If you were hoping to save on a hotel and spend the night in the comfort and luxury of London Stansted Airport’s floor, you might have to rethink your plans. The airport is cracking down on its overnight guests, periodically closing its departures area to travelers between midnight and 2 AM.
Airport officials told the Telegraph that the reason for the closure is due to “construction work as part of our £600 million airport transformation programme, and to allow cleaning and other preparations for the next day’s flight operations.” Due to these projects, passengers, unfortunately, “can no longer sleep on the floor overnight, so [they] should not arrive sooner than their scheduled check-in time.”
The airport has seen as many as 600 people sleeping in the terminal in a single night, many trying to avoid paying for a hotel. For this reason, camp beds, sleeping bags, and other bedding are also banned from the airport. If you happen to doze off in your seat, that will still be allowed. The new rule is simply meant to discourage floor-sleeping.
Reactions to the news seem to be mixed. Some passengers expressed outrage, saying “I personally don’t sleep at the airport but I don’t ever have a problem with those that do. This is just very mean of @STN_Airport,” while others welcome the crackdown. This Twitter user said, “Best news I’ve heard in a long time. Stansted could win me round yet.”