On August 7th, travel enthusiasts were greeted by a controversial article titled, “I Spent a Day at America’s Worst Airport; Here’s What It Was Like.” The article appeared on the popular travel insider website ThePointsGuy.com (TPG) and was authored by an in-house social media editor who, according to her TPG bio page, has served for two years managing the website’s “social media strategy and audience engagement efforts.”
As a passionately opinionated travel enthusiast myself, the moment I read the title I expected an article targeting one of the perennially offensive US hub airports like Boston Logan or Newark Liberty. But no, my friends, it was not. What I saw was a header image featuring the inside of a terminal I know all too well, with the logo of my all-time favorite airline displayed across its walls. This article featured Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), the secondary airport serving the Greater Chicago Metro area and the largest operation within the Southwest Airlines network of over 100 destinations, according to the company's media profile.
I was shook. My face was Pikachu Meme 2.0.