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Smoking Lounges In Major U.S. Airports  
User currently offlineBpat777 From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 439 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5732 times:

Besides ATL, which major U.S. airports have a lounge or room that passengers can smoke between connecting flights?

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User currently offlineN723GW From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5716 times:

MKE has one, they aren't HUGE like ATL, it's in a little bar between the D52 and the C terminal I beleive


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5715 times:

You can smoke at the Fox Sports Bar in DTW, but they get pissy if you don't buy anything.

Personally, I think that airports should provide closed off areas for smokers, especially for longhaul flyers. Wouldn't surprise me it the number of air rage incidents would go down as a result.



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User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5706 times:

LAX has one, at least, near the United gates. At HNL you can smoke anywhere that isn't enclosed

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20789 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5698 times:

There are two huge ones behind the food court at CVG, one even has one of those "Have a light on us" thingies in the wall if you don't have matches or a lighter.


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User currently offlineBpat777 From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5694 times:

Are there any in ORD, specifically the UA and AA concourses? I plan on traveling with a smoker and with security lines unpredictable and only a hour connection, running out to the curbside is not an option.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26718 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5689 times:

Quoting 727EMflyer (Reply 3):
LAX has one, at least, near the United gates

Actually, the smoking "lounge" is in T6, which United shares with CO and a handfull of DL flights. It is not actually an enclosed space, as smoking is illegal in all enclosed public accomidation in the State of California. It is an outdoor terrace.



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User currently offlineOptionsCLE From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5664 times:

BNA has at least one that I know of which is located on the A concourse.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5657 times:

Quoting Bpat777 (Reply 5):
Are there any in ORD, specifically the UA and AA concourses?

Absolutely not... I have a friend who works for Shuttle America, and he has to go into secret nooks and corridors just to have a smoke in between flights. He has to be careful, as the DOA will write up anybody who is caught smoking... Minimum fine is $100.00... Pretty gay if you ask me.


User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5651 times:

TPA has outdoor areas..supposedly with electric lighters. Haven't tried them yet..indoor smoking area are closed. ATL has lounges..just walk in...take a normal breath, and you won't need a cigarette for hours. LAS is much the same...with slot machines.
TPAnx



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26718 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5644 times:

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 8):
Pretty gay if you ask me.

No, you are thinking of A.net, not an airport policy  Silly

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 8):
Minimum fine is $100.00...

Good, it should be more.



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User currently offlineKevinDCA From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 105 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

One recently opened in MIA in terminal D near gate 34. It's outside, and it would actually be a nice place to take a break from the over-air conditioned Miami airport if not for all the smoke!

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5608 times:

I was thinking of STL -- Concourse C (old TWA's main terminal) -- smoking lounge still there (in the middle of concourse)?

I am sure that LAS still (and will always) have smoking lounges.

[Edited 2005-12-05 05:52:50]


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User currently offlineLentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5602 times:

Ironically, SLC has them. Personally, I'm in favor of them. It keeps people who smoke from doing so outside where it bothers me as I have yet to be bothered by fumes from a smoking lounge. Though I don't smoke, it's an added convenience for passengers who do and in my opinion no reason why we shouldn't permit this convenience to them. I think this is one of the few exceptions to Utah's very strict Clean Air Act apart from Bars & Clubs (which may soon also be smoke-free).

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26718 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5595 times:

Quoting Lentigomaligna (Reply 13):
I think this is one of the few exceptions to Utah's very strict Clean Air Act apart from Bars & Clubs (which may soon also be smoke-free).

Utah's law is not strict in that case, as there are no exceptions in California, New York, Massachusetts, Toronto and several other places.



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User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5566 times:

Not suprisingly RDU is pretty smoker-friendly.


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User currently offlineArffguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5563 times:

Sacramento is curbside only. I once had a guy who needed to smoke so bad he went out the alarmed security door out to the stairway adjacent the jetbridge to smoke. I was sent to investigate. The sheriff's department was not at all polite with him. This was post 9/11 also. I would not care if they built a special smoking area for passengers. As stated before, maybe it would help some passengers deal with air travel better. The airline employees try to sneak a smoke under the concourse but they know we see them. The concourse is steel and concrete, there is very little to catch fire down there so I don't push the point. I need their cooperation for other things.


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5560 times:

Quoting Bpat777 (Thread starter):
Besides ATL

Ah yes, the "Terrarium" rooms in the concourse. The walls are yellow from the smoke and everyone in there looks miserable. I thougt smoking was supposed to be fun and sexy?!

They do try to fancy it up out in the E Concourse where they call it the Concorde Room (or maybe lounge.)

I didn't pay too much attention in LHR but you can smoke in the Virgin Clubhouse. The old Clubhouse didn't segregate the smokers too much from the non-smokers so the whole place had a little bit too much odor of cigarette smoke.

Quoting MKEdude (Reply 15):
Not suprisingly RDU is pretty smoker-friendly.

On the other hand, GSO is not so smoker friendly despite the nearby presence of RJ Reynolds. Though you can still smoke in the hospital in Winston-Salem.

[Edited 2005-12-05 06:34:19]


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User currently offlineNavairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5531 times:

IAD has a couple, located near international departure gates. There is only one that I saw in STL even though there are two listed on the directory. BNA also has one across from C-10. IND has a small one but oddly it is located outside security. BWI, MSY, MEM, and CLT have bars that permit smoking, but no lounges exclusively for the purpose. I know ORF and MHT had them, but I haven't been to either of those in the past five years.

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5843 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

Quoting Arffguy (Reply 16):
Sacramento is curbside only.

Under California law it has to be 20 feet or more away from the doors.



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User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1039 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

MHT has two beyond seurity

User currently offlineHailstone From Germany, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5464 times:

in RIC you can even smoke in the bar....that is tobacco state VA.

granted - you said MAJOR airport


User currently offlineFlick70 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5449 times:

Ok, as a smoker, and a frequent flyer, here is what I can contribute. Some are major....some aren't. Note that I am an AA frequent flyer, so I don't know about any other major airline private clubs.

I would love to see a new website with info on all airports regarding smoking. I hate not knowing if I have to stress on puffing one before getting on, or being leisure and then walking to the aircraft. I have seen a few websites, and they are grossly out of date:

OMA: 2 smoking lounges outside of security...home airport and I know the servers!  Smile Very quick security lines.

ORD: Allowed in Admirals (AA) clubs in alll concourses except G. Otherwise it is outside. Usually a very good in/out with security, go to the G or H side for re-entry.

PHL: Was allowed until recently, only outside now. Security is pure hell.

DFW: Allowed in Admirals (AA) clubs, otherwise outside. An easy entry/exit usually...very good security lines

DEN/DIA: Smoking lounge (Aviator's Club) in Concourse B (UA). 1 Drink minimum. If you move a bit you can get a fix w/o a drink. But the drinks are well done!  Smile Otherwise outside, and security is horrible.

SNA: All outside. Security is a major hassle. I hear that the Admiral's club allows it, but have not confirmed it.

MEM: Smoking allowed at Budweiser Brewhouse lounge.

PHX: Several lounges allow it, purchase required.

STL: Several smoking "aquariums" in the concourses. Usually packed, but always room for one more.

MSP: All outside, no security info

MDW: All outside, security typically has 15-45 mins wait

SEA: All outside, security can be bad.

CHA (Chattanooga): Smoking lounge outside of security. 10 min. average through security. Very nice small terminal BTW.

LAX: All outside. Security was reasonable there in the AA concourse.

MCO: All outside. Security is decent, but you have to travel a tram/train to terminals.

LAS: Smoking lounges inside most terminals. Yay Vegas!

DTW: All outside. Security a mixed blessing. Usually a long walk/ride to gates.

GSP (Greenville/Spartanburg): All outside. A serious black mark on a tobacco state. Very quick security though.

BUR: All outside. Average to below average security. They do have a little "courtyard" outside of security for smoking.

SAN: All outside. Mixed bag for security lines. 10 minutes minimum.

TPA: As of last trip, they had a very nice large enclosed smoking room inside security.

MIA: All outside except Admiral's Clubs. If your need one, expect to wait for security and then run a mile to your gate.

DAL: All outside smoking. But it is a small airport with a lot to do, easy security, and short walks to a gate.

MKE: Small smoking lounge in the Midwest terminal...inside security

Thats all I have off the top of my head. If I think of more, I will update.

Happy smoking!  Big grin



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User currently offlineTguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5442 times:

I know this is not a US airport, but Calgary had two in the WestJet terminal area. One was close to the US preclearance area.

TGUman



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User currently offlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 818 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5409 times:

here are the airports i know of:

IAD - B concourse as well as D concourse (for sure) sidenote: in the B gate area lounge...very bad ventaliation system...you can just walk in w/o having to light up to get your fix *LOL*

LAX - Term 6

HNL - like mentioned above, pretty much anywhere thats not enclosed

LAS - pretty much a smoking lounge in all terminals

SLC

PSP - in the outside areas (inside security)

LGB - in between the boarding trailers (at least on the jetblue side)

thats all i can think of for now after a long day of flying today *LOL*

~B6FA4ever


25 Cgnnrw : I'm an avid non-smoker and living in Europe has been a real challenge these 12 years. Yet I'm all for smoking lounges. Let's face it there are many wh
26 Leneld : PDX has an enclosed one in the international section of Concourse D...Other than that, only curbside smoking is allowed.........
27 Goaliemn : YYZ does have some smoking lounges in their airport. Enclosed lounges at that. They are part of some of the bars, which are smoke free everywhere els
28 ERJ170 : RDU has a smoking lounge or 2, but I don't think you can smoke in the terminal area. Perhaps 1 or 2 of the "bars" but that's about it. For the most p
29 Av8rPHX : PHX has a smoking lounge on the Intl Concourse (High B side) by gate B23.
30 AeroWesty : When was the last time you tried to get in there? What used to be the Delta smoking room didn't look very operational when I was flying out on the re
31 N1120A : Interesting. Too bad they don't make the smokers freeze :-P
32 Hillbilliescot : I don't remember where but RNO had a lounge
33 Ual4me : I've flown on the NRT service from PDX a few times now-definitely no smoking past security. Where is this room you're talking about Leneld?
34 IRelayer : Seriously??? That's insane. -IR
35 DeltAirlines : I'm pretty sure that GSO has a smoking area in the restaurant past security (on the US/DL concourse). I don't know for sure (I don't smoke), but I see
36 BananaBoY : If you or your friend has access to the Red Carpet Club, at least the one on the C Concourse has a sizeable smoking lounge. Mark
37 BHMBAGLOCK : Have you walked by one in ATL? The smoke in there is horrible. I have friends who are heavy smokers and won't even go in.
38 AirScoot : I thought MSP you could smoke in the WorldClub? I remember being stuck there and asking if there was anywhere aside from outside.. and they mentioned
39 ALB2ATL : The funniest thing I have ever read on these increasingly boring forums! double LOL! btw - I smoke in there (ATL "terrariums") and feel like a reject
40 Post contains links Visityyj : GSO has an excellent smoking lounge before security, beside the food court. It overlooks the ramps: http://www.ptia.org/map_upper.asp
41 Bridogger6 : yep this is true, you can also smoke in any of the bars in the concourses in phx... but they do get mad if you don't buy a drink!
42 RentonView : It'll probably get a lot more difficult to smoke at SEA once the new statewide smoking ban goes into effect Dec. 8th. It prohibits smoking within 25 f
43 Navairjax : A note about airports in Florida. As of July 2003 all airports went smoke free due to the state's clean indoor air act. TPA quickly drew up plans to c
44 HPLASOps : Actually, LAS has four alone in the A/B concourse, two of them complete with slot machines....now if they only had cocktail waitresses.......
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