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Well, better than the luggage being lifted in the bowels of Harvey Milk.
Posted by SeattleKim on January 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM · Report this
lindsey 2
Link to the article is broken... or is it just me?
Posted by lindsey on January 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM · Report this
People landing at SFO (or hopefully soon HMIA) also need to take BART (or a taxi) to get into SF proper..
Posted by freshnycman on January 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM · Report this
That's cool, but only a fool flies into SFO.
Posted by DOUG. on January 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Too bad SFO is such a chronically delayed airport. I'd hate for Harvey's memory to be weighed down by being associated with something people loathe.
Posted by Justin on January 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
despicable me 6
Someone is going to be tasked with the crappy job of evacuating lost baggage from Harvey's Milk.

Yeah, job creation!
Posted by despicable me on January 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM · Report this
care bear 7
Ehh, airport names don't matter.
Posted by care bear on January 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Report this
Posted by seatackled on January 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Sandiai 9
@2. Yup, broken.

Love the idea of a Harvey Milk airport.
Posted by Sandiai on January 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
I love it. When I was in the navy in Oakland, I met Harvey and Scott. I stayed with them on a couple weekends and even helped Harvey pass out flyers for his first run for supervisor, He asked me to wear my whites and I did. It got a lot of attention.He was charming and very kind.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 11
I have no idea what I did with that line. Sorry.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Fred Casely 12
I flew into SFO last week and out of OAK yesterday, using BART both times. Had to ride the bus, still, to go from the train to the airport in Oakland, but not for long: the elevated peoplemover there looks pretty near completion. When it's finished, the mass-transit convenience of the two airports will -- since you have to ride a tram from BART to all the domestic SFO terminals -- pretty much be a wash.
Posted by Fred Casely on January 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM · Report this
torrentprime 13
FreeRepublic commenters are already advising exactly that - don't use SFO.
Posted by torrentprime on January 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Dougsf 14
BART is a given—the real rub is that bigots will have to take the fucking shuttle bus just to get to BART, which is what they deserve.
Posted by Dougsf on January 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Fnarf 15
Nobody calls airports by their commemorative name. They call them by their IATA name: SFO, PDX, JFK. Basically you're buying a sign here. Which is cool, I guess.

SFO is a hell of a lot easier to get to the city from than it used to be before the BART extension, I'll tell you that. But OAK is still better, and better yet soon. Shame that no one in America can figure out how to put the train RIGHT IN the station instead of a bus or other train or mile-long walk away. I'll never forget Copenhagen; I remember getting sort of pissed off because the sign said "train" but there was no walkway that I could see -- and then the wall opened up and the train was there. Ten feet away.
Posted by Fnarf on January 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this
care bear 16
Isn't SFO on the Caltrain line? Maybe not as convenient as BART, but better than nothing.

Fnarf, the green line stops right at DCA.
Posted by care bear on January 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM · Report this
care bear 17
Oops, I mean the yellow line.
Posted by care bear on January 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM · Report this
Sandiai 18
and the blue
Posted by Sandiai on January 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM · Report this
DOUG. 19
@15: JFK's not a commemorative name? And how about Reagan National and John Wayne? Does anyone call those DCA and SNA?
Posted by DOUG. on January 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM · Report this
Sadly, BART does not currently service OAK. But it's getting here!
Posted by facet on January 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Fnarf 21
@19, JFK is the IATA name. That's what it says on your luggage tag. There are people who call it that who have never heard of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. If SFO changes its IATA code, I don't know what it would be to -- HMI is already taken (Hami, China). HBM is available (his middle name was Bernard) but I don't think there's going to be a clamor for anything "BM".

As for DCA, see above. Republicans call it "Reagan", I suppose.

@17, @18, I didn't know that. Cool. You still have to go outside, but it looks like they did it right. Sadly, I haven't flown into Washington in forty years.
Posted by Fnarf on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
You don't have to leave the building at O'hare to get to the CTA blue line. Not that that makes O'hare the pinnacle of convenience.
Posted by chi_type on January 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM · Report this
Aaand I just scrolled down to see the story about the severed heads at O'Hare. Place just can't get ahead. Ha.
Posted by chi_type on January 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM · Report this
DOUG. 24
@21: O'Hare, LaGuardia, Logan International, de Gaulle...the list goes on and on.
Posted by DOUG. on January 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM · Report this
Dougsf 25
@15 - OAK is a more reliable airport (it's amazing how different weather conditions are just across the bay), but don't forget BART does go directly into the terminal. With the addition of Virgin America at SFO, just about the only reason I'd consider OAK these days is Hawaiian Air. East Bay residents of course have grounds to disagree, and I suppose none of this really matters all that much if you don't live near a BART stop.

Doesn't Heathrow Express go right up in there to a few different terminals? I get really turned around in that God-awful airport. Though I suppose it's a moot point because it's not the same thing as if the tube actually went to the airport.
Posted by Dougsf on January 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Fnarf 26
@24, you mean ORD, LGA, BOS, CDG?

@22, no, you just have to walk three miles through the corridors. And the heads? "A shipment of 18 human heads, still covered in skin". Yeah, like you've never lost your head in the airport when your flight gets delayed for the seventh time running.
Posted by Fnarf on January 15, 2013 at 2:44 PM · Report this
Fnarf 27
@25, the last few times I've been to LHR I've gotten to enjoy a half-hour bus ride around the back of all the terminals, where the planes and service vehicles are, including one occasion where we had to stop and back up because a moving jet was about to put a wingtip through the side window. Much scurrying through unmarked service corridors, doors, and stairwells, too, with people standing there showing where to go, and redirect you after you found the door locked at the top. I always got the impression that, in one of the busiest airports in the world, every person working there had always just started their first day on the job. I gather they've made a few changes since then.

I'm sticking with LAX for "shittiest airport", though. Especially if you arrive at customs one minute after ten 747s full of new immigrants from Asia with three 25-cubic-feet suitcases each (i.e., pretty much any day of the week).
Posted by Fnarf on January 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM · Report this
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@26: If that's what you call those airports in casual conversation, then I'm guessing you're the only one. The rest of us humans typically call them O'Hare, LaGuardia, Logan International and de Gaulle.
Posted by DOUG. on January 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Dougsf 29
@27 - re: LHR. I've had one or two easy (enough) walks straight from the terminal to the train, but just as many similar to what you described. Once even off boarded onto the tarmac due to some sort of plane traffic jam, which I usually really like (makes you feel like a Beatle, or Palm Springs in 1980, or... uh... Saginaw, MI), but we walked.... and walked... and walked... in London... in February.

Very true about LAX.

JFK, I should add, while not totally terrible, requires a lot of mental preparation on my part (generally, prepare for an 4 hour delay, rejoice when there isn't one).
Posted by Dougsf on January 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM · Report this
@21 and @3 - The IATA code doesn't change; Will Rogers World Airport is still OKC.

As a past San Franciscan, I'd love to see something public in The City named for Harvey besides a concrete Muni entrance full of winos.
Posted by DonServo on January 15, 2013 at 6:13 PM · Report this
You all are lucky in that your IATA airport codes stand a chance of bearing some relationship to the name of the airport (JFK, LHR = London HeathRow) or the name of the city they're in (MIA, DEN, LAX). I live in the land of all IATA codes starting with Y. Specifically my "home" airports are YYZ and YTZ.

(Snipped from Wikipedia's article on IATA airport codes:
"All major airports in Canada use airport codes that begin with the letter "Y", although not all "Y" codes are Canadian. Many Canadian airports simply append a combinations of letters in the city's name to the "Y": YOW for Ottawa, YYC for Calgary, and YVR for Vancouver. Some Canadian codes are much harder to identify simply through the letters alone, particularly at two of Canada's largest airports, YUL for Montreal-Trudeau and YYZ for Toronto-Pearson.")
Posted by Corvicula1979 on January 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM · Report this
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@7- Just try telling that to folks living in Tacoma when Seattle had the brainfart in the '80's to rename Sea-Tac Int'l to Henry M Jackson Int'l after Washington's Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson. Tacoma pays some hefty portion of operating costs at SeaTac, but Seattle unilaterally renamed the airport without Tacoma's or citizen input. The screams of protest could be heard in Spokane, and got so loud they re-renamed the airport after a month. But not before his widow was dragged through the PR nightmare. She was the only person anyone felt bad for in the debacle, however.
It was a sad chapter in Seattle/Tacoma history. But you had to be there.
Airport names matter a great deal to the folks whose city the airport serves.
Posted by OutInBumF on January 15, 2013 at 8:22 PM · Report this
"Are you sure it's safe to take the subway at night?"
"Don't worry. It's only a Milk run."
Posted by Zarathud on January 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM · Report this
"As for DCA, see above. Republicans call it "Reagan", I suppose."

Maybe they do. I still call it National just like I did before the rename that I was not in favor of.
Posted by qispirit on January 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this

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