The last few times I’ve gone to the U.S., I’ve taken flights to New York. LAN has a direct flight to JFK, which is very convenient, especially now that my parents live just over two hours away. However, JFK and LaGuardia aren’t airports to write home about. I’ve never had any major problems there (I’m looking at you, DFW and ATL) but I would never rant and rave about them.
SFO, the San Francisco International Airport, on the other hand, is a gem. It’s the way an airport should be. I typed most of this post from a nice table area with lots of outlets. Since my laptop’s battery died forever ago I always have to have it plugged in, and most airports have a huge shortage of outlets. One time in Toronto I had to awkwardly sit on the floor in front of a payphone to charge my laptop. And other times there simply aren’t outlets. Anywhere.
Also, SFO lets you freely connect to their wireless network if you take a short survey or watch a video. That is way better than paying $9.95 for Boingo wireless.
SFO also has recycling and compost bins everywhere, as well as sinks especially for filling water bottles. It has special hand dryers in the bathroom that are eco-friendly, and also worked better than any other hand dryer I’ve ever used.
It has ridiculously comfortable red chairs. I almost didn’t want to get up when they called me for boarding.
It also has some nice exhibits that you can browse if you arrive ridiculously early to your flight (like I did).
And last but not least, the Yoga room. Flying always makes me tense and sore, so it would be nice to stretch out a bit after going through security. There is one in Terminal 2, the American and Virgin domestic terminal. I can’t vouch for the other terminals, but hopefully this is an airport-wide phenomenon.
Airports are not my favorite place to be, but I could spend more time in SFO. JFK and LaGuarida, take note.
Note: This post contains a sponsored link.