Philadelphia International Airport is considered one of the best in the country, but that doesn’t mean it is without its faults. Like any kind of self-contained world, it has its own myths and folklore. Some of it is fictional and comes from movies or television shows that have featured Philly International as part of the backdrop for a drama. Some of the Philly airport myths are simply a part of passenger frustration at trying to navigate through the terminals and surrounding areas. Here are some of the top Philly airport myths and whether or not they are true.
Terminal ‘F’ doesn’t exist
False. Terminal ‘F’ does exist in more than an architect’s imagination. However, it can be difficult to access from the other terminals. You have to travel by shuttle bus from the main terminal out to ‘F.’ You can find the shuttle stop located down the escalators between the entrance to terminal C and D. The shuttle stop is outside and is not very well protected so come prepared to protect yourself and your luggage should it be raining or snowing. Once you are on the shuttle, you will quickly arrive at the once mythical and mysterious land of Terminal ‘F.’
There is plenty of available parking
True and false. There is always plenty of available parking at Philadelphia International Airport; it just may not be where you want to park. Philadelphia International uses an electronic monitoring system to track the number of cars in and out of the terminal spaces to determine how many available slots are left. This count is posted in various locations outside the terminal to help driver’s locate spaces. Of course, the fastest spaces to go are those nearest the Arrivals and Departures gate and in the parking garages. You can’t guarantee you won’t have to park and take a shuttle bus in, but you will always have parking at this airport.
Free Wi-Fi Everywhere
Half-true. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the entire airport however the placement of the routers does not appear to be working well with the physical structure of the building. There are only a few clear areas where you can receive a full signal. This is no more and no less than what you would expect in any large building with Wi-Fi service. Try walking around and seeing where your connection is strongest before giving up hope on connecting to the Internet.
The Cell Phone Parking lot is on another street
False. Once upon a time it was a designated area on the way into the terminal and little more than a widened shoulder near a bad part of town. Now, it is an official and well-marked parking lot. It is still set just outside the terminal entrances to the parking lots and Arrival and Departure gates so you may want to rethink your timing when telling someone when you will meet them at their gate.
Electronic Walkways make travel faster
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False. Electronic walkways are not designed to make travel through an airport faster or easier. They are designed to help those with mobility issues and heavy flight bags to travel the wide expanses between gates. If you are mobile, semi-healthy and don’t have a ton of luggage – get off. You will just be frustrated and disappointed if you stay on. By the way, unlike an escalator, there is no “passing on the left” etiquette on an electronic walkway.