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Posted on 02.14.2015
JFK International Airport; Gateway to NYC

Idlewild was the original name of JFK because the airport was actually built-on the  Idlewild Golf Course in 1942. It started as a modest 1,000-acre airport, but by the time construction was complete Idlewild Airport had grown to five times that size. Commercial flights began six years latter in 1948.  In 1963 the airport was rededicated John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in memory of the nation's 35th president. Today, JFK is the nation's leading international gateway, with more than 80 airlines operating from its gates.I think of JFK like an old microwave - clunky, loud and indispensable.

It beats that cesspit Laguardia for sure .This used to be my home airport ,I've flown in and out of this place a gazillion times.Your experience with JFK will depend largely on who you fly with.  If you take JetBlue, then you'll be treated to the glorious Terminal 5, where dining and shopping opportunities abound.  Whereas if you fly Virgin America, you are stuck with Terminal 4 (Concourse A), which is completely devoid of any decent amenities.  Flying United, and you are some where in the middle.

Our only international airport is not conveniently located anywhere near Manhattan. Instead it is located in a land far far away known as Jamaica, Queens. You can get there by taking the subway, which I don't recommend unless you're already in Queens, an MTA bus, or a cab.

The only times I've experienced delays have been due to airplane traffic pileup. There is a dizzying array of JFK Airport hotels if you'd like to save yourself some stress (and money) with a delightful park and fly package. You'll need it, baby, because the JFK Airport parking lot is an expensive labyrinth of danger and pigeon poo.

Hands down the best terminal, as I've pointed out, is the Jet Blue one. You can find all types of shops and restaurants open regardless of the time. I believe I flew domestically from Virgin America on T3 one time and it was the worst experience ever. It was an early flight and none of the restaurants or kiosks were open.
Look, it's a heavily frequented airport ,i guess they are doing the best they think they can .I still say things can be improved - it def needs a sprucing up .I've never had an issue with the TSA  being snarky or rude. and it is basically well organized for the mob of travelers they deal with.Thankfully i always carry -on so i have no horror stories to share
Some of the shops have people who need attitude adjustments, and the food offerings are  worth passing up; almost dreadful, in fact.This is the first place people see of NY ..totally lacking a wow factor.



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