Judging Silicon Valley's Airport: The San Jose Review
Aircraft approaching airport at sunset (Photo: Thinkstock)
In Yahoo Travel’s new Airport Review series, we dissect everything you need to know—from check-in to takeoff to landing. Oh, and curious what it takes to get a perfect, 5-star rating? A hotel beyond security check—and not many pass the test.
Aerial view of SJC (Photo: Gunther Hagleitner/Flicker)
Airport: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), 2077 Airport Blvd., San Jose, California; Tel. 408-277-4759
Airport Star Rating: 4 Stars
The Good: Silicon Valley’s airport is crisp and clean with efficient security lines and healthy food options sprinkled throughout the airport. My favorite features at SJC are the “everyone-is-welcome” lounge and the electrical outlets. I am the kind of girl who geeks out a little over electrical outlets. These particular outlets are built right into the arms of the chairs at the gates. It’s a nice touch. Free Wi-Fi? Do you even need to ask? Where do you think we are?
An outlet for every chair, just as it should be. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
The Bad: There are no bells and whistles at this airport. If you’re stuck here for longer than an hour or two without a decent Netflix queue you’ll be a little bored. That said, the free Wi-Fi lets you stream as much Netflix as you want.