Saturday, November 28, 2009

Air Travel

Our trip to Vietnam, to build houses with the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, involved a fair amount of air travel through a total of 6 airports and three airlines. A few observations:
  • Incheon International Airport outside of Seoul, South Korea is a fantastic airport. The shops are magnificent (especially if you have money), the Traditional Korean Experience Center is very Korean, the food better than expected, and the in-airport hotel quite comfortable (and great for minimizing jetlag). 
  • LAX (Los Angles Airport) is crap. Really, really, crappy. 
  • Asiana Airlines (the 2nd Korean Airline) is wonderful. The flight attendants are kind and attentive. The food is fairly delicious. And most importantly the legroom is spacious. 
  • Denver ain’t that bad with a fantastic Crocs kiosk (where I was chastised for assuming that Crocs had gone bankrupt: “what a horrible rumor”). 
  • SFO (San Francisco Airport) is snobby. Through nice, there are absolutely no McDonalds or any other fast food joints, just overpriced coffee stores and fish places. Absolutely fits the stereotype. 
  • Hanoi International Airport is getting better. Once a dump, its now less dumpy. Better than LAX, which is a true dump.


  1. Hey! I live in San Francisco now, but I guess since I don't have layovers there I never noticed the vendors...

  2. the food is nice, but sometimes when haven't had any breakfast, all you want is a McGriddle.

    BTW, Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World was awesome. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Two shots at LAX. Nice. Where does MSP rank in your estimation Natey?