I’m all for airport lounges being improved, and I realize that requires construction. For example, the Admirals Club at LAX has been under construction for a long time, and you can hear the noise when you’re a guest there, even though construction only happens in the areas not in use.
Well, yesterday I used an airline lounge that had construction to a degree I’ve never seen before (well, at least not while remaining open).
I was flying Uzbekistan Airways out of JFK, and got a lounge invitation for the Wingtips Lounge, which a lot of airlines use in Terminal 4 (it’s also a Priority Pass lounge).
As I entered the lounge, I had the following conversation:
“Sorry, we’re closed.”
“Hmmm, is there another lounge I can use then?”
“No, there’s not another option.”
“But I have a lounge invitation for this lounge, so there’s not a replacement lounge I can use instead?”
“Oh, if you have an airline invitation we’re open.”
It was an odd exchange, though it quickly became apparent that perhaps the lounge should actually be closed. Here’s what the lounge looked like:
There was a small section in the back with maybe 15 chairs that wasn’t actively under construction.
However, the food buffet was being used as normal. You just had to avoid the hammers, ladders, drills, and nails to get there.
I asked the lounge attendant if there was any coffee available, given that the coffee machine was covered in plastic wrapping due to the construction. “Sure honey, you can still use the machine” (which is pictured below).
There are airline lounges under construction, and then there are airline lounges really under construction… this was my first time experiencing the latter.
Has anyone seen a lounge remain open while undergoing this level of construction?