Best Way to Get Out of D.C.
American Airlines Shuttle at Reagan National Airport
1 Aviation Circle, Arlington, (703) 417-8000
The service offered by the American Airlines Shuttle (f.k.a. the Eastern Air Lines Shuttle, the USAir Shuttle, and, briefly, the Trump Shuttle) is simple enough: hourly departures from Reagan National to New York and Boston. Yes, other airlines offer flights to both destinations, but none matches the urbanity of “The Shuttle.” Dedicated check-in counters and departure gates allow passengers to step away from the chaos of Terminal B. Passengers skew older and more business-y. (As Nora Ephron wrote about an earlier iteration, “Everyone carried a briefcase. Everyone was dressed for success. Everyone was serious.”) Complimentary magazines and newspapers are available at the gate, and beer and wine are free on board after 10 a.m. An hour after takeoff, you’re on the ground again and ready to continue your day. The glamour of air travel has all but disappeared. At least on this flight, you won’t encounter pajama-clad youth.