Does sleeping in airports really make sense? Here’s a look at the pros and cons.
Pros of Sleeping in Airports
- It’s free. Enough said.
- Convenient transportation. Many airports, such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland have mass transit trains that connect the airport with downtown–usually for less that $5 one way.
- Amenities. Big airports have amenities that rival luxury hotels. There are multiple restaurants and shopping arcades at most airports. Some even have fitness rooms, salons and spa services.
- No travel time to the airport. You don’t have to waste time traveling to and from the airport. You’re already there.
Cons of Sleeping in Airports
- Comfort. Some airport chairs and benches are more comfortable than others. Some–especially those with the rigid plastic arm rests–are impossible to sleep across.
- Security. Although airports have security, sleeping in a public place has its risks. DO NOT do this if you are traveling with children. In addition, you’ll either have to put your luggage in a locker or carry it with you wherever you go. You don’t want to come back from the ladies room to find the bomb squad circling your suitcase.
- Not all airports are open 24 hours. Some smaller airports close for the night after the last flight arrives. It pays to do your homework to make sure that you don’t have to vacate the building at 2 a.m.
What do you think? Would you ever consider sleeping in an airport to save money?