TOMPKINS REGIONAL AIRPORT — All three people operating the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) celebrated a milestone today, when USA Today named the airport the number one best place to be delayed for nine hours or more in the United States.
“We are honored. Simply honored,” said an emotional Stan Altschul, the only TSA agent in the facility, “I’ll tell you, it just warms my heart every day coming to work and seeing two or three families stranded here, no hope of leaving. Brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.”
Featuring not one, but two vending machines available in the populated waiting area, the Ithaca airport provides weary travelers with an intimate atmosphere while they anxiously await news of “abnormally high winds over Newark.” If patrons are successful in demanding their money back from one of the three airlines servicing Ithaca, the airport maintains a Budget Rent-A-Car so customers can make up for wasted time.
“If I had to pick a place to miss the birth of my grandchild because of low visibility, I’m sure glad it was Ithaca-Tompkins Regional,” said Craig Plebani, an Ithaca native.
The regional airport also placed high in rankings such as “Least Safe Place for Takeoff/Landing” and “Most Business Lost to the Bus Industry.”