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What Can I Do In NRT And Sfo?  
User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

I'm flying to USA for the first time end of this month, and my itinery is SIN-NRT-SFO-BOS. There'll be a layover in NRT for 2 hrs and 15 mins and in SFO for 2 hrs and 30 mins.

Can anyone tell me what can I do during the layovers? Say, spotting or shopping, etc... Is there any good place to spot in both airports? Is there aviation shops inside the terminal?

I'm flying United all the way to BOS.

Thank you beforehand,
JA

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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

I've flown similar routes often. You'll be tired. Wash up in the restroom, exercise by walking around a bit, and then find a chair to rest/sleep. I'm a member of United's Red Carpet Club, so I usually find a corner in the club room and sleep. The layovers go by very quickly. In San Francisco you'll have to clear customs/immigration which will take some time depending on the number of international flights arriving at that time.

User currently offlineAndroid From Japan, joined Jun 2002, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

Narita has observation decks at both terminals- Great spotter locations
Go to their website or just look for the signs when you arrive.
Cheers


User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3408 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

SFO also has a small aviation mueseum/library, though its hours are limited


When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

Check out this thread someone posted in the non-av forum. Maybe it'll answer some of your questions about what to do in San Fran.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/141537/4/



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

AFAIK, you'll be going through customs at SFO. So your layover there won't be quite so boring as you imagine.

Steve


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

The observation deck at NRT is landside, i.e. you'll have to clear Japanese immigration and customs to get there. Not exactly worth it for a 2-hour layover. However, there are plenty of huge windows at Terminal 1 (where UA operates out of) to see most of the action at the main runway (remember, NRT now has two runways), although you'll be looking into the sun in the afternoon. As for the airside shopping in Terminal 1, I don't recall seeing anything particularly interesting. Pretty much the standard stuff like electronics, books & magazines, a few overpriced cafes, duty-free tobacco, alcohol and perfumes, etc. No aviation-related shops that I can think of. There are a few airside shops over at Terminal 2 (where JAL & ANA operates) where they sell JAL and ANA memorabilia, including huge inflatable Jumbo jets!! But I don't think you can go freely between T1 and T2 airside, unless you show a ticket/boarding pass from an airline that operates at the other terminal.

Haven't been to SFO for ages, so I can't comment on that.

'949


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Eh? UA? I thought you mentioned that the university usually gets you the cheapest tickets? Shouldn't you be flying NW? Or did you chicken out?  Wink/being sarcastic



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

SQ772,

I don't know why they put me in UA, but my guess will be that since there are so many of us flying together, my university cannot booked everyone in one flight...

So, should I be grateful or sorry?  Laugh out loud

One more thing, to the fellow Singapore spotters (esp Ryanair!!), since I'm not flying NW anymore, there won't be SIN-BOS trip report with NW.... But I'll make up with one on UA...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

JA


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

Come to think of it, you might not be bored during layover at SFO at all. With US airport security checkpoints fast becoming strip joints, you might be treated to a show!!  Acting devilish

'949


User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

N949WP,

LOL... Well, I might be treated to a show... or I might be one of the guest star..  Laugh out loud

JA


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

JA

I think you should be grateful, but should also feel sorry for Ryanair!!! since he just lost another opportunity to comment on NW's service.

Do you have a digicam? If yes, please treat us to a pictorial Trip Report when you get back... (you can leave out pictures of you becoming the guest star if you are too shy!)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy .



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1388 times:

SQ772,

I'll bring my digicam, so don't worry abt that..

JA



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