This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things at Airports (or Good Hot Nuts)

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  1. Re: The “nice things” article. You’ve mentioned this before, but there are airports that are good for arriving/departing, and there are airports that are good for connections. They either make everything one big mess behind central security piers (IAD, ATL, MSP, and I’m sure a few others) which is better for connections, or they have smaller terminals behind individual security areas (LAX, JFK, DCA). Those ones suck ass for connecting.

    I’m not sure that there’s any airport in the US that I terribly *like* flying from, although IAD’s terminal B really isn’t bad for those who want to bitch and moan.

    All of that aside, Seat 2B goes into a bunch of statistics about passengers and airports. What point is he trying to make? When he talks about 550 airports with commercial air service, he’s talking about the SHD, LYH, ROA, and all kinds of other small airports. Is he advocating that they should have increased service? Hubs are getting bigger, that’s the nature of the consolidation beast. Was it necessary to have hubs in CVG/DTW, ATL/MEM, and STL/ORD? Clearly not, and remember, back then, airlines were NOT making money.

  2. Why are you helping promote a Virgin promotion on non existent flights to/from Glasgow!???
    Virgin operates seasonal Glasgow flights to Orlando and Las Vegas – neither of which can be booked within this so called promotional window.
    Someone somewhere is either incompetent or having a laugh!

  3. Personally I’m a big cashew fan so more of them is fine with me! Though pecans are my absolute favorite…but they’re still pricey so I don’t hold my breath for many more of them in mixes!

    IAD is an embarrassment to us all. I remember when UA express was in that temporary terminal for awhile (Terminal G was it?), what a madhouse that was.

  4. People who don’t like IAD don’t understand IAD. No, it’s not the perfect solution for your weekly work trips to Des Moines, or that Thanksgiving visit to Grandma in Buffalo. But I am not aware of any other airports in the DC area where I can drive 20 minutes, park in the daily lot, walk 2 minutes to the terminal, be in a lounge in 20 minutes and then on a nonstop to Europe, the Middle East, or Asia. Yes, using IAD for short domestic flights is like using a hammer to kill an ant, but its real purpose is for long-haul international.

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