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As a native of SEA, I cannot deny the truth of this. It rains a lot, what can I say…
I do wish Ankh-Morpork was just a plane ride away …
Wait *recheck abbreviation* Technically, my brother lives there! And I’m from there! Ha!
I used to work near SOY and occasionally flew into SUX. I’ve managed to avoid dealing with ORD, at least as a pilot. Ground control there is vicious – I don’t know of another airport with a designated, official penalty box where they park you if you don’t comply with their instructions fast enough.
My favorite airline joke ever:
The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one’s gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206: “Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway.”
Ground: “Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven.”
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?”
Speedbird 206: “Stand by, Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now.”
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): “Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?”
Speedbird 206 (coolly): “Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, — And I didn’t land.”
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What does it say about me that I immediately recognized ORD as Chicago O’Hare?
BTW DFW sucks. Sucks, sucks, sucks. Great for air traffic . . . if you can get in the queue. The world’s worst for ground traffic. Sucks, sucks, sucks. Orlando is the best.
It always annoys me when I hear people refer to Portland (the city, in a totally separate context from the airport) as PDX. I hear it a lot. “Yeah, I’m driving up to PDX for a concert this weekend.” No, you’re not. Stop it.
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