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The customer reviews for Manila airport are pretty bad, 5/10 to be exact. I was just wondering what everyones experience has been there. Do they search all your baggage, hassel you lots etc....? How much money can you bring into the country? Thanks.
Manila Airport Review
http://www.airlinequality.com/Airports/ ... um/mnl.htm
It is fine. It's small and you come out clearly to your luggage and then a short walk to the taxi line. Form up in line, go to the desk, they get you a registered taxi, insist many many times that he drops the meter.
Be a dick if you need to. Make him drop it.
You can currency exchange in a booth to the left of the exit, there are guards and police around keeping that area safe.
Wait until you go to a mall, to get a sim card. The ones at the airport do not work.
I am guessing that most of the poor reviews are because the International terminal is dumpy looking with no amenities.
There are three separate terminals and it requires a car/cab to travel between them. The other two aren't that bad and one is fairly modern.
So I don't think that the hassle factor is worse than other international airports; it's just not a place you'd want to hang out.
Hah, you think those reviews are bad--check out the reviews on JFK airport near where I live and there absolutely hysterical!
10 of the world's most hated airports
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Looks like JFK, LAX, and Charles De Gaulle were rated as the worst airports in the developed world!
Never have had it happened to me, but then in about 10 trips back to America I have had one Customs and Border Agent, ask me one question past the check point and have never been pulled aside for inspection or x-ray.
Are you talking international or local? When you arrive or departing back for the US? The only issue that ever bothered me was that things are slow. Even taking a local in-country flight and you still have to arrive a couple hours in advance.
I never saw anyones bags get manually inspected but I suppose it happens anywhere.
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Twice I had my carryon opened, searched and swabbed for stuff.
Yes, it's the middle aged white men with Anglo Saxon name, in suits, that they are worried about...
My understanding is that have a radiation scanner in Manila, either the U.S. kind, or one that looks inside you for a drug stash.
If they do have scanners, can you opt out as in U.S. or is it mandatory and universal as in Britain?
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The old airport in Manila is the WORST one I've ever been to. The customs are no biggie. But once you come out, hundreds of people are packed into one small waiting area far away. If they want to come closer to the exit gate to see you come out, they have to pay a fee to sit in the area closer to it. Filipinos are so greedy that they charge people waiting for passengers to come out, just so they can sit closer and be able to see them. How low class and scum-like, as usual.
No other airport charges people to wait at the exit gate like that.
So if you go there to pick someone up, it's a nightmare.
Also, one time when my parents transferred in Manila on the way to Taiwan, they were taken outside along with the other passengers, and stood outside in the airfield for an hour while waiting for their connecting flight to arrive. They were given no seats or waiting area. They said they never saw such inconsiderate treatment at any airport, ever, and would never transfer in Manila again.
The new airport in Manila is ok though, and not as crowded. So try to get your flight landing there. I think the new one is called Terminal 3 but I don't remember.
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It's not like you have much of a choice. Terminal 1 is all international, terminal 2 is mostly Philippines airlines, and terminal 3 mostly Cebu pacific. Terminal 3 is by far the nicest and terminal one The one with the shitty reputation.
So which terminal is it to avoid? I only passed through the Manila airport twice on my way to and from BKK to Cebu. Upon landing in Manila, I was taken aback by the simplicity of the airport. It didn't look like an airport but more like a bus station. I remember having to literally run for almost 500m to get to my gate for my connecting flight to Cebu. Once there, it was packed, people standing almost wall to wall, no AC, so total chaos. Thankfully I only had to wait less than 50 minutes for the flight otherwise I would have gone mad. On the way back from Cebu to Manila to connect to my international flight to BKK, it was a lot nicer, had plenty of room for me to sit for a couple of hours for my connecting flight.
But one thing for sure, I'm never connecting through the US, what a fascist country with the most rudest, ignorant immigration officers and staff. I gladly pay more for my flight to avoid going through that shit hole called the US. Nothing against the people but the arrogance, ignorance and rudness of the staff there is 2nd to none in the entire world.
Read my previous post. Your options are limited. You will have to use the terminal associated with your airline. Terminal 1 is the older terminal, international flights. It's dingy and has no modern amenities. The other two terminals are not that bad and Terminal 3 is modern and pretty comfortable. Go to the airport website and you can find details about which airlines use which terminals.