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YULtide
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Recently I had the opportunity to experience connecting from an international arrival to a domestic departure in YVR. As it was a tight connection I was met by a concierge, who could not have been more helpful. We made our way to immigration, where I discerned that the immigration app saves no time at all, then to the bus to the domestic part of the airport. The bus was actually a slow-down, just as I experienced last summer in YYZ. Fortunately, the concierge could clearly see the problem. It wasn't clear whether an unnecessary security screening might have been faster than the bus, but it would have been pretty close.

 

The big question is why the bus?

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Posted : April 22, 2019 11:01 pm
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mevlannen
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Wow, and here I thought that my experience of last summer, having to run across the airport (and misconnect anyway), was bad. I'm puzzled, too, about "why the bus?" Only thing I can think of is that it might be better for wheelchair passengers?

Nature abhors straight lines, and is not the artifice of a cosmic draftsman.

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Posted : April 23, 2019 8:10 am
YULtide
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I think the bus is about keeping people in the sterile area. There's no existing public pathway from immigration to domestic boarding so they take people for a short tour around the tarmac. This allows people to avoid having to be screened again, but at the cost of queueing for the bus and the time the trip takes.

And it's only available if you come from certain origins, mainly Europe, Australia and Japan. I don't know why they don't trust screening in Taipei or Hong Kong. They also don't allow duty free in tamper-evident bags from those locations.

My usual path transiting from Hong Kong is through the baggage claim, up the elevator and along the corridor to screening. I take a quick peek and if there's a queue I turn left, head down the escalator to check in and through the main screening area in the priority lane. It's quicker. I've done the whole process in 25 minutes from international arrival gate to domestic departure.

Bottom line is that replacing one bottleneck with another doesn't improve efficiency.

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Posted : April 23, 2019 8:59 am
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mevlannen
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It's a little bit like building another freeway interchange on the outskirts of a big city -- it just moves the traffic jam from one place to another.

Anyway, I find the signage in the YVR Customs hall confusing enough that I invariably find myself heading out the wrong door. Add to that the long schlep from the landing gates..... aargh.

 

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Posted : May 6, 2019 8:33 am
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YULtide
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Posted by: mevlannen

It's a little bit like building another freeway interchange on the outskirts of a big city -- it just moves the traffic jam from one place to another.

Anyway, I find the signage in the YVR Customs hall confusing enough that I invariably find myself heading out the wrong door. Add to that the long schlep from the landing gates..... aargh.

 

Will get a chance to test this again in a few weeks. Looking forward to the challenge.

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Posted : May 20, 2019 12:16 am