|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Tomorrow I will post more about our trip. Right now I will make some observations about air travel:
Newark's airport has a bad reputation as an immense, lethargic, soul-deadening place. I did not find it so terrible. It looked reasonably modern, had some useful amenities, and featured a nifty elevated train to ferry passengers to terminals, parking areas, and rental car facilities. Newark's air conditioning did smell funny. So did our hotel. Is there some sort of foul-smelling coolant that is used only in the Garden State?
The St. Louis "Lambert" airport, on the other hand, is a vile dump. I have very low standards for airports. I don't care about their aesthetics; all I demand is that they satisfy these wants:
St. Louis failed every one of these requirements. We arrived in Terminal C with an hour layover. The terminal map simply labelled the various shops as BAR, SNACK BAR, et cetera, giving the effect of a cheap board game. (Play "Stuck at Lambert" and see if you can spend the least amount of money on bad comestibles!) We moved toward Terminal B to see what they had, and found that we would need to run the gauntlet of airport security to get there. No thanks. So we went to a SNACK BAR which offered these choices:
And all at an exorbitant price!
To add insult to injury, the flight to San Francisco was full, and when we boarded there was no space for our carryons. Fortunately San Francisco, which is a good airport, spat our carryons out of the luggage carousel in record time.
As a Pennsylvanian, I have to disagree with your assessment of "Western New Jersey"
Hmm. I figured that mentioning New Jersey might be a problem. Did you read the part about Newark smelling funny.
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