Adventures on the Skylink

Today has been one of those travel days with minor bumps all day. First TSA made me wait to send my suitcase through the x-ray machine for almost ten minutes. Then my flight wasn’t able to get into our gate at DFW because the plane using the gate before us had a medical emergency and was delayed for a while. This meant that once I finally got off that plane I had to race to the Skylink to get to my next flight. As I got off the escalator I saw that the train I needed had just arrived and was letting people off. I knew if I hurried I could make it. And I did—but there were so many people right at doors of the train that my bag was crushed in the doors. The thing that was so frustrating was that there was plenty of room—people just hadn’t moved into the middle, preferring to be right next to the door. Luckily everything in my bag appears to be fine, but still. Please move into the middle of the train! That way there will be room for everyone.

So that was the main point of my post—please move in to the middle so that there is room for everyone. But I also have to mention this: there are a lot of airport trains out there. Vegas and Miami are the first two to pop in my head besides DFW (even though I know there are tons more). I know many trains move slowly and in a straight line, so there really isn’t a need to hang on to the railings. But the DFW Skylink goes fast and around curves and unless you have amazing balance you have to hold on. And no, hugging your traveling companion who is holding on does not count. There was a couple in the Skylink today, and the man was holding on to the overhead rail while the woman hugged him. They both fell over during the first curve, which I could have told them would happen. So hang on tightly to the bars!

Readers, have you seen any crazy stuff in airport trains?


  1. The trains in ATL are pretty much always packed during typical connection times. I just walk unless I’m going to F.

    I agree with going to the middle or the far side but people like to crowd around the entry point.

    I will add that there are still gentlemen out there. Last week I boarded the Sky Train in SFO and a man about my age offered me his seat. I thanked him, but I prefer to stand after sitting on a flight so I refused.

  2. I saw a guy trying to figure out how to do pull-ups on the Colorado train. I guess whatever exercise you can get in?

    And I was a little bit of a crazy person in a train for a while. After I broke my foot, I needed to constantly work out my ankle, and standing on one foot on an airport tram did the trick!

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