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Could You Survive At Your Airport?  
User currently offlineN723GW From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9174 times:

Recently watching "The Teminal" again for the umpteenth time, got me wondering, would you be able to survive that long at your airport? Me- In MKG, no, there are no shops, and one little cafe, in GRR, maaybe a little while, there is a food court, and a gift shop where you can buy things. What do you think? Would you survive?

The dude abides
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User currently offlinePHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9128 times:

Put me a year in AMS and I'd survive perfectly.
My day would look like this:
7 AM: Wake up from some remote area in the waiting lounges above B-pier. They have excellent chairs there, that are almost like flat-beds, and they are not in a Premium Area, which I assume I cannot excess in your "The Terminal" example.
7.15: Take a shower in Terminal 3; that would cost me EUR 12,50 but I would get the towel and shampoo, those might come in handy sometime. (I'd store them somewhere in my free luggage trolley - needless to say I pretend it's my like having an own Mercedes. Well, -ehh- sort of).
8.00: Why not having a champagne breakfast at "Bubbles" in the B pier. OK, it might be slightly over budget, but sipping champagne while reading the morning papers (for free: read and replace them  Smile) is worth the money.
9.00: Check the Internet what's going on that day - check A.net and arrivals/departures - .
10.00: Ok, time for a little morning exercise: start at the end of B pier and walk all the way to the end of the F-pier. It not only takes a while but it's almost half a marathon.
11.00: After my exercise, I need to relax a little. Why not visit the Masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum, for free. When you have nothing to do and nowhere to go you could spent hours watching Rembrandt's paintings.
12.00: Lunchtime, maybe I check the ATM of ABN AMRO bank inside the terminal, when I'm lucky there's some cash left, and I grab I nice baguette at "Boulangerie Paul", B terminal again. While enjoying my baguette I see planes taking off outside. Wait I minute: I happen to live in an airport!
13.00: So, this if life! At the roof of Schiphol airport I catch a breath of fresh air, while enjoying a nice view over the platforms and runways. I can even see Amsterdam on the horizon, if I only could go there...
15.00: Enough fresh air, time to get warm at "Murphy's Irish Pub" at the D-pier. The Guinness tastes great, and I meet some people that invite me to have another beer in the Heineken Grand Café "The Palace". I'd love to, but too much beer gets you into trouble. I'll go shopping instead, gaze at the new gadgets at the Electronics shop. Or just take it easy and read a book or two in one of the bookstores.
18.00: After shopping - and there's a lot to see at AMS - I'm hungry. The "Bubbles" place is a bit over the top, so I'd rather check "Shirasagi Sushi Bar".
19.30: What to do after dinner? I might want to check my luck at Holland Casino - maybe I can win enough money to buy a ticket out, or just for having another shower tomorrow. Anyway, put all my money on Red, closed my eyes. Doubled it. Did it once again. Eyes closed. Red. Walked out as a rich men, with 60 euro's instead of 20.
21.00: After my gain in the Casino, why not having a beer in "The Palace" after all. Just grab another book at one of the book stores ("yeah I promise to return it later!") and watch the evening flights come and go.
23.00: It's time for a evening stroll, probably there is a LCC being pushed back from the B-pier still, or I check the Internet again.
Midnight: tired of another day in a buzzing place, I decide to head back to my flat-bed again (with my trolley off course). For a second I believe a lady just wished me a good night.
But the only thing I hear is... "mind your step"

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9070 times:

The constant, neverending monotony of CRJs here in CVG would drive any spotter to suicide in a matter of hours.


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User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9023 times:

not much here at MDT. The gift shop and the two ,or maybe 3 eating places close by 9 or 10pm small airport,probably could not hide from security all night.

too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8981 times:

At OKC I'd be stuck with fast food from the food court and a neverending supply of OU/OSU team clothing. Not my idea of a good time.


User currently offlineSuperhub From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8969 times:

HKG: Oh definitely. Lots of shops, excellent choices of food, shower facilities. Lots of heavies to look at.

SFO (assuming I am stuck in Intl terminal): No. Lack of shops, lack of intl flights. Hardly any view of the outside.

LHR (airside): Will probably survive. There are enough shops to keep me entertained. Several game terminals. Spotting (if allowed in airside) would be fun.

User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8941 times:

Thank heavens I dont live in Coventry! Big grin UK netters will know what I mean!

User currently offlineKanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8924 times:

DXB, HKG, SIN, any of those and I'd be fine. My luck, I'd get stuck in ACC. I wouldn't want to spend 4 hours there, much less weeks!!

User currently offlineWillbdsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8904 times:

I could survive at PIT. I could dress myself in GAP or Brooks Brothers or even Lands End, have great food to eat (like Quaker Steak Wings) and be fine.

User currently offlineAntoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1648 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8901 times:

BNA: You'd starve from 8PM to 7AM when EVERYTHING in the terminal is closed, even though there are flight departures until 9 and arrivals until after midnight... oh, and the first departure is around 5 AM...

Plus, the only food is snack bars and ONE actual restaurant OUTSIDE security, so, no chance of getting that...

Make something Idiot-proof, and the Universe will make a more inept idiot.
User currently offlinePHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8899 times:

When I come to think about it, SXM: climb over the fence and you are in heaven  Smile

User currently offlineCRGsFuture From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8880 times:

Here at ISP it would be a long struggle to survive, after mainline Aircraft pulled out of here 5 years ago it would be annoying spotting the same WN planes over and over again and the occasional DL 733.

Unlike the major hubs you all talk about ISP has almost nothing, with limited food courts and no shower facilities let alone a Business Executive club I could squeak on into.

Only one snack bar the entire time and with very limited hiding space I'd be finished for.

Flying you to your destination; your girlfriend to her dreams.
User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8863 times:

I think one could live happily for a very long time at MSP. Needless to say, with the exception of being plagued with a endless stream of McDonalds, ORD likewise could provide a happy home.

"Let the world change you, and you can change the world"
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7404 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8846 times:

I do survive at AKL.....every waking moment is spent there.....lol I am either working or spotting..

User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8808 times:

HKG -- oh yeah, no better airport on Earth to be stuck at. Shop till you drop, and they have a tea place! My kind of airport  Smile

BOS -- uh, well, not so good. There's food, and..... there's some food, I guess.

User currently offline1millionflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8783 times:

Quoting Antoniemey (Reply 9):
8PM to 7AM when EVERYTHING in the terminal is closed,

the restuarant at the A-B concourse opens at 5:00AM on weekdays and serves hot breakfast sandwiches/donuts etc.

I am living in PHX now not BNA, you can totally live in that terminal.

Quoting PHKLM (Reply 1):
11.00: After my exercise, I need to relax a little. Why not visit the Masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum, for free. When you have nothing to do and nowhere to go you could spent hours watching Rembrandt's paintings

This involves taking the train out of the airport, the question is could you survive in the airport

User currently offlineGARPD From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2755 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8694 times:

Hmm thinking about it, you wouldn't get a chance to stay so long at EDI. The Police officers with MP5 machine guns would not care for it. LOL
But, if they were not there, you could survive for a little while, depending on how much money you had.
There is a dedicated foodcourt on the second level and that contains a Burger King, a bakery and some other assorted food places.
There is one bar I am aware of. I do not drink, so I've never paid that much attention.

However, seating outside of the departure halls is at a premium. Late at night its fine. Guess thats all you'll need.
I think there are free shower facilities in the upstairs restrooms. Can't be sure, never hung around long enough to need them.

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13250 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8692 times:

Back in the 1980's and into the early 1990's, I remember that a number of homeless people 'lived' at inside of EWR's terminals public areas prior to the security checkpoints as well as outside the terminals and outlying areas on the airport property. Many were druggies or alcoholics, they smelled bad and made the airline customers and guests very unconfortable. Then in the early 1990's the NYNJPA started to clean out the homeless that were living in all PA facilities including at all 3 airports, the Bus Terminal, around the bridges and so on. At EWR's terminals, they removed all of the seats for wating in the main halls, many of which were taken by the homeless anyway. The monitored the restrooms more to keep them from using them for their hygene needs. They chased them out of the outside hideaways, the busted them for begging or looking for luggage carts to return for the deposit refunds. This worsened after the 1993 WTC bombing. Many were referred to social service agencies. Police were to take a no tolarance policy as to the homeless or loiterers. So I don't think one could live at any USA airport like that man without a country in that movie.

User currently offlineNubes From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8691 times:

Quoting PHKLM (Reply 1):
t the roof of Schiphol airport I catch a breath of fresh air, while enjoying a nice view over the platforms and runways.

I like your story, I think I could survive in AMS as well  Smile Anyway, it would be quite difficult to go the roof of the terminal, once you are in the clean area.. And furthermore, if you can reside at the B-pier, you can leave the airport, since the B-pier is part of the Schengen area...

But still, remembering it's just a fantasy, it sounds quite nice  Smile

User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8234 times:

At SYD, you could, so long as you have plenty of money and you can stand having either Krispy Kreme or McDonald's all day ...  Smile

My pick for an airport to be "stuck" in would be AMS, SIN or HKG ...

4 Engines 4 LongHaul
User currently offlineCVG2LGA From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8126 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 2):
The constant, neverending monotony of CRJs here in CVG would drive any spotter to suicide in a matter of hours.


That and the same DL stuff over and over again! Love it when I get to see the FedEx 727's landing though. I could live in CVG. Nice place to sleep is concourse A, where you catch the bus for concourse C, behind the elevator shaft, it is relatively dark and very quiet. Also spent the night in concoure B once with some friends where the new Starbucks is, because one girl got her drawer stuck in the register (the old Starbucks) and she wouldn't leave it so we all spent the night. We drank beer from Cheers lol and played tag in the concourse. Aahh those crazy nights.

They don't call em' emergencies anymore. They call em' Patronies.
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 48
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8112 times:

CLE it would be a challenge to say the least. Though according to the local paper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer the homeless are actually doing it as we speak.

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3599 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8078 times:

NGO...totally..if I were not in the gate area.

I would just live at the attached hotel.
But I could do my shopping, take a hot spring bath over looking the bay, and eat any type of food I want. I could get free internet too.

There are concerts and art exhibits from time to time in the garden.
Tons of planes from RJs to 744s.
In 5 years I bet I could see RJs to A380s (FEDEX).
Tons of RJs
Tons of 737s and A320s
A couple 757s
Had full of 777s, 767s and a few A310s
2 A340s (LH and EK...from June)
bunch of MD11s (Cargo and from June Finnair)
4 or 5 A330s
4 or so 747s.

And we even get some russian stuff too from time to time.

But if I had to live in the gate area...I would shoot myself. Only a little food court, DFS, Starbucks and the lounges. Not worth it.

Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8074 times:

I could live forever at MAN  Wink Big grin


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8052 times:

I could probably survive at SAT, but only in T1. T2 lacks the proper amenities to make survival possible. T1 has a McDonald's, Popeye's Chicken, some restaurant, a Starbucks, some pizza place, a Blimpie Subs, a deli/coffee shop and a couple of bars. It also has a couple of gift shops, including a Swatch shop...but if it's like The Terminal, where the man lacks any serious cash flow (IIRC he only makes money on occasion by returning the carts before they cut him off?) we'd all be screwed.

25 Tornado82 : And the shop that sells like tornado memorabilia! lol Hell yeah you could survive for a year at PIT, no doubt.
26 767ER : You would need to have a robust budget to survive at SYD International: lots of fast food and expensive coffee places. Problem is terminal shuts just
27 UnitedFlyer : MFR- 3 straight meals a day at the Red Baron would get old real fast...so would the steady stream of EMB 120's and CRJ's :>
28 Andz : JNB would be okay I guess, the domestic terminal has some good shops including a couple of pubs, little boutiques and restaurants, and several banks,
29 STLGph : St. Louis could work. The end of the C Concourse has the 'upstairs' portion that was used by TWA and the old international arrivals area downstairs th
30 SU : SVO - no way!!! I can hardly survive 1 or 2 hours flying in and out. DMV - may be, they don't have shower facilities though.
31 Timology : Would be fine in either AMS, SIN or HKG, prefere HKG the most to be stuck at. If you'd get bored, you can always use the train, go to the shops, watch
32 AeroTycoon : LAX: Nope. At least in the US, class B airports aren't much of a possibility for camping these days.
33 Fuffla : You'd probably get charged for sitting on a seat at SYD airport. So you would have no hope in lasting a long time, you would not have enough funds to
34 Post contains links Rolfen : Dunno about that movie, but I personally stayed in a little greek airport for about 2 days due to bad weather (long story). Other lebanese nationals w
35 Post contains images Texan : DAL: No. At least not inside security. There just is not a whole lot here. If you include the entire terminal area, then maybe, especially if I could
36 Contrails : At DCA - no way. The best food vendors are in the concourses. Besides, they pretty well shut down after about 9:00PM. I might last 8 hours, but no mor
37 Treeny : Man I am from Coventry and although I have never actually flown from the new Coventry Airport I have heard some stories which seem to confirm your co
38 Don81603 : Here at YWG, any sane person would walk in front of the first aircraft, and get bruised by it. Biggest we get here on a regular basis is NW DC9! Airsi
39 BishopOfPHL : PHL - Free showers from the leaky ceilings every time it rains! Sweet! Seriously, though, I could survive for years on King of Pizza and Jet Rock beer
40 Afconcorde1 : JFK, what can I say?
41 Post contains images Nkops : ACY??? I have a hard enough time surviving my shift!!!
42 CanadianNorth : At YXY we have 1 smallish terminal that closes down around midnight and opens again at 5 or 6 in the morning. We have 1 eating place that opens around
43 JFK998 : As my city's airport is JFK, I would only be able to survive in T4. LOL
44 GVWOW : BOS (Terminal E) will supply you with a lifelong supply of trashy thrillers, good cups of coffee, and general Tsao's chicken from Wok 'n Roll, but not
45 Cadet57 : BOS terminal b, good food, some bars and shopping, its doable, but massport sucks so theyd deport me anyways. BDL- Id snuff it infront of the first je
46 YYZYYT : At YHM, you'd starve... but you MIGHT get Jon Bon Jovi's signature... I think this has the potential for a great reality show. Maybe we should stat a
47 Post contains images NWADC9 : Surviving in PIT? HECK YEAH! We have the Airmall, and a bunch of restraunts (not to mention Godiva, unless they moved out, but I doubt it), and there'
48 AdamTStarFlyer : The two airports i can call home; MAN, i could easily survive here!! Forever!! CMH, not really there is no decent place to spot, unless you are the ot
49 Skyexramper : I can't be stuck at my airport, cause I work there.
50 IRelayer : I would not survive at SAN. Very small terminals and no hiding spaces to speak of. There are a couple of lounges (Delta, AA, and UA, I think) but noth
51 AC773 : I would die a very quick death at SBY. We have two "gates" (just automatic doors leading to the ramp), and about 4-6 flights daily with a Piedmont/US
52 747LUVR : MCO has everything....food,stores, the Hyatt Hotel with GREAT views....plenty of traffic to see...no doubt MCO for me.
53 UAalltheway : Since the rennovation/remoddeling of JAX there's next to nothing once you're INSIDE security.. so as far as inside security goes I doubt I could, unle
54 HAWK21M : Too crowded. Not possible. regds MEL
55 Post contains images DeltaRules : CMH wouldn't be too bad in terms of living, like in the movie. There are a few different restaurants in the food court, Max & Erma's is near the atriu
56 Post contains images Moparman : At GPT? Hard plastic chairs and bad coffee!!
57 Flyboy36y : I'd check into the Admirals Club at JFK
58 ConcordeBoy : My airport has the distinction of putting this (concept) to the test in real-life... heck, the baggage claim was temporarily turned into a hospital an
59 Navairjax : Hey Joe, it's better than when the security checkpoints were by gate 1 of each individual concourse, that at least gives a couple extra food choices.
60 TimePilot : My home airport used to be BOS. Ehhh, I dunno if I could live there. Maybe if I went back and forth between Terminals B & C. I haven't been in E for a
61 SW733 : I consider myself as having a few "home" airports Windhoek: good god no! Kansas City: perhaps, but probably not Chicago MDW: yes, probably, at least b
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