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Postby tifosi77 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:42 pm

LAX is very unimpressive for it being a major airport. They're trying to refurbish it a bit and add some more amenities and restaurants but it seems a bit outdated.
LAX was a victim of post-9/11 security revamps. It was already poor and unable to fully serve its passenger volume, but when TSA checkpoints went up at every terminal, it just made things so much worse. Airports like SFO or SEA have multiple TSA screening points, but once you clear them, you still have access to all the domestic terminals (and their food/amenity options). At LAX, once you clear security, you're cocooned in that one terminal. If it's the Bradley International terminal, you're gonna be fine. If it's Terminal 7 and 8 (United), you're gonna be okay. If you're flying Delta (Terminal 2-3), I hope you like Panda Express. (Although since I've last flown Delta out of LA they've added a Shake Shack, but that's still not a preferred sit-down option.)

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Postby tifosi77 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:45 pm

I am unfazed by flight times of <15 hours. Sadly, SFO-SIN is 17.5 hours.

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Postby Orlando Penguin » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:46 pm

Last time I had to go thru LAX was when I went to Australia at end of 19 and one of my friends had access to the Delta lounge. Delta used to be in terminal 4 or 5 and having to spend a total of 6 hours there over 2 trips in 3 months was rather mind-numbing.

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Postby tifosi77 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:50 pm

I should add I brain-farted that: Delta is Terminal 5, and a little satellite terminal.

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Postby Shyster » Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:22 pm

Ranking airports also depends upon whether you are looking at O&D (origin and destination) passengers or transiting passengers. For example, if you're just connecting through an airport, it doesn't matter that the parking is a nightmare and the luggage claim takes forever, because you won't use either. And if you're just parking and departing from a single terminal, it doesn't matter that the airport's multiple terminals are far apart and a major pain to travel between for connecting passengers. Some airports are good at one but not the other.

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Postby NTP66 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:25 pm

SAV, though it’s a small airport, has always been very efficient.

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Postby tifosi77 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:59 pm

I don't ever really factor in parking, because we always rideshare or shuttle to/from. I think in 16 years of traveling together, we've only rented a car at our destination twice. (Which, now that I think about it, were both of our trips to Oahu)

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:42 pm

Kansas City is by far the worst airport I've been to in regards to the TSA screening blocking you from everything.

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Postby NTP66 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:23 am

Kansas City is by far the worst airport I've been to in regards to the TSA screening blocking you from everything.
Yeah, the layout at MCI is just dumb. They can't finish their renovations soon enough.

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:08 am

I don't know when it'll become effective, but Maui is going to be requiring a negative Covid test right after you get off the plan. It'll be free, and we'll go along with it, but I wish they'd make up their minds already. This has changed so many times over the last few months, and while I understand things are fluid, there's no consistency.

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Postby eddy » Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:12 am

Is there anything where people will start looking at if you been vaxxed vs making you show a negative test?

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:15 am

Is there anything where people will start looking at if you been vaxxed vs making you show a negative test?
Hawaii is trying to get a vaccine passport program going where they will allow you to waive the pre-arrival covid testing. No word on whether or not that will get you out of this new post-arrival test, though.

Another issue is that they require you to get tested at specific locations only, and it's limited. You need to have a specific test done, at an approved location, and the results must be uploaded to their Safe Travels app, and all within 48 hours of arrival.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:20 pm

We hadn’t planned on going anywhere for Spring Break last week, but after a half day at home alone with the kids, my wife grew tired of them staring at their phones all day. :lol: So we got a cabin up on Beech Mountain, NC for three days.

Ski season (yes, NC does have ski season) had just ended, so it was cheap, but not much was open up there. Still beautiful and nice to be 3500+ feet above sea level for a few days.

It was weird seeing signs for tire chain repairs and an actual flashing warning sign when entering the steep ascent up the mountain that if it’s snowing or icy, you need 4wd or chains. I’ve been to Western NC many times, but not this far up where snow hangs around for a while.

Drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and found a lake that rented kayaks. The kids loved it, and with no cellular towers, managed to stay off their damn phones long enough to enjoy it.

We saw a sign for Tennessee, and decided to go over the border just because we could. Spent the afternoon in a state park, which was a former silver mining community. My kids - and they are very much teenagers - seemed impressed that we were in a new state. I really think they wanted to go to Nashville or somewhere bigger, but they sure did like the border adventure. It’s pretty cool to still impress teenagers lol.

I’ve been meaning to go to Boone, so we got over there and ate a meal and toured Appalachian State University. Definitely got some Clemson vibes - similar sized campus, although Boone the town is much bigger the Clemson.

Not bad for a thrown together, last minute trip.

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:07 pm

I love that area. It is nice.

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Postby AuthorTony » Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:14 pm

I vacationed in the Boone, NC area back in 2011. Absolutely beautiful. Would love to go back.

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