Stories from the trip: Terminal 3

ccattrib_naia_3_2009_michael_francis_mccarthyFrom October 15: After many hugs, we piled our luggage onto a cart and headed briskly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

The security guard looked at our tickets and said, "Congratulations! You’re at the wrong terminal!" – but so cheerfully that it took the edge off my panic.

I scrambled to find my cellphone. I called my parents, who had dropped us off. "Eep! Terminal 3!" Fortunately, they weren’t far off. More hugs, a quick un-pile and re-pile of luggage, and we were at the (relatively) new Terminal 3. We had flown out of and into that terminal for our domestic flights, so I was familiar with it, but this is the first time we’d flown out of it for an international flight.

Anyway, it stuck with me a little. =) It’s fun to see people having fun at work.

  • What do you think of the airport? They keep saying in the news that NAIA is one of the worst airports in the world but I think Terminal 2 and 3 are actually quite nice. I almost never need to go to Terminal 1.

  • I actually don’t mind either that much, although Terminal 3 is pretty neat. NAIA Terminal 1 looks dated, but there’s a certain comforting sameness to it – the same layout, the same lineups, the same hustle around the baggage conveyor belt. Also, it helps that we meet up under the sign for last names that start with Z instead of C – little things!