I have a confession – I like JFK airport. I know, I know, you all say that I should go and lie down in a dark room. My liking is based on two things – the fond affection I have for the BA/United terminal from the days when United used to fly there three times a day from London. When they flew the 747SP from London; a Christmas when the First Class lounge was converted to a picnic by the staff after a long delay. Immigration used to take 10 minutes and then it was on the Carey bus to Manhattan. Things are a bit different now, but still this airport usually works. My trip here, on Virgin, was mixed – poor – taking 45 minutes from landing to a gate – good – immigration took 4 minutes – poor – 30 minutes in a taxi line and being pestered by gypsy cabs the whole time.
Anyway, my trip home is on Delta – not an airline I have flown with for probably 10 years. How bad can they be – well pretty bad so far.
The London flights check in at Terminal 2 – which involves walking outside if you get the Skytrain. TSA Security appears to have adopted the San Francisco practice of asking everyone to say their name. Whilst I was in line – the Priority Line – for 20 minutes – no one got it wrong. They had a magnificent two lines open and kept pushing people who had 90 minutes until their flight to the front of the queue. Once I got through I went to the Lounge, (or SkyClub as DL call it) in T2. Sent away after climbing the stairs with my luggage – ‘Please go to the one in T3 it will be much closer to your gate’, I walked to Terminal 3. Why DL doesn’t let you clear Security in the Terminal you leave from I will never know.
Anyway, I am now in T3, at the SkyClub which makes United Club’s look spacious, well provisioned and maintained and pretty decent. There about 6 electrical sockets in the whole place, all hidden behind pillars. The place is set up so 80% of the seats face the TV which is showing American Football. The staff are grumpy to put it mildly and it’s just a miserable experience.
I have typically flown UA, BA or AA out of this airport in recent years and their terminals, service and lounges seem just so much better than DL.
Plus side – my flight is going on time – last nights was more than 90 minutes late. Bad side – I have to endure this for several more hours.