sure, point taken, but my differentiator was being able to walk the whole distance without going outdoors. And the distance is substantially shorter than T5 to T1 at ORD, for example. I agree about the trains at ATL. I've never seen them not packed, but I kind of like crowds. That said, I usually walk, and it's nice to have that option always available.
For the typical passenger, I'd bet the process of exiting the aircraft and reaching their connecting gate at ORD
is no longer than the process at ATL
- and involves (a lot) less walking. Sure you're exposed to the weather for a minute or so at ORD
but I hardly consider this to make the experience at ATL
significantly better (and the weather is quite nice most of the year in Chicago).
|Quoting jetblue1965 (Reply 74):|
Do you have stats on this ? I recall E/F is exclusively UAX, so there's a ceiling on number of pax per flight, even assuming they're 100% connecting to B/C.
E/F is exclusively UAX but do you realize that in the first half of the '00, roughly half of UA
's physical seats at ORD
were operated by UAX? Physical seats per aircraft might be capped but >70% of the movements at ORD
were operated by UAX. Consider that the lion's share of the local market at ORD
is traveling to places like NYC, MCO
, etc. - places operated exclusively with mainline equipment. Some UAX flights operate from T1 and some UAX passengers are connecting to another UAX-operated flight ... but given this, you should be rethinking your statement that the "vast majority of passengers connect between B/C."
But exactly why are you bringing up all this disabled and elderly and what not ? How's that relevant to T5 or FIS ?
(Paraphrasing) You asserted that UA
might add a FIS to ORD
to be competitive and I responded by saying that wasn't likely given the fact that they neglected T2
for years and still haven't improved the connection. During my time with UA
was -- by far -- the #1 complaint amongst passengers of all levels (including GS
). You responded by saying there has been nothing wrong with T2
or its connection, which makes me think you've spent little time there over the past 20 years
We don’t care what your next flight is.