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Raleigh Airport Review

by web-administrator (June, 2015)

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(Guest Review) I had a chance to be stuck at Dulles or Raleigh and chose Raleigh because it was smaller and likely had fewer people sleeping there. There is a furniture store 'advertising' there with a 'display of lounge chairs. Both sides of the terminal had paddes benches. As for electricity, many power stations.

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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)

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(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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by web-administrator (January, 2000)

(Contributed by Roxanne) - "When I boarded a plane in Wichita, KS, on Wednesday afternoon to travel to Pittsburgh, PA, via Atlanta, I never expected to end up sleeping in Raleigh-Durham (NC). The plane left Atlanta, was unable to land in PIT due to ice, and abandoned its 100 or so passengers in Raleigh-Durham. Not one chair in this airport comes without arms (no stretching out) or with a high back (no slumping over). The lights are on all the time. However, the vending machines are not locked up and are located in a cafeteria-style restaurant with accessible tables and chairs. The book store has two floor-to-ceiling book shelves outside the lockup with a donation box marked "Honor System" so we could all buy paperbacks to get ourselves in the ready-to-go-to-sleep mode. No chapel that I saw. No people at all between 2 am and 5 am, so you can get 3 hours sleep without pedestrian traffic. I don't recommend sleeping in this airport."

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by web-administrator (January, 2000)

(Contributed by Chris) - "If it weren't for having memorized CNN Airport after watching it continually for 9 hours and the fact that I think they are trying to generate the first indoor snow storm with the air conditioning of doom it would still be bad. Seats are very uncomfortable, although running laps in the airline provided wheelchairs kept the blood flowing."

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by web-administrator (October, 2005)

(Contributed by ?) - "In regards to a previous comment about RDU, there is a chapel near baggage claim in Terminal A. Airport TVs blare CNN at top volume. The parking garage has a non-stop announcement about their "new" easy pay system. There are birds living inside the terminal at the Northwest gates." Added 06 Nov 05

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by web-administrator (November, 2005)

Where: Landside

(Contributed by ?) - "I got stuck overnight at RDU because of a weather delay. I wanted to know my options for staying overnight so I went to the person behind the desk at my gate. They told me to go to the ticket counter, outside of the secure area and ask about hotels or other options. I went outside and I was given the runaround among several different representatives. When I resolved myself to sleep in the airport, the security gates were closed! I could not get back through security until that morning. I had to wait outside of the gates where there were limited services in terms of food and restrooms. I did not sleep that night. " Added 07 April 06

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by web-administrator (May, 2006)

Where: Landside

(Contributed by Aneil Mishra) - "There actually is a chapel at the Raleigh-Durham, RDU airport that is quite nice, quiet, and has armless chairs. I don't know if they would kick you out for sleeping in it, as I only went in for a half-hour to get away from the constant announcements about the EZ-Park pay system, noisy kids, etc. I regularly travel in and out of RDU, and often am their waiting for family. It's a very clean airport, but as with any airport, I'd hate to have to sleep there overnight." Added 30 July 2006

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