Re: [78attendees] Brussels Airport Experiences?
Randall Gellens <firstname.lastname@example.org> Tue, 03 August 2010 01:27 UTC
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At 11:02 PM +0200 8/2/10, Ben Campbell wrote: > I remember seeing one negative comment about > the lead time needed flying out of BRU. Does > anyone else have first hand reports from last > week? I'm particularly interested in > experiences flying back to the States on > American Airlines. I flew from BRU-LHR on BA at 17:20, connecting (after an overnight) to LHR-LAX-SAN on AA. I took the 13:09 train from Maastricht, arriving in BRU about 15:00. Following the signs from the train station to the departure hall, one arrives in the tour operator check-in area (Thomas Cook airlines, and others I'd never heard of) which was quite crowded. Walking to the other check-in area, it had "regular" airlines and was also crowded. While the lines for an agent were quite long, with seemingly every passenger pushing a cart loaded with four or five massive suitcases, the BA check-in kiosk wasn't crowded, and issued my boarding passes, including those for the next days' flights. As usual, time in the security line depends a lot on those in line ahead. With the summer tourist season going strong, the line was filled with people who are not used to flying, and this can take a while. Still, it took me less than 10 minutes to get my boarding pass, and I was passed security and passport control 30 minutes after I arrived. I did not encounter a security checker prior to getting my boarding pass. The BA flight to LHR was oversold in coach, but only half-full in business, even after processing at least one op-up (he boarded ahead of me which is how I know). The AA flight LHR-LAX was massively oversold, with people being rolled forward from coach to business, and from business to first. The flight went out with every seat full, and about 90 minutes late due to a mechanical issue. To my surprise, customs and security at LAX were not bad. Usually, on a summer weekend LAX T4 has massive lines, even for the priority security line, but I was lucky, and despite the late arrival of the aircraft, made my connection with plenty of time. (The train from Liège-Guillemins to Brussels-Midi had a little drama; it seems the SNCB phone booking people had somehow given me a supplement fare but no underlying ticket for this segment; luckily, after 15 minutes of conferring, the conductors decided that it was obviously an SNCB error, and let me ride.) (I'm sorry to hear you are flying from BRU on AA, as I assume that means a 757 to JFK. Not my favorite for aircraft, route, connecting airport, or flight time, although it is a day flight on the return, not a red-eye.) -- Randall Gellens Opinions are personal; facts are suspect; I speak for myself only -------------- Randomly selected tag: --------------- Average estimated salary, in 2005 dollars, of the dads on the 10 top- rated TV shows of the 1950s: $77,000; average for dads on the 2005 10 top-rated TV shows: $207,000. (from Harper's Index 11/05)
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