Thursday, January 19, 2012

No-fly zones: Newark Liberty's Terminal B is named one of worst airport facilities in the world

NEWARK — Three metropolitan area airports landed on a "no-fly list" this week, with terminals at each being named among the worst in the world.

Topping the list was JFK Airport’s Terminal 3, judged worse than the terminals in Nairobi, Manila and Moscow. Travel website, which created the top 10 list, calls the "crumbling" Terminal 3 "the worst single airport terminal in America, and probably in the Western world."

Other facilities operated by the Post Authority of New York and New Jersey weren’t spared.

Coming in at number seven was LaGuardia’s Terminal 5.

Next up was Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal B, which serves Delta and numerous foreign airlines.

The website ripped the entire airport as "dull" and having an "idiotically" designed security setup.

And the folks at Frommer’s, publisher of the bestselling travel guide series, didn’t hesitate to point fingers:

"All three major New York City airports are on this list, in large part because they’re run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a hideously mismanaged money sink that does a poor job of responding to air travelers’ needs," the site said. editor Jason Clampet, a Hoboken resident, was delayed in Newark’s Terminal A on Christmas Eve because of minor winds that, as he puts it, "made everything stop." His experience — in a terminal that didn’t even make the worst-of list — was awful, he said. Bathrooms were filthy. Seats were blocked off. People were crowded on the floor. Nothing seemed to go right, he said.

"It wasn’t just one mistake that was made," he said. "It was really a culture of mistakes at the airport."

But JFK’s Terminal 3, which opened in 1960 as a "gateway to the Jet Age," took the worst mugging of all.


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