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Sleeping in airports?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Ever done it?

I've only done it once- in Edinburgh's airport and was miserable and freezing the entire time...

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Once Manchester, not that i've travelled much <IMG alt="image" SRC="frown.gif" border="0"> i was picking up somebocy who's flight was delayed, 11 hours <IMG alt="image" SRC="eek.gif" border="0"> couldn't be arsed to drive back and forwards so i just nodded off with all my keys and wallet stuffed down my pants!!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Missed a connecting flight at New Yorks JFK airport, some dumb airline employee told me to take the wrong shuttle to the terminal. So I talked to the airline and they said they'd get me out on the next flight with a seat. NEVER believe them. I was stuck there for 25 hours. Read the New York Times cover to cover twice, spent $100 on food, magazines and drinks, slept horribly on uncomfortable chairs. Worst day of my life.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I once got stuck in Zurich airport. I was getting a shitty easyjet flight to Luton. There was 3m of snow at zurich - no problem, they just kept clearing it so the airport was running as normal. Luton however was a bloody different story, they had 10cm of snow, didn't have any de-icers on standby (apparantly the people than ran them were on holiday - in winter! how stupid can you get?) Me and my brother ended up stuck there for 20 hours. I slept on a window ledge hanging out over the carparking area.

    They even had the bloody cheek to give us meal vouchers worth £3!!!! Me and my brother kept wandering over and pestering them and asking for more until we got 3 times the value of the flight between us <IMG alt="image" SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    That's exactly why I've never been on an airplane: The airport is the worst part of the process.

    Humans were just not meant to fly. At least not comfortably.

    By the way, Alex, I see you're a Trojan. Nice to know there's a familiar 'face' around here.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Roach,

    You go to USC?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I don't go there yet. I live near Exposition Park; I always go to the library across the street from USC, and I get my art supplies and books from the campus bookstore all the time.

    I was at the Village the other day.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I've slept in loads of airports: miami, washington, Atlanta, Phoenix.

    the trick is to wind the straps of your baggage round your wrists and have the opening pressed tight up against you so no one can nick your stuff.

    Also, in America, if you miss a connecting flight for reasons that are the airline's fault, eg. technical failure (but not things like weather conditions), then by law they have to give you a meal voucher (in Washington I got a $10 meal voucher to spend at any restaurant in the airport when I missed a connection due to a technical fault and had to wait 6 hours), and if you have to stay overnight, then they have to put you up in accommodation for free. They dont tell you this of course, you have to knwo your rights and ask for them. Just an fyi.

    Its all part of the adventure of travel! the best airport I was ever in was Atlanta, and the worst was Chicago, it was hell on earth. Heathrow is like a labrinth, an airport designed by Bloody Stupid Johnston! (only Pratchett fans will understand <IMG alt="image" SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0"> )
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by kaz:
    Heathrow is like a labrinth, an airport designed by Bloody Stupid Johnston! (only Pratchett fans will understand <IMG alt="image" SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0"> )

    A broadly incompetent landscape gardener, but also considerably unskilled in the fields of civic statuary and large musical instruments.

    Also known as 'Bloody Stupid "It Might Look A Bit Messy Now But Just You Come Back In Five Hundred Years' Time" Johnson', or 'Bloody Stupid "Look, The Plans Were The Right Way Up When I Drew Them" Johnson'.

    It would be wrong to call him completely unskilled, because some of the creations for which he'll be remembered must surely have taken considerable skill. It was just not the right skill.

    Fundamental to his approach was blindness to the significance of, and more importantly the difference between, such things as feet and inches and ounces and pounds. He never let this get him down however, and was relentlessly cheerful in the face of disappointment.

    Among his achievements were an artificial hillock built from 2,000 tons of earth in front of Quirm Manor because 'It'd drive me mad to have to look at a bunch of trees and mountains all day long, how about you?'; he also designed the commemorative arch celebrating the Battle of Crumhorn, which is kept in a small cardboard box, the Collapsed Tower of Quirm, the huge beehive in the Palace gardens, the Quirm Memorial, the Hanging Gardens of Ankh and the Colossus of Morpork (the last three are pocket-sized), and the ornamental cruet set for Mad Lord Snapcase. Four families live in the salt shaker, and the pepper pot is used for storing grain (both in Upper Broadway, souvenir guidebook 2p).

    Johnson was never a man to let inexperience or in- competence in any field stand in his way, and with his near-godlike ineptitude often achieved effects that a genius might find hard to accomplish. For example, he built the organ in the Ankh-Morpork OPPRA HOUSE as well as the great organ of Unseen University, which has the widest range of any musical instrument known to man, god or devil. 'Re organ is also linked by some means (to Johnson all pipes are pretty much the same) to the UU's Patent 'Typhoon' Superior Indoor Ablutorium with Automatic Soap Dish, recently re-opened. However, only Archchancellor Ridcully was brave or foolish enough to have a shower in it. No one has ever got to the bottom of what happened, but he had it sealed up again very soon afterwards.

    Strangely enough, Johnson's renowned lack of aptitude brought him considerable fame and quite a few commissions in later life. There are always very rich people looking for fashionable and amusing ways of spending their money, and Johnson was for a while much in demand by those who found that oversized ornamental temples at the bottom of small lakes, or tree-lined avenues four feet long, brightened up their day. It became quite the thing 'to have been Johnsoned'.

    Johnson can be summed up as being the opposite end of the scale which, ath the other end, contains people like Leonard of Quirm. The high spot of his career is thought to be the Patrician's Palace grounds (do not go at noon, when the chiming sundial tends to explode).
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Oh God - had a horrible experience in Malaga airport once, attempting to get back from Morocco after 3 stinking months hitch-hiking around much of north Africa and southern Europe....had no money left, hadn't washed for days and was accompanied by a very smelly and hairy boyfriend who got us thrown out of the damn place because they thought he was a tramp..... I've never been so pleased to see London in my life - although it was through hazy eyes.....the only thing we had was some very cheap and nasty alcohol which we polished off to 'keep out the cold'.....we weren't popular on the plane either.....

    Tee hee <IMG alt="image" SRC="wink.gif" border="0"> <IMG alt="image" SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i dozed off in st petersburg - very uncomfortable seats!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    When I missed my flight from St.Peter Port airport in Guernsey, I wasn't that bothered, I only had to wait 4 hours. I sat in a chair and read a magazine but fell asleep. One of the airline staff woke me up and ASKED ME if I WANTED to go and use the facilities of a local hotel for the rest of my waiting time. I was so shocked I said No! <IMG alt="image" SRC="eek.gif" border="0">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Alistair:
    <STRONG>There was 3m of snow at zurich - no problem, they just kept clearing it so the airport was running as normal</STRONG>

    Good ol' Unique Zurich Airport (official name). Old name was Kloten airport. Problem being, kloten, in dutch, means testicles. <IMG alt="image" SRC="tongue.gif" border="0"> language's a funny ol thing.
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