I travel a lot. I've flown over 82 times this year (I don't keep track of non "star alliance" flights, of which I've probably had about ten or more). I have 28 more scheduled flights before the end of the year (and that is probably all that I will take...)
So, I spend time in airports - and I can say this for sure, European airports are much much nicer than North American airports.
I'm in the lounge, which they let me into for free since I fly a lot. Try that in the US. I had to buy a red carpet club membership. This is pretty standard in Europe - you fly a lot, you get into the lounge.
The lounge has actual food - meat, pasta, a buffet. Red carpet in the US - no real food and you are not allowed to bring in your own food either. Food is pretty standard in Europe.
The lounge has wine and beer and other drinks for free. This is pretty standard in Europe. Red carpet in the US - $6 for a wine, $$ for a beer, charges for everything.
The network I'm using - free. This is not standard, but does happen from time to time. I cannot imagine a complimentary network connection in the US.
Newspapers, magazines - dozens of them here. Not so at home.
In general the shopping - many choices here. Not so much at home (well, Denver and Pittsburgh are pretty good - from time to time it can be OK).
Even if they do not have a lounge, the food is just so much better in the airport restaurants over here.
Ok - there is a downside... They let you smoke in most of them still. Person next to me just lit up.
Anyway, my point is - traveling in North America, not a user friendly experience in general. In Europe - not too bad.
And the luggage comes out in baggage claim pretty darn fast too.