Stuttgart has come a long way since the early 2000s when security check was slow and staff were rude and intimidating. Nowadays with the new terminal building the airport is a very pleasant one to travel through. Being a hub of Germanwings terminal 2 -- which is really a dozen of check in desks for Germanwings only accessible through a connecting corridor of terminals 1 and 4 -- allows for very comfortable check in without queueing for more than 5 minutes. Other check in counters also seem to have reasonable queues. Security check is now handled professionally and civilly (with an occasional smile from the staff) without much waiting. Signage could be a little bit more prominent as the white on black signs can be hard to spot against a mainly grey background (I prefer the signs from the Spanish airport administration). Also the toilets could use more frequent visits from the cleaning staff and a better ventilation system but are by far not the worst facilities I have come across. Shops offer the standard range of what one could expect in such an airport and one can kill some time browsing. Bars that serve International German and Swabian staples can be found on the airside of the terminals but the prices are about double of what one would pay in the city centre so I have not tried their offer. Transport to and from the airport with the S-Bahn (commuter rail) is good and reasonably priced with train frequencies thinning out somewhat in the evening. Also in the evening you can spot one or the other shady figure on the train. Taxis are generally available outside the arrivals area but are a pricey option. Parking is said to be not cheap however this is second hand information I have. Upon arrival luggage is returned through the carousels fairly quickly. However there is no indication as to where one's luggage is to arrive immediately when entering the airport. This is very annoying in terminal 1 as there is a carousel right when entering the building after being dropped off by the buses and another two carousels down a corridor with doors that only open one way. Upon my first arrival with Germanwings at Stuttgart many passengers and I went down bespoke corridor only to find that our luggage was not being delivered through those carousels and eventually someone in the group concluded that it must have been in the other hall down the corridor. This had a group of 30 tired and annoyed passengers walking down a corridor the wrong way and tailgating through a door we shouldn't have gone through in order to retrieve our suitcases. To pick up on what someone mentioned in a previous post: smoking has been completely prohibited as by the non smoking law passed 3Q07 within the airport and one will now find clusters of smokers just outside the doors landside. There are no indoors smoking areas and the smoking ban seems to be enforced as I saw nobody smoking inside the building.