Ohare Voted Worst Airport in recent survey...

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  1. ord_a380

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  2. Sweet Willie
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    Love ORD, even during my road warrior days, delays were minimal. Obviously others seem to have a different experience. As always, YMMV
     
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    Can you trust any list of worst airports that doesn't have LAX on it?
     
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    I wouldn't say I love ORD, but there are a lot worse airports out there. And I have to tell you, United's Premier line can only dream of 7 minutes most times of the day ;)

    I guess because it's an average, AAs elite line brings it down significantly ;)
     
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    JFK IS FAR WORSE THAN ORD!!!! (excuse me for yelling)
     
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    Remember, ORD is saddled with the terminal connection for inbound international connections, and also the UA operation that has most of the regional jets confined to a terminal that is worse than the third world.
     
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    I guess... Just everytime I return home to JFK my first thought is: What a dump! My last flight came in Delta Terminal 3 area D... Looked like it was designed to make third world travellers freel right at home....
     
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    There is a reason DL has announced they are tearing down T3.
     
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    and I hope hope they remove the even worse T2
     
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    Unfortunately they are just going to completely renovate it. T2 has a decent plant, just needs its regular refresh (granted, it has been 3 years since I traveled through that terminal).
     
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    ORD may have been voted the worst airport, but I love it compared to the IAD trailer park!
     
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    I fly though ORD almost every flight I take on UA. (Sure beats PIA or MLI to DEN) on a puddle jumper for two hours)
    But as much as I dislike ORD (#2 in my book) DEN is much worse. Have you ever, (and I know you have) gone from one end of the UA concourse, to the other) A good 35 minutes, easy. The flights to MLI and PIA are at the very far end of the UA concourse, and down stairs. Small, crowded, and smells. And don't even get me started on the weather in the winter there. You might not get a flight out until Spring.
    DFW sucks too, but that's another story when I'm on AA. Yes, a nice regional again for two hours.
    I tell ya, it ain't easy being in downstate Illinois.
     
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    35 mins end-end in DEN? How fast were you going? I've been flying out of DEN since it opened (live in Colorado), and it's never taken 35 minutes to go from the very end of the UX gates to the area by US/CO. Maybe 12-15 or less if walking at a decent pace and using the moving walkways..
     
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    Try it NOT using the walk ways. Just walk.
    It's a nice, leisurely stroll when the place is socked in with snow, ice, and what ever else is blowing across the run way. Then going East from DEN isn't a picnic either
     
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    Gate B16 to B60 = 10 mins O/W Possibly another 4 mins to get to the end of the 90's (the ground floor UX gates). Not bad IMO.

    [edited to add: this is walking on tile and carpet - not the moving walkway]
     
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    Well, my watch must run fast in that thin air, or I walk too long in one place.:)
    I'll be arriving in DEN in December, in the 90s gates, so I'll get a new watch and time it again.
    All that aside, it still the worse airport to me. (Just my humble opinion)
     
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    I'll take ORD over a lot of other airports, esp. for UA/UA connections. The F&B selection is lacking, and the non-UA terminals are so so, but it is a not-so-bad airport.
     
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    ORD is fine for connecting, but I hate originating there. ORD TSA = :rolleyes:

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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    The same can be said about almost all TSA "agents". Hardly unique to ORD.
     
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    I'll defend ORD till the day I die. I've always enjoyed it and have very rarely had any issues with delays or cancellations. Crossing my fingers. ;)
     
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    Yes, it can. However, I've had more issues with the clerks at ORD.
     
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    The problem with this survey in general is that it makes a statistical judgement based on flight delays, cancellations, etc., and takes very little account of subjective airport experience. I stand behind my complaints about LAX due to 1) terrible terminal layout 2) need to reclear security for many transfers 3) terrible public transportation options 4) terrible plug availability in non-lounges 5) terrible food options and prices, exacerbated by the separated terminals.
     
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    LAX is not the worst airport in the country, that honor belongs to JFK. While there are some nice terminals (AA, 4, 5,1), there are also some that make third world countries look good (3,7,2). And except for the DL terminals, there is no sort of connection between terminals other than the airtrain.
     
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    Good points. Now time for some tough trivia- which third world country has an airport like JFK or LAX???
     
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    How timely. I was in ORD yesterday, when all UA operations were delayed by high winds. I was looking forward to kvetching.

    None of the 5 non-desk plugs in the whole of B were available. None of the desk plugs were available. Usually the same story for G, H, K, L. :rolleyes: For non-elites, the lack of plugs and blaring CNN are awful. IAD has more plugs even for those of us flying Greyhound.

    I get stupider every time CNN reaches my eyes or ears.

    Oh, and the food selections are meh. LAX has better, even if its layout is positively Angeleno.

    To be fair, I also once got a $500 bump for a flight one hour later because of problems at ORD. Keep on being unprepared for the Chicago weather!
     
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