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Recommendations On Killing Time During A Layover?  
User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Anyone have any recommendations on how to kill time during a layover. I have a 2 hour layover in ORD. It should take me about 30 - 45 mins to get from the Regional Teminal (UAL) to the United Terminal. That leaves me with about an hour and a half or an hour and 15...

Anyone got any good ideas?

Thanks!

- Neil Harrison

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User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

Take the monorail around the airport. It really gets you up-close and personal with the international flight operations! In addition, it is perfect for getting really close to the active taxiways! After that, you might want to walk (bring good shoes!) the length of the concourses, depending on how much baggage you have with you. This is pretty fun, because you can watch the planes and ORD procedures, as well as go people watching at the same time!

Have fun!

FLY777UAL


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5051 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

It doesnt take much to kill an hour in an airport. Been there. Done that. PLane-spotting. People watching.


Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlinePurdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1871 times:

Is this for Thanksgiving breeak, Neil? Since Chicago is such a busy airport, I enjoy taking a seat that has a good view of the airside and just watching the planes. I used to make a 5 1/2 hour connection there a lot, arriving from SAN at 445 and taking the first flight of the day to Newburgh, NY (SWF) at 1030, and even that early in the morning ORD has a lot of activity to watch. I don't know of there are any restaurants in United's terminal that have a good view of the action, but if there are I would go there - that way you can have all the free refills of Coke you want while you watch!

User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1862 times:

I have spent many hours waiting at ORD for connecting flights. Almost always I will sit down at a window and just watch. I have spent hours doing this and never get tired of it. I love watchng the american and untied short haul planes 737,a320,757,727 becasue I can't see them over here at Heathrow. There is also a good aviaiton shop at ORD. It's down in the hall ways leading to the car parks, and right near the hilton. I recomend you stop by that shop.

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3192 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1858 times:

Note that although you think you'll still have an hour and 15 minutes, figure you'll board a half hour early, so figure you'll really only have 45 minutes.

That said, bring a camera! Wander around the terminal photographing the airplanes. Or if you can get a good spot to see aircraft taxiing to/from the runway, that's also very good. You can use the arrival and departure monitors to find out when and where interesting airplanes will be coming and going.

Just make sure that there aren't a lot of relections from lights in the terminal in the window, otherwise your photos might not look so good. Also make sure that the aircraft fills the viewfinder window. While an aircraft looks big in real life, it might only take up half of the photo, and in a 4x6 print or a scanned image (if you want to upload them to airliners.net), that's not very big.


User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3761 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1851 times:
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I always have a lot of fun at O'Hare. It's a beautiful airport, that's where I always go through when I fly American to/from Brussels. That's what I always do when I go to the United States: go through O'Hare first regardless what my final destination is. During my layovers at O'Hare, I don't get bored one second. I walk all the way around the airport, I go spotting at Terminal one, United, I get a drink somewhere(remember this: it is strongly recommended to drink water and fruit juice before you fly). The other thing I do is go up to the Admirals Club located on Terminal three, American. From there, I can get great views of the tarmac around American's concourses and I can see all aircrafts taxiing, landing and taking off. I spot while I get a drink, cheese and crackers. It's fun!
If my layover time is more than three hours, I go downtown and visit the city but otherwise I find plenty of things to do at the airport. I plan those things regarding the time that I have of course.
Enjoy your trip.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium



Ben Soriano
User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1854 times:

In the main concourse @ UA, try the Wolfgang Puck restaurant. It has really good food, and a great view (as with most of the restaurants there!). In addition, depending on what time of day your layover is, try and hoof it over to the
"convienent, centrally-located gates" (don't you love that PR drivel!) in the main UA terminal, and help yourself to some food and drink at the BusinessOne carts!  

Most of all, though...have a great time and bring back some pics!  

FLY777UAL


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1863 times:

Purdue Cadet--

Yep this is for Turkey Day break. My schedule is as follows:

-- Wednesday, November 24, 1999 --

- Leave Lafayette/Purdue University Airport (LAF) @ 11:45am (UAL Express/Great Lakes Aviation Flight 6792) on a Beechcraft 1900

- Arrive Chicago/O'Hare Airport (ORD) @ 11:32am (I guess there's a time change in there... I arrive earlier than I left!   )

- Leave Chicago/O'Hare Airport (ORD) @ 1:10pm (United Airlines Flight 1734) on a Boeing 757

- Arrive Providence/T.F. Greene Airport (PVD) @ 4:16pm

-- Sunday, November 28, 1999 --

- Leave Providence/T.F. Greene Airport (PVD) @ 9:15am (UAL Flight 477) on a B757

- Arrive Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) @ 10:15am

- Leave Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) @ 1:15pm (UAL Express/Great Lakes Aviation Flight 6795) on a Beechcraft 1900

- Arrive Lafayette/Purdue University Airport @ 2:59pm (gotta be precise... that extra minute could totally throw off my entire schedule!   ).

Was it you, Aa737, that recommended that I drink water and/or fruit juice before flying? If so, why?

I think next time, I'll build in more time into my schedule to 'tour' O'Hare. Do you think that if I ask the Captain, I could go outside and shoot some pics of the plane before departing, if we have time? Or is that against the rules?

Thank you,

Neil Harrison


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

There's a wierd font on my last post... anyone got any ideas as to why?

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

Nothing like plane watching or people watching to music. And shop,shop,shop,and um...shop some more. I bought two models (aircraft) on last trip through Ohare.

Beware of the guys that act like he knows you,and then all of a sudden open up his jacket to show you some watches,and chains. If the guy say its a Rolex for $20.............just use some common sense.

Traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday? Whew! Enjoy!


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

I know it's going to be insane. That's why I'm packing carry-ons only. I'm not fooling with the 'under-the-plane' system; I don't want to deal with one pair of underwear for 5 days!  

I always bring my discman with me and a couple of CDs, but that gets old after a while. I need to get up and walk around.

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Smart move not checking in luggage. That will allow you to miss 2 hour line stretching outside the terminal. Enjoy your trip.



User currently offlineUS521 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

That isn't much of a layover. Try LAX customs and then a layover for 10 hours!
That is a lay over. Im an American citizen and we were in customs for 2 HOURS!!!!!!!!
US521





To pass time, read a book, sleep, or take pictures out the window and put them on airliners.net!


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1808 times:

I guess you're right about that layover. It doesn't compare to your 10 hour 'hell' in LAX!  

However, it is long enough for me!

- Neil Harrison


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