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Airport Smackdown: Seattle vs. Portland

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  • Started 1 year ago by paulwalker
  • Latest reply from duxrule

  1. paulwalker

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    I like the rebuilding of PDX's concourses in the earlier part of the last decade. The main terminal is still somewhat outdated, even though they have built a nice "umbrella" over the entrance areas, and has a nice shopping area just beyond the ticket counters.

    Seattle built a new central terminal about five years ago, and it still stands up as just beautiful. The central terminal offers many food choices and a great picture window of flight activity.

    So, right now a tie. Seattle is great in the central sections, but PDX concourses are bigger and easier to navigate.

    For you frequent flyers, compare the airports.

    Posted on January 20, 2013 - 09:30 PM #
  2. motozak3

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    Well, KPDX's (or "PDX", if you prefer) low-VHF communication channels are easier for me to receive down here than those of KSEA are. Supposedly KPDX have comms (simulcasts?) on 300 MHz, but I've never heard anything there.

    Posted on January 20, 2013 - 10:03 PM #
  3. Vitalogy

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    I don't fly frequently, but from my limited experience, I'm hard pressed to think of a nicer, cleaner, more modern airport than PDX.

    Posted on January 20, 2013 - 10:21 PM #
  4. skeptical

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    Bismark ND has one heck of a nice clean modern airport.

    Posted on January 20, 2013 - 10:44 PM #
  5. vit- try Vegas airport.

    Posted on January 20, 2013 - 11:32 PM #
  6. Mrs.Merkin

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    Do they still allow smoking in the Las Vegas Airport? It used to be like walking out of the (comparatively) "fresh" airplane air into a cesspool of toxic blue smoke.

    Posted on January 20, 2013 - 11:40 PM #
  7. No, not once you get inside. only outside.

    Posted on January 20, 2013 - 11:42 PM #
  8. motozak3

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    That cloud of smoke in the Vegas airport served a purpose, you know. It was supposed to put one in "the mood" to spend all their money (i.e. hit the casinos) the second they arrive.

    Posted on January 20, 2013 - 11:48 PM #
  9. Brianl

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    I think you all know where I stand on PDX. and FWIW, I can't stand Sea-Tac. Especially the subways to the north and south satellites - I'm not claustrophobic in the least but I HATE those things.

    Posted on January 21, 2013 - 12:01 AM #
  10. Skybill9

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    "Bismark ND has one heck of a nice clean modern airport."

    The last time I was in Bismarck, probably November 1994, there wasn't even security. I checked in at the ticket counter and walked up the hall, out onto the tarmac then on to the plane.

    When I arrived at MSP at the commuter terminal, you had to pass through security before you could enter the main terminal.

    It was colder than hell (but then again, aren't most places?" in Bismarck!

    Posted on January 21, 2013 - 02:12 AM #
  11. msndrspdx

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    Chicago O'Hare is crowded but moves along nicely. One of the underground moving sidewalks has a very cool neonlight display that helps add a little bit of welcome color to the blandness of airline travel these days. O'Hare is also well signposted; it's fairly easy to navigate. (So is LAX.) The United Airlines terminal in Chicago, a major transfer point, is surpisingly roomy. Dever is way out of town, very nice but all the shops close at 9pm sharp, including those in the concourses...at least Denver has TV's so you can watch something while awaiting your plane!
    But give me Amtrak anytime! Downtown-to-downtown in most cases, your luggage is always with you, and most of the major stations are very nice!

    Best, Mike

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 10:49 AM #
  12. Brianl

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    I would celebrate if LAX was bulldozed into the ocean.

    By far, the WORST airport I have ever been to. And it's not even close.

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 10:54 AM #
  13. duxrule

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    Dallas-Fort Worth is a piece of work, too. Could we spread this place out any further? There's no running to catch a connecting flight at DFW.

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 11:06 AM #
  14. Brianl

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    At least you don't have to change terminals and go through security all over again at DFW. It's just huge. And it's not an old, antiquated eyesore manned by complete assholes at every single turn.

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 11:07 AM #
  15. msndrspdx

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    The most eyebrow-raising experience I've ever had in an airport is the one on Maui, Hawaii. It's small by Mainland standards but processes 30,000 people a day, 365 days a year, both incoming and outgoing. When my mother took 7 members of our family to Maui for Xmas in 2004, we had quite an adventure just getting to our Portland-bound Hawaiian Airlines flight.
    Three inspections in a 15-minute period: first comes the agricultural inspection, which takes place outside the front door, required for all Mainland-bound flights. Our luggage was X-rayed at this point.
    Then after getting our tickets, we were told that we had to go to the concourse right away; no time to stop for a newspaper or last moment souvenir. So we did...FIVE lanes of traffic in rach direction. Stockyard Central. And our luggage had to be X-rayed here, too.
    Then halfway down the concourse, we were faced with a THIRD inspection, when our gear had to be X-rayed yet again. Suspended over this was a large Homeland Security sign which stated that this inspection was reqired to reach our flight. Refuse, and your tickets are autiomatically invalidated by Federal Law! Many of the people with us stared in shock at that sign. No one could ever recall 3 inspections enroute to a flight in so short a time.

    Best, Mike

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 11:14 AM #
  16. Skybill9

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    "Dallas-Fort Worth is a piece of work, too. Could we spread this place out any further? There's no running to catch a connecting flight at DFW."

    Exactly! And it used to cost 25 cents to ride the little "train" that runs from terminal to terminal, so you always had to have a pocketful of quarters!

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 12:23 PM #
  17. I've solved these problems for them. I don't fly anymore. Ever.

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 03:56 PM #
  18. duxrule

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    Given that flying commercially is now nothing more than getting on a cramped Greyhound bus that travels at 35,000 feet, I can understand that sentiment.

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 04:24 PM #
  19. The new terminal in Vegas is perfect.

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 04:59 PM #
  20. edust1958

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    Maui is a great little airport... of course, I am really, really biased... my aunt is second in charge for HDOT - Airports, Maui District. Much of the inspections you go through are to protect mainland agriculture -- the X-ray is the make sure you aren't packing pests home in either your checked luggage or your carry on items. Of course, I have made a few interisland hops to Oahu for marketing since arriving here on Maui. I never have a problem... I have never asked my aunt to "do" anything but it wouldn't surprise me if my TSA file has some "aloha" associated with it!

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 05:31 PM #
  21. duxrule

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    Yet another reason why flying coach sucks. Are you kidding me? Don't any of these people watch movies?

    ‘Inigo Montoya’ shirt upsets travelers, leads to awkward flight
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/inigo-montoya-shirt-leads-awkward-flight-220153812.html

    Posted on January 22, 2013 - 05:33 PM #

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