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Old 05-03-2014, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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When I was in the Air Force stationed in Alaska, I hopped a military flight from Elmendorf to Tokyo. It was easy. "Be here and ready to board at 9:30 a.m. I was and did. I expected the same coming back, but when I went to sign in for the next flight to Anchorage I was told there was a waiting list and it would be 12-18 hours. Screw that. I asked when I could get the next flight to Okinawa, as I knew there were a lot of C141s that flew the route (coming back from Nam). "An hour." So I grabbed the next flight, got to Okinawa and signed up to catch a flight back to Alaska. OMG! "5-7 days. You've got to be here when your name is called." So I spent 5 days waiting in the Air Force terminal, then caught a flight to Los Angeles and bought a ticket from there to Anchorage.

No, I'm not crazy about airport terminals!

Like many others, I used to, back in the 60s. I'd often take dates to Omaha's Eppley Field for dinner and then hang out on the deck to watch planes come and go. Can't do that now. Can't hang out on the deck, can't date other women.:/
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:37 PM
 
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Airports can be fun. The beginning of an adventure. Seeing all the different gates with all the different destinations and all the different flights coming and going. All the interesting people. To be sure, some airports are better than others.
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Old 05-04-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I love being in airports.
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Old 05-04-2014, 04:39 PM
 
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I know that this is odd but I used to enjoy heading to the airport and watching jets take off. That was before you needed a ticket to go past security
Me too. For several years I did not fly at all but still visited the airport at least once a year. So much to see, lots of activity. And you could go to the gate to meet arriving passengers.
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Old 05-04-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My son loves them.

But he is 2.5
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Old 05-04-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Buxton UK
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If I'm going on a flight, there's nothing to really love about them, no. The whole process of security, checking in (though it can be done online now) and waiting, waiting in the departure lounge, and all the people around.

However, especially as a kid, I used to love going to airports in the days they had observation stands and you could watch the planes. Now those days are long gone so there is little point in enjoying it. That said, my nearest airport, Manchester Airport, has a very good viewing area set up alongside the runway, for enthusiasts. Very thoughtful. That is generally a thing of the past at most airports now.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Texas
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When I was a kid, we lived in Indonesia but came back to the US every year. We went to Singapore all the time for medical care. We went to Europe a bit and all over Asia.
This was the 70s/80s.
The airports all over the world were fascinating, exotic places, as were the destinations and fellow passengers. You were spoiled by the airplane staff and you would get all kinds of goodies and robes and toiletry bags and toys, etc.
Now everything is so homogenized and banal. And all the security nonsense is a pain. The planes are like giant flying buses with surly employees, broken seats, and even international travel has tanked.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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Depends on which airport, and the mood you arrive in. A flight in first class makes reaching your destination Joyous, but you need to rack up a lot of mileage points for that. I used up my chance already.

But here is my opinion. I loved DXB and Changi, just fascinating. IGI T3 comes a close second. Brussels and London T5 are nice. Newark and Charles De Gaul can wipe my butt.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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I love airports! Great people watching places.

I also love travel plazas on Interstates for the same reason.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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I love airports! Great people watching places.

I also love travel plazas on Interstates for the same reason.
Ah another fellow plane lover . For me, nothing beats seeing a 787 landing in my birthplace Chennai. My grandpa has a picture of this airport from the 50's when it was just an airstrip. It has come a long way from back then :


Air India 787 inaugural flight to Chennai - YouTube

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