Describe the worst experience you have ever had in an airport.
My worst experience was in Heathrow Airport where I was made to queue for a very long time for no good reason at all. It made me quite angry and I started questioning the ground staff about what they were doing. My whole day was ruined by this and also by the fact that no apologies were given by the ground staff for making a terrible mistake. In fact they seemed to enjoy having this kind of control in a sick way.
I would have to say that TSA throwing away my expensive face wash was one of the worst. That and being delayed for hours and the staff kept saying the plane was ontime when in reality they didnt calculate the time zone difference. Sometimes I wonder how these people get their jobs.
The volocano going off in iceland meant i had to spend 2 days waiting around in heathrow airport...not a very pleasant occasion.
The worst experience was in the San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico. My flight had got delayed 6 hours, which was terrible in itself, then after we boarded the plane we had to wait 2 hours on the runway before we took off. Thankfully it was on my way to a vacation and there was not a huge rush to get there.
I know this isn't the question, but I figured it's a good place to share, but on my way back from Mexico a few months ago. I was in the airport in Houston and I had to go through customs. So the one TSA officer and I were talking and just a regular conversation, and he had asked me if I'd be interested in helping him out with a training exercise because the dog and officer at the detector was new. So I said sure, since I asked him for his badge # and a few other credentials to make sure this was legitimate. He handed me a wallet, and inside it I'm assuming there was a scent or something in which would make the dog notice me. Well at first the dog thought the scent was coming from my girlfriend which was quite funny because she wanted nothing to do with it. Long story short though, the dog sniffed again found out it was me, the rookie TSA officer pulled out her tazer and almost shocked me with it, and thankfully the TSA officer that initially asked me to do this for him came over and explained the situation. For all the people who had no clue what was going on, on the plane I got quite a few nervous looks to say the least.
I missed my flight at Orlando International Airport (OIA) headed for Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX).
Again at OIA, I almost missed a flight going to Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport (MSP), because I was standing in the wrong line (one of those Delta Connections by some other airline flights) for nearly 25 minutes.
And, almost every time I have to fly into the great monolith that is the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL), I can never seem to be on time enough to eat at my favorite soul food restaurant (Paschals - Dr. King and his buddies used to frequent the original location), even though they have a small branch located right inside of the dang airport.
Seems like any airport experience is terrible these days, but the worst had to be traveling home from Belize a few years ago. Our flight to Miami was delayed due to bad weather on the East Coast that screwed up air traffic all over the country. It seems our connecting flight to Chicago was the only flight that left Miami on time that day, and it left without us while we were going through Customs.
To make matters worse, it was the middle of March and the bad weather stranded all the spring break travelers trying to get home. After missing our flight, we were directed to a long line of hundreds of people trying to rebook. As we waited in this long line that stretched out of the ticket area and down a long hallway, both my husband and I were on our cell phones trying to get through to the airline. When I finally got someone on the phone, I was told the earliest flight we could get on would be Tuesday (or possibly Monday, if we left from Ft, Lauderdale and flew to an airport a couple hours from home). This was Friday night and we both had to be back to work on Monday morning, so staying in Miami another 3-4 days was not an option. At that point, we rented a car and ended up driving home to Iowa from Miami. Instead of getting home late Friday night and having the weekend to relax, we arrived home around noon on Sunday after driving 1,500 miles.
I had to spend 14 hours in the Chicago airport. I made the best of it. I thought they would offer us motel d accommodations or something, but they didn't. It happened do to an ice storm in KC, MO. which made several of us miss our connection to Rochester, NY. I was a long day and night.
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