So, it’s 5:30 am on the morning of JEWS in the South part deux, and I’m in the process of reevaluating airline preferences. As any jet-setter knows, this is serious stuff, on par with reevaluating your favorite diet soda or foreign news service. First, let me just say, JFK is kicking everybody’s ass in terms of ammenities ( esp. those open at 5 am). I just grabbed an emergency ballpoint and toothbrush at MUJI–yeah, that boutique-y Japanese minimalist spot you hit up on Prince Street, it’s here. So is FREE WIFI and Roseanne with closed captions. Ok, the Dunkin’ Donuts charged $2.37 for a small coffee, but everything except food inside JetBlue’s sprawling Terminal 5 appears normally priced.
Compare, if you will, Terminal 4 and VirginAmerica. Sure, you might some jelly donuts from the Chabad-Lubavitchers preaching to the El-Al crowd, and yeah, they have black faux-leather seats and purple lighting, but you can’t even buy a toothbrush in the terminal unles you’re flying international, and the security’s a MESS. I’ve traveled at some pretty random times through JFK and NEVER gotten through terminal 4 security in less than 30 minutes. At Terminal 5, it took ten.
The jury’s still out on JetBlue vs. VirginAmerica (sorry Southwest, you’ve been dethroned), but one thing is for sure: flying out of JFK is the way to fucking go.