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Sleeping in the Airport

Tue, 08/30/2016
Sleeping in the Airport

Last week our blog covered some tips on how to get some good quality snoozing time on a flight, so this week we considered the poor souls who get stranded without accommodation and have to shack up and sleep in the airport.

If you are delayed overnight the airline is liable to provide you with overnight accommodation, regardless of the reason for the delay. If they do not provide you with overnight accommodation, pay for it yourself and keep the receipts, as the airline are liable to refund you for this. You should be careful not to go overboard with the spending, as the airline will only refund you for what you really need.

There may be a number of reasons why sleeping in the airport may be necessary besides a delayed flight, of course, many travellers with layovers may have to spend the night, or for example, travellers who have early morning flights and the only way to get to the airport may be the evening before, via public transport.

If you know beforehand that you will need to sleep in the airport, be prepared. Take a blanket, eye shades, ear plugs and some wipes so that you can freshen yourself up in the morning. Some people say taking a cheap inflatable raft or lilo is the best way, as you can both sleep on it in the airport, and use it in whilst on holiday! Warm clothes or layers are a must as those huge airport halls can get pretty chilly at night.

Pick your spot, it might mean sleeping under a CCTV camera so that you can feel safe and secure, or a place where there are other people sleeping too. Consider your comfort, the temperature, people moving about and airport announcements when you pick where to snuggle down.

Take a soft carry-on bag or hand bag and use it as a pillow, that way you have a headrest as well as ensuring that your belongings inside won’t be stolen. If you have more bags that you can’t use as a pillow, try sleeping with an arm or leg over them- thieves will find it hard to get to them without disturbing you.

Keep the noise down if there are lots of other people trying to sleep. You may not be able to get to sleep, but be considerate of others around you, or go to a different part of the airport if you want to chat.

Always be prepared to fork out for a hotel, even if you originally planned to stay in the airport, it may not be for you so don’t be afraid to get up and check into a hotel. A good night’s rest sometimes worth paying for!

If you’re delayed the airline will either pay the hotel for you, or they must reimburse you!

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