Boeinglover24 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 304 posts, RR: 5 Posted (5 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6617 times:
I have a flight from BWI Friday morning and since I'm not legally allowed to drive still and living here in Northern Virginia, no one is crazy enough to drive me up that far on a weekday morning....I was just wondering if I can show up late thursday night, check in, and be allowed in the boarding area and sleep there? And can I do the same thing coming back from SAN like almost a full 12 hours before my flight outbound?....and also in a couple of weeks i have flight to SEA that gets there at 8:50 pm can i just stay at the terminal and hang out til morning?
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11142 posts, RR: 63 Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6612 times:
Not sure if you can have a kip airside in those airports, I have in a few but they were in Europe, however I don't think you should have a problem staying in the terminal overnight. I know how you feel about getting to airports for early flights, so most of the time I will just turn up the night before and sleep on a bench - not always the most comfortable nights sleep, but saves a costly hotel!
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12337 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6459 times:
I would suggest that many airports probably ban sleeping in their terminals, unless your flight has been delayed, for security reasons, cleaning as well as keeping out the homeless.
The homeless using airline terminals to 'live' in was very serious problem in a number of USA airports (like from my recall at EWR into the early 1990's) with police getting very agreessive in removing them, taking out chairs and benches from pre-security areas of many airports and making it difficult to 'sleep rough' in and around airport facilities.
I would suggest that you check out for any inexpensive hotels, hostels in the area of the airport.
YXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 427 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6337 times:
Check out this site: http://www.sleepinginairports.net/li...A&province=Maryland&city=Baltimore (Sleeping in Airports -- Baltimore page). To me, sounds like the most comfortable place will be the observation lounge. I have no experience with this yet, but personally I would want to check my bags (valuables) or store them in a locker. Just keep a pillow and make sure to wake up early enough to get everything, clear security, and go.
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Chase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6215 times:
Isn't there a train from NoVA to BWI? Why not just take that in the morning? Or is it horrendously expensive? Or is the issue not that people don't want to drive you that far, but rather that they don't want to drive you any distance that early in the morning?
Go find a hotel as you'll get no sleep in the terminal. After hours they are very noisy with all the cleaning and work going on. Hop on one of the many hotel shuttles and sleep in a real bed. You can shower, watch a little tv... make a phone call....
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DLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3535 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 6112 times:
From BWI's webpage FAQs:
Q: How early/late is the BWI Airport Terminal open?
A: The BWI Airport terminal is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact your airline to find out their specific ticket counter hours.
Q: Are there any places to store baggage at BWI Airport?
A: Baggage storage has been suspended by order of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Q: How early do I need to arrive to the airport before my flight?
A: Suggested arrival time varies from airline to airline between 2-3 hours. Please contact your airline for their specific arrival time suggestion. BWI Airport suggests allowing additional time to park and ride the parking shuttle to the BWI Airport terminal.
ANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3233 posts, RR: 14 Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6081 times:
Along similar lines, I will be flying ZRH-LCY, LGW-EWR this summer and have a 25 hour layover in London. I was going to explore the city during the day and then sleep on a bench at the airport. Will LGW let me do that? Is it feasible? Or are there any really cheap hotels in the area?
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Stratus24 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 4 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5982 times:
I have found that long layovers (6-8 hours) make for a great excuse to get out and explore whatever city I'm connecting in. On that note having to have done a couple overnighters in different airports myself (DEN,PHX,IAH,ORD,BNA) people were okay with me doing as long as I wasn't on the other side of security.
BWI757 From Israel, joined Dec 2004, 429 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5955 times:
From what I remember, while the airport is open 24/7 I recall that the concourses have rolldown gates that go down, and there are lots of vacuum cleaners running around making lost of noise. The observation deck my be your best bet since there are rocking chairs and flat benches, maybe if you hide behind the far display wall where the landing gear is you may be unnoticed. I'm not sure how often there are patrols if at all.
Did you try Priceline? you may be able to snag an economy hotel room for about $35, there are tons of hotels in the area.
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 4): would suggest that you check out for any inexpensive hotels, hostels in the area of the airport.
I've done many an overnight there. No such thing as a cheap hotel or hostel near BWI that I've seen.
Quoting Chase (Reply 7): Isn't there a train from NoVA to BWI? Why not just take that in the morning? Or is it horrendously expensive? Or is the issue not that people don't want to drive you that far, but rather that they don't want to drive you any distance that early in the morning?
There's just a light rail line that takes you to and from Inner Harbor. But you maybe onto something because I think there is a commuter train travelling all the way to Baltimore. There are also plenty of city busses too.
BTW, BWI is a really nice airport. Maybe not the best, but it beats others I can think of to be stuck at.
The way gas prices are now, you may not want to drive. My car finally bit the dust, and where I live here in CO I can just take the bus and light rail everywhere, but if I move back to the Richmond or Tri-Cities area, I'll definately have to get a car. Hey, dude, you wouldn't happen to be an alumni of the ASAP program in VA are you? Yeah, I have a few friends who aren't a stranger to ASAP. He he he he.
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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11142 posts, RR: 63 Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5744 times:
Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 11): Along similar lines, I will be flying ZRH-LCY, LGW-EWR this summer and have a 25 hour layover in London. I was going to explore the city during the day and then sleep on a bench at the airport. Will LGW let me do that? Is it feasible? Or are there any really cheap hotels in the area?
They sure will; I've done it about six times at LGW now... which is nothing to be proud of really! Don't turn up too late though, as all the benches will be gone - LGW is good as few have those annoying arm wrests on them, so you really can stretch out and have a good nights sleep. It does get cold though, so might be wise to keep a blanket handy.
Fiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5682 times:
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 15): They sure will; I've done it about six times at LGW now... which is nothing to be proud of really! Don't turn up too late though, as all the benches will be gone - LGW is good as few have those annoying arm wrests on them, so you really can stretch out and have a good nights sleep.
so that is the reason why Myt332 calls you Plebspotter instead of Plymspotter.