Worst airport transfer?

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21. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 106 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I haven't flown a flight with a connection in almost ten years, but we had a scary first trip to Savannah via Atlanta from LAX. It was very rainy and windy in Atlanta (Delta almost diverted the flight) and when the pilot landed the plane the tail was swerving back and forth on the runway due to the bad weather.

22. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1802 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I once landed in Cleveland in a snowstorm. This was back in 1958. I felt the plane kind of skid on the runway. We were the last flight allowed to land that day. Bob, who was a Navy pilot and flew off aircraft carriers never liked landing or taking off in Monterey in a commercial plane. It is surrounded by mountains. I didn't know enough to be concerned.

I wonder what it would be like to land at St. Barts. The runway has a mountain at one end and water at the other. It is a very short runway.

23. Posted by nicolaitan (Budding Member 55 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

as bad as miami may be, and it is, fort lauderdale is worse

flying cancun, switch in fort lauderdale, transfer to laguardia all on spirit
fll is the hub for spirit airlines with its extensive service to the caribbean islands and central and south america - to get thru customs and immigration with only two open desks when we arrived and a 3-4 hour wait to get through. apparently a daily event. i am told the jet blue terminal is little better if any.

delays happen - thirteen hours in lisbon flying new york to faro. we understand delays but not the announcement every thirty minutes that the flight was delayed - guess what - another 30 minutes more each time. and no, TAP has not given us our payment for delayed flight despite timely submission of all documentation. when one lands at faro at 0200, not a very active place.

on the bright side at cdg our flight was late and a representative of air france met us at the gate and escorted us through all these dark scary underground passageways to our connecting rome flight. we made it. bags arrived three days later.

24. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1802 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I was once in Madrid at the beginning of August -- I couldn't get a train out because it was the beginning of the holidays. So I decided to fly to Barcelona and hopefully get a train there. It was a night flight. There apparently was a fault in the plane and the flight was delayed. It got later and later. At midnight they stopped giving announcements in various languages. I eventually got to Barcelona - about 5 in the morning. And I did get a train out.

25. Posted by Cottonwood (Respected Member 354 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Had a time when my parents and I were flying from Gatwick Airport in London to Split, Yugoslavia back in 1989 and it just so happen to be the same day the British Air traffic controllers decided to do a 24 hour labor strike. Our flight was to take off at 6 pm, instead we didn't get off till something like 2 am. Landed in time to see the sunrise.

Had another trip when we were flying at the end of the trip to China and Hang Kong and flew from from the old Hong Kong Kia Tak to Tokyo NRT and on to Seattle and Spokane where I lived. Instead of landing in Tokyo, we were diverted to Osaka do to a severe snowstorm in Tokyo, sat on the runway field overflow parking for about 5 hours before being aloud to the airport terminal for another 2 hours and then on to a hotel after midnight. Got on the same plane the next morning, flew to Tokyo, 6 hour layover, onward to Seattle and Spokane where i now had less than 12 hours to unpack, wash clothes, bed and then go back to the airport the next morning for me to fly Albuquerque, NM via SLC and then had a 3 hour drive to go back to boarding school. Never been so tired in first period English. My teacher gave me a one time pass. LOL

26. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 181 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

There is something very wrong with Canadian airports and transfers. I truly don't understand how a lovely country with the most lovely people have found sadistic bastards to hassle people changing planes.

This happened 4 times in a single adventure for less than a week in the great country of Canada. I didn't even know they had rude, aggressive people!

Winnipeg is the worst! On the second visit they made me open all of my bags, inspected ever item repeatedly and questioned me aggressively with "why are you here?". Duh. I was changing planes.

London Heathrow is also stupid. 3 missed flights due to "extra security" when changing planes. Really? About an hour hassle each time....

Thank to Washington DC and NYC airports and taxis when it all went wrong. Airline staff also made it happen!

All the best,

DAO

:)

27. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1111 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting DAOonVT

There is something very wrong with Canadian airports and transfers. I truly don't understand how a lovely country with the most lovely people have found sadistic bastards to hassle people changing planes.

This happened 4 times in a single adventure for less than a week in the great country of Canada. I didn't even know they had rude, aggressive people!

I have only changed once in Canada in Calgary and our experience was amazing. We had a tight connection and they sent someone to meet us when we disembarked to escort us to the next plane.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2020, 02:22 GMT by Teoni ]

28. Posted by nzhamsta (Respected Member 203 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

From my 2018 trip to the UK. Due to a late departure from Auckland, I missed my connection in Hong Kong (and not being able to pick up my partner at the airport). I had to fly to Zurich and then a little hop over to Munich. She had to fly to Munich by herself and then find the correct gate for the flight to Birmingham.

On arrival, I was able to text Hung that I had arrived and that I would get there as soon as possible. I was expecting a run through one of Europe's largest airports. What I was not expecting was a man standing at the end of the airbridge with a sign with "Birmingham" written on it. "Follow me" he said after checking my boarding pass and we dived into the parts of the airport passengers do not often get to. Unlocking doors, down stairs, into his van, through immigration, back into the van, a long drive to the gate, unlocking more doors, up the lift and into the gate from the back door. Everyone else had boarded except Hung. A quick thank you to the guide, scan the boarding card, rearrange the seating on board so that we could sit together and we were off.

And then of course my bags did not connect; they arriving at the hotel the following afternoon.

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30. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 137 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Had booked a minibus from Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport. It arrived about 20 minutes late at my hotel and still had to pick up several more passengers, some allready a bit nervose. On the motorway the minibus was all of a sudden out of petrol and rolled down the ramp. The Driver hichhiked then to a petrol station, came back with some liters drove to the petrol station and filled it up and on to the airport. Several missed there plane.