Good rant in the NY Times letter section today about London’s Heathrow Airport as the worst airport in the world. It certainly gets my vote.
To the Editor: Regarding the Journeys column “Europe’s Worst Airports: Congestion and Other Terminal Illnesses (Jan. 13): Thirty years ago everyone lamented the annoying change of planes at Hartsfield airport in Atlanta. It was said that in order to get to heaven, even God had to change planes in Atlanta. Heathrow, near London, is the new Atlanta.
Millions of travelers headed to Europe, Africa, Asia or the Middle East have to change planes at Heathrow. It is the most diabolical, dehumanizing, inconsistent and frustrating experience transferring from terminal to terminal. The insufferable lines and the need to be rescreened at security even though you have never left a secured area is unexplained. There is a solution to the madness and the extreme delays: make sure you are routed through other airports. I avoid Heathrow, even if my alternative route requires slightly more time or slightly more cost.