N723GW From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9900 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?
PHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1213 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9854 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 ) 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"
Antoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1789 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9627 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.
CRGsFuture From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9606 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.
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
GARPD From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2885 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9420 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.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9418 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.
Nubes From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9417 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 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
CVG2LGA From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 653 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8852 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.
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3603 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8804 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!
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8778 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.
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