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this will be me in a few weeks, suggestions pls.
stand near the arrivals gate with a Mr Smith placard and just say "No." to anyone who asks
you'll feel like Stephen Fry!
conceptual twitter use - @stuckinanairportfor10hours !
Got a reply back at 4 in the morning,..
You asked what I'd do, you schmuck
what will be the best holiday i'll have this year.
you'd have loved that day.
which is good cause i have to spend an awful lot of time in them
and I and three randoms took it in turns to buy rounds and bring them to the smoking room. So smoke and drink.
If so then spend all your holiday money perfecting one game.
If not then bring a football along and try to recreate that Nike advert featuring the Barzilian football team set in the airport from several years ago.
I did this when I was stuck at Heathrow for 7 hours in November, got access to the Virgin classy suite. Free cocktails, free food (fucking good food), a professional massage, the girls got a haircut and style, they gave me a PSP and these amazing glasses that are like watching a film on a 50 inch screen right in front of you (so futuristic) to watch movies on, retro games systems to play, giant projector screen to watch stuff on. Did I mention free cocktails.
Anyway, it cost £50 or something, but I figured I'd maybe never get the chance to live in such luxury again, and I'm well glad I did it. For 10 hours I think it would be worth it. This may not be an option depending on what airport you'll be at though.
This is an important distinction.
also GIVE A SHIT
I WOULD HAPPILY TRADE PLACES WITH YOU YOU MOTHERFUCKING CUNTFACE IF THIS IS WHAT I ASSUME IT'S ABOUT
i'll probably just have my laptop with me, MARATHON SIM CITY SESSION.
i started a new game of SC4, on the san francisco bay area map :D
Or get an emulator and put something that takes ages to complete on it.
The ones for laptop dudes tend to be infrequent. Also, make sure you don't pack your multi-plug adaptor in your hold luggage!
book, mp3 player, toilet wank.
in Amsterdam airport for about 10 hours once, just got very drunk.
it's not the worst airport to be stuck in, they have a pink casino! and just before christmas they have a lady sitting in the top of a massive christmas tree, singing feliz navidad for hours on a row
We tried to get an earlier flight so we arrived first thing in the morning. We were quickly refused and couldn't be arsed getting the train back into the centre again so sat in the bar. I had to make my friend get out more Euros as I reached my overdraft limit. GOod days.
I did this as well.
7 pints of heiny....
Turned out I was just a bit high.
go the wrong way on the walkways
stare longingly at attractive people receding into the distance
My name is Stealthy and I approve of this post.
or anything else over there for that matter. be sure to walk around a lot though and not just sit still in the bar the entire time
i was bored rigid and the broad Texan accents gave me an instant headache. good luck.
at least after watching no country for old men the other day
you utter bastard.
yes i am :D
to just get the greyhound to austin like we're doing?
but then i'd have to get the greyhound.
I think that I'd buy two large dusters, glue them to the bottom of my shoes and spend the whole time 'ice' skating around everywhere with my hands clasped behind my back, all nonchalant, like.
i'm fairly sure i'm gonna have to stay airside the whole time. LAME.
i'm just assuming as i'm transferring flights, just with a very long wait in the middle. if i can leave, i will!
i'm going to austin, but there don't seem to be any direct flights from london, you have to change in austin. because i'm poor and arranging this all last minute (going on march 17th, so in like 3 weeks) i don't have the money to be any pickier. so i'm leaving austin at 7am, arriving in houston at 8am, and then flying from there back home at 5pm 'cause it was the cheapest way to do it. bummer.
i do hope so...
last year emma was allowed out to wander around Miami when she had a long stopover so....! :)
i will do. never had any situations like this before, the longest i've had was about forty minutes at o'hare in chicago. i bought some crisps and looked at the dinosaur skeleton they had there.
...Or so says everyone, anyway. I've never been.
There are travel ads on TV these days for Houston--lol.
clam chowder? seriously...
and go shopping at Soundwaves, Houston's largest independent record shop.
all you can do is laugh.
camping at benicassim ran out and then we had no money to stay anywhere else, so we just hung around at valencia airport for 26 hours waiting for our connect flight to heathrow from rome. Someone planted heroin in my friends bag, and we mostly played beach tennis and trolley racing.
I came SO close to having a similar experience.
Waited 4 hours for the bus, everyone piled on, I was left off the bus.
Some bloke got thrown off for beign drunk and aggressive.
There was me, this bloke and these two girls. My friends were all on the bus.
The guy said "Right, let's be calm. I suggest one of the girls goes and we can get a cab or stay in Valenica"
I went "Hmm, yeah sounds good", then pushed him out of the way, threw my luggage on, said "I'm so, so sorry" and ran onto the bus.
We pulled off and I looked back and saw the two girls in hysterics.
I'm a bad man
A flight got in from London at 10pm and Manchester at 11pm.
They organised buses for 8:30 and 1:30
On the way home I went to the station the day before we left to check out the buses. There were literally hundreds of people there as no buses had come at all. There were people crying into their plane tickets. I saw a couple agree to a 500 euro cab to Barcelona.
so much. I missed this yesterday. Two excellent stories in one thread.
Until you've spent 6 hours at Addis Ababa airport, with no usuable currency, all the shops shut, and the only activity being avoid being arrested by the soldiers with massive machine guns who outnumber the passengers then you have never truly known the concept of boredom
Here's a tip - don't book flights with Ethiopian Airlines
where were you going to?
I must have told you this story before? It's my most famous anecdote!
My flight went London-Rome-Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa - Kilamanjaro International Airport - Dar Es Salaam
actually worse than my vancouver->chicago->ny la guardia->ny jfk->heathrow day!
Got to Dar and the plane started circling and they made an announcement and everyone started going crazy. I didn't know why because the announcement was in Amharic (You've not lived until you've seen The SImpsons in Amharic), they repeated it in English - a plane had stalled on the runway at Dar so we couldn't land, but would fly to the nearest aiport. Kilamanjaro International Airport.
So we flew back and sat on the runway for an hour and a half. Incidentally on this trip I flew over Kilamanjaro 4 times and I never saw the bastard thing once. It was always on the other side of the plane.
We flew back to Dar by which time not only had I missed my flight, I'd missed the last flight to Zanzibar. 19, stranded in Africa, I somehow managed to get a tourist office man to rearrange my flight for the following morning. Ethiopian Airlines were supposed to put me up for the night under ATOL, but they abandoned their office.
Presented with two options - the city centre or a motel nearby, with a 5am flight I opted for motel. If I'd known how much better town was, I probably would have chosen differently.
So I'm in this car with three blokes. We're driving down the motorway, and I'm thinking "Hey Africa's not so bad". Then we turn off into Heart of Darkness jungle. People at the side of the road seemed to selling voodoo stuff (they were actually selling doughnuts) and the kerosene lamps made everything look terrifying.
It was at this point I realised that the three men were going to kill me and rob me.
We got to the hotel, they babbled on in Swahili. They said, "Oh your room is down there"
"Will you show me to it?" I asked
"No, you go first"
The way they said it was so sinister. And as I took that first step forward, I'm not afraid to admit, I thought they were going to kill me. And this was my last step. I had my eyes closed and waddled all the way down the corridor, waiting for a bullet that didn't come.
Of course I was being massively wrong. The guy later bought me some rice that was much appreciated. However the room seemed to be a recreation of Sauchsenhausen. I tried not to leave my mosquito net and ignore the people watching the Euro 2004 final who were hollering like wolves.
I had the famous phone conversation with my Dad, having explained the situation to him
Dad: Are you alright?
Me: NO OF COURSE I'M NOT FUCKING ALRIGHT!!!
Anyway, 5am the time of my recollection was approaching and a text from my girlfriend who'd said I was stupid to have paid them fully in advance meant I was convicned they weren't coming back. I prepared myself to trek through the jungle, trying to remember the way.
Watching my watch, the second hand hit 5:00 and I put my hand on the door handle, literally as there was a banging on the door. He took me back to the airport and I gave him a $20 tip and he wouldn't stop hugging me.
I got in a propellor plane and flew all of 20 mintes (if that) to Zanzibar and landed on a runway flanked by palm trees. I felt like Indiana Jones.
I then had to wait an hour and a half for my girlfriend to turn up. Then she split up with me
I'll keep you entertained for 10 hours in that airport!
it wasn't as bad as i expected. just make sure you get yourself sat near a plug. they get taken up quite quickly.
alternate between sleeping for half an hour and vomiting until you're stuck in a time vortex
buy a vodka, down it and shout "I'M TANNIN IT GUYS"
find a way to not pay for it...like i say airports have lots and lots of booze that people are prepared to give away for free \/
tip and a skill to aquire whilst travelling
airports always have some free booze, you may need to use ingenuity, but once you find your way in you can have as much as you like, once you are in somewhere just make sure you are courteous to the staff
in that order.
be sure to allocate a sufficient amount of time for the pub that when you've been round all the shops twice you don't have to go back to the pub to kill more time. i made this mistake after missing my flight at xmas and having to wait for another. the walk of shame back to the pub is a sorry one, and tells everyone in the vicinity that you are not rich or organised enough to avoid the tedium of the ten-hours-in-airport experience.
7 vodkas oughta do it.
Then there's no awkward working out of time and no buying unneccesary and ridiculous things when had a few too many.
is part of the fun.
airport shops are way more fun when boozed. plus if you booze yourself too much it gives you time to straighten up a bit before you fly. being declared too drunk to fly after a ten hour waiting period: the ultimate horror.
If, so: bastard.
This is down to a hub stop then, yeah? WHAT HUB??
We have a giant hub up here.
HUB HUB HUB
I always travel via Dallas Fort Worth, staying in Dallas for the evening in case my connection would go pear shaped (which it did for several people from the BBC, including Dermot O Leary and Steve Lamaq a couple of years ago!)
Wander about the airport till you find a spare socket to plug your laptop in then you can watch movies, listen to music or fork out a few quid for the internet.
Nobody cares about you using the airports electricity as you see countless people doing it.
Say you're freelancing doing a piece on the whole experience of going to SXSW or something. Explain very sweetly that you'll be at a loose end in Houston for ten hours and see if the airline has any areas for you to stay in so you can prepare your piece. You never know, you might get free entry into one of the lounges or something. If that doesn't work, try it at Houston. If that doesn't work, find a plug and play Football Manager for 10 hours.
"Where are the aliens?"
i also had a rugby league management sim on the amiga that i quite enjoyed.
i pretty much only play Sim City 4 these days anyway.
i loved the back cover of the game
"CREATE your own amazing city!
DESTROY YOUR CITY WITH ALIENS!"
each sim city game has different disasters. my favourites in four are either the giant robot that comes down from the sky and stomps around a bit and the volcano that suddenly rises out of the ground :D
terminal C. it's alright, i suppose. no arcade games, though.
also: if you hang around outside the executive lounge you can mooch off their free wifi. everywhere else in the terminal it costs money.
amazing, amazing tip. THANK YOU.
When I went to Peru, via Miami I had a stop over of a few hours. Even though I was just there for a stopover, I still had to go through the immigration malarky, I asked the guy if I was allowed out of the airport in to Miami, he looked at me in surprise and said of course.
So, in conclusion, with 10 hours you should have PLENTY of time to head into Houston and have a mosey around. Do some research on the web http://www.fly2houston.com/iahMaps looks like it's 23 miles out so shouldn't take too long in a cab/bus.
On my flight back I was delayed by over 24 hours so got put up in a hotel and wandered around Miami on my own, it was brilliant.
Don't just sit in the airport, you'll get so depressed.