Boeinglover24
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Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 7:13 am

Hello a.net!
I have a flight from BWI Friday morning and since I'm not legally allowed to drive still and living here in Northern Virginia, no one is crazy enough to drive me up that far on a weekday morning....I was just wondering if I can show up late thursday night, check in, and be allowed in the boarding area and sleep there? And can I do the same thing coming back from SAN like almost a full 12 hours before my flight outbound?....and also in a couple of weeks i have flight to SEA that gets there at 8:50 pm can i just stay at the terminal and hang out til morning?



Thanks
John

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RE: Questions About Sleeping On Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 7:21 am

Not sure if you can have a kip airside in those airports, I have in a few but they were in Europe, however I don't think you should have a problem staying in the terminal overnight. I know how you feel about getting to airports for early flights, so most of the time I will just turn up the night before and sleep on a bench - not always the most comfortable nights sleep, but saves a costly hotel!


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RE: Questions About Sleeping On Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 7:22 am

Dear John:

I will make it clear that i have NOTHING to add to your question, and i am nitpicking, but you sleep IN airports not ON airports  Smile

Sleeping on airports means that you sleep on the terminal building on the roof  Smile

No offense, just bored and ignoring the fact that i should be studying for my finals!

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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 10:36 am

I would suggest that many airports probably ban sleeping in their terminals, unless your flight has been delayed, for security reasons, cleaning as well as keeping out the homeless.
The homeless using airline terminals to 'live' in was very serious problem in a number of USA airports (like from my recall at EWR into the early 1990's) with police getting very agreessive in removing them, taking out chairs and benches from pre-security areas of many airports and making it difficult to 'sleep rough' in and around airport facilities.
I would suggest that you check out for any inexpensive hotels, hostels in the area of the airport.
 
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 10:37 am



Quoting Deaphen (Reply 1):

Sleeping on airports means that you sleep on the terminal building on the roof Smile

That's why blondi went on top of the buidling when the barkeeper said that the next one is on the house.

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You would have no problem here in Frankfurt. With a valid ticket or boarding pass, sleeping in the terminal is allowed. They even provide comfortable chairs.

That doesnot solve your problem, why not just call BWI and ask?
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 10:42 am

I think you can sleep in terminal(s) pre-checked in unless the airlines allow advanced 12 hours check-in.

HKG has lots of seats around and in fact I saw many backpackers slept there; I spent a night there but chose a corner to sleep on the carpet he he he
 
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 11:59 am

Check out this site: http://www.sleepinginairports.net/li...A&province=Maryland&city=Baltimore (Sleeping in Airports -- Baltimore page). To me, sounds like the most comfortable place will be the observation lounge. I have no experience with this yet, but personally I would want to check my bags (valuables) or store them in a locker. Just keep a pillow and make sure to wake up early enough to get everything, clear security, and go.

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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 1:30 pm

Isn't there a train from NoVA to BWI? Why not just take that in the morning? Or is it horrendously expensive? Or is the issue not that people don't want to drive you that far, but rather that they don't want to drive you any distance that early in the morning?  Smile
 
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 1:33 pm



Quoting Boeinglover24 (Thread starter):

Go find a hotel as you'll get no sleep in the terminal. After hours they are very noisy with all the cleaning and work going on. Hop on one of the many hotel shuttles and sleep in a real bed. You can shower, watch a little tv... make a phone call....
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 2:13 pm

Having slept many times in airports ( mainly Europe ) I would say yes why not. I would call btw if you are not to sure but maybe don't tell them that you want to sleep there just if it is open 24/7.  Smile
 
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 2:32 pm

From BWI's webpage FAQs:

Q: How early/late is the BWI Airport Terminal open?
A: The BWI Airport terminal is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact your airline to find out their specific ticket counter hours.

Q: Are there any places to store baggage at BWI Airport?
A: Baggage storage has been suspended by order of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Q: How early do I need to arrive to the airport before my flight?
A: Suggested arrival time varies from airline to airline between 2-3 hours. Please contact your airline for their specific arrival time suggestion. BWI Airport suggests allowing additional time to park and ride the parking shuttle to the BWI Airport terminal.
 
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 2:47 pm

Along similar lines, I will be flying ZRH-LCY, LGW-EWR this summer and have a 25 hour layover in London. I was going to explore the city during the day and then sleep on a bench at the airport. Will LGW let me do that? Is it feasible? Or are there any really cheap hotels in the area?

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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 3:36 pm

I have found that long layovers (6-8 hours) make for a great excuse to get out and explore whatever city I'm connecting in. On that note having to have done a couple overnighters in different airports myself (DEN,PHX,IAH,ORD,BNA) people were okay with me doing as long as I wasn't on the other side of security.
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 3:52 pm

From what I remember, while the airport is open 24/7 I recall that the concourses have rolldown gates that go down, and there are lots of vacuum cleaners running around making lost of noise. The observation deck my be your best bet since there are rocking chairs and flat benches, maybe if you hide behind the far display wall where the landing gear is you may be unnoticed. I'm not sure how often there are patrols if at all.

Did you try Priceline? you may be able to snag an economy hotel room for about $35, there are tons of hotels in the area.

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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Mon May 19, 2008 4:38 pm



Quoting YXD172 (Reply 6):
store them in a locker

No lockers in airports since 9/11.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 4):
would suggest that you check out for any inexpensive hotels, hostels in the area of the airport.

I've done many an overnight there. No such thing as a cheap hotel or hostel near BWI that I've seen.

Quoting Chase (Reply 7):
Isn't there a train from NoVA to BWI? Why not just take that in the morning? Or is it horrendously expensive? Or is the issue not that people don't want to drive you that far, but rather that they don't want to drive you any distance that early in the morning?

There's just a light rail line that takes you to and from Inner Harbor. But you maybe onto something because I think there is a commuter train travelling all the way to Baltimore. There are also plenty of city busses too.

BTW, BWI is a really nice airport. Maybe not the best, but it beats others I can think of to be stuck at.

Quoting Boeinglover24 (Thread starter):
since I'm not legally allowed to drive still

The way gas prices are now, you may not want to drive. My car finally bit the dust, and where I live here in CO I can just take the bus and light rail everywhere, but if I move back to the Richmond or Tri-Cities area, I'll definately have to get a car. Hey, dude, you wouldn't happen to be an alumni of the ASAP program in VA are you? Yeah, I have a few friends who aren't a stranger to ASAP. He he he he.
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Tue May 20, 2008 6:16 am



Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 11):
Along similar lines, I will be flying ZRH-LCY, LGW-EWR this summer and have a 25 hour layover in London. I was going to explore the city during the day and then sleep on a bench at the airport. Will LGW let me do that? Is it feasible? Or are there any really cheap hotels in the area?

They sure will; I've done it about six times at LGW now... which is nothing to be proud of really! Don't turn up too late though, as all the benches will be gone - LGW is good as few have those annoying arm wrests on them, so you really can stretch out and have a good nights sleep. It does get cold though, so might be wise to keep a blanket handy.


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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Wed May 21, 2008 1:34 pm



Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 15):
They sure will; I've done it about six times at LGW now... which is nothing to be proud of really! Don't turn up too late though, as all the benches will be gone - LGW is good as few have those annoying arm wrests on them, so you really can stretch out and have a good nights sleep.

Hi Dan,

so that is the reason why Myt332 calls you Plebspotter instead of Plymspotter.  Wink Big grin
 
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RE: Questions About Sleeping In Airports?

Wed May 21, 2008 1:46 pm



Quoting Fiatstilojtd (Reply 16):
so that is the reason why Myt332 calls you Plebspotter instead of Plymspotter.

Well depending on how much I travel I reckon it saves me between £500-600 per year, which is easily enough for another trip somewhere, or about ten good piss-ups Big grin
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