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NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  5 March 2012 by Robert Hunter Jr    (USA)

Rating : 2/10

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The passport check had two attendants for two flights of approx 800 passengers. It took two hours to work through this quagmire. Then it was a journey through Customs which went quickly. Next was to get to the domestic gate. What an ordeal. Walk through the terminal, down an elevator, then another long walk to a gate. Next catch a bus and tour the flight line to another building. They let us off at the far corner of the building then we had to walk up 4 ramps and across the building to the departure gate. Probably 2 miles of walking total. What a stupid design.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  15 February 2012 by David Jones    (Spain)

Rating : 7/10

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Arrived at Terminal 8 and easy connection by Air tram for departure from Terminal 7. Escalators not working and not a lot to do landside. TSA not very nice and should treat passengers with more respect. Once airside, plenty of places to eat or have a drink. Duty Free shop have some good offers and staff there were very nice. Went to the bar and unfriendly barman asked if I had ID (I am 50!). Prices extortionate with a small beer costing $9.50!! Not the best airport but nor the worst either.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  30 January 2012 by Brooks Hurd    (USA)

Rating : 1/10

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I have flown through JFK many times to make both domestic and international connections. There are a great many airport that I would rate higher than JFK, but very few that I would rate below it. I have commented to my international friends that as an American, I am embarrassed when their first experience in the United States is landing at and passing through JFK Airport.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  24 January 2012 by P Leftridge    (USA)

Rating : 2/10

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Going from plane to baggage claim is the equivalent of going through a Pavlovian maze. However, that was just the beginning of my frustrations. Baggage claim itself was a closed-off room and you had to wait more than 30-45 minutes for luggage. After picking up your luggage and going through the second maze, you are tired and beyond irritated. To add more fuel to the fire, the information desk was less than helpful on where I can catch the hotel shuttle. She was more interested in stuffing her face and reading a book than helping me. Even worse, getting to hotel shuttles was another nightmare. I had to go from baggage claim to air train to section c then go down an escalator, turn left, turn right, and then see the shuttles. The only redeeming quality for this airport was Altitudes (Restaurant). The steak dinner I had was on par with some of the better steak houses I have dined at.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  23 January 2012 by Nick Pierson    (USA)

Rating : 7/10

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Depending on the terminal one uses, JFK can either be acceptable or awful. There is easy access from Manhattan or car parks thanks to efficient airtrain. This also helps get around terminals. We usually use terminal 8, the American Airlines terminal. All our experiences there have been positive, with short lines for check-in, security hassle-free, and short immigration lines upon arrival with bags already on the conveyor belt. This terminal is new, airy, and spacious, and has many shopping and food offerings. AA staff are generally friendlier than the trashy TSA and Port Authority staff who seem like the laziest and most incompetent people on the planet. By sharp contrast, terminal 1,2,3, and 7 are old and terrible. The oldest and most run down, avoid these. Terminal 5 is the Jetblue terminal and is pretty good. So it all depends on what terminal one uses.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  9 January 2012 by A Bowie    (UK)

Rating : 3/10

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We arrive at JFK late from Heathrow 23rd December after being delayed by bad weather. When we arrived at immigration we couldn't believe the queue. We queued for 3 hours because there were only 5 or 6 kiosks manned out of 20. When we got through the queue was the same length behind us and I think it was one in the morning by then. Two out of our party of three suffer from back pain which was made much worse by standing for this length of time. When we complained to the ushers in the hall they were completely indifferent to our plight, "I don't want to be here either", "what do you expect its the holidays" were the sort of replies we got. In fairness to the immigration officer who dealt with us, he was sympathetic and polite. If I can avoid flying into this airport in future I certainly will.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  9 January 2012 by Kylie McNamara    (Australia)

Rating : 1/10

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We had the most frustrating experience arriving at JFK after a long flight from Sydney, Australia. We stood in a horrendously long line for over 1.5 hrs, only to get to the front of the line and be shuffled along by airport officials to another long queue where we waited a further 25 minutes. We were tired, hot, hungry and plain astonished to be subjected to ridiculously long waits at immigration. The booths were only half full and immigration staff painfully slow and disinterested. Customs and immigration dept is a disgrace. The whole experience made for a very negative start to our holiday.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  3 December 2011 by N Philpott    (UK)

Rating : 2/10

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I have been to every continent in the world in the past 3 years and JFK stands out like a nightmare on the four occasions I have visited. This is not to do with the airport itself but the dehumanising and humiliating attitude of the immigration and security staff. We waited 1.5 hrs on arrival last week - totally unacceptable. On our return experience yesterday we were yelled at by a security guard in English which was probably only intelligible to New Yorkers. There were no notices informing passengers of what was expected - only this intimidating bully. We are passengers, customers, and human beings - try to treat us as such.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  1 December 2011 by C Jones    (UK)

Rating : 3/10

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Having just travelled from Manchester to JFK on an 8 hr flight, we were not happy at being met with the huge queues at immigration. It took 2 hrs of queuing to eventually get to the front, only to be sent to queue at individual kiosks. There were only 3 kiosks open to deal with the huge amount of travellers. The room was very hot and the staff were miserable.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  13 November 2011 by Alim Gelyastanov    (Russia)

Rating : 2/10

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Very surprised to find out JFK is in such a run-down condition. Arrived on a Delta flight from Moscow and had to enter through a dark and gloomy passageway with low ceilings and paint peeling off. Immigration lines were excessively long, airport and immigration staff were very rude to the point of just barking orders at passengers. The TSA staff inside the terminal were fast and friendly.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  11 November 2011 by Andrew Kohn    (USA)

Rating : 3/10

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The main problem with JFK is the people. There is a complete lack of courtesy, friendliness, training and in most cases, language skills. The signage is lacking. There are simply no signs in other major languages. The friendliest people are the Customs and Border Protection agents. I have always been treated courteously and often in a friendly manner. Most of the terminals are out-of-date or poorly designed. Restaurants are fair-poor and over-priced. I cringe when I need to change terminals. I am forced to use JFK because of the good flight schedules.



New York JFK Airport customer review :  17 October 2011 by R Liwag    (UAE)

Rating : 3/10

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Flew into JFK Terminal 4 and went through immigration after suffering through an extended wait and an overly sarcastic interview with the security officer. Customs was uneventful as was the brief AirTrain ride to Terminal 3 for my connecting flight. Terminal 3 Delta Airlines check-in went smoothly. TSA checkpoint to the gates was the worst airport security fiasco I have ever had to endure in over 20 years of flying. Three times we were asked to relocate to different security entrances due to extremely long lines and/or faulty equipment. One security entrance had 3 machines fail simultaneously. Staff members were loud but generally clueless on efficiently directing passengers to alternate security entrances. People at the front of one queue ended up at the back of the next queue when they were made to move. Overall, it took me 2.5 hours to clear security.



New York JFK Airport customer review :  12 October 2011 by Peter Schardam    (Netherlands)

Rating : 4/10

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Again JFK (terminal 4) lived up to its expectations. On this Saturday afternoon it took over 1.5 hrs to pass through Immigration. Don't they know that so many thousand visitors will arrive, or don't they care? Officials were correct and friendly. No problems on that side. As insufficient baggage belts were available, they dropped our baggage somewhere in the middle of the baggage hall, adding to passenger confusion.



New York JFK Airport customer review :  11 October 2011 by P Keene    (UK)

Rating : 2/10

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Prior to my wife and I going to Europe, I knew we would be flying back to the US via JFK instead of ATL, which we originally planned. We arrived at JFK from Rome (FCO) via Delta and I was surprised. Everything went smoothly from passport control, retrieving our luggage and re-checking, to going through security again. Employees were helpful and courteous. However, given the layout of the airport and the heavy volume of passengers this airport handles, things do have the potential to go south in a second. Additionally, NYC was not my destination, so I did not have to rent a car or take a taxi to Manhattan. Had I done these things, maybe my review would be a bit different. I will say the layout of the airport needs to be updated and the food choices could be improved. However, we waited for our connecting flight in another part of terminal 4 (I believe Delta gate 23) There were a few decent places to grab a bite to eat or grab a beer. You are not going to get the amenities that you would at the Atlanta or similar airports, but this isn't the worst airport either. I would consider using JFK for a future international flight.



New York JFK Airport customer review :  20 September 2011 by Gil Cureau    (USA)

Rating : 8/10

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Prior to my wife and I going to Europe, I knew we would be flying back to the US via JFK instead of ATL, which we originally planned. We arrived at JFK from Rome (FCO) via Delta and I was surprised. Everything went smoothly from passport control, retrieving our luggage and re-checking, to going through security again. Employees were helpful and courteous. However, given the layout of the airport and the heavy volume of passengers this airport handles, things do have the potential to go south in a second. Additionally, NYC was not my destination, so I did not have to rent a car or take a taxi to Manhattan. Had I done these things, maybe my review would be a bit different. I will say the layout of the airport needs to be updated and the food choices could be improved. However, we waited for our connecting flight in another part of terminal 4 (I believe Delta gate 23) There were a few decent places to grab a bite to eat or grab a beer. You are not going to get the amenities that you would at the Atlanta or similar airports, but this isn't the worst airport either. I would consider using JFK for a future international flight.



NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  19 September 2011 by R Dean   (USA)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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Arrived from Rome to Terminal 8 (American Air) around 1.00 pm. We have had poor previous experiences at JFK and we braced for another. This time was better. Facility was clean, signs were clear along the way to customs, helpful staff were visible with forms and keeping the lines moving. The CBP officer reviewing our passport was friendly and efficient. After retrieving our baggage and giving it again to American for the domestic flight to San Diego, we then got our surprise. Terminal 8 is not fully secure, meaning that cleared travelers exiting customs to go on to another American domestic flight must go through security again. That meant the duty free sealed glass items we purchased in the secure Milan terminal would not be allowed by TSA - they take it or you are escorted out right away. American Air staff at the counter went out of her way to find boxes to help us pack these items and checked it through at no additional fee. Either we missed something, or there is a design flaw with terminal security.


NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  12 September 2011 by M Fisk   (USA)

Customer Rating :  1/5

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Arrived last night at Terminal 8 from Paris. The line for immigration was terribly long, staff directing passengers rude and uninformative. The booths for the immigration officers were only one third manned. They know how many passengers will be coming through. It took over 1 hr for us to get through, and we were in the short line for US Citizens. The Visitors line was at least three times as long. These poor people probably had to wait 3 hrs. What a terrible welcome to the United States.


NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT customer review :  4 September 2011 by K Paskins   (UK)

Customer Rating :  1/5

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The staff varied from ignorant and rude, to aggressive. We queued for an hour to check-in, then queued for 30 mins to put our bags through the x-ray, over 1.5 hrs to get through security. No signs at security in terms of how they wanted people to go through the x-ray. After watching people be shouted at for not moving forward quickly enough we finally saw the security gates. How this can be accepted at a major international airport is beyond me.

 





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