24 Hours in Airworld: So Long, T5

Travel Blog  •  Rob Verger  •  06.10.09 | 10:59 AM ET

Photo by Rob Verger

I’ve seen the terminal go through nearly a 24-hour cycle now—from busy in the morning, afternoon, and evening, to the quiet of late night when the last flights are shipping out, back to the busy hum of the morning again.

This place was built to handle up to 20 million people a year—more than twice the population of New York City, coming and going, coming and going. It’s a nice place to spend some time, but 24 hours is more than enough.

So long, Airworld. I’ll see you again—too soon—when I fly from JFK to LAX on Friday. Oh, my.

Rob Verger

Rob Verger is a frequent contributor to World Hum and the site's former air travel blogger. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Boston Globe and other publications, and he's a former undergraduate writing instructor at Columbia University. If you like, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter.

5 Comments for 24 Hours in Airworld: So Long, T5

Terry Ward 06.10.09 | 2:25 PM ET

I enjoyed this series, Rob. Can imagine you’re ready for you own bed. I always think airports have so many stories to tell, and it’s cool you got to hear a few and took us along with you. Thanks!

JFKVET 06.10.09 | 2:29 PM ET

I understand your wishing for your own bed after your time at the airport.  However, I would urge you to spend time in one of the other terminals to get a true perspective.  Try spending 12 hours in Terminal 2/3 on a bad weather day.  It’s an enlightening experience.  You’ll wish that that you could swap those 12 hours for the 24 in Terminal 5.

Travel Business Consulting 06.10.09 | 3:06 PM ET

Hey Rob nice blog you have.I like your blog & nice post.

tharanga 06.10.09 | 5:53 PM ET

JFKVet:  It’s sad what has become of the old Worldport (T3).  It hasn’t aged very gracefully.

What were the strories of the other people stranded there overnight?  Is anything open overnight - any food at 2 am?

Derek Turner 06.17.09 | 7:25 AM ET

Bravo Rob! You finally achieved your spring break dream! It was a really enjoyable blog miniseries. I’m looking forward to seeing the terminal for myself as I fly from Cape Town and transfer to Jet Blue to get to San Diego in August. Stay Classy and have a nice summer!


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