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I'm currently in front of gate 210 in ONT waiting on JetBlue to take me to JFK.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 23 July 2004 04:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The ONT terminal is nice in a late-90s shopping mall sort of way, but the layout is horrible with one long linear line of gates so you have to walk miles. Additionally, there are no electrical power outlets near the seating, you have to sit on the floor in the middle of the walkway.

At least the wireless is free.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 23 July 2004 04:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, there's an ant problem here too.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 23 July 2004 04:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hell yes, it's ant season. Mine's coming for a stay next week.

Have a good time in NYC, Elvis.

jim wentworth (wench), Friday, 23 July 2004 04:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's a LOT of ants here. If this was anything smaller than a giant airport terminal building we'd be re-enacting Phase IV here.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 23 July 2004 05:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What kind of ants and what's the nature of your trip?

jim wentworth (wench), Friday, 23 July 2004 05:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Standard-sized house ants.

Going to NYC to see JBR, take more of my stuff out in advance of the October move, and to go see Devo & the Yeah Yeah Yeahs(as mentioned on this thread)

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 23 July 2004 05:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I also win because I was able to score an exit row seat at the last minute. Hooray for extra leg room!

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 23 July 2004 05:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Leg room is a big plus So's the Devo date. Exactly when are they playig?

jim wentworth (wench), Friday, 23 July 2004 05:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Friday night in Central Park with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. There's an ILM thread about it.

Anyway, getting on the plane now

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 23 July 2004 05:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Happy landings!

jim wentworth (wench), Friday, 23 July 2004 05:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Make that 100, and you'd be right.

(Wish I'd actually thought to look for this thread on Thursday, when I was actually in an airport.

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Saturday, 24 July 2004 15:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
i'm in an airport.

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 3 February 2005 12:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

OTM!

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 3 February 2005 12:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'm jet-lagged and smoking a camel, not in an airport.

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 15 February 2005 08:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
i'm in an airport.

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hi!

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'm drinking a glass of white wine!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i ate a "wrap." it was "pink."

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this has been a really weird week!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'm holding it down though. soon i'll be in another airport, and i'll have like 4 hours to kill!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'll be in two airports next week. One in Canada! Calgary! I've never been to Canada before. I'll be there for all of an hour!

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

actually, three airports.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

what's your second airport?

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

there's another airport thread on ILE.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

toronto!!

what magazine(s) should i get? what's out now? is there a new vanity fair?

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i started this thread though!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AND I'M GONNA END IT (ominous music)

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't even know where Calgary is!

xp the new Vanity Fair is the one with Jennifer Anniston on it.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i could get TIME CANADA with kanye west on the cover ("hip hop's class act")

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh that J-AN VF looks thick and JUICY!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh no, I wasn't suggesting that this thread isn't valid, just noting the confluence.

xp get Wired. Wired's the quintessential airport magazine.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

eww!! i don't think i've ever bought an issue of wired!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I LIKE wired!

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

really? is it good? i guess i've read some wired articles online... but BUYING a magazine about the internet always seems like a waste of money!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it's not about the internet, it's about science! and they have one or two really good writers (and some terrible ones).

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

can i buy an issue of mondo 2000 instead?

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I mean, it IS kind of embarassing, but I enjoy it.

xp yes

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

well i'll totally buy it if the VF isn't there. also the entertainment weekly this week looks boring!! it's like a summer wrap-up issue, fuck that, i don't wanna read past tense versions of the articles they've been writing since may!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

what about a foreign newspaper?

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

or a good mystery?

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Toblerone?

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Remember s1ocki, it's the end of winter down there. But don't be surprised to see lots of long stockinged legs even with the winter coats.

k/l (Ken L), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that was a good concert

and I can walk out into the world, singing with my people (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

can i buy an issue of mondo 2000 instead?

R.U. Sirius is podcasting now

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I misread the thread title as I AM AN AIRPORT, so I was hoping it would be full of things like I AM AN AIRPORT COME AND LOOK AT TEH AIRPLANES TALKING OFF FROM ME.

DV (dirtyvicar), Thursday, 25 August 2005 21:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It could well have been a lost Jonathan Richman song- the followup to "Rockin' Shopping Center" and the precursor to "I'm A Little Airplane."

k/l (Ken L), Thursday, 25 August 2005 23:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

slocki, how is hte shoulder? Did it survive the 1st leg of the journey?

Wiggy (Wiggy), Thursday, 25 August 2005 23:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Calgary = Canadian Cowboyland. (Well, a lot of cities are Canadian Cowboyland, but Calgary likes to think of itself as the capital of it. Also, ask LeCoq about how cool Calgary is.. hahahah)

donut gon' nut (donut), Thursday, 25 August 2005 23:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm glad the magician mural is still around. He's my first cousin once removed!

JoeStork, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 21:20 (five months ago) Permalink

Ha i was going to mention the magician too.

layda be cry (los blue jeans), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:35 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I Love LCY

imago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 09:46 (two months ago) Permalink

^would wear as a t-shirt

imago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 09:46 (two months ago) Permalink

we kind of based our holiday destination around what was cheaply available from this airport, that is how much I love using this airport

full english breakfast for £16.95 the obvious drawback, fortunately there's a caffè nero

imago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 09:49 (two months ago) Permalink

At London City for the first time because all the flights to Milan from proper airports were booked. If this happens again, I'm going by boat.

It is a terrible airport but, unfortunately, extremely convenient for Kent.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 12:13 (two months ago) Permalink

leaving my house -> being in Milan = less than 5 hours, it's a great airport

imago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 15:07 (two months ago) Permalink

flew from Sydney to Los Angeles via Melbourne (bcz it was $900 cheaper) yesterday. Spent longer in LAX than in the two departure airports combined. A++, would be detained by CBP for hours again. Gonna suggest on Yelp that they turn down the volume on their multiple TVs showing The Game Shows Hosted By Former Cast Members Of The US Version Of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Channel though.

'Bout an hour done pass / Done watch two episodes of M*A*S*H

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 16:28 (two months ago) Permalink

sic you rollin up to SEA this time?

.oO (silby), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 16:29 (two months ago) Permalink

fyi i was confused by the time difference - it was less than four hours

imago, Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah LCY is my favourite London airport by a long way, though the company is usually unpleasant. What don't you like about it SV?

Tim, Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:04 (two months ago) Permalink

LCY can be pretty grim when overcrowded on a Sunday evening. The compact size and location is a bonus.

mmmm, Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah it's not perfect, it does get crowded but so do all the London airports IME. City has a habit of filling up with some very shout-on-their-mobiles City types, but it's so much quicker and easier to get through than the others.

Tim, Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:20 (two months ago) Permalink

The location is great. I used to be able to get home in half an hour and now, from Medway, it's not much more than an hour. I hate everything else, though.

The company is definitely a factor. It's too small and too crowded. You usually can't check in more than two hours ahead of your flight and there's literally nowhere to go landside that isn't a commercial space - so if you arrive early, you have to either leave the airport or go to Pret.

When you've checked in, seating is extremely limited so gets too busy. There are no good shops. There's no business lounge (presumably because almost everyone would qualify for it) so it's perversely impossible to work at London's most business-centric airport. The last few times i've had to board basically from the central departure lounge and there are no dedicated spaces to do that, so you have had people queuing in the corridor, being told that they're blocking Boots so everyone has to turn around and queue in the other direction, etc - usually with a lot of aggro passengers.

If you need to turn up an hour before your flight, hop on the plane and be out, it's fine but it's just too small for the capacity of flights to be a pleasant place for anything else.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Thursday, 7 September 2017 11:08 (two months ago) Permalink

This airport is a saviour compared to the horror that is Stanstead.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Where are you hanging out at Heathrow or Gatwick if you arrive early? I don't recall anything but a tiny handful of uncomfortable metal seats landside in either?

I can't imagine wanting to check in to any airport more than two hours ahead of time, particularly not one where I didn't need to check in so early, so I grant that could be annoying.

I don't think there are any good shops in any of the London airports.

Anyway, sounds like you use LCY more than I do these days - I used to use it a lot but have done so rarely over the last few years, and I've never failed to find somewhere to sit down, so I 'm sorry things have got worse. My basic point is that I hate all airports, particularly the London ones, and LCY doesn't seem any worse than Heathrow or Gatwick. And this:

If you need to turn up an hour before your flight, hop on the plane and be out, it's fine

is pretty much my ideal for what an airport should be, particularly one which is relatively well-connected to public transport.

Tim, Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm the one hour before person too. The idea of going into a shop in an airport for anything other than coffee is alien to me.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I see an airplane but its is made of fur and planets.

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:43 (two months ago) Permalink

City is easily the best airport, the fact the bars are the areas you wait in is a bonus. I don't find braying city types any more annoying than the ultimately similar variety of human stains you have to be around at any other airport but I'd agree generally that air travel is horrible and the people around you are generally really irritating/lacking in self-awareness.

For this reason also City is best, fewer queues, less walking, no grim maze of death by commerce like they've installed at Stansted both on the way through duty-free and in the horrendous food court circle that resembles that stone they all walk around in Midnight Express, arguably the most badly and brazenly designed public space I've ever been in.

I used to avoid Gatwick given that Stansted brings me back to Liverpool St and I live in Hackney, but I'm working v close to Victoria these days so Gatwick is very handy to get to from the office. I've been hugely surprised, particularly flying Easyjet, but in general really, at how calm and easy it is, short queues, lots of space, everything working very well. They fucked Stansted so badly when they redesigned it. Security queues included.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:51 (two months ago) Permalink

I'd agree generally that air travel is horrible

air travel remains amazing and thrilling

sic you rollin up to SEA this time?

no immediate plans but surely sometime! maybe thanksgiving? and hopefully mopop/popcon next year, depending on employment & transport & such. (I'm a resident now.)

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Thursday, 7 September 2017 18:46 (two months ago) Permalink

oh welcome aboard, here's your red hat

.oO (silby), Thursday, 7 September 2017 19:42 (two months ago) Permalink

is it too late to go back home and wear a Make Australia Gay Again hat until the postal survey

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Thursday, 7 September 2017 20:14 (two months ago) Permalink

I flew on a gay plane up to Sydney yesterday. You could tell it was gay because of the rainbow Qantas logo.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 7 September 2017 20:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I am in Luton Airport. For older readers, there is no sign of Lorraine Chase.

I use Luton more than any other airport -- two or three times a year at least, due mainly to it being the only "London" airport which has direct flights to Gdansk where the in-laws live apart from Stansted, which would entail not only travelling further but also using Ryan Air, which I have vowed never to use again on account of certain shyster tendencies. It's recently been voted the worst airport in the country but I can't honestly see why (NB this may be habituation).

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:00 (two months ago) Permalink


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