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What Do You Do While Waiting In Airport Lines?  
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3206 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

What do you do when you are in long lines for check in, screening, customs, etc?

I simply pull out my palm pilot and play solitaire. Makes the time go by fast. Others?


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User currently offlineSoaringadi From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

when I'm travelling, i always have someone with me.... i.e. friends, girlfriend, family etc. etc. So whenever it's a huge line, usually they wait in lines since they are not interested in aviation, and I tour the arprt. trying to find spots for spotting or (in case of Changi...) shopping etc.... And if i was alone, I simply would wait for the line to get shorter, and till that time obviously.... roam and do the usual things..... Man I love being at the airport !!!

enjoy  Smile



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User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

While I'm waiting in line at security on the rare occasion that I have to wait more than five minutes, I'll just listen to my I-Pod. While I'm waiting for my plane if I'm in EWR I'll go to the end of the C-1 concourse and watch the aircraft movements. Can't beat it. Most other places I will just talk on my cell phone or listen to the I-Pod.

User currently offlineMischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

When I arrive at the airport there are no lines since I arrive so early so I can take time to do some spotting.  Smile

Mischa.



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User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

When I actually have to wait in line, I usually people watch. People do some funny things in airports.

[Edited 2004-05-02 22:48:46]


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User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

I just talk to my wife.

User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

I people watch, and let my mind wonder about about the people at the counter and the questions they are asking. It always seems like the people in front of me have some sort of calamity going on and I wonder why simple check-in is so hard for some people.

User currently offlineSpencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 3137 times:

If by some small chance I haven't made it there before anyone else! then I'd bide my time by, (if I hadn't pre-booked), considering which seat I'd like. (I'll always go for the window at bulk, if possible). I'll take a look at my fellow pax, being that little bit more cautious these days; make sure my bags are tagged; have all my documents at hand, and probably just make sure I can impress on the check-in staff, in hope for the upgrade! At screening I'll go by the numbers, (metal objects in the tray, jacket off, be friendly, no stupid remarks like "what's that ticking"! it can really p155 those guys off, and they'll delay you for it too)! Then if I can, get some thru-the-dirty-terminal-glass-shooting done, before boarding commences!
Spencer.



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User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

I don't wait in line for longer than a couple of minutes. That's the beauty of being an elite tier frequent flyer.

User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

I look at the back of the head of the person in front of me.


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User currently offlineJetblue15 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

I'm not feeling this tread.


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User currently offlineAirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

People watch... quite amusing in some places like LAS and MCO!  Big grin

Cheers,
Kaz



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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

A funny story.

Last October, I was sitting on the morning Northwest flight out of Anchorage after standing in a very long line. At the last minute, the flight had been switched from the B concourse to the A concourse, and there were not enough TSA people on duty there. Anyway, I pulled out my cell before the door closed to check voice mail because of the four hour time difference between ANC and DCA. And one message was from someone standing in queue behind me and telling me it was a bad idea having my phone number on my luggage tags.

So apparently people read other people's luggage tags standing in line.  Smile



User currently offlineCaetravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 910 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

Worldperks, that has GOT to be one of the funniest airport stories I have ever heard!


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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

I fly upfront or in the middle...so usually no line.
I'm addicted to my IPAQ and my Blackberry....so no problem if I have to wait for security or other nonesense.


User currently offlineBartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 791 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

I usually just look out the window at Terminal A or C at DFW and see just how many MD80's I can spot. Then after about 5 seconds of that I get bored so I walk up and down the terminal and check out where all the planes are going, see what type of aircraft is used on which routes, then I go spend about $20 on smoothies, Maxim Blender/Rolling Stone mags, gum, bottled water, etc.

If I'm at any other airport I definitely go find a place to spot. However, if I'm in Europe I sit at a cafe and have a beer while I watch all the yeahoos cruise by in their soccer (futbol) jerseys, smoking as many cigarettes as they can possibly muster. How's that for a stereotype?


User currently offlineUlfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

I usually just joke about how fun the line ride is. I mean think about it every were we go in this world we more or less to go to stand in line. Might as well have fun with it.

User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2471 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

Fly Toledo...no lines for security, check-in, or to board. I love this airport. And when I do fly from a bigger airport...I generally am the first in line to check in and to spot!!  Big thumbs up

XJR



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

If the queues are horrendous at check-in I simply ask the airline personnel to open another desk. There is no frickin' way I am paying £2000 on a J class ticket only to have to stand around like a monkey. I paid for fast, efficient service so I make sure I get it. Then when they open the desk I make sure that the duty manager is made aware of the employee's goodwill and that they get thanked for it. Very useful if you fly regularly and see the same people all the time.


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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

Either spot or read the latest edition of the airline timetable  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

I never had a "really long" line in front of me yet... usually not more time to wait than 20mins... I normally go to the airport early to check-in as one of the first, get the seat i want to have and to do some aircraft spotting  Smile

regards, Florian



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User currently offlineBoo25 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2736 times:


Errh . . . just wink at all the good-looking guyz Big grin


User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1608 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

Pick and scratch mostly.

User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

I usually moan to myself about how long the queue is and how standing in queues wastes valuable minutes of my life that I can never recover. I don't know why I bother really, it just makes me feel worse.




User currently offlineZweed From Netherlands, joined Apr 2004, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

waiting lines?
what is that
I check in on the internet, when i fly SAS


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