It’s hard to think of anything more awkward than Robert Mueller and Donald Trump Jr. waiting for flights at the same gate in Reagan National Airport, as Politico captured in a wondrous photo this morning. But the real kicker for anyone who’s ever flown out of DCA is that the almost-encounter occurred at Gate 35X.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 27, 2018
For those not in the know, Gate 35X in Terminal C is widely considered one of the worst airport gates ever, anywhere, of all time. We hear the Gates of Hell are quite lovely in comparison. You see, 35X isn’t a proper gate but an inhumane cattle-herding pen with an escalator that takes you to a bus terminal that takes you to your remotely parked airplane. Even DCA itself calls 35X “infamously congested” with 6,000 passengers making their way through each day. It’s basically one gate serving as an entire concourse. And if you were going to have an awkward run-in, of course it would be there.
The good news is that airport officials are building a new 14-gate concourse that will replace 35X’s horrid bussing system. The bad news: it’s not slated to open until 2021. In the meantime, take a look at just how much people hate 35X:
People should be able to come together across party lines to agree that Gate 35X is a crime against humanity. https://t.co/XAkH42sitw
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 27, 2018
If you’ve been to Gate 35X at DCA, you realize that these two opposing figures were momentarily unified by a greater common enemy, namely 35X.
(It’s where you board the regionals, via buses. Has the grace and charm of main waiting area/ stockyard at Penn Station.) https://t.co/J96xBQvHet
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) July 27, 2018
I’m just happy these two both had to suffer through 35X, the worst gate in America, like the rest of us https://t.co/TFIqWgfoQ9
— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) July 27, 2018
— small eccentric moon (@hoopylinz) December 23, 2017
— gary leff (@garyleff) June 9, 2016
— Cameron Smith (@DCameronSmith) April 9, 2017