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Denver International Airport a top spot when layover turns sleepover

Ann Schrader
The Denver Post
Linn Crosetto, right, grabbed some shuteye inside the main terminal of Denver International Airport Thursday night, August 28, 2009. Crosetto, who says he has slept in several airports, was waiting to meet up with a friend on a different flight. Crosetto said he had to sleep in DIA overnight during the blizzard in 2006. The website www.sleepinginairports.com ranks Denver International Airport as one of the best to sleep in. Karl Gehring/The Denver Post
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Weary passengers rank Denver International Airport as 10th in the world and first in the nation for a good place to sleep.

A website, Sleepinginairports.com, gathered comments from casual to tight-budget travelers in scoring the pros and cons of bedding down at the world’s airports.

“I’m not sure what that means,” DIA spokesman Chuck Cannon said of Denver’s ranking. “But most of the time, being in the top 10 of something is a good thing.”



On any given night, 100 to 150 people grab some shut-eye under DIA’s big, white tent or on its carpeted concourses, Cannon said.

The popular website also offers tips on where to slink off to snooze, such as behind banks of arrival and departure monitors where lights aren’t as bright.



The worst of the worst: Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where one poster to the website wrote: “All the terminals were full of homeless people who smelled bad, touched themselves in inappropriate places.”

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13242948


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