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I have travelled to the US and beyond with BA from Basel (e.g. Basel>LHR>JFK) and it has been incredibly smooth with bags checked through to their final destination. However I can imagine if you're mixing carriers, crossing terminals, collect/re-checking luggage etc.. then it might be a different story. At least the announcements are in English though
The major benefit of a T5 is if your inbound SH flight is delayed and you are provided with express passes. You can then skip some of the queues and make good progess - only ever hindered by the sheer scale of the terminal.

T5 is excellent for shopping - but if you have time at an airport you are either my "check in 3 hours early"-parents OR you go and sit in the lounge.

Zurich is very impressive considering the quantity of people in can deal with quickly. Luggage is rapidly delivered and interconnection to public transport/road is very very good.

Airports can be great for one person - but awful for another - I had a number of great trips via Newark - the late flight from Zurich arrives pretty much alone - and if you are near the doors you can get to passport control before the masses and get through with little delay. Baggage arrives relatively quickly and the drive in is seldom much longer than from JFK.

Atlanta is a horrid horrid place - I suspect some people have been born in that place and still haven't found the exit!! Its only redeeming feature is the insane rental car lot! LAX has been fine (in my experience) although rental car places are a bitch to get to.
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Old 20.03.2015, 13:55
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Heathrow at 8

I in autumn 72 did my School home work at LHR (T3-DEP) and in the afternoon was photographing on the terrace (good weather) very very often and was at LHR dozens of times later on, and so quite love that slightly chaotic place
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Old 20.03.2015, 14:14
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Re: good airports

It may be off most people's beaten track, but I've always found Charlotte (CLT) to be quite a pleasant experience.

It's compact with decent shops and restaurants and the gate seating is comfortable with very good views of aircraft movements (there are rocking chairs next to the windows for this very purpose).

And, very importantly, arriving internationally (non-US) is achieved far more quickly and with more politeness than at most other US airports.
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I in autumn 72 did my School home work at LHR (T3-DEP) and in the afternoon was photographing on the terrace (good weather) very very often and was at LHR dozens of times later on, and so quite love that slightly chaotic place
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Old 20.03.2015, 14:17
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Atlanta is a horrid horrid place - I suspect some people have been born in that place and still haven't found the exit!!
Long ago realised that no-one ever gets out in Atlanta. It is only there to change aircraft to go somewhere better.
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Old 20.03.2015, 14:44
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Every year, I cannot wait to land at Tambo International or JNB. There is always somebody to pick you up, car rental or Gautrain. It's a hub to traveling and business in Southern Africa if not half a continent.

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Old 20.03.2015, 17:39
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I've done several trips through and would never call any of them smooth, unfortunately. Even when staying on BA the whole way. I hate arriving at T5 with about 2 hours connection and all the monitors tell you to go to the main hall, where you queue like cattle for boarding pass control and security. By the time you get through the mess there is no time to shop or grab a bite to eat - as by then the monitors will finally show your gate, which is pretty much back where you came from. A 2-hr connection just about anywhere else is more than enough but not at LHR T5.

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Long ago realised that no-one ever gets out in Atlanta. It is only there to change aircraft to go somewhere better.
I got out at Altanta twice... First time I rented a car and drove to Florida. Second time I stayed overnight and then flew to the Caribbean. But yeah, I would not recommend it for a vacation or anything.

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Every year, I cannot wait to land at Tambo International or JNB. ...
JNB is not bad, but I rather like CPT since it was overhauled for the World Cup. The old days were kind of fun and charming but the new is much more efficient.
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Old 20.03.2015, 18:52
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Re: good airports

They can't be serious with LHR Aside from CDG, this is the one European airport I try to avoid at all cost.

The best is Changi for me, no doubt. Zurich comes in next.

Hong Kong is very overrated, I don't particularly like it.

American airports are bad by default So are Australian ones, though.
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Old 20.03.2015, 19:26
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LHR!

Faster to walk or swim than suffer that forking place!
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did Southend not make the cut ?
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Re: good airports

every new airport or refurbished airport I've been to lately is like a shopping mall. The experience has gone downhill especially when they force you to walk through their duty free.

Zurich is annoying. Duty Free right after security and before luggage carousel.

Sydney, Bogota, Sao Paulo T3, KLIA2, Changi, Frankfurt A/Z, Heathrow 2&5, etc. etc. all force you to go through duty free. But the new terminal in Hanoi is a really good!
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I miss Templehof :-( - ah the dignity of that short leisurely walk out to the aircraft.
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Heathrow Terminal 5 (only) is up there with the best of them IMHO. I usually pride myself on razor thin margins when it comes to getting to the airport, but if I'm flying BA from Heathrow then I will happily get there 2 hours before, have a bite, browse the shops (especially the gadgets) etc.. The prices in Dixons for example are better than the High Street.
It's an airport, not a mall.

Transferring at Heathrow is 10x worse than flying from it. I suggest that you never ever ever do it.

1. You are corralled from the plane to an area where they check your boarding pass to confirm that you should indeed be transferring. This took us 40 min on Sunday afternoon.

2. You are then going through the same security as those coming out of the street. This can take 10-20 min.

This is on top of Heathrow's world famous inbound and outbound traffic holdups and taxiing heaven both in and out of the airport.
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I miss Templehof :-( - ah the dignity of that short leisurely walk out to the aircraft.
This memory is bringing to mind a film (b/w) from the 60's/70's (?) with several scenes from Tempelhof, soundtrack of a woman's heels and loudspeaker flight announcements -

Anyone recall the name of the film?
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JNB - Jo'burg is a mess, I'm surprised it's on the list. Check-in and picking up your luggage is a hassle, the staff doesn't seem to know what's happening around them, and the customer service is the worse I ever experienced at an airport (well it was SAA). Not to mention the random strangers who approach you, show you where your check-in booth is, and ask money for the "service".

AMS - Schipol used to be quite good until they introduced a new luggage screening system. It was supposed to reduce the queues at security check by serving simultaneously three passengers each with a box. The engineers didn't realize though that every passenger needs at least two or three boxes to fit the laptop, ipad, liquids and jacket. Result, the system backfired! Nowadays, you have to queue for at least 30 min to get through.
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Old 21.03.2015, 13:24
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I like Suvarnabhumi and stunned its down at 47, as I'm presuming thats what they are calling Bangkok and not Dom Muang.
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Southend gets my vote.
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jnb - jo'burg is a mess, i'm surprised it's on the list. Check-in and picking up your luggage is a hassle, the staff doesn't seem to know what's happening around them, and the customer service is the worse i ever experienced at an airport (well it was saa). Not to mention the random strangers who approach you, show you where your check-in booth is, and ask money for the "service".
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