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Homeless People Living In The Airports...  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3166 times:

I've only met one. When I worked at O'Hare, in the International Terminal, every day around 7 or 8 pm, a lady who must have been at least 80 years old came along. I don't know that she was homeless, but she had only two sets of clothes and never any baggage I could see. She always paid in change or small bills and always ordered just a cup of soup and water. I gave her more stuff if I could, but I didn't think FiletOFish sandwhiches would appeal to her too much.
Any homeless people you know of at your airport?

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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2144 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

Yes, I have seen homeless people at EWR; I am sure the problem exists at most airports. A touching book told from the point of view of a homeless child and his father at an airport is "Fly Away Home," by Eve Bunting.

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

I don't mind them, mind you, I'm not sure if the post suggested that. They're pretty harmless and as far as I can tell friendly.

User currently offlineNUair From Malaysia, joined Jun 2000, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

I'm glad you don't mind them, but they cause incredible problems....

AMS is full of homeless people who continually are caught pickpocketing, acting inappropriatly or in a drunken state, stealing from stores, and only two months ago a homeless man started a fire in a bathroom that closed the airport and required an emergency evacuation. And who do you think pays to monitor them and clean up after them? You do! through additional airport charges.

I have nothing against the homeless (it could be any of us one day) but when they ( I hate to generalize ) risk the safety of the customers then some action needs to be taken. Unfortunatly for us we are under gov't restrictions that prohibit us from evicting any homeless "residents" at AMS. I don't think an airport should have to deal with this problem as it is a general social issue that should be addressed at the national level. Last time I was at the city hall I didn't see to many homeless people around because of security reasons so how much sense does it make to allow them access to a high profile transportation hub were any minor incident can become a public relations tragedy.


"How Many Assholes we got on this ship?" - Lord Helmet
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

AT LHR they are forcefully ejected and/or taken away in police cars.

I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

I've heard that at one local airport, they argue over "Smarte Carts", you know, the luggage carts that you rent for $1.50 or so and then get a quarter back when you return it. Seems to me that's a high effort/low return way to make a buck...

Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineSashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 869 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

In some Russian airports they could probably stay overnight, as the building don't close at all.

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3019 times:

And you guys thought i lived on campus at FSU. Gotta love the fuzzy chairs at Gate B7.

Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1102 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3014 times:

There was a famous case about a guy who lived in the departure lounge at Paris CDG for something like six years. I seem to recall he'd arrived from somewhere without a passport or visa (was he a Russian or something???) so the French wouldn't let him in, and the country where he came from wouldn't have him back either. So, airside in CDG he stayed! If I remember correctly, its not so long ago it finally got sorted out and he was "allowed" to leave.


User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3000 times:

Never seen any here at GOT.


Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7896 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2996 times:

I always remembered that at O'Hare there generally were people performing instruments in the tunnels between the parking garage and terminal, and artist types roaming around drawing potraits.

But in most other airports I have not really seen them. I guess it really all has to do with its proximatey to the city and how easy it is to get there.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
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