Airport Layovers

  • germanguy888

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    Jan 17, 2009 3:13 PM GMT
    Hey everyone i just thought that i would put this out there. I'm flying from philadelphia to orlando on march 27th and returning april 4th on continental. I have a connection both ways. On the way down i have a three hour layover in cleveland on the way down and a two hour one in newark on the way back. So my question to all of you is, is there anything you recommend doing? I have never been to the cleveland airport before so i have no idea what there is to do. Hopefully you guys have some ideas icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 17, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
    I can't recommend much to do near Newark Airport in two hours. It's in a sort of awkward (and pretty lousy) place from where it'll take you about half an hour to reach NYC or just about anything else of interest. I would actually suggest that if you can cancel the Newark - Philly flight you could drive from Newark to Philadelphia in two hours, and reach well before you would if you flew since I assume the flight itself would be 45 minutes or so.
  • B71115

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    Jan 17, 2009 3:45 PM GMT
    if you fly continental you are not likely to make it anyway. why are you coming to orlando? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 17, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    read a book... you haven't time for much else.

    Have a good trip
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    Jan 17, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
    Wow! What a great opportunity! I LOVE airports! They are best place to cruise guys.

    Go buy a newspaper, then pretend to be reading it, but keep it just low enough that you can scan what hotties come into your area.

    When you're tired of cruising, grab you stuff and take a walk. Look at each gate and pretend that you're incredibly wealthy. Pretend that if you really wanted to, you could walk up and buy a ticket to ANYWHERE! Think of the possibilities.

    I love airports!
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    Jan 17, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    Are these your airports? These links contain guides to their facilities. If these are not the airports you'll be using, Google for the correct ones to find similar terminal info.

    http://www.clevelandairport.com/site/375/default.aspx

    http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/airports/html/newarkliberty.html

    Newark especially is difficult to get anywhere in the time you have, you're better staying in the terminal, and within the secure areas. Returning back through TSA checkpoints can be lengthy there.
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    Jan 17, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    BigSETXjock saidWow! What a great opportunity! I LOVE airports! They are best place to cruise guys.

    Go buy a newspaper, then pretend to be reading it, but keep it just low enough that you can scan what hotties come into your area.

    When you're tired of cruising, grab you stuff and take a walk. Look at each gate and pretend that you're incredibly wealthy. Pretend that if you really wanted to, you could walk up and buy a ticket to ANYWHERE! Think of the possibilities.

    I love airports!


    that's hysterical....you'd be a lot of fun to waste some time in an airport with..or anywhere, for that matter!
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    Jan 17, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Three hours in Cleveland? Yiks - you are going to be bored stiff... hopefully you will be stiff looking at all the corn-fed midwestern boys. As for Newark, if you have access to Continentals' President's Club... the club located between C2 and C3 has one hot muscle boy bartender.
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    Jan 17, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    I love airplanes, but airports are now too secure to enjoy. I used to love going outside and watching the action on the tarmac at the Montreal airport in the 1960s and 1970s (although the jets were so noisy I had to plug my ears).

    Cleveland airport? I don't think it is all that big. Newark sounds like a better bet. Make sure you have an MP3 player and a book or two. I spent 9 hours of quality time in Frankfurt airport in 2006 and damn near went crazy!
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    Jan 17, 2009 6:21 PM GMT
    SouthillsmuscleFL saidThree hours in Cleveland? Yiks - you are going to be bored stiff... hopefully you will be stiff looking at all the corn-fed midwestern boys. As for Newark, if you have access to Continentals' President's Club... the club located between C2 and C3 has one hot muscle boy bartender.


    Or just buy a day pass for the President's Club, or if you have a Plat AmEx and are flying on a Continental ticket you get access to the PC. Works for Delta and AA as well, you just need to be flying on their planes with their tickets.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Jan 17, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidI love airplanes, but airports are now too secure to enjoy. I used to love going outside and watching the action on the tarmac at the Montreal airport in the 1960s and 1970s (although the jets were so noisy I had to plug my ears).

    Cleveland airport? I don't think it is all that big. Newark sounds like a better bet. Make sure you have an MP3 player and a book or two. I spent 9 hours of quality time in Frankfurt airport in 2006 and damn near went crazy!


    You should have bought a day room at the Sheraton right at the Frankfurt airport, my partner and I do this when we fly through Frankfurt and have a long layover.
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    Jan 17, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    As a Clevelander....Hopkins sucks. You'll have time to do three laps of the terminal. Forget trying to leave...TSA is glacially slow.
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    Jan 17, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    http://www.airportgyms.com

    Really, I don't understand why one of the big fitness chains doesn't open up some gyms at major hubs. They could charge a fortune, as long as people could slip it into their expense accounts.
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    Jan 17, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidhttp://www.airportgyms.com

    Really, I don't understand why one of the big fitness chains doesn't open up some gyms at major hubs. They could charge a fortune, as long as people could slip it into their expense accounts.


    Most airport hotels will let you use their gym for a small fee.
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    Jan 17, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    Hence the guide at the url that I posted.
    I don't know of any that are really "full-service" type of gyms though.
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    Jan 17, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    OHLIfter saidAs a Clevelander....Hopkins sucks. You'll have time to do three laps of the terminal. Forget trying to leave...TSA is glacially slow.


    Afraid I must concur. However, BigSETXjock's idea might be worthwhile.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Jan 17, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidHence the guide at the url that I posted.
    I don't know of any that are really "full-service" type of gyms though.


    my bad...

    The Fairmont at the Vancouver BC airport used to have a great gym and locker room. Even a few airport clubs that had a lot of international traffic used to have a few pieces of equipment and showers, not sure with all the cut backs if they still exist.
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    Jan 17, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    SouthillsmuscleFL saidThree hours in Cleveland? Yiks - you are going to be bored stiff... hopefully you will be stiff looking at all the corn-fed midwestern boys. As for Newark, if you have access to Continentals' President's Club... the club located between C2 and C3 has one hot muscle boy bartender.


    I think of muscleboy as one word. It's just one that dictionaries haven't caught up to yet.
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    Jan 17, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
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    SurrealLife saidI love airplanes, but airports are now too secure to enjoy. I used to love going outside and watching the action on the tarmac at the Montreal airport in the 1960s and 1970s (although the jets were so noisy I had to plug my ears).

    Cleveland airport? I don't think it is all that big. Newark sounds like a better bet. Make sure you have an MP3 player and a book or two. I spent 9 hours of quality time in Frankfurt airport in 2006 and damn near went crazy!


    You should have bought a day room at the Sheraton right at the Frankfurt airport, my partner and I do this when we fly through Frankfurt and have a long layover.


    I agree but the layover in Frankfurt airport was not scheduled. We made an emergency landing due to mechanical problems with the fuel system. Tried to get on an earlier flight to Venice but no luck. Ended up getting to our destination 12 hours late. What a trip.
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    Jan 17, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    SouthillsmuscleFL saidThree hours in Cleveland? Yiks - you are going to be bored stiff... hopefully you will be stiff looking at all the corn-fed midwestern boys. As for Newark, if you have access to Continentals' President's Club... the club located between C2 and C3 has one hot muscle boy bartender.

    Yeah, private airline club rooms can be much better than waiting around in the busy terminal. When I flew over 100k commercial miles a year (not counting military aircraft) I'd use my frequent flyer miles to get an annual membership. Mine had free drinks & snacks, self-serve in the smaller terminals, ethernet and/or Wi-Fi connections, decent TV and comfortable seating, sometimes a ticket agent right there.

    Ask your carrier if they have any clubs in those airports, and if they offer day rates. The annual fees are high, only worth it to regular travelers. Ask how to pay and gain access, ideally before your trip. Otherwise you might be directed to a ticket counter agent in the terminal, a long wait at times.

    Now that I don't fly often and don't keep a club membership, I just find a nice, cozy terminal lounge and have a martini, maybe a light snack. Those links I gave you above can help you find them.

    I can easily kill an hour that way, and will sit right at the bar if they have some TV that interests me. I'll strike up a conversation with the bartender, and other travelers around me. It never ceases to amaze me the commonalities I learn about perfect strangers, sharing similar backgrounds, travel stories, etc.

    Fortunately for me, having a single cocktail or two, and light food, doesn't cause me a problem on the subsequent flight. Otherwise, eat & drink what does agree with you. ANYTHING but sitting in a vinyl chair in the gate area of your flight.
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    Jan 17, 2009 9:14 PM GMT
    SouthillsmuscleFL saidYiks - you are going to be bored stiff... hopefully you will be stiff looking at all the corn-fed midwestern boys.

    We are hardly corn-fed in Cleveland.
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    Jan 17, 2009 10:06 PM GMT
    BigSETXjock saidWow! What a great opportunity! I LOVE airports! They are best place to cruise guys.

    Go buy a newspaper, then pretend to be reading it, but keep it just low enough that you can scan what hotties come into your area.

    When you're tired of cruising, grab you stuff and take a walk. Look at each gate and pretend that you're incredibly wealthy. Pretend that if you really wanted to, you could walk up and buy a ticket to ANYWHERE! Think of the possibilities.

    I love airports!


    I totally agree! The best time ever was when I took a LAN Chile flight from Sydney to Auckland (long story). There was this super hot guy checking-in with a sports team... after some sly crotch grabbing and long glances at check-in and later in the departure lounge... he didn't speak English and I don't speak Spanish, but let's just say we had worked somethings out by time we made it to Auckland airport (and it turned out he was the captain of the Argentinian ice skating team!)
  • germanguy888

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    Jan 18, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    thanks guys! i mean i can't drive because i dont have a car and the train ticket from Newark, NJ to Newark, DE wass more expensive then flying to philly taking the train from there to delaware. I'm kind of familiar with EWR because i fly from there kind of frequently (though in past few trips have been from terminal b) lol i LOVE airports and planes i'm kind of a dork. Oh and so you guys know i'm going to be in Orlando from the 29th to the 1st of april. Any RJers down there? The rest of the time i will be with family on the cost.