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Okay with low expectations; difficult to sleep

by hokiegem (December, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Weather/airline delay
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: quiet, felt safe, dim lighting after about 11pm
Cons: cannot stay airside past about 3am; limited bench options (armrests)

Terminal 2 is closed around 3am (cant say anything about terminal 1), and there doesn't seem to be a way around this. If you're looking to sleep, before that time is when you'd need to do it, because landside bench options are limited. Airside, there are comfortable recliners just as you ride the escalators after security, and I managed to find one bench at a D gate without armrests. After being kicked over to the landside section, I was directed to the Starbucks near the check-in counters. As like most seating throughout the terminal, benches scattered around the Starbucks have arm rests dividing them and so are not ideal for sleeping. The Starbucks is open 24 hours. Free WiFi is available at the airport (with no time restriction). Other food/shopping options airside close early, with everything closing by 10-11pm.

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by web-administrator (July, 2014)

Pros: -
Cons: -

(email submission) RDU will kick you out of terminal 2 to 'close' around 1am for three hours and force you to stay in baggage claim until the airport 'opens' around 4. Seeing as baggage claim is considerably colder and noisier than upstairs (and you have to go through security again) it's pretty annoying.

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I could certainly go back without problems

by dtrader98 (August, 2010)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside

I arrived in Terminal 2 and stayed there. The facilities are well-lit, and clean. There are chairs without armrests, so it is possible to sleep flat without having to sleep on the floor. I certainly would mind having to back and sleeping over again.

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Thank God I have a military ID

by aflip6602 (July, 2008)

Reason for Stay: Waiting for for friends or family

Hidden away on the 2nd floor, only reachable by a service elevator (Between terminals) is the USO which has a neat little room for soldiers & family members traveling through: comfy recliners to stretch out in, free computer access, large TVs, video games, food, and always a friendly attendant. They will wake you up if you ask them to, or try to help you find a free ride to Ft. Bragg or Camp Lejeune. I am not sure how open they would be to let non-military people snooze in the recliner, especially late at night, but it wouldn't hurt to ask?!?

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Can not ask for more

by dolinloop (December, 2007)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside

I slept overnight in the chapel between two connection flightsDThere're chairs without arms put in line, worked well for me. It was very quite. Just 2-3 few other people came in and out during the night. It was good and i couldn't ask for more from a night in the airport.

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