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Oh Wow: Travelers Share Their Stories From The 'Worst Airports' Around The World
Traveling can be a beautiful thing. But, that experience can instantly be ruined if you end up in what some call the ‘worst airports’ or you have a bad airport experience.
Several travelers in the popular Black Travel Movement Facebook group recently weighed in on some of their worst airport experiences, while calling out the worst airports in the process.
We rounded up a few to see if you have experienced something similar. If so, let us know in the comments your picks for the worst airports or your worst airport experience. We’ve all likely had at least one along the way. This is a safe space.
1. Tried to steal my Conch at Miami International
Traveler Wilma R. shared an annoying experience as she was leaving Miami International.
“I was flagged for my freshly-made conch fritter batter; it didn’t completely solidify, so TSA moved it to the inspection lane!
2. Messy Monday in Houston's aiport
Whew?! This one is a bit much, but as traveler Kelley W. pointed out, people should be required to wear more than just face masks.
“Came back home on a Monday to IAH, a lady with a diaper on sh!tted all over the handicapped bathroom. Sh!t all on the stall and walls. Washed herself in the public bathroom where people had to wash their hands, I was done!!! Over it!!!!”
3. Zurich's airport security doing the most
We all hate those random screenings, especially on international flights. But, Robert R. really went through it in Zurich:
“They did a person by person security check as we were exiting the plane. We went through another screening just going into the airport. There was nothing to eat except Starbucks. Apparently food was in the other section which required a train ride.
When I got to the other side, there was a line to go through security. I turned around and just went back. When it was time to board my next flight, I was “randomly chosen” for additional screening. After asking me a bunch of nonsensical questions, I was told to wait. As the plane is boarding, I am taken behind a screened area and my entire backpack is searched. My hands are tested for residue.
Finally, when they decided I was clear, a security agent carried my backpack and ESCORTED me to the gate, only giving it back once I was about to enter the jetway.
4. Just.. eww in Manila, Philippines
The bottom line, everyone’s definition of clean may not always be the same. Case in point from traveler Antonio S.
“We had to literally pick our bags up off the floor to prevent the infestation of roaches in the waiting room from crawling into them. Plus, the airport looked and felt like a cheesy DMV.”
5. Oh, no ma'am...
As many travelers pointed out, this one may top the entire thread.
“The one time the lady brought her bloody animal packaged in her luggage. It leaked all over everyone’s luggage and trails of blood in the airport,” Amma K. “it stank so bad.”
6. They called the bomb squad at BWI for what?!
Yemi S. alerts the thread to be careful of what you pack in your carry-on, because you can end up in this same situation.
“Somehow, my hands set off the bomb materials detector. And then they decided to test my clothes. Positive. Then they swiped the outside of my carry on. Positive. Then they went through my carry on and started swiping items in my carry on. Positive.
7. "I shut down Paris' airport"
Now, having guns drawn on you in a foreign airport is definitely not something we ever want to experience. Sadly, Paul B. did:
“I shut down” Charles de Gaulle Airport for a while because they thought I was a “terrorist.” Somehow after checking in, 1 bag was left on the side of the conveyor belt… 2 bags made it through after all bags were taken.
I had hella computer equipment in the bag that was somehow abandoned. Hella guns pointed at me, dogs growling, airport shut down, missed my flight, the person who checked me in disappeared. (They couldn’t even find their own staff)
I had to pay extra for a new flight for the next day, rude a*s Air France people making jokes as I pay for their mistake, did me in and when I filed a complaint they said it was their fault but did not pay me for rebooking a flight or staying at a hotel an extra night! I should find the emails. Y’all just pissed me off again!”
8. Looks can be...deceiving in Dallas
For Jimieko T., apparently her face card matched that of someone else:
“I got pulled in by us customs because they thought I “looked” like a drug mule.
9. A fan tried to take me out in Chicago
We don’t mean to laugh, but the way Tiffany C. recapped this O’Hare experience:
“Got my scarf caught in a floor fan. That goofy TSA fool stood there questioning me about some oversized lotion in my bag instead of stopping the fan. 2 random strangers had to break the front off the fan and stop the blades with their bare hands, so I wouldn’t choke. TSA was mad cause we broke the fan. I shut that sh*t down!!! Fell out and demanded the ambulance.”
10. Being early is frowned upon at LAX
They say get there early to avoid missing your flight. But as Tamika M. points out, getting there too early is a problem, too:
“Got to the airport early cuz of others in my party, and I was made to sit outside of TSA for 5 hours cuz they said you couldn’t enter till 4 hours before my flight. So make sure you don’t get there too early.”
11. We don't believe you, you need more people in Cairo
When your passport ain’t enough. That was the case for traveler Tasha W. in Cairo, Egypt:
“They tried to tell me my passport pic wasn’t me and held me for 30 mins. I had to pull out all kinds of IDs to prove myself. Will never travel to Egypt again after that experience.”
12. Plenty more
If you want to read more of these stories, you can check out the thread here.