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Do U Enjoy Being At The Airport For Many Hours?  
User currently offlineAirCanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5977 times:

Hello all

I couldn't find a post about this topic so I thought this would be interesting to get comments from all of you people. When you make a flight connections and they are usually minimum of 4hrs layover or longer how do you entertain yourself at the airport waiting for another flight? I remember my trip to Japan I flew on AC from yyz to ord then 2.5hrs waiting at the airport board JL to NRT then took a bus to Haneda and waited for 5hrs to fly to Okinawa Naha. I was witha group of friend and all we did was sitting at the departure lounge waiting for our late night flight to Okinawa. It gets worse waiting at NRT for our flight to SFO on JL then on AC to YYZ. At NRT we had to wait at least 6hrs for our connecting flight after arriving from Okinawa.

In portugal I had to take the last flight out of Terceira Azores to Lisbon so
I had to sit at the airport all night long from 11:30pm to 8:00am to make my connecting flight to LHR on TAP the next day. I guess I should have stayed at the airport for several hours to kill time?

Don't get me wrong I love being at the airport for certain hours but when it comes to Overnight stay at the airport or chilling for 4-6hrs during the day is no fun unless you have money to spend on something at the airport to entertain yourself hehe  Smile  bouncy 

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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4635 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5965 times:

I don't mind if I am in a business lounge!

Otherwise, I find it quite boring. Especially in the hell hole that is Dublin!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5960 times:

I don't usually mind. Especially when I have lounge access.

User currently offlineKhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 426 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5945 times:

Don't mind it, depending on the airport. I had a 10 hour layover a few months back, at LAX. I hung out mostly in the TBIT. Free wireless, great views, good food... Can't complain too much. Now, if I was stuck in an airport like.... ICT, No thanks!

KhenleyDIA



Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
User currently offlineLehovec From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

I used to love being at the airport for hours with or without lounge access...
But then I have became cabin crew and I do try to stay as far away from airport as I can when not working...  Smile
Still love flying tough, even on my days off. Big grin


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5945 times:

Depends entirely on the airport. SIN, KUL, AMS, BEY, ICN, HKG, SFO, NGO ... YES!!! ... MEX, DEL, CCU, VIE, CDG-1, ATL, MUC ... get me out of here!

-A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineTheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5938 times:

I don't enjoy it , unless I'm in a lounge(which I can only get in when I'm with my dad, which isn't often) or unless I'm near BDs domestic Gates, I just walk to the end of the pier and there's a great view of one of the runways.

The Sorcerer



ALITALIA,All Landings In Torino, All Luggage In Athens ;)
User currently offlineDeanh12 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

I got stuck in prague airport pre-checkin for 12 hours which wasn't particularly fun after experiencing prague culture/beer for the past week.

User currently offlineNYCAAer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 692 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5934 times:

It all depends on what airport it is. I was stuck at Rome's Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci for 6 1/2 hours in September because my flight to JFK was delayed due to a late arriving aircraft. Being a company employee, I'm not entitled to any access to the Admirals Club or any other VIP lounge, so I spent the time reading and watching planes take off and land. The planespotting at FCO was pretty good, and the time went by quickly. Even saw an Italian Air Force 707 (or KC-135?) take off. Reminded me of the good old days when 707s and DC-8s were the kings of the skies.

User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1585 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5934 times:

If I were you I'd plan my trips better so as to achieve better connections. Unlike some, I hate sitting around at airports, having spent so much time on the ground during my duty trips in the airline business.


Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21511 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

I had 3 hours to kill at HAM and it was great with the observation decks.

But an airport like LGA isn't so fun.

NRT has a lot to do and see. HNL is tropical and you can usually see fighter jet training in the skies if you look for it.

But someplace like SRQ, not so exciting...  Wink



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineKaniksu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

Depends on the airport. SEA DEN SLC etc I could would rather not stay at for any amount of time, even with lounge access. I have spent the night in those as well...

I like to spend time in foreign airports or international hub airports. It can be interesting just to listen to the different languages and view the habits of people from around the world.


User currently onlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1957 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5912 times:

A few years ago I was inside LHR from about 9:30 PM until ~7 am. As a foolish graduate student, I thought saving the money on a hotel room was worth toughing it out. I had no pounds and was therefore unable to even buy anything from a vending machine. Never again. Didn't sleep a wink as they were vacuuming and cleaning. Awful night.

User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5908 times:

I spent 9 hours in the AA AC at LAX, that was fun. Worth every penny.


PHX based
User currently offlineAirCanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5902 times:

when I planned my trip to Terceira I booked my flight online late because i was checking for cheaper fares each week so when I found one, it was available for last flight out of TER to LIS to LHR. Stayed for several days in LHR then flew home to YYZ. I don't have access to any lounges accept regular lounge for all passengers wait for their boarding time.

User currently offlineB777200 From Zambia, joined Aug 2005, 30 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

Greetings to All and Sundry,
I enjoy being at an airport waiting for a connecting flight. I usually go to a book store to read a few magazines such as Airways or Flight International. I then try to look for a view of the runway or at least the apron. If the view is good, I can easily loose track of time. I also enjoy watching people go about their activities. The duty free shops usually have interesting things to look at. However, as posted before, it also depends on the airport your lay-over occurs.

Greetings to All


User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5873 times:

Quoting Kaniksu (Reply 11):
SLC ...etc I could would rather not stay at for any amount of time, even with lounge access. I have spent the night in those as well...

Slept behind the NW gate in concourse A. Fun stuff, especially with the cargo a/c taking off every other hour all night long. Oh well... I got bumped up to 1st because the gate agent (she was young...and cute  bigthumbsup  ) felt sorry for me.


User currently offlineKhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 426 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5862 times:

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 12):
A few years ago I was inside LHR from about 9:30 PM until ~7 am. As a foolish graduate student, I thought saving the money on a hotel room was worth toughing it out. I had no pounds and was therefore unable to even buy anything from a vending machine. Never again. Didn't sleep a wink as they were vacuuming and cleaning. Awful night.

I did that at IAD in August on my way down to Africa. However, I landed after midnight and had to be in line at 6:00 AM, so it was a bit better then your situation. And there was a place open 24 hours and I also found the vents in the back corners of the terminal to be comfortable enough to sleep some too.

With all that said, I would want to do it again, if I could help it.

KhenleyDIA



Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
User currently offlineMD80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5848 times:

I love looking at the aircraft, here there and everywhere. I could stay at any airport for quite some time. But even that gets tiring after a while....which is why I always have my skateboard with me.  thumbsup 

User currently offlineAlexInWa From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5826 times:

Really depends on the airport and how security is set up.

SLC no thanks for long waits.

ATL I would sit there all day. Same with ORD,DFW,SFO,LAX,LAS and DIA.

Some good spotting and the ability to walk around without security is huge!!



You mad Bro???
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5814 times:

Quoting MD80fanatic (Reply 18):
which is why I always have my skateboard with me.

= You skateboard inside the airports? You're my new hero!

-A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineWAH64D From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 966 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5802 times:

Spent 8 hours in CDG-1. Never again!


I AM the No-spotalotacus.
User currently offlineCrazyHorse From Austria, joined Nov 2005, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5794 times:

I enjoy ever minute, it´s so great to be in a big airport like LHR, SIN or HKG. I love the international flair of this airports, and can I spotting some great aircrafts, which I don´t see on my "home airport".

User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6763 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5763 times:

I'm like most people.. it depends on the airport. If it is a MAJOR superhub like DFW, ATL, ORD, etc.. where you only see 1 or 2 airlines continuously flying in and out.. I'm ready to go..

But if it is a small hub or non-hub airport where there are a variety of aircraft and liveries flying around, it's all good. I like RDU for that reason. However, I do wish someone would tell airlines to put a top level observation deck for those passengers that do have long layovers so they can actually see the plane movement and not have to run between jetways to look.. I've had that happen a lot of times at RDU, PVD, MIA, MSY.. and other places



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineAbefroman329 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5669 times:

Quoting AlexInWa (Reply 19):
ATL I would sit there all day

Not me - too many long days spent there.


25 Post contains images DeltaGuy : Not when I'm working at one, no When I'm merely passing through, I don't mind a bit of spotting/people watching. If I'm headed somewhere, then I get t
26 Post contains images MD80fanatic : I have before....pre 9-11. Outside is better though. It's a very compact and fantastically fun way to get around, good exercise too.
27 JAM747 : Depending what there is to do at the airport. For example if there alot of stores or good spots to see aircrafts especially those which you do not see
28 Drinkstrolley : Get in the Green Room and get largered!
29 Pilot kaz : For where I have been... Yes: AMS - LHR - FRA - MAN NO!!!!: DTM - CGN - MAD - EDI
30 Doona : I had to spend 9 hrs at LGW when I was flying UM back in '97. Funny thing was, TWA did not have any holding pens for UMs at LGW, so I was put on the f
31 ACDC8 : I love spending lots of time at the airports I travel to. It gives me a chance to explore and maybe see some aircraft or airlines I've never seen befo
32 Jamman : Well I have an 7 hour layover at PHL coming up anybody got any tips with spending my time at PHL??
33 SDLSimme : I might have a 6 hrs 45 min layover at CDG next summer. I will arrive to terminal 2C and depart from terminal 2D. Is there anything to do at those ter
34 Post contains images EI747SYDNEY : Hey Guys, I dont really like having to wait around and longest was a 7 hour transit at KIX, but I dont mind because like most of the people that are o
35 StuckInCA : Sorry. So sorry. If it's daytime it won't be too bad. If it's night and you're forced to pay attention to the inside of the airport... well... I reco
36 Jamman : I've been trying to find photo's but I can't find any, I suppose because its that bad?? I'll be in Terminal A connecting to Terminal F.
37 Post contains images USADreamliner : 14 hours at LHR terminal 3(I think, I was connecting to TLV). And I love it!!! USADreamliner
38 StuckInCA : I've really only been there a handful of times, but I think it's pretty dreadful. That said, I think most airports are pretty bad (ZRH, MUC, PDX, SIN
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