BREmer From Germany, joined May 2004, 540 posts, RR: 17 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 5715 times:
I need some quick input here for a friend.
She's flying out of LGA in a couple weeks after arriving at JFK a few days before. As her flight is leaving very early in the AM, she is wondering whether she should book an extra night at the hostel or can just head out to LGA the night before and stay at the airport until her flight is ready for check-in. I browsed the Port authority website and the forums here but couldn't get any answer whether the airport closes over night or whether it's possible to stay in the terminal for a couple hours.
Can any of you American flyers help me out? Would be appreciated, thanks!
AA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 564 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5630 times:
Hi! I'm in a similar situation. I arrive into JFK at 940p, and then I have a flight at 600a from LGA, so I plan to stay overnight at LGA. However your friend will have beat me to the experience. Let me know. I'll be there in May.
J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
FlyPBA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 431 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5410 times:
There is a curfew at LGA for aircraft operations ... but I believe the terminals remain open. There is no provision for what y'all are planning to do though ... so it will not be the most comfortable of nights.
A380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5382 times:
Well the terminally itself is actually open but there are no flights and the security section is also closed.
I have left from there at like 6:30- 7:00 in the morning and saw people sleeping on the benches.
28thguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5087 times:
The security checkpoints will be closed (and she wouldn't be allowed through the checkpoint without a boarding pass, in any case). While U.S. airports are fairly safe beyond security checkpoints (as only ticketed passengers are allowed there), it might not be the best idea to try to sleep in the baggage claim or ticketing areas of LGA. I would worry that she might wake up and find her luggage is missing.
Years ago, there were a lot of homeless people at the NYC airports, although the Port Authority has worked to combat that problem.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10610 posts, RR: 62 Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5071 times:
I have definitely seen people (clean passengers, not homeless people) sleeping at LGA in the early morning hours on countless occasions. I've down the 6am flight out of LGA routine (get to the airport by about 4-4:30, through security when it opens around 5-5:30, etc.) more times than I care to count.
And I always see people hanging around the seats by the baggage claim areas, in the rocking chairs by the windows of the CTB, and by the food court area. They all seem fine, and not in danger - there are people (workers, guards, cops) milling around the terminals 24/7, so the odds of something violent or drastic happening are slim.
Theft could be a problem - what I'd recommend, if it's possible: try and sleep with your feet draped over your bags and your hands/arms wrapped around any smaller personal items (handbag, backpack, etc.). It would be a whole lot harder for someone to steel something if your body is wrapped around it.
N757st From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 314 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3938 times:
Quoting FlyPBA (Reply 2): There is a curfew at LGA for aircraft operations ... but I believe the terminals remain open. There is no provision for what y'all are planning to do though ... so it will not be the most comfortable of nights.
I believe cerfew is summer months only... I know I landed there at 2:00am a couple weeks ago.