If you’re afraid of air travel and live in the U.S., now would be a very good time to reconsider booking flights to travel across the country. Thanks to the massive federal budget cuts, several airports across the country would no longer be able to afford to keep their air traffic control towers operations. The automatic federal budget cuts had been proposed a while back though they only took effect starting March 1.
Airports are stressful places by their very nature. But there are a few airports that put the fear of god even in the most seasoned of all travelers. In a research funded by Concur, the noted travel expense management provider and KRC research, business travelers in the U.S. were asked to rank the most stressful airports in the country. Here are the 5 most stressful airports in America.
1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
As the central United States is plowed through by yet another winter storm, airlines across the nation have been forced to cancel more than 1,400 flights so far. Both Amarillo airport and Lubbock airport in Texas were forced to close operations yesterday without a single passenger flight taking off. As flights across the central United States are canceled, passengers are stuck in transit and airports are being forced to waive their fees as well.
Around the world, China is known as a nation that has worked very hard at bringing its infrastructure to first world standards. However, there still are a few airports in the country that don’t fare too well when it comes to actual service. In a survey, consumers were asked to rank 31 Chinese airports and assign points to various experiences through 2012. Conducted by online media company Sina, the survey asked netizens to rank airport according to transportation around them, terminal environment, consumption service and ticket service.
1. Urumqi Diwopu International Airport
On Monday, air travel officials and policy makers in Virginia warned the general public that if impending federal spending cuts are not avoided, they could face long delays and longer lines at airports. Known as sequestration, the cuts will be felt at airports across the country and will not just impact federal employees. After Friday, business or vacation flyers across America might be impacted with security lines reduced to crawling speeds, ticketing processes getting more frustrating and airports could become chaotic.
In an effort to drive down its debt, the Spanish owner of airports at Cardiff and Belfast who also currently has the contract to the airport at Luton is reportedly considering selling its assets in the UK to ease off mammoth €14 billion debt. The Spanish infrastructure group that operates and owns them may put them up for sale after transport division underwent a review. Abertis Infraestructuras SA has appointed AZ Capital and Citi to explore its options which may also include a sale of a few or all aspects of its portfolio that includes a hub of 29 airports in Sweden, America and Mexico.
Global warming is doing a lot of bad things to the planet though the latest feats of human civilization affected by it are airports. However, Norway’s Oslo Airport has now come up with a way to counter the white disasters that nature throws its way. Dubbed TV 2000, the secret weapon in the airport’s armor is a huge snow blower that takes just 15 minutes to clear a three kilometer stretch of runway from snow.
Airport security goes beyond the usual x-ray machines, luggage scanners and metal detectors. These days, an airport, airlines’ and a nation’s security depends on the personnel that are deployed at every turn. Even though most people don’t like to be frisked, poked and stared down by airport security personnel, these men and women are often the first line of defense against miscreants and terror mongers. In the United States, the attacks of September 11, 2001 have left the nation shaken and airport security has had to bear the brunt of public ire for their neglect and failure to intercept the perpetrators of the attacks.
Got a layover in between flights but don’t want to struggle with immigration to go out and explore the city? Then in-airport entertainment is just what you need. Here are the 5 best airports in the world that make layovers feel superbly good.
1. Best shopping: London Heathrow Airport
If you are a sky diving enthusiast, you are probably always on the hunt for new diving spots that thrill you to the core. Since sky diving is also about taking in the natural scenery of the locale, a dramatic landscape can greatly enhance the thrill of the descent. Here are the top 5 sky diving spots in the world.
1. Interlaken, Switzerland