Bpat777 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 368 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4631 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.
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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BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4594 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.
TPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4588 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.
Lentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4539 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).
Arffguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 155 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4500 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.
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.
Navairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4468 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.
Flick70 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 68 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4386 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! 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! 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.
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