Sleeping in airports is a time-honored tradition. It happens regularly during major storms, when flights are cancelled and airlines aren’t giving out hotel vouchers or nearby hotels are booked solid. Airports sometimes bring in cots.
Passengers with long layovers after an overnight flight may lay down in a quiet spot on the floor, too. There’s even a guide to sleeping in airports.
Generally speaking you’re not going to find me sleeping in an airport. When my flight cancels and I’m forced to spend the night somewhere I’ll turn the cost over to the credit card I’ve used to purchase my tickets. During a long layover I’m more often than not have lounge access.
United Polaris Lounge Chicago
Airports generally accept passengers dozing off, even overnight, and sometimes help make it more comfortable. But they usually don’t like homeless living in airports. It’s a tough distinction to make and I’ve covered homeless living in the Frankfurt airport before, and a homeless man once stumbled on $354,000 in the Paris airport.
Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2A
However London Stansted has a new policy: no sleeping in public areas of the airport. No sitting on the floor, either. There will even be patrols to wake people up.
Warning signs have also been posted around the Essex airport asking travellers ‘Please do not lay down on the seats.’
..The policy, which began on Monday, sees the departure wing being closed after the final flight of the night.
It stays shut between midnight and 2am, meaning passengers will have to wait in the arrivals area, where they are allowed to sit but not sleep on the floor.
Guards are then on patrol to wake anyone who falls asleep.
London Stansted airport is also asking passengers not to arrive before airline check-in times in the morning. Good luck with that.