There’s another way in which Seattle differs from New York, and it strongly favours the former city: its airport is better, and for several reasons.
- Sea-Tac is much less crowded than Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia Airports. When I got to Sea-Tac at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to come home, I went from the curb to my gate in about three minutes, zipping straight through security — there was no one in the security queue to slow me down.
- Sea-Tac has much better restaurants than any of the New York City airports. I stopped for a bit of fish at Anthony’s, expecting a meal that was overpriced and no better than adequate. But the food was great, and not airport-expensive at all. For what I would have paid for a hot dog at Newark, I got a very good bread-bowl of clam chowder and an excellent Caesar salad.
- Sea-Tac has free Wi-Fi, and it’s fast and works well. The New York City area airports all charge for the use of their wireless network. Feh!
- Sea-Tac has a view of Mount Ranier.
Seattle wins on all counts here.