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Airports You've Spent A Night In?

Sat Jun 12, 2004 9:28 am


Just wondering about airports people have spent a night in for connections etc. How was it? Was there much to see etc.?

Only once I arrived in Auckland from Fiji around midnight and was scheduled on another flight around 6am. Enjoyed watching some cargo activity (I think?) for a few hours.


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RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

Sat Jun 12, 2004 9:36 am

Last summer when I flew UA LAX-ORD-TPA I had to wait in ORD overnight or take UA to ATL and connect on FL ATL-TPA. I elected to go to ATL and hopefully make the TPA connection. We boarded the flight and lo-and-behold had a ground delay leaving ORD! I missed FL's last connection to TPA and had to spend 8 1/2 hours on concourse C in ATL. Trying to sleep on the seats is torture at best. I ended up wandering around the concourses all night watching the ramp and cleaners and such. It really is odd to see a bustling airport like ATL with NOBODY on an entire concourse.

ATL is my only overnight experience so-far.


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RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

Sat Jun 12, 2004 6:34 pm

So let's go on...

Spent few night in Frankfurt FRA.
There wasn't much to see because the visitors deck was closed and the Mc Donalds in Terminal two closed their window seats during night. Otherwise you could've seen a lot.

Spent one night at Stansted STNairport.
From the terminal you can't see sometzhing outside, and outside of the terminal we got trouble with the police for 5 times. The didn't allow any pictures of terminal and parked aircraft.

Also spent one night at Madrid MAD.
There it was very very cold (it was summer and it's in Spain). I felt like ice cream there. The only opened restaurant was a cafeteria, but from there only some starting aircraft were visible (only A 340 of IB). All in all it was very boring there.

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RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

Sat Jun 12, 2004 10:55 pm

MUC. I flew on EasyJet, so the delay was quite long..... It sucked. We ended up walking from Central London to Twickenham at 5 AM after being stuck in the airport all night in Germany.
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RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

Sat Jun 12, 2004 11:04 pm


There is nothing closer to hell on earth that I can think of. Some highlights:
  • Airport was flooded in... the only way out was to swim (for those that remember, I was there in June or July 2001).
  • All of the resturants ran out of food.
  • Continental thought they were being helpful by serving stale pastrys and coffee that could be mistaken for turpentine.
  • Nothing like a hard concrete floor to straighten out ones back.
  • Back to Continental, for some reason that still escapes me, several managers seemed to think that yelling at subordinates who were just trying to help out would actually make the prisoners... ahem, passengers feel better.
  • The roof leaked. So did the windows.
  • Once again, back to Continental... I could let the rest slide if it weren't for this: About a week later they issued a press release detailing how well they treated everyone who was stuck in the airport.
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    Sun Jun 13, 2004 1:20 am


    bad weather. missed last connection flight by few minutes. slept in concourse C. opted not to use hotel voucher. next morning found my baggage missing. thought I missed my 1st alternate flight - it was canceled. next flight long delayed. next time i stay at hotel! of the Future
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    Sun Jun 13, 2004 2:06 am

    BOS, August 2000. My first non-rev daytrip on Delta turned into an overnighter. They had cancelled several BOS-ATL flights that day, including the las one. I was trying to go on the next to last flight, and when they cancelled they last flight, those pax were placed on the flight I was trying to get on. I missed getting on that flight by five people. There were ways I could have gotten back to ATL, but unfortunately, I didn't know them at the time, and the Delta agents weren't very helpful to say the least. I tried to find a room for the night, but the cheapest room I could find was $100, and they didn't even offer an airline employee discount. So I was stuck at the airport overnight. I wasn't the only one, as just about every airline had pax stuck there because they had either missed their connection due to the flight being delayed, or the flight had been cancelled. I ended up roaming the airport all night because I couldn't find a decent spot to sleep at. I ended up catching about a 30 minute nap about 3:30 in the morning, but was awoken by a group of people waiting for the security checkpoint to open.
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    RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

    Sun Jun 13, 2004 9:11 am

    LHR's Terminal 3, LGW's North Terminal, CDG's Terminal 2, CVG's Terminal 3, LAX's Terminal 4 and YVR.

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    Sun Jun 13, 2004 9:29 am

    Ybacpa, I must have been there the same time as you, lol. Although my experience was great. CO put us up for the night in a hotel, gave us meal tickets, and flew us on DL to our home airport, TRI, instead of TYS which would have meant a 1.5 hour drive!
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    Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:16 am

    PDX - I spent 6 hours overnight (midnight-6am) there and it was very nice. Security showed me and a couple other travelers a room which had some older couches in it and told us we could sleep there for the night. At 5am, security showed up again to let us know that the terminal was opening and we could enter. I thought it was a very nice night in the airport.

    ANC - I spent 5.5 hours here (1am-6:30am). It wasn't as nice as PDX, but it was pretty comfortable. Outside of the checkin counters were some pretty comfy benches which we all sprawled out on. Apparently overnights in ANC are pretty common with people flying to the bush from SEA have to overnight there because many bush flights leave before the first flights of the day from SEA.
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    RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

    Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:41 am

    This is very good stories about you were staying at the airport and make some other flight are cancelled and next on the flight back home.

    As for me in back of 5 years ago and I was stuck in ATL. Because with my flight is cancelled to BDL with due of weather in BDL on January 1999 and they took me on the re-route on the next flight to BOS on the L1011-500. Jackie & I was stuck in ATL for 5 or 6 hours in ATL. It is very full flight on their way to BOS and it is very good flight for us.
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    RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

    Sun Jun 13, 2004 1:20 pm

    my goal is to spend a night in ATL...I don't know why, but I've always wanted to just roam that airport at night. Any concourse resturants open overnight there (I know ABC and I think its Hullihans are)
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    Tue Jun 15, 2004 5:26 am

    Got stuck in Lyon, France due to 12 hrs delayed charter. There was absolutely nothing to see, to do, or even to eat or drink. Similar case was, when I was forced by circumstances (missed LCC flight) to spend a night at CDG.

    AMS and LHR were airports where I had to spend a night due to connecting there. Quite enjoyable experience.
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    Tue Jun 15, 2004 6:56 am

    I've spent the night at GOT, due to bad bus-connections and an early flight. Man, that airport at night is as dead as disco.
    I also spent half a night at PMI, since our plane that was to take us to ARN broke down, and they had to fly another one down from CPH. PMI is usually a spotter-friendly airport...but at night? No way.

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    RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

    Tue Jun 15, 2004 10:33 am

    I've spent the night in SEA and ANC.

    In Jauary 1996 I was flying MSY-DFW-SEA on AA, then SEA-ANC-FAI on AS. As I was on the DFW-SEA flight I realized that AA didn't check me in all the way to FAI. I had a pretty tight connection and to make a long story short I missed my flight to ANC and FAI. I tried the next 3 FAI flights but was unable to get on one. I slept on some couches and somehow managed to wake up right on time to try standby on their first morning flight.

    In July of 1999 I was flying America West, PHX-ANC, then spending the night in a hotel and the next afternon flying up to Fairbanks on Alaska. The flight to Anchorage was about 3 hours late, so I had cancelled my hotel, spent the night at the airport and caught the first flight to Fairbanks in the morning.
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    Sun Jun 20, 2004 9:08 pm

    1999, I was flying from MAD-ATL and the DL109 was leaving around 11am, but since I was going to Seville, and decided to take Renfe's AVE train, the last train left at 9pm, from Seville...arrived in Madrid's Atocha station at 12:30am, so took a taxi to Barajas and spent the night there at the domestic terminal, where the cafe is located...put together two of those nice seats and slept very well...
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    Mon Jun 21, 2004 6:32 am

    LHR, STN, ARN, HKG, CDG (but they had the "cocoons" then!), PMI, SYD, ORD, RAR, PPT, ZRH and NAN. And no matter what the climate is like, it always seems to turn into the ice age at 3am, whilst lying in the awkwardest of positions while the distant hum of that damn industrial mop goes round, forever keeping you awake!  Pissed
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    RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

    Tue Jun 22, 2004 5:16 am

    RAR, PPT - cool

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    Tue Jun 22, 2004 7:51 am

    Hehe, this brings back memories...  Laugh out loud

    About a year ago, my family flew SYD-HNL for a holiday on Maui. Rather than staying the night in Honolulu and then flying over to Maui, we decided to wait it out at the airport all night, until the inter-island terminal opened again the next morning. We arrived in HNL at 11:00 PM, and our flight to Maui departed at 5:00 AM the next morning, or thereabouts - six whole hours of waiting! Not only was the wait long, but it was extremely uncomfortable. There were no couches or even soft chairs, and we had to resort to attempting to sleep on cold and hard slatted benches - you know, the kind where each thin plank is on a different level than all of the others, so that they dig into your body very uncomfortably... It was very, very unpleasant (to say the least!).

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    Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:00 am

    I recommend AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA. Leather sofas (get there early), armed police so nobody's going to nick your stuff, nice neighbours!
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    Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:53 am

    in DTW because NW arrived late and I missed my connection. While they were "kind" enough to provide me with a connection in the morning. They claimed that the weather delayed the flight from BOS and it wasn't their fault - so they didn't get me a room.  Sad What's worse, I only had $20 on me as I did something really stupid: I packed my larger purse in with my checked luggage and took a tini one with me as it matched my outfit. With the other purse also went my credit cards and ATM card.  Crying so I had to spend the night in the airport. My only advise is - when wearing a miniskirt, be sure to have a credit card in your purse just incase you get stranded.

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    Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:14 pm


    Actually spent three nights there.
    I was non-revving from SYD to YVR in April, 2001. I got bumped in HNL for the 1:00 a.m. connection as there was a log jam of non-revvers that had built up over the previous week. As the only flight I could take left at 1:00 a.m. daily, I saw no point in getting a hotel room so I spent my days checking out the sights of Honolulu and my nights returning to the airport, only to find that the flight was full once again. There was, at that time, a "mini-hotel" in the terminal so I thankfully had a place to shower. Other than that, I got to know the benches rather well. Fortunately, a ticket enabled me to stay beyond the security checkpoint and it was good to see that there were many others
    who were in the same predicament. The spotting at HNL was fabulous. The Hawaiian music in the terminal is played 24/7 and at a ridiculously loud volume but that made for some wisecracks when I would be calling into work, letting them know I was going to be a few days late. I was getting rather worried as the situation was not looking good. The flights to HNL were quite open so a retired uncle of mine non-revved to HNL to keep me company! It was great to see a familiar face and after one more night (this time in a hotel downtown) there was finally room on the flight and we headed off to YVR.

    Upon returning home, friends would sarcastically say "poor you, getting stuck in Hawaii..." Truth be known, this happened after a long vacation so I was very tired, getting low on available funds, and for what it was ultimately worth, I could have been stuck in Omaha, Nebraska for that matter.

    In any case, I do smile when I look back at that experience and it's yet another travel story to remember.
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    Sat Jun 26, 2004 8:05 am

    When I was on a round-the-world trip I had a flight from CNS-SYD with a check-in time of something like 4:30am (it was the tail end of an overnight QF flight from Japan). To save a bit of money I decided to spend the night at the airport rather than forking out for half a night in a hotel. The cleaning staff were great - they let me store my luggage in their supply room so that I could leave the airport for a few hours to kill some time.

    The rest of the night was one of the most uncomfortable I've ever spent. There was absolutely nothing to see at the airport, there were no decent seats to sleep on so spent the night on the floor using my hard, lumpy camera backpack as a pillow and, as has been said previously, even though the outside daytime temperature was in the high 80's, a taste of the Arctic visited that sub-tropical airport at 2 o'clock in the morning!! The only saving grace was that when I finally heaved myself off the hard floor to check in, I found that the bar was open, so had a couple of Bundy and cokes to warm up and try to forget the experience.

    Lessons learned from this?? If faced with a choice of paying for a full night in a hotel but only using it for half the night or dossing down on the floor of a bitter cold airport terminal that's got less going on in it than the Millennium Dome...stick your hand in your pocket and FORK OUT FOR THAT HOTEL!!!
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    Tue Jun 29, 2004 3:07 am

    Never on an airport seat, but slept in the old Douglas or Boeing hotel a couple of times. Great Falls Montana was not my favorite for that.

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    RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

    Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:33 pm

    For british airports, the best place to sleep in my experience in BHX Birmingham International, they have very comfy SOFAS on the first floor. But i highly suggest that you arrive there by 11pm to avoid disappointment.

    For insomniacs, Gatwick is the best as many shops are open 24 hours. It's not terribly pleasant to stay up all night in Luton, though.
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    RE: Airports You've Spent A Night In?

    Tue Jun 29, 2004 8:51 pm

    One month ago I spent a night at Berlin TXL after visiting the ILA with some colleagues. The airport itself was closed from 12pm to 4am. There was just one hall open where you couldn't see anything. Sleeping wasn't possible because an old man who seemed to sleep there every day was snoring terribly....

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