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?
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
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
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...
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.