I’m a pretty lucky person. Because the Home Warrior is a stay at home dad he’s often able to drop me off and pick me up from the airport. (Although I don’t know if he feels so lucky!) Drop offs at the airport always seem to go smoothly. Cars stop, unload, say goodbye, and away they go. Then there are the pickups. The Home Warrior says one of the most stressful places to drive is in an airport pickup zone. Pedestrians walk in front of cars without looking and cars cut people off to get to who they are picking up. Not to mention having to time the pickup just perfectly so you don’t have to circle or use a cell phone lot (if your airport is lucky enough to have one). It’s a recipe for disaster.
Luckily people usually drive pretty slow so potential accidents are averted. However, there’s one group of people that is not helping the situation. Not only are they not helping, they’re most likely breaking the law. I’m talking about the people that choose to park and wait in the pickup area when their person hasn’t come out yet. I get it if the person you’re there to pick up says they are literally about to walk out the door, but those aren’t the people I’m talking about. I’m talking about drivers that sit and wait upwards of 15 or 20 minutes. And to top it off, it’s against the law to wait in the airport pickup area if you’re not mass transportation but I rarely see this law being enforced. What harm does this cause, you might ask? Well, besides the terrorism implications it causes unnecessary traffic jams and chaos for the people whose pickups are actually ready.
While every airport is different, nearly all the ones I ever go to have this clogged up chaotic pickup area problem with no one enforcing the “no parking and waiting” policy. The Home Warrior thinks that pickups should happen in the airports’ long term parking areas. His idea is to just go park in long term parking and either wait there, or walk to go help the person you are going to pick up with their luggage then take a shuttle back. This essentially eliminates anything not a mass transportation vehicle in the pickup area.
Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about that. After traveling all day I don’t want to walk through a huge parking lot to get to my ride (but a shuttle might change my mind). The way the Home Warrior explained it, we don’t have pickup service after we go grocery shopping, why should we have one at the airport? Makes sense, I guess, but what makes more sense is people not taking advantage of the pickup area when the “no parking and waiting” rule is not being enforced. Drive in a circle, or wait in a cell phone lot, but otherwise please get out of the way. You’ll be doing me, the airport, and everyone else who’s actually ready to be picked up a huge favor.
Readers, what do you think? Do people park and wait at your airport?
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