Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Giving Newark its rap

Newark gets thumbs up for its reputation as a highly accessible and convenient airport. I'm still trying to figure out how. I've had problems three straight times now:

- One for delayed baggage (trust Continental to always do that)

- One for entering the ladies bathroom by mistake (it was *really* by mistake!!)

- This time, for a tarmac full of planes that delayed my flight by 2-1/2 hours. After boarding the plane, the co-pilot said "Sorry, air traffic control says the tarmac is full of planes trying to take off at this time. we will take off in 45 minutes or so."

It took us 1-1/2 to start taxi, and another 1 hour on the tarmac before taking off.

Apparently this happens often at Newark, so take this from me: Buyer's beware flying from Newark between 8AM and 11:30AM. Either the queue is too large, or ATC is Continental's bitch for letting their planes take off before any other airlines'.

Anyways, if the problems are ironed out, it's a cool airport and the exteriors are slick. It's cheaper to get to Manhattan from Newark Liberty airport than from JFK. Considering Newark's rep as a crime haven, it actually seems safer outside the airport than JFK.


Anonymous brimful said...

Oy, the memories.

That said, they have this new jig at Newark Liberty where a pack of redcoats wander around acting friendly and asking if you need any help. That kind of behavior in Newark freaked me out the last time I visited!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Id it is said...

haI second you on that. I always prefer to fly out of EWR anyday than deal with the mess thay call JFK! My second pick is Philadelphia; well laid out and efficiently managed.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Khakra said...

haha brim, Newark delivers problems of different kind everytime! i'll seek out those redcoats to see what they're about. actually seems interesting. kinda like phoenix, where they wear purple and try to sell credit cards at the same time.

id, i've generally had a rancid time at philly on the security line in the delta term. is it just me?

4:46 PM  
Blogger Id it is said...

Never flown Delta from Philadelphia, but then Delta from anywhere is a sad story these days. EWR is any day better than Philadelphia except that the latter is a good 10 miles or so nearer to princeton than EWR, and I hate driving!

12:20 PM  

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