yep, air travel certainly aint the glam life people sometimes expect it to be.
worst travel experience was flying to portland. flight was scheduled to leave from toronto 9pm. arrived at the airport at 6 to be sure to clear the ridiculous US security customs. plane was delayed 2 hours. then we boarded, and sat at the gate for another 2 hours while the plane had a “flat tire”. we were then deplaned, at which point the airport was pretty much closed for the nite (no food around), and had to wait in line for our luggage 1 hour, and then 2 hours at the ticketing counter for other arrangements. got a voucher for an airport hotel, and checked in at 1 am. flght out the next day was a 6 so had to get to the airport by 4. 3 hours sleep, and then had to connect through seattle…looooong day/nite/day.
i travel a lot for work and always get my friends saying “how exciting!”. really, its not. did a quick calc once of how much time per year i travel and worked out to over 1 week solid in the air every year and almost as much in airports or getting to airports/hotels.
at least i get the miles, but wish i could get standard biz class. thank god for upgrades and gold status lounges.
worst airports IMHO- anything US, bankok.
best- MUC, FRA, CPH, HK.
best airlines- lufthansa, cathay, thai.
worst- anything US, air canada, KLM (+ plus honorary mention for any domestic chinese carriers).
just getting back from las vegas, got to say how surprised i am that some US (sorry for picking on y’all) are so woefully inadequate. terrible wayfinding, horrible decor, no shopping… not to mention TSA issues. been a while since i been travelling in the US and forgot how bad it is.
I used to fly out of a small airport (aarhus) in denmark. best experience ever. 20 minutes from checking to boarding. there were airport buses going to the airport from the city that were scheduled to arrive 20 min. before the flight and never had an issue with delays. arne jacobsen chairs in all the public waiting areas, B&O TVs… and thats not even the lounge!