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by web-administrator (June, 2004)

(Contributed by Rabble) - "My flight back from Brazil to the Miami was canceled due to weather in the US. American Airlines refused to put me up in a hotel, so i slept in the airport. If you go up to the second floor there is a rather expensive internet cafe. On the third floor on the runway side there are a number of hallways which go back to where you can see out to the planes. If you wander around you'll find little knook hallways which deadend. They aren't visited by cleaning staff nor security in the night.I had a very night's sleep with my mat and sleeping bag. Nobody bothered me, perhaps because i went unseen.There were anoying anoucements over the loud speakers, but they aren't that loud on the third floor.The hotels in the area cost a minimum of 50 a night, so if you're saving money it's a nice airport to sleep in." Added 23 Sep continued >>

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by web-administrator (January, 2004)

(Contributed by Filipe Barini) - "Just passed by this airport again while returning to Rio. They have presented a new boarding area, which is MUCH better than many boarding areas in famous international airports. However the flight announcements are a quite bug mistery: sometimes they make you crazy, but sometimes they simply do not exist, even though they are calling for you to board. The coffee area is ready, after a lenghty reform, they look really fine, but the prices tend to be airport-style: going up and up! There are 3 bookstores, but the best one is placed at the main lobby area, with newspapers from around the globe, as well books and magazines. The best seats are there, but youll get one only if youre lucky enough (they are all taken, always). The airport closes at 23:00, and the guards often tend to send you to the Ibis Hotel, continued >>

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by web-administrator (August, 2003)

(Contributed by regina from san francisco, california) - "it was august 2003 and my husband and i were on the last leg of a 2 week vacation in rio. we were in buzios, and for about 5 days, we had been using our credit card for purchases on rooms and nick nacks. we were out of money, but knew we could still indulge with our credit card.after lunch, we wander into a jewelry store, i choose a necklace, and we proceed to pay, but the credit machine doesn't accept the transaction. we kinda look at eachother like "oh shit", because we are completely out of currency. so, we go to a nearby souveneir shop, where we can "test" our card on a 3 item. sure enough, it's maxed out!so, we scurry back to our pousada, talking about what we would do. our flight from sao paulo to lax won't leave for two days, and we're flat, since i'm the only one w continued >>

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by web-administrator (March, 2003)

(Contributed by Adam Buckley) - "I had an 8 or 9 hour stopover in this airport, waiting for an Amsterdam flight. The seats were comfortable, I remember, but were full of people also waiting 8 or 9 hours. So I slept on the floor - nobody seemed to mind.The noise of announcements and people was minimal, although I remember it wasn't quite warm enough. There was also a small snack bar, which had an OK vibe, but with crap food.I was 'behind' passport control, so at no point did I feel unsafe." Added 12 OCT 03.

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by web-administrator (December, 2002)

(Contributed by ?) - "A couple of years ago, I spent 11 hours in the Sao Paulo Airport. After an all-night travel on an uncomfortable airline, I was dreading this layover. It turns out that not only are the airline workers clueless and lie to appease you, but they take forever to answer your questions, even in Portuguese. I tried sleeping several times, only be woken up by the FREQUENT "cleaning" of the maintenance crew. Not many travelers were traveling that day and I felt fairly comfortable about my surroundings, probably because I spent 10 hours locked up in the terminals." Added 25 May 03.

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