My Love/Hate Relationship with Airports

Like many of the frequent flyers around the world, I have a love/hate relationship with airports. Now, I do know many people who have a hate/hate relationship, but I definitely can see some benefits.

I always believe in starting with the negative and ending on the positive (bad news first, anyone?), so here goes.

Hate List

  • Airports with no free WiFi – nuff said.
  • Worse yet, airports with “free” WiFi, but you can’t get a signal worth a damn. SFO, I’m talking to you.
  • Inconsistencies in security. I’m all for us being safe when we travel and making sure there isn’t someone on the plane that’s going to threaten my life, HOWEVER, if airports are so concerned, how come it’s different standards in different places? Example: when I boarded the plane in Calgary (YYC), I had to remove liquids from my bag, take off my shoes (PLASTIC flip-flops), take out my laptops (yes, I travel with multiple laptops, what of it?), and so on. In SFO, when I go for a connecting flight, there’s… none of that. Longest security line I’ve ever seen, but we kept everything in our bags and the security guards looked bored out of their minds. They were more interested in my wrist tattoos than in my passport.

 Love List

  • Medium length connections. I am the Goldilocks of connection times. Too short and I’m going to be stressing the whole way, especially if my flight is late. Too long and I’m bored out of my right. JUST RIGHT? Three hours. Gives me plenty of time to go through security (again), find my gate, tinkle tinkle and gives me a little time to either browse the shops or get something to eat or drink.
  • Quick Spas. See previous point. A medium length connection gives me a chance to get a twenty-minute massage. Bliss. Especially in between long periods of travel.
  • Frozen Time. Very rarely do I ever feel the pressure to respond to emails or get work done while in the departure lounge. On the airplane, I tend to try and be productive (best time to delete some of my 10k of emails), but in the airport…  I am IN TRANSIT. Time stands still. Enter the book.
  • Airport Bookstores. Too many times to count, I’ve found my new favourite book in an airport bookstore. In fact, it was in Heathrow that I discovered my glorious Sophie Kinsella.

Frequent travellers of the world. What are you loves or hates?

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5 Responses to My Love/Hate Relationship with Airports

  1. deannasallao June 24, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    hey there! i’m loving your recent posts!
    I also blogged about wandering in the streets of Georgetown, Penang Island in Malaysia. Colonial Houses, Authentic Food, Street Arts and many more is what I have discovered!

    here’s what my recent post is all about…

    what do you think of old towns/ houses? have you been to a place like Georgtown before? what place is it?

    would be so nice to hear from you! 🙂

    cheers! xx

    deanna ( )

    • vscot848 June 24, 2014 at 5:55 am #

      Glad you’re liking the posts! Thank you so much.

      Malaysia is definitely on my list, but I’m afraid we’re going to miss it this time round (my hubby and I are off to SEA in November). Great post, btw.

      I do love old towns. Prague is probably at the top of my list. Edinburgh. Warsaw. The Isle of Arran in Scotland.

      There’s something so rich about visiting places where thousands have been before you. Their stories held there in some way. Love it!

      • deannasallao June 28, 2014 at 12:28 am #

        Wishin you a nice trip and safe flight to SEA. if ever you have plans to visit Philippines, keep me posted I would love to give you a tour! cheers!

  2. dianacranstoun June 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    I hate it when you’re boarded and they say they’ll be pushing back from the gate in 10 minutes, and then 20 minutes later they say it’ll be just another ten minutes. Finally, two hours later you get underway. Just tell us the truth. Or… you’re kept at the departure gate waiting to board because even though you’ve managed to get there on time, they’re still waiting for the pilots or flight attendants to turn up. Yes, United Airlines, I’m talking about you on all counts!

    What I love…? The occasional experiences I’ve had of flying Business Class. It’s the only way to travel, really. Wish I was rich enough to fly that way every time.

    • vscot848 June 25, 2014 at 5:38 am #

      Agreed with you on Business! Luxury!

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