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by web-administrator (October, 2016)

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(Guest Review) This airport tends to give you the TSA pre check if you have a full fare ticket. It's a southwest hub so you also get preferable security if you have a full fare ticket and security is faster is you get premium parking for 32 a day. Food is average lots of seats wifi is shakey but there are televisions everywhere. This airport provides fast security if you have full fare tickets. If you have a discount ticket count on minimum 30 minute sojourn through security as opposed to 10-15 minutes max with a full fare ticket

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NEW BART service to OAK

by sfgirl (November, 2014)

Where: Landside
Pros: Lots
Cons: None

This isn't really a review, more a heads-up. Starting tomorrow passengers going to or coming from the Oakland airport (OAK) dont' have to take the AirBART bus to get to the Coliseum station to take a BART train. The new service will make things so much easier... Here's the announcement with link for fares, etc: I am a forum member on LP's Thorn Tree and I reference your website every week (often, more) even for those who don't want to sleep, it's still a great roundup of information and honest personal reviews. Know how much your site benefits travellers I wanted to make certain the information about the easier OAK-BART linkup was in your hands where it will do the most good. Thanks for all the good you do in helping travellers.

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Airport sleeper newbie

by Leilani (November, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside
Pros: Quiet, clean, lots of chairs
Cons: Wifi doesn't work

Arrived at 11:30pm to find the Waiting Area pre-security area full of people actually waiting for arrivals. After all flights were done just about 6 of us waiting for connecting flights. There are about 4 long curved couches that are quite comfortable - but don't put your nose on it. (This one is smelling a little poo like or it's the man sleeping in the other side of the chair, I hope it's him). No food or drinks for sale after 11 it seems. No showers but the restrooms are open in this area. I haven't been able to connect to the airport wifi; there are lots of available plugs for charging. It's almost 2am now, waiting to see if security comes around.

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Wide Awake at 2am

by Meinalaska (October, 2012)

Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: The black lounge chairs in terminal 2
Cons: The airport terminals are not open all night

During a 9 hour layover I decided to stay at the airport, exploring Oakland alone in the middle of the night didn't sound like a good idea. I found comfy chairs in terminal 2 and went to sleep. At 2am the police told me that I had to leave. They were kind enough to tell me about the 'waiting area' outside of security. Couches and hard plastic chairs are available. There's also a carpeted section out of the way employees and travelers. Between getting 3 hours of sleep, the announcements, and cleaning people making noise, I was wide awake at 2 with absolutely nothing to do. I have a 7 hour layover on the way back and will try this again. With a sleeping bag and mat or with an earlier flight, it shouldn't be too bad.

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good night of sleep, eventually roused by sheriff

by bikerider (August, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: comfortable couches in waiting area
Cons: small airport, if you don't have a ticket you may be noticed

The reports of the hard plastic seats in the waiting area are true. However (probably a recent addition), there are several cushioned seats without armrests. So effectively you have a couch to sleep on. This is in the waiting area of terminal 1. I can't speak for terminal 2. The seats swerve a little and don't leave a lot of space for tossing and turning, so it's *not quite* ideal, but no reason to nitpick when they give us a couch to sleep on. Temperature was pretty good, and announcements didn't annoy me. The airport is small though, so if you don't have a ticket you might get tossed. At 9am I had my sweatshirt pulled off from my face, and woke up to someone screaming 'Sheriff's department! Let's get a couple things straight!!! You're not gonna spend the night, and you're not gonna stay here!!! Pack up your belongings and leave or you'll be arrested.' Didn't make much sense since I already HAD spent the night. But I followed his orders and left. I don't know how exactly they figure out who's a vagabond and who's actually waiting on a flight, maybe they trace the video back and figure it out. If you leave at an earlier hour like 6am or so, probably a good chance you won't have any trouble. (And even if you have 'trouble' you just say 'OK' and leave.) I got a great sleep and recommend sleeping here, but just be prepared for the sheriff to yell at you if you don't have official business at the airport.

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